Remember the days of CVG and Mean Machines? Back then, to be a Video Games Journalist you would have to write for one of these high end monthly publications. It wasn’t easy to get your foot in the door at one of these big publications. Thankfully, Video Games Journalism has changed drastically. It’s quite easy to craft your own career in Video Games Journalism, as I found out 4 years ago…
Back in 2009, when I entered the Video Games Journalism scene, things were very different as to how they are today. Sites like Eurogamer and IGN were only just gaining popularity and some of the big names in the Gaming Journalism market, such as Edge and Games Master were still running strong. I entered the market with Nintendo Feed, which was a closely niche driven online publication, that differed largely from what was already available.
I was attempting something quite brave really. I had just joined a new generation of Video Games Journalism, not one that was restricted by a monthly release and under 100 pages, but one that allowed regular coverage of the latest and greatest Video Games. Since 2009, that method of Journalism has truly unfolded and the big names in the Video Games Journalism world have become not retail titles, but titles available freely and regularly on the internet. Whilst not being the Editor in Chief of IGN or even Eurogamer, I had started something pretty special.
Back in 2009, it was difficult. Whilst internet based Video Games Journalism was coming about, it was nowhere near as strong as it remains today. I had quite a struggle to get my Video Games review website set up, although it is a whole lot easier today…
It still won’t be easy, but if you stick to it, it’s more than achievable. Don’t go emaling the likes of Eurogamer and IGN asking for a job, they will most likely just laugh at you, much like I would if I was approached by an amateur Video Games Journalism. Why not just craft your own path? It’s more easy than ever to start your own blog and simply just take it from there.
Simply start by reviewing some old games you have kicking about, this should gain you some recognition within the industry. You’ll be able to review more recent games as you earn money from advertising etc. If you’re small blog gains popularity, you may even find yourself being contacted by a big publisher, like I was with Nintendo, who will be more than happy to provide you with games to review. Plus, you may also be contacted by some of the big names eventually and even be asked to write for them.
The prospect of being a Video Games Journalist is one that many people dream about and not so long ago, it was merely just a dream for post people. However, with the rise of the internet, Video Games Journalism really isn’t restricted to print format and is most certainly a dream that anyone can pursue.