They’ve been a major part of the gaming world for well over three decades, but the exact definition of a ‘games journalist’ has never really been nailed down. Some argue that the term refers to those who report on happenings within the world of games development whilst others vehemently insist that their role should be one of objective critique above all else.
Regardless of how you define it, games journalism has long evolved past its roots in special interest magazines into a career-path and quasi-industry of its own.
The question then, for more than a few avid wannabes, is how does one break into and earn their living from games journalism? I recently caught up with a half a dozen seasoned games journalists, critics and editors to find out more about the financial realities of working in the field.