Procrastination Amplification: Punditry on MMOs and games in general.

Professional Gaming Journalism. Not.

I enjoy watching e-sports, other people don’t. E-sports are like pretty much everything else that way (except, maybe, for parfait.)  If I wrote a post spitting on and belittling e-sports I’d probably get some harsh comments, but on a personal blog I can pretty much say whatever I want. I’d expect sites that aspire to somewhat professional journalism to behave differently. This article on Kotaku surely can’t be called professional, or journalism for that matter.

The author takes quotes out of context, misinterprets them (Professional gaming on the downturn? Really? Have you seen Starcraft 2 or League of Legends for that matter?), and generously adds her own belittling opinion. Posts like this really make me want to choose another site as my main gaming news outlet. Their information may be wrong and/or paid for by advertisers but at least they try for a professional atmosphere.

Contrary to her opinion, the cited interview says that progaming is on the rise and was a really ungrateful profession in the past. For that matter, it is still extremely hard to earn a living as a progamer unless you are really, really good. It’s a bit like being an artist or a writer, really. We all know those aren’t needed and should rather be regular people with regular jobs as well, right?

Jen, your personal non-interest for watching e-sports does not reduce its quality in the slightest. Hey, one might even say e-sports is better off for not having you as a fan.

  • I like to put the term “game journalism” in quotes because I don’t think that part of the industry is up to the standard of someone who calls themselves a journalist. Even tech guys who work for newspapers get more respect than someone who chooses to report on the video game industry.

    I want to say…last year’s E3? When the Kinect was introduced, Microsoft invited all the video game media there and tried to get them dancing in the aisles. That didn’t work so hot. On the other hand, just take a peek into the Halo 3 or ODST previews and you’ll see “journalists” raving over trailers like kids at the carnival.

    I’ve never been a fan of Kotaku and rarely read it, so I’m in no position to critique them, but I feel as a whole game journalists are treated like (and in a good number of situations act like) fans rather than impartial journalists.

    Not to say that newspaper and media journalists are any more impartial, but that’s an entirely different argument.