Video game journalism awards launched

A group of industry veterans have launched the Games Journalism Prizes in an effort to “encourage excellence in video game reportage”.

Games Journalism Prizes boasts a panel of experts including the editor of industry magazine Edge, Alex Wiltshire, the editor of Gamespot, Guy Cocker and the editor-at-large of Gamasutra, Leigh Alexander.

The awards have been launched by a group of “concerned games industry types” to give the “best” video games reportage a wider audience. “Video games are now a mainstream form of entertainment throughout the world, from Angry Birds to Mass Effect, on devices ranging from old Nokia phones to the Eve Online Tranquility supercomputer,” says the website.

“Yet writing about games hasn’t always represented this spread. It fluctuates from the most eloquent philosophical screeds to the most puerile regurgitation of marketing puff. It can be hard to find well-written, mature content.”

Entries can be submitted by anyone via the Games Journalism Prizes website. Submissions close on 31 December, with winners announced on 1 February 2013.

(Source: Games Journalism Prizes)







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