Laura Kate Dale: The New NX leaker

Tamaki being banned from NEOgaf severely limited Emily Roger’s ability to spread her rumors without compromising her own credibility. As such, it was necessary for her to start reaching out to other hoaxers looking to establish a foot hold in the industry. SuperMetalDave wasn’t going to cut it. He was too uncontrollable for her and far too willing to make grandiose statements that went against what she wanted spread about the NX.

Laura Kate Dale, however, was perfectly willing to play along.

Laura and Emily have been citing each other as ‘reliable’ sources for quite a while now, but initially I didn’t take Laura all that seriously at all. All of her other attempts at faking leaks have been quickly proven wrong. However, with Emily’s influence, Laura is now considered a reliable source for NX related news specifically, despite her own shady history of trying to attract people to her shitty site with unreliable information.

From what I gather, she abandoned her old wordpress blog where she whined about Bayonetta being too sexualized in order to focus on NX related information specifically.

Bayonetta – Love the Woman, Hate the Gaze

Last year, she was primarily known for her work on SJW related projects. For example, working with Jim Sterling to cry about transgendered characters in games.

“Dear L.K. Dale: You don’t know me, I don’t know you, but we need to talk. Mainly, we need to talk about your inability to be a decent human being. Now, I’ll introduce myself first. I’m Traci, a computer technician who likes anime. Now, I’ll introduce you. Since I don’t know you, I’ll ask google to tell me who you are. Interestingly, one of Google’s auto-suggestions is “Laura Kate Dale lied”. Firstly, the image:

Laura Kate Dale, in less than professional attire

Google Tells me that Laura had a breakdown when a presenter was unable to determine her preferred gender pronouns without being told, and instead using the gender neutral reference of “this person” to introduce Laura. To Laura, this was dehumanizing because the presenter was not able to tell under the fabric animal ears, rainbow wig, aviation goggles and strong masculine jawline that there was a professional female journalist. Maybe his psychic senses were not able to silently determine what pronouns Luura wished to use. His inability to tell what gender Laura is based on their appearance under a bad My Little Pony cosplay is obviously due to a pre-determined personal attack and has nothing to do with Laura looking like a dude in a wig and animal ears. Joking aside, you will notice one thing about all of this: nobody gave a shit that Laura was trans, nobody raised a stink about someone being unable to tell their preferred gender from their physical appearance, until Laura did it herself, fabricating events to blow the situation out of proportion. Checking Google, this seems to be a re-occurring trend surrounding Laura, taking the smallest of sleights, intentional or not, and blowing them up to draw attention. Journalism tip: write the news, don’t be the news.

This leads us to recent events: a gaming studio called Pan Games released a game called TRANS GLADIATOR, featuring a crossdressing/transexual main character, created by a dev who also admittedly cross-dresses on occasion. Pretty good step for diversity and representation, right? Well, Laura and Jim Sterling got wind of this, and would have none of it. Equal representation? under their watch? NEVER! Jim started leading a hate brigade, rallying his masses of low-test neckbeards and cat eye glass wearing sociology majors, and attacked the dev, for creating a game that was intended to promote inclusiveness. At the same time, Laura took this as a perfect time to try and cling to a hot issue to try and make it about themselves. In their timeline, they had not used the word “tranny” at all since last may but just in the past 24 hours they have made more than two dozen posts directly referencing the game and attacking it and anyone supporting it,having done so for at least 20 hours nonstop from what I’m able to see here.

So we have a bully who is trying to attack a game dev, saying “tranny” is a slur (despite laura saying you can’t determine if it’s a slur unless you’re trans, which makes no goddamn sense) and we have an extremely unprofessional journalist who is so attention starved that they have to latch on to and attack a game dev and game for making a game that supports the trans community. Do they ever stop being angry long enough to take a look around and realize who they’re being angry at, ask themselves why, and see if it’s justified? I am starting to think not, these two types of cry-bullies will latch on to any issue, deny, attack them, and then try to flip victim and offender so they claim to be the victims of the people they searched out, misunderstood, and attacked.

Jim, I don’t know you or know much about you so I bear you no ill will. But don’t jump down someone’s throat because you’re offended on behalf of a group that you’re not a part of. in SJW terms, DONT APPROPRIATE SOMEONE ELSES STRUGGLE.

Laura, seek professional help. You are so insecure with yourself that you see anything and everything as a personal attack on you or your gender identity, to the point that you seek it out and shove yourself headlong into issues that have nothing to do with you. And for fuck’s sake, have some respect for journalism. If you know you’re going to be on stage at an event like that, dress like you’re proud of the company you represent. Take pride in your work.

To those who are offended: It’s now very common to hear people say, ‘I’m rather offended by that.’ As if that gives them certain rights. It’s actually nothing more than a whine. ‘I find that offensive.’ It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. ‘I am offended by that.’ Well, so fucking what.”

The above is one example of Laura’s behavior as late as 2015. An attention seeking degenerate who cries about things that do not matter with the help of much more relevant personalities than herself.

View story at Medium.com

So what changed from then and now? Laura Kate Dale, in 2015, was a joke, but now she’s a ‘reliable’ Nintendo leaker? What gives?

Somehow, she got Emily Roger’s attention. And that was all she really needed to be taken seriously by her circle of Pretendos. Dale is now being used as a proxy to leak NX related information on sites.

But, under any amount of scrutiny, we find that she is overall just as unreliable as Emily.

A Deep Dive on LPVG’s Nintendo Switch Reports and Info

Today we will focus on her post Switch article, in which she pretends to have accurately stated what the Switch was ahead of time in spite of not actually doing so. But unlike Rogers, she actually takes the time to cite her sources and craft a timeline for events. This was a bad thing for her to do because it gives people like me accurate dates and times to work with to see how exactly they came to the conclusions they did.

In short, she exposed herself. The NX information she did ‘reveal’ was out in the wild for months. “But Nintendo didn’t officially reveal it, why is that important?”

People  like Rogers and Dale pretend as if they have genuine contacts at the heart of Nintendo, when in reality they are simply collecting information that’s already public information, even if it’s hard to find for most people for whatever reason. Paper Mario, for example, was confirmed in 2015 by Intelligent Systems themselves in a Japanese interview. The information never made it’s way over here, so Rogers presented the information as her own.

Rogers is ALWAYS wrong when it comes to what she expects to see. Mother 3 being an obvious example. If she’s right about anything, Nintendo stated it for themselves in some way or another. Whether it be interviews, looking at patents, or closely following the financial meetings, she keeps a very close eye on what Nintendo is saying and makes her statements accordingly.

The things Rogers were ‘right’ about were leaked by sources other than her. Towards the end even people like Boogie2988 were well aware of the Switch’s general concept, and he wasn’t even investigating the console.

There’s a good reason a lot of Rogers’s statements are extremely vague and can have double meanings. It’s so she can always pretend to be right no matter what happens. Look at how she recently tried to claim she ‘accurately’ predicted Splatoon being ported to the Switch was. Wow… who would have thought that one of Nintendo’s most well received IPs ever would get a sequel?

Dale doesn’t do that and instead makes hard statements, which I think is going to bite her eventually.

Back in August of this year, Let’s Play Video Games began running a number of reports and rumours regarding the Nintendo NX, since renamed the Nintendo Switch. Although much of our info proved accurate, some has yet to be addressed in the three-minute reveal trailer for the system. We thought this would be a perfect time to give a little additional info on which information came from which sources, which things  were accurate or not, and as such which as-of-yet unconfirmed rumours and reports are likely to be proven true in the coming months.

Let’s start by giving a little overview of our sources in the run-up to the Nintendo Switch reveal. I have confirmed via Emily Rogers (AKA ArcadeGirl64) and EuroGamer’s Tom Phillips, who both had different leaks regarding the system, that our sources differ. These sources are unique to my attempts to report on the system prior to reveal.

Source A – A close source to an internal Nintendo division. Will avoid specifying in which capacity they work, or in which region. They have a decent awareness of production, retail hardware, development hardware and marketing plans.

Source B – A source close to development at a Ubisoft studio. This should not come as a surprise considering some of my reports have had specific information regarding Ubisoft software development. They are primarily aware of development kits.

Source C – A source connected to a large indie developer.

Source D – A source connected to a manufacturing partner.

Source E – A source who helped me leak Until Dawn: Rush of Blood one week prior to announcement back in 2015.

Dale does something you should never do in her position, and that’s describing her sources. Now, these sources are clearly real, no doubt about that, but they aren’t as close to the company as Laura is trying to lead you to believe.

The people who Laura and Emily reach out to are generally third party developers who do NOT know all the details of what the Switch is. In that regard, they are close to useless. Source A is different, and really highlights the problem I see with Dale’s style of reporting. If this source at Nintendo is so reliable, and has actual insider information… why wait until an hour before letting Laura know the video was going live?

I think she does have a source at Nintendo, but I strongly doubt that source works directly at the company. My guess  is that her source is someone who works on promotional materials and doesn’t actually know anything about what’s going on at the company. In other words, this person doesn’t actually know shit besides things everyone in the world didn’t know an hour later.

Announcing “The NX Reveal is Coming Tomorrow” Before the Official Announcement

If you’re waiting on official NX reveal its seeming like Tomorrow (Thurs American Time) may finally be the big day from what I’m hearing.

 

This was a super last-minute piece of news to me.

I found out the NX / Switch reveal video was coming around 1 hour before it was officially announced, and tweeted about it twenty minutes later (40 mins before official announcement). This information came from Source A (Nintendo) and was backed up by others with reliable sources.

Alongside this information I was given a rundown of roughly what to expect in the trailer, but I could not find a second source, either direct or from another person with sources, to corroborate. As much as I trusted Source A, I did not want to risk running this information without double-sourcing it.

I was told the NX reveal would be three minutes long (later confirmed by Nintendo), that it would initially focus on showing off Zelda: Breath of the Wild running, that it would focus on revealing the hybrid nature of the device and would reaffirm launch month, but not date or price.

Expect NX official name to be revealed tomorrow, alongside the look of the device. Not launch line up. Zelda BOTW NX shown.

Source A told me they had not seen the trailer, but had had it described to them. As such, I was careful not to take it as gospel.

Source A also told me the Switch name. I did not run it because I only had a single source on the information, but I did spend the following 24 hours searching for domain redirects, trademarks or references in interviews to the name Switch, but found nothing. The fact I could not find corroborating evidence is the reason why I alluded to having heard a name, but why I was reluctant to share it publicly at the time. I did, however, confirm that it was not using the Wii name.

I think her statements here confirm my suspicions. Note how she says her source at Nintendo hadn’t actually seen the trailer. Also it’s worth pointing out that Nintendo already confirmed that NX wouldn’t be using the Wii name. At most, she was able to reveal information, like, an hour ahead of time. At this point, I would rather have waited for the actual trailer.

Again, it’s worth pointing out that a lot of the things she ‘leaked’ about it have been confirmed elsewhere.

Source A (Nintendo) also told me that the trailer would reveal the system’s use of cartridges rather than discs. I was confident in this because it lined up with info from source B (Ubisoft).

We’ve known this for months. Eagle eyed observers pointed out that Breath of the Wild was going to be on some kind of cartridge by looking at some kind of business statement from Nintendo.

While much of the information in this report has yet to be proven accurate or inaccurate, I have significant reason to still believe it as accurate.

In short, our rumour stated that the Switch Joy-Cons would feature motion control and rumble support. I believe this is still accurate.

Our sources on this report were Sources A and B (Nintendo and Ubisoft). We have been given no reason at this point to suspect either source as inaccurate. Source B (Ubisoft) claims that the current version of Just Dance in development supports Wii Remotes, or Joy-Cons, for multiplayer play. Source A (Nintendo) confirmed Wii Remote support on dev kit, and confirmed the Joy-Cons as phasing out Wii Remotes over time. So, why not show that in the reveal trailer?

I asked Source A (Nintendo) why motion control support was not addressed in the reveal trailer. They said that the purpose of the reveal trailer was to show the console’s unique selling point in as focused a manner as possible. They say that motion support will be confirmed closer to launch, but that Nintendo does not want the brand messaging around the Switch confused at this early stage.

Source A (Nintendo) has since stated that the Splatoon and Mario Kart games in development, as well as Zelda: Breath of the Wild, will support motion control for things like gyro aiming, steering, use of the magnet ability in Zelda etc.

There was a patent filed for that. Again, something we already knew.

 

If there is additional processing in the dock, I would expect at least a few seconds to swap handheld to console etc.

This information again came from sources A (Nintendo), B (Ubisoft) and D (Manufacturing). None could confirm whether the dock is a PlayStation VR-style processing box which helps power higher resolution play when docked, or if docking the console simply allows the handheld to overclock and provides better performance that way. All sources claim the hardware has an easier time running docked compared to when out and about as a portable.

Many on Twitter have drawn my attention to this interview with IGN where Nintendo state that “The dock is not the main console unit of Nintendo Switch… The main function of the Nintendo Switch Dock is to provide an output to the TV, as well as charging and providing power to the system.”

To that, I reply that they repeatedly use the words “main function” and “Main Console” here which still leaves a lot of room for clarity. I believe these statements were aimed at clarifying the Switch was not another Wii U style console rather than saying the dock won’t in any way alter game performance. You can’t play the dock without the handheld, but that doesn’t mean the dock won’t improve game performance.

I think this is what’s going to kill her: She’s making statements without any statements  to  back them up. I seem to remember Emily Rogers saying that BOTW would look better on Switch than on Wii U. Yeah, what exactly happened with that, again? It looks exactly the same. Funny how you don’t retweet that statement, Emily.

I think there’s more to the dock than meets the eye, but this extra processing power bullshit that Dale is trying to push makes no sense.

The “Believe Emily Rogers Specs” Tweet

To those asking me about Nintendo Switch specs check out Emily Roberts reports. She’s bang on the money.

I have run Emily Rogers’ Switch Specs by Sources A (Nintendo), B (Ubisoft) and C (Indie). All three say that the information is accurate to at least one set of development hardware. Source A (Nintendo) suggested they were final hardware retail specs.

Trust Emily Rogers on hardware info, she’s got rock solid sources on the tech and power of this device.

Oh ho ho ho ho ho ho. Nice try, Laura, but I know better.

So, there you have it, that’s the whole story of my involvement in the NX leaks running up to the Switch reveal. Hope this helps folk have faith in my reports going forward, and offers some understanding into how these kinds of reporting happen

So to sum up, the information is either stuff we already knew (Switch being cartridge based) incredibly obvious (Switch might have a poor battery!) and leaking the fact that a trailer might be announced an hour ahead of time.

Real interesting information you’ve presented, Laura. Obviously, this being a post meant to put her in the best possible light, she’s leaving out all the things they, being Emily and herself, were wrong about.

Rogers has proved herself incapable of actually providing details of actual Nintendo software (The femLink fiasco in particular comes to mind) so it’ll be interesting to see how she handles the build up to the January reveal. Her fans will be wanting information on Splatoon and Mario and she simply won’t be able to provide it for them without exposing herself as a fraud.

 

It’s interesting to me, seeing how Laura Kate Dale didn’t write about Nintendo or the NX much at all until August of this year, after the Eurogamer leaks. There is no doubt in my mind that Rogers is behind this sudden interest shift to try and manipulate her into corroborating her leaks. Rogers simply cannot afford another BOTW level screw up. Enthusiast sites like /v/ already mock her at this point, despite the fact someone keeps spamming her content onto the feed. Establishing a new ‘reliable’ personality to keep attention off of her personally is what Rogers is trying to do here. If they fuck up, Dale will get the blame, the same way Tamaki did in April.

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