An independent game journalist and content creator shares his thoughts regarding the Filip Miucin scandal.
Thoughts about Filip Miucin from a real journalist and content creator
My story is like that of so many content creators who are rising and struggling to make a name for themselves in gaming media. After a series of trial and errors, I officially launched 8Bit/Digi back in September 2015. The goal was simple, either get hired at a media outlet or rise to become a respected independent game journalist/commentator similar to the likes of Jim Sterling and YongYea.
However; I was quick to learn that there were about a legion of other bloggers, streamers, and influences doing the very same thing. This was the wake up call I received after networking with other media professionals during GDC 2017. To succeed, I had to find a niche that would make me stand out. I found my answer at home, here in the Bay Area.
I became more focused on what is happening among gamers here in Silicon Valley by reported on local fan conventions, covered local eSport events, and attended networking mixers. 8Bit/Digi went from being a generic video game blog to a digital media outlet that tells the story of the gaming community and industry of the Bay Area.
When I started, I was a small fish in a big pond. But today, I’m still a small fish only in a big lake. Yet, I’m proud of what I have accomplished and all I see ahead are possibilities for growth.
Therefore, it should not come as no surprise the disdain I’ve have for Filip Miucin ever since it was revealed he had plagiarized most the work he had created. As a long time IGN reader, I was furious that such a freeloader sullied the good name of a respected publication. As an independent content creator who hopes to find much greater success, I was disgusted at the fact that this parasite was given such an opportunity.
Sorry for beating this dead horse but as a content creator I have to let this out.
My feelings towards Filip Miucin is most likely one shared by so many other content creators who actually work hard for their success. From freelance journalists to commentators, I’ve met so many dedicated content creators. Some have made their passion into a second source of income (living in the Bay Area is expensive), others are working a job while creating content as a passion project. Many of them dream of being part of the team at IGN or another respected media outlet.
Being a content creator may look fun (it totally is) but it’s also soul-crushing and so many creative people are quick to abandon their passion. Many give up in first few months while some only last a year before calling quits. When I started 8Bit/Digi, I was following seven other bloggers who shared the same interests but only two of them are still active as of July 2018.
So you know what really breaks my game about all this? That despite all the great commentators and video game critics out there, a lazy talentless hack is somehow able to get a job at a respectable media outlet like IGN (a goal so many of us are working hard towards). In the end, Filip Miucin is nothing more then the Ellsworth Toohey to every Howard Roark who gives their blood, sweat, and passion into their work.
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