I love video games.
If you didn’t know that then you need some glasses… and maybe we need to go out for a beer one night and discuss things. You’re buying. I also enjoy beer.
Video games are my zone, but I’ve learned that there are several different zones to explore- News writing, rumors, opinionated blurbs, and the monstrous task of intricately reviewing the top video game titles.
Reviewing is hard. Writing is hard enough; you can read all about that here, but adding the hours of play time plus the organization of a review and blending the piece with just enough factual information with informative opinions… it can get tedious. But there is also no better feeling than to finish that never-ending review of a game you didn’t really want to play in the first place. Video game reviewing isn’t like other forms of writing.
I was sent to a showing of Hangover III as a reviewer. Movie reviewing is fun even when you don’t really get into the film. Number one: I’m not a huge comedy fan. Number two: I’ve never really enjoyed the other Hangover films. And number three: … Well I had popcorn so I can’t complain too much. But movies, to me, are simple. Maybe that’s the intense story-lover in me or even the long-lost student that enjoyed film studies in high school way too much. Or maybe it’s just the fact that I don’t have to spend 10+ hours watching a movie in order to review it.
There’s a psychotic part of me that really wants to review a game like Mass Effect, piling hours upon hours of play time and note-taking. However if it was actually a Mass Effect game that I was reviewing, my final draft would look like this:
Mass Effect: Review
My brain would probably be mush after all of that. But to do this as a career, to become a “Roger Ebert” of video games, would be painfully amazing. Emphasis on painful. I think most people jump into this thinking, “Hey, I get free games and I just have to write about them!” And maybe that is actually how some people work through the… work of reviewing. But to me, it’s a challenge. Hey, I get free games to review and it’s hard! The competition is fierce. You have to learn to be one of the first to release a quality review that most people will simply skim through.
All of those hours and sleepless nights end up becoming about 30 seconds of someone else’s time. I hate it, and I love it, and damn it just give me more games! That’s what passion is, right? That world of convoluted feelings that sometimes make you look like a maniac, and makes people wonder why you even do what you do. I could write something else, sure. I could easily print off an article about the latest celebrity with a poodle or that one moment when the Biebs decided to spit on babies.
But video games rule. And this post has completely transformed into a wild rant. Other writers, interject your own thoughts!