The official XBOX Series X spec release has also revealed that 99.9% of insiders are fake - Is it time for due diligence?

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OG_Thrills

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Oct 27, 2017
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Like the rest of you I am 100% excited for the next generation. I enjoy talking about the possibilities new tech can bring to this hobby we all love. But I've realized that there is an often acknowledged but undisturbed underbelly that feeds off of our enthusiasm.

Fakers.

If you've stepped into any next generation discussion you've probably seen more than your fair share. Sites with undisclosed sources they can't talk about. Youtubers faking rumours for views, blogs etc All wrapped up in a mass of clickbait. Designed to distort the discussion for whatever it is they make from the attention and views those lies generate.

With the official announcement from Microsoft there is a vast number of these clickbaiters who will still masquerade as authentic. So many have pushed and inserted blatant falsehoods into our discourse for nefarious reasons and I believe it's time we acknowledged them for what they are. Ensuring that they can no longer, easily, distort our genuine discourse for personal gains.
 

Raijinto

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Oct 28, 2017
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I was always under the impression that that was the case. Albeit there has been one or two cases of people asserting that they know things that they obviously don't buy no site is perfect.
 

Potterson

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Oct 28, 2017
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Um... If you're making OT like this, could you list these "fake news"? I remember leaks about 12 Tflops and games working on XOX and Series X etc.
 

SayemAhmd

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Dec 3, 2019
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Yes.

The journos over at places like Eurogamer, IGN et al don't say stuff they hear a lot for a reason. Once they're confident enough in the truth of the whole thing, they'll publish a report. Insiders might have pieces of info, but hardly the whole picture. Read good reporting instead of looking into rando tweets.
 

fracas

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Oct 27, 2017
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Not directly related but man I hate this ridiculous insider culture so much

"hey I have secret deets on the PS5, be sure to like and subscribe and don't forget to follow me on Twitter for the next leak!"
 

Theorry

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Oct 27, 2017
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Thats why just stick to Windows Central, Tom Warren, Thurrot etc. Who have a close ear to MS things
 
Oct 25, 2017
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has there really been more than 100 people pretending to be insiders on this very specific subject and if not then what is an 0.9% of a person? missing an arm?
 

PlanetSmasher

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Oct 25, 2017
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Insider status is weird. Sometimes people DO know things and things change, making them look like fools when the real reveal happens. Other times they know things and nobody believes them. And then a lot of the time people just want attention so they say whatever they want and pray it gets traction.

I remember when I was still writing about games I heard about the PSP Go about six or seven months before it was officially announced, like an exact design and everything for it. Nobody believed it until it was officially announced, and then we all went back to not caring about it like five seconds after that.
 

Lobster Roll

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Sep 24, 2019
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We know who the reputable sources are ... so why not just listen to them and tune out the rest of the noise? If you want to consume rumors then be prepared to consume a bunch of bullshit. Once something is confirmed by a reputable source it’s no longer a rumor as it becomes fact. You want rumors but you also wants them to be factual - you can’t have it both ways.
 

Kyrios

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Oct 27, 2017
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There's a lot of bullshit but to be fair, 12TF has been going around for a while now. Some people just chose not to believe it.
 

Parcas

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Dec 12, 2017
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Mmh Iwas thinking the opposite, reports seem to be quite acurate to what was said yesterday
 

Tyaren

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Oct 25, 2017
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What were those fake leaks proven wrong today with the official Xbox Series X specs/features?
 

spineduke

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Oct 25, 2017
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Like the rest of you I am 100% excited for the next generation. I enjoy talking about the possibilities new tech can bring to this hobby we all love. But I've realized that there is an often acknowledged but undisturbed underbelly that feeds off of our enthusiasm.

Fakers.

If you've stepped into any next generation discussion you've probably seen more than your fair share. Sites with undisclosed sources they can't talk about. Youtubers faking rumours for views, blogs etc All wrapped up in a mass of clickbait. Designed to distort the discussion for whatever it is they make from the attention and views those lies generate.

With the official announcement from Microsoft there is a vast number of these clickbaiters who will still masquerade as authentic. So many have pushed and inserted blatant falsehoods into our discourse for nefarious reasons and I believe it's time we acknowledged them for what they are. Ensuring that they can no longer, easily, distort our genuine discourse for personal gains.
you could provide examples, instead of this arbitrary "99.9" percent that you pulled out
 

Gundato

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Apr 21, 2018
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I thought we were past the "Games media is lying to you" bullshit. Although, I guess being in the era of fake news doesn't help

While they have other issues, the Funhaus crew talked about this a few years back. Sometimes plans really do change. Sometimes outlets get leaked intentionally wrong information. And sometimes companies (especially MS) use "leaks" as a way to gauge interest and responses.


At the end of the day, it is no different than game reviews or whatever. Go past the headline. Get to know the outlet. And listen to the ones you trust. Nobody is right 100% of the time but you'll have a much better idea of how confident they are on something and you might even get some interesting analysis of the ramifications


Wait a moment? An uncited hyperbolic statistic? Clearly you too are the fake news and we must cull you. Stop distorting our genuine discourse (ha ha, really?) and putting clickbait in your titles.
 

tapedeck

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Oct 28, 2017
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I thought most rumors hinted at ~12TF RDNA?

Unless I haven’t been paying attention..
 

garion333

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Oct 27, 2017
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It's not a problem endemic to games right now. We're living in a world of fake news and fake hype. It'll adjust once everyone gets sick of it all.
 

LonestarZues

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Oct 27, 2017
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That's why whenever I see a title/headline with rumor or being presented as insider knowledge I tend to ignore it.
 

Stygr

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Oct 26, 2017
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I mean, the problem is on you guys believing every 4chan post, every github, every leaked specs from tidux and his friends.

You should blame yourself if you kept believing all the leaks and rumours and they proved to be fake.
 

Transistor

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Oct 25, 2017
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Insider knowledge shared on this forum goes through a vetting process, but do remember, things change during development of new hardware and software. Just because the information is different, is no reason to attack members of the community.
 
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