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The Jimquistion[edit]

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Saw this on the Hatred (video game) page. Recalling that Jim Sterling left The Escapist a couple of months ago, as well as him formally from Destructoid, there may be some reliability from him. Like Robert Christgau for music. Though it just being a WordPress website does make it come off more as a blog. GamerPro64 04:59, 3 June 2015 (UTC)

I'd actually support this. Jim is one of the finest games journalists we have and, surprisingly, has been on metacritic since The Jimquisition (.com) launched. I'd call him reliable, but probably deserves to fall into situational until graduation (similar to The Escapist). Zero Serenity (talk - contributions) 06:58, 3 June 2015 (UTC)
He's certainly been cited by a large number of RSes in the past and I believe he has something of a reputation as an "established expert on the subject matter" whose work in the relevant field has been reliably published in the past. As such his I think his writing at other sites might be considered to be reliable as a "self-published expert source". -Thibbs (talk) 10:25, 3 June 2015 (UTC)
For what its worth Robert Christgau is definitely the exception, not the rule, over at WP:ALBUMS. Just about every source that has been suggested on the grounds of "He's like Christgau" has largely been rejected. Its rather hard to be elevated quite to that level. Not sure JS is there or not. Sergecross73 msg me 14:45, 3 June 2015 (UTC)
Sterling isn't high tier of a critic like Christgau is. I meant more of individual's writing reviews instead of being part of a established websites like his previous venues. GamerPro64 16:15, 3 June 2015 (UTC)

Bumping this for a bit more attention, as he was briefly used at Fallout Shelter till being removed in favor of IGN as a better source. The archives suggests that nearly 5 years ago there was one lengthy-ish section about him, with a lot of back and forth that seemed mostly tied to personal taste of him. -- ferret (talk) 01:56, 27 June 2015 (UTC)

  • I think it's fair to use his statements of opinion but the point of a reliable source is editorial oversight for statements of facts. As a one-man outlet, the Jimquisition is feasibly never the best source for statements of fact. Even then, I'd only use his opinion when it is notable, as in referenced by other outlets, but even then I'd cite that secondary source instead of Jimquisition directly... I'd also be hesitant to give him "self-published expert source" carte blanche and I think the guideline's advice on that mirrors what I just said. So, situational. – czar 17:02, 4 July 2015 (UTC)
As it seems I forgot to say something, I threw him into situational alongside Jay is Games (and correcting a small thing about screwattack). I figured this wouldn't hurt anybody. Zero Serenity (talk - contributions) 06:05, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

GameRanx and DualShockers[edit]

Been seeing GameRanx being used lately (mostly for "Best of" list), while DualShockers I've have heard was reliable but there wasn't any real consensus on it.

GameRanx: http://www.gameranx.com

DualShockers: http://www.dualshockers.com

GamerPro64 02:01, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

I'm pretty sure Dualshockers was deemed unreliable. I'm always removing it from Tezero's work, and I thought that was why... Sergecross73 msg me 02:33, 4 July 2015 (UTC)
Looking at the archives, there's wasn't any real consensus made. Just some talks about COI and spam issues. Nothing much on its merit. GamerPro64 02:56, 4 July 2015 (UTC)
Is there an argument for its reliability? I see no editorial policy and its EIC has no industry experience. Otherwise it looks like a straightforward no. – czar 05:57, 4 July 2015 (UTC)
Saw it mentioned at Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy's FAC so might as well give it its day in court. GamerPro64 06:16, 4 July 2015 (UTC)
I'm going to say unreliable. The staff has no special credentials and I see no reputation for checking facts. It's used twice in that FAC article: once as a news post and once as a longer piece by Alexa Ray Corriea (even though the current site doesn't show author bylines). She wrote it freelance but later worked at Polygon and GameSpot, so I'm not sure how I'd treat that one, but the site generally has no hallmarks of reliability. – czar 16:44, 4 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Unreliable - per Czar, and the prior discussion. Sergecross73 msg me 16:46, 4 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Gameranx looks unreliable as well, same as last time. They have an ethics policy but no formal editorial oversight (apart from an anonymous source measure in the ethics policy). – czar 16:55, 4 July 2015 (UTC)
Let's expand upon GameRanx. They're owned by Complex, which I've also seen be used for "best of" lists. So how reliable is its parent website? GamerPro64 21:32, 11 July 2015 (UTC)
I don't have an extended opinion of Complex Media, but their list of game website holdings doesn't indicate whether any of the magazine's oversight extends to the sub-sites. (For that matter, I'm not even sure of the relation between Complex the magazine and the website.) And as most of the regulars here already know, I don't think much of the "top X" listicles as articles that we should be citing for any real editorial import. So I don't know what's up with Complex, but their gaming sites appear to be functioning apart from whatever editorial oversight they have, and they each should be evaluated on their own merits. – czar 22:16, 11 July 2015 (UTC)

Hm, how much is relevant to be cited by other RSes? It's cited by CNET, Time , VG247, GameZone, GameSpot, among others according to the WP:VG/RS searching tool ([1], [2]). Gabriel Yuji (talk) 00:26, 12 July 2015 (UTC)

It factors in, but in this case I'd say that DualShockers is being cited the same way they would cite a third party blog or critic. Professional credibility is usually a factor alongside (not in replacement of) editorial oversight. But I've said enough on this so others should chime in. – czar 02:15, 12 July 2015 (UTC)

GameCritics?[edit]

Unless I'm missing something on the page, I'm surprised GameCritics is not on the list of sources? I'm also here to ask if it's reliable, as I'm in the process of bringing an article up to GA with one of its reviews included. Its about us page has a list of critics and a philosophy, but even so, I'm still unsure if it can be used as a source. If it's already on the list of reliable sources as a different name or if it has been discussed about before, then I'm sorry to bring it up. JAGUAR  22:06, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

  • Looks unreliable. I see no hallmarks of reliability (editorial oversight or industry expertise). – czar 23:21, 6 July 2015 (UTC)
  • I'm not sure. A couple of the critics I have checked have professional backgrounds but the fact that the about-us page states that "anyone can apply" to be a critic makes me unsure... and I'm still lingering on building up one of the reviews as I don't feel qualified enough to decide whether or not it can be used! JAGUAR  16:19, 7 July 2015 (UTC)
Both founders and every editor I spot checked were hobbyists (no professional pedigrees). That aside, there's no editorial policy of oversight or any other sign that it's a source of repute. – czar 17:59, 7 July 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, I've removed the GameCritics mention from the article. JAGUAR  21:31, 7 July 2015 (UTC)

Dorkly[edit]

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Do we have a stance on Dorkly? They seem to have their own staff], though not that big of one, and are apparently owned by the same people who do College Humor. I'm not overly familiar with their work though. Thoughts? Sergecross73 msg me 13:01, 13 July 2015 (UTC)

I'd say unreliable and not particularly useful anyway. Their content is designed to entertain rather than inform. Most of their articles are just dumb trivia or "what if" lists and they publish stuff like [3] without making it clear that it is false and satire. --The1337gamer (talk) 13:29, 13 July 2015 (UTC)
I agree with this being unreliable. Would consider it to be as reliable as Cracked as both are just humor websites and don't add much substance to a page. GamerPro64 17:47, 13 July 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. I assumed it would be considered unreliable or impractical for use. (I don't think I've really wanted to use it in 6 yrs of video game article writing.) I figured I'd ask, and also use it as an example as to how handle questions about sources to someone I'm trying to inform about Wikipedia. So thanks, this was a good example of how it goes. Sergecross73 msg me 16:17, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

That VideoGame Blog[edit]

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Discussed briefly once before, but wanted to confirm that this site is unreliable so it gets the X. No reputation for fact-checking or reliability. Writers page, no editorial policy. – czar 16:47, 20 July 2015 (UTC)

HonestGamers[edit]

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Want to confirm as unreliable. Their ethics page suggests that it's a self-run fan website with no professional expertise or reputation for accuracy. – czar 18:07, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

CinemaBlend[edit]

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Currently CinemaBlend isn't considered reliable due to this discussion five years ago. However, it also has a question mark next to it on the checklist. The site doesn't seem too bad in terms of reliability. Would at least consider it Situational. GamerPro64 21:33, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

Lots of PR talk on their about pages (and was recently purchased by Gateway Media). I don't see a compelling reason to trust it—no editorial policy, no staff pedigrees, and the only ways in which it's cited by other VGRS is in rumors or their interviews. I'd be hesitant to give them carte blanche or even situational status (situational for what cases?) – czar 22:02, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
Honestly I thought it had potential after reading some articles used in the Giant Bomb article, which was used multiple times. GamerPro64 00:05, 4 August 2015 (UTC)