So this is a day old, but I didn't see it anywhere on this forum, so I wanted to bring it up.
Now, I'm not saying that Game Journalism is inherently bad of course, I genuinely enjoy a lot of the articles Patrick puts up for instance, but it seems that lately, with all of the really controversial topics popping up in gaming, more than ever are we getting what we refer to as 'click-bait' articles. This guy writes about a recent article on Destructoid in which the author, Jonathan Holmes, claims that he liked the random tripping mechanic in Super Smash Bros: Brawl, and that he felt like people who didn't like it were people who want to essentially be 'controlling'. Needless to say, this article came across as very insulting to fans who like the competitive nature of Melee over the more "casual" friendly nature of Brawl.
Basically, Chris Wagar articulates better than I EVER could about how game journalism is basically devolving to a point where they can't spend a lot of time with a game to learn all of their systems, so they don't understand the intricacies of the the game and how it truly works on a fundamental level. It really culminates in this article, where Mr. Holmes doesn't understand at all what he's really talking about, but because he's a gaming journalist, he's "above" those who truly do know how it works and why it's a genuinely bad thing. Chris Wagar also points out how the article seemingly takes pot-shots at those who prefer melee, and the whole 'tripping' subject merely felt like a way to belittle those who prefer melee over brawl. What didn't help matters at all was the fact that a lot of the fans of melee came out like rabid wolverines and only appeared to make Holme's point stronger, since he could point out to those people and claim that he's right... Which he did on twitter, taunting those people who got so upset by the article.
This is why game journalism should be more professional. Opinion articles ALWAYS tackle a controversial topic, and ALWAYS generate a lot of hits because of that. An example that immediately comes to mind is when Gamespot posted an article about artistic integrity and the ending of Mass Effect 3. They KNEW it was a hot topic, and they knew it would generate a ton of hits, which is exactly why they posted it. For people who are supposedly our voice, game journalist can be surprisingly childish and petty, which I suppose at least fits a majority of the community they represent.
So basically, the point I'm trying to get across is that Game Journalist should spend more time with games so they actually know what they are talking about, and they should try to act more professional. No more being dicks on twitter, no more controversial opinion articles, and more articles actually relevant to gaming and not there solely to gather more clicks.
Sorry I rambled a bit there.