The Truth About Games ( www.thetruthaboutgames.com) is now open to the public, offering news and reviews designed for people who love video games, but don’t always have time to read about them.
As gamers get older, life changes. Gone are the carefree days of the 90s and early 2000s, living in shared houses, staying up ‘til 3am playing Street Fighter II or Goldeneye. Instead we’ve got responsible jobs, families and an inability to survive on 4 hours’ sleep. That leaves a lot less time to play games, let alone read about them.
The peculiar thing is that games media have not kept pace with the relentless change of their audience. Most games magazines are still written for late-teen or early-twenty-something males, while games websites offer such long-form copy that nobody but the most committed (and time rich) player would have time to plough through the verbiage to get to an opinion.
The Truth About Games has been set up to help people with lives discover games they like. Its reviews are never longer a few paragraphs and come with a pithy summary and a straightforward mark out of 5, making them quick and easy to read as well as informative. To the same end, The Truth About Games consciously filters the news, avoiding the kind of half-founded industry rumours and long-range previews that can clog-up otherwise informative news feeds.
There’s already more than enough ranting on the Internet, which is why the site fosters a more wry and measured tone. Comments are initially pre-moderated, avoiding slanging matches and inanity. “We want comments to feel more like letters to the editor - something thoughtful and interesting, only the best of which will ever be shown to other readers,” said Daniel Etherington, founder.
In building a website for grown-up gamers, The Truth About Games seeks to bring an entertaining, succinct and above all, accurate view of video games to an audience that may reluctantly find it has grown out of the current crop of gaming media.
Founder, Nick Gillett said, “The Truth About Games is the website I’ve always wanted to read. It’s straightforward, interesting and useful but short enough that I can still earn a living and see my children occasionally.”
Nick has been writing and talking about games since the 90s, for media including The Guardian, The Daily Mail, Sky News, Channel 4 News, ITN, BBC World Service, Radio 2, Radio 4 and Radio 6 amongst others.
Daniel Etherington wrote a weekly games column for BBC Collective for several years and has also contributed to the estimable Eurogamer. These days he lives in Rome and has written a novel called 'Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Saving the World I Learned from Videogames'.
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