Whenever I mention to people that I write about video games professionally the immediate response is always "Oh, that must be so great!", followed by "You must receive a lot of free games," not much later. Some of them even think that journalists are at the top of the industry, but the reality is that its the complete opposite.
I personally consider video game journalism to be one of the most difficult forms of journalism to master, and that isn't just because I work in this industry. There is extra responsibility that comes with reporting on video games, and a lot of extra issues that aren't as prevalent in other sectors.