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Mar. 8th, 2005 @ 06:31 pm new game journalism
Bow, Nigger: The blog article that spawned a new genre of video game journalism. More examples here.

Gee, I remember when nobody took bloggers seriously. Far in the past, that time is.

In line with my usual political neutralism, this is the obligatory response</a>.

My view? It has a future, and it's got its place, but it's not the answer to the immaturity and poor writing that self-important blogheads have proclaimed the end of gaming journalism. There's a lot to be said about both the game itself and the experience of playing the game, but they belong in different sections of the magazine and serve different purposes. Like virtually any genre, it's easy to write poorly in this style, but I wouldn't get caught up in the failings of people who can't do it well (as UK Resistance does). Was Poe a cheap hack because his legions of sullen goth imitators wrote and continue to write volumes and volumes of the most excessively sentimental poetry known to man? It's not the style that matters, it's how you well you apply it.

It also worries me that a few of the more poorly written responses to New Game Journalism, such as this one, are being cited by other blogs as if they were brilliant or insightful. That's always been a problem with the blogosphere--no real credibility. It is automatically assumed that yes, there is a problem with the way game magazines are written now that needs to be solved at once, and that the problem is more fundamental than the usual shitty writing or news-magazine bloat, just because some angry kid doesn't like Electronic Gaming Monthly. It's also very telling that the bloggers themselves often come up with solutions that to me seem even worse than what's already out there (like having magazines hire plain-vanilla journalists who know little about games), or come up with no solutions at all.

Personally, I think the wave of the future has come and gone in the form of Ultra Game Players, which managed to be funny, intelligent, honest, and accessible without being patronizing or crude (as PC Accelerator was) or ridiculously advertiser-friendly (as GamePro and Game Informer have been). Too bad the advertisers didn't appreciate their honesty. Oh well, there's always the Internet--or would be if their website hadn't been pulled too. I miss those guys.
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Mar. 8th, 2005 @ 06:57 pm in ad 2005 war was beginning
Hello, World War III.
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