Patrick Klepek

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Patrick Klepek

Kotaku, Writer

Previously: 1UP.com, EGM, G4, Giant Bomb Writer

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Collusion

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Collusion

About

Member of GameJournoPros. Proven to have been active in the list.

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Date

Not on file

Filed

2015 Mar 07

Cronyism

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Cronyism

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Wrote about Iron Galaxy studios and their game Divekick without disclosing his personal relationship with the studio's David Lang — defined as "friendly" by Lang himself.

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Date

2015 Jul 01

Filed

2015 Jul 19

Dishonesty

Possible

Dishonesty

About

After Nintendo terminated a marketing employee, he wrote an accusation article aimed at the company. The article started a media blitz that incited a strong social media response against Nintendo, and claimed that the terminated employee was being harassed, and Nintendo had fired her rather than defending her—saying Nintendo had “watched [this employee] become the center of a witch hunt and did nothing publicly to defend her”. Aside from misrepresenting the issue with a clearly biased position, the rushed article didn’t originally note that Nintendo had fired the already-controversial employee for moonlighting a second job, which happened to be overwhelmingly at odds with Nintendo’s kid-friendly image. The article was updated, and Klepek later responded to the criticism that he had received for his article—making the outlet the most through in addressing the misinformation spread in this media blitz, but still arguably weaseling out of the responsability of spreading the news in the first place.

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possible

Date

2016 Mar 31

Filed

2016 Oct 13

Censorship

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Censorship

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Instigated Kevin Dent's blacklisting on GameGameJournoPros.

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Date

Not on file

Filed

2015 Mar 07

Sensationalism

Resolved

Sensationalism

About

Article about Kickstarter's recent trend of being used for partial rather than full funding of games, whose original a headline accusing projects of "Lying about game budgets", implied to be talking about the Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter. Article was promptly amended, with Klepek admitting the mistake.

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resolved

Date

2015 May 22

Filed

2015 May 30

Corruption

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Corruption

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Wrote about Jenn Frank, plugging her dishonest "On leaving" article. Although he doesn’t disclose his financial support of Fran, he does disclose their personal ties.

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not

Date

2014 Sep 09

Filed

2015 Jun 14

Trivia

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Trivia

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Claimed journalistic objectivity to be a "false god", inherently unachievable.

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Filed

2015 Mar 07

GameJournoPros membership isn’t an impropriety by itself. Read why DeepFreeze finds it notable.

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