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Submitted by -Mezzo- 902d ago | opinion piece

Is there no such thing as games journalism?

Bitmob - Recently on Bitmob, the integrity of games journalism has come into question. I found this amusing because, frankly, there’s no such thing. Now, who am I to talk about this subject? Well, I’m a journalist in Canada. I’ve covered elections, city council, tragedies, triumphs, and sports games.

I’ve also written reviews on my own time and hosted a current affairs web series. So I have some knowledge and experience to back up my claims. (Culture)

dedicatedtogamers  +   902d ago
True game journalism (if we use "journalism" in its actual sense) would be making huge headlines about things like - for instance - how Microsoft is patenting technology that will allow for pay-per-viewer gaming. Or, it would be journalists interviewing Nintendo's Reggie and asking "why is Nintendo dropping the ball on the Virtual Console? Where is the Nintendo back-catalog?" and stuff like that. Journalism is asking the tough questions that your readers want answers to.

"Capcom, why do you continue to toe the line with way too much DLC in your games? Your fans enjoy your games, but you are not delivering on the content that they expect"

"Sony, are you REALLY serious about supporting the Vita with games? It has been out for nearly a year. What are your plans for the future? We need details"

"Microsoft, you seem to have lost your eager drive to deliver a wide variety of games for your fanbase. Now it's just a few yearly sequels to your most-popular franchises. Where is the variety that the 360 used to be known for?"

THAT stuff is journalism.

Instead, gaming "journalism" pretty much consists of nothing but sitting around, waiting for PR reps to contact you with a "press release" or to send you a game to review, and then you type it out. There's no actual journalism going on.
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thorstein  +   902d ago
I hear you. Gaming journalism is a joke. And what is worse is the yellow journalism of sites like destructoid, kotaku, and others just trolling for hits with sensationalist headlines.

To add to your list, I would love to see what the devs play or what it takes to make a game articles. Something with depth and a plethora of knowledge, not some opinion piece passed off as news.

And there is no industry standard for reviews so I find all of it a bit of a joke (see Halo 4 reviews). No one can take these journos seriously anymore. There are few good ones, but is it worth it to wade through all that bS?

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