Is Game Journalism Dead?

Is game journalism dead? That’s a question I’ve been asking myself for the last few weeks. Game journalism isn’t as respected as it used to be. IGN has turned into a glorified blog along with some other big name websites. Finding a true game journalist is hard nowadays because the “journalist” are just handed what they’re supposed to write about and they do it.

There are always rumors flying around about game journalists being paid to give positive scores to a game. It doesn’t happen quite like that, but if a game journalist is friends with the developer they will take it easy on them. I’ve read it too many times in the “review” that they would write about the game.

More and more people are turning to Youtube for their reviews. The average game journalist just rewrites what’s already been written by someone else that had the source material and it spreads from website to website until every journalist and aspiring journalist has already written about it.

That’s not journalism. A journalist is supposed to investigate their stories, interview people that were involved with whatever situation is going on at the time, build contacts and sources for future stories, and most importantly a journalist has to make sure the information they received is authentic.

A modern game journalist doesn’t do half of that. They just see a story on the Internet and write about it. Or they’ll just take the ending of something “controversial” and only write the last paragraph because it’ll get the most clicks which is commonly known as click bait.

Modern game journalist, if they can even be called that, are just bloggers. They jump on the bandwagon on whatever is happening and help excite the crowd. A good example of this is the “console war” that is happening. Sony fans don’t like Microsoft fans and vice versa.

It’s justs plain stupid and a lot of that comes from click bait. If you see an article titled Playstation vs Xbox you’ll most likely click on it out of curiosity. Every game website does this. Big names like IGN all the way down to aspiring journalist like Gamers Sphere.

Everyone that writes about games thinks they’re game journalist now.

I’m not a game journalist. I’m just a blogger with an opinion and I’m not afraid to say what I think of the game industry.

People don’t really read game reviews anymore. There are still sites out there that have honest reviews, but some times it’s hard to tell the difference between an honest review and a bullshit one.

videogamejournalismhistory_3I don’t cover game news because everyone is doing it. There is just too much competition in that area. I just log on everyday and write about whatever I feel like writing about. Most of the time it’s about gaming, but I rarely ever put up a news article because I know it’s been covered a thousand times already.

Even if you spin it in your own way it’s still already been covered. My opinion on game journalism is that it’s dying. It’s not dead yet, but if nothing changes than it might as well be dead. Instead of reading about big events like E3 on Gamespot or IGN I’ll just look up some feedback on Youtube from some well known Youtubers.

This is just one guy’s opinion on the subject. I’m not trying to change anyone’s mind about game journalism. This is just how I feel about the subject.

I know I’ve only done a single review this month. Divinity took longer than I thought to complete and I haven’t had time to sit down and write another 2,000 word review. I’ll try and get that done as soon as possible.

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5 thoughts on “Is Game Journalism Dead?”

  1. Journalism is dead even outside the realm of video games. One reporter might investigate something and then everyone just copies his report.

    The big sites/magazines all want to keep developers, who give them review copies and ad revenue, on side so their opinions are biased. It’s a disgrace… although if any companies want to give me free swag I too will gladly give you five star ratings đŸ™‚

    1. I actually, just recently, have already had a developer try and do that to me. They wanted me to give their mobile game a glowing review and I refused because I thought the game was horrible.

      I would have had their ads on my site and made some money doing it too.

  2. As coverage of games got more accepted to mainstream publications the quality has gradually dropped…indeed as you mentioned it became trivial and throwaway, click bait!

    Or did that happen to all journalism in the last decade…?

    There is some good stuff still out there. I always championed Edge magazine, I just cant get the print copy in Argentina otherwise I would!

    1. I’ve never tried to read Edge magazine. Would you recommend them?

      I agree with you about the last decade. It starting to seem like game coverage gets worse as the years go by. Hopefully one day that will change, but as you said gaming is more mainstream today than it ever was and that has affected the quality of work in journalist everywhere.

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