Saturday, January 28, 2006

Can 1up.com Be Taken Seriously?


About a week or so ago, 1up.com posted an article about how Jared (from those infamous Subway commercials) has a “huge amount of hate” for Nintendo (the article was titled “Jared’s Six Inches of Nintendo Hate”, appropriately enough. When you read the actual source of the article, though, you would find out that Jared only said things along the lines of that playing too much Nintendo, eating too much fatty foods, and not exercising enough caused him to become overweight. He never mentioned once throughout the original article that he hates Nintendo or anything of that nature. Why would 1up.com even post an article like this? I still have not come up with an answer to that question, though I’m guessing that the writer of the article (Dan Dormer) probably has poor reading comprehension skills.

Now, 1up.com has made another huge blunder. They have been found guilty of possibly plagiarizing. Frequent visitors of the DOA Central forums have noticed that the Dead or Alive 4 Strategy guide posted on 1up.com was stolen from the DOA Central Site with a few things re-worded in-between.

What I find funny about all this is that the EGM Editor-In-Chief, Dan Shoe, posted an article on his 1up.com blog about corruption and shady on goings in the game industry. Dan Shoe is pointing fingers at other magazines and sources, yet 1up.com is guilty of two of the biggest blunders in a popular game-related site in recent memory. Now how can we take 1up.com, or any Ziff Davis publication, for that matter, seriously after this type of stuff happens? Simply put, we can’t. This doesn’t mean I will stop reading EGM or anything like that, because I find their mags quite entertaining, but I will take most of their information in the magazines with a grain of salt.

Maybe I’ll write an article about how the gaming industry is getting ruined by corruption, write some false information about game companies shortly after that, and then copy paste a few guides from Game Faqs. What do you think?

3 Comments:

At 9:05 AM, Blogger gnome said...

Mind you that "guilty of possible" anything, means guilty about nothing (at least yet)... Anyway. Interesting post

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger Ender said...

This is a weird topic for me, as it is for you Ross. I concur with your feelings about plagiarism, but like you, I still love the EGM magazine. In fact, I need to get a new subscription......

I've always liked "Shoe", so this news is a tad disappointing....

 
At 12:45 AM, Anonymous Scrubking said...

I'm not surprised.

 

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