So one of my favorite sites - Kotaku - had a contest recently:

Be A Kotaku Editor For A Day: The Contest

The gist is you send in three articles you hate and three articles you loved and explain why. The prize? A pile of gaming swag (awesome) and the chance to be a Kotaku editor for the day. Write some articles (with byline), participate in a podcast and generally be awesome. This was a great idea, so yesterday I scoured their site and sent my response designed to look like their reviews. I thought it was great, today I find out the finalists were picked at RANDOM!! Random, seriously, why not just ask people to say ME! in the comments and pick them randomly. Sigh...I am pretty bitter as I liked my it is for your perusal.

Hello Kotaku editors! This is a great idea for a contest; I have to admit I am more excited about the editor for a day aspect then the swag itself...though I will gladly take the swag!

I have long wanted to be in the gaming industry, in fact I write for the blogcritics gaming section and participate in the official gaming podcast weekly on blogtalk radio so this contest is a dream come true.

Without further ado, here is my list!



Prince Of Persia Review: Like Sands Through The Hourglass


Don't follow the pack: The writer looked at the game as a fresh experience and was not basing his review on previous games and their style. He looked at the experience as just that, yes it was easy, yes there was some repetitiveness but the overall experience was wonderful.

Just right: The review was a great length and touched on most of the main strengths and weaknesses of the game. The writing style is great as well, Fahey mixes words well and uses game lingo in the review effectively.

Great format: I am a fan of Kotaku's review style and in this case I found it worked better then normal. The loved sections were relevant and the summary gave you a great idea of what the game is all about

Guitar Hero: World Tour KFC Fully Loaded Box Meal Unboxing, Impressions


Hilarious: Writing an article about a KFC meal...and actually subjecting yourself to eating it? Priceless! Very similar to reviewing a crappy game, you have to suffer for your craft.

Great format: Writing this as if it were a proper review/impression made this article that much more enjoyable. I laughed out loud while reading this and that is rare for me.

Pictures are worth a thousand words: The pictures added a great deal to the article, the last shot especially turned my stomach which reinforced the hardships McWhertor had to endure.

Lips Review: Kinda Puckered Up


Effective review: Luke has a knack for writing fairly brief points that show the positive and negative points effectively. The 'It doesn't work' sections were clear enough to let you know that this is a promising game that is broken.

Funny: From terms like Puckered up to taking about the game like it is an entity this review was humorous, but not in a try to hard way.

Learning is good: Though the review was brief it gave all the key features in an easy to follow manner. Learning about the interface, media centre connectivity and feature-sets was enjoyable.

Not so Favorites:

Skitching, Tasing and Water Bottles in Skate 2


Is this a Thesis?: AJ is newish to the Kotaku tower and she sometimes doesn't realize that brevity and clarity sometimes are better then length. This is an impression of the Skate 2 game and its depth is to the analytical level. I glazed over at times when reading this article and it did not keep my attention.

Inconsistent language: At times professional and correct, at others write-speak style text. The changes in tone throughout the article left me re-reading certain sections.

So...yay or nay?: By the end of the article all I know is that Skate 2 delivers speed in spades. Not sure if AJ really enjoyed it or not. The article was more a liveblog of a demo then a hands on impression. I just felt that nothing was accomplished by this article

This Is What Atlus USA Looks Like


Wow a Slideshow: While the pictures where nice was there any point to this article? Kotaku originals should be a step above typical gaming sites...this was an excuse to show a few pictures with no purpose

Is this my Blog?: No offense, but this is the kind of lame thing I would put on My Blog, seriously, I have no press access so I just put pictures and links up plus my own experiences. Kotaku deserves better then this brief and generally useless 'article'.

What's the point?: Apologizing for blurry pictures? Teasing a Persona 4 article? Was there an article quota and the normally great Fahey had to submit something? This would have been a great footnote in the Persona 4 article, otherwise it was just filler and uninteresting at that.

The PS3 Wireless Keypad, In My Cold, Cold Hands


It's Good! Or is it?: I might be shooting myself in the foot in the contest by saying this, but even though this is an impression and not a review, a proper impression would be nice. Quite frankly I am not sure why this wasn't labeled a review, you have the keypad, you tried it, yet still there is no definitive opinion on it.

Re-read or Die!: Repeats of phrases, sentence fragments and awkward writing (sorry Crecente!). This article seemed to be a quick throw together and was not to Brian Crecentes usual high standards. A thorough re-read would have brought some of the weak areas to the writer's attention.

You tried it...right?: No impressions of in-game testing, messaging or even userid name changes. A hands on impression shouldn't just be 'I put my hands on it'. A lot of us would love to know if it is a useful device and trust Kotakus opinion. This article should have offered much more but took a shortcut.


So there it is, I hope I don't anger anyone...just being honest! =-) Have a great day and I really hope I hear that I am a finalist so I can show an example of my writing.

Michael Prince
Now that is just a crying shame. Sales figures announced show LittleBigPlanet had only 360,000 or so copies sold in Oct/Nov and the amazing/beautiful/fun title Valkyria Chrnicles only sold a heartbreaking 33,000 units.

LittleBigPlanet suffered from it's hype, it is a niche title at heart that was plagued with delays, controversy and mishandled moderation of levels. People who have it, love to play it, people who don't have it are sick of hearing about it. Valkyria Chronicles is a disservice to a great game. More people need to get this and spread the word.

What the Fuck is Gambit doing in the Wolverine Origins movie? Seriously, is Gambit even a serious player in the X-Men universe anymore? Continuity wise it makes no freaking sense. The rest of it looks pretty decent, Liev Schrieber does not look like a Sabretooth at all....I guess I will need to decide when I watch it.

It is a really exciting first look at the new movie and I will definitely watch it day one, just pray to God Gambit gets killed....I know he won't, but I can dream.

So the Spike VGA awards were last night. While I wasn't really interested in watching the show, I was really eager to see three big reveals.

God of War III

Looks great, man does it ever look great, gloves look seriously badass and the moves look even more over the top then ever before. really, really short and no story insight. I need more to decide if it will top the outstanding God of war II

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Hell Yeah!! No gameplay whatsoever, but the charm is still there and the real time graphics are better then ever. I hope we get to see some gameplay soon. This is my most anticipated game of 2009 (after FFXIII that is). I played Uncharted 3 times and would play it again.

Brutal Legend

Woot! Cannot wait for this game as well. I was worried through the beginning that this was going to be simply a one-liner filled appearance by jack Black (a la Apocalypse with Bruce Willis). But the end where he confronts the demon nun (kinda sexy though) I was laughing. Still not sure how the gameplay really plays out, but it is Tim Shaffer so I am all over it.

I am a huge Street Fighter fan and am still greatly enjoying LittleBigPlanet. I will have a tough time resisting these sackboy costumes...especially this one:

Coming to the PSN in the new Year, Site will launch here.

Wish they had a Bruce Lee branded qwerty smartphone in the European/North American would be the answer to all my dreams on a new phone solution.

So Black Friday. For whatever reason Canada does not have an equivalent this wonderful shopping day...BUT we do have access to online retailers and I do so happen to have a US shipping address!

Looked at the Amazon sales and instead of getting newer stuff for a slight discount, I instead grabbed:

Too Human for 19.99
Viking: Battle for Asgard for 14.99
Nyko Charge Base PS3 for 9.95

Nothing groundbreaking, but the two games were ones I wanted to play, but didn't want to pay anywhere near full pop or be constrained by renting (I like to own games).

Looking forward to taking Too Human for a spin, I like Diablo hack and slash style games and I did enjoy the demo.

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