Despite this democratisation of play, the overwhelming majority of games media still focus on the so-called ‘hardcore gamer’. These are people whose play defines them and constitutes a significant investment of their waking lives. On some levels this trend is understandable, because they spend more money on games per capita and are therefore more attractive to games publishers’ advertising spends.
That’s of little help to casual players who enjoy playing games, but have to fit that modest hobby around work, children and the multitude of distractions that are normally summed up as ‘life’. For these new players, it can be tough to find out what they might like to play next without ploughing through 1,000 word reviews, often scripted in somewhat purple prose.
The Truth About Games seeks to help just this kind of reader. Positing shorter, more succinct reviews and news pieces, the site aims to supply quick, pithy information about the latest games (as well as the classics) in a format that makes it easy to fit in around daily chores and necessities. It’s the games website that takes minutes rather than hours to read.
News is another key feature. All too often mainstream games sites cover every last rumour and wrinkle, making it hard to sort the important stuff from the seemingly endless flurry of community Skyrim mods and press releases from Peter Molyneux. The Truth About Games concentrates on a highly filtered and far smaller proportion of that news, so that readers do not have to sift through it themselves.
Daniel Etherington, founder of The Truth About Games said, “When I was younger I’d gladly spend a couple of hours reading about upcoming releases, but as life gets more complicated I just don’t have that sort of time any more. One of the reasons I launched The Truth About Games was to help others in exactly my predicament.”
Nick has been writing and talking about games since the 90s, for media including The Guardian, The Daily Mail, Sky News, Channel 4 News, ITN, BBC World Service, Radio 2, Radio 4 and Radio 6 amongst others.
Daniel Etherington wrote a weekly games column for BBC Collective for several years and has also contributed to the estimable Eurogamer. These days he lives in Rome and has written a novel called 'Everything I ever needed to know about saving the world I learned from videogames'.