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Thursday, May 19, 2005

gamejournos in itjourno

I've founded a new org that aims to spur the growth of gaming journalism in the Philippines, and ITJourno Asia, the subscription-only site for Asian tech journalists, came out with a feature on the Asian Gaming Journalists Association (Gamejournos) today.

You'll be hearing more about AGJA/Gamejournos, and of course we'll be covering the UGotGame Pro game development competition and expo this Saturday, May 21, at Greenbelt 1 Expo Exchange. The expo will start at 11 a.m. You wouldn't want to miss the game demos from our Filipino game developers; the open beta copy of the country's first 3D fighting game for the PC, Away Agila, the preview of Level Up!'s R.O.S.E. Online Philippines, which will launch its free open beta stage on June 2; and of course, the cosplay.

Ranulf Goss, chairperson of the Manila chapter of the International Game Developers Association, also invited us to talk about AGJA/Gamejournos, so you might catch our slot at around 4 p.m.

Here's the article that came out in ITJourno Asia:

Media News

(Updated) Hacks create first Asian gaming writers league

By Tan Lili
19/05/2005 10:35:00 AM

A slew of Filipino gaming journalists have come together to create the Asian Gaming Journalists Association, aimed at creating recognition for gaming as a legitimate news beat, and at fostering outstanding and original Asian gaming journalism.

The association, otherwise known as Gamejournos, was founded by three Philippines-based gaming writers, said co-founder Joey Alarilla, co-editor of gaming site and Infotech columnist at

"My co-founders are Erwin Oliva and Alex Villafania, our Hackenslash reporters, and we also owe a lot to Leo Magno, my Hackenslash co-editor and the guy who created our Hackenslash gaming news site in the first place," Alarilla told ITJourno.

The aim of the organisation is, simply, "to devote more coverage to gaming in its own right – as an industry and as an emerging lifestyle,” Alarilla said.

“Gaming has been around for years, but it’s only fairly recently that it has become more mainstream, and I figured we should do all we can to accelerate that process and get more people to understand the different aspects of gaming.”

Gamejournos boasts an impressive startup of twenty-two members, including Jing Garcia of Speed/Manila Standard, Edwin Sallan of Manila Bulletin, Joel Pinaroc of Manila Times, Geoffrey Ramos and Lawrence Casiraya of ComputerWorld Philippines, Emir Samonte of Stuff Philippines, Jason Moll of Speed, Ed Geronia and Vince Coscoluella of GamesMaster, and Caroline Pajaron and Myron Mariano of Men's Health.

Joel Tan and Badong Reyes of Cebu Daily News, columnist Don Heraña, and freelance journalists Luna Cruz, Titus Abola, Erick Garayblas and Aiza Tancinco are also part of the group.

Gamejournos is so new it has not yet held a meeting - its first is slated for May 31 - but Alarilla already wants to go regional.

“I know convergence is an overused word, but with AGJA/Gamejournos we hope to bring together the different people who cover the gaming industry and write game reviews, whether they normally would have been classified as IT, lifestyle, entertainment or business journalists," Alarilla said.

“For pragmatic reasons, we're of course first trying to organise the different gaming journalists in the Philippines, but we hope that gaming journalists all over Asia will also join us in this exciting adventure and help accelerate the growth of gaming journalism across the region.”

Despite the burgeoning growth of gaming in Asia, Alarilla felt that Asian gaming journalists have yet to fully seize the opportunities before them, and go full throttle on the gaming beat.

“I appreciate great content from US and other Western gaming publications, but at the end of the day as an Asian gamer I would like to know what's happening in Asia, and to read stories tailored to my own experiences," Alarilla said.

“I know it's difficult to write original stories specific to our local gaming markets, particularly since many of us are multitasking as IT journalists or covering other beats.

“At some point, however, different Asian publications will get serious about gaming, devoting the necessary manpower and budget to covering this beat.”

The first Gamejournos meeting will be held on May 31 at Extreme Gaming Grounds in Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila, the Philippines, from 8pm to 2am. To find out more and join the mailing list, contact Alarilla at

See you at UGotGame Pro.

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