Ethics in games journalism and broken toasters

Last night I happened to read the greatest Twitter tweet I think I’ve ever read:

Holly Green is the managing editor of Gameranx, a gaming website. The lead editor of Gameranx is Ian Miles Cheong, a man from Malaysia who is infamous for being a Nazi sympathiser. Seriously, even though he’s Asian, he has a well-known affection for all things Adolf Hitler. You can’t make this kind of stuff up. Not only is he known as a wannabe Nazi, he is known for being banned from Reddit after it was discovered that he was spamming Reddit for pay. Cheong, using the pseudonym SolInvictus, was a moderator in r/AskReddit, r/Politics, r/WTF, and r/TodayILearned, some of Reddit’s most popular forums.

When people talk about a problem with ethics in games journalism, they’re speaking about people like Ian Miles Cheong. He was booted from Reddit for running a payola scam, yet he runs a video game news website. Coincidentally enough, Cheong is staunchly anti-GamerGate.

Imagine that.