Why Brash Games Should Apologize

[Note from Jim: Ben McCurry made headlines last week for his amazing review of Pac-Man 256, in which he detailed the shoddy business practices of his own publication knowing full well they wouldn’t check it before it went up.

Brash Games, his previous employer (read: exploiter) has become notorious for not paying staff, altering writers’ review scores, and removing credit for work if somebody quits. Since Brash doesn’t pay its writers, I decided to pay a former Brash writer to talk about his experience. Because I can. 

There will also be more on Brash this Monday. You know what that means.

I now hand you over to Ben McCurry himself!]

After I’d finished furiously typing out the now-infamous Pac-Man 256 review last week, I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was, at that point, just a disgruntled employee who wanted to stick it to my editor as I walked out the door, intending to show the world what he was up to as I buggered off, never to be heard from again. If I could contribute anything for the next generation of freelance game writers, it would have been that they never had their emails darkened by the opportunistic Paul Ryan ever again.

As such, when I quietly uploaded it to Brash Games, I shrugged and hoped for a handful of people to find it funny and useful. I then ate pizza, played San Andreas, and went to bed.

To put it shortly, I was not ready for the ensuing chaos and the unravelling of Brash Games. For those uninitiated, the Brash Games fiasco started with a whisper, or, more accurately, a tweet.

Brash Games is an English gaming hobbyist site that recently landed in an Olympic- sized swimming pool of hot water due to extremely shady practices exposed by former writers. Thanks to the work of Meg Read and Olly Smith, Brash Games’ most elementary case of malpractice came to light on Twitter when they revealed their by-lines had been removed by the editor without warning and replaced with the credit “Brash Games,” encouraging others to check if theirs had followed suit into the void.

No matter if you leave a publication on the best of terms or if you’ve just been found in bed with the editor’s wife (not my situation), nobody should ever have their credits removed for simply departing.

This was later compounded by my realization that Brash Games was listed as “Out of Business” on GameRankings, and that their pages had been removed not just from OpenCritic, but from the Wayback Machine too. Also adding cause for concern was how Brash had a penchant for breaking embargoes, most recently for Yooka-Laylee.

I wasn’t entirely sure of the extent of the damage then. I was only sure of two things: Brash Games was a dead-end, and – in the words of Owen Hart – enough was enough and it was time for a change.

I wrote an extremely polite letter to Mr Ryan giving my notice, explaining I was doing so regarding the changing of by-lines and the removal of public records. I hadn’t worked at Brash Games for even a month, but there was zero point in staying if my work was eventually going to get accredited to Brash (and by proxy, Paul Ryan) so I decided to cut my losses entirely.

I asked him plainly why he had made the portfolios of young writers useless, and that I’d be finished after publishing the Pac-Man 256 review as an act of goodwill. By that, I meant I’d write a proper review; no jokes, no tricks, I would bow out respectfully and allow Meg, Olly, and others to continue the positive work they’d been doing. After all, I was a nobody, and I didn’t really have a stake in the fight.

That was until Paul Ryan completely ignored my email. I knew he’d read it because I’d been quietly removed from the staff list, but he ignored me and that was enough – to have zero decency, and to disrespect me like this when he’d been caught red-handed? It was a slap in the face [“Hehe – Jim], and if he wasn’t listening to me, I was going to make him pay attention. Thus, I wrote the review.

For those who haven’t read it yet, I exposed the business practices of Brash Games in a series of sneaky asides as I talked about Pac-Man 256, very explicitly resigning at the end.

Paul has tried to quiet the storm by taking it down, but it’s now been archived about a thousand times. Oops.

I tried as earnestly as possible to properly review the two- year-old game, and I did – I felt I gave it some good praise within the scope of review, and I eventually gave it 9/10, but ultimately the game was a vehicle to highlight and call out Brash for what they were doing. The intent was to gain a bit of attention and put Paul Ryan on the spot, as I didn’t want him to be able to dismiss these issues easily; I did it in the most public and humiliating way possible.

If I had done my resignation as an open letter or a blog, it would have only gotten lost in the internet void; Paul could have pretended everything was fine, and this article wouldn’t be on The Jimquisition website right now. I may have been a firestarter, but at least people sat up and took notice when the smoke started to rise. Most have told me they enjoyed the review, which I greatly appreciate.

A few people have come out of the woodwork to tell me I was unprofessional. Personally, I think some people have their priorities twisted if they believe I’m a bad guy for “disgracing” a video game and – this was actually said! – the medium of reviews, when there was a much greater problem staring them in the face, but I guess facts aren’t accounted for in the “who’s the cleverest man on social media” contest.

I’m still laughing at the idea that I gave the game a 1/10. I didn’t – I awarded a 1 to protest how Mr Ryan changes scores to either appease publishers or mimic Metacritic, making a reviewer’s opinion on any given score redundant, and my real rating lies in the text clear as day. This has been an issue suffered time and time again by other Brash Games alumni.

The review contained some scathing (and completely verifiable) commentary on what Brash did where I quit in a public and humiliating way, and I make no apologies for any single comment. If I did this to any other publication, I would be blacklisted universally, and I would accept that, but the simple fact is this: I can’t be unprofessional on a website that has done nothing but act unprofessionally for years.

A quick side note about how I could do this so easily: Brash Games uses the WordPress content management system as many sites do, but the publication has absolutely zero editing or mediation process. Contributors are free to post their reviews without even so much as a glance from the editor to prevent what I did from happening; as long as reviews “look alright”, Paul never passes on much of anything in the way of commentary or feedback. So much for calling himself an editor – it felt like he was more interested in calling himself the boss rather than acting like it, and when it came to “review o’clock,” as he called it, he wasn’t anywhere to be seen.

This was one of the most frustrating things about working for him, the fact that it was a sterile and soulless experience with very little camaraderie to speak of.

The only person I ever spoke to, besides a colleague I knew from previous work, was Paul, and he only emailed me to throw the hilariously outdated list of games my way. These were filled with shovelware, some two years old; with colleague Thomas Hughes identifying a good deal of them as Humble Bundle purchases. This is not illegal, just shady – especially as Brash’s list of “clients” includes an image lifted directly from Nintendo’s website.

I can’t speak on what Paul’s relationship was like with developers; all I can comment is that using Humble Bundle as a source for games is a serious cause for concern, especially when PR and asking for review codes is not difficult. What I can say is that I never received any guidance – professional or otherwise – from the man, and working under him just left me spinning my wheels.

What I did was just the straw that broke the camel’s back; the smallest piece of the puzzle that probably had the greatest consequence – what came out next was truly unbelievable and escalated the Brash Games affair from “iffy” to “scandalous”.

Olly, Meg, and I had been scooping up as much information as we could on the website, trying to piece everything together in light of an impending OpenCritic report on Brash Games and Paul Ryan. With the release of the Pac-Man 256 review/resignation, more disenfranchised Brash alumni joined the fray.

Kay Purcell came forward and told me her struggles with Paul Ryan and the web hosts of Brash, Freeola, and that they had been ignoring and outright rejecting her pleas to get the content that she had written removed from the website.

Worse for Paul, OpenCritic confirmed that by-lines and scores had been changed – whilst Paul had excluded Brash from the Wayback Machine, he had no idea that OpenCritic had their own internal Wayback that took HTML “screenshots” of reviews as soon as they went live [“HAHAHA” – Jim]. As it stands, they have the data – and it proves that articles were written by original authors as opposed to Brash Games, as well as retaining all original scores.

Finally, Paul responded with an internal staff email hurriedly sent on the Sunday after the review dropped – two days later. Amusingly, I was still on the mailing list, even after what I had done, so I received the full text. Most of it was libellous nonsense and dark claims about me and past writers. Paul brazenly suggested that ex-writers had been “contacting publishers & devs for months requesting codes on behalf of Brash Games.”

I can’t speak on behalf of anyone else, although other ex-writers have soundly denied this. As for me, I have my own website called Ludotempus, and even in its small infant state, it has more positive cache than Brash ever will – as such, I simply have no need to use anyone else’s name to obtain review codes.

Paul also defended deleting “old” accounts from the site, saying this was not done without provocation, yet was keen to point out those with positive relationships with Brash still remained, citing a Tom Leclerc as an example. Aside from myself, many others left the site on completely positive terms, making Paul’s claims another lie, but that’s not the story here – Paul Ryan and Tom Leclerc have known each other for at least 13 years, with Leclerc being a regular contributor for Ryan’s old site Ace Gamez. The two men are friends, being listed as such on Facebook, and it’s more than likely that this is the reason Leclerc gets to keep his credits.

Ryan lambasted contributors for not producing reviews quickly enough, regularly placing the blame on freelance workers for daring to write for other outlets – excuse us for trying to make a living, Paul – but even then, working for other sites was something that was always encouraged by the editor – Paul even went to the length of trying (and failing) to poach contributors from other websites.

Finally, in direct response to changing review scores, Paul argues that he only ever did this with full consultation from writers, such as the author of the Toy Odyssey review. In actuality, all writers who have suffered this corroborate that nothing was ever ran by them – it was just done under their noses. It felt like Paul didn’t truly respect us as his staff, which is what made it easier to post my review under his nose.

Things got truly calamitous with the release of two exposé videos by Kirioth. A great deal of his findings coincide with mine, but he unearthed something very interesting that warrants renewed interest.

There are dozens of articles attributed to the writer David James, and most of them contain advertorials to gambling websites that read like they were paid for. If this is the case, Brash Games were, and still are, featuring paid advertorials on their website under the guise of articles without properly stating they were advertisements – I’m in no way a legal or advertising expert, but Paul Ryan can probably expect a letter from the Advertising Standards Agency very soon.

This perhaps gives a good indication of how exactly Brash were making money, especially considering they have surprisingly poor engagement on social media for having 115K+ Twitter followers. Bots? Paid-for followers? Crowdfire automation? I don’t have a concrete idea.

More intriguing is the emergence of David James. After the Brash Games controversy escalated over the last few days, Paul Ryan entirely removed himself as the owner of the website, attributing all contents and copyrights to David James. I tried to track down David James for comment, but all one can find is reference to the former England football team’s goalkeeper.

David James seems to only exist within the vacuum of Brash Games, which presents some odd possibilities – is David James even a real person? Is he a front for someone else? I find it hard to believe that he’s just a man that really, really loves gambling, especially considering how quickly ownership of Brash was passed to him.

While I have the microphone for 15 minutes, I’d like to tell two personal stories told to me by former Brash writers that will solidify what kind of human being Paul Ryan is; we know more than enough about how he does business, but just in case you think this is all a misunderstanding: no, this man is as terrible as has been reported.

The first is from Dylan Chaundy, a fellow former writer who told me that Paul Ryan asked him to change Wikipedia articles for the benefit of Brash Games, such as inserting review scores and links to Brash on relevant pages in order to put eyes on the website. This is, of course, an ethical nightmare and an absolutely unacceptable request for an editor and boss to make.

However, I think the story I’m about to tell now beats everything you’ve ever heard about Brash.

Another contributor who chooses to remain anonymous talks of how Paul regarded his mental illness. Only the full, unabridged quotation from Paul Ryan to the writer in question will do:

“I gave you the benefit off the doubt last time and even though you posted all that crap that started all this I still took you back after no-one else would touch you with a bargepole as I understand mental illness and the effects it has on you but I should have listened to the devs who sent you codes via TA for your own blog that never materialised.”

Paul Ryan openly told one of his employees that mental illness made him unemployable in a ploy to get that employee to return. This is disgusting. The outright lying, the removal of bylines, the libellous accusations, these were bad enough, but this? To drag mental illness into the fray, suggesting it makes a writer undesirable? Absolutely sickening.

Paul Ryan is irredeemable. Brash Games is irredeemable. Its practices are Draconian as far as games media goes and have no place in any professional environment, even if their writers are volunteers. Nothing excuses any of this. Due to how they’ve treated their staff, I’d like to tell Paul Ryan precisely what it is I want from him.

What do I want most? Apart from world peace, a jetpack, and for my girlfriend to live closer to me, I want Paul Ryan to apologise – and right now, Paul, I’m talking directly to you.

Everyone else reading this article may as well not exist; this is between you and me; and I hope wherever you are, you’re feeling yourself twitch in your desk chair. I want you to apologise to me, Meg Read, Olly Smith, Thomas Hughes, Dylan Chaundy, Llewelyn Griffiths, Luke Ladlee, Mark Brearley, and everyone else under the Brash banner that you have used and abused over the years, stealing their work for your gain.

You’ve used them to build a fat portfolio for yourself so you and David James – whoever that is, it doesn’t matter – make a cool profit on all those gambling editorials you’ve ran with zero disclosure. Save a bit of face, be professional, and protect the next batch of kids from becoming totally disillusioned with games writing.

Apologies for being so brash, but we trusted you, and you abused that trust for your own gain. It is, sadly, people like Paul Ryan and Brash Games that give games journalism the terrible name it currently has. No more.

Paul Ryan is a relic of the past, and that’s exactly where he and Brash Games should be left.

Brian Seiler
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Brian Seiler
Question: Why on Earth would you want an apology from Ryan? Seriously. He won’t mean it, you know he won’t mean it, anybody with the slightest bit of sense will know he won’t mean it, and it won’t actually do anything more than maybe embarrass him a little, if that’s a feeling he’s capable of registering. If your goal is for him to grow as a person…well, you’re a better man than me, and also a dumber one, because that’s just not going to happen. If it’s to have him make a fool of himself, though, you should set your… Read more »
Charlie Koszulinski
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Charlie Koszulinski

Have him lick his finger and stick it in his ear! On live television! Oooh, I shutter just thinking about it!

Zoge of Wowbania
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Zoge of Wowbania

I’ve never heard of this Paul Ryan, or of Brash, and now I’ve heard all I need to hear for me to never go near the site or him, or this David James sockpuppet. As for the writers mentioned, I hope to be seeing things from them in the future. Fuck people who take advantage of creators.

TheMagicLemur
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TheMagicLemur

So everyone named Paul Ryan is shit, then. Got it.

Loona Chan
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Loona Chan

Pretty much everyone with two first names, to be honest.

Allan Weallans
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Allan Weallans

I have my first name twice, does that count?

Artemiy
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Artemiy

But what about David James the goalkeeper?

EvolutionKills
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EvolutionKills

Well, shit…

Maybe best 3 out of 5?

Brotown
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Brotown

That’s what im taking from this. I still borderline think it’s the same person. Politician, website owner, whatever.

Fuck you Paul Ryan. Either one of you. Both of you. All of you.

MrInsecure
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MrInsecure

It all makes sense now! Brash Games is healthcare reform! Why didn’t we see it before?

Gus
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Gus

But I’m shit and my name isn’t Paul Ryan, what the fuck I want a refund.

FoxStar
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FoxStar

I’ve never heard of Brash before now. Not sure how outraged I should feel.

Evil-evilness
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Evil-evilness

I’d say fairly outraged, because these people were paid often with ‘exposure’ and then didn’t even get that if you’ve never heard of it until now. Wouldn’t that be like getting paid in stock for a company that doesn’t even have a presence in the minds of it’s consumers?

Otaku World Order
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Otaku World Order

Geez… And I thought the Jeff Gerstmann/GameSpot disaster was the worst we would see of corrupt shit on review sites.

Clearly there’s still work to be done.

Grimmhelm
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Excellently written, This guy is new to this? I say he has a bright future in reviews and discourse.
As for ‘Brash Games’ let’s hope it becomes an example to other such sites as it crumbles and burns along with it’s creator(s) if they are infact actual names of actual people, at this point i would not be surprised to find out Trump was running the site with how dodgy it is.

Andrew Gray
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Andrew Gray

I think Jim should take him on as an assisting writer. This guy has an excellent style, and his own brushes with the dark side of the games industry mean he knows firsthand – just like Jim – what needs to happen to make the games industry a better place to work in.

Ben McCurry, I salute you. Jim, I always salute you. And – it bears repeating always – #FucKonami.

Gary Smith
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Gary Smith

Jim you glorious bastard and wonderful human being. Thank God for you. And also thank God for Ben McCurry, he did an amazing thing.

Jerome Swarthington
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Jerome Swarthington
The one part I’m not sold on is the editing of Wikipedia articles. Isn’t adding their own reviews as citations and integrating links something that most smaller companies would do? You could just sit around waiting for the regular editors to notice you and pop in a citation, but most Wikipedia content citing smaller sources is added by people who work for or voluntarily support those sources. As long as the resulting article is factually accurate and unbiased and the citations/links are relevant, I don’t see how that’s immoral. (edit – and if it’s not kosher with Wikipedia guidelines, someone’ll… Read more »
Twinkling82
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I was thinking the same thing tbh. Hoping someone can clarify.

Articuno76
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Articuno76

Yeah, I don’t see the issue with that TBH. As long as you are contributing to the article you have a right to link to your own content.

Chapomon
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What’s sad (maybe not so in retrospect) is that I’ve never heard of this Brash Games website. Was this site really popular?

Twinkling82
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I was by briefly months ago, only recall because of their use of a space invader in the logo and research how other gaming sites use wordpress. Not impressed, never went back until this shitstorm hit the internet.

ConradZimmerman
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ConradZimmerman

“A few people have come out of the woodwork to tell me I was unprofessional.”

It was unprofessional. I certainly wouldn’t hold it against you, considering the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the act (and it was funny as hell, for that matter), but they’re correct in the sense that it was unprofessional behavior. There may be some consequences for that when it comes to some editors down the road, but that’s how it goes. On balance, I think you’ve done a public good.

BAH!
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BAH!

I wanted to say something similar. However, I think the issue is not how technically correct those people are, but, rather, the fact that they seem to think the unprofessional behavior is somehow a problem in this case- possibly even the bigger of the two.

ConradZimmerman
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ConradZimmerman

Whether or not you can make a case for it being warranted in this case doesn’t change that unprofessional reputation from sticking to a person. Once you’ve shown the capacity and willingness to turn on an employer by airing their dirty laundry (even a shit one), that knowledge is always going to exist on some level in the back of a person’s mind. It can take years to overcome.

Granted, this is how many publications like Brash are able to continue to perpetuate a cycle of exploitation with their unpaid labor.

Jim Sterling
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It’s why I am happy to hear any freelance pitches from Ben in future.

I’m fine with “unprofessional.” I tend to trust it more.

Andrew Gray
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Andrew Gray
Really, in Games as it exists now, I question what kind of weight ‘professional’ really has. For a while (college) I wanted to work in games. Then I started running into the horror stories of developer conditions. So, I got Unity (back in the day, before the Asset-Flipper-pocalypse) and wrote some of my own. I eventually landed a much more stable job, which is continuing to this day. I’ll be honest. I love games. Due to the terrible conditions, lack of ethics, lack of diversity…I’m not sure I really want to write them for a living, though, except if I… Read more »
Articuno76
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Articuno76

I think you meant Square Enix*

Andrew Gray
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Andrew Gray

No, definitely UbiSoft Montreal. Squeenix was the publisher, which meddled every step of the way.

Articuno76
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Articuno76

I think you are getting further confused with EIDOS Montreal (who developed it).

frkmgnt1
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frkmgnt1

Personally, I don’t think any employer has the right to expect loyalty or respect from employees (in this case, I don’t think the word employee applies, since there was no compensation) when the employer treats their staff so shamefully. Just my opinion, obviously. But any reputable company should realize that Paul Ryan reaped what he sowed.

Articuno76
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Articuno76

In the videogame writing business professionality is determined by integrity and ethics. Ben’s piece demonstrated both these qualities, whilst his employer publishing them without a second glance didn’t.

If any outlet is having second thoughts about employing him because of his lack of ‘professionality’ then it says more about their integrity and ethics than it does Ben’s. And personally, I hope he never runs afoul of those ‘professional’ outlets.

ConradZimmerman
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ConradZimmerman
Any outlet that’s having second thoughts about employing someone in Ben’s position is looking out for their own self-interest, plain and simple. In fact, I wouldn’t want to work for a publication that *didn’t* think twice about it, because those people are fools. They should be thinking about it long and hard. And then they should probably hire him, because he does good work and these are extraordinary circumstances. But when you have the kinds of experiences editors at publications have had with difficult employees (you would not fucking believe some of my stories), a first glance history of “this… Read more »
Articuno76
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Articuno76

Fact checking = integrity. An editor who only looks into something as shallowly as a cursory Google search isn’t doing their due dilligence. It would be a huge ethical issue if that is the extent of their due dilligence.

ConradZimmerman
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ConradZimmerman
They aren’t running down a story; they’re selecting from an considerably large pool of potential, qualified candidates for a job. This is one of those situations where idealism conflicts with reality. In a perfect world, everyone would have all the time and motivation in the world to dig up the full personal history of everyone who applies for a job. But in this one, when you’ve got twenty or so people to choose from that all have more or less the same skill level and experience, that’s not always practical from the perspective of the person doing the hiring. I’m… Read more »
Articuno76
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Articuno76

Candidates they aren’t properly checking. Could be the reverse scenario where a Google search makes the candidate look good, but proper examination would reveal otherwise.

From a hiring perspective taking that person on would be willfully negligent.

Mickey 'Pyrian' Callahan
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Mickey 'Pyrian' Callahan

Strictly speaking, “professional” means you get paid for it and he didn’t.

Viking Mana
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Viking Mana
I doubt there will be consequences. If your editor has a genuine reason to fear being called out by their staff in written work like that, then they’re probably not the kind of editor where you’d care what they think about you. On the other hand, if the editor actually cared enough to do his job, he’d have seen this coming before allowing it to ever be published. As stated in the article, this was only possible because of the lack of standards and journalistic integrity on Brash Games. I don’t think it’s really fair to say that it was… Read more »
ConradZimmerman
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ConradZimmerman
There are ways to do it that are professional, however. You can take them to court, and get those grievances aired publicly in a venue where both sides are able to present their position. Is that worth the effort and expense? In most cases, no, and I can understand the desire to take the simpler route of simply exposing people publicly. I would hesitate to call this whistleblowing, as the situation wasn’t taken to any kind of authority with an expectation that Brash could be brought to heel. This was public exposure. You can do the right thing in the… Read more »
Jim Sterling
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Bear in mind Conrad is not saying Ben did the wrong thing – quite the opposite. What Ben did was needed and good. But it was not professional.

And I’m actually very fine with that. I’m not exactly a consummate professional myself, and in this industry, I don’t care to be.

James LaValle
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James LaValle

Strictly speaking, yes, it was very unprofessional.

But if anything, I would no doubt argue it was necessary in order to underscore just how unprofessional his relationship with Brash actually was; to the very point that his own article slamming the site was published without so much as a bat of an eyelash because the owner doesn’t actually care about videogame journalism, or even basic integrity, just that he was basically making money for free and reaping all the glory for it.

So yes, it was unprofessional. But so is Ryan, so fuck him.

FiveOD
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FiveOD

Isn’t it a funny coincidence how “professional standards” greatly benefit those with the vast power advantage? Hmmm!

Articuno76
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Articuno76

There was no ‘professional’ recourse here. No court to contest the issue in, no authority to appeal to.

You may call that ‘unprofessional’, but I’d say tarring someone as ‘unprofessional’ when they took the only action available to them (in response to a lack of professionality, no less) is ‘unreasonable’.

Viking Mana
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Viking Mana
That’s just not true though. Especially not for Americans. It sounds so nice and simple when you put it like that.. “Just take them to court!”.. But taking someone to court over something like this is so expensive and time-consuming that a lot of regular people, especially someone like an upstart writer, isn’t going to have those resources. Taking them to court sounds nice, but for a lot of people that’s just not an option. As you said it yourself: It’s not worth the expenses. So what was he to do other than just ignore it an move on? Ultimately,… Read more »
ConradZimmerman
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ConradZimmerman
One of the reasons I brought up the legal issue is that Brash is a UK site and, as I understand it, there are some stronger laws in this area. Yes, what most people do is move on quietly. They learn a lesson about the behavior to look out for. They might warn others in private about their interactions with certain individuals or organizations. In public, they might make it a point to condemn poor practices, using their experience without explicitly naming names. As Jim points out in the closing of the Jimquisition episode on Brash, if you want to… Read more »
Sam
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Sam

Indeed.
The question shouldn’t have been “was that unprofessional?” but “was it called for?”
The answer to both is ‘yes’ by my estimate.

Brotown
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Brotown

I agree with Stache-Man (Fighter of the Shaved-Man). Putting this all out there about a games website, to me, is on the level of Jim going after bullshit game “publishers” on Steam Greenlight. Tho I may have never heard of them before, I enjoy seeing them called out and being informed enough of their actions to decide if I wish to steer clear of them.

thecodezombie
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thecodezombie
As soon as I read that article authorship was passing back to Brash, I knew it was WordPress. As you said, you were given too much publishing power (no approval process). By default a “Contributor” level (in WordPress) shouldn’t be able to publish or amend their own articles without approval. My guess is Brash were worried you’d log back in at some point and change stuff (vandalise your own articles?!), so deleted your account. And when you delete an account, all articles authored by that person need to passed to another. So passed back to the main Brash Games account.… Read more »
Twinkling82
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Well, in this instance the very least Paul Ryan could have done was making another contributor that he was in charge of. “ghost writer” or “former writer” would suffice and just add the name in the text before removing the writers acocunt.

He could also have edited the profile, I imagine.

thecodezombie
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thecodezombie

Did you read that last bit? I already said what Brash could’ve done: Demote the user to “Subscriber” level so the account is locked from editing, but means articles retain all the authorship.

Twinkling82
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I did, but if his excuse is fear of profiles being able to do more than he want them to… 😉

Jonah Stephen Swersey
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Jonah Stephen Swersey

“We trusted you, and you abused it for your own game”; “Paul Ryan is a relic of the past”. Also applies to the other Paul Ryan.

Eirik Hafskjold
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Good for you, McCurry. Good for you. Well done and well written.
Looking forward to the Jimquisition episode now, and they eventual fallout.

*thunderous applaus*

44KPanda
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44KPanda

> A few people have come out of the woodwork to tell me I was unprofessional.
Lol. Ofc they did. People hate controversy to much that they would rather let shady practices continue than have to deal with the public outcry.

You did a good thing Ben, and quite cleverly so, I might add. Also, great work on this article as well!

philosophix
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Nice piece!

EvolutionKills
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EvolutionKills

That Pac-Man 256 review was, in a word frequented by denizens of the Outworld, GLORIOUS!

The Bellman
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The Bellman

Long ago I wrote some reviews for Brashgames, but after a while I realized what a fly-by-night outfit they were and stopped.

Dodged a bullet there.

Ffordesoon
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Ffordesoon

Bravo to you, sir.

Incidentally, if the quote from him in this piece is any indication, the best thing Paul Ryan ever did for your writing was leaving it the fuck alone.

Yaro
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Yaro

I hope this isnt the former gamesradar paul ryan, he seemed cool as heck.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

So is this guy on your permanent freelance list Jim?

Because whatever you’re paying him, double it.

Jim Sterling
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Fun fact: After he sent the piece in, I bumped up the fee we agreed upon because this article was so *fucking* choice.

EvolutionKills
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EvolutionKills

Stay classy Jim, you glorious bastard. 😀

Bright Spark
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Bright Spark

Now THIS is how you handle freelancers!

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

Fun fact: if you wanna put a bit of extra effort into your emphasis, you can italicize in Disqus. It’s as easy as this, without the spaces.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

Excellent.

I just got done reading that review he did since I got the time and, to modestly borrow from you, it’s so *fucking* choice.

Alayen Eisenfell
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“I decided to pay a former Brash writer to talk about his experience. Because I can.”
Oh you sweetheart, you!

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

I’d love to know what people reading this review for the first time were thinking. “Is….is this a joke? Is this late April Fools what the hell is this?” Not only was this the greatest “Fuck You I Quit” letter ever, but it also brought to my attention a game I’d never even heard of so…Thanks!

Andrzej Sugier
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Andrzej Sugier

Phew. Man, that was a LONG article.

DucksonAPlain
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DucksonAPlain

David James is a reptilian.

gasmaskangel
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gasmaskangel

When will the senseless slander against reptilians end?

Bidoof
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Bidoof

When Jim bumps up his Yooka-Laylee score.

Bright Spark
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Bright Spark

I think Jim’s score was justified.

Personally I don’t agree with it because I am having a fantastic time with Yooka-Laylee (I have completed Tribalstack Tropics and Glitterglaze Glacier so far and had a go at the Swamp level whose name I’ve forgotten and Capital Cashino), but he made it very clear why he didn’t like the game and that he couldn’t look over some flaws, so I can see why he gave it a 2/10.

Patrick Olsen
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Patrick Olsen

If the Video Game Industry stops being shady, Jim would be out of a job. So here’s to you, shady industry people. Keep on fucking your piles of money and keeping Jim with the materials for his shows.