Saturday, January 31, 2015

One year of games slashing!!!

                I started this blog on January 31 2014 as an alternative to the Steam reviews system, which didn’t offer me enough space to express my opinion about the games I played. Some friends said I should try write on a blog so I considered this idea and gave it a shot.
Initially we were supposed to be two writers, one focusing on PC games and the other one writing about various titles from other gaming platforms. But that didn’t last long and my co-writer remained just as an editor.
                The Game Slashers’ first article, and my first article, was posted on February 2nd and talked about Steam’s Early Access, Crowdfunding and the hit of that moment, DayZ Stand Alone. I promised back then that one year later, when the game is in beta I will post another article talking about the evolution of the game and discussing if Early Access really work on one of the most notorious examples launched through this system. Sadly I won’t be able to keep up with that promise as the developers of DayZ didn’t keep up with theirs. I will, however, post that article when DayZ actually enters the beta testing phase (if that ever happens).
                After the first article I’ve always tried to write at least one article per week, but didn’t really manage all that well to do that with May having only one article and June barely scratching two.
I found it quite hard to mix my work and day to day activities with the gaming time required to complete a game and afterwards write about it. So for most of the time, I just improvised the schedule for my articles.
By the end of August with self discipline and a better scheduling of my time I managed to get things going and write on a weekly basis, with the addition of the Screenshot of the Week, up to two articles.
With little mishaps I did manage to keep up with this style, sometimes writing even more than I had in mind. The variety of genres I wrote about was affected by my budget, which was (and is) an impediment which sometimes I ignore.
                So here we are, one year later, the blog record isn’t tremendous but still it keeps growing. The Game Slashers has to date a total of 72 articles with over 83,000 words, almost 11,000 overall views with the article on Divinity: Original Sin being the most popular one with close to 500 views. The blog has somehow also managed to get flagged and blocked by Steam as malicious (:D). It might not sound like much, but for a blog advertised only on few forums and Steam (a little harder now) this is a decent achievement and I’m somewhat proud of it.
                I have bigger plans for this blog in the upcoming year with many changes for the better in advertisement (Facebook!?!?), articles (more, but still as focused on quality as ever!) and design (stay tuned!).
                This is an exciting adventure that I couldn’t do all by myself. I want to thank my editor first, TopSOUL, for his incredible support and many hours spent going through my articles and helping me improve them. I want to thank my friends and gaming buddies who encouraged me to continue writing.
And last but not least, I want to thank my viewers, for giving my articles a chance, I might not be a great writer or reviewer, but I’m working hard to improve and one day I’ll match George Weidman!
                So stay close and watch me slash through the PC video games industry in 2015 as well. In the meantime, you can always follow my blog on Twitter and on my Steam Group.