Hey. My name is Stephen Mansfield, and I’m the sole guy running this blog. I’m an English student in my second year at Northeastern University. I ultimately want to cover the video game industry full time, but until that happens I plan on doing it as a hobby. I have been doing this for a year now, and I am happy with the way it has gone. There have been lulls and pieces I’m not super happy with, but I think that I have seen a clear improvement in both my writing and my work effort.
The purpose of this blog is to improve upon my abilities as a writer and a critic. It’s true that I want to get a job in the industry some day, but for now I’m solely focused on trying to improve my critical analysis skills. I believe that art critique is an important part of our culture, and I want to make my contributions in that area. I chose games because I am fascinated by them. I don’t believe that any other medium has the ability to affect us in the variety of ways that games do, and I also think that it is a medium still in its infancy. Games are great now, but they have the potential to be so much better. I want to be there when they are.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of videogames as a kid. I played them here and there, but it wasn’t until high school that I really started to explore the medium. I think this shapes who I am as a critic and a fan of games. I don’t have a lot of nostalgia for titles. There are games that I have a strong emotional connection to, but even those I played at a point in my life where I was smart enough to see the flaws in them. The obvious downside to this is that my knowledge of the history of games isn’t as deep as I want it to be. I make it a point to play older games from time to time and read about the history of the medium, but there are only so many hours in the day. I admit my flaws in this area and want this to be a learning experience. I sometimes speak about older games based on hearsay. Because of this, I might say things that aren’t actually true. If you notice this, I want you to call me out on it. It could make me go back and play that game in order to broaden my view of it. This is a learning experience, and if for some unknown reason you want to join me for that experience and read about it, then I thank you and I hope you enjoy.
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