Op Ed

Total Biscuit - Why you shouldn't be excited - A look at games media's role in hype. Thanks Ant via HARDOCP.
TotalBiscuit brings you a discussion video on the games media's involvement in hype campaigns for unreleased or in-development titles and the negative impact it has on the industry.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Videogames Are For Everybody. Thanks nin.
There has been criticism, too, which has resulted in gamers claiming that we hate them. We don’t hate gamers. We are gamers. Numerous (often offensive and widely incoherent) attempts to provoke controversy and scandal about the relationship between game developers and the games press have resulted in some people saying that RPS should be destroyed. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we disagree with that proposition, and we’ll explain why we disagree in this article.

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PHJF wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 14:42:
Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 14:09:
It will never, ever happen. Because there are only two things to write about in games:
1) PR. 99% of news comes directly from the studios themselves. There isn't much reporting to do here
2) Editorials, including reviews. Still, not much room to do anything here, either


I don't get why you think there's any difference at all between movies and video games as far as journalism. People enter into journalism because a) they like to write and b) they have a passion about something. That's why magazines like Knitting Monthly exist.

Movie coverage is mostly the same thing. It tends to be reviews very predominantly, moreso than games, even. Other articles tend to be casting rumors (which games don't have), editorials (which some here said three weeks ago games don't need, though they seem to have recanted), financial results (which is very transparent in movies yet not in games), and that's about it. Previews aren't an important factor because trailers cover that area.
And most reviewers didn't major in journalism, which some people seem to repeatedly say is important, and the ones that win awards, like Robert Ebert, spend enormous amounts of their reviews discussing the treatment of various social issues.

But there are a few other major differences:
1) The most prestigious critics work for mainstream media, not movie specific media. This means they don't have to worry about advertising
2) Movies are $15 and 2 hours. Games are $60 and 10-100 hours. One critic can review 4 or 5 movies a week. A game reviewer can review 1-4 a month, so more reviewers need to be on staff
3) Reviewing a movie requires getting to a theater. Reviewing a game requires $400+ in equipment

Financially, there's a pretty wide gulf between what it takes to review a movie and what it takes to review games.

But, ultimately, what do movie journalists do that you guys feel games journalists don't, or vice versa? Lengthy articles about the portrayals of women and minorities and demands for equality? Check. Working closely with the studios? Check, though less closely for film because it's review based, not preview based, and reviews are much cheaper.
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