I knew at an early age that I wanted to make a career out of writing about games, and now I have. You'll find most of my stuff right here on HonestGamers, of course, but don't be surprised if my name pops up elsewhere. Living out my dream keeps me very busy, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
It's something I'm considering.
I'm thinking it might be time to adjust how we rate games. We have had the 1-10 scale since the site's inception. Initially, it allowed for decimals. So you would see scores like 7.3 or whatever. A number of years ago, we did away with the decimals and only allowed whole numbers.Now, I'm thinking we would go to a five-star system, so you would see a little image of five stars next to one another, with a one-word description to the right, like so:***** = Terrible***** = Poor***** = Unremarkable***** = Good***** = AwesomeIt would look a bit prettier than that, maybe, but you get the idea.
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Gurmin is another terrific action-RPG from Nihon Falcom, the studio known for its work on Ys and Legend of Heroes, among other classics. In North America, you can enjoy it on PSP and now on Steam, as well.
When we learned that Gurumin was finally coming to Steam, we reached out to see about obtaining a review key. That initial contact led to the opportunity to send some questions along to Toshihiro Kondo, president at Nihon Falcom. I had some questions ready to go, but I knew how closely zigfried has followed the company for years and I figured he was the perfect guy to come up with a bunch of others besides... which he did!
It went well. But what a tiring day!
My wife had surgery yesterday, to remove a tumor just below and behind her right earlobe. We paid previously to have a cat scan done, which didn't tell the doctors whether or not the tumor is benign or cancerous. So it had to come out.
There wasn't a doctor here in town who felt up to the task, so we had to drive to Albany. Yesterday was our second trip because of the surgery, with the first visit being a consultation with the surgeon. We showed up an hour early, because we weren't sure we would find the hospital without issue... but we did thanks to the Google Maps app in my phone. They were happy that we showed up early and wheeled my wife right in for prep. Then, several hours later, they finally operated.
No, I haven't completely given up on putting together a lot of great NES review coverage on the site...
So, I'm still thinking about working to ensure that additional NES game reviews are posted on the site. You may remember that a few years back, I was paying freelancers and staff for NES game reviews. That project resulted in something like 100 new game reviews being added to the site for (mostly) standout NES titles that were released in North America. However, there are most of 600 games still remaining that staff/freelancers haven't reviewed.
A brief-ish explanation of an addition to the site.
I had resisted it, but today I added system listings on the site for iOS and Android.
The last few years have seen remarkable growth in mobile gaming, to the point where it no longer makes sense to ignore it completely, even if the bulk of mobile games are just crappy clones of one another. You could argue that a lot of console games these days commit that same offense, and I probably wouldn't even think you were nuts.
We previously had iPhone/iPad listings on the site, but they weren't supported all that heavily and I removed them. I don't recall ever having Android listings.
There are actually more reasons to write here than you might have realized. Allow me to enumerate...
Consider this post not only a thrilling Top 10 list (don't you just love those?), but also an invitation to write here at HonestGamers. If you already contribute, you know most or all of what I'm going to say. If this is your first visit to the site, though, or if you haven't been around in a long while, or if you've just never had time for an in-depth look at the site and what it offers, I hope you'll keep reading.
I've given it some thought, and here's what I think we can expect from Nintendo these next 2+ years...
One of the neat things about Nintendo is that the company still likes to try and surprise its fans--hopefully to their resulting delight--and that hasn't changed in the more than 25 years I've been playing the company's games. Because Nintendo isn't afraid to be unpredictable from time to time, and because at other times it plays things ridiculously safe, I have a lot of fun imagining what steps the company might take next. Today, I thought it would be fun to share some of my own predictions--and the reasoning behind them--so I can look back later and see how ludicrously wrong I was (or gloat if I happen to be right).
So, here's how I think things will go with Nintendo games and hardware through the end of 2017 or so...