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FYI: We Know The PS3 Was Hacked & The PSP2 Will Be Announced

Much like the PS3 hacks, I'm wondering if gaming outlets will cross the line between reporting the news to advertising a product when the PSP2 is announced.

Isaiah Taylor, Blogger

January 27, 2011

3 Min Read


 A Blog talking about how there are too many blogs. Irony.

I’m glad that we live in a world were any information directly associated with my obscure taste is a sausage finger press away. Yes, I am aware of the irony of writing about something that seems to beoverly written about. The argument of what is news and when it ceases to be is typically a topic I oft not butt into, until now. If you haven’t been perusing the various posts of VG247 amongst other video game blogs then you should know, the PS3 has been hacked. Not only this, but you should care dearly because, well … that I’m not too sure on. 

The hacker in question, George “GeoHotz” Hotz, has garnered quite the attention maelstrom since his last notable hack. Hotz’s legal fate still hangs in the balance, but this isn’t the core concern. At the most he’ll have to pay some form of infringing fine and at the least he’ll more than likely be offered a job. 

Pretty much the long and short of it, but it would seem that at this point of the year news is rolling kind of slow. Especially anything Sony-related. My journalism friends tell me that “news is news.” And if it is relevant to the audience then there is a need to share it. I am aware of how dicey it can be reporting about all-things-piracy. There is a fine line in revealing one of the most popular games in the console gaming world is now open to cheaters -- for the foreseeable future as a result of a console being hacked. Seems a bit redundant seeing as the same site has already reported several times that the console has been hacked.


 You can't fight the numbers. When you whisper the word hack in the gaming community, gamers will flock.

Clicks. We need them, we want them. It signifies that someone out there, even for a moment, opted to read this drivel we spew. [Sidenote: please read more drivel I spew] It also doesn’t hurt that most blogs make their money off clicked links. There is no way to gauge if someone will engage in criminal activity as a result of a blog post. I think an argument could be made that if one were to hack their PS3, they were going to do it regardless if Kotaku reported it numerous times.

My conflict and fanciful resolution is balancing relevance with eventual rhetoric. A lot of these blog posts could be consolidated into one or two with updates. This method would allow you to report the twists and turns of a developing hacked PS3 story (for example) to the readers interested. The method used now is still reporting, by a technicality, but with multiple posts about small developments its almost acting as advertisement. 

It should also be stated that I would not have known the PS3 was hacked until I ventured on to one of these referenced gaming blogs. The average person who owns a current generation console stands a good chance of not caring. This further sticks to my point of the audience reading these posts probably don’t need a copious amount on a semi-daily basis.

As I write this, I’m waiting for the eventual and inevitable PSP2 announcement. Hours from now there will be blogs that report the news we already know several times over. What can we do to make events (using the term loosely) like these work better for both the reader and the sites that support the journalists?


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