April 06, 2012
/ by Katrina M Mendolera
Some video game magazines may have folded in the last year or so, but video games are still a popular pastime. Many publications, including websites and blogs exist for the serious and amateur gamer. Since inVocus has more than 200 outlets dedicated to gaming, inVocus asked several enthusiasts to name their favorite publications on the topic. It’s interesting to note that only one out of the six is in print, but it was the top pick.
Game Informer – Published monthly in print, Game Informer focuses on video games, including new products, game reviews and related events. Respondents deemed Game Informer as the No.1 publication in its genre. Dan Green, national media relations manager of Tech Image, likes it because it covers all game genres equally, he said. Meanwhile, Stephen Chavez of Proterra Advertising likes it because it provides insight into how a game might impact the overall gaming industry. “The magazine stays relevant in today’s culture by being a subsidiary of Game Stop, which is a video game store across the country. Being attached to this store allows Game Informer to reach the gaming community like no one else does,” he said in an email interview.
GameSpot.com – Providing live-event coverage, interviews, original shows, online tournaments, game previews and reviews, beta tests and strategy guides, GameSpot is a well-rounded hot spot for gamers. “It’s easy to find whatever you want on their site, and since they are online, you can access information on any game they have reviewed in the past… Their reviews are also done really well, and for the more popular games, they include video reviews, which I enjoy, since they show you how the graphic presentation is on the game,” said Green. “Another thing they include that I like are reader reviews. Hundreds of members to the site rate the more popular games, and those give you a really good idea about how good the game actually is. GameSpot also recently came out with an app, which I downloaded for my iPad, and it includes pretty much everything that you can find on the website.”
GamesRadar.com – This magazine focuses on console video games and PC-based video games, while featuring reviews, commentary, game forecasts, news and analysis. “Gamesradar.com is a breath of fresh air, it really is,” said Jasmine Henry, head editor of the video blog, J Station X. “Where a lot of other sites tiptoe around the issues, careful not to upset any bigwigs of the gaming industry for fear of being blacklisted, the GamesRadar team are right there on the frontlines, throwing the first punches and fighting the good fight, making all of their readers laugh as they do so. The site is an absolute pleasure to read.”
Gamasutra – A Web portal for game developers, employees from the likes of Electronic Arts and Nintendo gather to share ideas. As a developer, Henry Bawden, a teacher in the Integrated Media and Technology Department at Columbus State Community College, likes this site because he can see what’s going on from a developer’s perspective. “In addition to the regular news, it has other features that make it great. It has job listings for the industry, works listings, company information, technology updates, etc… It really is ‘the’ developer site,” he said in an email interview.
Kotaku – This site offers commentary and analysis on video games and the industry as a whole. Published by Gawker Media, it is considered to be the humorous alternative to other gaming sites. While Gamasutra is Bawden’s site of choice professionally, as a consumer, he chooses Kotaku. “It has roughly the same game stories as other digital sites, but the reason I choose them slightly above some of the others is because it also does a lot of gamer culture stories. So, things may not be directly game related, but are still culturally relevant for gamers – Sci-fi, movies, books, music, viral videos, cosplay [costume play], art, world culture, history, etc…,” he said.
1up.com – Offering interaction between gamers, this site provides news, reviews, previews, features, exclusives, cheats, blogs, journals and clubs. Derric Pollard, CEO/President of Archon Underground, a retailer of clothing designed for gamers, likes it for a few reasons, including its clean layout. “Of course, their topics are very interesting and news and reports they do don’t feel like recycled information from other resources,” he said in an email interview. He noted that the rest of the page is easy to scan. In addition, the site has good strategy guide resources and game walkthroughs, he said.
“What’s nice about some of these options at 1up is that the community can add or edit information, similar to Wikipedia,” he said. “Gaming is very much about the community and it’s nice to have a place where the community can contribute to game details while other sites just have multiple contributors putting in their own version of game play information.”
— Katrina M. Mendolera
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