Is it enough to simply play video games, or do you also need deep reflection?
Do you find yourself inspired to write about video games without even playing them?
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I will personally feel inspired by first playing something new or obscure that I would casually tell my friends about. These casual conversations often form the basis for my own posts. Not sure if it’s the best method but hey!
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Yeah, talking to friends is helpful because they can see things differently or ask questions. That can make for an interesting post.
Sometimes. It really depends. I may not have enough time to play video games as much as I want, but I’m always doing something gaming each day whether I’m playing a mobile game on a break at work or my favorite thing, watching a streamer or youtuber play! My gaming posts can be reviews or just opinions on things that I’ve read or come across.
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So much going on! I’m impressed you can find some time to play every day.
It depends, again! haha I tend to analyze concepts in games and issues in the gaming community, which takes some time and usually a bit of research, but without playing games, I’d run out of relevant material eventually!
But there are folks who write about their experiences playing games without the research, etc., that I do, and that’s great, too 🙂 To each gamer (and blogger) their own!
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Variety is so important. We all want a diverse community of people playing and thinking differently about games.
Lately, and in addition to reviews and such, I’ve been rambling about my progress in big adventure games on my blog. It’s very fun for me, even if I don’t get many views 🙂
I love writing and I love video games so I really love writing about video games 😀
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I started this blog to have fun, not to get views. I’m not Drake 😉 lol.
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I usually find myself pondering potential posts after an epiphany of sorts. That’s why sometimes I end up with nothing to write, and other times I bombard the internet with posts. I’ve found that doing news stuff has made me more focused, though it’s very time consuming.
Some things are too provocative for me to not write about though. In those cases, I tend to just jump in… After a ton of research, of course.
I know what you mean. Sometimes posts come to me after an epiphany as well. Usually, when that happens, I find myself with five or six potential posts, and that a dry spell ensues later on.
I’m not very creative. All my posts are just reviews about what I have played recently.
Lies! You are very creative, Master of Puns! 🙂
I second this. I think we’re creative with our blogs.
I always try to analyse games when I review them. I try to analyse the story of the game (including themes and characterisation), examine the designs of the backgrounds and characters, work out the good and bad parts of the gameplay, describe the atmosphere presented by the game and my personal feelings while playing the game.
I have only once described a game I have not played. I was reviewing a series of games, but I had not played one game, so I described what I saw after watching YouTube videos of the game and declared that I had not played the game at the beginning of the review.
How do you write about computer games?
Sometimes I write about whatever interests me at a given time, and I find some way to connect it to my love of video games. For those posts, I may not explicitly refer to any video games.
Other times, which is rare, I will write about a specific game. But I think that many of fellow bloggers do that exceedingly well, and I am content to read their writing. I would prefer for my writing to be unique and to satisfy my urge to create.
When I am reading a great book, I like to write down notes. When I am playing a great game, I do the same. I guess it depends on the individual. Personally, I find it meaningful and much satisfaction extracting ideas from games.
Yes, I usually take notes when reading a book that I intend to analyze. But I don’t usually do that as I’m playing a game. I tend to collect my thoughts and outline ideas after I finish playing.
Excellent games make it exceedingly difficult for me to hit pause, put down the controller and take notes. By contrast, I think a good book demands that I take notes to ensure I understand what the author’s saying or to keep track of my questions or criticism.
I find playing or hearing about a new game release inspires me! I love reading about games and other fans opinions on them so I thought why not start contributing for fun too 😊
Me too. I find podcasts about video games to be an inspiring source.
For me, inspiration sometimes comes from playing games (especially new ones I’ve never played before), listening to video game music or from wondering “What games and characters have influenced my life up to this point,” and then write my feelings around those games and characters.
Sounds similar to me. I also like to draw connections between ideas or things that interest me, especially things that I’ve recently been thinking about, and video games and then write posts based on that.
I feel an urge to express my views on a game as soon as I have finished a game. However, I write not only to aid buyers and gamers, but also to break the common notion that video games are a curse to our society. I do this not only by emphasizing on the various benefits of gaming, but also by bringing information about the games, and the technical progress that we are making in the industry. You guys should visit my website @ https://mygamenerd.com/
Thank you for doing that. Too many people have negative stereotypes about gamers and video games.
Good question. Speaking for myself, playing video games, deep reflection and getting inspired to write about video games without even playing them happens all the time! So a mixture of all. I guess it all depends on what you are writing about. For example, a game review. You must have played the game for a certain amount of time to be able to give a genuine review.
So, a mixture of all but really depends on what you are writing about related to games!
Sounds like you have a sensible and reasonable approach to reviewing games. Thank you for sharing. 🙂
I currently write articles about video games not only because I’ve loved them since childhood, but because I think society is kind of confused about how to think of games. Are they good for us? Bad for us? Art? Time-wasters?
I want to add to the conversation that games can be used for good and for individual self-betterment, even.
I think you are right to say that society “is kind of confused about how to think of games.” Thank you for trying to clarify that.
I love to write about video game stories. For me every good video game has a story and a journey, I could still talk about my first Journey with The Legend of Zelda on the NES. I get inspired by playing games with great twists and turns. I remember when I first played “The Last of Us” I must have written a ton of articles about the story line the characters, which characters I like to play and so on.
A good story can be so captivating that you have explain why you love it.
Video games create points for debate, just as a good book or a good painting will do. We are humans after all and love to engage in a bit of discourse. This is how we learn new opinions and points of view, while continuously adapting or sticking to our own. this concept is a staple in being a human, the desire to reflect upon and bounce ideas off other humans to advance our understanding. Games, being full of depth like most are, are like a complex movie with many moving parts; its almost impossible to not talk about them.
Very well said. I wholeheartedly agree.
General updates on what I’m playing one week, and an in depth look at something I like from a particular game the next.
Keeps it fresh, and gives me more time to come up ideas. And make more gifs. Gifs are good.
Ah sounds like you have a good plan going. You’re right: that does keep things fresh. Gifs are great!
I write about how games are good. Personally, I like the idea of helping the world by using my blog. If you want to see some I have a blog going called “Games are Good” check it out. it may even give you a few ideas on what to write about.
I think you do help the world with your blog. You share your thoughts and love and bring joy to others. 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion.
This is actually a very interesting topic, I have my own blog that I recently dived back into full force and now a podcast. I’ve discovered pretty quickly that yes I need to play at lease a bit during the week or week prior to get inspired about content, topics and discussions to come up with. If I didn’t play anything for a couple of weeks I think it would be tough to write anything, I would mostly be just writing about what others have written about video games, which as a consistent topic is not ideal in my opinion. It’s kind like trying to talk about current events but never reading or paying attention to current events…
Making time to think, outline, write and revise is so important and so difficult.
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