Game Journalism Made Easy: In 10 Simple Steps


"So you want to be a successful game journalist in the modern era. Well, I’ve got some great news for you: it’s easier than ever!

All you’ve got to do is follow some simple steps, and you’ll be riding the wave of success that is modern online game journalism for the current generation."

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gaminoz3056d ago

It's a bit all over the place, but there's plenty to debate about with game journos being everything from professionals to casuals.

GWAVE3056d ago

Hahahahh! This list is funny, but 100% correct. "Professional" gaming journalism is a joke. It has basically turned into public relations, bribed advertisement, and controversial article titles to get hits.

-Alpha3056d ago (Edited 3056d ago )

N4G effectively helped aid most the sites on here. Half of these sites wouldn't have gotten as far as they did without N4G, or rather, without N4G's horrible screening process. This list is Golden. The "media" of gaming is so overpopulated that it's hard to stick out, be original, and be honest. Being honest or truthful gets you little attention and in order to stick out you have to turn to flamebait.

As for the "professional" sites they have a little more shame than the independent sites. At least some of them are qualified to write and they wont make articles as ridiculous as smaller sites. But like you said above, they are just as much of a joke.

darkdoom30003056d ago

1. Create Blog
2. Make flamebait article with misleading title
3. Post on N4G
4. ?????
5. Profit!!!

DelbertGrady3055d ago (Edited 3055d ago )

That's basically Hiphopgamers business model, if you remove the profit part and instead add in "sell credibility for cheeseburgers" that is.

Jack Klugman3056d ago (Edited 3056d ago )

I can tell how most gaming journalists are doing it now in 3 steps.

1. Buy a domain name with a gaming title
2. Build site
3. Make up a bunch of crap for hits, no bother if its true or if you've done any research just make it flame bait.

There you have %90 of the gaming press and most of what is posted on N4G. I think Arstechnica is the only site with any credibility left in my eyes.

CoffeewithChess3056d ago

How many, "Cliffy B says..." stories does N4G really need approved?

If N4G would simply change their own policy, it would probably help greatly...and getting more active moderators.

Nike3056d ago

@Jack: Don't forget Giant Bomb. Jeff Gerstmann FTW.

Godem3056d ago

Cathy titles are all thats needed.

CoffeewithChess3056d ago

"Step 7: Repeat news already reported everywhere else
You must perform the job any automated program could do and repeat the specs list for any new game announcement that people have already read about on IGN.
This way you don’t have to have any literary abilites at all, and you won’t need to provide any of that nasty opinion or analytical stuff. Just be quiet and accept whatever the publishers or creators of your favourite console force down your throat without complaint. Good doggy."

Which is why I have the rule for my blog, no rehashed news. After finding N4G, I'm glad I made that rule.

Nike3056d ago

I actually noticed that with your blog. Find it cool that you guys report on Wii sales data, going in depth to look at the sales differences between the 2D and 3D Mario games and the FPS sales on Wii. Keep up the great work. :)

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