Paula’s Game Ramblings: 4th Anniversary

Another month has passed, so it’s time to digress. Welcome to another one of Paula’s gaming ramblings; you can find the other ramblings here.

Last month I had an anniversary popup. I have been writing for LadiesGamers for four years as of last August. They say time flies when you’re having fun, and it’s true. The last four years have flown by as I have played many, many video games and written many articles.

Four years

I never thought of writing about anything, but I’ve been a gamer for many years, I’m probably over 40, but writing about a game I’ve played never entered my thoughts.

Readers who are frequent visitors to LadiesGamers will know that Yvonne and I met while playing Animal Crossing Wild World. We both joined an older women animal crossing group, it seems like I’ve always been as old as I was fifteen years ago.

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We use the pool to set up Wi-Fi dates for Animal Crossing Wild World. We used to visit each other’s villages and spend hours fishing and hitting each other over the head with a net. It was great fun and a good laugh.

Four years ago in August, Yvonne asked me if I would like to write for LadiesGamers. As I mentioned, I never intended to write about the games I played. So initially I thought, no I couldn’t write a review.

You never know until you try it

But you know what, if you don’t try, you’ll never know if you can do anything, so I tried. At first, I was terrified of breaking something on the site when using WordPress. I know, silly, but it was all new to me.

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The first game I reviewed

I used to write my reviews and send them to Yvonne in an email; I would then put the review into a draft in WordPress and arrange it for publication. That’s how terrified I was of messing up WordPress and breaking the site. WordPress is like a second home now and I feel comfortable using it and don’t be put off by the blue publish button next to a draft as I’ve learned a few things over the years.

I can’t even read my first review now, and I’d like to think that my writing has improved in the last four years since those first tentative steps into the world of game reviews. Anyway, if you want to compare, here is a link to the first review I wrote.

Second nature

Nowadays reviewing games and writing has become second nature to me. I like to discover new indie games and play them before they are released to the public. Then I think about what I have played and write down my thoughts.

The review process is quite simple. First, I play and take notes on the different components that make up a game. From the story to the game mechanics, to how the game works on the system I’m playing it on, be it Nintendo Switch or PC.

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Tools of the trade, a laptop.

Many years, many games

I have always been a gamer who likes to simultaneously have different games on the go. For example, play an hour or two of an RPG, then an hour or so of a puzzle game.

Naturally, depending on the genre of the game I’m playing, it depends on how long it takes me to finish and review the game. For example, an RPG can take a while as they tend to be long games, while a puzzle game, one of my favorite genres, can sometimes be finished in a single play session.

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We also have to deal with embargo dates. We receive review codes from editors. Sometimes the garnishment date can be short. The embargo date will be lifted a few days after receiving the code and the publisher awaits a published revision. I always have more than one review code at a time.

However, due to some embargo dates, it’s mostly about concentrating on which game will be released first. So, I’m back to playing the next game on my list. With the different release dates, I have to adjust to juggling my playtime to match the release date of a game review.

Just try it, you may like it

I enjoy reviewing games and writing about my thoughts on said games. If it wasn’t fun, you wouldn’t be able to do it because you’d feel like a drag. It also proves that if you don’t try something new, how will you know if you’ll like it or not? Above all, I work with an amazing team and my dear friend Yvonne. Had it not been for Yvonne’s desire to share her thoughts on gaming on a blog, LadiesGamers would not exist. So thank you, Yvonne, and thank you to our readers!

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