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  • Writer's pictureCraig Norris

FPS Games: A New Frontier for Journalism

Become an 8-bit war correspondent. (Bing Image Creator)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a war correspondent in a first-person-shooter video game? Here are some tips on how to act like one and make your gameplay more immersive and realistic.

  • Choose a game that has a realistic setting and a story-driven campaign. Some examples are Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Battlefield 1, or Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

  • Equip yourself with a camera (screen capture software is a choice - but not as immersive!), a microphone, and a notebook. You can use these items to document the events of the game and interview the characters you encounter. You can also use them to record your own commentary and analysis of the situation.

  • Follow the rules of journalism and ethics. Do not interfere with the combat or the story, do not take sides or favor any faction, do not fabricate or exaggerate facts, and do not harm or endanger yourself or others. Be respectful and objective at all times.

  • Share your work with others. You can upload your videos, audio recordings, and written reports to social media platforms, blogs, or websites. You can also create a podcast or a YouTube channel dedicated to your war correspondent role-play. You can interact with your audience and get feedback on your work.

By acting like a war correspondent in a first-person-shooter video game, you can experience the game from a different perspective and challenge yourself to be more creative and critical. You can also learn more about the history, politics, and culture of the game world and its conflicts. Try it out and see for yourself!

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