Opinion: Unbiased Jounalism

Most people who know me got a kick out of it that I’m writing an article about being unbiased despite the fact that I’m one of the most biased people they know, but something they teach you in Journalism classes is putting aside your own opinions in order to give your readers the facts.

Thankfully, this is an opinion piece so I don’t have to do that.

I’m going to be upfront with all of you, I like Xbox, I like Windows Phone and I like Windows. Hell, I’m even using Office to type up this very article, so its fairly obvious for anyone that I’m biased towards the Microsoft side of things. I’m not going to try and disprove that by saying I also have an iPad and an Android phone. The simple fact of the matter is that I live in the Microsoft ecosystem and I’m happy here.

But when I write about the news, about stuff like PlayStation or something, I don’t let that distort the facts in the articles and that’s the way it should be.

So what prompted me to write about this? Recently Gamespot released a video titled Is it Time to buy an Xbox? and the video just urked me. The main reason for this is that most of the people talking started off by saying “I don’t use/have an Xbox One”. Are people who have had brief experiences with the console really telling me whether its time to buy one? Seriously?

Lucy James makes the comment that “it’s not easy to find things” without the Kinect. This is a comment that I hear a lot when people complain about the Xbox One. Personally I’ve never had this problem. The example she uses about it being hard to get to settings without saying “Xbox Go To Settings” makes me seriously doubt she has actually used the console for more then ten minutes because it is literally two steps to get there from the dashboard: Press the Start/Menu button and scroll down to Settings. Its just that easy.

One person actually says that they feel like they are being made fun of in the office for owning an Xbox One. Is this really a site I want to get my news from, where staff that actually work there are being made fun of for the consoles they own?

Now I could go through the whole video and pick apart what everyone said, but I’m not. I’m just going to stay that Gamespot has just dropped off the list of sources I get my news from.