An Update: April 2015

Well guys, it’s been a year since I started writing. And it’s been a really enjoyable year. I have met amazing people through my writings. I’ve been recognized by a major website and an editor at one of the country’s most popular newspapers. I got hundreds of views within two days just for writing about my experience at my first gaming convention. All of it has really inspired me to keep writing, keep analyzing, and keep playing games. I have been branching out and enjoying the new things I write about, from finally writing proper reviews to general analyses and reactions. I’ve enjoyed every second writing for you few readers.

However, I have become dissatisfied with Why Story Matters in the last few months. When I started the series, I set out to analyze above summarize. Of course I love writing about the actual game itself, but I wanted to dig deeper and be an individual on the matter. I wanted people to enjoy reading it, regardless of if they had played the game or not. My Child of Light piece is still my favorite that I’ve ever written. I felt like my own opinion and voice was being pushed in the words and I do not feel the same about my more recent writings. As I have covered more and more of the games that I have played, I have become less and less inclined to analyze the actual storytelling devices and experiences, and rather just vaguely touch upon it.

That’s about to change. Why Story Matters is coming back soon after a long hiatus, and to commemorate my one year of writing, I have been working on a three-part series discussing one of the most discussed storytelling devices in gaming, being player choices and how they affect the story as a whole. I have chosen three games that I feel can be placed along a spectrum to compare and contrast, and I will be releasing these pieces in the coming weeks. I am setting out to make them my best writings yet, so please bear with me as I take a bit of time to make them worthy of this anniversary.

Otherwise, I’m happy for everyone who has read and enjoyed my work, and I cannot wait to keep writing in the coming year.

An Update: January 2015

Hello there, friends, and welcome to 2015. A new year brings new opportunity, and so I’d like to start with a bit of moving forward. A couple updates for the new year follow.

First on the agenda is going to be the inclusion of a new series called Why Games Matter. This will be my series of actual game reviews. Very unoriginal, yes, but I will also try to include a part in the reviews where I discuss why the game is important to analyze and play, and what it brings to the table that no other game or very few other games can bring.

Next, I’ve decided to run a mirror blog on WordPress itself. Basically, all this means is that my posts will be uploaded both here and on the WordPress blog. IGN Blogs has given me the opportunity to share my writings with the world in an accessible place, but I’d like to branch out a bit and feel like I’m accomplishing things on my own. If content is ever to be exclusive to the mirror blog, it will be very rarely, and I will post here linking to such content.

Finally, I’d just quickly like to link to my Twitter account. If you’re a fan of the blog and want to know when I post, this is the perfect place to do so if you’re too lazy to follow. I also Tweet gaming news or interesting gaming articles from time to time, so click here to go follow me.

That’s it for now. Expect a new post in the coming days. I have big plans for 2015.

Introduction

Hi there. You’ve probably stumbled upon this blog somehow, or you’ve been linked via my IGN blog.

So here I am. My name is ViciousUndertow and I’m here to write things about games. I’ll be writing reviews, lists, and the sort that you’ll see on any other normal gaming blog, but I’ll also be posting pieces from my main series, titled Why Story Matters. This series focuses on the best storytelling in games, and describes why certain devices are effective in portraying a successful story.

I’m hoping to have all of my posts from my IGN blog uploaded to here at some point, but for now, you can find them all on the blog itself here.

So sit back, grab a nice warm drink, and read some of my pieces if you’d like.