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Features are the pieces of writing that express opinions on one subject.

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One Writer’s Opinions are Another Game Journalist’s Facts

Most gaming outlets really enjoy their top five or top ten list articles. Who can blame them, really? Such lists not only generate a vast number of traffic, but also enable the writer to share an opinion in a structure that’s easy to digest for almost anyone–and it’s usually easy to write as well. For many, an editorial featuring a list is a nice and simple opinion piece to obtain an additional perspective or even some more knowledge about the medium they’re passionate about. For Examiner.com, these lists also serve as factual data representing players as a whole.

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Journalist Cites Likely Troll As Source for Ridiculous Rumour

According to a TVTropes user, the Wii U has had its performance boosted through the most recent software patch. This user failed to include any legitimate source, offering the article changes to simply be perceived as one of the many fans that participate in the console war, looking to make their game system sound better with the dawn of superior technology on the console horizon. That being said, that does not prevent game journalists running a news story based on this ultimately untrustworthy and lone source. Continue reading

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Is Notch Having Doubts About the OUYA?

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Betteridge’s Law of Better Gaming: Asking the Hard-Hitting Questions Nobody Else Will

The OUYA is the upcoming video game console that has touted itself as revolutionary and “a new kind of video game console”. This messiah of gaming is already being met with a lot of criticism for a lot of reasons, but it would be frivolous to list them here. There is a good review of the console by the Verge (3.5/10), and the Something Awful forums has a thread essentially dedicated to cataloging its successes and failures in the light of the gaming media. But is it only these popular websites that are skeptical of the OUYA? Continue reading

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E3 2013 Probably Won’t Be As Lame As Last Year

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For us video gaming enthusiasts E3 is a pretty exciting time of year. People who are not into videogames might find it a bit weird that we’re all captivated by men in suits talking about their products on stage to an audience of journalists, or related Twitter feeds. This rabid hunger for video game news was arguably why E3 2012 was kind of, well, lame.

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Journalism vs. Ranting: Quality in Distress

When Anita Sarkeesian first started her kickstarter, it was like kicking a hornet’s nest. She received a lot of hate for her proposed video series named “Tropes vs. Women”. The video would look at the various tropes which depict women in a poor light and to inform the viewers of the misrepresentation of women. Gaming communities often scorned her, but she was equally praised and defended for her aim. Ultimately, the reason for both her praise and ridicule was not the content or her proposal or kickstarter specifically, but rather that she was a woman voicing her opinion.

There are few articles or videos on the internet that serve to justify the praise or contempt. That is not to say that none exist. A particularly well presented two-part video series about Sarkeesian by Cameron Rodgers is one example of the few that justify the negative attention that she has received.

Before I truly begin, I would like readers to be made aware that criticism towards Sarkeesian is not criticism towards the feminist movement within the videogame industry. Whilst it may be great that “videogame feminism” is getting the attention that it deserves, that is no reason for her to be above criticism. In fact, she owes it to feminists to ensure that she does this video series right.

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