The gaming industry is a huge multi-billion-dollar a year sector of the world economy. There are makers of gaming consoles, designers of games, retail outlets, and so many new innovations in technology happening so fast that it’s impossible to keep up with it all.
There is a lot of media coverage of the different players in the gaming industry. That’s not surprising, since there are so many devoted fans of the different consoles, and so many gaming fanatics who enjoy playing new games and updated versions of older games.
It’s real easy to start digging into the Internet sources of gaming industry news. For starters, you can search in any search engine for “gaming news” or similar search term. The trouble with that approach is that you get so many results in the list that is returned, that it’s very time-consuming to look at more than a few sites that way.
Following is a short list of five websites where you can get started digging into gaming news, perhaps with a site that suits your style or special interests.
Gametab lists the recent news articles from a wide range of gaming news websites. Categories are the different websites themselves. You can find lists of latest releases and latest news, reviews by platform, and you can participate in their forums.
N4G is a nice source of diverse news from various sources, categorized neatly so you can easily zero in on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, or other console or platform. They also have categories for industry news, dev news, tech, and week’s hottest news.
Joystiq is a site that serves up news in the style of a blog, so it has a more relaxed and personal feel than some of the other news sites. The focus is mainly on games themselves, and the postings are categorized in a fairly usable form via a platform-specific menu.
1up covers news and gossip, and is constantly updated. The focus on mainly on gaming company related news. However, you can also find a wide range of video game reviews and previews on their site. One way to keep up with upcoming games is to check their “Launch Centers” section. And a Cheats section may be of interest to those who want to find some game shortcuts.
Gamesarefun (or GAF) is a news site that does not provide updates as often as some of the others. However, an interesting feature is a video game database. This isn’t a complete listing of all games ever made, but it sure can help you find some details on a game that you have been wondering about for awhile. GAF also has a cheats section and forums that you can browse.