For once, I believe I can agree with Scott Kurtz.
The current issue of PC Gamer features five collector covers of Penny Arcade characters, highlighting the feature in the pages of that magazine on the upcoming PA game, Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness (or PAA: OTRSPOD). If you’ve ever read a magazine, you’ve seen an editor’s note or two and know that they usually expound upon some aspect of the cover story. What they don’t typically do, however, is bash the work or person they have chosen to put on their cover. Apparently, the EIC at PC Gamer didn’t get that memo.
For this particular feature, editor-in-chief Greg Vederman decided to instead reminisce about his boyhood love for Garfield and detail how his eventual discovery that the big, hungry cat just wasn’t that funny is directly proportional to how he doesn’t get the near universal worship the PA duo seems to garner everywhere they go.Â Now, I’m fine with opinion pieces and a general speaking of the mind; heck, it’s what I try to do here.Â But slandering a property after you choose to put it on your cover in order to sell magazines?Â That is just poor form, plain and simple.
In his vitriol-infused monologue, Vederman notes a friend of his who has a near-blasphemous love for all things PA-branded and concludes his low-key tirade by hoping this issue of his own magazine undersells so he will be able to stuff it in his face.
“But can you imagine what will happen if my worst fears are realized and the issue ends up selling poorly?Â That’s right, I’ll FINALLY have the ammunition I need to convince Josh that he’s delusional!Â Wow, it’d almost be worth it.”
Almost worth it? Â Sounds to me like Vederman is relishing, however silently, the idea of his publication failing to find its audience because of the lack of popularity of an intellectual property that he actively chose to put on the cover.Â And that just sounds to me like a lack of class, not to mention bad business practice.Â Stick to Livejournal for your personal vendettas, Vederman.Â I’m sure your advertisers and fellow co-workers would thank you for that.
As for what we can do about it?Â A boycott of PC Gamer?Â Stern letters to the editor-in-chief?Â Flaming bags of Inter-poo?Â I think refusing to acknowledge his frat-bro mentality by calling him “The Vede” would be detrimental enough to the one thing it seems we can effect: his ego.