Apr 06, 2012

Video Game Blogs: Beyond the Penny Arcade

This week my focus is on video game blogs. Most weeks, however, my focus is NOT on video games. I know. I know. That sort of goes against my unmarried, early 30s demographic. Basically the only thing I can do on an Xbox controller is access Netflix, poorly. I haven’t really loved a video game since PlayStation 1′s Driver. (Brick Breaker and Angry Birds don’t count, right?) But I grew up with Nintendo… and then Sega Genesis… and then Super Nintendo. Along the way, I’ve seen the industry grow, bit by bit. Today, I hardly recognize the format. Luckily, there are some really great blogs out there to get me up to speed. So with that in mind, let’s power up, blow on the cartridges (do people still do that!?!) and enjoy this brief tour through some of the best gaming blogs I’ve seen lately.

1Up gets their name from that wonderful moment in a video game. It’s when you get an extra life. It’s when you’re allowed to keep playing. And the blog will help readers do just that. Aside from news, reviews and commentary, the site also has cheat codes! Who doesn’t love those? If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for anything to do with video games. Check out the full review here.

That VideoGame Blog  is maybe the most prolific blog on here. Honestly. As far as I can tell, they publish about twice an hour throughout the day. In other words, they’re obsessed. And they’re putting that obsession to good work on this blog. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for anything, and I do mean ANYTHING, to do with the video game industry. Check out the full review here.

As the name might suggest, Gay Gamer is a video game blog dedicated to the gay and lesbian community. But let’s get one thing straight, this is a great blog for anyone who loves video games. It’s also a great blog for anyone with a sense of humor. If there was a story that had to do with video games AND the gay and lesbian community, this would be the first blog I’d pitch. Check out the full review here.

Brainy Gamer is not like a lot of other video game blogs. The posts on here can easily run over 1,000 words. The site covers most parts of the gaming industry, and they do so thoughtfully.  If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for anything to do with video games, and I don’t know, Mensa testing. Check out the full review here.

I feel relatively certain that Game Politics is one of the few video game blogs that discuss the Department of Homeland Security and relaxation techniques. But don’t get it twisted, they talk about mobile gaming and even Star Wars a few posts later. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories that sit at the intersection of video games and policy. Check out the full review here.

That’s all for now. In the meantime, if there’s a blog I should be reviewing, drop me a line or a note in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Until next time…

Author Tom Hynes is PR Newswire’s manager of blogger relations. And as you may have guessed, he has a twitter account.

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