Creativity

I have only written a modicum of posts for WikiGameGuides, and although none have been met with distinct recognition, I still believe user contribution and creativity is an asset to the site and to those who post. I'm not overly familiar with the member base WikiGameGuides currently has, but I'm almost certain a significant portion are young people currently attending high school, college, or university. Some may even be adults with full-time jobs and a healthy period of free time to do with as they wish. I'm in no way an inspirational guy;, I can't even make a bacon sandwich. But I put it to you, the entertained audience of WikiGameGuides, to put some of that free time aside, envelop yourself in creativity, and write a video game-related blog post and take advantage of the site before you.

To the young, budding, enthusiastic generation that I like to call my own, an active blog may have benefits you haven't even considered. Awhile back, Josh Kowbel posted a link asking for confident writers to put their best foot forward to compose reviews featuring games new and old. There was a large influx of reviews, mine included, and the site - to me - became more interesting, more entertaining, and more like a community. This not only benefited WikiGameGuides, but it also benefited me. My written English and grammar noticeably improved after feedback and constructive criticism (especially after Dan scrutinized my spelling in my Legend of Zelda review), I had found a new activity to do in my limited spare time, and it gave me a feeling of accomplishment.

 

Posts need not include a new game; in fact, retro gaming posts would be rather interesting.

 

Strangely, the hobby I adopted also became a personal selling point to universities across the country. As they read each formulaic 'personal statement', mine mentioned an active blog, which just so happened to heighten my use of language and make my work easily accessible to colleges, giving me a handy, creative edge against other hopeful candidates. It even looks good on a CV, so says my media teacher.

However, after a period, the number of reviews began to peek, and ultimately fall with only a few reviewers still frequently posting. Sadly, I was one of the members that began to become less enthralled with writing 'Top 5's' and reviews, but I plan on contributing a lot more in the coming months. 

As I said, instilling inspiration is not exactly my greatest asset. However, just think as you look through hundreds of posts in the community blog, one of them could be yours, and it may even weasel its way onto the homepage where it can be appreciated all the more. For my generation, satisfaction normally comes from pulling the fittest bird in the bar, but posting to WikiGameGuides doesn't feel so bad either.

Remember creativity doesn't have to be a painting, a work of art, a detailed drawing, or even a sculpture; it can simply be a blog post to WikiGameGuides.com.

Joe Harris's picture

It's interesting you bring up the idea of reviewing older games as I had planned on writing a few reviews for classic/retro games when I have more time. Unfortunately recently I've been very busy but hopefully soon I can jot down a few notes and get started.

Burchy's picture

I think it's a very interesting premise, although not informative as such (the games are so old), the review will still have entertainment value. Seeing another's opinion on a tried and tested game will be good to read.

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