Games Journalism?

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There's been a lot of talk lately about issues surrounding games journalism- like the whole "free games" thing that has turned up again. I've been thinking a lot again about how there's not a hobby games press, how there's neither a Hunter S. Thompson nor professionalism in the tiny world of games writing.

I'm a paid games writer, one of very few. It's a responsibility that I take very seriously, and it is one of those points where what I do for fun and what I do for a career dovetail nicely. I don't get paid like those video game writers do, and I'm still mostly doing it because I love it but there are certain professional considerations that come with freelancing and having a published body of work.

There should be more paid games writers. I'm sure a lot of you are going to say "who needs 'em" but I strongly believe that more talent and higher standards of work would emerge and rise to the top above the armchair, ad hoc "press" we have now, largely represented by BGG, BGN, and Fortress: Ameritrash.

So that's the subject of this week's Cracked LCD. Next week, ME:Q.

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Sometime in the early 1980s, MichaelBarnes’ parents thought it would be a good idea to buy him a board game to keep him busy with some friends during one of those high-pressure, “free” timeshare vacations. It turned out to be a terrible idea, because the game was TSR’s Dungeon! - and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael has been involved with writing professionally about games since 2002, when he busked for store credit writing for Boulder Games’ newsletter. He has written for a number of international hobby gaming periodicals and popular Web sites. From 2004-2008, he was the co-owner of Atlanta Game Factory, a brick-and-mortar retail store. He is currently the co-founder of and as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Miniature Market’s Review Corner feature. He is married with two childen and when he’s not playing some kind of game he enjoys stockpiling trivial information about music, comics and film. 

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