At the height of their power in the late 1990s, the specialist games magazines could make or break your game.
Controlling the flow of information between the game makers and consumers, they had a monopoly on what was hot and what was not.
The internet changed all that, of course.
Since then, the rise of each new information format - blogs, Facebook, video, Twitter etc - has further fragmented the communication layer between gamers and game makers.
So are professional game journalists now irrelevant or just increasingly irrelevant ?
At Pocket Gamer Connects London 2015, we organised some professional game journalists to find out.
- Alysia Judge, news editor, PocketGamer.biz
- Peter Willington, editor, AppSpy
- Keith Stuart, games editor, The Guardian
- Jordan Erica Webber, freelance
- Chris Higgins, reporter, Red Bull eSports
You can see all our Pocket Gamer Connects London 2015 footage here.