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The trials and pitfalls facing the modern game journalist, and what it means to be a critic

Edge: What is wrong with videogame journalism? Of late, that has seemed to be one of the most pressing questions for videogame journalists themselves. A cynic might respond with smarmy condescension: ah, look at the geek-haired scribblers in this young critical genre struggling to work out what on Earth it is they’re actually doing! But there’s more to it than that, and it’s not as though music or film critics ever complacently agreed to stop discussing their craft once their professionalised eyries were established.

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