Beyond Bossfights Episode 14 – Blogging and Games Journalism

Producer’s note: Since the completion of this show, it has been announced that parent company AOL is closing all Joystiq properties, including Massively. I toyed with the idea of recording a short segment for the beginning of the show explaining these developments, but considering the amount of work involved and short timeframe, I decided to release this episode as-is, from a time before either of us were aware of the closures. Justin is an amazingly talented writer, and I look forward to reading his musings on gaming and MMO’s for years to come. If not on Massively, then wherever he decides to post them. Best wishes to all at Joystiq.

This month, I’ve got Justin Olivetti from Massively and Biobreak. We talk about how Justin moved from a purely amateur blogger to paid gaming journalism, the relationship between blogging and journalism, some of the criticisms to come out of #gamergate, and the inception of the Newbie Blogger Initiative.

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Massive Shutdown: Thoughts on AOL’s Impending Closure of Joystiq

Yesterday the rumors started circulating that media conglomerate AOL is planning to close down all sites associated with joystiq.com. A day later, and without any evidence to the contrary (including from AOL), it would seem that a closedown is imminent and that we will soon be without one of the staples in the games news industry.

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