Gaming journalism is possibly one of the most distrusted professions and there’s a great deal of scrutiny surrounding critical scores. This is expected though as people are very passionate and knowledgeable about their favourite game franchise. Additionally, becoming a professional gaming journalist is a dream for many people and it can be frustrating to see hired individuals showing a complete lack of knowledge. IGN’s readership is absolutely massive, but also known for inconsistent reviews scores, and poor standards of writing.
Recently, during a round-table discussion, one journalist claimed PC gaming didn’t have any major recording software and lacked in this department compared to the Xbox One. This is laughable as prior to the latest consoles, recording footage on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 required a dedicated piece of hardware. In contrast to this, the PC has a huge array of software including XSplit, Fraps, Open Broadcast Software, MSI Afterburner, Shadowplay, Dxtory and more! Once again IGN’s complete incompetence surrounding the PC gaming industry and hardware defies belief.
The journalist in question, Sean Finnegan, attempted to defend his comments and said:
Listen, I obviously know about Shadowplay and Fraps and other such apps for PC capture. That's not really what I was getting at, lol.
This response doesn’t evoke a sense of confidence and exemplifies IGN’s atrocious journalistic standards. To be fair, mistakes can happen, but this is a simple concept and doesn’t require years of industry experience to be aware of. Windows 10 now integrates a capture feature to make sharing footage incredibly easy. It’s no wonder gaming audiences around the world distrust journalists. Without sounding too harsh, it makes me question how someone could attain such an important job position while spouting rubbish. Finnegan’s remarks are akin to something you would hear from a devout Xbox fanatic.
As modern media changes, traditional print outlets are being closed down. Furthermore, IGN is becoming a laughing stock among a certain core demographic and these ignorant comments won’t help matters.
In the past week or so we have heard multiple stories and sources regarding the newest line up of AMD graphic card solutions; namely the Radeon Rx 300 series and the highly anticipated R9 Fury X.
It came as a surprise for most people that this High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) touting micro card had what it takes to shake up the NVIDIA top cards; despite not actually having the rumoured power to completely dethrone the GTX 980Ti or Titan X graphics cards.
AMD’s Facebook page posts a lot of links relating to reviews about its graphics cards or processors, but as good publicity for itself; you would expect for them to only pick and post favourable reviews that shines a good light on the hardware.
As of 9am GMT yesterday (25th June), AMD had posted two reviews, one from Forbes and another from IGN. Two fairly well-known technology outlets, but AMD didn’t realise that the preview of the IGN review gave praise in the one hand, but also took the feet from under then almost immediately after.
IGN wrote “The Fury X is an outstanding GPU that runs cool and quiet, but it’s not the knockout punch to Nvidia that everyone had hoped for.”
And just in case the post gets pulled, here’s a screenshot.
Do you think that AMD knew what it was doing by posting this article? Self-admittance that the card wasn’t as planned or maybe they just picked the best of a bad bunch? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox One will be getting a day one update. Actually the news comes as little surprise since Microsoft has admitted that they continue to tweak the software and optimize the system.
The update is said to not only optimize the system to get the most performance out of the system, as executive told IGN: “We are optimising Xbox One so that the day one update is as fast as possible. While we’re still finalizing the details, we expect that the download will take between 15 and 20 minutes for most users.”,but it also apparently will contain new firmware that is necessary to reverse Microsoft’s original decision to place restrictions that required online validation to enable the use of pre-owned software. This firmware apparently removes all of these restrictions.
On Monday, Microsoft announced plans for a worldwide Xbox One promotional tour. Beginning on October 1 and running until the end of the year, the tour will take in 75 cities with the initial phase covering Europe, the US and Canada.
The tour will give consumers the chance to go hands-on with games including Forza 5, Ryse, Killer Instinct, Dead Rising 3, Kinect Sports Rivals, Crimson Dragon, Max: Curse of the Brotherhood and Zoo Tycoon. While attendance is free of charge, it’s limited to those over 18 years of age and space will be limited.
Microsoft has confirmed a Xbox One release date of November 22, 2013 in 13 markets. The Xbox One price has been set at £430 / €500 / $500.
Thank you CVG and Fudzilla for providing us with this information.