Skip to main content

Going Legit

So I have some cool news.
For lack of a better phrase, I'm at the outset of going legit in the field of gaming journalism.

I was approached by an online acquaintance about the possibility of doing some freelance reviews for a really cool magazine/website. One thing led to another, and now, I have three gaming reviews and one comic review under my belt, not to mention one game in progress and one review being edited as I type this.

The site is CGM, a Canadian-based publication. Which means I've had to edit my reviews to make sure I'm doing Canadian spelling for everything. You know. "Humor" becomes "humour," so on, so forth. I also have to watch my propensity for making Canadian jokes.

What exactly does this mean? Well, in terms of this blog? Not much. Obviously, I'm not going to cross-post full reviews, because that would steal clicks and be downright unprofessional. If you want to follow my stuff, you can keep tabs on my OpenCritic page (yeah, I have one now! Cool, right?) And if you want to follow my stuff that aren't necessarily gaming reviews (comics, etc.) you can just keep checking CGM's site for new stuff with my name on it. And hey, maybe read some of the other stuff there too! Jed Whitaker (of Destructoid fame) has reviews that are always great, and there are some kickass editorials. The Pixels and Ink podcast also rocks.

Right now, of course, the freelance work I do on CGM will not pay rent. But it's a start. It's a major site with a bunch of nice people and it's a fun challenge to write for, because I have do things other than drop the f-bomb to get my point across. It's a place that isn't my personal blog where people care about my opinions. It's the first time I've ever affected the metascore of a game, which holy shit, is a scary feeling, let me tell you.

But above all? This has shown me that hard work pays off. It makes me feel inspired to keep writing for CGM. To keep pursuing other sites that might want what I have to offer. To keep plugging away at what I love. To keep supporting other critics and following people online that might present me with an opportunity to do something cool.

It's just the beginning, but the fact that my work is deemed worthy of being in a big publication, let alone being put out there and affecting public perception of a given game... well. That's deeply humbling. I won't lie, I cried a little big when I saw my first review up there. I'm getting emotional just typing this. In comparison to having a New York Times best seller, or being a world-famous mega-star, I know it may seem silly. But it's always been my dream to have my opinions on video games to mean something to someone, and dammit, it's finally happening.

And I'm going to keep making it happen. And I'm going to do until I can live off of it, one day, however long it takes. Because that's what I want.

Comments

  1. That's fantastic! Congrats on the gig. Freelancing is a great step into the field, full-time.

    You're welcome to continue dropping shit and fuck bombs here. I don't think anyone will mind. Even the Canadians. :D

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Yellow Snow: "Frozen" and the Cult of Elsanna

Anybody who's read my top picks for the best movies of last year knows that I have very strong feelings about Frozen, a frankly epic masterpiece of animated cinema, if not cinema in general. It rights a lot of wrongs that Disney films have historically perpetrated, from featuring two female characters that aren't defined by men, to sending an ultimately positive message to both children and adults. If you haven't seen it, I encourage you to stop reading this and go shell out your money for a ticket. Hell, maybe even two, as I've already seen the damn thing three times, and will probably see it once or twice more for the fuck of it. It's okay, I can wait.
But on a serious note, a disturbing trend has been occurring, as brought to my attention by a wonderful yet disheartening news post on Nerve. It's become quite popular, it seems, to pair up the two main sisters, two of the strongest female protagonists in recent films, and put them together in an incestuous le…

Fried Take - "Sadako 3D 2" (2013)

The Ring franchise is easily one of my favorites out there, and its terrifying antagonist Sadako is a movie monster that I just can't help but love. Even being a fan of the series and its lore, though, couldn't make me forgive some egregious mistakes made my 2012's Sadako 3D. It was a clunky, gimmicky and all-around uninspired mess of a movie that broke canon and turned into pure schlock halfway through, despite a strong concept and some solid acting. So it would make sense, then, that I didn't have much hope for the sequel, which changed up the screenwriters but kept the same continuity and director, and seemed to focus more on grandiose scares than the low-key chills of older entries.

Being a huge fan, though, I felt obligated to at least give this one a try. Maybe it could wash the bad taste of forced 3D gimmicks and moronic sub-plots out. Or perhaps it would further ruin this once-great franchise, and be a moronic waste of my time. Read on to find out my thoughts …

My Top 12 Games of 2017

This year has been peak video gaming, right? Like, it's crazy how good everything got all of a sudden. This generation went from middling to one of the best in recent memory in the span of twelve months, at least to me. Sure, that's not to say the industry hasn't been up to its usual garbage, arguably more so than usual - to the point where games might get taken to court again. Crazy.

Anyway. I've found my tastes changing a lot this year, especially after I quit professional games writing for the time being, and I've been reevaluating what "good" or "bad" games are to me. That's partially what inspired my recent list of personal all-time greats. With that in mind, take this list as a representation of my newfound tastes, and a harbinger of what you'll see me talking about going forward.

Let's kick things off with some honorable mentions.



Honorable Mentions and Junk, In No Order


Quake Champions

Quake Champions is the arena shooter that L…