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To review or not to review that is the question?

Posted on 8/1/2013 by with 7 comments


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.


7 responses to To review or not to review that is the question?

  1. On August 1st, 2013 at 3:33 pm , JohnHeatz said...

    Awesome article! I don’t have lots of spare time to get myself into reviewing a lot of games, plus I don’t have the money to be buying the latest games in order to review them, but I do reviews every once and then, and I say just the truth about them. As I write because I love to do so, I am not earning absolutely nothing for writing -sadly, lol- so I don’t have to go on the wrong path and say something’s awesome just for money (nor would I do that for the money, because as a gamer, I respect gamers)

  2. On August 1st, 2013 at 4:45 pm , Chris said...

    Thanks John.

    I wish I had more time to do more reviews. I try to do one every couple weeks, because I really want to get into to be fair before I pass judgement on it.
    Thanks for visiting.

  3. On August 1st, 2013 at 5:05 pm , MasterX25 said...

    My bad gaming habit which makes writing reviews very difficult is that when I start playing a MMO, I stop playing everything else. This makes writing reviews for games near impossible until I’m bored with the MMO.

    On the bright side, lots of FFXIV: ARR post incoming.

  4. On August 1st, 2013 at 6:10 pm , Chris said...

    Yeah MMO’s can take a big chunk of time out your gaming time. I try to do a MMO review over a few weeks time, so I can get some regular gaming in too.


  5. On August 2nd, 2013 at 9:52 am , Elie said...

    Thank you very much for sharing your insights. It truly seems like a fun experience to write a review. I am willing to give “game reviewing” a shot too. It is too bad that game reviewing sites have become so biased sometimes that it really makes you question their authenticity.

  6. On August 2nd, 2013 at 11:18 am , HoolieCal said...

    Awesome Article I really like how you express your passion for games and for writing. And let me tell you being able to write a bunch of paragraphs and that they make sense in the end without making it seem you wrote the same idea just with different words ain’t easy!!

    Game reviews is all about you wanting to share your thoughts on a particular game or games and I think you have a great way to do that!!

    Keep up the great writing (>’ ‘)>

  7. On August 2nd, 2013 at 2:27 pm , Chris said...

    Thanks A lot HoolieCal!

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