This blog is going to change. Up until now, inbetween my unreadable essays and moments of satire I’ve bulked out the blog with so-called reviews. I even went back and retroactively renamed my “impressions” posts to “mini-review” posts, in the hopes of attracting more views. Why? Because nobody searches for “*random game* impressions” except weirdos! The norms are all out there searching for reviews. Norms out there are looking for a definitive statement about a videogame and not some vague wishy-washy impressions that you just made up on the fly. Those have no official status! Reviews have the power and authority to give life and taketh away – just look at Metacritic, GameRankings and Rotten Tomatoes. Perhaps I’m overstating the importance of the review here. But there’s a whole, massive, traditional branch of the gaming media devoted to it. And news, reviews, previews, impressions, are all essential fruits that grow on this particular branch of videogame coverage.
So I think it’s about time I took better advantage of this blog as a way out of talking about games in those categories. I was only writing in that mode in the first place because it’s the only way I know how, it’s all I’ve ever been exposed to since I was a child reading Amiga, then PC, then N64 magazines. Sure, right now I can handle writing one-off “features” that look at different aspects of games, but what is the daily bread and butter of this here blog that bulks out the racial politics in Aladdin and Ocarina of Time or the invented Call of Duty parody in which you play as a rabbit? It was the review, but as for what shall replace it I’m not 100% decided.
What I do know is that I want to talk about games in a separate language to a review, so that I’m not simply explaining what any given game is about in order to justify either recommending or not recommending it. The recommendation question can still come into play, of course, because no one can deny that recommendations are important. Plus, as a nerd, there is nothing better than the idea of convincing someone to think the same way you do. But whereas a review puts the recommendation question right at the centre of the conversation, I’d be more happy to see it pushed to one side, and deferred to the post-script, or the comments section.
In conclusion then I don’t know exactly what will follow. Perhaps I’ll write with a greater emphasis on individual aspects or sections of games, or describe more personal experiences with games… basically, some way of breaking the limitations of a review and doing something a bit different.
If I’m not going to mix things up, then what is the benefit of writing for a blog over traditional media sites like IGN and Gamespot? “Well duh, this blog has a massive advantage over IGN and Gamespot because you write for this blog, and you don’t write for those other sites, hence why they mean nothing to me”. You’re much too kind, readers! I don’t know what to say, thank you. I- I- I’m welling up. But I won’t cry, I’m better than that. All power trips aside, apologies for the crap post. Back soon.