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Sessler's Soapbox: Career Day

Posted: September 12, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: Career Day
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Adam gives you pointers on how to break into game journalism and how to be taken seriously by your peers as well as other media outlets.

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  • TheBigMike420

    hey everyone, sorry if this makes me sound stupid, but do you have to go to school to become a QA tester too? I just want to know because i love to play games, ive been a gamer for 20 years now i have played and beat countless games on a multitude of systems and have had a plethera of good ideas to improve on the games of the past and even now i have so many good ideas to improve the quality of gameing for the future. but i just love to play and want to help the developers and the whole creative team working so hard on the game take there games to there full potential and ultimately give the gamers out there the highest quality products and best experiance possible, i just need a chance.
    keep it real, bigmike.

    Posted: October 26, 2011 8:47 AM
    TheBigMike420
  • pferde

    I just recently got into game journalism. I studied writing in college and have worked in different areas of writing and I can say that video game writing is some of the most difficult writing I have ever done. Each game brings is own characteristics and needs to be judged independently while still comparing it to other games so viewers can understand. The most difficult thing is games are very personal and what I take away from a game could be drastically different from what someone else experiences. When I write a review I try to focus more the enjoyment I had while playing the game. The graphics, controls, and story could all be independently great but if they don't work well together than the game will suffer. That is what makes game journalism such a unique writing. Almost anyone can determine if they enjoyed a movie but only a gamer knows what to look for while playing a game.
    For everyone out there wanting to become a game writer, my biggest suggestion would be to not focus on being a video game writer and focus more on being a good writer first. Try writing about many different things and round yourself. Write prose, poetry, journalism, everything. The industry needs more people like Adam, people who brings more than just the perspective of how a game fits into the world of video games and rather how that game fits into the modern society.

    Posted: October 3, 2011 5:10 PM
    pferde
  • Liquidsnakez

    awesome! thanks for the info adam. ive been watching attack of the show every day to keep up with the news.

    Posted: September 19, 2011 10:14 PM
  • flyingchicken

    Now, why is it that what your saying as far as you wanting video games to be more accepted in the broader culture; you have a horrible TV show that is a joke? I wish your show had this much enthusiasm and care, but instead we are given horrible comedy, if you can call it that.

    Posted: September 17, 2011 12:38 PM
    flyingchicken
  • benhamean

    Amen Adam. I always agree how general subjects/classes can help you just as much as a class about your major can.

    Posted: September 16, 2011 10:57 AM
  • Sigillimus

    I really enjoyed this insightful Soapbox. I've been interested in breaking into the game journalism industry since I saw my first X-play and Attack of the Show, and you've not only told me what the industry is looking for but you've articulated what it is definitely not looking for too. Thank you for taking the time out to tell the masses your thoughts and advice on getting into this amazing field.

    Posted: September 15, 2011 5:07 PM
    Sigillimus
  • Patr10t1

    Thank you so much for this video, I want to get into Game Journalism and you are my idol, your awesome sauce.

    Posted: September 15, 2011 1:53 PM
    Patr10t1
  • musim

    I really, really, really enjoyed this one. Seriously I'd love to hear more of these on gaming social, journalistic, and industry philosophy and there ramifications there of in the world.

    Posted: September 15, 2011 7:22 AM
  • ajax32

    So... When is your debate with Roger Ebert? Ha, seriously dude, get on that! I would love to see what would happen. Even though he has to use a computer... Would you ever consider it? Ebert v Sessler. Have a nice discussion about The Last Guardian etc.

    Posted: September 14, 2011 11:36 PM
    ajax32
  • ToMuchNeverEnuf

    Awesome as always Adam. You really make a strong point at the end about how we as game enthusiast try so hard to "play with the big kids" when it comes to video games as an art form. Unfortunately we do isolate our self a lot with the amount of self service and denial that goes on in much of the independent video game journalism. I wrote a paper for my Pop culture class at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee about video games as art (which I would love for you to read sometime... like everyone else on her wants you to read their work) in which I show how game is like all the other forms of media, not in opposition to them.

    Posted: September 14, 2011 4:57 PM
    ToMuchNeverEnuf
  • omen0

    Wow Adam! Your freaking scary smart about video games and the industry! Thank you!

    Posted: September 14, 2011 10:50 AM
    omen0
  • ChoKeller

    If you want a job in the Game industry then you need to go to Full Sail University. The have degree programs for both game design and game art. you can graduate in two year and they will also help you have a job. i won't lie to you this is a very fast paced school. but i am enrolled here in the game art program and i love it. i'm telling you if you have a dream to work in games they will help you make it come true. Do some research at the schools website www.fullsail.edu

    Posted: September 14, 2011 8:00 AM
    ChoKeller
  • ThunderGod89

    There's a course at Cal State Fullerton (where I go) has a communications course called "Online Gaming and Society", it's an online course, and the best part?...The class meets through World of Warcraft, SHWAT! I'm hoping to get somewhere in journalism or public relations in the video game industry, so bad.

    Posted: September 14, 2011 12:18 AM
  • takoma7777

    Hey Adam thanks for the information i really enjoyed it and needed it because i plan on going into game journalism since A: I couldn't design games and B: I have a passion for writing. I really do want to work in this field but what could i do to help propel my career in gaming journalism. I am currently a freshmen in high school and i would like to know what can i do to help get ahead and make a good impression on my transcript, also what colleges are best suited for a degree in journalism if you could take the time to answer a few of these questions it would mean a lot.

    I look to you as a idle a hero i have watched g4 and checked the site constantly since i was 7.I have always watched x play for as long as i can remember you are one of the major influences on my choice in this field.So if you could find the time to post a reply to this it would mean a lot because this is my future and i want to make sure i do the right things and go to the right places and meet the right people, so that i may achieve a career even half as amazing as yours. You truly are a great and very wise man i do hope someday to become like you. Anything any kind of sign that you read my insignificant little comment would mean a lot

    sincerely Jake B

    Posted: September 14, 2011 12:04 AM
  • Jeprox

    Love the shirt!

    Posted: September 13, 2011 10:26 PM
    Jeprox
  • LocoCabasa

    How to break into video games journalism? Study the video games journalism style guide:
    1. Describe everything as "key".
    2. Vomit useless syllables. For example, never say, "The game..." Say, "The core the of the actual gameplay itself..."
    3. Destroy English grammar with the meaningless phrase, "In terms of..."
    4. Dull criticism with unquantifiable nonsense. For example, never say, "This game is dull." Say, "This game is a bit dull."
    5. Then switch to juvenile exaggeration - for example, say, "This game is completely broken." Typing "completely" or "totally" makes the game 200 percent worse than broken.
    6. Save thoughtful criticism of popular, blockbuster games for next year, after the sequel arrives. Advertising is at stake, and so is your job.

    Posted: September 13, 2011 9:10 PM
    LocoCabasa
  • Auberonquin

    I'm glad you are championing the idea that a broad perspective is a requirement for good writing (to a broad audience). I recall an interview with Robert Fisk for UC Berkeley's "Conversations with History" that touches on this matter. However volatile his politics, his journalistic credentials are very impressive. His primary advice for students seeking to be journalists was to study anything but journalism. I tend to agree when it comes to game journalism too for basically the reasons you describe.

    Have you read any G.K. Chesterton? After you finish your H. L. Mencken, he's a lot of fun to read. Amazingly fun really.

    Perhaps if more are encouraged to pursue balanced educations in general, eventually we can have more balanced leadership in this world of ours. Don't be ashamed of liberal arts majors people!

    Posted: September 13, 2011 8:38 PM
    Auberonquin
  • Jett Hawkins

    Hey Adam, I find a great liking to video games as all should. At a young age I aspied to be a game designer, but as I grew older I realized that I lack that talent. I am very vocal and socially adept though and always have been. If you have any ideas on any ways for me to get into the social aspect of video gaming and make it into a career, then I would be open and grateful to all suggestions. Please and thank you!

    Posted: September 13, 2011 7:09 PM
    Jett+Hawkins
  • Jett Hawkins

    Hey Adam, I find a great liking to video games as all should. At a young age I aspied to be a game designer, but as I grew older I realized that I lack that talent. I am very vocal and socially adept though and always have been. If you have any ideas on any ways for me to get into the social aspect of video gaming and make it into a career, then I would be open and grateful to all suggestions. Please and thank you

    Posted: September 13, 2011 7:08 PM
    Jett+Hawkins
  • Jett Hawkins

    Hey Adam, I find a great liking to video games as all should. At a young age I aspied to be a game designer, but as I grew older I realized that I lack that talent. I am very vocal and socially adept though and always have been. If you have any ideas on any ways for me to get into the social aspect of video gaming and make it into a career, then I would be open and grateful to all suggestions. Please and thank you

    Posted: September 13, 2011 7:07 PM
    Jett+Hawkins
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