The charming, delightful, diligent, delicious and delovely Jessica Citizen has been hard at work on Gamepron, a new gaming news Website that you’ve probably seen plugged in my sidebar more than once, these last few weeks.
As you’re probably aware, Australia doesn’t have an 18+ rating for video games (though it does for other types of media such as films and publications). It’s not a stretch to see why. At the time the legislation was applied to video games, such games were the province of the young, and it is only recently that they’ve grown up, right?
From their inception, video games (particularly computer games) were played by all ages.
One multiply-convicted 19-year-old felon accidentally shoots another multiply convicted 20-year-old felon in the head with an illegal firearm that neither of them should possess.
Police say video games may be involved. The headline goes further and suggests that video games may have “prompted” the shooting.
“Edge-Online’s editorial control has been brought in line with the magazine in an effort to create a “strong, consistent voice” for the brand, according to Future Publishing.”
Now, Future Publishing… I like you folks. We’ve got history. You and I go way back, and I’m fond of you. So I’ll be gentle.
I think that’s about as gentle and diplomatic as it gets in this particular case.
What you’ve basically suggested is the equivalent of saying that there’s no effective difference between TV and the cinema screen. Your print arm and your online arm have as much in common as television and cinema — which is to say a whole lot. The things that they have in common make them strong. The things that they don’t have in common make them useful and appropriate and relevant. Each to their own.
Gloss over those differences and you lose usefulness, appropriateness and relevance — and you’d be economically better off shutting one of those arms down. In fact, that’s pretty much what you just did, effectively. Staff gone, and most of the readers will go with them.
Future, you should know better. I always thought you did, in fact. You can have a strength and consistency, but you need different voices for different media. That’s an old, old lesson now, from before many of us were born. I believe it’s written down somewhere.