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The Daily Mail Wants You To Read Its Games Coverage

Why you should not.

“Video games can receive a harsh dressing down from most mainstream publications,” said Daily Mail Games writer Talal Musa. “We aim to show another side of them and what better way to reach out to people than the world’s largest website.”

That will be the same Daily Mail who linked Modern Warfare 3′s train crash scene to the London Underground bombings, a website who as of right now shove video games under the general banner of “Science” rather than “Entertainment”.

A search on the website for “Video game” reveals such horrific literary gems including “Babysitters kill girl, 7, with Mortal Kombat video game moves” and “French terrorist played violent video game Call of Duty before embarking on brutal killing spree of seven, says wife”.

One of their most recent articles, “Hiking, camping and… Call of Duty? Boy Scouts of America introduces new video game merit badge” begins with horrifically negative sentence “Forget the hiking and the camping – now Boy Scouts can earn a badge just by sitting around and playing video games.”

Just by sitting around and playing video games, their exact derisory words.  Even the headline is misjudged, Call Of Duty is an 18 rated games, American Boy Scouts are aged 10 to 18 so only the very eldest could play the game.

Two paragraphs later they explain how the badge will be achieved:

“To earn the award, the scout must analyze different types of games; describe the play value, content, and theme.  Finally, he must understand the significance of intellectual property as it relates to the game industry.”

Does any of that sound like just sitting around and playing video games? Not at all, Scouts are going to have to work hard to get the badge.

Just for good measure they decide to add in “The badge comes after a tumultuous few months for the Boy Scouts, who have been debating over whether to allow gay members.” They are not finished yet though, oh no. “In October, thousands of pages of secret documents known as the ‘perversion files’ reveal how sexual abuse of boys was covered up for decades.”

The Daily Mail have taken what should have been a positive story about gaming, a pastime they clearly still view as sitting about doing f*ck all, and dropped in mentions of gays and perverts in the next two sentences, subtly – but not explicitly – linking the three stories.


Update: Having been directed to this post via Twitter (and TSA community member, Adam Guest) The Daily Mail Games twitter account has responded saying that they understand this reaction and endeavour to deliver more regular and positive coverage.

It’s a very sensible, calm response from someone who seems to understand the situation and want to work to make things better and that’s an attitude that, despite any misgivings we have about the rest of the publication, we wholeheartedly support.

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24 Comments
  1. posem
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Glad it’s the BSA getting negative coverage and not UK Scouting, our HQ seems to be on the ball always with the media. #proudtoscout

    Comment posted on 15/03/2013 at 10:46.
  2. Eldur
    Member
    Since: Nov 2012

    STOP PRESSES!

    Daily Mail is filled with misinformed, sensationalist, bigoted rubbish SHOCK!

    Do you feel better now TC?

    Comment posted on 15/03/2013 at 10:49.
  3. yiddo
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    And to think that people at the Daily Mail get paid to chat pure shit. It sickens me.

    Comment posted on 15/03/2013 at 11:00.
    • Avenger
      Member
      Since: Oct 2012

      They get paid because the drones of society hear what they want to hear, have their stereotypes confirmed and have an all round political correctness adhered to.

      Mind you, the CoD 7/7 article that is linked above is actually quite objective. There isn’t any insinuations against the game or gaming, just that it features terrorism and is protested against. The backdrop of 7/7 shots against CoD shots don’t really relate at all. It seems like an article where the readers probably make their own interpretation.

      Comment posted on 15/03/2013 at 11:19.
  4. Jones81
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    I fucking despise the daily mail with a passion. I wouldnt wipe my arse with that pathetic bigoted fascist fuelled excuse for a newspaper. Excuse the outburst

    Comment posted on 15/03/2013 at 11:02.
  5. Jones81
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Re the update. If I were you I wouldn’t believe a word of it, they have always been full of shite, and likely always will be

    Comment posted on 15/03/2013 at 11:18.
  6. Avenger
    Member
    Since: Oct 2012

    The Daily Mail is hardly gaming journalism so I say forget them. If they want to spout out crap then let them do that, but there is a reason why I go to sixth axis and why I don’t waste money of papers: Gaming!

    The Times is a little bit better, not to rough on the arse :P

    Comment posted on 15/03/2013 at 11:23.
  7. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    Anyone who reads the Daily Mail I wouldn’t listen to anyway. It’s possibly worse than The Sun these days

    Comment posted on 15/03/2013 at 11:29.
  8. Moshbag
    Member
    Since: Nov 2011

    It’s laughable to think the person reporting in the Games section will have any editorial say over the sensationalist stuff in the main paper.

    Comment posted on 15/03/2013 at 11:35.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      Yeah that’s kinda the main problem. Daily Mail Games do genuinely to want to change the attitude towards gaming at the paper but I doubt they can.

      Comment posted on 15/03/2013 at 11:57.
  9. Starman
    Member
    Since: Jul 2011

    I saw an advert for Aliens Colonial Marines and the only media quote was from the daily mail.

    I like how the medias scare story game of choice went from mortal kombat in the early 90′s, then doom, GTA and now CoD. Its like only 1 game exists to them at a time.

    Comment posted on 15/03/2013 at 11:43.
  10. Awayze
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    Daily Mail is usually filled with rubbish and made up stories.

    Comment posted on 15/03/2013 at 11:53.

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