So, the term “insider” has become a much used term across gaming news outlets, including OnlySP over the past few months. Lots of things have been said, some true and some not. So, let’s take a look at the insiders that have been providing information that can be actually trusted, amongst other sources.
Keep in mind, this isn’t a full history of their reports, but some of their most recent “findings”.
First, let’s look at the obvious. Shinobi602. Is he an insider? No, not really, he’s just a good guy with a lot of friends in the industry and shares information when he is able to. So, lets look at what he’s been right about so far.
Halo 5: Guardians Embargo and Name (Confirmed)
Battlefield: Hardline (Confirmed)
Quantum Break Releasing in 2015 (Confirmed)
Next Mass Effect at E3 (Confirmed)
The Order: 1886 Releasing in February 2015 (Confirmed)
Homefront: Sequel Announcement Date – Monday (Confirmed)
Halo 2: Anniversary (Confirmed)
New Format for Sony E3 2014 Press Conference (Confirmed)
He’s also let loose some details on upcoming things as well that have yet to be confirmed, but looking at this track record, are certainly plausible.
Next up, Superannuation, who also doesn’t consider himself and insider, but is more known for searching the net and finding little details that usually lead to uncovering something.
From this year so far
Far Cry 4 Set in the Himalayas (Confirmed)
Rainbow 6: Patriots Redesigned Multiple Times (Confirmed)
Hunted: The Gilded Age Domains (Confirmed)
Superannuation has uncovered a number of other things, but obviously we don’t need to go back very far to know that he’s a credible source. You can find his great columns of his findings once in a while on Kotaku.
Microsoft 2014-2015 Plans (Confirmed)
– Halo Master Chief Collection
– Forza Horizon 2
– Price drop
– Sunset Overdrive release date
and so on.
Tidux is a bit of a hit and miss, somethings he’s been right on and some things he has not. So let’s take a look at the few stories that we’ve reported on from him.
Uncharted 4 Will be Darker than Previous Entries (Based on the teaser trailer, I think this is confirm-able)
Unhcarted 4 Trailer 3 Min Long (Confirmed, just under 3 min)
Rest of Tidux’s Confirmations (False) Keep in mind that plans may have changed in the month leading up to E3, so this was potentially true.
Guerrilla Game’s New IP at E3 (False, again, plans may have changed)
Titanfall Going Multiplatform (Unconfirmed/False)
Uncharted Looks Incredible, New Third Party Exclusive IP from Microsoft (Uncharted was a Given, Microsoft bit Confirmed)
Opinion Report (Opinion reported as a rumor)
Xbox One Behind all Generation (Opinion reported as a rumor)
Two Bombs at MS Conference, One at Sony (Questionable)
Sony Layoff Controversy (False)
Sledgehammer’s Call of Duty a Big Graphical Leap (Confirmed, but could have been a random guess as well)
E3 2014 Sony Press Conference Details (Major fake)
E3 2014 Microsoft Press Conference Details (Major fake)
So, if you haven’t noticed a trend here you probably should have. These “insiders” really aren’t all that bad when it comes to actual information like reveals, game settings and so on. Their message gets lost in the mix when they become attention seekers and start speaking the obvious, which is then picked up by gaming sites around the net, which people then jump on and say, “no shit!”. Also, if you’re going to release information, you need to stay impartial to your preference or you will get eaten alive by both sides of the spectrum as Thuway found out today.
Obviously there are certain instances where they are wrong, as anybody would be and plans do change, but of course, there’s also instances like today with Thuway making false claims about people seeing Uncharted behind closed doors, and Pete Dodd releasing false information about a subject he wasn’t involved in. The biggest problem right now though, is the fact that websites are reporting on these people’s opinions as rumors. They are also not listing the past credentials of these people in their posts, which is something I always make sure to do to validate their credibility and save them from the hostility they receive if they’re proven wrong.
As I’ve stated numerous times, the only two “insiders”, sorry I’m going to use that word because I don’t know what else to call them, I trust are Shinobi602 and Superannuation. The rest, well you’ve seen a glimpse of what they’ve either been right or wrong about. Again, as you should notice, it’s not always their fault for spreading the false information.
As much as you may hate reading rumors and speculation, the gaming industry would be a much more boring place without it. When reporting on so called insiders, you must be able to differentiate between when they’re stating information over an opinion.
Insiders are obviously a fickle issue and we’ve been burned once first hand on the release of the next Call of Duty details. The only thing that source of ours had right was the three year development cycle and Sledgehammer being the lead development.
Hopefully this article helped you get a bit more perspective on the situation with insiders, who to listen to and who not to listen to and, most importantly, where the misconception comes from.
DISCLAIMER: There’s no intent to offend any site in this report. We’re reporting it as we see it and there are obvious instances here of stories based on these people’s opinions over information.