In an article by former Gizmodo intern and freelance writer Alyssa Bereznak, Bereznak attacks Jon Finkel for not disclosing the fact that he’s a Magic: the Gathering World Champion on his online dating profile. We won’t publish the link though: as the attack on Jon Finkel is clearly part of a quick money making scheme.
Intoxicated, Bereznak created a profile on the dating site OKCupid.com and agreed to go out with Finkel because he was the first “normal” person to ask her out.
When Jon Finkel told her that he is a “World Champion” of Magic, she didn’t believe him.
“I told him my brother was a gamer. And then he casually mentioned that he played Magic: The Gathering when he was younger.
“Actually,” he paused. “I’m the world champion.”
I laughed. Oh that’s a funny joke! I thought. This guy is funny! But the earnest look on his face told me he wasn’t kidding.”
After the first date, Bereznak decided to Google Jon Finkel, and realized that she had gone out with “Jon mother@#$%ing Finkel, the man who is so widely revered in the game of Magic that he’s been immortalized in his own playing card.”
Bereznak decides to go on a second date, asking Finkel about Magic:
“Did he still play? “Yes.” Strike one.
How often? “I’m preparing for a tournament this weekend.” Strike two.
Who did he hang out with? “I’ve met all my best friends through Magic.” Strike three.”
The irony? Had Bereznak decided to Google Jon Finkel before their meeting (she asked him to google her name), she would have known that he was a Magic: the Gathering player.
Bereznak’s personal feelings about Magic: the Gathering aside, the main issue with the Gizmodo piece is that their reader base is admitidly “nerdy”. Essentially, they published a story that they knew their readers wouldn’t like on purpose. The reason? Money.
In the world of online writing, page views equals advertisement revenue – which the company then uses to pay its writers and pocket the rest for profit. Many websites use this tactic of attacking their own reader base in order to create a response. In the gaming world, there are countless pieces by fanboys of PlayStation, Nintendo, and Xbox attacking rival systems and franchises.
Bereznak’s Gizmodo piece was a clear submission of flamebait. After going viral, the Gizmodo article has “been visited by more than 675,000 readers,” and you can be sure that number will rise.
This writer’s personal opinion is that she already knew who he was, and was just looking for a story that would generate a high amount of page views and ad revenue.
Bereznak did bring up one good point though:
Do you include the fact that you play Magic: the Gathering in your online profiles?
Related: Read Jon Finkle’s response
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