Play Magazine has always been a rather unique voice in the game journalism landscape, covering games with an unmatched passion and a focus on hardcore niche games. Since its launch in 2001, that unique voice has largely been driven by editor-in-chief Dave Halverson. Since Halverson's promotion to publisher/editorial director at Fusion Publishing earlier this year, the day-to-day responsibilities surrounding Play have fallen to former Senior Editor Brady Fiechter, its new EIC.
Fiechter is already shaking things up, announcing in the May issue that readers "may not be seeing [review] scores any longer" starting next month. PressSpotting talked to Fiechter about that state of gaming and game journalism, the future of Play and, of course, his controversial review score decision. Some excerpts from our discussion.