A few disclaimers:
1. Nothing makes my opinion more valid than yours or anyone else's.
am not by any stretch of the imagination a professional or
well-educated in anything I talk about (other than maybe storytelling?
Even then, all I've got is an English BA, so not by much). I'm not the end-all, be-all voice on a topic,
and you have no obligation to take me as such. In fact, I powerfully
discourage it! I'm just a girl who likes to talk about stories.
2. I believe that art is subjective.
personally believe that, to some extent, whether a piece of art is
"good" or "bad" is a matter of taste. And I believe that very few pieces
are "all good" or "all bad." Most fall on a spectrum, a mixed
3. I believe that reviews are subjective.
have had to accept that reviewers (even the ones I
really like and admire) aren't the hand of God stretching past the smog
of lousy media to pull out the jewels of life. To some degree, we're all
reviewers: we all have opinions on the things we've seen or
experienced. Some may be more "learned" on a medium's history, style,
theory, etc.; but in the end, what they enjoyed or didn't are based on
their opinions. My reviews are just that: my opinions.
4. I believe that everyone's biased in one way or another.
said, I'm going to be up-front about what my biases are. If I agree or disagree with something because of personal beliefs, I'll let you know. If I like
something based on nostalgia, I'll say so. If I'm a huge fan of
a series, I'll tell you.
In fact, here's a list of
some of my all-time favorites. You can be sure that since I LOVE all of
these, I'll be talking about them--probably a lot, and probably in a
mostly positive (if not glowing) light.
But I will always, ALWAYS tell you WHY I love something, not just "because it's great."
can also check out my likes just in case you're curious. In my
experience, I prefer to read gamer reviews from people whose tastes line
up with mine--because why would I invest $60+ in a brand-new game
unless someone whose opinion I respected, who likes the same sort of
things I do, said that they enjoyed the game?