Red Dead Redemption 2 would be popular if nobody wrote a single article about it, so why would anyone pay us? We write about it because the vast majority of our audience cares. As for there being no PC version - we're taking an educated guess that's backed up by solid rumours.
See, instead of a direct "no, we do not get additional income from the companies or their representatives for these articles", you're giving me an indirect "why would anyone pay us?" answer instead. I don't know, these games have massive budgets and spread marketing dollars everywhere. It certainly can explain console exclusive news pc-gaming website.
And yes, of course the game is popular, I'm sure you could have gotten a lot of views writing about The Last of Us or Horizon Zero Dawn also, afterall, they're popular games too! You say your audience wants this, but I'd be very curious about the results of a poll asking if you should report on games that have not been confirmed for PC yet. I certainly know where my vote stands. I'd much rather see this space freed up for maybe a lesser known title that could use more attention if you're having a slow news day. I'm sure there are hundreds of indie developers that would jump at a chance for an article.
And aure, this is an educated guess, just like Destiny could have come to the PC, and hey, Bloodborne could also come to PC because the Dark Souls series has! It's nothing but a giant tease. Rockstar's policies clearly shows it considers PC gamers as second class citizens. Unless they're willing to commit to a confirmation, I don't think they should receive any additional exposure than they're already getting.
It's one thing to have one speculation article upon announcement, but I'm willing to bet this won't be the last one. IF it does come to the PC, I'm betting we'll see a dozen speculation articles leading up for YEARS about whether it COULD come to PC, oh my! It makes pc gamers look desperate and pathetic, like there aren't other games to play besides this and we jump through whatever hoops are set for us by the publishers. If it's coming to PC, great, let's hear all about it. If it's not or they refuse to tell us, then how about reporting on something else? Anything! Just something that's a PC game!
Stuff like this makes me want to go elsewhere for PC gaming news, I'll just leave it at that.
I'd say yes and no. If they're complaining about graphics or technical issues, yeah, that doesn't count. A good game stands the test of time through its gameplay, atmosphere, writing, etc. and should absolutely be judged as to whether it holds up on that front or not.
Under the 'Performance' header? That's The Signal from Tolva, a beautiful, sandbox-y, robot-y playground :)
I'd still say just don't report on it unless you have something to report. I mean as evidence goes, I'll see yours and raise you this:
Ha, yeah I remember that. Different game and circumstances though, and in this case you've got good journos and a reliable tipster all saying it's happening.
Given we report on rumours for other games if the source seems credible, at this point we wouldn't really be doing our jobs if we didn't do so for Destiny 2, especially as it'll probably be huge.
Anyway, shouldn't be long now until we know for sure. If it doesn't happen, come back here and mock me.
I understand, which is why we wouldn't cover it if it weren't looking likely. Kotaku are prepared to go so far as to outright confirm it.
Check out our EWK for the evidence:
Something like that. It's not the first time they've tried comedy. I haven't laughed yet. Not sure why they're wasting their time trying to make it funny either, this isn't really a comedy site - I don't visit for the lulz. The writer obviously wanted to talk about Bioshock, fine by me. But this doesn't even say anything new it just tries to put a funny frame on it and it falls flat - again.