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For some industry-specific writing tips, this was one of the greatest pieces I've ever seen on gaming journalism.

http://www.gamesradar.com/the-100-lamest-game-industry-cliches/
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Kushinadahime
2 years ago#62
Cool guide.
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5 months ago#64
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3 months ago#65
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For some industry-specific writing tips, this was one of the greatest pieces I've ever seen on gaming journalism.

http://www.gamesradar.com/the-100-lamest-game-industry-cliches/
I'm not sure how to interpret this article. It almost seems like a tongue-in-cheek bit of humor that I might see on Cracked. He complains about things which are rightfully cliched or just plain dumb, but also about things that are completely normal and fine. For example, he says not to make dumb puns or abbreviate the names of people or companies, but he also says that you shouldn't rate a game 7 out of 10 or talk about whether a game has replay value.

It just doesn't seem to me like it'd be actually helpful to a writer.
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BlueGunstarHero
3 months ago#66
It's written for humor, sure, but many of the cliches are pervasive writing traps that shaped the way we talked about games at the time of its writing (which is over 10 years ago at this point, and I posted it 2 years ago - are things this slow going? How's it going friend, hope you're doing well?).

Replay value is probably on the list because it was constantly being thrown into reviews without elaboration, likely in closing comments (and often as a substitution for lack of better more interesting things to say about the game). That's not to imply that there aren't games that have or benefit from replay value.

The 7/10 blurb can similarly be review shorthand for quality and it's also reflective of industry pressure games companies held over journalism at the time more than anything; the comment about the reviewer lacking balls (metaphorically speaking) is some insider baseball for cases where the reviewer didn't like a high profile release but was unwilling to take a stand and say so thereby risking their outlet's relationship with game companies that provide advanced comp'd copies for future reviews.
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BostonMassacre
3 months ago#67
Do actual QA on the top 10 lists. Im sick of going on the front page and seeing the same goddamn incoherent dogs*** from 048759370465934785user.

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