When I was a kid, the idea of going to school to become a video game journalist, designer, or…well, video game anything was just plain preposterous.
But times have changed, and the New York University Game Center has added another fantastic program to their growing list of interactive entertainment options: a Master of Fine Arts program for "Game Design."
It'll be available next fall and faculty members will include guys like Eric Zimmerman and Frank Lantz. This two-year program will let students focus on everything from game design to programming to – wait for it – "game criticism." Therefore, it's very possible to get your Masters with an emphasis towards being a reviewer. As the site says:
"A student with this focus will be well-prepared to become a game journalist or critic, a theorist or researcher, or a scholar or historian."
Theorists? Historians? Scholars? …what world am I in? Oh, that's right, a cool one. Anyway, this program wants to educate the interested in a multitude of disciplines, and that seems to include both the technical and the more recently popular journalism aspect of the industry.
I keep hoping this industry will end up with more real journalists; those trained in college, or at least those who have plenty of experience in the industry. My degree is in psychology and not journalism, but I did stuff for multiple newspapers and magazines before going this route. …it seems that not enough of our reporters did any such thing, which means we still lack legitimacy in the eyes of other similar professions.
So by all means, NYU, keep it up!