PSXE: The state of video game criticism might have gotten off track last generation, but there looks to be a change taking place now. It is for the better I say.
"Until recently though I've felt like things got off track somewhere in the PS3/Xbox 360 generation. Maybe that was because of the explosion of gaming related content on the internet, fanboy extremes..." This is still a persistent problem. It's just as bad now as it was during the launch period between the 360 and PS3. The criticism of the annual release leniency and the downright broken 10-point scale are things I can agree with, though. There's still much improvement to be made, so I wouldn't call it "back on track", but more and more outlets are opening their doors to game criticism. There are a lot of independent Youtube channels that provide some surprisingly in-depth and articulate critiquing of games, and that's definitely welcome to see. Interesting article.
It's all about knowing who you can trust. Most of the big sites are still nothing but paid advertising. And now we have a new problem with the smaller sites, the agenda press. They also say that most gamers get their information from word of mouth. Unfortunately for many that means visiting a message board. Of course you should never trust anything you read on a message board, those things are totally corrupt and agenda driven. They're antiquated dinosaurs filled with sock puppets, PR agents and fanboys who spend more time posting online then they do playing games. So what's the sollution? Know who you can trust. The media would also benefit from more sites like N4G. The industry in general would be helped by the growth of video game news aggregators such as this one.
"The media would also benefit from more sites like N4G. The industry in general would be helped by the growth of video game news aggregators such as this one." The irony is that the opposite is actually true. What typically happens is a lot of sites tailor make articles for the express purpose of getting them on N4G. I can get into a long winded rant about all the mechanics/elements that go into this, but I can assure you that some sites create articles for the sole intent of networking them. Thats not to say N4G is all bad, because it also makes it easier to get news and get your information out there, but just saying that the ease of networking also attracts the ease of getting traction on an article perhaps wouldn't have otherwise. "So what's the solution?" In the end, the solution is to read things with an open mind and be okay with doing some research. Sometimes a review you might not agree with (score wise) might have a fair reason to dislike it and sometimes a review with a score you agree with contradicts what the review tells you. However, I could also get on an endless rant about how ill-informed some writers are and how rarely anyone will actually call anyone out.
The gaming industry and the media that covers it both need more news aggregator websites.
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