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One More Castle ¦ 5 Things We've Learnt About Video Game Journalism During The PSN Downtime

Mat Growcott of One More Castle writes:

'Video Game Journalism is something of a frowned upon set of work. People are only too ready to criticize pieces written only for hits, but it doesn't stop thousands of people flocking to your website for said pieces. It's an odd situation to work in, things that you're proud of very rarely get the hits they deserve.

Striking the balance between a level of professionalism and a level of pandering is difficult to do and I would say accounts for the reason thousands of blogs fall into obscurity every single month.

The past fortnight or so has offered an incredibly unique opportunity to examine ourselves as a collective. The PSN downtime has been covered by small blogs, respected sites and major news outlets, making comparison between each group incredibly easy. What we've discovered isn't shocking, more common sense, but it is interesting nonetheless.

Besides, an Expert told us. So, it's all true.'

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Chaostar2778d ago (Edited 2778d ago )

I've always thought that video game 'journalism' has been terrible but since the PSN went down we've seen the true extent of the desperate clamoring for attention.

As each vulture swooped down for a peck, re-writing the same news in a slightly different fashion, I couldn't help but wonder about the savagery of human nature and why it is that we, as a species, find such pleasure in the suffering of others.

The author makes a good point about 'experts' here. If websites were held accountable for their dubious sources we would see a lot less 'experts' voicing their opinions as fact.

matgrowcott2778d ago

I think if my point is anything, it's that Journalism as a whole is pretty terrible, when judged by the general public.

Simply put, the day that well-written, smart critique gets the same sort of hits that trashy "best boob" type articles and scare-news gets, that'll be the day that Journalism as a whole gets better. But we, as writers, have to provide a product. If more people want the latter than the former, that's the product we're going to give.

Popular opinion is that that's in the hand of the writers. It's not. The quality of the Journalism is entirely in the hands of the readers and what they're reading.

Chaostar2778d ago

I do agree that fault lies with readers clicking on obvious flamebait links but I see it as more of a viscious circle.

It takes two to tango.

matgrowcott2778d ago

@Chaostar

Let me give an example. Back when Duke Nukem was reannounced last year, there had been rumblings that it would happen for a few days before. As such, I spent a few days writing a retrospective of the previous games.

It came in at a little under 4000 words. It was pretty damn good, even if I say so myself. In it's entire lifespan, that article got in about 600 hits. At the same time, I remember there being an article on here about "the 10 dirtiest bits in Duke Nukem" or something, which given how 'hot' it got and how many places I saw linking to it afterwards, must have got about 10-20 times that amount.

I agree that we could all use far less flamebait articles, but writing well takes a lot of time, and the payout isn't usually worth it.

Xof2778d ago

I've never actually said this about anything I found n N4G, but that was... a very well-written article. I'm glad I took the time to read it.

Silly gameAr2778d ago

It has been one joke after another with the gaming media. This whole PSN fiasco just bought it to a whole new level. Nothing but flamebait and trolling.

snyder2nyce2778d ago

thank you
all the good articles get hardly any attention while all the ones with shockin headlines do. I remember this psn related article with the most hits with less than a 3 sentences.

OcelotRigz2778d ago

All these comments pretty much some up the state of gaming journalism, or just journalism in general.

Two things was really apparent to me thru this whole fiasco, when someone is down, everyone is queuing up to kick them. Secondly, one word; "Exaggeration".

snyder2nyce2778d ago

Lets see how many hits or how many actually took the time and read the whole article