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Announcing: Video Game Media Watch

The Video Game Ombudsman is now Video Game Media Watch. The same great video game media criticism you love, now with a new name, new design and a new address at VGMWatch.com. More information about the move is available in this introductory post. Update your bookmarks and head on over!

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Chobot Invasion

Love her or hate her, you have to admit there aren’t too many game journalists besides Jessica Chobot who can inspire thei own Flash game only a few months after exploding onto the scene. (via everyone’s favorite rabidly anti-Chobot site DontLinkThis)

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The Syndication of GameSpot

Thanks to quite a few people for pointing me to this Sports Gamer post which, in turn, points to this CNet Press Release. Amid much talk of CNet’s financial results, the release lists out Gamespot’s “content relationship” partners, including one that might surprise you: In addition, GameSpot continued to extend content relationships during the quarter, […]

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Psychic Journalism

Thanks to Ombudsman reader Justin McElroy for pointing me to a Computer and Video Games article about some alleged Nintendo Revolution videos uncovered by a French gaming Web site. It’s a pretty standard, substance-free rumor-mongering article, with an added psychic twist: “We can’t confirm or deny whether they’re true either way, and of course if […]

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G4-shadowing

Are you ready to be surprised when G4 broadcasts its third annual G-Phoria awards ceremony on Tuesday, August 9? Well, too bad. G4 has gone and spoiled the surprise by releasing a list of the winners that were revealed at a Los Angeles ceremony last night. Readers of this blog will know I’m no fan […]

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Bloody Errors

The Associated Press has a great human interest story about a blind 17-year-old gamer who routinely beats opponents with his back turned away from the screen. The article has one quote, though, that makes it seems like the story’s author wasn’t watching the screen either. In describing a Soul Calibur II (the article misspells it […]

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Now That's Sarcasm

Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad is Good for You, has an excellent commentary piece in today’s Los Angeles Times defending Grand Theft Auto. He makes great use of sarcasm, statistics, and specific anecdotal examples to make a thoroughly convincing argument. Johnson expressed a similar sentiment on NPR’s Fresh Air last week. That remind me, […]

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Thompson: Gaming News Sites Are Useful for Something

“Sims 2, the latest version of the Sims video game franchise … contains, according to video game news sites [emphasis added], full frontal nudity, including nipples, penises, labia, and pubic hair.”-Attorney Jack Thompson, as quoted in a Gamespot article Nice to know that Thompson is willing to use the games press to his advantage, even […]

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The Paper of (Inaccurate) Record

The New York Times: “Over all, the Grand Theft Auto series has sold more than 21 million games, making it the best-selling game on record.“ WikiPedia: Nope

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Game Editors of the World…

…Unite agains the injustice of controversy. (via Kotaku)

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