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RobinGale Aug 6th, 2015 (edited) 1,035 Never
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  1. Subject: Simon Parkin & Sunset through Agency
  2. Sources: The New Yorker, Eurogamer, Twitter.
  3. Date Compiled: August 06th, 2015.
  4. Credits: Original Investigation. (@jimmymccunty for Agency Case Study link)
  5. ~@boogiepoprobin
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  7. Summary:
  8. Leigh Alexander and Ste Curran consulted on Sunset by Tale of Tales through Agency. Agency's role is stated to be "Project Direction Advice" in the credits for Sunset. Simon Parkin may have personal relationships with Leigh Alexander and Ste Curran. These existing relationships could have affected coverage.
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  11. The purpose behind the following tweets is to showcase various interactions between Simon Parkin, Leigh Alexander and Ste Curran that suggest long-standing friendships may exist between them. Due to their role within Sunset's production, those personal relationships could have affected Parkin's coverage of Sunset.
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  13. 06.24.09: (@simonparkin) @leighalexander Ah, so you're a turtler. ;) http://archive.is/YbhGT
  14. 07.17.09: (@simonparkin) .@leighalexander I knew that tweet would spell trouble. Still, re: rose-boy, you totally would, right? http://archive.is/inwPR
  15. 07.19.09: (@steishere) This is awkward. Just went to check why @SimonParkin is so happy in Dwarf Fortress. Turns out he and I are lovers. http://archive.is/HYqN5
  16. 07.19.09: (@simonparkin) @SteIsHere Here's hoping life mirrors art next week. http://archive.is/jnLpq
  17. 08.03.09: (@steishere) @crystaltips Just FYI, @simonparkin is one of my pseudonyms. I know! I'm amazing! But I don't do this for the fame, I do it for justice. http://archive.is/s7Ywd
  18. 08.03.09: (@simonparkin) @SteIsHere I'll do you for the justice in a minute, Curran. http://archive.is/hlYke
  19. 08.27.09: (@simonparkin) @SteIsHere I want to hold your hand. http://archive.is/OAESN
  20. 09.09.09: (@simonparkin) Apologies for the sexy tweets. @steishere just gave me a written warning. :( http://archive.is/dy0df
  21. 12.10.09: (@simonparkin) @SteIsHere I like to think that our relationship is strong enough that I don't need to retweet you to show how much I love you, Ste. http://archive.is/uUztf
  22. 02.22.10: (@simonparkin) This is some niche comedy, isn't it? You've all 200%'d Symphony of the Night right? Tell me it's not just me and @leighalexander... http://archive.is/oTrBx
  23. 05.01.10: (@simonparkin) Never more damp than on Hampstead Heath with @steishere and friends this evening. The stuff stories and character are made of. http://archive.is/CAStT
  24. 08.05.10: (@simonparkin) @leighalexander It's your puny arms that hold you back, Leigh. :( If only you had strong arms like gamer boys, maybe we'd give you a chance http://archive.is/dreRi
  25. 09.01.10: (@simonparkin) @steishere Oy Vey of the Samurai #JewishVideogames http://archive.is/76u1C
  26. 10.02.10: (@simonparkin) @steishere @byronicman You are like playground bullies demanding my lunch money. Except instead of money you want words. And kisses. http://archive.is/zaans
  27. 11.12.10: (@steishere) Out with @onelifeleft. Just remembered how @simonparkin betrayed us. Now doing Google Voice interpretative tweets for the rest of the night. http://archive.is/Yhk3o
  28. 01.02.11: (@simonparkin) @SteIsHere Under that cool, Redeye exterior you're all coochy-coo sentimental really, Ste. http://archive.is/TcvNy
  29. 02.25.11: (@simonparkin) @steishere "You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess" We're doing it this way round this time? http://archive.is/zZoI5
  30. 03.29.11: (@steishere) @SimonParkin I am sure you have a perfectly good reason for looking at a 15-year-old Brazilian girl's Tumblr. You can explain it over lunch. http://archive.is/CnrOP
  31. 03.29.11: (@simonparkin) @steishere I was looking for a 15-year-old Brazilian girl I could bone. http://archive.is/9B8no
  32. 04.02.11: (@simonparkin) @megganpez @leighalexander Eep! Sorry for all the Instaspam. It's our first 'road trip' so an being a bit over eager. http://archive.is/wm2ME
  33. 04.07.11: (@leighalexander) #FF overnight edition: @kirkhamilton @selmaleh @Quinns108 @q0rt @SimonParkin @jennatar @scanters @maiaskisses4u @acarboni @Brendy_C http://archive.is/6WoQR
  34. 04.19.11: (@steishere) Just killed @SimonParkin's dog. Felt nothing, not even a twinge of remorse. This is the first step. http://archive.is/NnKBn
  35. 05.18.11: (@steishere) @simonParkin oh parko. this is obvious bullshit and you will be entirely to blame when you get a copy of the shit tie-in book for christmas. http://archive.is/vJsg1
  36. 06.18.11: (@simonparkin) @steishere Also: why is the only time we hang out these days WHEN I MAKE MISTAKES? http://archive.is/B2Xhn
  37. 06.22.11: (@steishere) @SimonParkin PS I gotta come down to Brighton soon, let's have lunch, are there any days that aren't good for you? http://archive.is/4OgIO
  38. 06.22.11: (@simonparkin) @steishere Fridays are bad. Otherwise: IN. http://archive.is/3LBH7
  39. 09.13.11: (@simonparkin) @leighalexander Fewer compliments, more replying to my letter/email, Alexander. :) http://archive.is/NQKiq
  40. 11.04.11: (Romerossoldier) Ahahahahaha, this is gold! @SimonParkin & @steishere singing their little hearts out, looking slightly scary pic.twitter.com/ByDiuk6E http://archive.is/9X2P5
  41. 01.09.12: (@simonparkin) @steishere You are so NME these days, Ste. Also: TY. Also also: lunch next week? http://archive.is/GXxgu
  42. 01.09.12: (@simonparkin) @leighalexander @steishere An entire subset of friends now calls me Parko. Ste Curran: RUINER OF LIVES. http://archive.is/FKiNb
  43. 01.09.12: (@steishere) @SimonParkin @leighalexander Hark at Parko, a man so popular he needs a Venn diagram to organise his friends. http://archive.is/jCAfU
  44. 02.15.12: (@simonparkin) @steishere @teamjude I watched this twice today and it didn't get any less wow. Movie night soon? http://archive.is/h38Nt
  45. 03.08.12: (@caraellison) Moments of awesome at the Wild Rumpus/ One Life Left party last night: @leighalexander and @SimonParkin's karaoke http://archive.is/ABTvm
  46. 03.16.12: (@simonparkin) @steishere Oh jeez. Why were you not more forgetfully drunk when I told you that. :( http://archive.is/MUMgi
  47. 03.31.12: (@simonparkin) @leighalexander If I donate $5000 can my perk be that I get to be father of the bride? Also: gratz you. http://archive.is/v3g4J
  48. 03.26.12: (@leighalexander) @katie_torres @scanters @steishere @simonparkin @mattboch does it contain parko's racism & threats of sexual violence http://archive.is/YA6Lj
  49. 07.03.12: (@simonparkin) Just saw @steishere and fyi he seems to have mellowed since his morning tirades against New York, women, question marks and Olympic mascots. http://archive.is/UsBtj
  50. 07.09.12: (@steishere) Stole this obituary -- telegraph.co.uk/news/obituarie… -- from @SimonParkin's timeline which I was stalking to see if he has a tattoo. Still no idea. http://archive.is/WxVuH
  51. 10.18.12: (@steishere) Is anyone going from Brighton to #gma12 today? I am doing that. Do you want to hang out on a train? I am mostly talking to @SimonParkin here http://archive.is/R4ynz
  52. 10.10.12: (@steishere) OMG @SimonParkin just confirmed I am 'headlining' his "Reads Like a Seven" event at GameCity. Amazing line-up too: gamecity2012.sched.org/event/efdfff42… http://archive.is/S7dog
  53. 10.27.12: (@steishere) Look, it's @simonparkin coming out of a closet! #gmadefiance pic.twitter.com/6LKgBAat http://archive.is/5C9wA
  54. 04.19.13: (@leighalexander) And finally re mentors/heroes: @russpits, @SimonParkin, @SusanArendt, @steishere, @dtoidniero and @simoncarless, @simoncarless @simoncarless http://archive.today/BkK1q
  55. 09.17.13: (@leighalexander) @SimonParkin @NewYorker It's 'satire' parko (can't wait to read it) http://archive.is/JR5Dv
  56. 09.20.13: (@leighalexander) @Thomas_Heger @SimonParkin @patrickklepek @kierongillen hey, those are my favorite guys, too! http://archive.is/mLh7w
  57. 10.15.13: (@leighalexander) @SimonParkin PARKO, you've been using graft? I'm so disappointed. ADMIRED WRITER IN GRAFTING SCANDAL http://archive.is/7yzO6
  58. 10.31.13: (@steishere) @SimonParkin @edfear @teenytinylisa IDK MAYBE YOU SHOULD INVITE US SOMEWHERE IF YOU WANT US TO GO SOMEWHERE http://archive.is/FomYw
  59. 02.05.14: (@leighalexander) @edfear @scanters that's so odd, as I end up being mean to @SimonParkin when I'm with them too http://archive.is/tss3F
  60. 02.05.14: (@leighalexander) @SimonParkin @edfear @scanters but PARKO usually becomes the meanest one by the end of the night so it all works out http://archive.is/wAr5K
  61. 02.27.14: (@leighalexander) Also there is a photo in @steishere's toilet of a beaming @SimonParkin, watching anyone who uses it. Disconcerting http://archive.is/dW1GT
  62. 02.27.14: (@simonparkin) @leighalexander @steishere Check the eyes and they're actually Ste's eyes and also they occasionally blink. http://archive.is/3GjiP
  63. 03.16.14: (@leighalexander) I am excited for the week ahead at GDC. If you want to have a little sit down with Agency (http://agencyforgames.com ) this week, email me! http://archive.is/KW155
  64. 03.16.14: (@kirkhamilton) Oh man it’s me and @10rdBen @SimonParkin @laura_hudson @leighalexander GDC has officially begun pic.twitter.com/NhlIRDmEGR http://archive.is/kcgVw
  65. 03.16.14: (@brandonnn) @kirkhamilton @10rdBen @SimonParkin @laura_hudson @leighalexander wow thanks for not returning my txts SIMON AND LEIGH http://archive.is/f1CSK
  66. 03.16.14: (@leighalexander) @brandonnn @kirkhamilton @10rdBen @SimonParkin @laura_hudson hello i don't have a phone anymore we're all hanging pls look at yr DM http://archive.is/g4hTr
  67. 03.19.14: (@leighalexander) taking bets each category with @SimonParkin @RaveofRavendale. we were ALL wrong re visual art. http://archive.is/KAf6K
  68. 03.19.14: (@leighalexander) Thanks to all who came to Agency's launch social! We think it'd be smart for everyone to catch up with what we do. http://agencyforgames.com http://archive.is/ljHGJ
  69. 06.17.14: (@leighalexander) @keefstuart i fell off a mechanical bull once. i don't think @SimonParkin was there, though. http://archive.is/y6f9A
  70. Simon Parkin and Ste Curran jointly wrote the script for the Sega PSP version of Crush under "Zoe Mode Brighton": https://archive.is/mfPtO
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  72. The purpose behind the following tweets is to showcase that Leigh Alexander and Ste Curran tweeted on their feeds about Agency, Leigh Alexander promoted the information from her personal webpage on Agency, AND that Simon Parkin had knowledge of Leigh Alexander's personal webpage as well as promoted an article from her site. This makes it far less likely that he was unaware of their roles within Sunset's production.
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  74. Simon Parkin does follow Leigh Alexander (checked on 08.06.15) https://archive.is/mfPtO
  75. Simon Parkin does follow Ste Curran (checked on 08.06.15) https://archive.is/0ZHzF
  76. 03.11.14: (@stecurran) Announcing Agency: @leighalexander and I have begun creative consulting for games developers. more here http://agencyforgames.com http://archive.is/iKIey
  77. 04.16.14: (@leighalexander) Tale of Tales' new game looks SO COOL. And I'm not just saying that because @agencyforgames is helping with it http://tale-of-tales.com/Sunset/ http://archive.today/fAOI9
  78. 06.17.14: (@leighalexander) Must say, especially excited about this one -- Agency, my consultancy with @steishere, is involved. Learn more: leighalexander.net/tale-of-tales-…  http://archive.is/Syofi
  79. 06.19.14: (@leighalexander) my boss is @taleoftales! :D RT @JacePro: Sunset hit its goal in two days! @leighalexander must be feeling pretty boss right about now. http://archive.is/awKFO
  80. 06.30.14: (@leighalexander) Oh, Tale of Tales' Sunset is close to its second stretch goal. You can learn about how I work with them here leighalexander.net/tale-of-tales-… http://archive.is/qmGz2
  81. 07.05.14: (@simonparkin) Sexism netiquette: leighalexander.net/but-what-can-b… Useful, patient and clear by @leighalexander http://archive.is/TbND0
  82. 01.09.15: (@leighalexander) We did lots of neat things with our consultancy, Agency, in the past year! Let's meet at GDC so we can tell you more! agencyforgames.com/going-to-gdc-m… https://archive.is/Eljdt
  83. 03.24.15: (leighalexander) The main frustration for me is that these people are not smart enough to go to a website and learn I did not do marketing http://archive.is/XOF4F
  84. 03.24.15: "@leighalexander It's okay if you send us a credit note for that $40,000 that Anita never paid back." http://archive.is/XOF4F
  85. 03.24.15: (leighalexander) @taleoftales oh shit were we supposed to do the MARKETING? shit... http://archive.is/XOF4F
  86. 05.19.15: (leighalexander) @taleoftales *frantically pages through dictionary* maybe we should double-check everything i wrote for sunset... http://archive.is/eYmjQ
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  88. Additional Information:
  89. 03.15.15: leighalexander.net - Tale of Tales Sunset and Agency: https://archive.is/LmoBx
  90. Ste Curran's page on Agency on his personal website. https://archive.is/FXYX1
  91. Leigh Alexander & Ste Curran (Agency) Project Direction Advice in credits of Sunset. https://archive.is/W5dpb#selection-1477.0-1483.24
  92. Agency Case Study - Sunset. https://archive.is/8O5Ue
  93. One Life Left is a videogames FM radio show presented by Ste Curran, Simon Byron and Ann Scantlebury. https://archive.is/xSw9b
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  95. Articles with Potential Conflicts of Interest:
  96. 05.08.15: How Video Games Make You Work (The New Yorker) https://archive.is/a69QV
  97. 05.29.15: Sunset review: The revolution will not be televised. (Eurogamer) https://archive.is/QTnFS
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