WIP Article Discussion Jul 20, 2006 14:35:55 GMT -5
Post by Discoalucard on Jul 20, 2006 14:35:55 GMT -5
reyvgm said:Kurt don't you think you should make some kind of rules or guidelines as to what the articles should be about and what kind of images and music they should have?
I mean, I'm sure everyone if gonna do fine SO FAR, but what about in the future when more people start contributing stuff?
Yeah I've been thinking about doing this. For the most part, I don't have any problems with the quality of writing contributed thus far, I'd mostly prefer that people supply screenshots, because it takes a lot of work to get some of them. Still, a lot of this are my own standards - for more recent games, I don't like using press images and prefer to use actual screenshots, but I don't expect people to have a video capture card.
I've seen a couple or articles where I could tell the person didn't really play the game much, others didn't even play the game to the finish and others didn't play the game at all.
Some games you just have to beat to end up liking them, how are you gonna find out about that if you never actually beat the game?
This becomes in issue of time constraints though. There's a lot of games I've written about here that I haven't beaten (mostly RPGs - not beating any other type game is kinda lazy) - but then again, that's not entirely the point of the website. It's to give a general overview of the game in question, without going in to too much depth as to be off putting. As much as I would love to sit around and play video games all day, there's that whole real world thing that interferes, and I think if everyone had to play every game to completion, nothind would get done. I think this applies to other writers as well. There's a fine line you have to draw in cases like these.
For instance, my writing style is to give the most important facts about the game, along with some impressions about the graphics/music/gameplay/etc. It's usually pretty brief but that's just the way I write.
I think some writers may not know about minor differences between versions or regional differences because they're not aware of them. I know enough Japanese to plow through games, but again, I don't expect people to have that same kind of devotion. Or expect them to own multiple copies of the same game across different platforms. I can't think of too many times where this has come up (except that Space Channel 5 one.)
I'm starting to see the box art region differences diminish with each article and the game descriptions are starting to be a little less than espectacular.
No offense to the writers, but I won't mention names.
Admittedtly, most of the box art stuff are things I search out myself - and it mostly depends on what I can find on Google Image Search, unless I can find something myself. I usually only tend to do it when necessary - like, there are several different boxes for the King of Fighters games, but given the format of the site, they would've taken space away from the screenshots, which I felt were more important.