To: Owen
From: Stephen
Re: When I Get To Friday...

It feels wrong to be writing about video games all week, disseminating so much information to the public and not personally mentioning the suffering in Haiti once.

I considered some Haiti stories to write for Kotaku, reached out to some people in game development with Haitian roots to get their thoughts on the earthquake in Haiti that has ravaged that nation's capital. I didn't hear back from those folks I contacted as they may be focused on other affairs.


I know some people don't like when their gaming news is interrupted but interrupting it for something like reminding people of a tragedy that may have cost the lives of up to 100,000 people this week seems like a worthy inconvenience.

We only published one Haiti story this week, but I do hope our worldwide readership was aware and found in their hearts — and maybe their wallets — sympathy for those who suffered a true horror. You could give to the Red Cross or other charities.

We can't interrupt our coverage of games for every bit of human suffering, but this one, well, I don't think it would be controversial to do so. All the best to anyone in the Kotaku readership who has been afflicted by this tragedy.

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considered some Haiti stories, reached out to some people in game development with Haitian roots to get their thoughts on the ravages of the earthquake in Haiti that has ravaged that nation's capital.

Stephen, this seems very insensitive and utterly inappropriate.

"Hey. I write for a gaming site. I wanna talk about the Haiti thing so since you're, yknow, involved in gaming and have haitian roots, tell me your thoughts on it."

Their thoughts are, um, probably obviously that it is terrible, and I am so sure they would not appreciate the "Just to make it video game related" part.

It's also "insensitive" to tell us that you'd be so desperate to shoehorn gaming into an unrelated story just to try and make it gaming relevant. That's not something I'd expect you to do. Maybe some other authors here do stuff like that, but not you- you are the one who actually reports and finds things and writes about them instead of finding information from other sources.

And I dunno. I just find that whole idea of trying to shoehorn it and get peoples opinions just because they're gaming related to be insensitive and ridiculous.

If you want to discuss a tragedy, DO IT. It's a gaming site and people(like myself) get pissed off when some writers waste time by going on about irrelevant-to-gaming crap that they post about just because they feel like it, but this is a serious situation and nobody would dare respond with "What the hell do we care? This isn't about games." or anything like that, and if they did, they'd probably just be banned.

It's a big situation and if Kotaku feels Kotaku needs to mention it and talk about it, then do it. People can skip over it. If it needs mentioning, bring it up- but don't insult people by asking their (obvious) opinion on a flimsy basis just to excuse posting it, and don't insult the readers by shoehorning gaming into irrelevant stories, even if your intentions for doing so are good.


I feel bad because I dont think I've ever had a negative thought about anything you've posted :(

I asked you to marry me in an earlier article, so no hard feelings. <3