The British gutter press are still after us


Will the tabloid newspapers ever grow up and realise that games are just another form of popular media? Judging by this story it seems to be unlikely to be any time soon. What we have is a casting website called StarNow which is used by all sorts of performers and their customers. It is also used by television and print media to find people for their stories.

So to anyone interested in games the following advert is a bit disturbing:

Did computer games make you turn to a life of crime?

Listing no. 63806 – All regions, UK
A national newspaper wants your story and will pay hundreds of pounds to the right person.
Write a few lines about how computer games turned you to crime and if it’s something we like, we’ll call you straight back.

Payment details: paid role

Created: 27 March 2008
Applications accepted for at least another month
Application criteria: Males & Females aged 0 to 60 from UK

So there you have it, a national newspaper will pay you hundreds of pounds if you help them stitch up the games industry. This is the standards of the British gutter press today. I can even have a good guess as to which newspaper this is.

Many thanks to willc for finding this.


  1. No, you mean a dying popular dead-tree form of media 😉

    All the tabloids go low for stories. None report the news, they report conflict and bad things, to get people to buy it. Seems no one buys newspapers that report, you know, facts and happy stories.

  2. Hmm, it didn’t strikeout “popular” there, making that first line look goofy.

    Also; tabloids do suck, this is low, but there’s been worse (outright lying, libel, cases of shoddy journalism etc). We know they pay for stories (exclusives!), this is probably normal for them.

    Annoyingly so they do this, but I don’t buy it, I can’t do much else to stop them. I suppose paying someone to permanently make stuff up is also more expensive too.

  3. I wonder if my story of a couple of years of sitting on a sofa in a student house, smoking dope and playing Nintendo on a big telly are the kind of exposé they’re looking for?

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