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!
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.
So, I just got back from watching "Unknown" at the local theater. I enjoyed it. On the way to the theater and then on the way home, I had an idea. It goes like this:
I rework Videocritics.net so that it is a lot like Gameroni, only the focus is movie reviews. That's all we ever post. There are forums for gossip, for Oscar predictions and such, but the main site itself is strictly for movie reviews.
We post around 12 reviews a month, approximately three per week, maybe more during a busy season and less during a slow season. As we grow and revenue makes it worthwhile, maybe we add a few writers and maybe someday we cover nearly everything that hits theaters each month. Or maybe that day never comes. It might not.
A few nights ago, I was browsing online (as I am known to do) and I saw ads for online degrees in web design. This interested me, so I clicked to request more information. Now, a few days later, I find myself enrolled in an online university and taking the first classes on my way to an Associate's degree in that field.
When the second volume of "Toradora!" finally reached my apartment just recently, I tore into the packaging, tossed aside the deluxe episode guide that comes with the limited edition for just a moment and stuck in the first of the two discs. YOu'd think I'd just brought home the latest blockbuster video game or something, to look at me.
I doubt anyone would guess that "Toradora!" would appeal to me. My wife calls it my "cartoon soap opera" because she prefers anime with swords and sorcery or possibly big explosions. There's none of that masculine sort of thing in "Toradora!" and she dismisses it for that reason.