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    It has been noted that game news websites, video channels and the like have been focusing on fewer and fewer titles on average these last few years. There have also long been questions of the efficacy and impartiality of such as well. What effect this has is up for debate but does see smaller things slip by the wayside, some often bizarre pushback, and others not achieve the measure of success their quality would predict. Going with the popular adage "if you want something done right then you gotta do it yourself" we decided to put together a little guide on the various sources of information available to the would be citizen journalist and list them all along with a general industry breakdown, and a few choice methods you might employ to get that bit more information and make sense of what you do have. Most of the methods are available for free in one form or another and yield a lot of what you might have seen over the years, both in games and at the world in general. To that end we invite you to share with the world what you found out about new games, old games, upcoming games and the history of it all, be it games that cost and earn more than the GDP of quite a few countries, or nice mods you found that allow you to still play some styles of game you enjoy.
    Right now this is the first real attempt at a public release so we welcome comments, criticism and suggestions for further topics, new methods or expansion of existing ones. Never the less we hope it still finds itself being somewhat readable and informative.

    Contents overview
    Code:
    Part I Introduction to journalism
    1 Primary Sources
    2 Secondary sources.
    3 Specialist skills and expensive tools/data
    4 Veracity of sources
    4.1 Correlation vs causation
    4.2 Wire services and story verification
    Part II Generating a list of things to watch
    5 Direct sources
    5.1 More narrow interests
    6 Indirect sources
    6.1 Intellectual property
    6.2 Legal stuff (finding it, reading it, knowing what to look for)
    6.3 Game rating, classification and censorship boards.
    6.4 Game translators, game guides, game testers and related concepts
    6.5 Electrical standards testing
    6.6 Leaks and after action reports from game developers, publishers and related parties
    7 User comments, comments from notable figures, meta analysis and in game events
    7.1 On the nature of comments
    7.2 Meta review ranking sites
    7.3 Notable events within games
    Part III Business stuff
    8 Stock markets
    Going long
    Shorting and short selling
    8.1 Popular stocks and basic ideas of stocks
    9 Game company income streams
    10 Earnings, financial statements and investor reports
    Investor relations. Investor reports, earnings predictions and matching thereof.
    10.1 Profit, income, expenses, expenditures, and loss
    10.2 Credit ratings
    10.3 Investor calls
    10.4 Investor removal of funds/investors pulling funds
    11 Bankruptcy
    12 Subsidiaries
    13 Mergers and buyouts
    14 Further accountancy and business lookup
    15 Hollywood accounting and the construction of the game industry
    15.1 Game industry makeup
    16 Lobbyists, industry groups, unions and you
    17 Game sales and sales windows
    17.1 What should a game cost?
    17.2 Game of the year and compilation editions
    17.3 Amazon and gamestop listings and the nature of placeholders
    17.4 PC download market, also console online premium services.
    Consoles
    17.5 Popular physical disc/hardware retailers (online, brick and mortar?)?
    Main bricks and mortar retailers, and some notable regional online, for the various countries.
    18 Consumer and morality advocacy/activism groups
    Part IV General interest section
    19 Game information databases
    20 Game conferences and you
    20.1 Notable game industry conferences
    20.2 Smaller conferences
    20.3 Hacker conferences
    20.4 Game jams and Tech demos
    20.5 Trailers and stage demos
    20.6 Awards and awards shows in general
    21 Science journals
    22 Competition/“esports”, challenge runs and speedrunning
    22.1 Competitive gaming and esports.
    23 Gambling
    24 Data analysis
    1) Unintended uses of a game, website, API or similar.
    2) Game playing
    3) ROM hacking analysis of files
    24.1 Historical analysis
    25 Test groups, focus groups and surveys
    25.1 Surveys
    25.2 Focus groups
    25.3 Test groups
    26 Review codes, embargoes, and riders
    27 Game theory and general design of games
    28 Market segments and game genres
    Part V Useful tools and analysis methods
    29 How to use a search engine
    30 Spreadsheet absolute basics
    31 Advanced text manipulation
    31.1 Column mode in notepad++
    31.2 Regular expressions
    31.3 Using grep, awk and sed
    32 Archive.org’s wayback machine and caching services
    33 Website analytics and web metrics
    Google trends
    34 News alerts
    35 Web robots, crawlers and spiders
    36 Metadata
    37 Google books
    38 Google groups (usenet text search)
    39 New websites/domains
    A download is available on this thread and the download section, other mirrors to follow. Feel free to copy and share if you want to.
     
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  3. PineappleGod

    PineappleGod GBAtemp's Favorite Child
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    I found out that Sonic 06 was released with the Alpha build, not the Beta build. What the actual hell, Sega?
     
  4. raxadian

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    Sega did tend to have the unfortunately tendency to rush games.

    After Sonic 06 I hope they.learned their lesson.
     
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    So Sonic '06 was most AAA games released now, except without a Day 1 patch?

     
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  6. raxadian

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    No, it was more like Fallout 76 because it was released so broken that's considered the worst game ever in the franchise with the possible exemption of Sonic Boom Rise Of Lyric.

    In fact considering Silver and Blaze have been used again after Sonic 06, Lyric is definitely worse.

    Then again Sonic Boom had many fan alienating premises besides just bad games.
     
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  7. leon315

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    That's exactly how people reacted to Phantom pain's ending! Jebaited LMFAO!
     
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  8. KooPako

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    Can't take this too seriously, I stopped after caring about gbatemp reviews after that terrible yo-kai watch review and how the reviewer called mods in to defend him when confronted about the inaccuracies and unjustified bashing of it
     
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  9. raxadian

    raxadian GBAtemp Maniac
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    Reviews are mostly personal opinion but if you are going to make a review just to bash something make sure to at least do the research.
     
  10. WarioWaffles

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    I kinda wish some reviews would start off with a deeper description of mechanics and game loop first before moving into their opinion. I care less and less about the capricious opinions of any reviewer and more about the mechanics and what they do or don't accomplish. Nothing more asinine then say a dynasty warrior review saying it's more of the same just a little better. What if I was going to pick only 1 or 2 dynasty warrior games to play, which are really the best?

    I will give the pdf a read though.
     
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  11. raxadian

    raxadian GBAtemp Maniac
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    There are many videos explaining games for people who never played them.
     
  12. EliasLewis

    EliasLewis Newbie
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    I tried following your instructions, it was really great
     
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  14. raxadian

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    If you really really want to be a reporter nowadays you have to learn some HTML5 coding to do those interactive webpage articles that people always think are amazing as then they switch the Web Browser to Reader Mode because is still loading.

    Of course that's for PAID reporting since doing an Interactive article with all Bells And Whistles takes a lot of time and effort.
     
  15. FAST6191

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    That was literally press export from the editor just in case someone wanted it, more with an eye towards conversion to other formats. I could have embedded some stuff I guess (probably should stop short of all of them less I crash browsers), maybe found some iframe or similar candidates for some of the tools but it seemed like a lot of work for little gain (not to mention if I am doing technical stuff then it takes all I have to not do http://problemkaputt.de/gbatek.htm ). I am likewise not sure all fancy HTML5/canvas particularly serves a purpose both in general and for this -- I guess I prefer it to the click here to go to the next page so we can lie to our advertisers about traffic but it does otherwise feel like all style and no substance.

    That said I should probably look into something there for the ROM hacking documents -- so much there is more apparent in video or animated form.
     
  16. armando88

    armando88 Newbie
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    I'm not good at codin at all. I tried learning HTML5 coding several times but I guess I don't have any patience for it.
     
  17. focusinframe

    focusinframe Newbie
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    I feel you. I'm not good at this.
     
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