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Do My Job: Spend a day as video-game journalist

Posted May 12, 2008
Updated May 13, 2008

— Video games are a multibillion-dollar industry covered by dedicated journalists – and one of the most prolific video-game journalists lives and works in the Triangle.

As part of the Do My Job series, WRAL's Kim Dean spent the day with John Gaudiosi, learning what it takes to cover the world of interactive entertainment.

Gaudiosi's office is a game room filled with every type of gaming system and lined with stacks of games. Of course, a desk and typewriter sit in one corner.

Gaudiosi, though, said much of his time is spent away from the game room, traveling around the world.

"I spent a lot of time traveling, because the video game business is a $40 billion global business, and video games are pretty much made around the world," Gaudiosi said.

Gaudiosi has written for publications, including the Washington Post, Hollywood Reporter and Wired Magazine. He writes a blog as the gaming guru for WRAL Local TechWire.

Gaudiosi said one of the benefits for working as a freelancer is that he gets to chose the subjects that he covers. Organizations pay him in different ways, by the word, by the article or sometimes on retainer.

He covers video games, the people who make them and the industry itself. And, of course, he has to master playing the games in order to write about them.



Tune in to WRAL-TV Tuesday at 6 a.m. to see Kim take on the job of a mom of multiples.


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  • tarheelalum May 16, 2008

    You people seem to forget this guy is first and foremost a journalist....it is ultimately irrelevant what he covers.

  • JustAName May 12, 2008

    TheDocJones, I could have quoted your entire post. You were complaining about people being negative in their comments. They are criticizing the job this guy is doing. His job is to criticize other people's jobs. See, criticizing people being critical of a critic. Get it? It's irony, the criticizers have now become the critics of whom they were complaining about.

    Having to explain it has taken away some of the joy, but maybe the explanation will make people see the irony of your original post and find some humor in it.

  • TheDocJones May 12, 2008

    Ah you have to love comments out of context ... but hey who cares, not I or is it just I ... either way, your welcome.

  • JustAName May 12, 2008

    "Just because someone does something that others are willing to pay them to do does not give you the right to open your trap about it."

    Oh, the irony. You do see it don't you? Complaining about people criticizing a critics job.

  • TheDocJones May 12, 2008

    I wasn't goinng to comment but it eating at me. Why do people want to comment so negatively? To see you "name" in print? Who cares how much he gets paid, I hope it is a million a year. What about all of those "boys" playing games (football, baseball, basketball) for a living. Just because someone does something that others are willing to pay them to do does not give you the right to open your trap about it. For that you can thank me as well as the other men & women in uniform that support & defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Your Welcome!

  • beachboater May 12, 2008

    That job sounds BORING!!!!!

    Video games are for relaxation. I couldn't imagine doing that for more than a couple of days.

  • m0nky May 12, 2008

    i love it when people comment on things they know very little about as if they were authorities.

    remember in the 80's when metal was corrupting our youth?

    or rock and roll before that?

    or those scandalous nickelodeons?

    its always going to be something. learn to be a parent before you blame a form of entertainment.

  • smcallah May 12, 2008

    "The fact of the matter is that the more sex, violence, nudity, cussing, and junk like that in a game...

    The more stars it gets."

    Yep, those are the exact reasons that games like Super Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros scored so high with reviewers. Because of their sex and violence.

  • 1Rx4FN May 12, 2008

    Did anyone catch this line from the story?

    "Of course, a desk and typewriter sit in one corner"

    You think with a 40 bilion dollar business, high-tech games and gadgets, plus international travel, he could use something other than a typewriter to submit stories. That's like driving a BMW with a Model T engine. LOL!

  • bullet656 May 12, 2008

    By the way, if you do read this and respond, I was just wondering. Do you support gun control?