jdreyer wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 15:54:
Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 15:06:
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.
Actually, the internet is killing off the professional movie reviewer as well. People are leaving in droves or being laid off as a result of the collapse of print media. Movie-specific sites like Cinemablend and Slashfilm are picking up the slack. As a result, payment for movie reviews has fallen to a tenth of what it was pre-internet. Due to the long rich history and culture of movie reviewing, I feel the quality is still their despite this transition, but that's probably only got a generation before it resembles the game industry.
I agree. And, for that reason, many of the movie critics are freelancers with other jobs. They do it out of passion. But they solely review, they don't do much in the way of editorials.
Even then, though, movie specific sites are a smaller game, I believe, to more wider media sites. Things like AVClub. Rottentomatoes has a hand in this, too - no need to check Slashfilm every day when you can just get the headline from RT.