Month: April 2010

The Game Beat

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: Thanks for the help…

“When contacted for comment and clarification, Nintendo of America did not offer one, only reminding us that Nintendo does not comment on rumors and speculation. We’d totally forgotten about that policy, so that was really helpful.” –Kotaku’s Michael McWhertor sarcastically reminds us all why seeking official comment from game companies is often a fruitless and […]

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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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Is there such a thing as not tabloid-y enough?

Yeah, I know the IGN feature imagining what a “Video Game Celebrity Trash Mag” would be like (pictured, right) is meant as a joke, because they’re virtual characters and don’t get into real-world scandals and hahaha (hey, it’s funnier than GamesRadar’s sudden realization that the N64 kind of looks like a koala). Still, it brought […]

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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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The reader/writer value proposition

Who says reading about games all day doesn’t pay off? For Tanner Sandin, it paid off to the tune of $31,600 when he learned, via a Mental Floss/CNN.com story, that his old copy of Air Raid on the Atari 2600 was a sought-after collector’s item All right, I know Sandin is the exception, and that […]

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Well, can you blame ’em? Uh, yeah!

(Bonus points if you immediately thought of this BNL song when you read the headline) So I know that this story — wherein an Australian lad mag editor was fired, allegedly because he refused to give in to publisher pressure to give a good review for Rockstar’s upcoming Red Dead Redemption (RDD) — is old news […]

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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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