All the big outlets like IGN are in bed with the developers and publishers. It is a scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. If they leaked anything they would be breaking an NDA anyhow. The good leakers are unknowns with connections or people inside using aliases. Most game "journalists" don't know much technical anyhow, they wouldn't know how to count or estimate frame rate, AA methods, resolutions, etc. They just use laymen terms like "blurry", "jaggy", etc. They were hired as writers, and thus know very little about how games are made.
A lot of them actually have firewalls between their reporting/reporters and their review/preview/relations. Problem is, they still all heavily rely on access and ad revenue. So much so their reporter hands have effectively been tied.
Information NDA's aren't as big a deal as they're made out to be. Most are unenforceable legally, especially if whats leaked is true information (reporting facts). But, that does little if you get yourself and your associates blacklisted, or jeopardize other relationships.
I really, really wish more did know the technical, and could comment on the objective in addition to subjective reviews. The new section of the forum here shows a lot of promise, which has me excited.
Anyways sorry for the OT.
That is nice, and it builds credibility. Also nice that plenty of developers and industry insiders are part of the community.
The key is filtering out the 90% fanboy nonsense. There's a lot of Dew, Doritos, and Taco Bell kidos on there. And they can make your eyes bleed!
Edited by TyrantII - 10/30/13 at 1:10pm