OK, let’s rock some overnight news, shall we? First off, I thought the recent move by Ian Miles Cheong was worth doing a short hit for. In case you didn’t see it earlier today, IMC released a new ethics policy for his Gameranx website. This pretty much completes the stunning trasnition from SJW headcase to reasoned gaming industry analyst. If he’s pulling a ruse, then it’s a damn good one. At this point, I don’t even care. He’s saying and doing all the right things. Let’s take a look at the announcement itself:
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There’s a lot more there, and it’s definitely worth checking out in full. I’m still stunned at Cheong’s amazing turnaround. This is something I never thought I would see back in the fall. But it serves as a lesson to other journos. You can still turn your fortunes around. Ian has pretty much been welcomed by all the gamers who used to shit on him daily. Yes, there were some doubt at first, but I think most people have come to accept his recent moves as genuine. Plus, even if they don’t, who cares, like I said in the open. He’s doing what we asked him to do. That’s nothing to sneeze at.