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tamaster92 03-31-2008 02:46 AM

Career in video game journalism?
hey im new here (first post (Y)) and i was hoping for some advice.

you see i am 16, and nearly finished my GCSES (i live in britain)
i am very intereted in a career in video game journalism and would appreiciate all advice regarding this amtter, i am good at english and social skills, and have a passion for games thank-you in advance.

yaustar 03-31-2008 03:14 AM

What are you looking for, the question is rather vague. You need to be specific, something that I expect a writer to be.

What University course? Things you can do in your spare time? What the pay is like? How easy is it to break into the industry? Are these the questions you want to ask? If so, specify which ones.

IDesert FoxI 03-31-2008 06:26 AM

I would reccomend that you read this guide, as it is full of very useful information and advice.

tamaster92 03-31-2008 06:34 AM

tbh its just everything, anything that could help a aspiring writer make his way into the industry atm i am taking sixth from at school and was thinking of starting a blog is this a good idea? and just any top tips etc . thank you

yaustar 03-31-2008 07:47 AM

Starting a blog with columns and reviews (good AND bad games), try to get work published for other websites such as this one. Get your work out there.

Other points, in EVERYTHING you write that is public and 'on show' including forum posts.

1. Portal- amazing game and really initive
2. Gears of war- just the grpahics, and the gameplay are amazing, although the story could be better and the weak end
3. Bioshock- i LOVE this game the art style is just really really good and it works so perfectly.
4. MGS3- this game has the best most immersive story i h-+ave ever played and while it may not be for everyone (very weird) it is great.
5. Bunrout 3- while this is not the best game in the sereis (that is paradise)
it is the fastest and most arcadey

too many toehrs tbh but those ones rule (Y)
There a ton of grammar (lack of capitals) and spelling errors in this other reply of the forum you have made. Also, limit or even better, remove all abbreviations/Internet slang/emotions to present yourself as more 'professional' and serious about your writing.

tamaster92 03-31-2008 09:30 AM

Thank you very much, did look back at that post and think that there are a lot of spelling mistakes so will bear that in mind. Any other help?

yaustar 03-31-2008 04:04 PM

Get your work critiqued by more experienced writers. There is no harm in sending work to magazines and asking for input and critique, at worse they just say no.

Be sure to write features and opinionated pieces to show you can do the research and hold a view with reasoned arguments.

Magazines such as GamesTM also do reader columns, that would be a 'easy' step and a good goal to getting visibility on your writing.

tamaster92 04-01-2008 11:57 AM

thank you very much :)

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