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I Want to Shut Down Kotaku #EndKotaku

A Call for Integrity in Video Game Journalism




It's become increasingly hard to watch a once-revered institution like Kotaku (yeah, I know, it's been a long time) diverge from the path of journalistic integrity. This deviation is not just a misstep; it's a perilous journey that could potentially derail the credibility and the very essence of video game journalism.



Kotaku, under the umbrella of G/O Media, has been a pivotal voice in the video game industry for years. However, recent shifts in their editorial direction have raised alarms among the gaming community. The core issue here is not just about biased reporting; it's about the transformation of Kotaku into a platform where activism overshadows objective journalism. This trend is disconcerting because it places personal agendas above factual reporting and fair analysis.



The implications of such a journalistic approach are profound. Video game developers, who depend on unbiased reviews and critical feedback to refine their creations, find themselves at the mercy of skewed narratives. Like Alyssa Mercante, who admitted to changing a story to fit her narrative instead of presenting the story in full to readers. This not only affects their ability to improve but also misguides consumers who rely on these reviews to make informed decisions. Furthermore, this biased perspective is not confined to the realm of professional critique; it seeps into the overall news reporting, influencing public opinion and potentially harming the reputation of the gaming industry at large.


I Want to Shut Down Kotaku #EndKotaku
This is long overdue.

One-sided stories, misrepresentations, and a lack of objectivity are symptoms of a larger problem. Kotaku's recent editorial choices seem to prioritize sensationalism and ideological propagation over balanced reporting. Such practices not only tarnish its reputation but also undermine the trust placed in it by its audience. The consequence? A divided community where discussions are driven by controversy rather than constructive dialogue.


The gaming community deserves better. We are a diverse group of individuals who share a common passion for video games. What we need is journalism that respects its audience, values truth over agenda, and contributes positively to the growth of our beloved industry. Journalism should illuminate truths, challenge misconceptions, and foster a community that thrives on knowledge and respect.


The change.org petition I've created is a call to action for every gamer, developer, and industry supporter who believes in the sanctity of truthful journalism. By signing this petition, we demand accountability from Kotaku's parent company, G/O Media. We urge them to steer Kotaku back to its roots of unbiased reporting, where integrity isn't sacrificed for sensationalism. Should they refuse, we advocate for a shutdown, to preserve what integrity is left in the video game journalism sphere.


Your voice is crucial. It’s a beacon for change and a stance against the corruption of a medium that informs, entertains, and unites us. Sign the petition to demand that Kotaku either reforms or relinquishes its platform, ensuring that video game journalism remains a pillar of truth, untouched by undue influence. Join this movement to uphold the standards we, as a community, deserve.

Sign the petition today and spread the #EndKotaku hashtag on Twitter!

~Smash

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