Gaming News Reporters Gets Ready to Review Nintendo Games For Computer Reviews
Among the first video games developed in north America, PAC-Man is an arcade game developed by programmer Chuck Valens. In PAC-Man, you must shoot an endless supply of coins without letting them drop into the hole on the left of the screen. Completing this level gives you a score. There are four stages to this game and, when you complete it you get the password.
Gaming news sites were the first to report about this game. It was quickly followed by game enthusiasts who gathered at places where Game News Online was located (a few hundred actually). Several Game News websites ran contests for people who had logged on to play the arcade game and won a prize if they could retrieve the password. This created a sense of urgency for those that played the game, and now we have what we call the Game Winner’s Circle.
Gaming news websites continue to look for new games journalism opportunities. Contests such as this one might be an ideal way to do that. However, there is another type of competition that has been emerging within the gaming community that is less publicized. In this case, gamers help write pieces for the websites. The winners can often receive a prize or special recognition.
There is still a great deal of controversy about the handling of the Game Winner’s Circle. A couple weeks ago, the website Gamezebub was accused of stealing content from a developer. A citation needed to be released, but according to some sources, Gamezebub used a Game Winner sticker to attribute the credit to the original developer. When this happened, many people called for the removal of all Game Winners Circles, claiming they were trademark violations. As of this writing, the trademark claim has been lifted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Game journalism is a burgeoning industry in South Korea, and competition between media companies and game publishers has dramatically increased. In response to this growing trend, some game publishers have begun requiring writers to cover their games before giving them away. For example, Niantic has become the latest company to require journalists to obtain written reviews of their games before being allowed to review them. This is in direct violation of numerous news blackout rules, which have been implemented by major game publishers in order to avoid lawsuits and future harm to the industry.
This issue has become so problematic that several gaming journalists have left the industry and signed with established news outlets. In response to this turmoil, major game developers are now creating mobile applications that will allow consumers to view gameplay videos without ever leaving their homes. These mobile apps will also allow consumers to rate and comment on the games. If this trend continues, it may soon become impossible for game developers and websites to review their video games without incorporating these technologies into their systems. Stay tuned to Computerworld’s ongoing coverage of the video game industry for more information on this developing story.