@pandabear: @crembaw: I definitely understand what you are saying about a sliding scale for what is considered valid credentials, an ever changing medium based off print, and the fact that there's no such thing as an objective review. When I mentioned PewDiePie and TotalBiscuit I wasn't targeting my criticism specifically at those two individuals, I was talking about the ALL of them, all the people who are making or trying to start a career off reacting to video games on a livestream. I even looked around on youtube to see if there was any content that tried to inform its viewers of goings on in the industry, instead of nerve grating high pitched voices while they try to play P.T. There were a few that do actual video reviews in the way that Giant Bomb used to do them, so there was some decent production value there.
My main concern is that a lot of YouTube and Twitch streamers' content (and this is my opinion) hasn't risen above the level of Buzzfeed comedy sketches and Teens React videos, but some are trying to consider themselves journalists. TotalBiscuit is kind of an anomaly in this regard, in that he does do content about the game industry. I strongly disagree with his methods though.
I don't want to use the word because it's scorched earth at this point, but after YouKnowWhatGate (which is definitely not over, I think they are going to be the Darkspawn of the gaming parts of the internet), I feel like this type of video game coverage is trying to push its way to the front before it's had a chance to develop into the important thing it's devoted audience wants it to be.
And yes, I am aware this could not be more of a first world problem. I'm just trying to vent my concerns about the future.