Why do games journalists insult people?

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Why do they do it?

It’s a very odd part of the gaming industry, you see it in virtually every magazine and on most gaming blogs. The guys and girls behind the keyboards seem to take pleasure in either insulting their readers or other members of the industry.

The latest example that got me thinking was this piece by Kevin Kelly of Joystiq who goes on a little mission about some other game reviewer and ends up with a very patronising piece.

I can understand some guys lashing out at times as you won’t believe the amount of abuse and negative comments that are received but when you get to the point where you feel that patronising your clientele is a good idea then it’s time to take a break.

I can only imagine that this oddity came about by people needing to make themselves feel more important and the age old way of doing that is by trying to bully other people.

I do generally expect more from Joystiq though.

Last Updated: August 13, 2008

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