Becoming a reviewer

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by YoshiInAVoid, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. YoshiInAVoid
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  2. Ryukouki

    Ryukouki See you later, guys.

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    Guide in my signature. Read it. :)
     
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    Thanks, that really helped.
     
  4. Joe88

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    I got invited for a few review items especially alot during the ps3 jailbreak dongle era (got like 5 of them free, now they are useless XD )
    I would not start contacting sites for review items becuase there are literately tons of people doing this looking for free crap
    They usually look for actual forum staff members when looking for people to review items or users who have been here along time, have alot of posts, and are generally known in the community
     
  5. YoshiInAVoid
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    So you think I should keep making review of the things I own, and then wait for them to come to me?
     
  6. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    For the most part DS flash cart reviews are dead. Everything that is not the supercard, a R4i gold, which you will have to have to replace every other update for the 3ds it seems, is dead and nothing interesting is happening there. Nothing new will probably happen in them and even if it did you then face the "going up against the supercard" issue which already has a lot of homebrew, likely not easily ported out either, available for it.

    Still the five ways to get things are

    1) You pay for it yourself.
    2) The site you work for pays for it. This can be like 1) if you own the site, you may have to do tax stuff though if you are being paid for it (UK self employment stuff is odd).
    3) A vendor of such devices gives you one to review (you may or may not have to return it, for low value items like basic flash carts and mod chips you have to solder in this is less likely).
    4) The manufacturer of such devices will send you a copy.
    5) Write homebrew/software/fixes for the cart, this can also including being prominent in the scenes in question and this can also include being support for the teams in question if they have a forum (few do any more). Not so many people do this nowadays and most of the teams that ever did this are no longer doing it.

    In the cases of 3 and 4 they will tend to expect a "? sent it to me" and it is considered good reviewer form to state that as well (also some kind of legal obligation in several countries I think).

    1) is obvious, 2) is also obvious if you work for a site (and there are not many that do flash carts these days).
    For 3) vendors will have contact pages
    For 4) manufacturers will typically have a website with a contact page.

    In the case of 3 and 4 (and 2 for that matter) you will need to demonstrate you are not just looking for a handout. A previous body of work is helpful here, this need not be reviews and if you have good guides to setting things up, good articles on related topics (top homebrew or something) and other such things.

    Consider also that your 10 hour review and nice link (and logo) to the vendor in question is probably worth far more than the shipping and bulk rate item they just gave you, especially as such a thing probably immediately went on their expenses.

    Originally I would have suggested people people had a site*, I still do at some level unless you are staff on somewhere like this, but a good youtube channel and blog to cover it all works well.

    *assuming you do not get a silly TLD a basic domain costs hardly anything (what £10 a year for a .com) and even if you just forward the domain and any emails sent to it right through to your blog/youtube channel and whatever email provider you use. If your would be registrar does not give you site and email forwarding for free then you have picked the wrong one.

    Looking at those reviews, not bad. You probably want to a) get better lighting (have a search for daylight bulbs, they should run a little more fiver for one that works) and b) learn about white balance on your camera (or at least do it in gimp or something afterwards). Most of us are guilty of being caught short of on both of those but it is a simple fix. They are possibly a bit short though I already mentioned there is not a lot to look at in a modern DS flash cart review, your spelling and grammar seems to be fine at a glance which is a must (I gather the features section was original a list you neglected to remove the commas from). I am not sure where raw technical skill gets you nowadays, way back and for some systems you would be expected to have fair computer using abilities as well as the ability to solder but today it is not quite so relevant.

    Again there is precious little happening in the DS world these days, precious little happening in the 3ds world either, which is why a lot of stuff you see around here as far as reviews go is leaning more towards home consoles (Devin did quite a bit not so long ago, both flashing chips and custom controllers), open source handhelds (though to be fair Another World has long liked those sorts of things) and more general news or features based.

    That said if you enjoy doing it then you are not hurting anybody, I covered how to move up in the world there as well. Likewise if the 3ds scene does kick off in earnest (right now it is basically gateway and some software launched homebrew, most of which has not been released) you will be in a good position to point at your previous body of work when asking for a device that retails for £70.
     
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  7. BORTZ

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    According to a PM conversation I was having with Rauly, we are kinda short handed on reporters ATM.
     
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  8. Ryukouki

    Ryukouki See you later, guys.

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    DS Chips are sadly dead and have been beaten to death in reviews at this point. You should very much focus on items you own, games you have, things like that that will generate interest.

    When you write, you should write with the expectation that you are informing the community. Often times people just write for LOL LOOTZ and that is so readily obvious it's not even funny. Writing a GOOD review takes a LOT of time, and often times the time you spend might not be worth it. If you decide to contact people, find people that are well known and not that guy who lives in a basement. A more reputable seller will be harder to get the trust of, but it holds more weight. It makes you seem less needy. ;) I have been down the road, and it sucks if you pick a bad reseller. :(

    But definitely what FAST said. He hit all the points spot on. If you're serious though there really is nothing wrong with it. I wish you the best of luck.

    BortzANATOR: *cough cough* we are short on reporters. *cough*
     
  9. BORTZ

    BORTZ "Another stunning Van Gogh"

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    STOP TRYING TO MAKE BORTZ WRITER HAPPEN :P

    Im just messing. I have a few reviews to write but I dont think I could be a full blown reviewer. I am not thorough enough.
     
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  10. Ryukouki

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    Reviewer, maybe. But reporter, I could definitely see you doing this. It's not as awful as you might imagine. ;)
     
  11. Black-Ice

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    Aint that the staff position with the most people in it? :o
     
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  12. Ryukouki

    Ryukouki See you later, guys.

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    True, finding active ones is the hardest part.
     
  13. Qtis

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    You know they were in a little bit of trouble since I got promoted to reporter :tpi:

    Seriously though, reviewing stuff should be a hobby at first. A lot of people think it's just "I get free stuff for nothing", which usually ends up with bad or uninteresting reviews. Do things that you're interested in. It shows you how you would do things with something you're interested in. After that, try something different. Then you'll see if it's really easy or hard to start writing with a bit more unfamiliar stuff :)

    Good and unbiased reviews aren't easy to make. Both good and bad critics will be made, but just develop your talents based on the feedback and most of all, never stop writing. It helps a ton! You can ask pretty much any of the reporters (especially the non native English speakers) about how their writing skills have developed over time.
     
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  14. jurassicplayer

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    Professional reviews are too much effort ┐('~`;)
    I was fine with just making videos about flashcarts because by virtue of my outstanding luck, I ended up with a number of them. For the most part, my videos weren't even really for other people (though recording them for other people was better than just talking to myself on video) and it was more or less because I wanted a reference on the flashcarts that I had since it isn't really feasible to use multiple flashcarts for the same purpose. There was also the reason that even though there are a number of video reviews of flashcarts and stuff, there weren't any that actually went through all the stuff of the flashcart menus (probably because nobody but myself actually cared).
     
  15. Gahars

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    Also, make the highest quality content you can at first. If you want to get anywhere, you're going to have to cut your teeth and prove yourself. Find your voice, refine your style, and you'll eventually stand out from the crowd.