In contrast to the mainstream press, the gaming press consists of magazines and (primarily) online news sources devoted exclusively to issues around video games. When reading these articles, it is important to remember that, while these journalists are more knowledgeable about video games than most mainstream journalists, they are also loosely affiliated with the games industry, and their livelihood depends on video games. It is similarly important to note that many of these sources are owned by companies that also own mainstream media outlets. For these reasons, even articles that appear as objective reporting might be implicitly biased.
1Up is a video game news site owned by the IGN Entertainment (itself a subsidiary of News Corp.). 1Up places a heavy focus on community and social-networking features and allows users to create individual profiles and blogs through the site. For more information on how these features played a role in debates surrounding the Supreme Court case or issues of violence in video games in general, see the Amateur Press page.
- The Oddcast Podcast on California’s Violent Video Game Law (April 29, 2010)
- Youth Organization Seeking Testimonials for Supreme Court Brief (August 16, 2010)
- The Video Game Industry’s Day In Court (October 26, 2010)
- Photos From The U.S. Supreme Court Rally (November 2, 2010)
G4 is a cable and satellite television channel owned by Comcast/G.E. (who also owns NBC) and dedicated primarily to video games. G4 also maintains an active website with gaming news, reviews and editorials. A collection of articles and videos related to issues of video games and the law can be found at their Games On Trial blog.
- Video Games On Trial (October 8, 2010): A detailed 4-part series looking at both sides of the 2010 Supreme Court case.
- Echoes From D.C. (November 2, 2010)
- Sessler’s Soapbox At The Supreme Court (November 2, 2010): A video editorial by game journalist Adam Sessler
- Sessler’s Soapbox Post-Ruling and Follow-Up (June 27-8, 2011)
- What Games Were The Supreme Court Playing, Anyway? (June 27, 2011)
- Interpreting the Ruling on Attack of the Show (June 28, 2010)
- Feedback: Supreme Court Games Ruling (June 29, 2011): A 45-minute video roundtable discussing the implications of the Supreme Court ruling.
- Games Beyond Entertainment: Dissecting The ‘Evidence’ Behind California’s Game Law (May 19, 2011)
- Despite Ruling, Threats Remain For The Games Industry (June 27, 2011)
- On Making Game Violence Work (June 28, 2011)
- Why Do Video Games Face Such Resistance? (June 28, 2011)
Game Informer is a monthly vide game magazine owned by GameSpot Corporation. Many of its reviews and editorials are published online after the print issue has hit newsstands.
- Enemy Of The State (October 20, 2010)
- Our Favorite SCOTUS Quotes With Commentary From The NBA Jam Guy (November 2, 2010)
- What Today’s Supreme Court Decision Means To Us (June 27, 2011)
- Law Of The Game (July 4, 2011)
Kotaku is a blog focusing on video game news, reviews and previews. It is owned by Gawker Media (who also own Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Jezebel and io9, among others) and its contributors include professional video game journalists like Stephen Totilo, Joel Johnson and Kirk Hamilton.
Over the course of the Supreme Court trial, Kotaku published dozens of articles and editorials on the case itself as well as the events surrounding it.
- How Game and Movie Ratings Work (April 27, 2010)
- This is California’s U.S. Supreme Court Argument Against Violent Video Games (July 13, 2010)
- Who Argues Violent Video Games Are Like Porn, Who Disagrees (September 20, 2010)
- All You Need To Know About This Week’s Violent Video Game Case In The U.S. Supreme Court (November 1, 2010)
- Mario, Pokemon Represent Among Hundreds At U.S. Supreme Court (November 2, 2010)
- Activision Rips Lawmakers’ Fixation On Postal (December 30, 2010)
- Kotick, Riccitiello, Levine and More Praise Supreme Court Victory (June 27, 2011)
- The Supreme Court’s Best Arguments For and Against Violent Video Games (June 27, 2011)