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February 23, 2010

For someone who wants to be a games journalist, it seems pretty weird that doing interviews scares the crap out of me. Doing interviews is something you pretty much do at every event to get more out of the day than just playing the game. Why do I fear them so much? I don’t know. I’ve been very lucky where I have pretty much been in group interviews since I started this gig.

Tomorrow will be the first time I have to do a full on one to one interview for Splinter Cell: Conviction. Now this not only proves a challenge to me as it’ll be my first one but also is because I’ve already seen the game, so much has already been asked already and I am going to really struggling thinking of something original and interesting to ask. I’m still a rookie at this!

What is more frustrating is that nearly everyone I talk to about it has no issue pulling out really good questions and writes up a fantastic interview. It leaves me feeling a bit worse for wear. Why don’t I have the confidence to do it?

So yeah. I’m sat here thinking of what I can ask about Splinter Cell’s multiplayer. Hmmmmmm….

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  1. February 23, 2010 10:54 pm

    Interviews scare me too but I’m sure you know and many will tell you that by the time you’ve asked the first question, it’s simples =]

  2. February 23, 2010 11:00 pm

    Ask questions based on your experiences with the game. There must be some elements you’d like to know more about.

    Also, bear in mind your readers don’t necessarily know what you do, so you can always ask questions you’d know the answer to but that your readers might not be aware of.

    Below is a link to an interview I did of a game I’d already completed. Hopefully it might just give you a few ideas.

    (And don’t worry – I get nervous about interviews, too. We all do. Particularly when it’s someone like Miyamoto!)

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/video-games/7166893/Silent-Hill-Shattered-Memories-developer-interview.html

  3. February 23, 2010 11:20 pm

    Eat a decent meal before the interview, an empty stomach really get the jitters going. Write down a few general questions (don’t go too specific, as the best questions will come as on the stop responses).

    Oh, and don’t be afraid to geek out a bit. Makes it much more like a casual conversation and less like a death sentence.

    My first one-on-one was with one of my video game idols (talk about really nerve racking!) and somehow I got through it without becoming a geeky puddle on the floor.

  4. February 24, 2010 4:49 am

    The best interviews I’ve had are ones where they seem to ask questions based on previous questions, rather than just clearly going through a list of questions. Saying that probably doesn’t help you much though. :\

    Good luck! Looking forward to reading the result! 😀

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