Key Moments When Writing a Game Review
In the ongoing # Gamergate consumer revolt, more often than not the topic of game reviews has come up as well. Many gamers have taken to Twitter and other forms of social networks to voice their opinions on what they feel is poor and often dishonest game reviews. Many complaints about games have been around for years but the problem seems to have increased in recent months. Some people think that the attacks on game reviews are because those reviewing video games are not unbiased; they are ” Journalists” who are trying to promote a certain game and its developers. This could be true, but that doesn’t justify why people get angry at game reviews and the media for covering it.
There are a few things that a game reviewer can do that will help them prove themselves not to be a journalist. The first is to be upfront with their bias. No one wants a game informer trying to give them a good score. The second is to be very transparent when discussing the gaming industry and all of its problems, even when they are positive. This is because many gamers may associate a bad review with a bad game, and if the reviewer has a bias then the whole story is tainted in their eyes and this hurts the credibility of the gaming industry as a whole.
The third key moment that a gamer needs to consider when writing a game review, is to remember to use examples. It is a common mistake for a reviewer to focus on a single element of a game to explain why it is good or bad. While the element is important, it is the ability to tie the key moments together and explain how the player will react that really sells the narrative. This is why I recommend that you use examples whenever possible, even when talking about “important key moments” in a game. This makes an opinion or analysis stand apart from the rest and makes it easier to get a response from your readers because you were able to use examples.