Bribery in journalism doesn't always involve fancy wines and beluga caviar, such as with the case we read about corruption among wine reviewers in journalism. Sometimes, rather, it involves good old fashioned Doritos and Mountain Dew.
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In fact, it prompted Robert Florence, a writer for Eurogamer.net, to publish an article about the controversy. Entitled Lost Humanity 18: A Table of Doritos, the piece criticized the state of video game journalism, suggesting journalists like Keighly were succumbing to the pressures of the video game industry, merely promoting games instead of reviewing them.
Kane and Lynch: Dead Credibility
Bribery and corruption in video game journalism is nothing new. It's been a controversial subject in the world of video game reviews for some time. In fact, it nearly cost video game website GameSpot all of its credibility.
Jeff Gerstmann, a reviewer for GameSpot, gave the game Kane and Lynch: Dead Men a 6 out of 10. Judging from its Metacritic score of 67, Kane and Lynch is no gaming masterpiece.
|Certainly not the next Mario or Pokemon|
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How did GameSpot respond? By firing Gerstmann on the spot. The termination of Gerstmann tarnished the credibility of GameSpot for five long years, and the gaming site has never truly recovered. When GameSpot chose to give into company demands rather than stand with their employee, they gave up the journalistic independence they had.
Another accusation of corruption in gaming journalism erupted into a full-fledged firestorm of controversy that led to questions of corruption and misogyny in gaming culture.
Last year, a rumor began floating around that Zoe Quinn, a game designer behind the Indie game Depression Quest, had used her relationship with Kotaku journalist Nathan Grayson to secure a good review for her game. While Kotaku's staff members have stated that the only article Grayson had ever written concerning Quinn was made before they even started dating, their relationship alone was enough to raise questions of ethics for many critics.
The controversy eventually snowballed into the infamous "Gamergate". At its worst, the controversy resulted in several individuals in the gaming industry receiving death threats. There's even a Law and Order: SVU episode about Gamergate, which was controversial itself for not addressing the issue in a realistic or serious way. Here are some of the "highlights".
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