Writing About Games for Pay vs. For Fun

Over at Clean Casuals today Arwyn has a post on the difference between “game bloggers” and “game journalists” that I found interesting. In the wake of Massively’s closure there’s been some discussion of whether bloggers could fill the news, interviews, and reviews gap. We can just band together and be the new Massively, right? Arwyn thinks that isn’t such a solid idea, and I’m inclined...

In Defense of Massively’s Existence

(Editor’s Note: after publishing this post news broke that AoL officially laid off people from Joystiq, WoW Insider, and Massively. I’m sorry to see it wasn’t just a rumor.) I wasn’t going to write anything about the potential shutdown of Massively (along with sister sites Joystiq and WoW Insider) because nothing has been officially announced and I try to resist writing about unconfirmed rumors. However, this...

Con Exhibitors, let’s talk about lady-shirts

Convention season appears to be upon us! PAX South and MAGfest happened this past weekend, and my Twitter feed is full of talk about the upcoming Gen Con and PAX East. One of the fun things for laypeople to do at conventions is collect a little swag, including the omnipresent t-shirt. It’s popular with good reason — con-goers get a piece of clothing to show off, and the company in turn gets some good advertising. Wearing a...

You Gotta Pay Somehow

In news that was somehow simultaneously both expected and unexpected, today The Elder Scrolls Online announced that they’ll be moving from a subscription payment model to buy-to-play. Subscribers will be given bonuses, but otherwise once you have the box you’re free to explore Tamriel. The right honourable Belghast had some words to say on this topic: Don't like pay to win air drops, or overpriced early access schemes?...

SteamLeft and what’s your backlog shame?

You’ve probably given some thought to how many games in your Steam library are unplayed. Maybe you’ve even joked about having more games than you could ever realistically play, or made a New Years resolution to chip away at your backlog. It’s okay, friend. We’ve all been there. But wait! Thanks to the website SteamLeft now you can turn the nagging feeling that you spent too much money in the last sale into...

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