Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Eurogamer grows a spine: Wainwright did threaten to sue




Boy has this been a interesting few days. After much banging on their front door, Eurogamer has finally done the decent thing and made a statement on the Rabgate debacle. In a blog post, Eurogamer Editor, Tom Bramwell addressed the circumstances behind the editing of the article and Rob Florence leaving/being dropped and it turns out, the initial suspicions were correct. As Bramwell wrote,

"Lauren Wainwright threatened us with legal action and made it clear she would not back down, at which point we took legal advice and ultimately made the decision to remove the paragraphs"
Which goes against what the editor of MCV, Michael French said on twitter
 

Hence why most -me included- believed MCV was behind the leaning on Eurogamer to edit Florence's article. Plus how can a freelancer like Wainwrighthave the kind of cash to be able to threaten a libel suit? Legal costs are not cheap (the reason why the party that once threatened me with a legal suit dropped it), especially if you lose. So you can't fault Eurogamer for taking the threat seriously. Bramwell and maybe even Ellie Gibson (if she can be bothered to take a break from all her holidays) would never work in games- or any kind of journalism if they were the people who tanked a big time website. So fair play to Bramwell for setting the record straight.
And now we know Wainwright is a anti-journalist. Someone quoted her twitter, to make a point about games journalist getting too cosy. And instead of writing her own rebuttal piece and putting her side of the story across, she uses the UK libel laws to silence another writer. She actively tried to delete the flow of information and expression of one person's opinion. If it weren't for the fact that Florence's main work comes from TV writing, we'd never hear from him again and people would soon forget. It's a galaxy-sized joke this scummy, hack has the cheek to list herself as a journalist. Pray tell, what other atrocities has Wainright committed in the foul pursuit of free stuff?
This free Starscraft goodie bag was used to smuggle illegal sex-tablets

And here is her shelving unit, built by orphans, from pure ivory

That libel enough? No? Just be glad I'm not publishing the texts from when she had an affair with my ex. The spelling is fucking awful! Or the one occasion at last years MCM Expo, she set a baby on fire. I let that last one go, because it was me that borrowed her the lighter.

So now we know that Square Enix weren't involved in Florence's article being cut, but don't think what I've said before about how the PR game is played still isn't the law of things in games journalism. That's why most of the hack, game journos have stayed silent or brushed it off as if it's not important. Because it's only games, right? Well when people are relying on your opinion how to best spend their own money on a game, then it is fucking important. Because you may get lovely free stuff and party invites, thanks to the PR people. But without the readers, you have no job. It's those people at home, who visit your site daily that are the reason you get games sent to you in the first place and why companies want to buy ad-space from you. You have a professional responsibility, as a journalist/reviewer to be as honest for the sake of the audience. Or is that not important enough to distract you from your free Area 51 figurine, while you do lines of coke in a particular pub in Camden? It's no wonder so many gamers have little to no respect for games journalism, when the games journalists themselves have little to no respect for it either

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