Now, I’m hardly the Grand Old Man of game journalism–that honor goes to Jeff Green, who will soon be celebrating his 87th birthday. But having written about games longer than Demon G Sides has been alive, a lot of what I see on today’s game sites just makes me sad.
Ran across this this morning:
Ensemble’s Bruce Kelley? Okay, now, the author was 7 when Civilization was released. And while they do teach you about basic fact checking in Journalism 101 class, few of today’s professional writers have any training or journalism education. But this is just sloppy. Particularly since one mention in the article actually does say Shelley. Even when Hearst was the bastion of yellow journalism, they understood the need for copy editors.
Obviously just one example. But I see this lack of care and professionalism too frequently nowadays.
Meanwhile, Dana Jongewaard has a good article on some of my frustarations with game reviews:
Game journalism hasn’t fallen from a height of perfection. (Fogeys pine for the days of CGW’s 7-page reviews, but in reality, those could have benefited greatly from a serious swipe of the editorial hatchet.) But I do think there’s a lack of care and quality control on many sites that was not nearly as prevalent in years past.