Gaming Press

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.com
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.

G4TV
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.

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Gamasutra is an online trade journal targeted primarily at game developers.It has, however, attracted a much broader audience and has become a go-to news and editorial website for game developers and fans alike.

Game Informer
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.

Joystiq is one of the most popular professional video game blogs. Owned by AOL, Joystiq features news, previews, reviews and editorials by professional game journalists that are meant for a mainstream gaming audience.
Over the course of the trial, Joystiq followed events closely and published a large number of articles explaining, interpreting and commenting upon issues relating to gaming, law and violence.
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Kotaku
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.

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