You were expecting this weren't you? And now Christmas day and a pretty good doctor who special is done with, we can go back to business as usual by awarding the bastards of 2012 with the first annual "Backhands" to give due credit to major cuntishness this year. So the usual barbs for EA and Activision don't qualify as that's par the course for them.
Not much of a shocker, is it? The unintentional face of games journalism (and not a animal abuser, I'm fairly certain) after being mentioned in Robert Florence's Eurogamer article, as an example of the ubiquitous nature of the PR people within games media., citing Wainwright's promotional tweet to win a PS3. She then threatened legal action unless Eurogamer cut her out of the article, which they did, causing Florence to leave (be sacked by) Eurogamer. This shameless greed and censorship of another writer perfectly personified exactly what is wrong with games journalism. More the "nothing happened, move on" attitude of her fellow hacks. Granted, she's not the mastermind of the long running collusion between publishers and game journalists. But her actions and apparent oblivious nature concerning just how dodgy it looks to promote a game publisher in return for a free console at an awards show (supposedly) for games journalism! However, we can thank her for being the crack in the plaster that has made some realise the wall of games media is crooked.
"But wait, you spoke out over Florence's article being censored and getting flack off people in games media." That's right, I did. And I always will speak up for his, my and everyone else's right to have basic freedom of speech. It doesn't mean I like him or anything the self satisfied, internet darling does. A jobbing comedy writer and internet Jesus as he always reminds people. Although if you ever saw Video Gaiden (the regional video game show, that was actually a comedy sketch show that happened to be about games) or read on of his condescending reviews or articles, you wouldn't think so. Anyone that critiques a game with "If you don't like this game, it's because you're crap at it" is no better than the mouth breathing clique that hound potential new players from daring to try their precious game. "But wait, Florence's so-so article named and shamed Lauren Wainwright and Dave Cook. He's saving games journalism!" No he wasn't. He was hinting at something by quoting tweets from a couple of hacks wanting free stuff. He hinted at journos who are always on the scrounge for free stuff, going out to press events and chumming up to the PR people. Did Florence name and shame these corrupt parties dragging games journalism through the mud? No - even though that's the real story- he didn't. I mean, come on Rob. Just tell us one of them, it's Steve Boxer isn't it? Or were you promised a go on his Thai mail order bride to keep shut?
MCV/ Games Media Awards
It's a double-header as both MCV and the GMAs are run by the same parent company, intent media. So they can have all the credit for the prolonged whoring of games journalism. MCV as a news source is a fucking joke- just look how many times posts have to be edited on account of their writers only doing the most basic of research (which to them is having a quick look on metacritic or copy-and-pasting some PR blurb) and who clearly have no standards, if their previous employee, Lauren Wainwright is anything to go by. Who, by the way, way dropped for, "not passing her probationary period" meaning, "You're a lowely freelancer, and you're attracting too much heat so fuck off" in public. Because writing and journalism is all well and good (except when Ben Parfitt does it) but you don't want it eating into that important ad revenue, do we? Likewise, the GMAs have long been considered a industry joke and something to be ashamed of even being nominated for amongst game journos and how they were sponsored by coked-up geordies last year. This year more people outside of the usual gaggle of video game hacks, or "the charlie club" as others call them, thanks to said hacks sacrificing any legitimacy they had to win a PS3. But at least thank the GMAs for being unofficial labels for shit game journalists, if a writer has won one, then avoid their opinion like the fucking plague. And don't ever let those entitled cunts tell you otherwise.
Most big time publishers act like massive shit baskets anyway, but Capcom really went above and beyond this year, starting off with their below average beat 'em up, Street Fighter X Tekken and Capcom's blatant money grab by locking off some of the characters so they could sell them back to you as downloadable content for the sake of "ease of use" so could play against someone online who had them and there wouldn't be a connection issue. No Capcom, "ease of use" would be to have those characters that are on that fucking disc I paid for. Things carried on as they began when the marketing for SF X Tekken left a equally bitter taste in the mouth when a tournament organised to promote the game, "cross assault" ended up being an example of the culture of the fighting game community...no, sorry, that's Twatty O'Beard-face's words. What actually happened was the moron you see pictured sexually harassed a female contestant (and a member of his own team in the competition) and Capcom did fuck all about it. Then Resident Evil 6 continued the overall mediocre crappyness that was eveident in Resi 5 but making 6 into a Gears of War knock off that had a hard on for Quick Timer Events. So much so someone wrote a song about them. And releasing a (admittedly free and quite decent) fan made game to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Megaman when they could of released two actual Megaman games, had they not sacked the fucking producer. Could be worse, at least he wasn't worked to near death like SF4 producer, Yoshinori Ono was.
The fact their online shop is still down from being hacked for god knows how long now (seriously, I just want that fucking Bayonetta figure) would be enough to have them here, but Squeenix, their marketing department and newly bought Cristal Dynamics have been so offensively idiotic, it wouldn't be much of a surprise if it was revealed Jimmy Saville worked for them. First was the early footage of the Tomb Raider reboot, how it would be a retelling of Lara Croft's origin and footage of young Lara about to be groped. Executive producer at Crystal Dynamics, Ron Rosenberg explained this was included as a way to make male players empathise with Lara and how the trauma of nearly being raped was part of what makes her into the kick ass action heroine we all know. As if sexual assault was some kind of character building experience that makes you into a tough woman that boys can respect, even if the developers don't seem to. Rosenberg's comments were quickly rebuked and it was explained that Lara, at not point, gets raped. Her captor tries to grab her breasts and she knees him in the balls to make her escape. A slip of the tongue perhaps? Then came the Hitman: Absolution "attack of the saints" trailer. I say trailer, it looked more like the result of what you'd see if Michael Bay or Zack Snyder had made a porno, set in a universe where men had no penis so had to make do with impregnating women with bullets instead. Fuck, it makes a lot more sense than the back tracking over murdering a bunch of S&M nuns to sell a video game! Then came a quick backtrack over not wanting to cause offence, which Squeenix did when a facebook app promoting Hitman allowed users to target people for reasons such as, "small tits." Great job Squeenix, be sure to sight small tits as an excuse when the next Dragon Quest sells bugger all.
The inexplicably popular (by youtube standards) and completely unfuckable KSI, who made a name for himself making videos about Fifa, PC accessories and acting like a prize prick at events. Most noticeably this years Eurogamer Expo where his hackneyed act of behaving like the trainee rapists you see at conventions. Well, it is youtube. But acting like he worked for the old PlaystationPlus magazine (in their period of wanting to be Loaded magazine or play-mag) did at least get him banned from the Eurogamer Expo. But alas, until I finally catch him alone and nail him to a door, so I cam smash his arsehole open (to roughly a diameter of 25cm) and vomit boiling hot venom into his weeping anus wound. Only then will he be able to understand a tenth of what people feel like from watching his abominable attempts communicating to his legions of dubstep listening dickheads and woman-haters who think Jack Whitehall is the height of comedy (after a viral video of a baby seal being crushed by a steamroller) uses the term "faggot" like it cures cancer and resents all women for committing the crime of not being in love with a obese chav. If you think my criticism of KSI is harsh then he only has himself to blame for going out dressed like acting like such a repugnant arsehole, just begging to have a new channel tunnel dug into it with the cock of Zeus.
Honourable fuck yous
G4 TV - After years of having little to no relevance to gaming, they finally saw sense and shut up shop. One can only hope their new owners are smart enough to keep it that way.
Explosive Alan -After poncing some cash of their fanbase, using it to make a glorified podcast with their hack buddies (remember how I said those that sucked them off on twitter would get to be on, just wait) and commercial pieces for publishers, the fruits of their labour equal to "Thank you for gaming" which looks exactly like Inside Xbox, except it's got a swear in it! No wonder you won the GMA for that level or originality.
Bruce Evriss - Just for being the resident troll on Gamesindustry International. You have to be a troll Bruce, because -outside of a Faustian pact- I refuse to believe someone as stupid as you appear can achieve a high position as you have.
Dan Howdle -Editor of X360 said fanboys were to blame for disproportionately high review scores. Right before he gave Hitman: Absolution 10 out of 10...pretty sure it's you Dan.
Silent Hill HD - Konami took one of the most atmospheric games of all time and then you took out what made it so atmospheric, the fog!
John Riccitiello - Because I'm not paying for fucking bullets in a game, nor should anyone else. Just for thinking of the idea -let alone pitching it to EA- you should throw yourself onto the come sponge at a leper's gang bang.
Curiosity - It's not a game, it's a online chain gang. Except prisoners in actual chain gangs didn't pay to join one.
Outside Xbox- I was gonna actually review their video content. But sadly it was so painfully bland and forgetable, that I couldn't write anything past, "it's just like inside exbox, but now with a giant meat puppet and the poor mans Jessica chobot." So sadly I never got a chance to use this image...