So there a thing around Zoe Quinn doing the rounds in computer gaming circles. One side says it’s about slut shaming, in an attempt to deflect and deny the genuine criticism and problems referred to, the other side says it’s all about corruption in games journalism in an attempt to ignore the slut shaming that is going on.
Quinn made Depression Quest, for which I consider her awesome and who fucked who is pretty much irrelevant to that fact.
Is games journalism corrupt and fucked up? Yes, it totally is, but this is hardly a revelation and it’s got pretty much fuck all to do with who is sleeping with who.
If you have a review site or magazine you rely on early access, early information and early copies of games that you can play through in order to give people worthwhile information upon which they can make purchasing decisions.
How do you get those things? Easy, you become the bitch of the games companies.
Wonder why you hardly ever see a review score below 7? Because if you piss off the companies you won’t get product and there’s always another site willing to play ball and plenty of reviewers willing to toss any professionalism aside for the sake of free product and not even a wage.
If you want an unbiased view of a game, you need to find a FAN who you can trust and who shares the same sort of game taste you do, but that means you’re going to have to be wary about pre-ordering and take a bit of a risk on games and software that’s new. Otherwise, you’re going to have to accept that things are dodgey and are likely to stay dodgey until something seriously changes.
People exchanging body fluids is NOTHING, it just makes a sexy headline.