I always see a lot of people complain about games journalism (especially recently) but I was wondering what service people actually want games writing to perform.
Do you want reviews that are in line with your own tastes? Do you want writers to bring to your attention games and projects you might be interested in? And if so, does that mean AAA press releases, or interesting indies? Do you want to read what developers have to say? Do you want tip offs and rumours about what's going on behind the scenes?
Personally I would like a bit of the last one. I worked for a games developer for a while a few years ago, and I was genuinely surprised at how little most games media actually knew about what was going on with a lot of projects. In some cases, there were huge problems or incidents within certain companies that were open secrets to anyone in the industry, and which journalists seemed to have no clue about. In other cases, games were scrapped or almost completed and it still seemed that guys like Giantbomb, Gamespot, and others, had it completely wrong. Now that I'm out, I'd like to be reading about what's happening inside closed doors; things like what happened with Half-Life 3, or The Last Guardian, or the current state of Shenmue. It wouldn't be that hard to dig up with some legwork and anonymous sources.