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baragh
September 25th, 2011, 02:31 AM
Maybe this shouldn't come as a surprise to me, since this is probably the first time I've ever clicked on the "Games" tab at the navigation bar up there next to "Movies" and "Comics", you know, way to the left of "Discussion Forum" and a bit to the right of "Literature."

But I was kind of shocked! Seems like the most recent articles / reviews are from around 2009, and the most recent regular activity before that was from 2005! Whaaat? Nobody's buzzin about how awesome the sci-fi is in Mass Effect? Fallout 3 / New Vegas? The fantasy in The Elder Scrolls (Skyrim coming out in November!)?

:confused:

Hobbit
September 25th, 2011, 06:17 AM
Well, you've answered that one yourself, baragh. Just isn't the interest at SFFWorld, though we have tried.

Can't think of the last time we had games offered for review, either, sadly.

We seem to be more of a 'books and films' kind of place.

Not that we don't want to: just haven't had the interest.

Mark

Loerwyn
September 25th, 2011, 06:44 AM
Games are also a bit of a pain to review, and it's a case of - in my opinion - What can SFFWorld offer that other sites don't?

We've got a couple of staff reviewers here, and many are tied down in books. Whereas a book might need six hours to be read and another two for a review, a game could easily require five times the number of hours and that's not allowing for - in the case of Mass Effect, TES, Fallout - multiple playthroughs and different playstyles. With a lot of our staff having jobs, personal lives and even families, very few - if any (Bar me ;) ) - have the time to play through a game to review it.

With sites like Rock, Paper, Shotgun, PC Gamer, Kotaku, The Escapist, Gamespot, IGN, games and all the other various sites kicking about, I don't think SFFWorld could really offer much they aren't, plus I suspect most members here don't care for games ;) It's the same for comics, too. A small number of our members are frequently involved with the comics discussions, but we have very few reviews and it tends to be a small circle of us who are reading comics or graphic novels with any regularity.

I mean I'd certainly be willing to review a few games, but as Hobbit implied, books are the order of the day here.

Hobbit
September 25th, 2011, 06:51 AM
We've got a couple of staff reviewers here, and many are tied down in books. Whereas a book might need six hours to be read and another two for a review, a game could easily require five times the number of hours and that's not allowing for - in the case of Mass Effect, TES, Fallout - multiple playthroughs and different playstyles. With a lot of our staff having jobs, personal lives and even families, very few - if any (Bar me ) - have the time to play through a game to review it.

Fair point. To some extent, it's also a case of 'why haven't members commented/contributed?'

If they were bothered, then I guess there would be more input.

This, of course, leads to leaving the zone free for you to add threads/comment, baragh!

Mark

Loerwyn
September 25th, 2011, 06:59 AM
Fair point. To some extent, it's also a case of 'why haven't members commented/contributed?'

If they were bothered, then I guess there would be more input.
But that can also be extended to books, too. We seem to have more official reviews per week than reader reviews, or at least going by dai's automated messages.

Games are probably on the level of comics on this site, in that we have two main topics (One each) and that it's often a small group posting in each. The order of popularity, to me, is something like this (Top = Most popular):
Fantasy
Sci-Fi
Writing
Films
Horror
TV
General Fiction
Games
Comics
Art

If we cut comics and games, I don't think most people will notice or even be bothered. There's a lot of specialist sites around that focus on those two subjects, and I reckon - for gaming at least - those interested are often members on other sites leading to less discussion here.

Perhaps we need to drum up a bit more interest in reader reviews for, well, everything?