It wasn't until I applied for a Chinese visa that I truly grasped the absurdity in the term "video game journalist." Now, when you fill out a visa application, the Chinese consulate asks you whether you're a tourist, a businessman, or a journalist. For tourists and businessfolk, you get a rubber stamp and a "try not to pick up any prostitute diseases!" And for the record, Riot absolutely advised its media friends to tick the businessfolk box.
But me, I overthink it. I mean, I'm heading to this event, ostensibly in a journalistic capacity, as an employee of a media company, and the last thing I want is to misrepresent myself to the PRC and risk being detained in a cement compound five miles underground (possible!). So I check the journalist box, and go up to the visa officer when my number's called, and I'm suffocating the voice of reason as I hand over my paper work, and then:
"You are journalist?" "Sort of, I write about video games?" "OK, it says here you are journalist. I need signed affidavits of your activities while in China. I need this from you, from your company, from your sponsor in China. These documents must detail exactly your intentions and areas of coverage, and..." "Whoa no. No, no. Entertainer! Ha, ha! I write about video games. Nothing serious. For a magazine!" (A magazine? Really, Tom?) Never before had I so quickly repudiated my claim to the journalistic way, but whatever. I'm now businessfolk headed to China.