The Game Beat

The Game Beat

On Ethics, Friendship, and Crowdfunding

So, heard any good discussions of game journalism ethics recently? Me neither. I’ve heard plenty of discussions, mind you… just not many good ones. So I thought I’d dust off my old Ombudsman hat and try to fix that. To start, let me be clear that I’m trying my best to disentangle this ethical discussion […]

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David Jaffe is a liar. Do we care?

“[W]e are not making a new Twisted Metal altho [sic] I think doing one WOULD be fun…but we simply are not. Also a game by Eat Sleep Play will NOT be at E3 2010.” -David Jaffe, to Joystiq, on May 24 “Hey everybody, I’m David Jaffe and this is Scott Campbell and we’re the co-founders of […]

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Should E3 time also be party time for journos?

By the logic of the  press corps, these White House social events have no real effect on the news narrative. I find that interesting. There are some very smart people in the the White House. It would seem that by now they would know their soirée press strategy has been a miserable failure. And yet they press on. I wonder why? […]

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Our role as [beta] gatekeepers

If you currently have early, “Friends and Family” access to the highly anticipated Halo: Reach multiplayer beta, you probably fall into one of three camps. You are actually “friends and/or family” with someone who works at Bungie or Microsoft You are a journalist who has a legitimate work reason to have early access. You got […]

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Quote of the Moment: Question-able Justification

UPDATE: Sorry folks, this one has turned out to be a hoax. Don’t be too disappointed – we did put a question mark in the headline! -MCV updates a story on rumored Natal support for an upcoming Metal Gear Solid title, because, as we all know, “if you put a question mark at the end, […]

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Making your story presentable

With reports of more developers leaving Infinity Ward seemingly coming by the hour these days, it can be tough for the average casual reader to keep up. How’s a journalist supposed to convey the ever-increasing scale of the departures without losing count or resorting to a pedantic list. Well, the folks over at PC Gamer […]

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How to write for Kill Screen… or anyone, for that matter

The wholly excellent Kill Screen magazine finally threw up a “Write for Us” page today outlining how to submit pitches for their upcoming third issue (Which is known as “Issue #2” because, see, the first issue was “Issue #0” and OMG WHY ARE WE COUNTING MAGAZINES LIKE COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS?) This is notable for a few […]

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Welcome back my friends/to the show that never ends…

Hi there! Welcome to The Game Beat. That’s not to be confused with gaming-business site GamesBeat or consumer-gaming site GameBeat or rhythm-gaming site VGBeat, although it probably will be. “The game beat” is the beat we game journalists cover, or it would be if we were all newspaper reporters in the ’50s that still had anything as quaint […]

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