You may have read my recent thoughts about Shadow of the Tomb Raider. It’s a big departure from what I had been writing in the form of reviews, but it’s a change that I felt had been needed in a very long time. For what reasons?
I rarely have the luxury of reviewing a game in a timely enough manner for the review itself to be relevant at all. It’s difficult to really get into writing a review when I’ve had almost no time to play it, which is likely why my impressions of games are far more likely to attract attention. Honestly, I’d be more broken up by that, except for my next point, which is that I have much more fun when I can just throw my ideas out there into the void of the internet. My review structure is a carry-over from when I first started a blog and wanted to find a way to quantify my experiences in a manner that made for meaningful scores (yes, I had originally decided to score my reviews).
As you might have already noticed, I don’t score my reviews. I’ve mentioned that a few times before, but the gist of it is that I rarely feel like a score can truly sum up the value of a game. The idea was that each category would either be “good”, “neutral”, or “bad”, which would give each section one point, half a point, or no points.
You can probably see how flawed and convoluted that system would be.
But I digress, because the natural progression is that I tend to write more often, and produce more meaningful thoughts when I’m writing off the cuff; when it’s my raw thoughts, and I’m not trying to come up with something for the sake of filling a checkbox.
Hence the creation of Thought Salad! Basically, the idea is that I just throw up some (relatively) unfiltered thoughts onto the page and see what sticks. It’s the most fun I’ve had with writing in some time, and I honestly loved writing about Shadow of the Tomb Raider. It was probably one of the easiest posts I’ve written in a very long time.
So that’s a thing now. I don’t plan to stop writing full reviews, but you can expect to see the structure of my reviews to change.
With that in mind, I have more news to share, but I’m going to keep coy about it for now… Because I’ll have everything I need by Friday.
Then the real fun begins!