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Ye Olde Game Journalism Debate

Posted in Editorial with tags , , , on January 10, 2010 by howtoloseyourlifetoanmmorpg

Psychochild has a new post up about journalistic standards within the video game industry.  I largely agree with these posts, whenever they pop up.  To me journalism is journalism, and the integrity, standards, and legitimacy should cover every aspect of journalism(including writings on video game culture).

I thought it was a good opportunity to share a bit of how I operate and why.  I come from a very academic background in writing.  From that viewpoint, I don’t think I am a very good journalist or reviewer.  I try and feel I’ve come a long way, but still have a long way to go.  I’ve always tried to be at my utmost professional when I wrote for other sites(even when I included snarky humor).  When I represent my self as a journalist, I can be obsessive about grammar and spelling.  This site, however, is my personal platform.  I’ve actually had to work at being more casual with it.  That opens up a lot of room for me to make errors.  Errors in judgment, and grammar have found many places within many of my posts.

As a rule, if I’m writing for someone else, I want to do the best job I can(as a reflection of the job I can do, and upholding standards of writing).

To that end, I probably should take more care and effort in my postings, as it does reflect on who I am and the quality of my writing, but I still defend it by saying that this is my personal blog, and I don’t hold it against other blogs.  In fiction, whenever you are writing dialogue(when you have a character speaking), grammar is not important, and that is how I view it when I write many of my posts.  Many of my posts are streams of thought, so I just go with it.

Reading Psychochild’s post has made me re-evaluate this blog though.  In light of me changing my template and name, I probably will try to achieve a higher quality of writing.

Thanks Psychochild.