Month: June 2005

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Gamespot Turns to Freeplay Mode

I have to say, I was very sad to see Gamespot’s long-running Gamespotting editorial feature get “a bullet in the head” as executive director Greg Kasavin put it. I was glad to see it went out on a high note, though, with some excellent pieces on critics who aspire to more and a great satire […]

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The Ombudsman Asks: Playing to the Audience

An odd thought occurred to me as I was playing through my review copy of Kirby: Canvas Curse for Happy Puppy (please, be gentle). The thought had to do with whether or not the experience I was getting playing the game was truly comparable to the experience my audience would have if and when they […]

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Week of DRAMA — Part 2: There's Something About Jessica

Rising Internet-game-universe star Jessica Chobot, (a.k.a. Hatsumi), caused a bit of a stir after recently participating in an interview with IGN Babes (Part II). Chobot, who first made a name for herself in the game journalism world by licking a PSP has risen to minor stardom incredibly quickly, appearing on G4’s Attack of the Show […]

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The Best Kinds of Editorials…

…are the ones where you don’t even have to state your argument.

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Week of DRAMA — Part 1: Gamespot and GTA Rumors

Wow. It looks like I left the country just in time. Seems there were quite a few Internet-game-journalism-related dust-ups in the past few weeks that I was fortunate enough to miss the major brunt of. Among them: Matt Matthews directed me to this post on his blog accusing Gamespot of less than diligent rumor-checking in […]

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Some Corrections

It seems that in my haste to do quick previews of assorted magazines picked up at E3, I made a few errors. Brandon Sheffield and Simon Carless both wrote me to clarify that Game Developer magazine is not the official magazine of the IGDA. The IGDA, in fact, has nothing to do with the magazine […]

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Next Generation is Live

It seems like longer, but it has only been about six weeks since we broke the story that Next Generation magazine was coming back as a Web site. That Web site is now live with a promise of twice daily updates featuring the latest industry news and views. (Full disclosure — I’m currently working as […]

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Why Game Magazines are in Trouble

…at least when it comes to breaking news. Headline from a GameInformer.com article dated June 9: Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA and Game Companies Reach Agreement Headline from the Issue 147 (July 2005) of Game Informer (which arrived on my doorstep today): Actors Strike Threatens Industry — Hollywood Talent in Jeopardy The grand irony here is that […]

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No Rest For The Weary

I tried to relax on my recent vacation, I really did. But everywhere I looked I was inundated with reminders of my blogging life back on the mainland. (click a picture for a larger version) Even while I was innocently searching for sunglasses and cosmetics on St. Thomas I was enticed to buy “many games […]

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V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N

I’m off to the sunny Caribbean for a much need cruise tomorrow, so you’ll have to critique your own video game journalism for a while. I’ll be back on the 20th, and I expect to see lots of e-mails and comments keeping me up to date on the goings-on in the game journalism industry. This […]

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