This whole little issue has got me thinking. Now that we have the internet, does the gaming journalist industry help us the consumer at all? I can't think of a single valuable thing journalists do that actually requires them.
Thanks to things like Reddit, the community itself can interview the developers. Message boards allow us to gather facts about the positives and negatives of a game far more accurately than some people who probably played a couple of hours at most of the game in question. NeoGAF appears to be the source of all "insider" information about developers anyways, with journalists just hopping onto the reporting bandwagon.
Like, maybe I'm missing something, but professional video game journalism seems like a huge joke and a huge waste of everyone's time.
Perfection. Where everyone fails. If you expect nothing you can be happy for everything.
All I can really say at this point is, "Why am I not surprised?"...
On second though, let me elaborate...
Figuratively being in bed with each other was a given for me, but literally being in bed with each other isn't exactly a shocking development to tell the truth.
And seriously, no matter how much of this is true or not, it really hasn't changed my opinion on the current state of gaming "journalism". I mean, either way this is just plain sad, and I just can't say I'm surprised. You know?