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Corruption in game journalism or just part of business?

11 September 2014 - 03:10 PM

Outside of this sentence I'm not going to mention the Zoe Quinn ordeal, other than to say I'm not picking sides on that situation and that this isn't about that, rather that situation got me thinking...


Corruption is everywhere and I would be naive to think the game industry was somehow immune to it. I got to thinking about the fact that Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, and other developers and publishers always give 'swag' to reviewers or send free copies of games to them to review, but does that constitute corruption? Some could view it as them trying to butter up the reviewers to get a better review. We all know that Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft aren't above paying a company to make a exclusive game for their system only. My question is, in your mind, does the free swag to reviewers and paying for exclusive games constitute corruption or is it just part of the business?


My view is kind of mixed based on the person receiving the 'swag' as some may be swayed to write a good review while others will stay objective and give it an honest review. As for the paying a company for a exclusive game, I can see where that could be argued as a form of corruption, but I feel that is just part of the business.


I can't comment on money to the companies as I don't know for sure that they get paid or not.

Robin Williams (1951 - 2014)

12 August 2014 - 12:26 AM

Today my wife and I were shocked to find out that Robin Williams had passed. I don't want to focus on how he died or his death, but rather the entertainment and laughs he brought to us. Are there any movies you liked that he has done?


I liked all of his standup specials. I like Mork and Mindy, Miss Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poet's Society, and so many more. To this day, I'm still not sure what to think of One Hour Photo.


He gave me so many laughs in my lifetime that I'm going to miss not seeing him in anything anymore (well, he will be in Night at the Museum 3 this year thankfully).

Is working in terminal/console really a waste of time?

31 May 2014 - 03:56 PM

A beginner somewhere else asked about learning game dev and was doing terminal/console games. A guy replied with:


If you're interested in game dev... working in the console is a complete waste of time. Don't do it.

I have never considered anything programming-wise a waste of time because I view everything as a learning experience. Unfortunately, I've seen this sentiment again and again. I'm the kind of guy that wants to give beneficial advice to beginners rather than lead them down a path that isn't helpful toward their development as a programmer. So I figured this was the best place to ask if that quote is accurate or not. I'm genuinely curious about this because I only see it in a site or two, but see it repeatedly on them and I have yet to find anyone in the industry that will answer my question when I post it to them via email or twitter. 

Sacrifices to be a programmer?

25 April 2014 - 07:11 PM

What sacrifices do you have to make to be a programmer? I thought the first two obvious ones were time with family and friends, but I'm being told by a guy that I'm completely wrong and that there is no sacrifices for being a programmer. This goes against everything I've ever read and been told so I figured I'd ask here. What are the sacrifices to be a programmer? This was in regards to achieving your dream job.

How can I add voice chat to my game?

24 November 2008 - 12:30 AM

I have googled left and right, and while I have found several SDKs for adding voice chat (all wanting no less than $100 flat out, which I can't afford) to a application (game or other). I want to add voice chat to my games so that the players can talk, rant, or taunt the opponent/team mates. Sadly, I haven't found anything that meats my requirements or a tutorial, article, or code that shows how to do this. Requirements for SDK/API/etc: MUST BE cross-platform for Windows and Linux at minimum MUST BE C++ MUST work with MinGW Any help someone could give me in this topic and area would be greatly appreciated. --Clayton Weaver