Behind the Curtain: Gaming Journalists

Last week, I talked about the gaming critic and mentioned something about the gaming journalist; specifically, I mentioned how both positions can be different but could also be done by the same person. So for this week, I want to cover the journalism aspect of gaming.

So, I may seem to show a little bias here towards the journalist and yeah, while I am studying journalism, I promise to tell the truth about the ups and downs of being a gaming journalist. So without further to do, lets get started.

Being a gaming journalist means that you can’t show any bias towards any game or gaming company when you do your work. You have to be truthful with your work while giving the best available news to those that read your work.

That means you should have very strong writing skills along with communication skills that would make everyone from the president down to your next door neighbor respect you.

Another thing to remember is that you can build relationships with different companies and people, but you still need to be tough on your questions. In order to get the best responses and quotes, you will need to ask the questions that they don’t want to hear about or questions they get tired of hearing. Like in Rockstar’s case, “When is the next Grand Theft Auto coming out?”

Besides that, it has the ups of you being the savior to millions of gamers when you are the first to report the exact date of the next generation of gaming consoles being released. Along with respect from others, it’s got some good ups here.

Now for the downs of being a gaming journalist, and it is a simple one. There’s hardly any money to be made here. You have to love your job in order to be a gaming journalist, and it is the type of job where just loving it may not be enough for you to stay at your place of employment or as a free-lancer (self-employed).

Another issue with being a journalist in these times is that print journalism is experiencing a long sickness that is taking out a lot of businesses, including for gaming journalism. While there will always be a need for print journalism, if you aren’t good enough to last through the layoffs then maybe a career in public relations for a gaming company won’t be so bad.