@Chase " Wombat is pretty spot-on about most of the video game press being nothing more than a bunch of glad-handed pseudo-journalists. " whoa really? That's a little paranoid and sweeping generalization of the industry. I also agree about the crew having and expressing their opinions. It's why I listen! I just think the format has gotten stuck in this weird repetitive format of pro Apple talk, anti vita talk, anti Sony IP (infamous fob excluded) talk. I do love the shit pants stories and hearing about ships great season tho more of that and leave the trash talking for lesser shows like hip hop gamer ect.
I have only used my Journalism degree as a résumé point since I earned that stripe years ago. But, I remember stuff.
Journalists get raw and gritty, and investigate the news—even at their career's expense. Reporters report what journalists find and uncover. What most video game writers do is report. Some websites, like IGN, depend on the kindess of publishers and developers, and would never risk losing credentials for the sake of breaking a news story. And really, most of the time, the video game industry has nothing to uncover. So yeah, most writers for video game websites are reporters—and not journalists.
Just an example: I live in Las Vegas. UFC's base of operations and a home of MMA. I go out, talk to people/fighters, and find stories. I later post them online. That's journalism. Someone who takes my stories and posts it on their website: that's reporting. And that's what most video game websites do.
One reason why I like Cheapy, Shipwreck, and Wombat is because they're independent. They don't suckle the teet of video game companies to sustain their infrastructure. They don't fear losing a sponsor to plaster on their homepage—and click-through ad—as a result of speaking their minds. You have to respect them for that.