Today I woke up to good news. Catherine coming out in North America? Oh, yeah, that’s good news, but the best news is that I was right. The vague article posted on Beefjack just reeked of poor journalism and sensationalism, and as it resonated through the blogosphere (1, 2) I chose to ignore it until something concrete came out…and now it has.
Before we break open the champagne, I just want to take a moment to further explain my frustrations here. Watching as gamers took the Beefjack article as God’s truth pained me; I wanted to shake each person who believed it and say “have some patience you moron!” And this isn’t the first time I have had to sit and watch people jump to conclusions for no good reason. But now, Beefjack has made a post blaming the games industry. You really need to read that malarkey.
They claim that Atlus PR lied to them regarding the release of Catherine. Oh no you didn’t, son. First of all, Journalism fucking 101: if you have a quote, attach the name of the person who made said quote so that they can be held accountable (I don’t even gotta journalism degree and I be knowin’ this). Their initial article does no such thing. Likewise, their new article blaming Atlus for supposedly lying to them does not do this either.
If I had undeniable proof that someone lied to me on a professional level, that shit would be pasted all over my blog. I would have fucking screenshots of my correspondence and I would contact Atlus for a statement openly. I wouldn’t bitch about how my mistake is not my own. As a reader or consumer of facts it is not your job to look for signs of sloppy journalism, but sadly if you want to read about video games you really have to pay attention for shit like this.
Alright, what do you say we open that champagne now? Catherine. This year. Fuck yeah. Long live Atlus.