Week 12 – Project 1 Completed Summary and Evaluation

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Week 12 – Project 1 Completed Summary and Evaluation

Week 10 – Different Writing Styles – Broadsheet

Summary of role and responsibility of broadsheet journalism

Broadsheet publications are very more orientated towards a more intellectual based demographic. They therefore cover much harder hitting news and allow their audience to draw their own conclusions based on the facts and analysis provided. In general, broadsheet journalism exists to provide the public with information regarding stories that are much more high brow than that of tabloids, focusing much more on the political and world view of many stories.

In order to realise this responsibility broadsheets employ a series of different methods than tabloids. Firstly their is the use of intellectual language, there is a certain expectation that readers of broadsheets will understand more complicated language and will not be alienated by this. It is assumed that the demographic of a broadsheet is well read and educated and therefore will have no issue understanding the use of more formal language.

A broadsheet cover much more deep news with analysis on any issues surrounding that area. A broadsheet will go very much more in depth than a tabloid often being much longer and more detailed then that of a tabloid. Due to this the readers will often be expected to draw their own conclusions rather than have it explained to them. Broadsheets (arguable with the exception of the Financial Times) are normal relatively political in nature and have clear values that they associate with.

Overall they are much less flamboyant than tabloids, avoiding emotive language and focusing more on the facts rather than skewing opinion. In this manner they will express their views based on the facts and how they are presented

Comparison of tabloid and broadsheet coverage of same story

Mirror Guardian
Leads with figures Longer opening line, still leads with figures; factual with no emotive language
“to take on IS terrorists” Big money figures are in the top line unlike in the mirror where it is halfway down the article
Flamboyant with their point making Prioritising raw information which comes in larger chunk. Audience have longer attention span
Emphasis on active fighting – “fears grow” True paragraphs
Added own spin but backed it up with direct quote Uses full quotes to back up information
Very active vocabulary “fear” “fastest” “take on” Links to previous stories much earlier in the article, much more aware of  the other all narrative and knows its audience being well read
Very short paragraph More expansive with its information/more thorough
Very emotive language Provides specifics (BAE aircraft, classes of aircrafts)
“Fastest ever” x2 in first 200 words Sentences come in paragraphs. 2 sentences per paragraph
“Paras”- assuming knowledge of audience due to either their use of the word or simply because it is in the readers natural lexicon Very thorough explanations of information, backing up with a minimum of 2 subsequent points/facts
“Smashing” “blowing up” – very provocative language Narrative travels from soldiers to relating it to other stories and creating a discussion.
“IEDs” – assuming knowledge again Doesn’t explain the meaning of quotes and lets readers decide for themselves
Uses previous stories in explanation citing French troops repelling “al Qaeda mobs storming Bamako in Mali in 2013” as well as link to vote on Syria bombing to give context to events and how it forms a narrative with these other stories as well as being a part of a future narrative; building awareness of the overall issue Oscillates between broadening the context to then analyse a particular point
Backing up assertions with credible sources Emphasis on explanation and analysis rather than to simply inform
Lead with a big statement but later on in the article clarify Deeper level of information without any provocative language or judgment
Language which labels people, unafraid to judge “pacifist Jeremy Corbyn” Has a higher level of respect for its audience in its omission of bias towards the story to allow audience to create their own opinion.
Repetition of important statements to form an agenda
Ends on an anti-Cameron note

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/nov/23/cameron-to-announce-new-strike-brigades-in-strategic-defence-reviewhttp://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/britain-dedicate-10000-elite-troops-6881581

The Guardian style broadsheet article

Jeremy Corbyn has been outspoken regarding recent claims from the shadow defence secretary Maria Eagle backing the head of the armed forces in terms of criticising the leader of the Labour party’s platform relating to trident.

Corbyn’s views on trident have caused a rather large divide in the labour party, with some members of the shadow cabinet telling The Guardian earlier in the month that they believe he has not remained open-minded in regards to Trident.

Corbyn, who made his views on Trident very clear during his first conference speech in September, has stated that such disputes must not be had publically when addressing his weekly shadow cabinet meeting following the statement.

The four Vanguard class submarines, which make up the UK’s nuclear deterrent, are each armed with Trident 2 D5 nuclear missiles. The steam powered submarines use reactors which convert water to steam to drive their engines and generate electricity, currently cost the UK 6% of its annual defence budget.

Corbyn has made his views on the matter very clear that to replace the Trident programme would be a poor use of the military budget. Stating during his speech in September “I don’t believe that £100bn spent on a new generation of nuclear weapons taking up a quarter of our defence budget is the right way forward.”

Comparison of different broadsheet newspapers

Telegraph – The daily telegraph presents itself in a much more factual manner, very little sensationalist language. Focuses quite heavily on stories relating to Conversatives. Has a more high brow format in terms of very little imagry and focuses on relaying information and is clearly aimed at middle to upper class, with a clear slant towards the right wing.

Times – Has a very sober version of the more sensationalist stories presented in tabloids. Focuses very much on the facts and does not capitalise its headlines in order to garner attention and is very heavy in regards to writing with the front pages often being text in majority. As with the Telegraph is right wing.

Guardian – Focuses much more on families and people and security. Has a clear political allignment to the left and is very much focused on being socially conscious with a learn towards art and culture.

Independent – The independent is very much a liberal publication with a high level of social consciousness. As with the Guardian assosciates itself with Labour and is fairly defensive. The Idependent is visually identifyable due to its title being across the side of the page with a very tidy layout. The publication is very socially aware and has a slightly younger audience when compared with other broadsheet publications. The i a subsidiary of the Independent is the only major mainstream newspaper based publication aimed at students.

Financial Times – The Financial Times is the only publication which is printed on pink paper. The stories are presented with an air of military right wing but stays relatively neutral with a slight lean towards the right. Mainly includes buisness stories and has brief summaries. The publication is clearly aimed at those on the go to be read quickly to gain as much information as quickly as possible.

Sources

Typical guardian article relating to Jeremy Corbyn:

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/nov/23/jeremy-corbyn-has-what-it-takes-to-be-pm-says-ed-miliband

Article relating to mirror’s views on Corbyn:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jeremy-corbyn-more-tune-british-6638047#

Positive views on Corbyn, would be sympathetic towards his views on trident prioritise how Corybn’s views could affect the party, much more analytical

What is trident: http://www.cnduk.org/images/stories/trident_QA.pdf

http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/the-equipment/submarines/vanguard-ballistic

 

What are Corbyn’s views on trident: http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/621139/Jeremy-Corbyn-Islamic-State-Bristol-speech-Paris-terror-attacks-UN-resolution

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/612791/Labour-leader-Jeremy-Corbyn-Trident-Campaign-for-Nuclear-Disarmament

 

Week 10 – Different Writing Styles – Broadsheet

Week 10 -Different writing Styles – Tabloids

Summary of role and responsibility of tabloid journalism

Tabloids exist to present stories to the general public in a simplistic fashion that is not overly analytical or explanatory. In order to do this it employs several different methods.

Tabloids, in general, are sensationalist in nature using a lot of emotive language trying to invoke a response from the reader. This is usually in response to the opinion of the target audience, trying to reflect the views of the reader. Most of the stories covered are populist, trying to appeal to their specified demographic in terms of the articles featured.

A tabloid publication will use simplified plain speaking vocabulary in order to make the stories accessible. This again is to emulate the lexicon of the general public and not alienate any of its audience by using too intellectual language.

A tabloid is usually related to gossip and celebrity culture news, with a heavy lean on visual aspects to draw attention. Many tabloids employ a lot of colour and eye catching images to draw a reader in.

Tabloids cover stories in a much less analytical way than that of broadsheets or compacts. The stories usually involve pointing out what is having and giving some explanation without any analysis.

Comparison of tabloid and broadsheet coverage of the same story

Mirror Guardian
Leads with figures Longer opening line, still leads with figures; factual with no emotive language
“to take on IS terrorists” Big money figures are in the top line unlike in the mirror where it is halfway down the article
Flamboyant with their point making Prioritising raw information which comes in larger chunk. Audience have longer attention span
Emphasis on active fighting – “fears grow” True paragraphs
Added own spin but backed it up with direct quote Uses full quotes to back up information
Very active vocabulary “fear” “fastest” “take on” Links to previous stories much earlier in the article, much more aware of  the other all narrative and knows its audience being well read
Very short paragraph More expansive with its information/more thorough
Very emotive language Provides specifics (BAE aircraft, classes of aircrafts)
“Fastest ever” x2 in first 200 words Sentences come in paragraphs. 2 sentences per paragraph
“Paras”- assuming knowledge of audience due to either their use of the word or simply because it is in the readers natural lexicon Very thorough explanations of information, backing up with a minimum of 2 subsequent points/facts
“Smashing” “blowing up” – very provocative language Narrative travels from soldiers to relating it to other stories and creating a discussion.
“IEDs” – assuming knowledge again Doesn’t explain the meaning of quotes and lets readers decide for themselves
Uses previous stories in explanation citing French troops repelling “al Qaeda mobs storming Bamako in Mali in 2013” as well as link to vote on Syria bombing to give context to events and how it forms a narrative with these other stories as well as being a part of a future narrative; building awareness of the overall issue Oscillates between broadening the context to then analyse a particular point
Backing up assertions with credible sources Emphasis on explanation and analysis rather than to simply inform
Lead with a big statement but later on in the article clarify Deeper level of information without any provocative language or judgment
Language which labels people, unafraid to judge “pacifist Jeremy Corbyn” Has a higher level of respect for its audience in its omission of bias towards the story to allow audience to create their own opinion.
Repetition of important statements to form an agenda
Ends on an anti-Cameron note

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/nov/23/cameron-to-announce-new-strike-brigades-in-strategic-defence-reviewhttp://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/britain-dedicate-10000-elite-troops-6881581

The Mirror Style Tabloid Article

Jeremy Corbyn has been “attacked mercilessly” in the recent months for not supporting Trident.

He has stated many times that he vows not to back down on his views on scraping the nuclear deterrent.

During his explosive speech back in September Corbyn said “I don’t believe that £100bn spent on a new generation of nuclear weapons taking up to a quarter of our defence budget is the right way forward.”

Mr Corbyn has been defiant against the rebels in his party who blocked a bid about renewing the Trident nuclear weapons program.

Trident currently costs the UK around 6% of its annual defence budget, which has been confirmed by the Ministry of Defence.

The government have stated that a replacement would cost between £15bn-£20bn.

Greenpeace, an environmental campaign group claims this will cost at least £34bn.

In a survey carried out by The Mirror Online in September a monumental 75% of people said Britain should scrap the nuclear deterrent.

Maria Eagle, the shadow defence secretary, is currently leading a review on a method of “strong, modern effective protection for the people of Britain”, Corbyn has said.

Mrs Eagle has been known to speak out against Mr Corbyn in the past most recently, saying his comment regarding not pressing the nuclear button if he is elected PM as unhelpful.

Comparison of different tabloids

The two major tabloid publications are The Sun and The Daily Mirror.

The Sun has a slightly right political orientation but does tend to change based around general public opinion. Comparatively The Mirror is a left wing publication who side themselves with Labour in terms of values and views.

The Sun is very sensationalist in nature with very emotive headlines (often vilifying a specific group such as terrorists). There is a heavy lean towards sport and more working class interest stories, with a clear male demographic. The front page of a typical Sun publication shows often some form of sexual oriented imagery based around a particularly popular celebrity.

The Daily Mirror is fairly similar in the respect that it is also lends itself to the use of over the top language and working class specific stories. It does tend to avoid harder news and focus more on celebrity culture but does tend to cover political based stories with a heavy slant towards Labour views. Again, as with the sun bases itself around using a lot of imagery in order to draw the attention of its audience.

 

Week 10 -Different writing Styles – Tabloids

Week 7 – News Diary

What is the story?

A man was arrested in Canary Wharf due to being dressed as a character from the film Captain American 2: The Winter Soldier. The police were called due to the man holding what appeared to be a shot gun. The man was arrested but later turned out the shotgun was an Airsoft gun and he was dressed up for a film and comic convention happening on the Saturday.

Why is it newsworthy?

There has recently been coverage on various different conventions both in the UK and American with MCM London having happened several weeks ago. This story shows how on edge people have been recently due to recent coverage in the news on terrorism and extremist organisations. One man commented saying he feared the man who was arrested due to how he was dressed due to how he thought he resembled a terrorist. There has been a recent surge of news coverage on “nerd culture” and popular cultural figures in mainstream media. Many news outlets covered San Diego comicon especially online outlets. The story is relatively humourous and the fact that there was what many would consider an over reaction. The story opens itself up to a discussion about why are people so edge, and why is there such a social divide between people that people do not understand the concept of dressing up as a popular television or movie character.

What are the different perspectives and why?

This story has a lot of varying perspectives and angles. The major one that a lot of people are sharing is that of it being a relatively comedic story. This is due to a big misunderstanding of the general public not understanding so called ‘nerd culture’ where dressing up like ones favourite character is fairly common place at a convention.

As stated above there is also the angle of peoples reaction’s to seeing this man, with one man stated he thought the man was dressed like a terrorist. This can be linked to the almost hyper sensitivity of people in recent months due to the refugee crisis as well as the emergence of ISIS.

There is also the viewpoint of the locals and what they think about this whole situation, and how they reacted. Did they think the amount of police was necessary, and did the situation warrant the level of caution provided? And was the arrest of the man in question even justified, and if so what laws did he break exactly that meant that carrying an air soft replica gun warranted arrest.

How does the style/presentation of facts suit the audience?

The story tends to push the facts that people were worried and relate it well to locals, rather than initially stating that the man was in fact just ‘cosplaying’ a character from a popular movie. The story is presented in how police responded to the incident, whereas many other news platforms (especially from games and nerd culture publishers and online video coverage) would more than likely find this farcical. It seems much more orientated around people being on edge of it being a possible terror scare in order to make it more relevant with recent news stories.

Sources

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/moment-armed-police-arrest-red-6788212

What is the story?

On Thursday evening protesters marched anonymously wearing masks in London. The Million Mask March, organised by Anonymous to protest austerity measures and inequality they believed is caused by the government, took place in Trafalgar Square. Many demonstrators set of fireworks and the there were many reported incidents of violence with 3 police officers and 6 horses injured.

Why is it newsworthy?

Due to it being a large scale march occurring in the capital many people have heard about the story. Also due to some peoples more radical actions many are condemning the entire protest. Many articles are focusing purely on the radical minority rather than those who are more peaceful. With it being on such a large scale, many people were protesting different particular causes, many linked with the recent election of a Tory government. This story has linked quite heavily into peoples disapproval of the government’s more recent policies. Many of the public (especially those who live in London) remember the London riots from a few years ago which also supposedly started out by purely being a peaceful march.

What are the different perspectives and why?

There are many different perspectives to take into account due to have large a demonstration this event was. There is the perspective of the large police present during the march and how they reacted to the more radical situations which has been heavily emphasised in some publications. Due to the large scale there were several radical members of the public who did cause issue during the protest, leading to a few incidents were police and their horses were injured.

There is also the perspective of the police being too heavy handed with many of the protesters due to being on edge by the large scale. This links in closely with the perspective of those who are using the demonstration to protest in peace and those who are merely just joining in for no other reason that wanting to be a part of it.

How does the style/presentation of facts suit the audience?

The presentation of the facts and the emphasis on certain information drastically changes the relevance of the audience. There are two main ways this story is being portrayed, one being condemnation of the actions of the minority of radicals and the condemning the reactions of police against non radicals.

For example the telegraph presents a minority of people almost as the face of the march by leading their article with a group who threw fireworks at police and the fact that 3 police officers were injured along with 6 horses. They centre the article purely around negative aspects of the demonstration in order to condemn it to appeal to their news outlet’s primary demographic who will likewise condemn the event.

Another good example is the way the facts are portrayed by the Uni Lad facebook page who made a video talking to more peaceful protesters and their experiences of the march. This attempts to despell the negative views people had been sharing about the march. Again this positive view is related due to their demographic being a lot younger and by extension, due to the generational gap, much more liberal in terms of their views.

Sources

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11975183/Million-Mask-March-Anonymous-protesters-hurl-fireworks-at-police-in-London-live.html

What is the story?

The massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) game World of Warcraft has hit it’s lowest subscriber count in recent years of 5.5 million players. This is down 100,000 players since the company Blizzard last stated there subscription numbers. Many are using this to discuss whether there is soon going to be a paradigm shift in the way MMO’s do their payment model, instead going free to play and earning money through micro transactions rather than through a subscription service.

Why is it newsworthy?

There has been a lot of discussion recently regarding whether MMO’s have a place in the modern games market due to the cost of running and sustaining the large games. WoW has been a giant in the industry for over 10 years and the company Blizzard is a massive power in terms of games development. The fact that their most well known and respected game is having a big dip in subscriptions has opened up a discussion on whether the “age of MMO’s is over”.There can a greater level of discussion from an economical sense and relate it to various other forms of media such as the print industry. The concept of a subscription service is becoming outdated and the monitisation of many items is going down the freeium (more for less) pay model.

What are the different perspectives and why?

There are several different perspectives to consider in this story. Firstly there is the angle of how does this affect the industry and the games company, blizzard – who are a large staple in the gaming community. By extension of this you can bring forward discussion relating to whether the subscription model of monitising a game is still viable, which can again lead to a discussion about younger generations being used to acquiring more for less. This industry viewpoint can then be expanded upon and applied to other areas such as online video and music and new mentality of ‘On Demand culture’ where people have access to a large amount of media for free on demand.

Obviously there is the viewpoint of the company and whether they intend to push to regain these subscribers or whether they will see this as the start of the end of the game’s life cycle, especially when considering the cost of running a game as large as an MMO in terms of server costs.

The viewpoint of players are going to clearly be considered including those who have recently canceled their subscription and why and, in the same vein, why are people remaining subscribed.

How does the style/presentation of facts suit the audience?

In terms of presentation not much is known about the story other than the fact numbers are lower than they have been in a while and this is the last time in the near future Blizzard will be making these numbers public. Therefore the facts are presented briefly before using it as a springboard for discussion on other topics such as those previously mentioned above.

Sources

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjBJLXmVeGE – Warcraft story

http://bit.ly/1PaoDWe
http://l.gamespot.com/1RvQ0rm
http://bit.ly/1Mgm9Qe

Week 7 – News Diary

Half Term News Diary

Arkham Knight re-released on PC sales platform Steam

Summary

The newest game in the Batman Arkham series was re-released on the PC sales platform steam. The game was initially taken off the games site due to it being nonfunctional in most cases back in June. On October 28th 2015 the PC version of the game was once again made available to buy and download for Steam users.

However despite the game being relaunched it hasn’t fixed all the issues. Many players are still experiencing problems with the game’s functionality. The publisher of the game, Warner Bros, released a statement on steam suggestion possible fixes. These were unfortunately quite basic and still did not fix many of the problems for players. The advice given for people with Windows 7 players was relatively basic, in regards to the hard-drive paging issues. The statement suggested players who have “extended play sessions” using Windows 7 computers may experience the problem but it can be fixed by simply re launching the game.

Warner Bros also suggestion to Windows 10 players that they should have “at least 12GB of system RAM” to allow the game to play smoother. However, 12GB of RAM would provide a smoother experience for almost every game on the market, and is therefore fairly redundant.

The relaunch of the game on steam is being sold with free copies of the previous Arkham games if ordered before 16th November.

Why is it newsworthy?

This story is newsworthy as it is a follow up story for something that was very big in the games industry in June. This story comes at a time when a lot of PC games are being put out in an unfinished and unplayable state. There has been a lot of backlash from the PC gaming community regarding it and this story in June was something that sparked a lot of discussion relating to the quality of PC games being put on the market in terms of there state of functionality.

Also Batman Arkham Knight was by far one of the biggest summer releases. Many fans were anticipating this game with DC even publishing a, still running, comic series to help promote the game. Batman is socially at the height of its popularity as a brand and so the game was bought by many who were disappointed in June. This story, discussing the relaunch and fans disappointment to the still not entirely functional game allows to open up another discussion about Steam and developers accountability in producing a reliable service.

What are the different perspectives and why?

The main perspective of this story is from that of the consumer. Many people who bought the game and had it refunded in June may have felt betrayed by the developers and Steam. An update on the story will likely interest these people and because they may wish to take another look at the game now it has been relaunched.

There is also the perspective of the developers from having relaunched the game and the fact that it took them several months to recreate and fix the issues which begs the question of why didn’t they release the game later in this state?

Finally there is the perspective of Steam who initially took the game off their store due to the game not being functional.

How does the style/presentation of facts suit the audience?

In every source and article relating to games journalism the articles are relatively brief. The consumer is likely not interested enough in the story to read a long feature piece relating to the ethics of the games industry, however, can spare a couple of minutes to get an update and insight into the re release of a game they may enjoy. The style in most of the sources is very colloquial and friendly with the consumer to allow for them to enjoy reading the story, with a much more characterised element rather than the reporter being removed from the situation they will express their views along with the facts. This suits the audience as the gamer market in general is a much younger demographic who are more suited towards this style of media, especially pertaining to videos.

Sources

http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/28/batman-arkham-knight-steam-pc-problems/

http://steamcommunity.com/games/208650/announcements/detail/128710596358926236?2

Nintendo set to release first ever mobile game

Summary

Nintendo debuted their first mobile game on October 29th 2015. The game was developed partially by new Nintendo partner DeNA co and is expected to be released by spring 2016. They have also announced that there are four other mobiles titles from the two development companies by March 2017.

The mobile game is less a standard game and more of a social app called Miitomo. Which is essentially a mii channel, a featured included in the Wii and Wii U systems, for phones. The app allows the ‘player’ to create an avatar and communicate with other users.

Why is it newsworthy?

The game is a first for the company who have only focused on creating games for their own systems prior to this. Nintendo have often been criticised as a company for not embracing newer ideas in terms of their development platform always being centred around their consoles. This newest development shows that Nintendo are now taking a new direction into a completely different market, which opens up a lot of possibilities. This is relevant also due to the recent announcement of the mobile app “Pokemon Go”, another Nintendo property.  It  was a fairly unexpected development and shows signs that the company are likely going to be taking steps forward into the newer forms of games development.

What are the different perspectives and why?

The perspectives for this story are mainly again of consumers, developers and Nintendo. Firstly there is the perspective of those who are likely to use the application because this story is angled towards this demographic as it is something that is not necessarily relevant to the general public.

Another perspective is that of those creating the game in terms of what the app will do in terms of functionality and will the game be successful with the intended audience. This is a different platform than Nintendo are used to working with and so this perspective is at the forefront of this story.

Then there is the perspective of Nintendo in general. This is clearly a newer format for their games and how this will affect their future business practice is definitely something to be considered.

How does the style/presentation of facts suit the audience?

Again with the story it is relatively short in nature. The story states facts clearly and in a concise manner. The video outlining the news is a good example of using humour and personality to help appeal to the target demographic. YouTube as a platform has a much younger demographic than most media outlets, with it ranging usually between 13-17 or 18-24 on most channels. As Nintendo is often thought of a family orientated games developer who create games for a younger demographic (while still having a large older fan base) covering this story in a YouTube video is a good way to appeal to the target demographic of the story. However, there is also a more business oriented angle of the story which appeals to a older demographic through the presentation of facts and discussion around Nintendo’s future business practice.

Sources

http://www.wsj.com/articles/nintendo-profit-rebounds-in-april-september-1446018067

http://www.polygon.com/2015/10/28/9626896/nintendo-mobile-game-release-date-nintendo-direct-return

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Disappointing Sales Figures

The launch sales for the newest assassin’s Creed game have been been disappointing for the franchise, with the second lowest week one sales compared with all other games in the series. This was the only other game in the series to not be developed by Ubisoft Montreal; created instead by Ubisoft Quebec. Some are linking the fall in sales due to the poor performance of last years installment Assassin’s Creed Unity due to it having a lot of bugs.

The game however did well in the UK game charts coming in at number one above the latest installment of Fifa and Rockband live.

Why is it newsworthy?

This relates quite similarly to the Batman Arkham Knight story. As many are attributing the fall in sales of the newest Assassin’s Creed game to feeling spurned by last years release, Assassin’s Creed Unity, coming out in an unfit to play state. Many are expecting this is causing people to become uninterested in the franchise. There is also the fact that Assassin’s Creed has been releasing games for the series on a yearly basis for the last few years and this could be a sign of gamers becoming fatigued by the franchise. But the main focus as to why this story in newsworthy is that it has under performed in its launch week despite it being known as a popular franchise. This could be a sign of the brand losing it’s significance in the market or could be players not wishing to buy this game after the previous titles issues. There has been a lot of discussion relating to the topic of games being released in unfit states and the poor sales figures for this game show the effect it can have on a developers future titles.

What are the different perspectives and why?

As with the previous stories this again mainly focuses on the consumer, however there is also the perspective from an industry standpoint.

Assassin’s Creed has been a popular games franchise for many years and so obviously this story will appeal to those who are fans of the game, as it could be used to argue the whether the series has a future with sales figures dropping. Following on from that from an industry standpoint it brings up the question as to whether there is a shift in what buyers want and what caused this game’s sale figures to be so much lower than expected.

How does the style/presentation of facts suit the audience?

The presentation of facts mainly focuses around the one simple fact; that the game sold poorly. This is the centrepiece of the story, and every other aspect of the story is entirely structured around this. Essentially this fact opens up a discussion as to why this happened and allows for speculation on the story. The audience is again likely to be those who are consumers and this discussion allows for them to be brought into the story, in terms of why they haven’t bought the game and what is the possible repercussions for the franchises future taking this into account. The audience are effectively those who are interested in the series or those who are interested in the industry and how this relates to other stories in the same stem as this which is emulated well in the style and presentation used for this story in how is fully centred around one major point.

Sources

http://www.psu.com/news/28469/Assassins-Creed-Syndicate-has-the-worst-launch-sales-of-any-major-game-in-the-series?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+PlayStationUniverse+(Latest+PlayStation+News+-+PSU.com)

Half Term News Diary