When I tell people that I am a part of the "Gaming Press" they often remark "cool" or that would be awesome to be a part of that? BUT! there is a "dark side" that most don't know and don't want to know? Because let's be honest here, most couldn't handle the TRUTH! 
So from time to time, I will check on what other press members are talking about and I came across this "trolling post"  I would link it but, you couldn't read it IF you wanted too. So I will give you the gist of the post here. And these are the people YOU trust to review YOUR video games. "smh" and "rolls eyes";) 

 
What's your stance on profanity in articles/reviews?by GameSpew » Fri Nov 13, 2015 4:53 pm

Hello!

Just curious as to everyone's opinion on this - what's your view on swearing in reviews and articles? Do you do it? Do your writers do it? Do you allow it or edit them out? What's your reasoning?

and here are the responses 

Re: What's your stance on profanity in articles/reviews?by Gamingwithdad » Fri Nov 13, 2015 5:32 pm

We do not allow it and I make sure our editor removes it from any articles he gets and it prompts a conversation with the writer and I. There are plenty of ways to effectively articulate your views with out having to use profanity. You wont find any professional news outlet that uses profanity in their reports and stories so why would you want to lower your standards?

Re: What's your stance on profanity in articles/reviews?by derkasan » Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:43 pm

I agree with you 100%. I think it's crazy when sites do something like this:
http://kotaku.com/jesus-fucking-christ- ... 1742230329



Re: What's your stance on profanity in articles/reviews?by Gamingwithdad » Sat Nov 14, 2015 1:25 am

derkasan wrote:I agree with you 100%. I think it's crazy when sites do something like this:
http://kotaku.com/jesus-fucking-christ- ... 1742230329


That post totally boggles my mind. We are a new and smaller publication and I would not want to alienate my readers because I am so excited for something that I have to blurt out profanities to get my point across.

e: What's your stance on profanity in articles/reviews?by tslade » Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:20 am

Same here - we don't allow it and I edit it out of posts if a writer uses it. I'm all for freedom in writing, but I think profanity makes you look childish to be honest.
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Re: What's your stance on profanity in articles/reviews?by Greg Micek » Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:59 am

derkasan wrote:I agree with you 100%. I think it's crazy when sites do something like this:
http://kotaku.com/jesus-fucking-christ- ... 1742230329


Two things with that Kotaku piece. One is that i'm retty sure the original article title (as seen in the URL) was changed at some point, which is funny. The other is that Kotaku is a gawker site, and Jezebel, Gawker, and Deadspin all love cussing in their articles, including in their article titles.

We don't really have a specific policy against it, but the few times I've had people start getting crazy I put them in check and let them know that we may not be the right place for them. As was mentioned before, there are other ways to make a point.

Re: What's your stance on profanity in articles/reviews?by gUMBLE » Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:23 pm

There is a proper way to use profanity but it shouldn't be the focal point of the sentence as in the aforementioned Kotaku headline. I advise new writers to avoid using profanity because they typically employ it for effect rather than emphasis, and it detracts from the statements meaning. I don't expect writers to be Bukowski but the sentence should be begging for a curse. Articulating your views without resorting to cursing is preferred in most cases, but sometimes a subtle swear solidifies a point.


Re: What's your stance on profanity in articles/reviews?by DigThatBox » Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:58 am

I don't care for it. Using profanity in a review does not seem professional.

Only place I allow "light" profanity is in our opinion pieces. No F-bombs or anything like that. But more exclamatory words like BS just add a little flavor to your writing sometimes, I think.


Re: What's your stance on profanity in articles/reviews?by CW-Games » Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:50 am

I'm more on the humour side of life, but a lot of people don't understand how to be funny without being blunt.
Like I did here: http://www.ultimatepisman.org/index.php?mode=post&id=17
I use the same kind of language to my game dev partners at Nintendo, they seem to appreciate that really well too.
So there isn't really anything wrong using non-professional language.

If you can speak Dutch, you'll understand the following thing:
I do want to try writing in the same style as the news website "Geen Stijl": http://www.geenstijl.nl
Each time I read rather serious topics on their website, I can't help but laugh really hard while reading.
Admitted, some of the topics aren't meant to be laughed at, but it would definitely be less sensitive if it would be about games (like GameKings does, yet another Dutch website/show: http://www.gamekings.nl/).

Here is my response, to this bullshit! 



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lifespiller79
11/25/2015 7:37am

I guess I find nothing wrong with profanity. I like it to be done in moderation. It shouldn't distract the reader from getting the writer's point that is trying to be made.

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