Month: January 2005

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Fear & Respect Preview Gets Some Respect

I finally got around to reading through Game Informer’s 10-page preview of Fear and Respect today on the metro. The preview is full of some great quote from John Singletary, Snoop Dogg, and others that actually have something interesting to say about video games and the direction the industry is going. The real clincher for […]

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The PSP, the DS and "Preview Bias"

Ombudsman reader Benny Torres recently sent me an e-mail airing his concerns that bias was creeping in to Electronic Gaming Monthly’s coverage of the battle between the PSP and Nintendo DS. Torres says that recent coverage in EGM and on 1up.com has let the “PSP gets away with awesome previews and forecasts for games … […]

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"Preview Bias" Sidebar: the Bias See-saw

Note: Please read in the context of the original article. In his e-mail response, Shoe also addressed Torres’ specific concern that “the DS has always been met with ‘approach with caution’ wording [in EGM] … whereas the PSP has always been worded as ‘it’s so cool we know your going to buy it anyways’ wording.” […]

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Spike Awards Set to Bump Subscriptions Up

Cruising around Gamestop today, I noticed an ad promoting Game Informer‘s win for “best gaming magazine” at the recent Spike TV Video Game Awards adorning nearly every page (here’s a more permanent link to the ad in case Gamestop takes it down). Game Informer subscriptions and issues are sold exclusively through Gamestop stores, so it’s […]

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One More Diversity Comment

“I thought I’d drop you a line about the diversity issue. Our editorial team is entirely white, male, aged from between 23 to nearly 40. We share an office with Edge, Xbox World and OPSM2 – mostly white, same age range, mostly men. There are two female staffers in the office: so, it’s about 1 […]

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Dr. King's Gaming Legacy

Sorry for missing the update yesterday. I was busy celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by playing a whole lot of Dance Dance Revolution and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD. The holiday did get me thinking about videogame journalism, though (as frighteningly many things do these days). Look over the […]

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Quote of the Moment

“I always feel strange when I see the Evil Avatar has picked up something we said and is posting it as ‘news.’ I don’t think of the stuff we post here as newsworthy.” Mike “Gabe” Krahulik, commenting on an Evil Avatar thread about his recent retraction of “Game of the Year” for World of Warcraft

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ESA: Gamers are People. Press: Yeah, Right!

The fact that a press release like this has to exist is evidence that the press, both mainstream and specialist, is not doing a good enough job shattering stereotypes about gamers on their own. I can’t think of any other medium, or even a major subset of a medium (outside of pornography) that has such […]

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My G4

This afternoon, my friend (and loyal VGO reader) Michael Fan asked me a good question. In light of my recent posts about the G4 video game network, “what would you do if you were programming director for a videogame network?” I spent most of my metro ride home thinking about it, and here’s what I […]

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TechTV? G4-get It!

Headline parsing assist: “Gee, Forget It!” *insert canned laughter here* Your probably heard it here fourth, but G4TechTV announced today that they would be dropping the “TechTV” part of their name and becoming “G4 – video game television” on Feb. 15. The move isn’t that much of a surprise, given the mash-up network’s increasing focus […]

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