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!
Just so you know, I only need to post another 30 reviews and I will have 600 of my reviews live on this site at once. I've posted that many over the years, but in the early days some of my content sucked and was written from memory after not playing certain games for years, so I have long since removed those reviews. When I hit 600 this time, it'll be something special.
Not so very long ago, I remember talking to Masters on AIM and I was around 35 or 40 reviews from hitting 500 reviews. It seemed like such an impossible number to me, and each new review was like pulling teeth at the time. Now, here I am in a similar situation as I approach 600 reviews. I don't know why big numbers like that psych me out, but they do and always have.
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.