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How to Write a Game Review

How to Write a Game Review

As a writer, many times you will come across game reviews. And why not? Games have been one of the most popular hobbies to many people. So, why shouldn’t we get a detailed image of that certain game, before we start playing? It’s no wonder that the gaming industry is estimated at more than 90 billion dollars. As a writer, you might want to try your luck in writing online game reviews and try to earn some extra money from this multi-billion dollar industry!

 

Rule 1 – Get to Know the Game

Before you can start to write about a particular game, you first must get to know that game. and the best way to do this is to play that game. But, when you do play that game, make sure not to get lost. Instead, pay attention to all details and write down everything that you will come across. Also, clearly write what you liked and what you didn’t like. This will help you write a unique and precise game review.

 

Rule 2 – Start with the Introduction

Once you are familiar with the game, it is time to sit down and write about your experience with that game. However, as everything you’ve ever written so far, you should first start with the introduction. Make sure that it is short and that it captures the attention of the reader.

 

Rule 3 – Time to Write the Game Review

Now, it is time to get to the point and describe the entire game and its features. Make sure to stick to your notes and describe your experience to the readers. We suggest that you mention the design, graphics, gameplay, options, features and everything else that you can think of.

 

Rule 4 – Be Honest

Even if there is something that you didn’t like about the game, don’t be afraid to tell that to the players. They will appreciate that and will know what to expect. It might be something small and trivial, but they should still know all details, before they decide on buying that game.

 

Rule 5 – Don’t Add to Many Details

Even though it is good to be precise and details, make sure not to give any spoilers away. Sometimes the anticipation takes a huge part of the game, so it would be a shame if you spoil the game, before they get a chance to try it for themselves.

 

Rule 6 – Time to Sum It All Up

Use the last paragraph to sum the entire game up. This is a great way to make your final decision about the game. Write about the good and the bad things and lastly tell the readers whether you recommend that game or not

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Very First Video Games

Very First Video Games

From the very first video game that was on the market to the video games that we have today, we can see a major difference in the graphics, the goals and targets of the game, the gameplay itself, but they are all made for the same purpose – entertainment.

In the pursuit of entertainment on the recently developed little screen called the Television, many people were working around it and trying go bring in the ultimate device and way that you can control what’s happening on the television. In these tries and pursuits, Nolan Bushnell is a name to remember, as he was one of the fathers to the modern video gaming that we are all enjoying today. This is how it all started.

 

Computer Space by Nutting Associates

Computer Space was one of the most remarkable video games that came out of the Nutting Associates company. Developed by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney will most definitely bring the Goosebumps on you skin.

The game was all about launching and controlling a rocket missile that fires towards the enemy ships, where you goal is to get more points than your opponent ships by firing straight in them, or in other words, you need to hit the opponents with your missiles for more points.

The game was an adopted and upgraded version from Spacewar, the first ever game to be featured on multiple computers but didn’t quite get where it wanted. This game from 1962 had the similar idea, but very wrong execution, but luckily for them, the idea was brought back and on track by the one and only Nolan Bushnell.

 

Nolan and The Pong

Shortly after the Computer Space, Nolan and the team that worked in Nutting Associates part ways, and Nolan creates Atari, a producing company which immediately hits the skies with their brand-new Pong game. The game was a huge success and it came out just one year after the Computer Space. In 1972, the once that were able to afford these first computers would experience something that wasn’t seen before and would lift their entertainment to a whole new level.

Nolan Bushnell is considered the father of modern video games, as he was the producer and the brain behind the first two video games with significant interpretation and feedback from the world.

To play the Ping game, you would need to move the cursor on one side of the screen where you need to bounce the ball with the moving square that is your racquet – similar to tennis or ping pong. The game speeds up as you progress and gets new obstacles and new levels with complications all around the screen. The goal is to place the ball behind your opponent’s back.

 

Controllers

Both of these games were played with the similar controller – a one grip joystick that looks like the car gear shifter with a button either on top of it or right next to it. It will be replaced by the mouse in near future, but we can still see these controllers being used in the gaming world today.

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How to Write Great Blog Posts

How to Write Great Blog Posts

One of the most valuable marketing tools that sometimes can be neglected is… wait for it… your blog! It can be used to build trust with your customers, educate consumers and generate leads for your campaigns. To make the best out of this tool, you need to learn how to write great blog posts that will be of high quality. It’s often challenging to constantly publish valuable and engaging content. That is why we have compiled a list of writing tips that will help you get started.

Catchy Title and Opening Paragraph

Interesting titles and introductions are all you need to make your readers want to read the entire blog post. There have been studies on this that have shown that 80% of people read the headline copy, while only 20% read to the end. This is why it is so important to have a catchy title that will make readers read the entire post.

 Know Your Audience

It is of utmost importance to know your audience before you start developing content for your blog. You should decide what message you want to convey and what’s your goal. If you are a gaming site, try to make your content relevant to your audience, but also make it readable. The blog at does a great job developing their content that helps gamers find out more info on their favourite games. This information also helps players devise a better play strategy.

Walk the walk, don’t talk the talk

Don’t use your blog to brag about how great your company is in its respective industry. Instead, you should let your blog visitors reach that conclusion by themselves in the content you write. The goal of the blog content is to build trust with your audience. You can achieve this by positioning yourself as an expert in your industry.

Optimize Your Content

If you want to reach a wider audience, you should follow basic search engine optimisation (SEO) rules. Use keyword optimised titles, a good keyword density ratio, as well as longtail keywords in your opening and closing sentence. Using SEO best practices will make your blog content more relevant to search engines and will reach your target audience quicker.

 Call to Action

Your blog content is developed for a reason – to reach out to your audience, make a connection and trigger an action. You should always include a call to action (CTA) at the end of your blog that entices readers to perform the desired action. However, you should always be very careful in the selection of words because it could backfire

Informative and Relevant Content

You want to educate your audience with your blog posts. If you post relevant and informative content, you will get a steady stream of repeat traffic. As you develop your content, always ask yourself “is this informative or useful? Will it be useful or informative to my readers?”. These two questions alone are enough to serve you as your writing guide.

 

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Writing Tips from Ernest Hemingway

Here are some of the most helpful writing tips from Ernest Hemingway that lived in the 20th century. Hemingway got a Pulitzer Prize for his work The Old Man and the Sea. So, it would be a pity not to read some of his best tips for all writers.

 

“If we win here we will win everywhere. The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.” – Ernest Hemingway

 

The Purpose of Writing

Ernest Hemingway highly suggested that all writers should find their main inspiration for writing in their own lives. He also recommends that the readers should identify with something that has happened in your story. So, keep your eyes open, rethink of every fun or sad situation that has happened to you and you might find your inspiration there.

 

The Act of Writing

Ernest Hemingway believes that when a writer creates the art, he/she should do the best to make his/her work as best as it can be. He added that a writer writes only for two people, for himself/herself and for the one he/she loves. That is why it is of extreme importance to try to do your best. Writing should be difficult, but if you are a true writer you should enjoy every moment of it.

 

What to Do When You Have a Writer’s Block

First and most important thing is that you shouldn’t panic or get discouraged. All writers have had a writer’s block, so you shouldn’t feel hopeless. The most important thing is that you must keep trying. Just remember, if you have written before, you will write again. When it comes to the writing Tips from Ernest Hemingway about writer’s block, he has one solid advice. That is to write just one true sentence. So, sit down, close your eyes and think of the truest sentence. When you come up with it, write it down and take it from there. You’ll see that inspiration will come flooding down.

 

Know What to Omit

The reader mustn’t be overwhelmed by unimportant details, that will only bore him/her. And if the writer is good enough, the reader will instantly know about the meaning of a certain thing, even if that hasn’t been mentioned previously in the story. As an example, he mentioned the Gettysburg address.

 

The Importance of Reading

Hemingway always stressed the importance of reading. He believed that all writers can learn something important from people that have written something before. So, find a book that someone has recommended to you and read it. and it doesn’t have to be a book. Read stories, blog posts, anything that you can think of. You will become more experienced and you might even find your inspiration for your next book.

 

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George Orwell’s 5 Rules for Effective Writing

George Orwell’s 5 Rules for Effective Writing

If you want to be understood and have your ideas spread, then your language should be as effective as possible. This is not a recent problem at all, and as George Orwell wrote in his 1946 essay, Politics and the English Language, this condition is curable. By following George Orwell’s 5 rules for effective writing, you can communicate your ideas as clearly as possible.

  • Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figures of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
    This might sound easy, but it is easier said than done. Phrases such as stand shoulder to shoulder with, an axe to grind, swan song feel comforting and melodic.
    This is the reason why they must be avoided. Such common phrases have become so comfortable to the point that they cause no emotional response. Try to invent fresh and powerful images.
  • Never use a long word where a short one will do.
    Using long words doesn’t make you sound intelligent unless they are used skillfully. However, if used in the wrong situation, they’ll have quite the opposite effect.
    When Faulkner criticized Hemingway for his use of limited word choice, he got the following reply:
    “Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don’t know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use”.
  • If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
    Any words that don’t add meaning to a passage dilute its power. In this case, less is always better.
  • Never use the passive where you can use the active.
    This is one of the mistakes that are made more often, probably because not many people know the difference between active and passive verbs. Here is an example that can clear the things a bit:
    The girl was bitten by the snake. (passive) The snake bit the girl. (active).
    The active sentence is always better because it’s shorter and more energetic.
  • Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
    This is a tricky one because much of the writing published online is highly technical. You don’t want to continue with an unnecessary explanation, but always try to help your readers understand what your writing is about.

Break any of these rules sooner than saying anything outright barbarous.

In the end, it’s all about using common sense when writing. It is easy to memorize these rules, but it is not that easy to apply them. Good writing matters probably more than you think.
If you think that you cannot apply these rules to your writing, maybe you should consider doing something else. You always have the option of playing a game or bingo or two.

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