Dear CAGs: You are not game journalists.
By Kuroi Kaze 09-18-2009 02:36 PM
I'm getting somewhat tired of seeing blog entries that are reviews of games THAT HAVE BEEN REVIEWED THOUSANDS OF TIMES ACROSS THE INTERNET MANY MANY YEARS AGO.
Nobody cares what YOU think about MGS4 at this point. The discussion is OVER. Just played Dawn of Sorrow on DS? Great! Just post something like, "Hay I'm playing through DoS and it's pretty great. Pick it up if you have never tried it." No one cares what grade/score/number YOU think it deserves at this point, because that has LONG been settled on the battlegrounds of public opinion.
If you'd like to try to become a games journalist you need to:
1. Stay current with new games.
2. Write every article with perfect grammar and spelling, just as if you were publishing it for a website. This way you already have a comprehensive writing sample to supply for interviews.
3. Avoid making comparisons to other titles (assume the audience hasn't played them).
4. Put large images and screenshots in SPOILER tags.
5. Avoid the urge to make "clever" titles to your article. This will make it difficult to search for later, and difficult for search engines to index them.
6. Take criticism to heart and attempt to learn from your detractors.
7. Be prepared to never be wealthy.
8. Be prepared to be laid off at any particular time.
9. Be prepared to jump to the developer's side eventually. Of course since you don't have any useful skills like coding, or art, you can do stuff like "community management" or whatever. Also, be prepared to be laid off from these guys as well.
10. Avoid bias whenever you can.
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