It's been on my mind since yesterday, is game jounalism really necessary? I don't mean it in a negative or controversial way, I mean it in a "is this really needed to decide which games I want to buy" kind of way. I don't use game reviews anymore. Last few times I bought a game, I used YouTube videos of gameplay without commentary (so it doesn't sway any opinions, I see the game and only the game in action) to see if it's something I'd play or not. I'm also the kind who will just look through the Steam store, GOG, or the eShop during sales, and if something catches my attention, I'll buy it. I did this on GOG, and found Twinkle Star Sprites and Higurashi this way, they caught my attention because of the cute character art, both games are some of my favorites. Then thinking about it, reviews tend to become outdated. Good example, the game launches, but patches improve the experience over time, that old review is outdated as the game reviewed isn't the one being played currently. Also, looking at it, I get Game Informer being a GameStop Rewards member, and every time it comes in the mail, I don't even look at it. Last few times I look at gaming sites, it was primarily news. Also, biases play into it too. Example, I love Sonic games, places like IGN really don't. So why am I bothering with something that doesn't represent how I feel about a game? Even Game Informer tends to jab Sonic too, so again, why am I bothering with a form of media that's not representing me as someone who plays games. Aside from GameStop's discounts, I could care less about the magazine. I haven't dealt with IGN for years, so consider that more of an example. Just something that's been on my mind lately. I love gaming, but it feels less and less that I'm using gaming resources and just making my own decisions when it comes to games I want to play.