Category Archives: Video Game Blog

Don’t Go Out with A Whimper

Do you blog? I bet you do, and you know blogging is hard work. Sometimes you feel inspired and write well, and sometimes you sit down and stare at a white screen or page that taunts you. The unbearable brightness of the page sears your eyes, forcing you to look away. Bloggers must overcome these types of stumbling blocks to write well.

Writing well requires a balance between putting words on a page and everything else. One cannot spend forever on a post, forsaking life and love. A good balance allows a blogger to keep publishing posts, to feel proud of their work and not miss what’s happening in the world around them.

Some video game bloggers might find this balance difficult to achieve. Not only do they blog and live life to the fullest, but they also love to play video games. Should video game bloggers play for an hour and write for two? They might feel tempted to stop blogging and only play, or maybe they have the willpower and ability to do both and more.

If you decide to stop blogging, say goodbye before you leave. Too many video game bloggers disappear from the “blogosphere” without a trace. They’re like a once stunning star that dies, crumbles and leaves behind mere fragments of its awesomeness. The whole process is sad and a waste of energy.  If you’re leaving, please tell us about your plans for the future and maybe stop by for a visit.

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How Do You Come up with Posts about Video Games?

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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Why Blogging Brings Me Joy

I love making strangers happy. Who’s a stranger? The authors of blogs I follow and the blogs who follow me; I don’t know the authors personally. Yet we’ve come to know  each other, without ever meeting, through words alone.

I’m content knowing that my posts make these strangers smile, make them think, and even when my writing makes them sleep. But sometimes I’m more than content; I can be downright happy writing for strangers.  I’m happy to set off a spark in others that ignites into a burning passion to share their love with the world.  In other words, I’m joyous when my post inspires people to write about something they love.That love might be video games, or some very different subject.

Even if these other bloggers don’t love video games, I’m happy when they learn more about playing video games from reading my blog. At the very least, I hope my writing forces some people to face and overcome any prejudices they may have about video games and gamers. Perhaps they’ll apply that lesson about overcoming prejudice elsewhere in life. And, maybe on top of that deep reflecting, my writing might just add a pinch of fun to their otherwise sleepy lives.

How great it is to have a positive impact in people’s lives!

 

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Take Me to Video Game Land

I finished all that boring work that made me feel like I was trapped. And I’m over a nasty case of bronchitis. I’m thrilled all of that is behind me, but I’m even more thrilled about the prospects awaiting me. Onward I will go to Video Game Land¹ and all the joy that comes with play!

Oh, and my first act upon returning to the throne of Video Game Land shall be to address age old blog comments. Sorry for the delay.

¹ Note: not an actual land.

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I’ll Be Back

Hello fellow video game players and everyone who loves to read!

I’ll be quite busy over the next couple of months. I’ll be rescuing pretty princesses from the claws of slimy reptiles. Wait! No, that was just some video game I was dreaming about playing.

Oh, dreaming! Alas! It seems that is where my game playing is relegated to these days.

But fear not, dear friends, for I will be playing soon and this blog will resume. To be exact, expect to see this blog re-bloom on March 10, 2016.

Until then!

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Thank You Spammers

Comment spam is the bane of my blog’s existence all year round. The spam is gobbledygook that seems flattering at first glance but never amounts to a coherent thought. So, like most others, I’m annoyed to find this spam clogging up my site.

Upon entering my WordPress Dashboard, I spot a medical report warning that the heart of my blog is full of plaque-like globs. It’s spam. My blog, I fear, might suffer a heart attack from this clog, and my blogging day seems ruined by this news. After all, there’s no redeeming feature to this plaque.

Well, the spam might be somewhat welcome if it was clever or humorous for once. Perhaps a spammer could share an amusing anecdote to entice me to stop and read their entire comment. Perhaps they could leave an insulting–and witty– note about the amateurish quality of my writing. Perhaps they could link to a humorous review of a video game or at least something related to video games. This clever spam would be like a dangerously high fat dessert: it seems good and easy to consume but it’s bad for a blog’s health. Alas, clever writing is too much to ask from a spammer. However, despite their poor writing, the spammers might have a purpose after all.

Spam on my blog has cheered me up in the past. See, I hoped to get my total blog views to a certain level by this summer, and I was far from that goal just a while ago. Then one magical night, as the snow flakes swayed and fell to earth and as the moon looked like a ball of Swiss cheese in the sky, I wished for more blog views.

One day the wish came true. I woke up and I had reached a record-setting number of daily blog views! In less than a month, I had also exceeded my expected views for the year. The spammers, while bombarding me with comments, had helped me surpass my blogging goal.

The spammers thought they would choke my blog’s heart with their junk, but they were wrong. They tried to annoy me, but they couldn’t force me to feel annoyed; instead they helped me. Thank you spammers.


P.S. I’ve updated my about page, and you might want to check it out. Thanks.

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Your Blog is a Video Game

Ok not quite. But WordPress.com and video games do have one thing in common: they each have a fun awards system.

Blog awards smell a lot like game achievements. To be clear, I’m talking about the awards under your profile in the “trophy case”. WordPress automatically presents these to bloggers who, say, reach 10 likes, 10 follows, and more. Let’s not forget about the romantic “anniversary award” for your blog.

If you haven’t touched a new video game in the last 10 years or so, you should know video games have achievements too. Did you fry 100 mutant winged aliens in game? Congratulations! You have earned the fly zapper achievement.

And game achievements are a diverse bunch that depend on the whim, sometimes practically sadistic, of the game developer. I mean I can’t stand those rare achievements that ask you to beat some death-defying feat in under minute. But that’s just me.

In both video games and WordPress, unlocking these awards is fun—for some. It adds an optional set of goals as you play or write, and it feels rewarding to accomplish a goal. It makes me, and I’m sure some others, want to earn more awards and encourages me to keep going. And if the overall game is good and the achievements aren’t sadistic, then I’m going to have plenty of fun.

However, there are a couple of differences between video game achievements and blog awards. I can’t go into all the obvious aspects here. But one difference is that bloggers can create and nominate others for awards. Check out the many awards floating out there in the WordPress community for example. But, no, you can’t nominate a fellow gamer for a trophy or achievement on Xbox 360 or PS3. Gamers also cannot create their own achievements for games. This is one difference that video games could adapt for their own purposes.

Video game achievements also tend to be more prominent than WordPress awards. Usually, unless you turn this feature off, you see game achievements pop up on your TV or computer screen. Sometimes there’s even a trademark “bleep” to warn you about the award. The WordPress trophy case, though, are like buried treasure: you have to go on journey just to find them. It’s always moving to different places and now they’re under your “profile.”

Of course, there are some who despise achievements in writing and some who hate unlocking them in games, and I think these complaints are valid. Again, I’m sure there are more well-reasoned complaints from both gamers and writers than I can cover. One blogger I read said something like blog awards were immature and weren’t important. I have also seen similar sentiments expressed by gamers about achievements. I can understand that they might find these awards or achievements to be distracting. Perhaps they do believes themselves to be more mature than your average person. Perhaps they just find them distasteful. So I think these people, including some game developers, might best be served if they could turn off achievements and/or blog awards. However, I still love both game achievements and blog awards and would always have them enabled.

So both WordPress and video games share some kind of achievement system with some similarities, differences, and weaknesses. WordPress’ use of awards isn’t surprising because we know that some businesses apply game features to their products. I guess they might want to make their product fun and keep you interested in returning, like a game developer would. What elements from video games, I wonder, will influence blogging next? Will it be virtual reality? How could blogging influence the way we play the next big game, if at all?

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