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Oh, SteamRaider... If you'd ever worked outside "the dev side of games" (I have no idea what this actually means - you develop games? Or you PR games that people develop? What's the not-dev side of games?) you'd realise it doesn't really work that way anywhere else. I spend my days deluged with hundreds and hundreds of emails, calls and cupcakes floating what, in 95% of cases, are horrible, artless ideas with no headline potential. I have cultivated excellent relationships with PR and marketing folk who understand what they're doing, thank you very much. The rest need to work bloody hard to have me even remember their names, let alone their bullet-pointed corporate schpiel. The amusingly veiled threat you sign off with is sort of representative of my entire point. You are a PR in games. In your industry, the PR holds the power, and the journalist must endeavour to gain some by being "nice". It should not be like this. Elsewhere, it is not like this. Elsewhere there is real news to be reported, which journalists have the wit and wherewithal to investigate themselves, without reliance on timed releases, "embargoes", and desperation not to have you and your kin pull whatever passes for their online ad revenues these days. Cushty job you've got there anyway - well done. Keep enjoying it.
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NopeNope was a bit mean, but I'm afraid I share some of the basics of what he's saying here. You can't really get brownie points by publicly admitting you've apologised to a PR for the conduct of someone who is utterly unrelated to you. I've been a journalist for seven years (most not in games, thank the Lord) and would never dream of apologising to a PR. If Disney let that guy into their stand, that was absolutely their fault and their problem to deal with, not yours. Please be aware that any "off the record juicy info" you received would have been discussed by committee many times before it was spoken to you, and was probably given to others. You're not a special snowflake, and living happily under the PR thumb doesn't make you better than a horrid little swag-hunting blogger in the eyes of the corporate PR machine. You're a statistic they are nice to to get the coverage they need. As Orwell said, journalism would be printing what they did not want you to print, rather than this piece telling everybody who covers news and events in your industry to be lovely and polite to public relations execs. They will not, and should not, ever regard you in the same way. We've all got jobs to do - make sure you remember what yours is.
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