So, I picked up a filthy habit when I was young. I used Gamespot as my source of gaming news. I was young and naive! I've tried to kick the habit, but i still found myself going there weekly to read up on new games and such. However, lately something has been catching my eye. They actually have opinion pieces! Whether about on-disc dlc or the ending to a recent sci-fi series (please no spoilers here), the employees at gamespot have been putting their views out there for their readers to see.
Now the really strange thing is, the're actually critical of the gaming industry at times! What happened to the days of firing employees for poor reviews of games who bought add space on their website? So, I ask you Penny Arcaders, is this perhaps the start of gaming journalism that is critical of the medium it reports on instead of being a mostly useless hype machine?
The Articles (I didn't see any spoilers in the Mass Effect Articles, but no promises)http://www.gamespot.com/features/permanently-unplugged-6367314/
EA ends online services for more than a dozen gameshttp://www.gamespot.com/features/why-bioware-shouldnt-change-mass-effect-3s-ending-6366066/
Why Bioware shouldn't change the ending of ME3http://www.gamespot.com/features/who-the-hell-is-james-vega-6366008/
Who is James Vega? (why games shouldn't use other mediums to deliver critical plot points)http://www.gamespot.com/features/on-disc-dlc-outrage-is-off-the-mark-6366340/
Why gamers should be upset about on disc dlchttp://www.gamespot.com/features/mainstream-media-gets-its-act-together-6367312/
How games are represented in the mainstream media
Also, if you now any other trashy websites that are now trying to offer opinion pieces, please share them.
I'm curious to see where this trend goes...