And that's okay! And it's okay if you don't know anything about video games, too.
I'm sure you can find other subjects you know nothing about. Why don't you see how many articles you can write about subjects on which you know nothing NintendoLegend? Come back here and report when you reach a million!
Usually when someone chooses a profession, they are expected to study said subject and be somewhat proficient at it, proficiency allows that person to be trusted, it brings them a certain level of respect... no doctor has uttered the words "I know nothing about medicine" or a builder saying "I know nothing about construction"... If your job is about video games, then it's in your best interest to play as many games as possible (old and new), playing these games for a certain period also allows you to become quite good at it hence the Git Gud argument... you also have to play well known terrible games to have a better understanding than those who decided to skip on it, you have to be pretty good at a game to complete it to get the understanding required to write about it, these "journalists" these days are just using the gaming medium for... I honestly don't know why but I'm pretty certain it's not for the love of playing games. Whatever happened to gamers becoming journalists rather than "journalists" becoming gamers?
I think the distinction between professionals and amateurs is worthwhile. Good call. I guess if you're *not* a journalist, not getting paid for reviews, etc., that's when I have much more of a problem with someone trying to play gatekeeper in the community and belittle others for not being Hardcore Enough. Your last question is a great one, though -- I do sometimes wonder why (seriously) *so many* people are paid to write about *games.* Good ol' capitalism at work, or something else? Thanks for your thoughts.
The reason why so many "journalists" flock to gaming because how huge the industry has become and the little effort it takes to be approved to write about it. If gaming was still making as much money like in the Playstation 2 era and earlier we would never see so many people riding the bandwagon.
Exactly my point! One doesn't go into a profession not knowing just the basic. That's why the gaming journalist of today are a joke! No offense but I'm shock they have the job to cover games when they aren't knowledgeable gamers to begin with.
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