To review or not to review that is the question?
A friend of mine, I’ll just call him “The Procrastinator”, asked me the other day, how I choose what games I review for the site? Then proceeded without letting me answer the question, said that of all the things to write about reviewing game has to be one of the worst job in the gaming industry. Then before I could answer the question I got question #1 again. How do you even pick a game for review?
So I figured I would explain my process on game reviews for everyone to see.
How I choose what games I review for the site?
First and foremost I choose and everyone that reviews games on Beer and Joysticks picks whatever they want to review. For me a lot of times I look around at what is popular and I take it from there. I also take suggestions and tips from the readers.
Choosing a game for me is and easy part of reviewing a game, but then again I love writing about games.
Is reviewing games the worst job in the gaming industry?
I’m not sure how to answer that, I’m sure there are a lot of people who don’t like to write so this isn’t a good job for them. And then again for the writer this is a great job, if they like to game.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are parts of writing a game review that are a little hair-raising. For me I always try to get the story right about a game and something that can be hard especially if you’re reviewing a foreign game. Those stories always tend to be confusing as heck.
I also like to point out the clear game mechanics if possible and sometimes that can hard to do so people can understand what you really mean.
I think being a game reviewer does have its complications but is very fun and entertaining way to spend time when I’m not gaming. For me the only rule is to have a notebook or tablet handy so you can take notes as you play.
The next thing that makes being a game reviewer hard is a lot of publications and websites lean on their reviewers, because the game there reviewing is also paying for advertising. To me that is complete BS, I always tell you how I feel from the heart. Some other site and publications have little or no ethics when it comes to reviews. If you want to call them reviews. That has to be the worst job in gaming industry.
Yes I agree there are some games that are very hard to review, I won’t mention any names right now. Being a game reviewer is a lot of fun and is something wish I had more time to write more, but I limit the amount of review s that I write so that when I do they are decent quality. We also never tell a reviewer what to say in a review, ever!
Hopefully this all makes sense to our readers and thanks for supporting us. If you have a questions don’t hesitate to ask us anything.
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