As an aspiring student studying journalism, the video game industry has opened a lot of ears to those looking for a chance to cover a certain entertainment medium. Given how I am one of those few people who would love to cover all things not related to politics or law, video game journalism offers me and anyone who has ever picked up a controller a chance to voice their opinions without the boundaries of other niches.
Now, that's not to say that this type of journalism is dragging its own leg, but this medium has also become the center of both criticism and pressure from the online world. Print magazines such as Electronic Gaming Monthly and Official Playstation Magazine have all been laid to rest because of the growing interest in online publications. I could go on about this issue, but I will save that for when EGM makes its glorious return this spring. Until then, we must look at those who work within the industry are talking about concerning the state of video game journalism.
Tommy Tallarico, video game composer and one of the founders of Video Games Live, is one who is not unaware of the possibilities of video game journalism on the rise. The following video shows The Reboot chatting with Tallarico about the state of video game journalism and why negativity seems to be hurting it.
I also find it quite ironic how Tallarico states how copying and pasting news releases onto blogs and various video game sites degenerates the idea of journalism and researching for a story. Wow, makes me feel kind of embarrassed to post this now, but alas it's the message that counts. Enjoy.