I dislike video game reviews (especially the ones in the major Swedish gaming magazines). I find them to resemble politicians too much; they say a lot, but don’t really get anything said.
Game reviews (and their authors!) are often pretentious and try to be something they’re definitely not. I often find myself reading reviews, walking away not knowing that much about the game under review other than the feelings they stirred up in the author. Reviews should advice me what games to play next, not try to be poetry or discuss feminism in video games. I don’t have time for that. My time is valuable and I’m sure so is yours.
This blog is my attempt at creating short, straight to the point reviews (hence the name of the blog) without all the bollocks. If my reviews are too long or talky, please let me know and I shall better myself and be deeply, deeply ashamed of myself.
So, how do I think a game review should be? Well, first of all, I don’t care about a point scale because, honestly, the score 6 out of 10 means the same thing as 7 out of 10. The way I see it is, basically, you play a game, you decide whether it’s worth playing or not. Arbitrarily setting a score isn’t helping anyone. That’s why my reviews will have two scores: play or don’t play. That’s all you need to know, and that’s all I can say.
I also recognize that games have three different stages:
- First impression, where you form some kind of opinion on the game. Ugly? Pretty? Too easy? Too hard? Crap controls or smooth like butter?
- Somewhere in the middle of the game you usually have a different opinion than in the beginning. Often a game that in the first impression seems revolutionary or ground breaking can become dull very quickly, which you will have noticed at this point. The reverse is also true, of course.
- After finishing the game is the point where it’s really possible to give advice to others on staying away from, or playing, the game.
My reviews will be written during these three stages (although I might make exceptions in the beginning of this blog’s life, since I have a couple of games that I really want to recommend but have already passed the first two staged in).
.. and you are?
I’m a software developer. As such, I like specifications and dislike ambiguity. Maybe that’s why I don’t like most game reviews. Maybe that’s also the reason why I’m a minimalist, and why this blog is so simple (and ugly!).
The reason I’m using a WordPress blog, even though I could just as well code my own, is that I’m not sure how this experiment will turn out. If I end up writing lots of reviews and a least a few people appreciate it, maybe I’ll take the time of writing my own blog software for this purpose.
Obviously I enjoy playing video games. I’m not a fanboy of any platform, but at the moment I only play PS3 and some stuff on Android (because I don’t have a fancy Xbox or a PS4) as well as some retro stuff. In other words, that what I’ll be reviewing at first.