Modern day game reviewers face many barriers in the current game industry. The financial slum the world is going through has meant that funding and staff has been cut. With these variables in place, writers are left to pick up the pieces of their fallen comrades and produce a product to the high degree the investors expect each time.
The average British game magazine is turned over in 19 days. Two weeks to fill 150 pages is nothing when you add on the actual reviewing of the game they have to conduct to. Tight deadlines on diminished manpower have left writers to cut corners in areas of their work to reach the deadlines set.
They face growing competition from freelance reviewers who can post on the internet quicker and spend more time on their reviews and adding to the overall value of there review. The internet as we know is generally full of a load of poo. With so many budding writers appearing and reviewing any game on the market, you can sometime find yourself searching through a big pile of internet poo before you come across something you like.
Mainstream magazines effectively cut away the dead wood, and cover the major stories in the games industry. There are totally entitled to do so as they have to appeal to as many people as they can.
People criticise magazines for using objective ranking systems, but in the fast pace society we live today people don’t want to read a dossier on a game, they want to look, process, buy, play. The generalize scoring systems quickly allows the reader to indentify with the product and whether it is worth investment. For the time allowed and standards to be reached I think game writers do a sterling job. To be honest if someone wants to write Shakespearean literature on a game they are more than welcome, it doesn’t affect me in any way. I’m an average guy, average height, average weight, nuclear family etc etc. As a typical mark for game magazines, I feel there is nothing wrong with writing in game magazines. They do the function that the reader and investors want, they appeal to the masses. Of course there will be people who it doesn’t appeal to but they will setup their own internet review cult and do their Branch Davidians impersonation.
My writing style will probably be torn to shreds by the Branch Davidians for my poor…everything. I really couldn’t care less; writing is all about communicating ideas. As long as people get across how I feel I am happy. In my eyes there is no purpose for Russell Brand wizardry with words to confuse common folk like myself. If you where to speak to me in person following the same rules you write within, I would have no time for you sir. Rant over; hope this was entertaining to read. It was written by a very cranky Kristian after a long day out.
So I bid you adieu