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Gamasutra - State of Games Journalism, Part II: Press Talks Publishers, Pressure

The specialist gaming press often gets a bad rap. Viewed as little more than hobbyists covering an adolescent industry, game journalists tend to get little respect from their peers, while bearing the brunt of vicious skepticism from their audience.

This stereotypical overview is grim, but the gaming press is far from impotent -- it's got enviable raw readership figures to prove it, and even small publications can exert a considerable global influence on the industry in a way that few other specialists can.

Following a first instalment extracted from a larger feature spotlighting the state of the games press in 2008, GameSetWatch spoke to a few leading editors on a broad range of issues it faces -- here, discussing the often tenuous relationship between publishers, advertisers and journalists when it comes to coverage and reviews.

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