Year: 2008

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Press Pass: Mid-December Round-Up

As the holiday release season comes to a close, Press Pass sees if any journalists survived the onslaught of reviews. Game journalism navel-gazing and its malcontents Hey, who Spiked the Video Game Awards punch? Swimming up the mainstream News bits Quote of the moment (full article)

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Press Pass: Going Indie

Imagine that you’ve got the best game idea in the history of game ideas. You don’t work at a major videogame publisher, but you do have a modicum of programming and artistic skill, so you set yourself to many long nights of work in order to get your vision out of your head and into […]

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Press Pass: October-ish Round-up

What do Barack Obama, E3 and conflicts of interest have in common? This month’s Press Pass Round-up column, that’s what! In this issue: Game The Vote E3 2009 Gets Re-bigulated Conflict-of-interest Watch The TV Zone News Bits Quotes of the Moment (full article)

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Press Pass: How Hype Helps (and Hurts) High-Profile Hits

Can pure hype prop up a clunker in the reviews? Do overhyped games get punished by critics? Press Pass investigates. Sometimes it seems like the game industry is drowning in pre-release hype. Before a major game hits store shelves these days, potential players can look forward to months, sometimes years, of slowly leaked information, screenshots, […]

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Press Pass: Do Sports Games Have a Sporting Chance?

In August 2008, four separate versions of a single game took up four of the top 10 spaces in NPD’s monthly game sales report, including the three top spots. These sales were seemingly unaffected by the previous month, when a similar game in the same genre took two of the top 10 sales rankings spots, […]

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Press Pass: September Roundup

Kyle Orland takes a look at game journalism in September, just moments before he and all the other game journalists are deluged with games for this year’s fall and holiday season. Issues include Xbox Pure rumor reporting Actual, good TV coverage of Spore and Rock Band 2 The 1UP Exodus continues as two more leave […]

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Press Pass: An Interview With Dan “Shoe” Hsu

After starting at major game journalism publisher Ziff Davis in 1996, Dan “Shoe” Hsu rose through the ranks to serve for six years as editor-in-chief of Electronic Gaming Monthly before being promoted to editorial director of Ziff Davis’ Game Group in 2007. So it was a bit of a shock when, in April this year, […]

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Press Pass: August Round-up

August is usually a slow month in the gaming press, with journalists easing down from E3 and gearing up for the impending holiday season. That hasn’t seemed true this year, with Leipzig’s Games Convention, a slew of high-profile Xbox Live Arcade titles and the upcoming Penny Arcade Expo keeping gaming newsrooms humming. The introspective month […]

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Press Pass: An Interview With Nintendo Power’s Chris Slate

A little over 20 years ago, Nintendo sent a free, glossy, full-color, magazine-sized Nintendo advertisement to the 3.6 million members of its Nintendo Fun Club. In the years that followed, legions of Nintendo fans made Nintendo Power one of the most popular magazines in the United States, despite the fact that its content resembled propaganda […]

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PressSpotting: Post-E3 Round-Up

Huh? Who’s there? Oh, sorry…I was just taking a quick, 10-day nap to recover from the whirlwind of game-filled days and sleepless nights that was this year’s E3 Media & Business Summit. While the developers and publishers are the ones ostensibly driving the show with their “games” and “announcements,” I maintain that it’s us sleep-deprived […]

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