Friday, July 15, 2005

Schooling Truthseeker / Dismissing DepthQ

I am afraid, I am going to have to do some proper schooling now. Lots of people seem to be in awe of Truthseeker´s blog and his critical approach. Why do some people think that he is so critical, though? All he does is repeat the claim over and over again:
(...) this is a FACT based blog, and I will NEVER get into the speculation surrounding the Revolution. I just provide, what is REAL, and what is NOT.

It´s certainly not because he provides his readers with any real research, balanced insight or the like. His latest post is about the digital projection company DepthQ. He writes:

Nintendo is listed as a 'client' of this company.

(...) For more info, head over to the website link provided. It is what it is folks, a CONFIRMED partner with Nintendo. It may, or may not be a clue on the Revolution, but at least we know THIS to be true.

Well, is it? It took me less than two minutes to do the most basic research on this business relationship. I didn´t even have to call these people up. I just went to their website and followed the link to the parent company, Lightspeed Design. On it, there is this page with quotes from the previous clients. First of all, it lists Nintendo of America as the client. The quote reads:

Don James, Nintendo of America

"I wanted to thank you for the fantastic job that Lightspeed did at E3. The computer graphics and laser overlay highlighted our products and got our message to the show attendees in a wonderful and entertaining way. With your help, it was Nintendo’s best trade show ever."

All this company did was provide NOA with 3D projectors at some E3. That´s all. It would have been that easy for Truthseeker to dismiss this rumour. Instead, he called it a:
(...) juicy tid-bit of information, that may reveal a portion of the Revolution "puzzle"(As Itwata stated in his E3 speech)

I will forgive him for the spelling. But this guy is just another juvenile blogger spreading wild rumours like the majority of kids out there, without ever bothering to provide his readers with any kind of research.

He claims to only put out stuff that is real. Instead, his journalistic routine involves no more than pressing Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V. Nothing else.

EDIT I feel I may have gone slightly overboard in terms of my language there. Calling Truthseeker a kid was not meant derogatory, I honestly thought he was a teenager. He´s not. My criticism for his lack of research remains. Worse still, he claims to have seen this quote but decided to leave it out. Anyway, he posted a reply to this post of mine on his blog. To present a balanced picture, I have copied it below:
Direct response to Falafelkid.

First off, I'd like to thank you for finding out, exactly what this company has done for Nintendo. Kudos. (Even though I had already determined that for myself, I had neglected to include that in my story for the readers of this blog. Although, I did provide a link to the company, as well as the FAQ) The more things we can put to rest, the better as far as i'm concerned.

Secondly, even though, you sound upset with me(For reasons I can suppose, but I'd rather hear them from you) I consider your blog one of the finest, for Revolution information, and speculation. It always promises to be a good read.

On a side note, my story(Actually garnered from the gamespot forums) was exactly what I said it was, a confirmed partner with Nintendo, nothing more, nothing less. I didn't speculate as to if it was the "secret" of the Revolution, or otherwise. I just gave the heads up, what the company does, along with a link. I stated, throughout my post, that it MAY have something to do with the Revolution, as in the puzzle Iwata himself mentioned. I didn't go off the deep end, at any time. It is, what it is. A confirmed partner with Nintendo. The full extent of thier relationship is not known to me, nor is it known to you.

"I will forgive him for the spelling. But this guy is just another juvenile blogger spreading wild rumours like the majority of kids out there, without ever bothering to provide his readers with any kind of research.He claims to only put out stuff that is real. Instead, his journalistic routine involves no more than pressing Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V. Nothing else."

I have no problem with your opinion of me, that's your buisness. The personal insults I can do without though. If by "juvenile blogger" you mean new to this whole blog buisness, then yes, I am. When people branch out, and try new things, thier level of professionalism goes up with time, and I hope that mine does just that. (I also hope that the readers can bear with me)

If you somehow meant that I am a young kid, with nothing to do, you couldn't be more wrong. I do this for fun. It's a hobby,(Gaming) and it always has been. My age(28), or my profession(Film Maker) has nothing to do with this blog, or the quality of the contents within. I never claimed to be a journalist(Even though I did have some schooling on the profession) nor do I do an overwhelming amount of research. If you had read some of my earlier blogs, you would have understood that. I use alot of common sense, and help from the fine forum regulars over at the MozLaPunk forums, as well as other blogs, and messege boards strewn about the Internet.

Pointing out my spelling errors, is juvenile. Attacking me for posting an interesting story, about a company that indeed has ties with Nintendo, is juvenile. Attacking my person, is juvenile.

What matters to me, and it would seem to alot of the readers of this blog, is the truth, about the up-coming Nintendo Revolution, and the secret function(s) it may posses. Spreading "wild rumours" is for blogs, other than mine. It's the reason for just posting the link, and what the company does, along with the fact that Nintendo is a client of thiers. Everything else, I left to the messege boards, and blogs. (The word Juicy, was included becuase it was the first time, a DIRECT LINK was found between a company providing a form of VR, and Nintendo)

In ending this rebuttal to your blog, I suppose I could call you names, and point out various spelling errors, but whats the point? You and me both, share a common theme;

We want to know what the "Revolution" is.

That's why I will continue to provide the readers of this blog, with a direct link to your blog, so that they may enjoy reading your fine work, and speculation.

Keep up the good work my friend, and I hope to read something of yours very soon,



Anonymous said...

what about this guy

reggie (yep, the real one) said...

who the hell do i believe

can i trust you - can i trust anyone?

shall i just go to osako tanaka or ARIES because this is just plain silly

there is speculation and its fun and entertaining - fake or not - but when it starts coming to one blogger saying things about the other and just being an idiot - it gets on your nerves

real or not - everyone stop bitching and you are confusing me


Falafelkid said...

Hi anonym. These guys are all fake. They have to be. Claiming to be a third party developer but having all the time they need to post pages and pages on their blogs... My girlfriend works for a small developing studio and she KNOWS the meaning of crunch time. People developing for next-gen at the moment simply will not find the time for a blog, let alone potentially losing their jobs by it. It´s as simple as that.

Falafelkid said...

Hi Reggie. I´m not bitching here (at least not trying to). It´s just paradoxical that someone who´s claiming to be the big rumour squasher is spreading them all the same. I just wanted everyone to realize that. I will not stop at a few clicks to research claims like this apparent Nintendo cooperation. I will not stop at an e-mail or a phone call. Guys like "Truthseeker" will. They apparently can´t be asked to do anything but copy and paste. That´s what you need to know, I guess.

sssd said...

thanks again falafelkid. I appreciate your utter lack of crazy theories and rumour mongering.

Keep up the good work.

Falafelkid said...

Thanks ssd. I really hope people don´t perceive my post as flaming. It´s all in the name of finding out the truth. Again, thanks.

MSG said...

Sorry but you talking shit man.
i like you. Really. But this Entry now was really bad.

reggie (yep, the real one) said...

i still don't know man - i am skeptical about you

at least you are polite :)

just wait and see for the revolution

reggie (yep, the real one) said...

direct response - he's gonna kill you


Takeshi_Kovacs said...

nice to hear from ye again fafaelkid... it was getting a bit barren from lack of anything new from any of the blogs (good or bad), looks like a lot of the supposed 'third party developers/ disgruntled nintendo of japan ex employees' are getting fed with trying to convince us of the truth ...
well keep up the good work, at least somebody has a head on their shoulders..

Kraid said...

Here's another site for stereoscopic 3d projections. As you can see, Nintendo of America is there too. But it should also be for an E3 exhibition.

Sorry for my bad English

PS : By the way, you're doing a great job with this site. Congratulations.

MSG said...

What i mean with my comment. How you reactet now was bullshit. You lost my respect absolutely, sorry.

Anonymous said...

If you wish to maintain any kind of journalistic integrity, you should lay off the personal insults and stick to the facts. I hope you see the irony in calling this guy juvenile. A simple explaination as to why he is incorrect would have sufficed. Unforunately, all this bitchy blogging is getting too much. If somebody posts a fake, who cares? Imagination is a wild ride...i for one just wish to be taken somewhere. If it turns out not to be true, at least it enabled me to dream for a little bit longer.

Witness The Revolution said...
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Witness The Revolution said...

Guys back off It's not bitchy he was merely stating an opinion. I like your style Falafelkid. If someone posts something on their website that is supposed to be the truth then they should tell the COMPLETE truth and only that, there is no room for any opinion what so ever in the truth, if opinion becomes involved then it becomes a SPECULATION blog not one about the truth. My blog has stories, but If I have an opinion about the story it comes before the story as not to intefere with the TRUTH in any way.

Falafelkid said...

Well, thank you all for your comments, supportive and critical. I must admit that post was not in line with the previous ones. But - and this is addressing msg mainly - I was just getting fed up with people getting the credit for putting out well-researched stories, while withholding information. Did you read his rebuttal on his site? He said he had read that quote but didn´t post it. However, the fact that the client was NOA meant that it had nothing to do with hardware. They also specifically mentioned that company helping with the E3 presentation. So the story would have fallen apart with that quote. Now, why would he withhold it? To not spoil the story (though false) and get some more clicks? Maybe, that´s just what Moz La Punk does, too. But then he shouldn´t call himself Truthseeker.

Again, I would like to thank you all for your comments. And regardless of whether you appreciated or hated this post, the next one will be ´back to normal´. Thanks for sticking with this blog.

DlphnMod said...

idunno if you guys saw these...there are supposed xenias renders floating around that look very Retro Studios esque.

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