Technology and Video Games journalist and consultant. I am a BAFTA member, event host and games judge. My work has appeared in Wired, The Independent and The Telegraph, and I regularly comment for outlets such as CNN, Yahoo! and The Metro. Prior to this, I launched the technology website CNET and the video games website GameSpot in the UK. Under my editorship, GameSpot UK became the biggest dedicated video game website in the UK, with 3.1m unique users per month.
Guy Cocker is a games journalist of 15 years' experience including editing GameSpot UK and Stuff Magazine. He has helped video game publishers including Electronic Arts, Activision and Sony by consulting on their in-development products and giving insights on how they are viewed by journalists and the media at large. This session will reveal some of the common issues faced by developers/publishers when communicating with journalists, insights on the prejudices and pressures journalists bring to the reviewing process, and specific methods the games industry can use to make sure their games are well received by the press.
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Develop is the must-attend event for the games industry in the UK. It’s where we all come together and learn from each other. It’s the best way into the industry and it’s the best place to learn from your colleagues.
There really is a huge mix of people at Develop - loads of peers that you can learn from and the perfect blend of every element of game development as well.
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