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Title: It's hard.
Posted: June 20, 2009 (01:09 AM)
Writing reviews that is, not whatever you had in mind.
A few weeks ago I wrote an 11,000 word piece examining the business model of The Southwestern Company and its consequences. It was the biggest piece of writing I had ever done. It was also the first piece of extracurricular writing I have done since the last review I submitted to HG, which was in 2005, before I started college.
When I first started writing reviews on GameFAQs at 15 or 16 years of age, I was basically a machine. I could simply take a game and more or less without stopping put everything I had to say about it down on paper (or on the screen really) and post it as a review. Those reviews probably weren't very good, but the writing process was so much simpler and easier back then.
As I received feedback from ROTD's I began to learn more and obsess more about writing well. One comment in particular stuck with me: Denouemont gave a review I wrote for Skies of Arcadia an honorable mention, but remarked that the writing did not flow well. At the time it was a concept beyond my skills and understanding, and even today I feel it escapes me to a degree. I was directed to NT220's review of Lufia for a seminal example. Man was that guy good, and I'm pretty sure he wasn't even a native English speaker.
I ended up taking a pretty long break from reviewing, and extracurricular writing in general, because the process became too hard with perfectionist obsession. Four years have passed, mostly with school, drinking, and other appropriate activities for my demographic. In a year I will graduate with a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.
I've come back to reviewing with an older, wiser head, assuming I haven't killed too many brain cells with mind-altering substances. I have a greater respect for the writing process, and a greater sense of humility for where I stand as a writer. It can be both too inspiring and too disheartening to look at a review like King Broccoli's review of FFX and think, "Man, I want to write like that."
The perfectionist tendencies haven't gone away entirely. But more so than four years ago, I'm sometimes able and willing to just put down ideas, even if I don't think I have them worded perfectly yet.
I think that's a good (re)start.
Posted: October 12, 2007 (12:20 AM)
So I just bought a 15th Anniversary Edition Street Fighter Arcade Stick to play Tekken, Street Fighter 3, CvS2 and Guilty Gear with. It's in good condition. But man, trying to start playing these games on a stick feels like learning the games all over again.
Posted: June 06, 2007 (07:31 PM)
My Divine Sealing review has 666 hits.
Title: For Zigfried
Posted: May 23, 2007 (09:17 PM)
Title: Something I noticed
Posted: May 10, 2007 (12:35 AM)
My roommate leaves his used condoms in the trash can in our room. Pretty disgusting, cuz, you know, I would never want to be near anything that was inside his girlfriend.
Title: Lost my phone
Posted: February 17, 2007 (03:27 PM)
Title: I am a stupid motherfucker!
Posted: January 07, 2006 (07:07 PM)
English 45A: Literature in English through Milton - C+
Astronomy C10: Introduction to General Astronomy - C+
Political Science 2: Introduction to Comparative Politics - C
Near Eastern Studies 24: Literature in Islam - A
On an unrelated note, I just finished playing Homeworld, and I have to say that it's been a long time since I've played a game as incredible as that. I'd say it also has the best video game name ever.
Posted: November 18, 2005 (09:39 PM)
I got a D+ on my English midterm. Please shoot me.
Posted: October 30, 2005 (12:57 PM)
God I was so fucked up last night. Still trying to figure out how I made it back to the dorm.
Title: I am fucked.
Posted: October 23, 2005 (10:30 PM)
I am fucked.
I could be doing something to help the fact that I'm fucked but blogging is far more interesting than reading Middle English texts. I have an English midterm in twelve hours in an English class where the majority of the shit we read isn't even in fucking English. Thank you University of California at Berkeley. I spent about four hours last night fucking translating a miniscule portion (about 200 lines) of the stuff I'm being tested on -- translating in a fucking English class! Meanwhile, it seems Middle English authors and orators always dealt with an audience of fucking retards. I drew this conclusion from the fact that they always seem to feel the need to convey their messages by saying everything thrice:
Men will often hear and tell -- of the battle of the king
And of knights that were hardy -- that much is true
They will need to hear -- tales of such things
Hardy battles he may hear -- of apostles and martyrs
That hardy knights were -- that stood in battle with the king
This is my punishment for choosing to be an English major. Fortunately, English classes can only get better after completing the class on literature from Beowulf to Milton, since the rest of them will actually be in fucking English. At least Chaucer will be ridiculously easy by the time I get to that.
It's easy to get wound up about this shit. For the first time in my life I actually have to worry about the possibility of failing classes -- that fact that it's a possibility is new and unfamiliar. Clearly I'm not smoking enough fucking pot.
I took a bit of a break from the four hours of academic bullshit by playing some of Metal Gear Solid 2, a game that's engrossing and retarded all at once. It's so much fun choking guards to death or hiding from them by jumping over a rail and hanging from a ledge. The physics and the incredible enemy AI makes it so believable -- that is, until it stupidly breaks from its seamless world with moments like these:
Colonel: Raiden, if you want to activate the node, walk up to it and press the ACTION BUTTON.
At which point, Raiden stupidly repeats: "Uh huh, I see. So if I want to activate the node, I walk up to it and press the ACTION BUTTON?"
That sure is a testament to Hideo Kojima's brilliance.
I think I'm just about done for now. I spent the summer trying to get over the biggest crush of my life and then she started IMing over the past two months, and she's got all this stupid fucking sappy romantic bullshit in her profile.
God, I'm just not smoking enough fucking pot.