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These Rumors Really Have To Stop

April 19, 2015 / 1:39 PM

By: Jesse Waldack

How many times is the gaming media going to stop making fools of themselves?  They see a screenshot posted on twitter, on reddit, or anywhere else and instantly start treating it like it’s some hot breaking news.

Then 24-48 hours later, when that rumor is proven to be false, they have to go back and update their articles with an “Oops, they got us again! Our bad!”

What happened to actual journalism?  What happened to checking facts against credible sources?  I think that these gaming media web sites and blogs have forgotten, or never have known, what that means.

Remember the rumor about Rayman in Smash? Proven fake:

Remember the Thousand Year Door for 3DS rumor? Proven fake:

Well, now this wonderful piece of art has been gracing twitter all afternoon:

And I’ve seen two articles written on it sourcing this tweet already.  Yes, they call it rumor, but really, is this news?  Is this credible enough to post on your web site so you don’t look like a fool when you have to update it when it is proven false?

Think about this:  We usually know about games several months in advance.  If there is a new Zelda game in development and it is already completed and close enough to release that it is in the hands of under-embargo reviewers, wouldn’t you think that we’d know about this by now?  Yes, there are games that Nintendo will do “and it releases TODAY” in a Nintendo Direct, but Zelda is not one of those franchises.  That type of game would be their smaller downloadable games like NES Remix.

If this game existed, would I buy it? YES!

Do I think this game will exist? No.

What will change my mind for that last question? Nintendo officially announcing it.  That makes it news worthy.

Let me know in the comments below if you think I’m way off on this or if you are in agreement that handling rumors and speculation in the gaming media has to change.

About the author /

Having played Intellivision and Atari games since he was six, Jesse has not only grown up with video games, but has seen just about everything. A husband and father of three teenagers, he still tries to squeeze in a game or three when he is able.

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