Screen Play (blog)

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Screen Play
Web address http://blogs.theage.com.au/screenplay/
Type of site Videogame Industry & Culture
Owner Fairfax Media Limited
Created by Jason Hill
Launched 2006

Screen Play is an Australian videogame culture blog, written by journalist James "DexX" Dominguez, and founded by Jason Hill, for the Fairfax Media newspapers The Age (Melbourne), The Sydney Morning Herald, The Brisbane Times and WA Today. The latter two online newspapers began[1] mirroring the blog on 26 June 2009.

Screen Play was launched[2] on 5 May 2006.

In an initial post, Mr Hill wrote that the blog would:

"...provide lively and entertaining coverage of the burgeoning games industry... a place where you can debate and share your thoughts on this exciting new medium. And hopefully, have plenty of fun."

Recurring stories/issues[edit]

Some of the issues that Screen Play has revisited on a regular basis include:

  • Australia's videogame ratings system[3] - advocating the introduction of an R18+ classification
  • Australia's changing gaming demographics[4]

Your Turn[edit]

In March 2008, Screen Play launched[5] Your Turn, an initiative to encourage the blog's visitors to contribute their own essays on videogame culture. Another incentive to would-be writers was a monthly prize of a Sony PlayStation 3, the current prize for contributors is a PlayStation Vita.

Your Turn winning essays have included themes such as "passing videogaming onto your children",[6] "how to game when you've hurt one arm"[7] & an intensive investigation comparing Australia's game pricing to pricing in other territories.[8]

Two Player Mode[edit]

In March 2009, Screen Play launched[9] Two Player Mode, an inter-blog debate feature. Each month, a gaming issue is debated between Jason Hill (Screen Play) and David Wildgoose (Kotaku Australia). The debate is mirrored across both blogs.

Split Screen[edit]

In June 2009, Screen Play announced[10] that "Your Turn" contributor James "DexX" Dominguez would be writing a new weekly column, titled "Split Screen". James was described as "one of the Screen Play community's brightest stars" with an "astonishing reservoir of gaming and pop culture".[11] Mr Dominguez is the first[12] Screen Play reader to have been promoted to a regular writing role on the blog. James "DexX" Dominguez took over managing and writing for Screen Play in October 2012, writing Tuesdays through to Fridays.

Game Taco[edit]

In March 2010, four of Screen Play's most prolific contributors launched[13] their own gaming podcast, called Game Taco.[14] James “DexX” Dominguez, Mark “Mr Ak” Johnson, Tim “Wall” Saitta and Steve “Smoolander” Smoothy discuss gaming issues, and interview guests[15] involved in many aspects of videogames. This podcast ended in early 2013 as the contributors faced conflicting priorities.

Critical response[edit]

Jason Hill was awarded "Best Gaming Journalist" in the 2006 Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards [16]

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