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January 3, 2006

State of Play: Subjective vs Self-Indulgent

What is the point of game reviews? One would think that you should read game reviews to find the game that's right for you. But a review is defined by the critical statement it makes. Too often game reviewers, such as the one assigned in EL250: Videogaming will simply summerize the game and not critically evaluate the game.

One method emplored by Ian Shanahan is to give a subjective experience of the game. This can give great insight into both the quality of the game and the types of people that play it.

The most important thing to remember about being subjective, however, is not to be self-indulgent. You may think you are special, but you're not that special. The quality of the game needs to be known above anything. The trick is getting the right balance in your review.

Posted by EvanReynolds at January 3, 2006 2:51 PM

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Great presentation of the main points important for new games journalism.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 3, 2006 3:32 PM

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