Gaming journalism: it's being stolen from the gamers
Every week, no, nearly every day I see an article about how the Vita is dead on arrival, how consoles are dying, how Sony should be making fewer exclusives, and how PC gaming is taking its last few breaths.
And every week, no, nearly every day I see an article about how awesome mobile gaming is doing, how high-selling and influential Kinect seems to be, and how the latest Facebook social game is going to be the next revolution.
Okay, I'm sick of it. Since when was gaming news thrust into the hands of people who so obviously are not gamers? Am I the only one who scoffs at the notion of 99 cent mobile games somehow erasing the dedicated handheld market? Surely I'm not the only gamer who is completely unimpressed with the Kinect "revolution". I'm not the only guy who is actually excited about PC gaming, am I?
Since when was gaming news handled by people who care so little about gaming? Sure, I see a few positive articles here and there. Some are articles about upcoming games, other articles are interviews of prominent industry figures, and a few other articles are the all-too-common "Top 10" lists. But where are my articles about how mobile gaming ISN'T taking over? Where are my articles about how the Vita and 3DS are going to do just fine? I mean, I'd at least like to read the counter-point to the commonly-accepted "fact" that mobile gaming IS TEH FUTURE OF GAMINS! We get plenty of such "counter-points" in the form of articles like "Uncharted 3: is it REALLY that good?" and "Xbox 360: do we REALLY need exclusives?"
Exclusives. Boy oh boy. When was gaming handled by people who care so little about games? "Who cares about exclusives?" I hear all the time. Um, do you hate games? Do you hate games that have been specifically optimized and pushed and tailor-made for a system? Apparently there are people who hate the idea of playing more games. "Multiplatform games are more than enough," I keep hearing. Yet interestingly enough, when the 3DS and Vita libraries are full of ports (read: a "port" is just another word for "multiplatform game"), apparently that means those handhelds are doomed. Huh. Fancy that.
I guess I just want gaming articles to feel like they're written by...oh, I don't know...gamers? Is that too much to ask? Are there people out there like me? Are there PC gamers who feel that PC gaming is alive and thriving like I do? Are there console gamers who are fed up with online passes and this Kinect obsession like I am? Are there handheld gamers who are utterly, utterly bored with even the mere mention of playing games on a mobile phone/tablet and who would rather play on a dedicated handheld? Surely, there have to be other gamers like me out there.
But wherever those gamers are, they sure don't seem to be gaming journalists...