I feel the urge for a new feature for ML.

Like the Movie/Book of the Week, or the daily music video.  Only, I’m not sure what it should be.  It should be:

  • Hopefully interesting;
  • Hopefully useful;
  • And hopefully revenue-generating.

Suggestions? – Bear in mind that, on the grid or no, I don’t have the money to budget regular product reviews, and people don’t send me stuff to review, either.


  • HeartbreakRidge says:

    Why not gaming? More so than movies & books, the gaming area needs more sites with a view from the right.

  • Neil Stevens says:

    There’s got to be a way to bootstrap you into game reviews, so that people DO start sending you stuff to review.

  • HeartbreakRidge says:

    Hell, especially if you start with smaller devs, I bet you get stuff right off the bat.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      If we’re talking about video games, the other half of the problem is that… I don’t actually know how to review video games! 🙂

  • Neil Stevens says:

    I was actually thinking smalltime RPG types, but video games work too.

    And bah, you’re a writer. You can learn. 🙂

  • Free-range Oyster says:

    Reviews in general are not so hard as you would think. I work for an online publisher, and we have done a number of reviews for various kinds of products. In most cases, all we had to do was contact the company, tell them a little about ourselves and our traffic, and we were set. Granted, our traffic is pretty good, but if you know how to spin it, you can make a good pitch. I doubt you could get into video games (too much greed and paranoia among the publishers, and too many big fish in the pond already) but paper and pencil RPGs could use a good reviewer outside of RPG.net. Go for it, I say! Oyster out.

  • HeartbreakRidge says:


    Seriously, Neil is right. As a consumer of video game reviews, and of listening to a LOT of gaming podcasts, I’d agree that the primary skill for a reviewer is writing. A lot of reviewers fall into the trap of either getting too far into the nuts and bolts of the technology, or doing a poor job *explaining* their conclusions and experience with a game.

  • Jim 22 says:

    Someone needs to keep a running list of Pres. Obama’s gaffes. Stuff like:

    *”The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.” –Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28, 2010

    *”No, no. I have been practicing…I bowled a 129. It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something.” –making an off-hand joke during an appearance on “The Tonight Show”, March 19, 2009

    *”What I was suggesting — you’re absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith…” –in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos

    etc., etc., etc.

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