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Topic: So I reviewed New Super Mario Bros Wii for this site called Game Observer...looking for some advice

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Bankai

21. Posted:

Ramandus wrote:

Oh my gosh WaltzElf... this isn't a speech about health care for Obama to read...

but I'm glad he enjoyed your feedback since I would want detailed feedback if I wrote something...

I edit other's writing for a living. That up there took exactly no effort whatsoever.

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Sean_Aaron

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I thought it was quite readable and said what it needed to say. There's grammar issues that just need a decent editor (person, not writing program) to sort out, but otherwise I have no major complaints, people reading the review will probably know what a Mario platformer is and will want to know what's new, which you seemed to cover. I didn't find your writing style awkward and I personally have no problem with reviewers using "I" in the review even if it's not something we do at NL.

The review is your opinion, but you do need to watch that you're not letting your possible dislike of a game genre or art style colour things overmuch -- that's the biggest challenge in a review. Good luck!

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Sean+Aaron wrote:

I thought it was quite readable and said what it needed to say. There's grammar issues that just need a decent editor (person, not writing program) to sort out, but otherwise I have no major complaints, people reading the review will probably know what a Mario platformer is and will want to know what's new, which you seemed to cover. I didn't find your writing style awkward and I personally have no problem with reviewers using "I" in the review even if it's not something we do at NL.

The review is your opinion, but you do need to watch that you're not letting your possible dislike of a game genre or art style colour things overmuch -- that's the biggest challenge in a review . Good luck!

Did I do that in my review?

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Ramandus

24. Posted:

He is giving you future advice. If you hate RPGs, you have to put that hatred aside and give each game a fair shot. Or if a game looks like shovelware, put that pre-judgement aside and just try out the game and be objective.

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Ramandus wrote:

He is giving you future advice. If you hate RPGs, you have to put that hatred aside and give each game a fair shot. Or if a game looks like shovelware, put that pre-judgement aside and just try out the game and be objective.

Gotcha. That's good advice. Probably easier said than done, though.

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26. Posted:

Kid_A wrote:

Gotcha. That's good advice. Probably easier said than done, though.

True. But if you're going to do it a lot then you'll face it at some point.

Here's an example of someone who did a really crap job of it. That review is simply appalling, the 1st 1/3rd of the review is all about trying to find balance and then he fails to utterly because his measure for evaluating it is solely based upon the "game-like" aspects of the software. Should EA Sports Active get a 2 for the same reason? What about a karaoke program? Does sticking a numeric score on a song "performance" make Guitar Hero more of a game? Is Just Dance less fun (I've never played it, but I can see how it could be amusing; Namco's Happy Happy Dance Collection in Japan is the same idea and looks amusing) because it lacks a score or button presses?

As Ramandus said, I'm just advising for the future. Just as you need to take into the account the audience of the piece you're writing (are they people who know games at all or not, are you including people who might not know the franchise/genre of the title you're reviewing or not), you also need to take into account the audience of the game you're reviewing. You cannot review a game aimed at under 10s (this may well include licensed tie-ins) or mini-game collections the same way you do the latest Zelda game. This IGN reviewer FAILED massively to do this. Possibly the worst IGN review I've seen. You can probably learn a lot from that one!

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Sean+Aaron wrote:

Kid_A wrote:

Gotcha. That's good advice. Probably easier said than done, though.

True. But if you're going to do it a lot then you'll face it at some point.

Here's an example of someone who did a really crap job of it. That review is simply appalling, the 1st 1/3rd of the review is all about trying to find balance and then he fails to utterly because his measure for evaluating it is solely based upon the "game-like" aspects of the software. Should EA Sports Active get a 2 for the same reason? What about a karaoke program? Does sticking a numeric score on a song "performance" make Guitar Hero more of a game? Is Just Dance less fun (I've never played it, but I can see how it could be amusing; Namco's Happy Happy Dance Collection in Japan is the same idea and looks amusing) because it lacks a score or button presses?

As Ramandus said, I'm just advising for the future. Just as you need to take into the account the audience of the piece you're writing (are they people who know games at all or not, are you including people who might not know the franchise/genre of the title you're reviewing or not), you also need to take into account the audience of the game you're reviewing. You cannot review a game aimed at under 10s (this may well include licensed tie-ins) or mini-game collections the same way you do the latest Zelda game. This IGN reviewer FAILED massively to do this. Possibly the worst IGN review I've seen. You can probably learn a lot from that one!

Wow. I'd argue that their Wii Music review is worse, but I sincerely hope I never end up being that much of a pretentious ass (or that bad of a reviewer). That was a bad review. It's kind of like when you're in health class in middle school and they show you pictures of the bloodied and bashed skulls of drunken drivers and say "This could be you someday!"
Except more frightening.

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