It's sad how people like Jason Schrier can get a job in gaming journalism. The guy shitposted about video games for years on various gaming forums, all the way back to gamefaqs. He was basically a common troll that had a buddy get him in at Kotaku.
Now usually I expect some blather about how terrible Kotaku is or whatever... but not for someone specific and in this sort of way. I'm curious if you can elaborate?
He shitposted and trolled for years on web forums before getting into Kotaku. Most of this trolling was done on a private-but-hyperactive gaming spinoff forum. This wouldn't be such a big deal (people do
grow up), except he jumped straight from his trolling/shitposting peak straight into Kotaku.
It was a pretty big joke at the time. Most of us on that other board were astounded that he, of all people in the world, could actually get a job in game journalism. When he was new at Kotaku, he would post his articles on said board, and then ban that board's users from Kotaku when they commented/disagreed with him.
There was a period where he began his journalism job while still trolling, and people began to call him out for it in public, so he generally keeps his trolling to his articles these days.
But now that I think about it, he is kind of a good match for Kotaku. Most of his trolling involved fucking around with some hot gaming topic in order to start arguments/argue with the community, snickering away while people bitched about inane bullshit. Think NeoGAF but less intelligent and openly hostile.
Now he applies his skills in the real world, posting provocative comments like "lolicon fantasy" in order to generate hits on his article, all while pushing the limits of the already-soft integrity of "gaming journalism."
I'm not an expert on the guy by any means. He was just a very
prolific troll for some period on this board I was a member of. He doesn't really post there anymore due to the need to protect his public image.