Videogame Journalism Amateurish?
10:04 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story
GameSpot has recently published an article concerning a recent writeup by The Wall Street Journal. The piece, which takes the form of a rebuttal, takes to case a number of claims made in the Wall Street Journal article, which accuses current videogame reviews as being amateurish and shortsighted.
The writer of the Journal article feels that reviews are currently nothing more than jargon-filled pieces and advertisements, and makes comparisons to movie reviews as a framework for how a game reviews should work. In contrast, GameSpot's Greg Kasavin points out that most gamers expect the jargon, including framerates, system requirements, and what not:
Look at it this way: Would you prefer for me to wistfully tell you how Final Fantasy XI made me feel, or would you prefer for me to tell you how it works, what about it works well, and what about it doesn't work well? I expect it's the latter option. For that matter, when was the last time you decided to see a movie based on a movie review? Film critics write to each other. I still make every effort to write to people with limited time and money to spend on gaming. What drives me is the notion that my work is of some real value.Though the Journal article itself requires registration in order to be read, the gist of it can be conferred from the GameSpot article. Those interested in perusing the whole read can find it via GameSpot's GameSpotting section.
GameSpot - The Wall Street Journal: "Videogame Reviews are Stuck in the Pac-Man Era"
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