The Storm is Coming

The traditional games press is in the process of being starved out of business by the megalith game publishers and one can only conclude that it is in an effort on the part of the major publishers to continue to "control the message" as much and as often as possible. ... The outlets in the middle, where most of the gaming audience currently gets their news and reviews, will be gone.

Is the industry moving to crush independent game reviewing? (via)

  1. Fascinating stuff — that second link especially, which makes a cogent argument that cutting reviewers off from publishers is probably, in the long run, a good thing, in part because the reviewing system is so screwed up as it is.

    In that context, future described in the Dubious Quality post — that

    “I can envision a future in which games reporting is conducted by mainstream outlets like NYT and CNN, who are too big to influence, and by amateur enthusiast blogs who are too inexperienced to know when they are being manipulated. The outlets in the middle, where most of the gaming audience currently gets their news and reviews, will be gone.”

    …really does not sound so horrible. I can’t stand to read a lot of those ‘outlets in the middle’ as it is, and I wouldn’t truly miss their passing.

  2. cjelli said : amateur enthusiast blogs who are too inexperienced to know when they are being manipulated.

    I wonder who those people would be, precisely, and how they would be manipulated. But then, I just woke up and am heading out the door and I haven’t even read the links yet, so I can probably be safely ignored.

  3. stavrosthewonderchicken said :

    I wonder who those people would be, precisely, and how they would be manipulated.   

    I would imagine this would be small games sites that are just so excited to be getting a free copy of the game and hits for their site that they’ll overlook a little journalistic neutrality.

  4. That doesn’t make sense to me, though. Small sites that get free copies of games for review? How does that work? And why the hell would they bother?

    Given the lurching burping stupidhead legal suit-buttoned meatmountain stupidity of the likes of EA and their evil kin, why would a small game site bother with (what I assume) would be onerous contractual bullshit, and not just torrent the goddamn game like everyone else does before writing a review?

    Unless there’s oldskool payola into the bargain, it doesn’t make any sense. You don’t make a deal with the devil to get your hands on goodies that are free in the dumpster around the corner.

  5. Also, I still haven’t read the links in the OP, but there’s beer to be drunk damn it, and the hour’s late!

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