In the early 2000s a peculiar thing happened to video games. The demographic of the average online gamer ceased to be male and 20-something, shifting instead to female and 40-something. That change was driven by games like Poker and Texas Hold-’em, and it was a change that has been happening since the first advent of computer Patience all those years ago.
One thing that hasn’t changed, however is the coverage of games in specialist websites and magazines. While players have been changing at an incredible rate, those media have maintained a relentless focus on the predominantly young, male market they’ve always known. Denying change is occurring may or may not be bad for business, but it’s most certainly bad for newer players, who find it hard to discover new titles they might enjoy.
The Truth About Games is a website for new gamers. It’s also a website for gamers who have grown up to the extent that they no longer have as much time as they used to, with more being taken up by work, family and living rather than sitting glued to a keyboard and mouse or joypad. They still play games, but not nearly as much as they used to.
Finding out about new games they may like turns into a baffling ordeal, trying to cut through the amazing volumes of verbiage to get to nuggets of information - is the game any good? Will I enjoy it? Is it available on Xbox? These questions are precisely the ones that The Truth About Games answers as accurately and swiftly as possible.
With carefully selected news stories and reviews that are often 80% smaller than those found on traditional games websites, The Truth About Games is the site for everyone else. Deliberately eschewing the tirades and rants so commonly found in games media, it adopts a more balanced and measured style that its founders hope will prove to be a refreshing change.
Truth About Games founder, Daniel Etherington commented, “There was a time when I was happy reading 800-word previews of obscure pre-alpha releases I might never get round to playing. Those days are gone and it’s a relief that The Truth About Games cuts to the chase - it only draws’ attention to things are immediately interesting without needing a grounding in software development or an active interest in tabletop fantasy games.”
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'.