I think the best recent development in writing about video games is the rise of personal perspective. Games journalists/critics/whoever are finally being allowed to embrace their distinct voices, and discourse surrounding the medium is improving as a result. We're seeing a wider variety of opinions, and a greater understanding of how games affect us. To me, that information is more useful that knowing how good the graphics are on a scale of 1-10.
This is my first attempt at a personal essay on Hot Lavy. I don't think it's particularly effective, or even particularly personal, but I look forward to further exploring this style.