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!
You've seen all of the hard work that I've been doing lately on the site (or maybe not), and you may be wondering why I thought this was so important that I chose to spend all of my spare time working on it for the last 5 days or so. The answer? SEO.
According to stats, around 69% of traffic to the site comes from search engines, with most of that coming from Google and Yahoo! (we get some from Bing, too). If we average around 2000 unique daily visitors, that works out to around 1400 visits a day that are owed to Google, while most of the rest come from either GameRankings, a few forums or people just tying the address into their window. So, the goal here is to turn 1400 into something more like... maybe several times that, in time.
I'm curious about something. Suppose for a second that going forward, games will no longer have either innovation or refinement. They'll have one for the rest of time, but not the other.
In the first case, you wouldn't see any new genres but you would see ambitious attempts to push current genres to new heights of excellence. You would see old ideas combined in some interesting ways, probably with better production values than in the past, but that would be it.
After reading my Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 review, Lewis asked what I as a person thought about the "No Russian" mission. If you haven't played through the game, you should stop reading at this point. In my review, I describe the nature of the mission early in the game and discuss much of what provides its shock value. You can read that if you're curious about a good overview, but I tried to avoid the most significant spoilers. Here, I will do no such thing. You have been warned.
Wow, Modern Warfare 2 is intense! I just finished the single-player campaign, with my time weighing in at just under 7 hours, and I have to say that Infinity Ward really has managed to bring the intensity. The first Modern Warfare had its moments, but not like you'll find here. Whether or not that makes for a better game this time around is of course a matter of opinion. I expect that people will debate it for a long time to come.
If you're interested in Atlus games, check out my quickie preview for Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble, which Atlus demonstrated for me awhile back. It took me awhile to find time to write this up, but I'm pretty happy with the result:
I'm not convinced that the game will be some sort of marvel like Demon's Souls was. The two aren't really in the same league. But this new game should be good for brawler fans. Not much of anyone else, really, but that's okay. Brawler fans need love too and this looks like it could fit the bill.
I haven't been able to spend as much time directly on the HonestGamers site over this last week as I would have liked, and unfortunately that won't change much over the next 2 to 3 weeks or so. Here's why:
1) I'm working on the Demon's Souls guide for another outlet. It pays teh bills, plus I'm loving the game and having reasonable success in creating a fantastic guide. I also will get a review out of the whole deal (a review that will appear exclusively on HonestGamers shortly after the game's launch).
I made two purchases recently and I felt bad doing it when I'm trying to put away money to pay off debts, but at the same time I consider them necessary. They are:
1) External hard drive. I now have a 320GB hard drive that was on super sale where I work (so I got a discount on top of that, too). It's a Toshiba brand and it was necessary because my laptop had gotten to the point where I couldn't even browse the Internet for long without the temporary files filling up the last bit of my hard drive. Not a good way to operate, methinks. Plus I couldn't back up the site's image and guide files because I had no room. Now I do and that intolerable condition can stop.