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Press Start: Game journalists need to be good at video games

Press Start: Game journalists need to be good at video games
From N4G - October 11, 2017
RyanDJ1h ago

As a reviewer myself, I have a strange opinion on this. Reviewers need to be able to work outside their comfort zones. If you have an FPS head review Doom, they might find the nuances worth pointing out, but a side scroll lover might just see things that bar newbies from getting in on the genre. It provides a fresh outlook. Game reviews are interesting in that its an interactive medium: you change the experience based on how you deal with it. News reporters can be biased, so can game reviewers.

This doesnt defend those bad reviews. A fresh perspective can and will help but it should NOT change a review. The writer can take time to learn, or ask of his team instead of just saying LOL THAT SUX. It speaks of a companys merit to publish a Mass Effect article decrying difficulty when they didnt know how to level. That should have been at the very least discussed in some team meeting. When something is glaringly wrong I always go to the team and ask before dropping the score.

A good reviewer is thorough, and researched. They dont just put in the game and go. A fresh perspective can make for a more interesting article. Just take the time to learn before you burn.

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