So i started a video game blog v.KotakuLikesUs

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  1. Fareo

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    So a few co-workers and i have been working on a video game blog and a podcast for a few months now, trying to get ideas for layouts topics, podcasting and so on. i was gonna wait to get your opinions on it, but chances are if you read kotaku you might accidentally find it?

    i recently posted a topic about the PSP go and renting games. i also sent it to kotaku with a link to my blog figuring they would run the story but i would get no credit and... well... i got tons of credit, user name drop, blog name drop and a link to the blog at the bottom of their article. :eek3:

    http://kotaku.com/5373693/digital-rentals-built-in-to-pspgo

    our blog can be found below, or linked on their page

    http://theretailgamer.blogspot.com/

    so to clarify we are not trying to be a news site like kotaku, ign, destructoid or so on. its more of a place to post my rants and reviews, as well as 3 others rants and reviews. at the moment its just 4 of us, but ive been getting interest from others to join as well, so it might expand.

    i would look at it as, opinions from other people about the the video game industry (which is kinda why we come here). obviously im not trying to distract usage of the GP for our blog (thats dumb). im still going to post more often on OT then the blog, but its just something to do with my extra free time.

    if your interested in posting an article or being part of the team let me know, however keep in mind we are still in a "betablog" stage, so im not signing people on just yet. im more or less looking for feedback on the topics, our opinions, the podcast, and the over all look of the page? so that we can make any necessary improvements.

    constructive criticism is encouraged :x:

    flaming is not :nono:

    anyways thanks if you clicked the link :wiggle:

    *edit*

    please listen to our podcast and post some feedback, im going to setup a RSS when we post EP1 for now its just a download

    Click> BETACAST

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    right now the front page is kinda filled with updates heres an article you might wanna try...

    http://theretailgamer.blogspot.com/2...-calamity.html

    A review

    http://theretailgamer.blogspot.com/2...-resort-r.html

    Reviews Coming soon
    Gran Turismo PSP
    Kingdom Hearts 358/2
    Katamari Forever
     
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    Slurms McKenzie New Member

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    The layout is crap, the stories are ok. I feel like the only way this would work is if was hillarious and so far...meh. Keep working on it.
     
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    layouts on blogger are balls to work with, if we got into it enough and invested in a .com we could improve it a lot more. but more specifically what don't you like about it?

    :dunno:

    and you say "the only way this would work" are you implying us getting big and famous like kotaku? because that's not technically what we are after, of course we would take it but our goal is just to vent, rant, and review. some of us also might get into journalism in the future to work for bigger sites? so how are your criticizing it?
     
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    be more like yahtzee
     
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    hate everything? but if we did that wouldnt we just be ripping him off and the result in fail anyways?

    thanks for posting at least i guess :o
     
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    :rofl: I JUST read that Kotaku article... grats on the publicity.
    Blog design is meh. I personally hate sites with static image backgrounds like that. I prefer simple patterns, solid or gradient colours for backgrounds but that's just me. The green and white on dark grey works though.

    As for content, so far (aside from the PSP Go rental article, which is good) I just see the usual stuff I see on every other game site: release schedules, announcements & PSN/XBL updates. Perhaps game reviews, commentary on different studios, current events & the game industry as a whole would help find more topics to write original posts about. So far, I think it's a good start though. I'll add it to my RSS feed :coold: I'd also be in for contributing if you need, I'd like to bring my writing skills back up to par.

    Oh, and the game rating system seems quite the failboat. Just my opinion, though... stick with something more standard, like numbers out of five, or letter grades :dunno:
     
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    Well I'm assuming you want to have a steady fan base, and not to many people will regulary check your site if it's only just rants and raves without jokes or amazing writing. You just need a hook is all I'm trying to say. If you want future employers to take you seriously you'll need a decent sized website. Anyone can put up a site but it takes talent to have a following.

    And the site just looks like it was lazily slapped together, it's not even easy on the eyes. Crazy background, green and grey? It's really busy.
     
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    I like the prinny
     
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    so the background, i donno, i made it because the solid or gradient colored background i originally had looked plain and boring? but maybe i over did it? typically it doesnt bother me but ill keep it in mind.

    if your flip through some of the older post there are some more original topics. im trying to keep the blah "rehash of what you just read somewhere else" to a minimum. cbreem enjoys doing the weekly's just for personal gain so i dont mind that, but expect more original topics to drop pretty soon. we all recently were just working on podcast ideas and not the blog so we are gonna focus on getting some better articles up.

    the rating system was a joke, i thought it was funny but ya the more i think about it it is a lil complicated. but thats the beauty of being in a beta form, shit can change.

    all good stuff here, ill bring it back to the guys and see what we think we can change.

    thanks bro :h5:
     
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    true, we would like to have some kinda of following. so like i said in the original post we weren't really ready to start promoting the blog but when news drops (in your lap) you gonna roll with it so here we are. we have some reviews in que (katamari, gran turismo, kingdom hearts) and some topics as well we just need to write them and since we are gonna focus more on the blog post and less the podcasts i think you'll see the integrity of the posts improve.

    so right now the blog is too busy? ill go back and see if i can simplify it more.

    thanks
     
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    Seems to be a slight Sony bias. I listened to the podcast for 15 min and all I heard was Sony stuff and the trophy unlock sound. Then discussion about platinum trophies. It's on the blog too even tho I see wii and 360 stuff.
     
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    Not that there is anything wrong with that:hsugh:
     
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    cbreem This custom user title is custom.

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    ya funny thing about that,

    A. sony has been kinda blitzing the news lately they just launched 2 new pieces of hardware and microsoft has been kinda quite talking mostly about fable 3 and natal which is next year :o

    B. the only xbox we currently have just RRoD :hs: .. erm we are working on fixing that and potentially adding another xbox to bunch... time and money homes, time and money... but ya we do want to appeal to all formats :o
     
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    right now the front page is kinda filled with updates heres an article you might wanna try...

    http://theretailgamer.blogspot.com/2009/08/unity-results-in-calamity.html

    A review

    http://theretailgamer.blogspot.com/2009/08/wii-sports-resort-r.html

    Reviews Coming soon
    Gran Turismo PSP
    Kingdom Hearts 358/2
    Katamari Forever

    :hs:
     
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    I will say it's too busy right now. I think you should toss the background with the guitars, consoles and such. Also get a new color style. You don't wanna be like kotaku and be ugly as fuck:o
     
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    so far thats what we have been hearing, even outside of OT so we are all actually debating that right now via IM

    thanks for the honesty keep it coming, i really what hear back about the podcast, it is also a beta tho :hs:
     
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    Well instead if buying another 250$ Umd-less PSP you could have got a 360 to play Forza3 while you wait for GT5
    :hsughno:
     
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    :squint: listen bub... not you too. my PSP was toast and ive been waiting for GT PSP for like 5 years.. legotaku is gonna rub this shit in.... :o

    fuck... i was just thinkn bout that today too.. *sigh* i donno maybe ill just put it on the credit card im made of money right :hs:

    oh and side note i paid $211 for the go with tax
     
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    Congrats on the linkage and write-up! I really like the tone of the writing although I gotta say that using numerals instead of the word form of a number gets on my nerves (e.g. "But there is only 1 way to sort them").

    I also think that you could improve the design of the blog by removing that background image and using a solid color or a gradient.

    Aside from that, keep up the good work! :bigthumb:
     
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    we are changing the background right now so if looks funky check back it might be something different in a min or 2.
     
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    congrats!

    i subscribed w/ google reader.
    (i just hate how blogspot blogs have such a tight reading area
     
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    got a new background up, the anyone who didnt like the old background, take a look now :x:
     
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    juvental604 I like to pee upside down OT Supporter

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    It has potential , but right now I am not feeling a need to read it. Definitely get rid of all the stories that are everywhere else, because seeing the same thing everywhere is just generic.

    You talked earlier about rants and I think one way to do it would be a good cop bad cop type of thing.
    I could care less about your opinion (good or bad) on reviews so I would probably not focus on that and instead go more indepth about things that maybe a page like kotaku is lacking.


    And if you are really feeling the itch to review something, do it to a game that is really niche and not many know about, not something like wii sports. blazeblu, muramasa, fatprincess are the type of titles im talking about.

    Anyways thats just my opinion, in the end I dont know what the masses are really looking for, but you guys already seem to be going the niche direction so might as well keep it as unique as possible.

    Also I like the story you sent to kotaku, speculation or dreaming is always a good thing.
     
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    wow that was not what i was expecting you to post at all. :o

    so we have been talking internally about the over abundance of reposted topics and if you sift through it to some of leonharfs posts you will find more of what your looking to read. going forward this is something we are going to strive for so we completely agree.

    thats an interesting point on reviews, im really itching to review gran turismo because i think i have an different out look on the game and i want to have people hear me out and then give feedback after they understand my point, so ya going foward again this is something we are looking into.

    all good points thanks bro :h5:
     

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