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26. Re: Op Ed Oct 26, 2012, 09:57 InBlack
PHJF wrote on Oct 26, 2012, 09:42:

I think the real myth is that games "journalism" ever existed in the first place.

Like I mentioned, Computer Gaming World was a great read. They fell victim to their own overhyping sometimes (read: Black & White, Doom 3) but the majority of the time the reviews and editorials were insightful, well written, and fun to read. Jeff Green in particular had a fantastic column entitled Greenspeak wherein he communicated his exploits as an aging gamer.

But being as this was a monthly rag, there was simply no way they could survive. People need to know everything and they need to know it NNOOOWWWW, and a month in "news" time may as well be ten years.

PC Gamer was THE magazine of choice in the 90's back when people actually READ print gaming magazines. They had pretty high reviewing standards and wouldnt bow to pressure.

I remember reading the Starcraft review. They gave it 76% I believe. By todays standards that would be impossible.

Its all about the publishers PR and AD money/revenue. The whole gaming 'journalism' industry if you will is being held to ransom by the big name publishers. Low scores, reviews are a big nono!

Long live corporate extortion. Play ball our way or dont play at all.
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