Review Philosophy: “Evolving” reviews

May 26, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I’m going to do a slight format change that will hopefully encourage me to post more reviews.  I’m not a big fan of writing in the traditional review style where you play a game to completion and write a retrospective/post-mortem to sum up your thoughts and make a recommendation.  The main problem is that I don’t have much of an attention span with the games I play.  I’m usually playing several at a time and I jump around a lot.  Sometimes I’ll even start a game then let it sit for months before going back and playing it further.

So instead of forcing my play-style to change so that I can write more reviews, I’m going to tailor my review-style to my play-style.  I’m going to start writing what I’m calling “Evolving” reviews.  If I sit down and play through a quarter of a game, I’m going to post my impressions of that first quarter then slowly add to the review over time as I complete more of it.  So I’ll post the first part of the review, then if I get back into the game a week, month, or even a year later, I’ll add more thoughts on the additional parts I’ve played.

So, over time, a post will ultimately culminate in a complete review but will allow the reader to follow along as I play the game further.  This will even allow me to go back to games and reviews I’ve already completed and add additional thoughts on a second or third playthrough.

Hopefully, this will make the site a little more dynamic and fluid and keep it from going through long periods of stagnation.  Stay tuned!

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My name is Tim. I live in Chicago, IL. I'm a retro gamer.


2 Responses to “Review Philosophy: “Evolving” reviews”
  1. Wow you’re still alive! Good to see your site back up and rolling, man. I really thought you might have ‘burned out’ there for a while, though part of me too was assuming this was just one of those website lulls a webmaster is liable to fall into from time to time.

    Anyway, everyone has their own way of doing things and they oughta do whatever works best for them. Hope to see you stick around.

  2. Tim says:

    Nah, posting here isn’t rigorous enough to truly burn out… It was more of a lack of inspiration, I suppose. Despite playing a lot of games in the time I wasn’t posting, I wasn’t finishing any. I spent some time with Air Zonk, some time with Dracula X, some time with all those Master System games, some time with Punch Out, but not enough with any one game to give it a full review. So, that’s when it hit me that I should change my approach. I think this will suit me a lot better.

    Good to see you’re still checking in!

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