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Kuchera vs Kain: What is the nature of a game journalist?

It's got no sex and no lies in it, but it's got a lot of videogame talk, and no small amount of unnecessary drama over a throwaway article no one would've looked at twice were it not for publicity like this.


  1. It all begins with an article written by Erik Kain on his Forbes blog about Nintendo's "new" game, Nightmare Busters. If you don't care to read the article, it's a breakdown of how the game was presented as a new game on Kotaku, and how it isn't—new, that is. 
    The article went on to provide a link to an emulator that would allow one to play the SNES title, which was previously unreleased and more or less left for dead—until now. 
  2. Several game journalists point out the flaws in the article. 
  3. Not long after these tweets go up, The Penny Arcade Report's Ben Kuchera joins the conversation and takes the original article to task. Kuchera accuses Erik Kain and the article of advocating piracy. It's worth noting that Kuchera directs his followers to the writer, Erik Kain, which is something Jason Schreier did not do. 
  4. After doing so, Kuchera spends much of the time fielding responses from Twitter. He states his intention to hurt Kain's career as a game journalist. Kuchera first shares his views on why emulating games or blocking ads is equivalent to theft. 

    It should be pointed out that Kain's article suggested that readers simply download the game and emulate it instead of paying for it—so he was, in every sense of the word, advocating copyright theft. Kain also provided a direct link (now since removed) to an emulator capable of running the game. It was copyright theft the moment the game became a commercial title. Whether or not you agree with existing copyright laws is a matter best suited for another article. 
  5. No stranger to the emulator scene, Ben Kuchera linked to an article he'd written for Ars Technica in the past about SNES emulators. The difference, of course, is that he did not promote piracy or provide any links to the potentially copyright-infringing software. 
  6. Kuchera, apparently tired of responding to tweets directed at him by supporters of Erik Kain, proceeded to finally respond with to all further tweets with the words: "Deal with it." 
  7. Not one to back down, Erik Kain unleashed a barrage of responses to Kuchera in defense of his position. Like Kuchera, he directed his followers (also numbering in the thousands) to respond to Kuchera.