The lights are on
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Should reviewers have some knowledge of the history of what they're reviewing? Even just a little? Enough to know that, for example, graphics in an FPS have moved beyond the Doom 2 stage?
I don't know where the time goes. Every time I vow to spend a little more time on the site, circumstances come up that keep me away.
There have been some great changes made to the GI site recently. Some of them may not be *that* new (I admit, I've been very intermittent in my visits to the site recently), but they're new to me. Either I just noticed them, or I noticed them a short time ago but just haven't had the time to compliment the designers and mention them here.
The length of games has been an issue for gamers for many years now, with people coming down on both sides of it.
Today's blog is a bit of a mish-mash. I don't have one specific topic I want to blog long about, but I have a few short ones.
How important is our identity online? Is it just another aspect of our "real life" identity, and equally important?
Some of you may remember that I'm actually a transplanted American. I'm originally from Iowa but I now live up here in rainy Vancouver.
Gee, it's Friday, so the irritating Michael Pachter must have opened his mouth.
Playing games like Uncharted and Tomb Raider (or imagining playing, as I haven't played any of the latter), I often wonder as I'm jumping from ledge to ledge, trying to keep from that fatal plunge to my death 200 feet below: why is this here?
We all know why web sites and other fora have swear filters for their users. It's because it's a site for all ages, and we don't want little kids to be out there cursing like drunken sailors (sorry, Saint) because of something they picked up on our web site.
I've become very sporadic on my blogging here. I still enjoy it, but I seem stuck in a rut.Part of it is lack of time, or access to a computer for the period of time it takes to write a post, when I've actually thought of a topic. When I do decide that it's time I do one, I sometimes sit here staring at the screen, wondering what the hell I'm going to write about.When I first landed here on Game Informer, in May 2010 (has it really been less than a year?), I was looking for a place to put my video game thoughts, because readers of my regular blog didn't really care about video games. I wanted to talk about them, but why bother if nobody cares? So I was looking for an outlet. When I stumbled upon this site, and saw the user blog function here, I was in heaven.Saint inspired me with his daily blogs, all quality of one sort of another. I figured I could do the same thing.And I did for a while.Now I haven't been. And I have a bit of a new problem that's come along with the lack of regular blogging.When I do blog, is it going to be good? Thought-provoking? Will people read it and say "we've waited a week, or two weeks, for *that*?A cherished friend of mine wrote about this philosophy on her blog, and it's a post that I encourage everybody to read, especially bloggers. It's kind of long, but it's worth it.
Gamebeast had a great post this week about multiplayer gaming possibly making us more narcissistic. But I sometimes have to wonder.