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Op Ed

Wings over Sealand - The players and the game. Thanks ASeven.
Games journalism is terrible because gamers are getting what they're prepared to pay for. As said a year ago, games journalists are merely serving the people who pay the bills, and that that isn't the readers any more, because they demand all their journalism for free. If you're not even prepared to pay peanuts, you're going to get something less than monkeys. Though on the upside, you'll at least get a near-infinite supply of them, prepared to hammer away at their infinite typewriters for the sheer thrill of a review copy and a free t-shirt or two until they either get their own PR job or burn out, to be replaced from a willing cast of millions of fresh faces.

(Those last two links, incidentally, come from a poorly-written fanblog that somehow got nominated for a GMA. It's difficult to imagine how it found itself elevated to such dizzy heights, at an event mainly voted for by PR people. Oh, wait, no it isn't.)

Until that changes, Intent Media and their ilk will control games journalism, and no criticism from naive outsider idealists like Robert Florence will be permitted.

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14. Re: Op Ed Nov 1, 2012, 21:43 Flatline
 
Prez wrote on Nov 1, 2012, 18:43:
Is this guy for real? It's the readers' fault? Jesus tap-dancing Christ, I've seen it all now.

Eh while I wouldn't put the loin's share of blame on readers, there's enough blame for everyone to go around.

And readers do reward companies that engage in shenanigans. If you're the type that considers day-one purchases, the pre-launch review is a big deal for you probably, and so you reward companies that butter up game publishers in order to get that advanced shit.

So I think the entire industry clue to earring shares some of the blame pie.
 
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