"Many of the bloggers have outside jobs — a security guard at a New Jersey casino, an 18-year veteran in the Canadian Army, an event organizer for a Buddhist foundation. They don’t claim to be journalists, because they think being a blogger, quite frankly, is better. ("It’s journalism without the rules. It’s more opinionated," says Kyle Orland, who runs the Video Game Media Watch on VGMWatch.com.) Many do it for free, and the battle to break a story about a game or score an exclusive interview with a game designer is fierce, though entirely virtual."

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