It’s a slow Saturday when the most eventful thing you’ve done is watch the pre-game show for game 3 of the World Series. I’ve been looking for writing inspiration these days as the gaming news has too been slow. Things have been so slow that Graev and I have delayed the recording of our podcast until there is actually material worth talking about; afterall, we don’t want to bore you to death more than usual. I’m sitting here today browsing gaming fan and news sites staying informed as I usually do when it hits me like a 95 mile an hour fast ball: What is it people are looking for when they go to a gaming fansite/news site/blog/etc? The reason for this thought process came from reading a few articles and blog entries on sites that will not be named. As I was reading it became immediately clear that what the authors had to say was, in my mind, so far from the truth that it was borderline deception. There was simply no way that the authors could come to the conclusions or opinions they had based on facts available on the topic. I know I’m being very cryptic but it is not my goal here to call people or websites out. What interests me more is the ideals behind what people have to say.
When you visit a gaming fansite or news site (Whatever you choose to call them) why are you there? Are you looking for information such as guides, to keep up on the latest, or to read what others have to say? If you’re like me then you go for all of those reasons and more. What is it that draws you back to those sites? Is it the quality of information, the speedy delivery of breaking news, or the opinions of what the editorial/article writers have to say? For the sake of this particular discussion let’s narrow it down and focus on what the journalists or writers, heck let’s even throw in bloggers (personal or tied to another site), have to say. Do you rely on them to keep their facts straight and do you trust that what they have to say is legit? Or, have you at least grown to respect them enough that when they write you will digest what they have to say without looking into it first? I know I’m posing a lot of questions here but bare with me. Would it matter to you if what you were reading was altered or fabricated to serve an ulterior motive? I’m asking these questions because it has become apparent that there are those out there knowingly compromising the truth for any number of motives.
As a writer, blogger, gamer, and as someone who always places the community first I’m personally dedicated to keeping it real. The thought would never even cross my mind for a moment to sugar coat, fudge, misconstrue, misrepresent, or knowingly deceive my readers. So why is it that some websites out there make this a regular practice? Revenue? Sponsors? If so then the entire basis for their existence has just dissolved into meaninglessness. Let me break this down a little more. If a game is released too soon with bugs and other flaws wouldn’t you expect someone reviewing or writing impressions about a game to say so? I’ve always been one to point out the good with the bad. Is that what the majority of the readership out there want or am I completely off base with my thought process? Would you continue to read a site if you knew this shady business was going on? I know I wouldn’t.
That’s why the “blogosphere” is so spectacular. You have a society of people writing for the sake of writing! I really know of no blogger who runs their own personal blog out there dedicated to making the industry smell like roses. People write what’s on their minds, what they did that day in their games, that their class was nerfed, that somoene scammed them, or that they hit the max level. Bloggers write their honest thoughts and opinions on press releases, patches, and anything that they feel is worthy enough to increase their chances of carpal tunnel. I hope he doesn’t mind my using him as an example, but look at Tobold. There’s a guy who has built himself a reputation for being a well spoken blogger who always seems to have an opinion worthy of his readership. You know what he has to say is always being said for one reason – it’s how he feels. You may not always agree with what he has to say but you certainly can not deny that it’s an honest opinion. Bloggers can be taken at face value without the worry or thought towards an agenda.
So there you have it, that’s my random rant for the evening. It’s my honest belief that bloggers are slowly taking the lead over other gaming sources. If I have made an accurate assumption then a good majority of people respect and want the truth or at the very least a real opinion. I’m not sure why but I feel this sense of pride that there are so many great writers out there willing to share their honest opinions and encourage others to do the same. Shame on those out there seeking to do otherwise.
Have a good weekend! I’m off to watch the rest of the game.