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Entertainment Media Council is building the world's first nonprofit media library that will preserve the rich history of video games.


Entertainment Media Council (EMC) and DEFY Media have partnered to create the world's first research database focused on full-text historical and current editorial content about video games, such as news, reviews, criticism, and other writings.

Our primary goal is simple: provide a singular point of access to the entire body of work published by video game journalists and other writers over the last four decades.

DEFY Media has joined Entertainment Media Council as a founding partner in furtherance of that goal. The Escapist, an award-winning video game lifestyle and culture magazine, is the first of many publications that will be available through our database.


An indexed, full-text database enables researchers to quickly search for and retrieve focused and relevant results. We believe that this research database will facilitate the work of a variety of users, including but not limited to:

  • journalists, whose deadlines leave little time to research how their subjects were covered in the past by not only their publications but others as well;
  • PR professionals, who are called upon to analyze past coverage to identify relevant publications, explore trends, and supplement existing monitoring programs;
  • scholars and academics, who must efficiently find and source authoritative information to support their research, arguments, and conclusions;
  • librarians, who want to provide their members with access to popular culture, especially the complete history of video game culture; and
  • business leaders, who must bolster their competitive intelligence collection efforts to navigate the rapidly evolving video game industry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why isn't web search good enough?

Web search engines index the world, or single websites. When you use web search, you retrieve many unfiltered results, including advertising, broken links, and malicious websites. To improve your chances at finding the information you want, you've probably found a way to block ads, access cached pages, or recover incomplete snapshots of defunct websites. There is significant overhead to using web search effectively.

Everyone who has used web search has experienced the coarseness of Internet search when a query returns up to billions of results. You might have narrowed those results with more keywords, or used an advanced search form. Yet, ultimately, the best results were on the first page, and in those results, you may have found nothing relevant. For many people, web search is an exercise in frustration. For professionals, there is a better way.

What are the advantages of using a research database?

A research database, sometimes called a library database, collects only the content you care about from specific publishers in a single place. That content is then curated by librarians who ensure that every piece of content is clearly described with metadata.

With a powerful full-text search engine whose capabilities extend far beyond simple boolean queries and statistical relevance rankings driven by keyword frequencies, you can find exactly what you want in a mere fraction of the time you'd spend searching the web. Whereas a web search would return a mixed bag of billions of results, a research database would return a handful to possibly a few hundred results tailored to your query.

Furthermore, research databases provide you with unique tools that facilitate and accelerate your work, such as corporate profiles, automatic citations, and the ability to easily explore bibliographies. Research databases take search to another level.

When will your database be available to members/subscribers?

Currently, we are in the process of working with media companies to license and prepare their content for inclusion in our database. We want to have a working prototype running within a year. If you are interested in subscribing, please send us an e-mail. You'll be among the first to know when we're ready to launch the service and the association.