One of the easiest professions to try and enter has been game journalism. For many writers, gamers, youtubers, and streamers, the dream of getting paid to talk about videogames has become their goal. With the means of communication getting easier with each passing year, you can’t throw a metaphorical rock on the internet without finding someone calling themselves a “gaming journalist” or “expert on videogames.”
However, with this pool so wide, and still not really understood by all, it creates a problem when it comes to elevating the discussion on the game industry.
For today’s video, I’m taking a look at the discussion of politics when it comes to covering games, and why it’s often seen as hypocritical.
Video game development has taken on a new life this decade. Between mobile, indie, and AAA games, we are seeing games being supported longer. It’s no longer about just patching a game to fix bugs, but continuing support for months or even years. The recent release of No Man’s Sky’s next update gives us another chance to talk about a tricky topic for video game journalism and re-reviewing games.
For this Industry Insight, I decided to talk about the state of game reviews and the debate over how much should they matter to a studio. I made a small mistake at the end of the video, with the patreon and credits clip reversed.