Saturday, December 12, 2009

Things that do not belong on a serious news Web site's front page

Posted By on Sat, Dec 12, 2009 at 11:24 PM

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Screengrab from at 5:00 p.m. Saturday


So I head over to today to read up on Drew Brees being named King Bacchus (preemptive move to more easily turn Bacchus into a championship parade? I think so) and I come across another headline that catches my eye: "Madden 10: Turner burns the Saints again". Curious, I click on the video and am treated, nay, exposed (like a flasher exposes people) to a silent, 14-second video of Michael Turner's digital avatar burning the Saints defense in the video game "Madden 10". I then find out that has been running these videos regularly this season.


There are no words - but I'll sure as hell try.


What, exactly, is the thinking in this scenario? What service are they providing their readers by posting silent clips of video-game simulations that have no real context? The practice of having video games predicting the outcomes of real-life games is nothing new, but here went in another direction and decided that they would just show just one arbitrary highlight without showing the result.


Now, I could go off the rails on how this can be interpreted as a pathetic ploy for to lure readers thinking they've found some sort of game highlight or even some sort of well-balanced analysis of upcoming Saints games. I could also rant about how this is yet another example of how traditional print media really still has no idea what it's doing when it comes to providing fresh, original multi-media content on their Web sites.


But I'm not going to do any of that. I'm just going to question the validity of a paid, professional journalist playing video games and presenting highlights of said games online as news. I'll also question the editorial decision to post these videos on the FRONT PAGE of the Web site even though the 20 most recent videos posted have garnered a grand total of four comments and zero recommendations. Judging by how nearly every video has a different introduction (or none at all) it's clear they have no apparent production standard for their videos.


C'mon, Show us you're better than this.

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