Gaming has been a very important part of our society, and it’s the only place where people can escape from reality, but Gaming Journalism is trash. It’s hardly considered journalism at all.
Game Journalism Sucks?
There are some positive aspects of game journalism like revealing new games, the preview of new games and reviewing new games but that’s the only minority of game journalism because right now most of the game media only highlights negative parts of gaming.
Game journalism do not represent the Gaming community
Many of you gonna say, game journalism does not need to represent the game community, but that’s not the point because Game journalism does represent gaming but mostly from a negative perspective. Game media usually generalize a group of toxic people and label them as gamers and it’s the internet, people are toxic everywhere and you can’t complain that gamers are too toxic. And many times game media themselves start a conflict between gamers and game media.
Game media are too political
There is nothing wrong with being political except for being too political is a problem, such as pushing political agenda on something that isn’t even political. individuals avoid politics especially when a thing is about having fun because politics usually divide people rather than connecting.
Even if they are making a good point, they will still find a way to attack someone.
Game reviews are not about the game
This does not apply to every game journal or game reviews, but a lot of game review by the most popular game media is not about the game they’re talking about. For example, their article starts with the game with after a few paragraphs, the article looks like a political rant, and these articles are usually are popular among self-righteous internet warriors.
The art of rage bait
Game journalists use rage bait to attract clicks and attention, but their main goal is to promote their political agenda by making ridiculous arguments, and these arguments are usually created to force gamers to choose sides, or to incite toxicity in their target so they can prove how toxic gaming is.
Why politics is bad for gaming
And if you’re sick of hearing about politics, let me tell you why politics is the reason why gaming has become one of the most toxic communities in the world, second only to social media activists.
You don’t do good or bad in politics; you simply choose sides, and after choosing sides, you begin to prepare for the race to acquire moral superiority over your opponents.
We no longer see ourselves as human beings; instead, we expect others to be as perfect as a low-powered robot.
In a perfect world, we don’t speak, we don’t do anything, and we’re planning to erase ourselves from existence because if we speak, we might offend someone, if we do something, we might hurt someone, and our existence might hurt another living being, and if you think I’m exaggerating, you haven’t opened any social media or journalist sites in a while.
And if you’re wondering why I didn’t mention any game journalists or websites, it’s because game journalists are drama addicts who won’t pass up the opportunity to create more drama, so it’s better to make a point without mentioning anyone because these people have influence over social media and even authority in many scenarios, and they can unleash a group of self righteous mob to ruin your entire week.
In recent years, many political people have invaded the gaming space and they are trying to find problems that didn’t even exist or can be easily ignored but they want to make that thing big so they can fuel their self righteousness.
Most of us humans have an instinct to justify things we like, and that goes for almost everyone, but that’s not bad when it’s about not so serious things. But these political people want to make everything serious, and it’s especially bad when you think it’s the gaming community. Everything in the gaming community is about escaping reality.
And if any game journalists see this, they might think I’m denying that the game community is toxic. But that’s not true. Like any other community on the Internet, like journalism, gaming is toxic but things die down after time, but highly political game journalists do not let that happen. They want to fuel that toxicity to the end because that’s their source for clicks.
Political gaming media does not show all perspectives, but rather perspectives based on their agenda; if they want to make someone look bad, they only show the negative aspects of them; if they want to make someone look good, they only show the positive aspects of them.
Expecting everyone to be perfect
In modern Internet culture, also called “council culture,” they expect everybody to be perfect, and if you are not, then you are clearly not a good human being. But in reality, we are human beings, not machines. We are products of evolution. We are not made to be perfect.
But forgiving someone and giving someone another chance is the closest thing we can do to be as close to being perfect as possible, but that’s not what our modern, highly political Internet culture does. What they do is exaggerate your mistakes and make it as if you committed some war crime.
And most of the time, they try to destroy your life based on nothing. You didn’t do anything. You’re just saying your opinion or you watched something. You liked something that they didn’t like and they judge your life based on that.
We cannot say that a person is good or that a person is bad unless we put ourselves in that position because everyone makes decisions based on what things benefit them in that situation.
As someone who likes to write about anime, open source and open source software, I have recently seen many political people invading this space too. The usual effect of their invasion is that there is more drama in the community, and these dramas are clearly political.
Vilifying your readers
The title of this section is a little misleading because their primary readers are not gamers but rather social media activists, and unlike real activists who do real things in the real world, social media activists sit on their bed and complain about everything, and most of the time the topics they complain about are less informed than the average human.
Catering to social media activists is utilising a long list of words against your opponent, and these words are what you would call terrible names for horrible people; they use these words to discredit them rather than describe them.
This article is my opinion about Why Game Journalism Sucks? and if you have a different opinion, then comment below.