Kotaku ran a story Sunday morning about a Canadian gamer in British Columbia who heard a high school student ranting about shooting people at his school: he heard this during an online match over Xbox Live.
Read Kotaku's story for the details. Once again they provide better coverage than traditional media sources.
When I read the Kotaku story at around 11AM today, I immediately searched every available news source I can think of in San Antonio. Nothing. Not a shred of info. I tipped off WOAI, emailing them a link to the Kotaku story. The story on the WOAI website lists a "last update" time of 6:24 PM, but Kotaku updated at 5:24 and made reference to WOAI's report, making me think they ran their story - which included details from the police report - between 4-5 PM.
So that's, what, a five to six hour delay?
This is an interesting piece in itself, but as San Antonio resident, gamer, and blogger, I'm left wondering why half of Canada and all of Kotaku's readership knew about this before most of the San Antonio community. Certainly WOAI did some fine reporting, after they initially got scooped by half of Canada and Kotaku - and then only after myself and probably a few others tipped them off to this story.
I'm glad WOAI reported on the story, they've given us the most detailed info yet. Nevertheless, there's a part of me wondering why I found out about news going on in my city from Kotaku and not a local news source. It happens, sure, but I can't help thinking it has something to do with main stream media's general ignorance when it comes to technology and gaming.
Watching WOAI's report on the incident was cringe inducing. Like the original Canadian press, they pictured the original Xbox (not the Xbox 360) and generally referred to the 360 and Xbox Live like I would refer to flying a space shuttle, with uncertainty and vague language.
I appreciate the role of local media and the immediacy with which they normally provide local residents with late breaking news. More and more, however, traditional media is getting scooped by bloggers and twitter and it's clear that a section of news pertaining to technology, the internet, and gaming will belong to the new media going forward.