The majority of gamers are very passionate about their beloved medium. They will defend their favourite games and platforms to the death and take pride in their greatest gaming achievements (rank 21 in Battlefield 1943 is mine). I believe that this passion stretches far beyond the confines of the actual games and into everything Video Games related. Hardcore gamers might collect figurines, decorate their rooms with posters, listen to soundtracks and take pleasure in everything video game related. Plenty of film buffs might partake in similar practises with their favourite films but where I think video games fans differ is with their passion for gaming press. So that’s what I want to talk about in this weeks WQ.
I could be accused of bias as I have stumbled into a role close to gaming journalism but I will always consider myself a gamer first and a journalist second. Gamers interact so actively online with gaming websites and online forums and there is no real comparison with other forms of media. I enjoy watching TV but I don’t search the web for information about a show before it’s released and read many in depth reviews once I it’s released. Why do I (and so many other gamers) do that with video games then? I can think of a number of reasons. I think that the time we can expect to put into a video game and the price can make it more important to hear more about the game before you buy it. If you see a bad film you have lost £6 and not £40. I also believe that the online nature of gamers also helps keep the community active. Gamers spend on average more time online than non-gamers, just look at how dominated by gamers youtube is for proof. I however believe that the main reason why gamers interact of actively and passionately with gaming press is because gamers simply love to talk about video games.
Whether it’s bragging about a 360 no scope you performed in COD, a funny glitch that occurred in Skyrim, how your story played out in Mass Effect or even an intellectual debate about why video games are art, gamers love to talk gaming. Why else would people watch reviews on games they already own or spend an hour arguing about why Xbox is better than Playstation in forums. For whatever reason gamers are a very vocal group of people and want their opinions to be heard and to hear other peoples opinions (even if they can’t always form a mature debate when they disagree). While chatting on the school playground or round the water cooler at work is sometimes an option most get their chatty gaming fix online on gaming sites and forums. So speak up then and let me know what you think, it’s what your best at.
Have a good weekend everyone.