Posts Tagged "Journalism"

Game Journalism: We Can Do Better

Game Journalism: We Can Do Better

Like Bruce Banner transforming into Hulk as he witnesses an injustice, I can no longer sit idly by as video game news languishes in the quicksand of immaturity. But before I launch into my tirade, allow me to reflect. I first started reviewing video games for the Vancouver bureau of CTV in 1998. Since then, I’ve spent time discussing or reviewing or reporting on video games for CNN, HLN, CBS News, the Vancouver Sun and even served as “guest editor” for an...

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A New Chapter in Game Journalism

A New Chapter in Game Journalism

We’ve already spoken long and loudly about many of the changes and issues currently sweeping the field of video game journalism. (And unfortunately leaving many magazines, websites and members of the media buried beneath the ensuing rubble.) So rather than waste time covering old ground, we’ve come up with a better solution to encapsulate what’s happening to today’s publishing business: Let the industry speak for itself. Just click the link...

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Why Metacritic.com Matters

Why Metacritic.com Matters

Over the last few years, Metacritic has become a popular whipping boy within the games industry. A recent example would be Adam Sessler’s bit at GDC’s journalist rant session. At the risk of beginning to sound like a reactionary contrarian, I feel a case needs to be made for Metacritic. Unlike my argument for used games (or, rather, for thinking critically about what we are trying to sell consumers for $60), I feel much less conflicted in this case, so let me...

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Is There Hope For Video Game Journalism?

Is There Hope For Video Game Journalism?

Call it inept, corrupt or immature if you will, but there’s one thing few can deny about the field of video game journalism. Specifically, that it’s more prolific than ever, and evolving at a speed so fast you could scarce match it behind the wheel of a Formula 1 roadster. I, for one, would like to think such changes are for the better, especially as information-sharing tools like Posterous and Twitter enable instantaneous reporting, and empower everyday...

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The Future of Video Game Marketing

The Future of Video Game Marketing

Hate online advertisements? Can’t stand corny TV commercials? Feel like spitting to get the taste out of your mouth every time someone in the gaming business cheerfully talks up “viral marketing” as if they’d made a reference to Hitler instead of the latest Halo alternate reality game (ARG)? Then rejoice – for video game fans and execs alike, it’s a brave new world, and one in which the methods used to promote today’s hottest titles are increasingly...

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