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!
I just thought I'd take a moment to congratulate you all on a great week. We've posted reviews every day since at least April 24th and there's been some great content coming through the site from a nice mix of contributors.
I know that each review represents a shared experience that doesn't just happen because you played a game. It's the result of playing, thinking and finding a way to communicate effectively. I appreciate each of you who chose to share those experiences here at HonestGamers.
I know when the site re-design happened awhile back that some of you commented that you'd like to see me check in more often and keep you all in the loop as far as what's going on with me and the site. I like to let my activity speak for itself, but sometimes that's not enough so here's an update post.
So, VideoCritics is gone, replaced by... VideoCritics! You can find it here:
The new version of the site is, I feel, superior. It no longer has a bunch of index pages that will never actually be populated with information. As I discussed previously, the new site just has content that approved contributors actually post, along with the forums.
Ron Gilbert, the creator of Maniac Mansion, posts on Twitter. He recently gave a talk about Maniac Mansion and was talking about the talk on Twitter, so I took the opportunity to ask him about something I'd always sort of wondered about but never actively researched. He answered with a link:
My not-entirely-specific question was whether or not he had worked on the Jaleco version of Maniac Mansion that was published on the NES. He had not, but the article to which he linked me was written by the guy responsible for overseeing the conversion to that platform from the original PC version.
Okay, the comments in previous threads got my mind running and I've just spent the last couple of hours or so on what may be the start of a new design of the current site that keeps the current content but provides reviews with a more prominent focus throughout the site. I believe that this design implements a lot of the feedback that some of you have provided.
Alright, I think that everyone who wanted to say something has probably said something. The original topic has run its course, so here's a new topic wherein I respond to selected comments and questions from the original topic. This might go a bit long...
Know why I come here? Because I know when I post stuff here, it'll get a fair critique if it's due one. As long as that's true, I'll be here. (Fedule)
If a day comes when that's not true and there's little hope that it can be true again, I don't see a reason for HonestGamers to continue. I posted this topic because I see things headed slowly in that direction and I'd like to stop that.
What is the state of the HonestGamers site?
The answer to that question is different to each and every one of us, I believe, so you might argue that really there's no answer. I think we can do better than that, though.
I'm not here to say what I think the state of the site is. While I have some ideas of my own, what I'd really like is for some of you to tell me what you think of the state of the site.
My point is that if you have something to say about the state of the site, if you have concerns that you don't feel I or the other site staff are addressing, I want you to voice them either by HG Mail, in response to this post or somewhere else on the site or over AIM where you feel that you can be heard.