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Nerdist: Play – Is ‘New Media’ Taking the Baton from Video Game Journalism?

The landscape of video game coverage has seen a swift change over the last couple of years. What was once a field dominated by traditional editorial establishments has now become a lucrative means for folks who operate independently across various social platforms. There seem to be an even amount of traditional video game news outlets and video game personalities receiving access at this point in time, but will we see a shift to where gaming coverage becomes personality driven by majority?

On this week’s Nerdist: Play, we explore why video game coverage is changing, and whether or not this is a necessary growth for the video game world. Would you rather watch a Let’s Play from your favorite YouTuber rather than read a video game review? Would you like to see your favorite internet personalties receive early access to video game content before the renowned video game reviewers? What happens when PewDiePie’s quote makes its way into the Metacritic system? Tune in above for my full rant on this.

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Comments

  1. epobirs says:

    This isn’t New Media so much as Newer Media. We’re talking about a handful of web sites vs. a myriad range of small producers, allowing consumers to seek out those that really match their interests. And, by no small coincidence, leave behind those sites who feel they can insert their politics into game coverage thanks to a limited range of choices. Players will be just as free to seek out coverage from very specifically tilted viewpoints as well as those who manage to keep it in their pants.

  2. Lisa says:

    I agree that we are going to be moving towards a blend. New Media will probably take over reviews/opinion pieces about events; however, traditional media will probably remain dominate for release news, financial news, and just general industry shifts.