Taco News - Cuphead Developer Calls Journalists Wimps

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Taco News - Cuphead Developer Calls Journalists Wimps

This is the face of a man who's beaten the Dark Souls of platformers.

While the success of the indie game Cuphead has been the talk of many gaming sites, the controversy before launch stole most of the spotlight. It was apparent to everyone that articles demanding the game become easier would follow when when Dean Takahashi, a GamesBeat reporter, showed gameplay that was reported as 'cancerous.' While the studio has remained silent regarding this, one of the developers has been recently critical of the whole ordeal.

"If you're too much of a wimp to handle running and shooting at the same time, you need to get the hell out of the gaming industry. I don't mind people not liking this kind of game but to actually argue to skip content because you don't like it is another thing entirely. Go back to playing Casualbourne, real men play Contra while shotgunning a beer," said Chad "The Bull" Moldenhauer, co-founder of Studio MDHR.

Moldenhauer also talked about his opinions of the gaming media at large.

"Gaming journalists are the lowest of the low. They'll complain about how you are objectifying women," he said, setting his Pabst Blue Ribbon on to an end table shaped like Tracer's posterior, "they only get this way because they crave attention from real news sites. If I see someone writes or works with a gaming press outlet, I automatically think lesser of their opinion." Behind him on the wall, a framed 10 / 10 review for Cuphead rests regally above his stuffed moose head.

"I find that the real irony is that these people want diversity in games but don't have diversity in their own ranks. Look at how many of them are white college-educated liberals who want to live in the city; you can't." The sound of a siren passing in the crowded street below echoes its way into his penthouse apartment. "Now go ahead and fill my Twitter and email inbox with how much of a Nazi alt-right white guy who hates everyone with more melanin than him," said Moldenhauer.

After seeing that our main writer and game reviewer scored Cuphead the 10/10 score, he invited him to his house later to read Twitter responses and chill. This reporter hopes he looks at me with those beautiful eyes and then whip out his controller to play Cuphead co-op.

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This is not "satire." This is lies. This is clickbait. This is irresponsible. This devalues the Escapist as a news source.

Doctor Professor:
This devalues the Escapist as a news source.

[bitter laughter]

But really, it's labeled "Taco News". What else do you want?

lacktheknack:
But really, it's labeled "Taco News". What else do you want?

I want to not have to know the current community jargon to be able to tell whether I am being lied to. I have never encountered the phrase "Taco News" before, and I've been an Escapist reader longer than PsychicTaco115 has existed as an account. "Taco News" still says "News" and in fact the only explicit indication that this entire story is made up is the small "SATIRE" tag bundled in with the other tags at the end.

Does this really not seem like a problem?

Doctor Professor:

lacktheknack:
But really, it's labeled "Taco News". What else do you want?

I want to not have to know the current community jargon to be able to tell whether I am being lied to. I have never encountered the phrase "Taco News" before, and I've been an Escapist reader longer than PsychicTaco115 has existed as an account. "Taco News" still says "News" and in fact the only explicit indication that this entire story is made up is the small "SATIRE" tag bundled in with the other tags at the end.

Does this really not seem like a problem?

If someone can't tell it's satire I think that's on them. It should be blindingly obvious by the end of the second paragraph, if the title hasn't already tipped them off.

Doctor Professor:

lacktheknack:
But really, it's labeled "Taco News". What else do you want?

I want to not have to know the current community jargon to be able to tell whether I am being lied to. I have never encountered the phrase "Taco News" before, and I've been an Escapist reader longer than PsychicTaco115 has existed as an account.

And you've managed to miss Taco News for this long? It's been a forum thing for YEARS.

"Taco News" still says "News" and in fact the only explicit indication that this entire story is made up is the small "SATIRE" tag bundled in with the other tags at the end.

Does this really not seem like a problem?

I mean, there's also this line.

Behind him on the wall, a framed 10 / 10 review for Cuphead rests regally above his stuffed moose head.

And this one.

The sound of a siren passing in the crowded street below echoes its way into his penthouse apartment

And this one.

This reporter hopes he looks at me with those beautiful eyes and then whip out his controller to play Cuphead co-op.

But hey, who actually reads the article anyways? Half the fun of satire is watching people fall for it anyways.

Fake news!

Fat Hippo:
If someone can't tell it's satire I think that's on them. It should be blindingly obvious by the end of the second paragraph, if the title hasn't already tipped them off.

If a trusted source lies to you, even if you probably should be able to figure it out, I don't think it's your fault if you don't.

lacktheknack:
Half the fun of satire is watching people fall for it anyways.

I don't think "actively misleads some percentage of its readers" is a good thing for a news site.

Obviously I figured out this post wasn't true, or I wouldn't have responded in the way I did. That is 100% not the point. I saw an interesting headline in my RSS feed, so I clicked in, read a bit, thought "Wow, this guy is terrible," and then realized it was getting too extreme. I then had to hunt around to find the word "Satire" to confirm it wasn't true.

I was deceived (even if not for long), my time was wasted, and my emotions were manipulated in a way that profits the Escapist (they got my click and now they're getting our forum traffic). That's a REALLY DANGEROUS slope for a news site to start down. Knowing that the Escapist is a place where this happens makes me trust the Escapist less.

Doctor Professor:
I don't think "actively misleads some percentage of its readers" is a good thing for a news site.

Obviously I figured out this post wasn't true, or I wouldn't have responded in the way I did. That is 100% not the point. I saw an interesting headline in my RSS feed, so I clicked in, read a bit, thought "Wow, this guy is terrible," and then realized it was getting too extreme. I then had to hunt around to find the word "Satire" to confirm it wasn't true.

I was deceived (even if not for long), my time was wasted, and my emotions were manipulated in a way that profits the Escapist (they got my click and now they're getting our forum traffic). That's a REALLY DANGEROUS slope for a news site to start down. Knowing that the Escapist is a place where this happens makes me trust the Escapist less.

Ah well, it'll all be water under the bridge when The Escapist collapses for other reasons anyhow.

The only thing about this article I found surprising is that it's actually far more honest and accurately portrays game journalists despite being obvious satire. And deep down, part of me wishes that more devs had that over-the-top no shits given attitude.

Go back to playing Casualbourne, real men play Contra while shotgunning a beer.

After seeing that our main writer and game reviewer scored Cuphead the 10/10 score, he invited him to his house later to read Twitter responses and chill. This reporter hopes he looks at me with those beautiful eyes and then whip out his controller to play Cuphead co-op.

Gold.

Doctor Professor:
I don't think "actively misleads some percentage of its readers" is a good thing for a news site.

Obviously I figured out this post wasn't true, or I wouldn't have responded in the way I did. That is 100% not the point. I saw an interesting headline in my RSS feed, so I clicked in, read a bit, thought "Wow, this guy is terrible," and then realized it was getting too extreme. I then had to hunt around to find the word "Satire" to confirm it wasn't true.

I was deceived (even if not for long), my time was wasted, and my emotions were manipulated in a way that profits the Escapist (they got my click and now they're getting our forum traffic). That's a REALLY DANGEROUS slope for a news site to start down. Knowing that the Escapist is a place where this happens makes me trust the Escapist less.

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Fappy:
Fake news!

Literally!

Also thanks for bringing the chuckles Taco, better than just the repost/marketing sales bots that used to be the only content in the feed.

Ah, Taco News.

The only fake news that lets new that actually admits it's fake new...

Besides the Onion.

Mehehehe...hahahaehehe!

It may not be fake news, it may be the result of an hour on twitter.

Doctor Professor:
This is not "satire." This is lies. This is clickbait. This is irresponsible. This devalues the Escapist as a news source.

I agree. This isn't satire. It's a completely legitimate news story. Everything in it is factually accurate.

lacktheknack:
And you've managed to miss Taco News for this long? It's been a forum thing for YEARS.

Irrelevant if you don't read the forums, I've been reading the Escapist for years and never heard of this. First time I've ever had reason to comment.

In fact, I thought this was serious until I came into this thread, wondering what peoples' reactions would be.

Satire is fine, but if you're going to mix satirical news with real news then you need to label them more clearly than using some forum in-joke. Good satire, after all, is not always obvious.

LysanderNemoinis:
The only thing about this article I found surprising is that it's actually far more honest and accurately portrays game journalists despite being obvious satire. And deep down, part of me wishes that more devs had that over-the-top no shits given attitude.

Saltyk:
I agree. This isn't satire. It's a completely legitimate news story. Everything in it is factually accurate.

This honestly. I came here to post something of the same. Is there a word for when post-ironic satire laps around to being accurate and true?

Fat Hippo:

Doctor Professor:

lacktheknack:
But really, it's labeled "Taco News". What else do you want?

I want to not have to know the current community jargon to be able to tell whether I am being lied to. I have never encountered the phrase "Taco News" before, and I've been an Escapist reader longer than PsychicTaco115 has existed as an account. "Taco News" still says "News" and in fact the only explicit indication that this entire story is made up is the small "SATIRE" tag bundled in with the other tags at the end.

Does this really not seem like a problem?

If someone can't tell it's satire I think that's on them. It should be blindingly obvious by the end of the second paragraph, if the title hasn't already tipped them off.

Except its not on them, its on The Escapist and its on Taco. The least offensive so far is just the Apple iPhone one cause it immediately reads as absurd and comical. The others? Nope. A developer shit talking a journalist? Thats a very real and plausible thing, just ask Jim Sterling.

Taco News has no place as being called actual fucking news cause guess what! Its under the "News" section. Stop blaming others for what is not their fault.

I choose to believe this is the unbiased truth.

So where were all you people crying "how dare The Escapist post clearly labeled satire as news" when the content feed was inundated with advertizing?

Keep it up, Taco. You're one of the few "official" sources around here that I genuinely look forward to.
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This is one of the many reasons I am going to start coming here for Zero Punctuation only. What happened to this site? There are 3 things on the schedule that are not just times to watch them on twitch and the news feed went from several stories a day to maybe 1, often this fake crap.

BTW I just have to say this. Yes after rereading this and checking things I figured out it was a joke, but I was also reading this on mobile. And guess what? On mobile it doesn't list tags so there was no little notification of " Satire " So for everyone saying it was clearly labeled as such. No, No it wasn't.

Chad the Alpha Dev

This reads more real than a lot of real interviews which I think may be an issue.

Good old Poe's Law. Never more real than in the current political landscape.

Without a very clear indication something on the Internet is supposed to be satire, no matter how extreme, people will confuse it with the real thing.

LysanderNemoinis:
The only thing about this article I found surprising is that it's actually far more honest and accurately portrays game journalists despite being obvious satire. And deep down, part of me wishes that more devs had that over-the-top no shits given attitude.

Case in point.

Hahaha, this would have been so meta if true. A journalists whining about developers calling them whimps.

Good joke, Taco.

Doctor Professor:
This is not "satire." This is lies. This is clickbait. This is irresponsible. This devalues the Escapist as a news source.

This implies The Escapist is still a news source. We haven't had a real news article in like... two months. The entire feed for ages was just video reposts and selling stuff(that will never top the toilet lights). Now I can actually look forward to some authentic news and weekly game releases.

I mean this is harmless enough, but I didn't laugh. I didn't even crack a courtesy smile.

Also hopping on the, "The Escapist has had real new lately and not just ads?!?!" bandwagon.

This site has been dying, and someone is willing to make content for this dying site and he gets all these complaints from people. I am thankful for the effort Taco puts into this, as I think it helps the site out. And help is what this site needs.

PointlessKnowledge:
Also hopping on the, "The Escapist has had real new lately and not just ads?!?!" bandwagon.

This site has been dying, and someone is willing to make content for this dying site and he gets all these complaints from people. I am thankful for the effort Taco puts into this, as I think it helps the site out. And help is what this site needs.

It's good , it's funny too. I'm just saying that it looked like a news article, and since I was reading it on mobile There was no " Satire " tag

PointlessKnowledge:
Also hopping on the, "The Escapist has had real new lately and not just ads?!?!" bandwagon.

This site has been dying, and someone is willing to make content for this dying site and he gets all these complaints from people. I am thankful for the effort Taco puts into this, as I think it helps the site out. And help is what this site needs.

100%

People don't have to find it funny but at least have a touch of respect for someone volunteering their time and efforts. Granted, these comments haven't been as bad as previous ones but there's a big difference between valid criticism and just being an asshole.

That said...

Winnosh:
BTW I just have to say this. Yes after rereading this and checking things I figured out it was a joke, but I was also reading this on mobile. And guess what? On mobile it doesn't list tags so there was no little notification of " Satire " So for everyone saying it was clearly labeled as such. No, No it wasn't.

That is not something we realized. We were fine with it in news since it was clearly marked but if the mobile version takes that out, we'll discuss moving it.

tippy2k2:
People don't have to find it funny but at least have a touch of respect for someone volunteering their time and efforts.

I don't know whether this was directed at me, but this is wholly irrelevant. Nobody's said anything negative about Taco or his work. Some have just said that it's a bad idea for the Escapist to put out a wholly fabricated story in their regular News feed.

tippy2k2:
Granted, these comments haven't been as bad as previous ones but there's a big difference between valid criticism and just being an asshole.

This reads like you are saying that even in this thread there is no valid criticism (except apparently for the thing about no tags on mobile), just assholes. I am hoping this is not your intent.

tippy2k2:
We were fine with it in news since it was clearly marked but if the mobile version takes that out, we'll discuss moving it.

I am glad to hear this, but I'm gonna say one more time that even aside from that this article is not clearly marked. The tag is also not in the RSS version, nor in the Forum version on this very page, and even in the full news version it's buried in with other tags, right next to the "TACO NEWS" tag. As has been noted, anyone who is not a forum regular doesn't know that "Taco News" means "Fake News".

Fappy:
Fake news!

Just like American tacos. #maketacosgreatagain

Dreiko:
This reads more real than a lot of real interviews which I think may be an issue.

"No matter how absurd a satire is, there will always be real-life examples identical to it" is so common that it should be a law. Let's call it Seith's Law!

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