Month: February 2005

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Quote of the Moment

“Xbox 360”, “Xbox Next” and “NeXtBox” have all been suggested as names that the company is considering in the past few months – and if those sound too convoluted to be real, it’s worth bearing in mind that according to UK tech news site The Inquirer, the current frontrunner for the name of the next […]

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GameDaily is Looking For a Few Good Writers

The people (person?) behind the always-excellent Media Coverage column on GameDaily are (is?) looking for examples of the best writers in the biz. They’re looking for people “who produce brilliant editorial that consistently flies beyond expectations … who take stories that would be mundane or by-the-numbers in less capable hands and turn them into stellar […]

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CBC's outdated "future of video games"

Thanks to Ombudsman reader Tony Walsh for pointing me to a CBC news article laughably titled the future of games. I say laughably because the article focuses on trends like “online gaming” and “wireless mobile gaming” (a term he uses to describe the PSP and Nintendo DS, and not your cell phone) that have been […]

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A Different Perspective…

Tired of watching the mainstream media in this country trying to understand the popularity of videogames? You probably don’t live in Saudi Arabia then. Arab News, which is “the Middle East’s leading English language daily,” according to it’s web site, has posted a surprisingly balanced article on the hot new electronic gadgets that seem to […]

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By the way…

Ombudsman reader Josh Fishburn was more than a little miffed with a recent PSM review that he says didn’t reveal its true nature at the outset: “I’m curious to hear your opinion on the Gran Turismo 4 review in the March 2005 issue of PSM. It is an import review, but that fact is not […]

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More Links

A few notable notes that I missed in the recent link flush: Coming Clean (Gamespot) No less than the executive editor of Gamespot writes an editorial on giving more disclosure about the time a reviewer spent on each game he reviews. I’m not sure this is such a good idea as a blanket policy — […]

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Link Flush

It’s been a busy month for writing about videogame journalism. I’ve wanted to write something more substantial about most of these, but the queue is getting much too large. Here’s a brain dump of my link list, with a few words about each Do Game Reviews Have To Be Puerile? (Kotaku) No, they don’t. There’s […]

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G4 Makes Me Cry

As I write my next post for this very blog, G4 is on in the background. A (vaguely interesting) special about a Madden football tournament has just transitioned into a piece about the “lingerie bowl,” a bunch of girls in bras and panties playing full contact football. Real life football… not video game football. This […]

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Objectivity Means Saying My Side Is Right!

Benny Torres is not the only one who had a problem with EGM’s recent coverage of the brewing portable wars in their February 2005 issue. Nintendo Now recently weighed in on the issue and, not too surprisingly, also found the coverage to be less than favorable for the DS. Many of these same points were […]

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Is All Copy Editing In Vein?

See if you can pick out the error in the first sentence of this press release from the IEMA (emphasis helpfully added): The newly proposed violent video game legislation in California smacks of me-too politics in a vein effort for local politicians to garner some perceived moral high ground when clearly there is none to […]

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