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Interview: EGM Now's Steve Harris

Following the closure of Electronic Gaming Monthly by parent company Ziff Davis Media earlier this year (after nearly 20 years in the game industry), the magazine's original founder Steve Harris repurchased the rights and promised a rebirth for EGM. We ran into Harris at E3 2009 and cajoled him in...

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Pulitzer Prize winner George Will thinks gamers shouldn't be allowed to vote

Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist George F. Will really, really doesn't like denim. In an Op-Ed piece he wrote for the Washington Post this week, he condemns the fabric and in the process, harshly insults gamers, saying, "Seventy-five percent of American 'gamers' -- p...

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Sensationalized 'Top Gun' report blames pro gaming for death of Brandon Crisp

The Fifth Estate, a Canadian investigative reporting program that's been on the air for over three decades, recently ran a piece looking into the untimely death of gaming enthusiast Brandon Crisp, who ran away from his Ontario home last October after his parents took away his Xbox 360, and was fou...

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N'Gai Croal to leave Newsweek for consultancy career

That's right. Newsweek's N'Gai Croal – one of game journalism's most august statesmen – will be packing up his desk at the venerable (though not invulnerable) news magazine and heading out for waters uncharted, Gamasutra reports. Croal may be leaving games journalism but he's not leavi...

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Shoe: Game company paid for 'lady companionship' for journalists

Dan "Shoe" Hsu has let loose another post delving into the nitty-gritty of games journalism, and if you thought the gift bags and free jet fighting school was extravagant, you're in for one eye-opening Tuesday morning. Among a litany of questionable activity from several companies, Shoe reports: "Te...

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Ryan Davis talks up Giant Bomb's explosive re-launch

When Gamespot Editorial Director Jeff Gerstmann was abruptly fired under controversial circumstances late last year, it set off a sort of domino effect. In the wake of the scandal, Gamespot staffers Ryan Davis, Brad Shoemaker and Vinny Caravella all decided to leave the venerable site to start a ne...

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IGN responds to concerns over exclusive GTA IV review

Earlier this week, Variety's Ben Fritz expressed concern over IGN's exclusive first review of Grand Theft Auto IV, asking rhetorically, "How can we trust a videogame review when the outlet running it has been given a major commercial favor ... from the publisher of the game?" Well, GameDaily Media ...

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Print gaming journalism may be on its way out, says 1UP's Cox

We can still fondly recall those afternoons during our formative years when, while returning from school, we would notice a rolled-up, plastic sheathed bundle of gaming journalism joy poking out of our mailbox. We're sure it's an occasion that most of you can warm-heartedly remember as well, whether...

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Dan "Shoe" Hsu ends long career at Ziff Davis

[Update: 2:20PM: Shoe has posted a blog about the move, noting that his departure is "my own decision; I'm not being forced out or laid off or anything like that." Hsu writes that he plans to take "some much-needed time off" before considering future career moves.] [Update 2:17PM: Ziff Davis Vice...

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British paper paying for game violence stories

Good journalism is almost always based on real shoe-leather reporting -- working the phones, hitting the streets and talking to people to find out what's really going on out there. Or, alternatively, you could just offer to pay people for a story that fits your preconceived notions of what would be ...

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