Thursday, February 20, 2020

A hole in the market

This piece is absolutely true. The SJWs have entirely taken over game journalism as well as far too much of the game industry itself.
An influential figure from a leading gaming website says that a clique of like-minded media figures are colluding to prevent right-leaning journalists and developers from having a voice in the industry. “If you were openly a conservative and tried to apply to any of the mainstream outlets that are on the coasts, I don’t think you’d have a chance in hell of getting in,” says the senior source, who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of repercussions. There’s a lot of us that probably think there’s a clique, well, that know there’s a clique.”

The “clique” is composed of journalists from well-known gaming and tech websites: among them Kotaku, Polygon, Vice, Ars Technica, GameDaily, Gamespot, Eurogamer and loads more.

“People won’t write something, or we won’t say anything on Twitter or whatever because you spew one wrong opinion and you’re asking for trouble,” says the source, who has admitted keeping their own opinions private to avoid sanction.

“Unless you don’t care about potential opportunities within the industry, a lot of people just don’t say what they’re actually thinking.”

The dominance has directly impacted the integrity of the journalism at the publications run by the clique members.

In one example, which was described to me in detail that I have obscured to protect my source, staff members were discussing coverage of a controversial figure who’d been wrongly punished by a gaming organization.

Several members of the site objected, saying that the figure did not deserve fair coverage because they are not a good person.

Their crime? Being openly right-wing.
This clique is constructed on the foundation of the old GameJournoPros mailing list that inadvertently inspired GamerGate. As a former CGWer, I find this absolutely appalling. So should this be our next project? If you're a gamer, what would encourage you to subscribe to it?

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Blogger Jim February 20, 2020 8:06 AM  

I think the problem is attending to itself. Let's Players have already rendered these outlets obsolete. The only thing keeping them afloat is the outsized importance publishers place on them, and that is slowly waning as well.

Blogger Caleb February 20, 2020 8:33 AM  

I like reviews, but I also like more "essay" type videos that talk about trends in gaming culture, franchises or dig deeper into what makes a specific game great. There is a channel called Robingaming that does a good job of this. All that said, I would still subscribe even if it was just reviews and previews.

Blogger Lukas Brunnor February 20, 2020 8:36 AM  

Having right-wing reviews period would be nice. Maybe a corresponding rating for the amount of sjw bullshit found in the game would be helpful. Easy place to start would be the Game Pass lineup on Xbox live. Classic games are overdone so I would avoid that. Too many new games coming out to always keep revisiting the old. Also avoiding commentary on the console wars would a nice change from the mainstream plebian rags.

Blogger Randomatos February 20, 2020 8:37 AM  

If you have a way of prompting Razorfist to upload reviews in a more timely manner, that would resolve half the industry right there!

Blogger Rosary Bear February 20, 2020 8:44 AM  

Your commitment to the true, the good, and the beautiful would encourage my subscription in a heartbeat. As an Omega gamer, I'm sure you can imagine how few connection points I've had to the world that surrounds. Ever since the beast began to convulse in its death throes, it has thrashed nearly every single point I'd managed to scrounge up throughout my life. The three essential ones above remain, however, of which you and your people are amongst the strongest node. Thus, it would be an honor to support your forays into the wastelands of gaming journalism and a joy to see Light return to the realm once again.

Blogger Fuzzums Wuzzums February 20, 2020 8:45 AM  

Jim wrote:I think the problem is attending to itself. Let's Players have already rendered these outlets obsolete. The only thing keeping them afloat is the outsized importance publishers place on them, and that is slowly waning as well.

I doubt people even read the articles. Videos accompanying each article is a strong indication of this.

Plus even if Let's Players didn't exist, review aggregates sites like Metacritic make the articles themselves a necessity only if someone wants their tally to be on the left side or on the right side.

The only opening I see is for people too lazy to read a full article and also not able to listen to audio. People who are in transit, class, stoplight, queuing, etc. I imagine such media would look like user-created trailers for the game, with short clips accompanied by bulletpoints.

Blogger Silly but True February 20, 2020 8:45 AM  

OTOH they’re right to sound alarm.

OTOH, Notch didn’t start selling all of his gaming colleagues on the benefits of white supremacy until after his game made him $3b.

Blogger SciVo February 20, 2020 8:51 AM  

I have a great deal of affection for CGW, but I don't actually game any more. (I just read a lot now.) Maybe something more aggressive, giving bad press to horrible people?

Blogger Silent Draco February 20, 2020 8:54 AM  

Why is it that all these groups keep completely exposing their right flank and rear?

Blogger tublecane February 20, 2020 8:58 AM  

I don't know anything about the world of gaming journalism. Is it like the rest of journalism, to which barely anyone pays attention? And which can't sustain itself without either being an organ of propaganda or advertisement (shilling)? Because that would be my guess.

My guess also would be that exposing such things works like outing ACORN, the corrupt agit-prop "community organizing" outfit. Okay, they can't call it ACORN anymore, but the same thing happens again two inches to the left under the name PINECONE.

Blogger Capital6 February 20, 2020 9:07 AM  

A good tech website would be excellent.

Blogger Iron Spartan February 20, 2020 9:09 AM  

Is the game fun? Does it have any replay value? Does the story sense? Is it missing features that are causing issues? Does it have any glaring bugs or glitches?

Answer that and you will have given far more information than most game reviews.

Blogger Cinco February 20, 2020 9:12 AM  

@Silent Draco

Why is it that all these groups keep completely exposing their right flank and rear?

The same reason the Nazis documented everything, when you think you are in the right it does not matter if you write it down.

Blogger Silly but True February 20, 2020 9:13 AM  

Who can forget 2011-2014, when all of leftist media repeated ad nauseum how silly Congressional Republicans were for holding yet another ACORN-defunding vote.

Blogger VFM Bear February 20, 2020 9:16 AM  

If you're a gamer, what would encourage you to subscribe to it?

As a VFM, the SDL telling me to would suffice.

Although as a gamer, I'd rather the SDL make games rather than reviews.

If I may make a suggestion about reviews, it would be to bring to people's attention all of the very good games produced by small developers or just one guy. Think Kenshi, Star Sector, Distant Worlds Universe, Mount and Blade, A Legionary's Life, there's a pile and some like Star Sector are refusing to go on Steam or anyone's platform. These guys could use support.

I can't remember the last AAA title I played, and all the major studies like Bethesda, EA, Bioware are dead to me. And that's mostly what the SJW's cover, because they mostly care about pushing convergence on large organizations. I don't see a big opportunity there.

But a great number of games from small developers could probably use some attention, and as the SDL has noticed the signal boost provided by us Ilk, Bears, VFM, etc. is considerable. It could also help guide them away from going SJW or provide them moral support should they be on the receiving end of an SJW swarm.

Heck, just an SG post by the SDL would be a force multiplier.

Blogger Unknownmikeli February 20, 2020 9:19 AM  

I'm ready to be weaponized.

Blogger ADS February 20, 2020 9:20 AM  

Nobody reads gaming journalism anymore. If I want to see what a game's about I'll watch a twitch streamer or youtuber play/review it. The games industry has been mostly hot garbage for the last decade and gaming journalists fell over themselves to tonguebathe every sad, uninspired piece of trash until nobody listened to them anymore. Their self appointed role as guardians of goodthink is just shit frosting on a shit cake.

Blogger Joe February 20, 2020 9:23 AM  

"I think the problem is attending to itself. Let's Players have already rendered these outlets obsolete. "

This is largely true, or something like Mack's "Worth a Buy?" If there's no humor I will usually lose interest quickly. An accompanying discussion board would also be very valuable.

When judging whether to get a game, I usually read the negative user reviews to see if they complain about things that matter to me.

Blogger [Redacted] February 20, 2020 9:29 AM  

As a gamer, I just want good games again, the sort with proper showmanship and presentation. I miss complete, discrete products with high quality box art, full color user manuals, and no DRM, DLC, microtransactions, or forced updates. The sort of game with tons of secrets, cheat codes, endings, and unlockables - and even comes with the mod tools. Journalists failed big time to defend these standards and nowhere is that more clear than the fact that we cannot go back to the golden days of enthusiast magazines. There use to be demo discs, posters, glossy photos, and contests with fabulous prizes floating around. To revive it requires a degree of centralization and trust in media that just isn't possible or cost-effective anymore. There isn't any enthusiasm in the enthusiast press, and if you want to fix it, there has to be something to be enthusiastic about.

Blogger Murray February 20, 2020 9:29 AM  

Rock, Paper, Shotgun is another example. They started out in the oughts as a cheeky, thoughtful alternative to mainstream games journalism, but have become fully converged post-Gamergate. Just a group of guys at first, they've now hired a bunch of female writers with the inevitable consequences.

RPS has a regular column called "The Sunday Papers", in which they round up articles from other sites. This used to be a goldmine of interesting, in-depth games journalism; now, under its current (female) writer, it's pretty much all dreary intersectional agitprop, much of it unrelated to gaming.

I don't even game that much these days, but I do like seeing what's out there. Are there any non-converged gaming sites left?

Blogger Hoyabembe February 20, 2020 9:31 AM  

Could there be an antitrust case there? Treble damages would be nice for whoever is getting wronged.

Blogger Nate February 20, 2020 9:37 AM  

I would love a place to read articles by writers who actually like games and play games and enjoy game culture. I mean it would be sweet to scroll down and see "The most beloved COD maps of all time"... and find some dude waxing poetic about Hijacked and Rust...

But we don't have that. instead… we get idiot college kids writing about social justice because they don't actually give a shit about games.

Blogger Gallant February 20, 2020 9:37 AM  

I started elsewhere in the Anglosphere reading Brit mags like C&VG and Ace and dreaming of hard to obtain games and systems. These were pseudo-backyard operations but they. . . reviewed. . . games, and games were games. If you look up some of these reviewers they are amazing driven people, very accomplished in other industries (I mean stuff like writer for 'Rogue One' and board-member of Walmart).

Fast forward, I worked in the biz in the late 90s at a big-known shop when the emails were going around to the whole company with noisy SJWs starting to harangue as to why there weren't any diversity characters. At the time I was flailing around protesting it; there was something very wrong; but I lacked the methodology to understand what was happening. This was well before SJWAL, and maybe even before a certain Dark Lord could notice what was happening.

The machines have relatively become incredibly powerful. Sure, the games have the ability to express more. But along the way the gaming media, and the big creators, have gone to the dogs in tandem.

I think it's that operating computers used to be more niche, you had only the people who cared the most about the craft, or on the media side, tolerating low powered gaming. Now, it attracts people with other motives.

Blogger ar10308 February 20, 2020 9:43 AM  

I also concur that the issue is largely being attended to by a host of YouTubers and Twitch streamers. Cinemassacre, Exclusively Games and others do a solid job of reviewing games old and new while excluding politics and ideology.

If there was a creative niche or angle from which you could review them, you could gain traction relatively quickly, like Girlfriend Reviews (they review games from the perspective of a girlfriend watching her boyfriend play the games and they gained massive success in under a year).

Blogger Unknown February 20, 2020 9:49 AM  

I would subscribe to a website that had actual news. Some time ago, Hideo Kojima was removed from Konami along with a large portion of their development team. At the time, there was no news on what had actually happened to prompt the firing. My take away is that the current gaming sites have no information outside of what the big companies want them to know, or what their clique tells them.

Blogger Matt February 20, 2020 9:58 AM  

I’m always interested in hearing the perspectives of longtime game developers from the early days of gaming. Especially those who worked on “the classics” (subjective). I’d love to hear their experiences designing games, their opinions on where things went right or wrong in different game genres, and what they think the best games are currently.

Blogger Doktor Jeep February 20, 2020 10:02 AM  

When I think about how nearly two generations of men, a lot of burned and broken GenX guys and a lot of disenfranchised millennials, had given up and retreated to video games, and that the SJWs practically won the war. Then the SJWs, being mentally ill and unable to experience happiness, simply could not survey the battlefield, hands on hips of course, and declare victory, is astounding. They are so evil they could not allow the defeated to even have a place in which to whither away and die. No they cannot be satisfied until their power is recognized officially by pain and horror of their enemies.
And they would have pulled the spider's legs off one by one.
They could not just leave video games alone. I imagine there are leftist think tanks who hate these SJWs as much as we do, for the damage they did to their cause. That's what happens when you weaponise mental illness.
Gamergate will someday be seen as the left's Stalingrad.

Blogger Eincrou February 20, 2020 10:04 AM  

Right-wing gaming content has been tough to do. Roosh launched Reaxxion on the heels of Gamergate, and shut it down less than a year later.

Seven years ago, and a year before Gamergate, I started an explicitly right-wing gaming YouTube channel called Red Pill Game Reviews. These unique reviews did not cover the gameplay or mechanics, and were focused on story, characters, setting, etc. I even quoted Vox Day a couple of times in my reviews!

After making five game reviews, I gave up on the channel. I had put in many hundreds of hours of work, but it was not getting the viewership I needed for it to be worth it. Maybe I was just too early to making these kinds of long & detailed video essays, as the popularity of that type of YouTube video has exploded over the past several years.

Today, centrists dominate the non/anti-SJW games review, news & commentary space. Most of them are atheists, hedonists, and nihilists, and only oppose SJWs and "woke" culture to the extent that it ruins their favorite entertainment properties. I don't know of any effective right-wing or Christian gaming sites or commentators. If anyone knows of any, let me know!

Blogger Shakey February 20, 2020 10:09 AM  

Long have I waited for the day when the Dark Lord would turn his baleful gaze upon this topic. Beyond the old GG stuff that is.

Nate, VFM Bear, Redacted and a few others have touched upon a lot of stuff already. Most gamers just want good games we can get behind that aren't slathered in SJW goo every step of the way. Reviews that reflect a more right-wing approach would be great, but my view of it is that the independent nature of gamers as a whole causes them to seek out and make their own conclusions. There are a lot of options that enable this kind of thing, and GG was great in awakening a number of gamers to the poison that had seeped into the industry so many things are viewed with a cautious eye now.

Still, having a place where you can watch a video or read a review without the tithe-taking of paying lip service to Diversity and The Narrative would be a wonderful thing. As Bear mentioned, an endorsement from the SDL would go a long way.

As for things I personally enjoy, piggy-backing off of what Nate says, there are a few channels on Youtube I enjoy watching related to various game factors such as the sound or music design (accompanied by musical theory breakdown and musical notations) as well as stuff involving deeper look into the mindset and process that comes with game development. How to build levels, balance challenge with reward, protecting players from themselves in an effort to encourage fun above meta-type min/maxing, that sort of thing.

In short, yes, a place to go for reviews would be great, but also something that looks into the stuff connected to games like how they are built, the history underpinning a game or genre, documentaries even, that kind of thing. You can find a lot of this sort of content on Youtube, but always with the usual caveats and precautions to consider. I don't support anyone on Youtube beyond giving them a view (my adblock game is strong) because I'm afraid they'll eventually bend the knee and fall like so many others have before them. Having some place to support that I know won't crumble in the same way would be great.

Blogger anorganicbear February 20, 2020 10:21 AM  

I would think something more like an honest metacritic would be more useful. As others have said, let's players and twitch streamers are largely the games journalists of the modern era, assuming platforms continue to be able to host their content. But there is now a catalogue of 40-ish years of video games, and a whole lot of gamers under 40 who might want to go back and check out which of those games are actually worth checking out. Minus the industry collusion and SJW-review favoring of "woke" developers and without spending hours watching let's players.

Blogger CM February 20, 2020 10:27 AM  

In one example, which was described to me in detail that I have obscured to protect my source, staff members were discussing coverage of a controversial figure who’d been wrongly punished by a gaming organization.

Several members of the site objected, saying that the figure did not deserve fair coverage because they are not a good person.

Their crime? Being openly right-wing.

The creator of Minecraft fits this description.

Blogger Warunicorn February 20, 2020 10:32 AM  

ADS wrote:Nobody reads gaming journalism anymore. If I want to see what a game's about I'll watch a twitch streamer or youtuber play/review it. The games industry has been mostly hot garbage for the last decade and gaming journalists fell over themselves to tonguebathe every sad, uninspired piece of trash until nobody listened to them anymore. Their self appointed role as guardians of goodthink is just shit frosting on a shit cake.

This. Game Informer once proclaimed that, as self-proclaimed nerds, they won the war. (Not sure on what, exactly. Gamma tell, for sure.) Oh? Is that why you're going the way of the dodo bird with the layoffs? You go, pencil-necked geeks! You sure showed "them" (whoever "they" are). lol

I still see some push-back from time to time on sites like Nintendo Life, but that's a smaller outfit. An example is when a father was celebrating the fact that his forthcoming child was going to be a boy and used Super Mario Maker 2 to tell his family the sex of the baby. The SJW types were up in arms about it because "how dare he assume his child's gender." A lot of people weren't having any of that. They're just sick of people wagging their finger at them at every little thing.

Just being able to talk about games in a friendly atmosphere is a win-win; you don't even have to report news or anything like that.

Blogger CM February 20, 2020 10:36 AM  

If you're a gamer, what would encourage you to subscribe to it?

As a VFM, the SDL telling me to would suffice.

Although as a gamer, I'd rather the SDL make games rather than reviews.

We subscribed to Game Informer back in the day. I enjoyed reading it.

I think cultural reviewing elevates the selected above the rest. It's how awards are given, too. It draws people to those cultural pillars and some portion of the masses attempts to get the appeal of what the critics like.

Cultural criticism is just abjectly pozzed atm by self-important snobs that go for the shittiest thing so that fewer and fewer people "get" it. It's a sign of their vapid, intellectual superiority that they are the only ones who see value in what they rate highly.

I don't think cultural criticism necessarily needs to be like that. And I do think cultural criticism may be a part of regaining cultural advantage.

Anyway, I'd subscribe to a 'zine that combines both consumer reviews and criticism of games as culture artifacts.

Blogger Philip February 20, 2020 10:38 AM  

I'm not a gamer. But obviously if there is an SJW infestation then my services are required.

The VFM are awaiting in mindless obedience.

Vox, cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war. . .

Blogger doctrev February 20, 2020 10:40 AM  

Back in the day I used to read Gamespot even after I was aware of its left-wing slant, just to look at decent screenshots of a game I was interested in. When it became terminally converged I dropped it like a hot potato. Ever since, I have to go out and look for OneAngryGamer, and I'm pretty satisfied with visiting KotakuInAction for memes and news. In terms of actually looking at games to buy, the convergence in the industry causes aggressive disinterest, usually outright hostility, to their overpriced and buggy games. It's generally more interesting to watch Razorfist or Sseth, or Pewdiepie when I can make the time. You'd be competing in a red ocean.

There isn't actually a hole in the gaming journalism industry. There's a hole in the gaming industry, and it's going to take gamers relentlessly punishing AAA developers before they get the hint and jettison the baggage.

Blogger Leoric February 20, 2020 10:41 AM  

I am a gamer and would subscribe to anything you put forward.

Blogger Steal Your Face February 20, 2020 10:44 AM  

Jeremy from The Quartering on YT has a website called Exclusively Games that he started as an antidote to SJWs in video games journalism.

Blogger xevious2030 February 20, 2020 10:47 AM  

[Redacted], yep. Though a slim glossy magazine with positive games for civilization discussed in brief (or piecemeal, spanning issues/printings, 2-7 paragraphs per game), and negative aspects of anti-civilizational games/trends, with scanable links to any video clips, is an idea to accompany. Could go hand in hand with a limited facilitating app. Connect to positive discussion boards, social media groups, featured blogs, or other variety of community/community building content.

Blogger Karen took the Kids February 20, 2020 11:07 AM  

I'd appreciate actual game journalism. Not necessarily right wing, even game journalism without any overt political leanings.
I would support anything that just reviews the games without marking systems based on 'diversity and inclusion'.
If VD decides to pursue this project I'll gladly be getting out the chequebook again. Perhaps a trial run of game reviews on SG to test the waters?

Blogger Charlie the Chaste February 20, 2020 11:11 AM  

I'd be encouraged to subscribe if there were reviews of sports games such as Fifa and NBA2k as well as fantasy RPGs like the Witcher. I'd especially be interested in reviews showing what games are good, beautiful and true and reviews warning against what is converged. Articles tracking Fifa's convergence for example would interest me too.

Blogger Lightning Hands February 20, 2020 11:14 AM  

Games are easier to develop and publish than ever before.

Many young men still figuring out their skill set and playing those skills in a small game studio is healthy.

Yes, a platform for objective reviews of video games and board games is welcome.
There, the gamers and developers alike can be comforted to make games without holding back because x subject is not allowed by Game Journo

Blogger Akulkis February 20, 2020 11:14 AM  


Cheat codes are for cheaters.
Seriously. It's right there in the name.

Blogger Unknown February 20, 2020 11:32 AM  

These days I just watch a "Let's Play" series on YouTube to see how a game is.

What I do miss are TotalBiscuit's "WTF is ...?" series of video reviews, (may he rest in peace) that went through all of the game settings and gave a quick review.

The one game news website I do visit occasionally is They seem to still focus on games.

Anonymous Anonymous February 20, 2020 11:41 AM  

Any kind of video game coverage coming from UA and your type personalities would be something I've been looking for since abandoning Kotaku and IGN years ago.

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 20, 2020 11:57 AM  

Nate is right. The writers for Kotaku are almost all tourists with no real interest in the subject.

SJW English majors for the most part and the only thing they want is a check. Their friends are happy to provide it.

Anyone else remember that stupid article from LOLKotaku about how NPCs in Red Dead Redemption 2 just didn't seem to have much of a life?

Blogger Jehu February 20, 2020 12:02 PM  

Apolitical isn't an option. Any apolitical or 'mainstream' outfit will eventually be co-opted by SJWs and leftists. In the medium run you have only two choices, very right (as in 90th percentile or so among the population, and openly hostile to leftists) or SJW.
Sorry it has to be that way but that's reality.

Blogger Mark K. February 20, 2020 12:02 PM  

Start with simply reviewing games on the basis of how they actually play rather than the typical game site criteria of today that only cares about how diverse the characters are and if the story is as titillating as the romance pop-up book they most recently finished.

Additionally, mock them. Mock the converged sites, the converged devs and all their propaganda projects. Based on my gamer friends, most don't take note of SJW infestation in our pastime because it's just too common now and they're used to it. If I call it out and mock something egregious they usually can't help but laugh and see it for what it is. It might be low brow but mocking SJWs in the most juvenile way possible is all it takes to break the illusion of moral superiority for some audiences.

Blogger Janus February 20, 2020 12:07 PM  

When I was young, around the timeframe of the N64/gamecube/xbox/ps2, I remember fondly watching every show I could on G4 and how only just a few years later I could no longer even bear to switch to that channel once they stopped focusing on games at all. Even the shows I'd enjoyed watching for so long that were still around, had their hosts, content and focus warped. And that's not even to say necessarily that the content they offered before was even all that good objectively - only that to me as a child, it was fun, and that's what matters most when it comes to games.

Now I can barely even remember a time when anything beyond Steam user reviews even mattered to me.

So as far as I'm concerned, #19 [Redacted] above has the right of it - if you could resurrect any of what actually made game journalism FUN and engaging, rather than the endlessly hollow hype train of social justice its become - I'd support it in a heartbeat.

(Remember when everyone in school knew the kid who knew the cheat codes and easter eggs or secret endings to every game they could think of? Does that even exist anymore? Its stuff like that that we've lost somewhere along the way.)

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 20, 2020 12:08 PM  

Part of the problem is that gaming reviews are for access media and unless you can get access you aren't going to be around too long.

How long did Reaxxion stay in business?

If your reviews aren't there on or before release day, the gamers are going to look elsewhere.

Blogger Johnny February 20, 2020 12:39 PM  

Some time ago, before the local paper got converged, I noticed that in the letters to the editor there were some writers with an obvious ability to communicate, but didn't follow the papers editorial line. What occurred to me is that if the paper didn't just want to follow what UPI news put out, they could use the letters to the editor section as a source of people to hire as writers.

Maybe the solution to this stuff is to never hire a writer with a liberal arts degree. Select first by political slant, and then by writing ability.

Blogger LAZ February 20, 2020 12:43 PM  

@ADS: Thanks. After seeing the word tonguebathe I can't get this horrible picture of Lena Dunham out of my head.

Blogger Situyong February 20, 2020 1:03 PM  

I think another replatforming is in order. I'll subscribe to that.

Get Razorfist on it and you'll never have any trouble getting an audience.

Blogger Doktor Jeep February 20, 2020 1:12 PM  

Looks like the problem is not only converged game journalism. It's converged games too.
To try an unconverged game journalism with converged game industry would be like trying to be a real journalist have to appear on CNNMSNBC.
So this effort of what we speak must have a second prong in the attack: teaching more minions and future dark lords how to make games. There are also still a lot of programmers out there driven out of coding work for being white and make or heterosexual.

Blogger JohnofAustria February 20, 2020 1:30 PM  

Youtubers are already replacing them, and they know it. You can see snide remarks in recent pieces that mock their YT foes.

Blogger Anthony Pacheco February 20, 2020 2:06 PM  

My Zoomer offspring don't even know most of these game sites exist. They get their info from vetted YouTubers and streamers. While I would enjoy a new game site, the youngsters would only go there if it hosted good video content.

Blogger Up from the pond February 20, 2020 2:07 PM  

Everything in the entertainment world is converged and gate-kept, even down to the local Arts festival. The solution is to roll your own on alternative platforms.

Blogger Storm Rhode February 20, 2020 2:24 PM  

Youtube has great game and movie reviewers. As someone has said, most of the games are converged and have been for awhile. Make unconverged games and I suspect the market will respond favorably.

Blogger Fargle Gumpshite February 20, 2020 2:55 PM  

Review websites are worthless, we don’t need any more of that. They exist because they are owned by advertising agencies or own distribution platforms like humble bundle. We already have oy vey reviewers like sseth, deep dive autistic game designers that analyze everything, and reviewers so good at their job they accidentally create entire new genres of media commentary (Video game dunkey). As for industry journalism, who bothers with it? People just watch Gdc or listen to yungyea regurgitate click bait. Total waste of time unless you have an incredibly determined creative genius. Make wholly original content instead.

Blogger God Emperor Memes February 20, 2020 2:55 PM  

I knew gaming journalism was in decline when IGN, Kotaku and the rest started promoting women as reviewers of FPS games.
Fast forward a few years and now all games are judged by how many gay/lesbian/transgender/POC characters they have.

Blogger Up from the pond February 20, 2020 3:01 PM  

"Careers open to talent" has long been a thing of the past. A talented whatever is just not going to be hired. Sky King was 100% correct about this, though his suicide solution was wrong. The solution is to stop wanting the ticket. Stop wanting their world. Come out of Babylon and make your own thing, no matter how small.

All official or mainstream organs are empty shells, frauds, or skinsuits.

No authority now is preserving or transmitting civilization. The only people doing so are dissidents, who work mostly in monk-like obscurity for no pay. It's later than we think.

Blogger Out of Nod February 20, 2020 3:11 PM  

At this point, I go to Techraptor to read about gaming news and have a select few Youtubers that I listen to for my specific niche. I wouldn't mind having another option.

Blogger Out of Nod February 20, 2020 3:24 PM  

There is a messed up/abusive relationship between the big publishers, developers, and the journalists. The last thing a dev house wants is bad magazine review, because then then publisher won't ask you to make another game.

Making games is a time consuming and expensive undertaking that needs more then just programmers. You also have to account for the other creatives which tend to fall in the alternative/woke crowd

Blogger Lance E February 20, 2020 3:26 PM  

JohnofAustria wrote:Youtubers are already replacing them, and they know it. You can see snide remarks in recent pieces that mock their YT foes.

This. I don't play very often these days, but I did pick up a game somewhat recently, and I didn't even bother to look at these sites or do a web search for reviews, I just went straight to YouTube and filtered out all of the astroturf/content farms.

Even if I can't find a reviewer there whom I already trust, it's not that hard to take a quick look at the person's other content and figure out what sort of agenda they might have. The important thing is that the channels belong to actual individuals with names and faces who are putting their reputation on the line - not some journo lifer who hides behind the brand name of a magazine.

From what I understand, Twitch is another (possibly better) source since Twitch streamers actually spend hours and hours playing the games on stream. They aren't going to stream games they don't enjoy. I'm not invested enough in gaming to use Twitch but the impression I get is that they've already edged out YouTube.

Blogger Out of Nod February 20, 2020 3:32 PM  

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Blogger HouellebecqGurl February 20, 2020 3:52 PM  

I wish there was a way to roll my eyes harder, but alas, it just doesn't exist. You can always tell the reactionary normie by their comments.

Blogger stevo February 20, 2020 4:13 PM  

If you had time, Vox, I'm sure you could become a player in this arena.

Blogger stevo February 20, 2020 4:14 PM  

Also I've got young kids and they are very good at discerning who is full of shit on youtube.

Blogger Shane Bradman February 20, 2020 4:34 PM  

Nothing will convince me to read games journalism. I buy games when my friends want to check something out, which is rarely. I have planetside 2, osrs, Minecraft and dozens of single player games that I can play at any time. I don't need someone to tell me what to play.

Blogger JC February 20, 2020 4:52 PM  

As others have observed, they are busy wrecking things themselves. If they successfully unionize, that should end them completely. A lot of gaming websites have collapsed in the last ten years and there haven't been many new ones. The ones that remain are owned by larger media companies that are probably running them at a loss in most cases.

A lot of what was gaming journalism has been replaced by stuff like Nintendo Directs (presentations about upcoming games by Nintendo themselves that journalists merely regurgitate later). Then there is YouTube which is full of hobbyists and usually a better source for in-depth information from people who actually enjoy gaming. There are also user reviews integrated on platforms like Steam.

And smaller websites that supported GamerGate are still around as well as one the Quartering is doing called "Exclusively Games" I think.

The problem is that even if you were to do this, the marketing departments for most major publishers are similarly infested and incestuous with the media.

I will predict that many major publishers and most major gaming websites are going to be gone in another decade. If anything remains, it will be some names.

The only gaming journalism I read now is the occasional long-form article (almost always by a freelancer), published occasionally on one of these website when they remember why they exist.

This will be a problem solved by adblocker and indifference.

Blogger JohnofAustria February 20, 2020 4:54 PM  

Yup, I bet he thinks the Nazis actually did document al their alleged crimes.

Blogger Newscaper312 February 20, 2020 4:54 PM  

I guess it s a generational thing, but I would generally rather quickly read content, w some screenshots and short gameplay videos rather than watch your standard issue Youtuber ramble on.

I started gaming again more these last couple years, mostly the stillborn most recent Unreal Tournament version. It introduced a mode called Blitz which is sort of a hybrid of CTF and Assault, where you *push* your flag into the other teams base on an asymmetric map, and you take turns attacking and defending. Tactics and making smart use of the map matter as much as pure fast twitch run and gun from DM.

I still really miss Half Life 2 or co-ps like Left 4 Dead -- FPS but some story w more natural feeling puzzles. Fighting w some exploration. Too many of the current games are weighed down IMO w all the umpteen powerups and upgrades, much less "crafting". To me they pull me out of the game world too much: The Division, Borderlands etc. I just don't like a lot of resource management or grinding, but apparently the spergs get their sperg on with it.

Blogger Pathfinderlight February 20, 2020 5:01 PM  

For me, Gamergate 1.0 killed off my desire to go to any gaming press website with the exception of the mannosphere run Reaxxion.

Either buying the defunct Reaxxion or making a new brand would be fine with me. A sit down with Roosh to talk about why his model failed would be a good idea.

Putting in a section for cosplayers to connect with their fans and display their work may help early on.

Blogger dtungsten February 20, 2020 5:04 PM  

I'd like some sort of site where I could information about games and how converged they are. I recently played a game that was all right gameplay wise but the story was absolute crap. Sure, it was my fault for buying it without checking first, but it was way beyond what I would have guessed, and I'd like a place I could check, rather than having to do a lot of research for every single game. I'm not inclined to watch a play through of a whole game, spoiling the story along the way.

Blogger Storm Rhode February 20, 2020 5:08 PM  

"If you had time, Vox, I'm sure you could become a player in this arena." We should take a collection to clone Vox. That way he could get more work done.

Blogger Karen took the Kids February 20, 2020 5:20 PM  

You're probably correct here. I'm being idealist but I'll take 90th percentile right wing in a heartbeat if they're the two options on the table.

Blogger J.R. Humphries February 20, 2020 5:30 PM  

Game reviews are less important in the YouTube era. You can watch gameplay footage of any title you want. What's more useful for me are rigorous benchmarks and comparisons of hardware.

Blogger Servant February 20, 2020 5:43 PM  

Absolutely unbought reviews is crucial.

The problem is the dearth of triple AAA or even quality indie games. Wow classic's gangbusters success should be a clear message to the industry to plug back into a paradigm that saw innovation and quality being the number one priority. Rareware before Microsoft, leap frog before ea, blizzard before Activision, Toys for Bob and black isle before whatever ruined them, these are the kinds of developers who should be celebrated, and they still exist. Wildcard is chief on this list, but the firaxis studio responsible for xcom reboot hit it out of the park (eventually). The original developers of XCOM are making their own thing (Phoenix break) spurred by the success of their imitators/interpreters. A small cadre of journos, dedicated to finding these games and celebrating them, as well as telling the stories of yesteryear through an ungrabbled lens is invaluable.

The current source of retro game info through the human perspective can be found on YouTube, but YouTube can be sucky to navigate and videos get tiresome.

Also fuck Todd Howard. Some kind of weekly section dedicated to casting aspersions on a man who can be handed all the tools and fail to deliver anything that doesn't ultimately feel hollow.

Actually seriously tracking down old game devs and interviewing them can be interesting. Julian lefay (arena, daggerfall) did one with a YouTuber that was pretty interesting in addition to columns about game design from intelligent people would be good once they finish any writing projects they might be working on.

Also merciless lashing of "monetization" anything but box and subscription leads to poor game design elements that detract from something that could be good.

Blogger A trite re-white February 20, 2020 5:44 PM  

To design a new and better world, in their view.

Blogger rikjames.313 February 20, 2020 5:45 PM  

I only have a few hours a week to play, so actual quality reviews of things that are out.

I finally got the new Red Dead recently after most of the net agreed it was great, same for Skyrim a few years ago.

Did Mass Effect 1-3 one at a time a while after each came out, so I was never going to waste my time on Mass Effect 4:My Face is Tired

Blogger Dirtnapninja February 20, 2020 5:59 PM  

Queers, Jews and Catladies. Same story every time.

Blogger Silly but True February 20, 2020 6:01 PM  

Youtube era has laid the traditional games-journalism grift bare:

People who wanted to play games found if you wrote favorably about publisher’s games, publishers would give them free shit.

Now, parents who have found that buying toys for their kids is expensive have found if you post favorable vids of your kids unboxing toys excitedly, manufacturers will give them free shit.

The parents’ motives are at least more pure.

Blogger Ahărôwn February 20, 2020 6:19 PM  

As others have noted, I haven't read any of these sites for a game review in ages, most of them never, since PC Gamer went off the rails. I typically read Steam or GOG aggregate reviews, and then make a decision.

Making games where talented help aren't beholden to crummy publishers might be the way to go, along with helping new people get their feet wet.

Blogger Akulkis February 20, 2020 6:39 PM  

"You also have to account for the other creatives which tend to fall in the alternative/woke crowd"

The best way to do that is to give them the work as independent contractors. "This is what I want these characters to look like. Do it on time, without needing egregious corrections, and you'll get a performance bonus. No ass-hattery, or else you don't get paid a dime, because we won't accept the product. Oh, and you're not the only one whom we've hired to 3-d model these characters. Whoever makes us happiest gets the their work purchased. The other one gets to hang their homages to "wokeness" on their refrigerator door. So, how badly do you want to make rent and buy groceries?"

Blogger mudkips February 20, 2020 8:03 PM  

I am a very casual gamer but I would not mind seeing this be the next project. I would support it

Blogger Akulkis February 20, 2020 9:15 PM  

We need a good successor to the Railroad Tycoon series (RR2 and RR3).

FPS, "Tower Defence" and farm/build/arm/fight games all get old after a while.

Blogger Jack Amok February 21, 2020 12:24 AM  

As others have said, most of the kids these days ignore the journo sites and use tubers or streamers to get their info. Also their friends. Word of mouth is huge. It might be an even better idea to proactively provide alternatives to YouTube and Twitch for the inevitable convergence that will come for the Let's Players there.

There's a growing trend among game publishers to look for ways to make it easier for streamers to monetize the stream while streaming their game. Helping their free advertising stay in business. Figuring out a way to do that could pull some entertaining streamers to a new platform.

Blogger Yukichi Sensei February 21, 2020 12:54 AM  

I read Computer Gaming Strategy Plus back in the 1990s until it died.

I loved the wargame and videogame hybrid. That would get a subscription out of me.

Now, I do more tabletop gaming than video gaming.

Blogger wreckage February 21, 2020 12:56 AM  

@71 grind and craft can each be interesting for precisely ONE game in a person's collection. Adding them to tactical shooters was a terrible idea.

Blogger Scott February 21, 2020 1:37 AM  

I am a gamer and loved working on mods in the past. These days I work on ARMA III mods. The sim communities have mostly avoided convergence due to many of them being Eastern European. I think a print publication, or a static text web site would be unsuccessful. I do support your efforts but think that gaming Journalism would be unwise.

Blogger ScottC February 21, 2020 2:02 AM  

Anyone remember Reaxxion? Vox or somebody else should come up with a site like that. We need our own IGN.

Blogger Roman Daoist February 21, 2020 3:42 AM  

I second the notion of supporting independant developers.
Maybe providing/ offering some (crowd-sourced-ish?) funding.

Maybe some kind of network for coders, artists, musicians, etc.

Invite developers to review/ technically critique their peers' work. Pay them something.


It goes without saying but I'll say it for completeness, the need for a "What the SJWs have crapped out of their mouths this week" section. Reviewing the reviewers.

Theme editions. 8 bit. Rip-offs (as in re-imaginings of). FPSs. Zombies. VR. Side scrollers, etc.

And Etc.

Blogger God Emperor Memes February 21, 2020 3:50 AM  

Ha! The world is not big enough for two Supreme Dark Lords!

Blogger ScottC February 21, 2020 4:05 AM  

Vox, I had an idea. Since you are a game designer, maybe you could crowdfund an open world RPG based on A Sea of Skulls with you as the game's director and designer?

Blogger ÆtherCzar February 21, 2020 6:57 AM  

It takes a long time to collect skulls. The optimal method to do so is in parallel instead of one-at-a-time, in series.

Blogger James Dixon February 21, 2020 8:03 AM  

> If you're a gamer, what would encourage you to subscribe to it?

Taking SJW scalps requires encouragement? Money is limited right now, so that is an issue, but otherwise...

Blogger James Dixon February 21, 2020 8:29 AM  

Speaking of market convergence, was the Trump event at Oracle and effort to sniff out the SJW's?

If those employees are removed quickly, we'll have evidence that was the case.

Blogger Jack Amok February 21, 2020 12:19 PM  

If you're a gamer, what would encourage you to subscribe to it?

Ah, yes. Vox did ask a question and I was rude enough not to answer it. My apologies.

For me, myself, I might subscribe just to help out the effort. But as a generic 50+ gamer, I doubt I would pay to subscribe to any written game review site. I would read a site that had consistently good reviews that didn't just give me the subjective impression of the reviewer, but gave me enough objective information about the game to determine if it fit my preferences.

How could such a site pry money out of my wallet? I'd be happy to mash a "Buy Now" button.

Blogger Irredeemable Deplorable February 21, 2020 1:15 PM  

The solution is well beyond "game journalism", a dead genre these days anyway.

It's time to make games where the evil villains/level bosses/minions etc are globalist SJWs, and the heroes are the right kind of people - just like Rebel Run/ Q, but in game form. You already have the intellectual property basis, the game world backgrounds, in house - the books, comics, movies already produced or upcoming. Many Castalia Books are a sound basis for a strategy or adventure game, the comics for great shooter games, etc.

I am sure there is a market for this, as Gen Z (and all the other older conservative gamers) are the new counter-culture, where the cool kids are. Inherently evil humorless tyrannical SJWs are easy to villainize.

Time for 'Evil Games of Evil' or 'Dark Lord Games' - offer a ca$h prize for the best game concept/design, crowdsource and weaponize the young autists who have the time on their hands to make the games, on a profit-sharing basis, to minimize upfront costs etc.

Seems like a no-brainer to me. Over to you.

Blogger Ahărôwn February 21, 2020 1:23 PM  

Vox, I had an idea. Since you are a game designer, maybe you could crowdfund an open world RPG based on A Sea of Skulls with you as the game's director and designer?

Ooh - a sandbox open world in Selenoth, similar to The Elder Scrolls! I'll back that.

Blogger Saint February 21, 2020 4:49 PM  

My last 5 game purchases were from watching "Let's Play" videos by random people on youtube. You're right.

Blogger Jack Amok February 22, 2020 12:19 AM open world RPG based on A Sea of Skulls with you as the game's director and designer?

It would be cheaper to make a feature-length movie with special effects on par with Marvel.

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