Video Game Article

Video Game Article
A witty caption that misses the tone (Image: Stolen from Google)

Pithy opening that assumes my position as the imparter of information, but also implies my confidence that over a beer we could get on just fine. Declaration of the news story in one line, strongly suggesting — though absolutely not directly saying so — that I am first to break this story.

Break.

Reveal that this information comes courtesy of Other Major Gaming Site, including a link so they don’t feel overly perturbed as I summarise their story in my own words. “Quote from the person who revealed the information on their Twitter, that OMGS happened to notice before we did, thus getting their story up first.”

Divergent information from my own knowledge and understanding of the situation, added to make this article more than just a link to another site’s reporting of a tweet that, let’s be honest, they most likely saw reported on a smaller site, then figured they could just link to directly to the tweet and not give credit because no one’s heard of Smaller Gaming Site anyway.

Image: The Universe Image: The Universe

Fourth paragraph of this bit that strongly suggests a deep cynicism of this industry, but actually feels no such malice. Reveal that actually, re-reporting a story in the style of the site I write for provides not only a service to those who primarily read this site, but also offers a chance to do a better job than the Other Major Gaming Site, whose reporting was not only dull, but made a couple of serious factual mistakes that I noticed thanks to the strong editorial standards of this site.

Pleasure knowing that certain major sites will have taken the above paragraphs personally, despite their name never having even been vaguely alluded to, because they know. Moment pondering how this spoof of gaming site archetypal posts no longer works as it begins to refer to only itself. Pleasure at having spelt “archetypal” correctly first time. Realisation this idea is played out.

Acknowledgement that this post serves to entertain no one but its author. Consideration of how editors will react when they return from day off, or — more likely — check in during their day off to make sure nothing like this is happening.

Gratuitous link to own website.

End. (Of career.)

Comments

  • And screenshot to make sure there is a permanent reminder that at least one person on the staff of this site has a brilliant sense of humor 😉

    • Also to everyone reading: John hasn’t/isn’t going anywhere! Seen some comments of people thinking this was a signing off post — it’s totally not.

      • I was referring to this part: “Pleasure knowing that certain major sites will have taken the above paragraphs personally, despite their name never having even been vaguely alluded to, because they know.” Because I don’t doubt that said people read the article and did take it personally, since those people are in every job field. Which is great to laugh at in hindsight, less great when changing employers.

  • John’s always had a good sense of humour; and we’ve always run posts on site designed to cheer people up, have a bit of fun or occasionally take the piss. There’s gotta be something to break up some of the monotony (and occasional misery) of the world from time to time.

    Also, if people are still missing context, it’s the video game article version of this movie:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAG9Xn5bJwQ

    • I wonder how many sketches etc riff on the same theme as that video. I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen similar pieces to that. Maybe its novelty is in adding a lot of content to illustrate the theme?

  • Comment saying I really like original games concept or it’s previous title, expressed in a mute way that says I am excited but reminding myself the last time the publisher made a mistake… but still hopeful they learnt.

  • Post saying how much I loved the author’s writing back when they wrote for previous gaming site, and I’m glad they’re still keeping up their standards on their new job.

  • Corrections:

    “offers a chance to do a better job than the Other Major Gaming Site, whose reporting was not only dull, but made a couple of serious factual mistakes that I noticed thanks to the strong reader comments section of sites sites”.

    and

    “Pleasure at having spelt “archetypal” correctly first time, after my word processor highlighted the spelling that I was going to use before I hit the submission button”.

    • erghh…correction:

      “factual mistakes that I noticed thanks to the strong reader comments section of other sites”.

      Why no edit button for your own posts? Why no proofreading?

  • Yo did Walker just upload Kotaku’s article template by mistake?

    Nice save in making it seem “ironic”. Don’t worry, we won’t tell.

  • Funny stuff, in the same same cheek as the Outer Worlds 2 trailer revealed at E3 this year. nice one 🙂

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