Side-Quest 159. Next, You Gotta Review

Hello, and welcome to another episode of Talk This! It’s Dangerous to Podcast Alone. This week, we’re checking in on games media from layoffs to leaks to reviews. It’s a bit of a mess in here.

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The Topic

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What’s up with all the layoffs in games media (and media in general) recently? Why are they a problem for games media specifically? What are some of the struggles surrounding writing reviews for games that aren’t present in writing reviews for books, TV, movies, etc? Can these difficulties be solved? How does the relationship between games media and game creators hinder this?

The Actual Discussion

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We mourn the recent loss of Waypoint alongside many other layoffs in games media over the past few months. We also talk about why these layoffs are harmful for games criticism as a whole. On the way, we talk about the struggles of reviewing games that may be different from the final product. And finally, we do not jump in front of the bullet for Nintendo. Don’t do that.

Enjoy the episode! Tell us what you think in the comments or on social media. Make sure to check out last week’s episode and look forward to next week’s where we’re talking about Skies of Arcadia and Tunic.

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