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.
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
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.
Rare is there a case in which a videogame was met with such vitriol as DmC: Devil May Cry. The new Devil May Cry even generated animosity between fans and the gaming press, but ultimately, the press failed to highlight either side of the debate like good journalists should. Yes, this is one of those articles again, and so soon after the last one.
Ordinarily, when writing an article based upon a nation’s attitude towards a given subject, the author would take advantage of any surveys that have been carried out, or interview an individual from such a nation. Kotaku’s Richard Eisenbeis took a different approach.
When you have to sit down and review a game that was released over a decade ago, how do you approach it? Compare the changes? Review how the title plays by today’s standards? Perhaps even write a review about the game based on the time period it came out? Whatever the case, these various approaches require you to play the game.
Back when I first established this weblog, I was sick of the mainstream gaming press. It’s no secret that I despise most outlets, and it’s the entire reason I made Gaming Advance. It’s not that I expect to do better, but it’s that I aspire to do better. I expect to be called out when I do wrong, and I expect to learn from it.