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On Sourcing

Posted 11-04-2009 at 06:41 AM by modeps


There's been something on my mind... and I'm not talking about me just wearing a funny hat while I play DJ Hero. No, instead it's a little pet peeve of mine regarding several of the corporate news sites on the Internets.

Much like "normal" world news, most video game news comes from somewhere specific. Very few times will you see a REPORTER ON THE SCENE WITH LATE BREAKING COVERAGE. The reality is that due to the social nature of the Internet and the maturation of technologies like RSS, more often than not you've picked up your story from another site who found it first... be it a small time blog, a forum, or an interview with some developers. Sure, companies send out carefully crafted press releases, but generally, Evil Avatar does exactly what everyone else does. We scour the Internet for all the latest news to post to you, with one simple difference: We will always source our content.

Sadly, many corporate websites have forgotten the lessons learned from English 101 and what a bibliography is, moving away from the practice of providing a legitimate source for their news. Instead they have opted for a more custom crafted posting which just asks you to take their word for it because well, they're the ONLY source of news you should be reading. Some have even decided that putting a dynamically generated footer on all their news postings implying that they were the original source, always.

Quite honestly, I personally find most of that deplorable. While taking a look through my feeds on a daily basis, I see many sites with the same story, several without a source... like it magically appeared out of thin air, then find the originating piece or press release and wonder why bother leaving that info off? What harm does it really do to you? People are still coming to your site to read news.

I guess the truth of the matter is that the average person looking for video game news just doesn't give a damn where it came from originally... they just want to know the scoop, but as someone who provides a website with that flow of information, it grinds my gears.

In closing, you won't find me withholding a source. Does that mean you'll see Evil Avatar referenced less on those corporate sites? Probably, because now they don't need to link to the middle man. But honestly I'll continue to provide sources because it's the right thing to do.
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    pwnophobia's Avatar
    I love it when the stories just MAGICALLY APPEAR days later, on a news site, and there is no source like they just HAPPENED to stumble upon it after the rest of the Internet reported on it for days.
    Posted 11-04-2009 at 06:54 AM by pwnophobia pwnophobia is offline
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    lost's Avatar
    Or when it appears on volunteer run sites first but then the pro guys avoid linking in order to not look like they are shirking work.
    Posted 11-05-2009 at 04:07 PM by lost lost is offline
 

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