|Spin Magazine is reviewing 1,500 albums on its Twitter feed.|
What do you think? Will the magazine's plan impact video game criticism? Is video game criticism meaningful in 140 characters or less?
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On the other hand, Spin can't afford to take this experiment lightly. Like those found in poetry, every word in its review Tweets matters. Scratch that - every character matters. Every character should, in some way, illuminate the subject of said Tweet, conveying tone, verdict and anything else that offers a clear opinion. Take this micro-review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, highlighted in a contest sponsored by The Telegraph: @DaxHalo: "It's the near future, they can replace all your limbs with more functional ones, but they can't make the escalators work."
Unfortunately, not all reviews will shine. The sad truth is that Spin's micro-reviews will fail on some level, just like every other review, and eventually they will become old hat, perhaps as typical as a five-paragraph essay.
And what comes after this Twitter experiment? It's an exciting question to which I don't have clear answers. What is clear, though, is the notion that music criticism, like video game criticism, isn't dying - it's just changing, like it always does.