Since I decided to start this blog, one of the thoughts that keeps popping through my head is ‘Should I start reviewing games?’, and I’m torn about how to answer myself. It would appear that the only way for me to be shut up is by asking myself difficult questions. Who’d have thunk it? As you’ll have noticed throughout the blog, I haven’t written any reviews about anything. Usually, I drop hints about what I’m currently playing. I’ve had many an internal argument about whether I should up my game a bit and start to review them.
Of course, one of the great reasons why I should do it is that it means I start to pay attention to what I’m doing. I could even start taking notes while playing, and pretend I was a professional. No longer will I be playing through a game and forget what the opening was about. An awful lot of the time, I just sit there and play while on autopilot. It’s similar to the ideology behind Chaos style games (Prototype being the closest example I can think of). These games are just about causing mayhem, and you don’t even need to keep track of what you doing. So it would make sense to start to keep track. If I was being particularly egotistical (Or desperate) I could also mention that it would be a way of convincing myself I’m doing a public service and thus people might come and read my blog.
However, the reason I’ve stuck with it, is that I’m an amateur blogger. I’m not on any mailing lists, and I sure as hell don’t get games for free. If I review a game, it’s going to be a game I own. I’m not going to download them illegally, since thats both a)illegal and b)time consuming. And that there is the nub of the matter. If I review a game, it’s going to be one that I’ve decided to part money with, and thus I already think its going to be good. I believe that a games reviewer shouldn’t have already decided that a game is good/bad. The only time that the review will be the opposite is if it turns out its unexpectedly good or shockingly bad. Thus, I still won’t be doing reviews. I will continue doing my random thoughts on the games I’m playing, but I won’t review anything.