Starting out as a small time reviewer and FAQ author on GameFAQs, my writing has been even more tilted toward the old school than my gaming. I enjoy games of many eras, but I always found it more compelling to write for something that hasn't been done extensively already, which often ruled out the more modern games I played as I tend to run at least a couple of years behind the facts. My Honestgamers catalogue was initially just copying over much of my old GameFAQs work, and then for a time dual submitting to both sites. But over 2015 I posted my first HG exclusives, with hopefully more to follow.
10 reviews submitted over 2009. 8 of them are just ported over from GameFAQs, sometimes with minor updates, sometimes not, but it makes it look like I've been doing something. Two new pieces written, both this week. It remains to be seen if this is only the beginning, or both the beginning and the end. But I think there's a few more reviews rolling around in the back of my head, and I'd better get them out before they find the keys to the liquor cabinet.
My imminent contribution for MOTO2 is still spinning around in my head despite my best intentions to commit it to paper. In the end I just closed my eyes and let cosmic energy guide my fingers on the keyboard, and when I opened my eyes again I'd reviewed Mana Khemia instead. Oh well.
After bloomer inquired why my old review for Sword of Sodan (dates back all the way to 2001) never found its way to HG, I figured I might as well bring it over. In doing so I've corrected a few typos and style issues. I have deliberately not touched the content, although I was tempted. I figure in 2001 I gave my opinion the best I could, and if I update this one, I risk wanting to update ALL of them and that's a neverending cycle I don't want to get into. I'd rather spend that time writing something new.
So in mostly unaltered state, here's Sword of Sodan for your perusal and possibly even nostalgia. Watch out for pits.
Updated my review for Neptune's Daughters, leaving the content untouched (if I'd change that, soon I'd start secondguessing myself on all my old reviews) but cleaning it up some. The "good points/bad points" bit at the end that I used to do back then has been removed to avoid redundant redundancy, an instance of 'practically' that should have been 'pragmatically' has been corrected, and I got rid completely of the first person plural style of narration that annoys me nowadays. "We" don't go through a level, either I did or you are going to. "We" is appropriate only to cops ("what do we think we're doing?") and nurses ("did we sleep well?"). And queens, I suppose.
But it's already hideously addictive. Or addicting. Or whichever. (I was once told one is British English and the other American but who knows. As a foreigner I tend to mix my styles anyway.) I find that since I need 40 energy to do my preferred job, I'm logging in every 40 minutes a lot more than I should, and sometimes even more frequently just to see if I can bash anybody's skull in at this time. That's become rarer with new targeting restrictions introduced the 14th, but given the low number of players it's still surprisingly frequent. It seems that everybody else is playing as actively as I am.
We need more fresh blood though. Now where to get it...
GameFAQs and Honestgamers both list review hits, but what GameFAQs has so far failed to do is allow me to do something as simple as sorting the reviews by number of hits (nor can I easily copy the hits table to Excel to do it there). Honestgamers sorts on hits by default, which gets a special and usually pointless gear in my brain spinning and is inexplicably pleasurable to me.
I derive far too much fun from seeing my most recent review for Fatal Frame slowly claw its way past the bottom of my review list, outpacing other recent additions like Impossible Mission and Phoenix Wright, apparently purely on account of being a more prolific game (as the review is not necessarily superior, and besides, a reader would only find that out after having generated the hit).
Now I'm just a guy with a Notepad window open and no words in it, because the six or seven opening sentences I've tried for my latest piece have all been backspaced out again. You'd think that having done this more than 60 times before, I'd be able to come up with...something. Anything. As long as it doesn't sound horribly cheesy and actually leads in what I want to say, rather than force me away from it.