Brian Crecente

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Brian Crecente
Crecente at the 2007 Electronic Entertainment Expo
Born (1970-07-28) 28 July 1970 (age 44)
Residence Pawling, New York
Occupation Journalist, editor, columnist, Video games journalist

Brian Crecente (born July 28, 1970) is an American journalist and columnist. He is a founding editor and the news editor for Polygon. He also writes Good Game, a weekly column internationally syndicated by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.[1]

The former editor-in-chief of Kotaku, Crecente was educated at the University of Maryland, College Park. He began his career as a journalist with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He covered crime and public safety for daily newspapers in Texas, Florida and Colorado for 12 years before starting his career as a video game journalist.[2]

Crecente was named one of the 20 most influential people in the video game industry over the past 20 years by GamePro in 2009[3] and one of gaming's Top 50 journalists by Edge in 2006.[4] He was featured in a 5280 biography.[5]

Crecente is married and has one child.[6]

Sony blackballing[edit]

On March 1, 2007 Kotaku reported – as a follow-up to an interview with the Game Developers Conference executive director, Jamil Moledina, who said that Sony's Phil Harrison's keynote would make PlayStation 3 owners "very happy" – a rumor from an anonymous tipster that the PlayStation 3 would be releasing "PlayStation Home," an achievement and virtual avatar add-on. When reached for comment by Crecente, Sony told Kotaku that they "do not comment on rumors or speculation" and asked him not to publish the story. The story was published anyway, and Sony's David Karraker sent an email declaring that the two parties' professional relationship was suspended. Crecente published Karraker's email and his response. Later that day, Karraker and Crecente spoke on the phone and sorted the matter out, and Sony invited Kotaku to their GDC events and meetings.[7][8]

Call of Duty leak[edit]

On May 13, 2011, writing for Kotaku, Crecente revealed the existence of Modern Warfare 3. According to Crecente's story, the information came from multiple sources. The leak contained thorough information about the game, confirming that it would be a direct sequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, as well details regarding weapons, levels and modes found in the game.[9] In response to the leaks, Robert Bowling tweeted "A lot of hype & a lot of leaked info on MW3, some still accurate, some not. To avoid spoiling the experience, I'd wait for the real reveal." Just hours after the leaked assets appeared on Kotaku, four teaser trailers were released on the official Call of Duty YouTube page, separately titled "America", "England", "France" and "Germany", indicating the various locales of the game.[10]


  1. ^ "MCT News Service adds new video game column". McClatchy-Tribune via TMC. March 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  2. ^ Claire (no surname given) (February 2005). "Video Game Extravaganza Pop Quiz". Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  3. ^ Shuman, Sid (May 2009). "20 Most Influential People in Gaming: #20 - Brian Crecente". IDG. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  4. ^ Staff, Edge (October 2006). "GAMING'S TOP 50 JOURNALISTS". Future plc. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  5. ^ Sanchez, Robert (July 2009). "Game Boy". 5280. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  6. ^ Crecente, Brian (November 2004). "Brian Crecente Bio". Kotaku. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  7. ^ Top: Sony Blackballs Kotaku (UPDATED). (March 1, 2007). Retrieved on September 7, 2011.
  8. ^ Sony: Sony and Kotaku Make-Up. (March 1, 2007). Retrieved on September 7, 2011.
  9. ^ Crecente, Brian (2011-05-13). "The Modern Warfare 3 Files: Exclusive First Details on the Biggest Game of 2011". Kotaku. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  10. ^ Robinson, Andy. "Modern Warfare 3: Teaser trailers explode". ComputerAndVideoGames. 

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