"I already posted in two of the 'Edge' articles about how I feel (here and here), and whilst I do appreciate you jumping into this thread to address concerns about writing/editorial quality, I don't feel that you've addressed the ethical question here - is it ok to take other people's work, which they charge for, and put it online for free the day before that issue goes on sale?"
Sorry chap, I missed this the first time.
Should the Guardian, the Times, BBC News 24 etc have ignored the Telegraph's revelations about MPs' expenses last year because the Telegraph was still on sale that day?
It's a very long-standing journalistic tradition to build stories around selected quotes with proper attribution and it's good press for the original source. Obviously we're pleased when newspapers or magazines use quotes from our content as the basis for theirs and it's the same difference - providing there's solid, obvious attribution and you don't use more than a small number of direct quotes then it's all good.
Coincidentally, I haven't checked but I'd be interested to see if the Edge interview with Kotick mentions that the background to his comments on Tim Schafer was a Eurogamer interview.
"Tom reckons they split the interviews into headline soundbites so as to draw attention to the main interview and to ensure those things aren't missed in the first place. Must have a very low opinion of the readership here, then. I dunno, historically I've been drawn to an interview for other reasons than gossip and cock waving. The headline itself and the interviewee is normally all it takes to grab one's attention, be it this publication or any other. The hard sell soon becomes tiresome."
I appreciate that you may not need convincing, but not everyone is immediately attracted to reading a long, Q&A-format interview - either because they don't think they're interested in the subject, it's not convenient for them to read a whole interview, or for any number of reasons.
We want everyone who might be interested in something to be given a way into it, and at the moment that means taking more than one approach. As I said in my first reply, a lot of it is down to our current design and is something I don't expect to be the case forever.