How To Make Money Online By Writing Video Game Reviews

The internet provides you with various new and exciting ways to earn money every day. It does not matter if you are currently working a part time job or a full time one, there are plenty of ways to make quick, extra money on the internet. Writing video game reviews is one of the things that you can do. Nowadays, there are many websites you can use to publish your reviews and earn money from them. Yes, it is possible to get extra income from writing and many people have tried their luck in this kind of job.

If you are a video game enthusiast, and you always keep up to date with the latest games in the market, then this job is perfect for you. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of writing reviews, you might want to know the tricks to do it right. Below are some tips worth trying:

1. Publish your reviews on different websites. If you expect a good earning, then you should post your reviews on at least 4 websites or even more. There are revenue share sites where you can get a percentage of the advertising revenue from your articles. You also have the option to start a blog but it may take a bit more time to generate money. The revenue share sites offer a quicker way to earn money than a blog. If you choose to have a blog, you will have to spend more time and put in more effort to make sure that it gets a good ranking on search engines.

2. Don’t just stop on one review, you should publish as many as you can. It is important to publish more articles so you can earn more money. It is also important for you to maintain your articles so that you can still earn money from them in years to come. This enables you to build up readership, link your work to get higher rank on the search engine, and learn more about your trade.

3. In order to write good reviews, you have to play many different video games. However, video games are not exactly cheap and you may not have the time to play all the latest games in the market. A good solution to overcome this problem is by rewriting your reviews and posting them at the websites that you write for. You can talk about the different aspects of a game in several articles.

4. Don’t forget to expand your topic. Besides game reviews, you can also write game tips, list of top 10 best action games, cheat codes, and many more.

It takes time before you can earn a steady income, but with perseverance and creativity, you can succeed. In the first month, you may only earn few cents per article but don’t take it as an obstacle. Your earning will increase as long as you keep writing and publishing the reviews on the internet.

Guitar Hero World Tour Video Game Review

There has not been a single product that has taken the world by such a storm since the invention of the video game console itself. Now the makers of video games have done it again with the world famous Guitar Hero World Tour Video Game. With this awesome video game rock star wannabes everywhere can now rock out and play to their favorite songs using pressing buttons on a pretend guitar. Everyone from grandparents, soccer moms to teens can play their favorite songs such as Free Bird or Carry on My Wayward Son. And since parents, grandparents and kids alike love this awesome video game it is a great way for us parents to bond with our kids.

Well, if you and your kids loved Guitar Hero you have not seen anything yet. This holiday season get ready for the latest and greatest version of fun with the Guitar Hero World Tour Video Game. Guitar Hero World Tour Video Game is officially the fourth installment of the Guitar Hero series. The new version of this instant classic possesses even more rocking capability of any of the other three video games combined.

The new version of the Guitar Hero World Tour Video Game will include the following accessories for yours and your children’s playing pleasure:

• Famous plastic guitar
• Drums
• Microphone

These new accessories will allow players to add drumming and lyrics to their songs, creating a more vibrant rock star experience. And since up to four players can play the new version its perfect for families as well as friends. You can even create and record your own songs giving you the ability to show just how big of a rock star you really are.

The new Guitar hero World Tour Video Game also allows a player to customize their own rock star allowing players to customize their appearance as well including age and the number of tattoos they have. You also have the ability to play as your favorite rock star such as: Linkin Park, Ozzy Osbourne, Sting, etc. The game can even virtually represent real life music venues from around the world.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up your copy of Guitar Hero World Tour Video Game this holiday season and get rocking with your family. The game is available for all major video game consoles, including the PlayStation III, Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii.

How To Make A Video Game Review

It must sound fun for a lot of people to hear that a person can make a living out of making a video game review. However, what people don’t realize is that making a game review is just as hard as any job out there. I started a blog thinking that I could make 1 game review a week, but I was wrong. Even if you only plan to make a review for casual games or even browser games, it will still take sometime to make a quality review. The good news is, there are certain areas that you only need to focus your energy on in order to make a reasonable review of the game. Here, I reveal to you my steps on how to make a video game review.

Research About The Game – It is important to include in your review what type of game you are reviewing. It’s also useful to tell your readers when the game was released and on which platforms. Tell a little about the story or plot of the game but do not spoil the reader on important events.

Play the Game – You have to get some hands on experience of the game. I would suggest that you focus on the following areas

Gameplay – In this criteria you can say about how fun the game is, how difficult it is and what sort of enemies you’d encounter and even how many levels there are in the game. You can give some tips and tricks on how to play the game here. Useful to some readers are the number of hours you played the game, but I personally don’t record my hours played. It’s also useful to tell the reader something about the unique features of a game such as if the game supports a day and night system, combining items to make new items, online mode, etc.
Graphics – Mention specifically how the game looks like. Is it 2D or 3D? There are various kinds of 2D games like platform, isometric, sidescrolling, etc., the same goes for 3D games. Pay attention to details such as the character faces and animation, tell the reader how you appreciate or despise them. Compliment on the visual effects such as the glow of fire or shadows in dungeons.
Music or Sound – While not generally a deciding factor for people to buy games, some people are just fans of the game’s composer from different games and that might just interest your readers. Describe the type of music played throughout the game like is it rock, western, ballad, etc. Describe how sound effects help in playing the game or how it is not helping the player survive.
Controls – You can actually combine this with the gameplay category but it won’t hurt to make a special section on how the control system works. In my case, I start with the usual hardware required to play the game like a mouse, joystick or DPad and comment on how the controls are setup by default and if the controls are customizable. In some games like flash games, I include sound and screen configuration under controls.
Replay Value – If you can mention if there are unlockable modes upon beating the game then this would post a high interest for the reader. For example, on RPG games side quests are very typical aside from defeating the final boss. An RPG that doesn’t have a side quest are usually poor in this category. Castlevania games like Symphony of the Night and Castlevania Order of Ecclesia have very good replay values.

Score the Game – Based on the above criteria, it’s also useful to score the game. This is because some readers don’t have the patience of reading the entire review and just looking for some sort of second opinion of whether the game is good or not. Scores are made just for this purpose. You can use metrics such as a scale of 1 to 5 or scale of 1 to 10 or even just plain words such as excellent, good or bad.

How To Write An Effective Video Game Review

Basically, writing a review on anything is subjective because you are appealing to your own ideas, appreciation or impression. While it is given a review writer should base what he writes about something he had first-hand experience with, he should be able to give objective facts and not depend on his own thoughts.

Again, writing a review is subjective but a reviewer should base his subjective perception on the objective facts and confirm or deny them based on his experience.

The best example of this is when you are reviewing a car in which the engineers who designed it say it can reach up to 200 miles per hour. The reviewer should, if allowed to do the test drive, see if it can indeed reach up to that top speed. If so, only then a reviewer could confirm that the car lives up to the expectations.

So, how will you review a video game?

You Should Play – there is no way you can produce a good and honest review of a video game if you haven’t played it. Therefore, you should spend some time to play it and discover about the things you heard about the game and compare them to your own gaming experience.

Evaluate the Graphics – for modern video games, the graphical representation is very important because they give life to a game; hence, the name “video” game. Evaluating the graphics would require you to switch to different resolution and screen size and see if the performance is affected by every setting. You should also see if the game provides what the developers promised regarding the video.

Listen and Criticize the Audio – listening is definitely different from criticizing. You should first listen so that you will know how the audio is being recorded and put into the game. If you have heard enough, criticize it and extract some facts from your experience.

Learn the Controls – playing a video game well means you should also learn how to effectively use the controls then be mindful of the sensitivity of every button or keys. Some games are just not so responsive than others. If you need to differentiate the control sensitivity with other games, then do so but don’t overdo it.

Learn the Gist of the Story – learning the story of the video game is easier than you thought but evaluating whether it is competitive is difficult. However, you have to be honest about this because most of the gamers base their interest on the storyline of the game. If you’re playing a sequel, for example Mass Effect 3, you should research about the storyline of the first two iterations and see if there is continuity.

Defense Grid: The Awakening PC Video Game Review

Defense Grid: The Awakening is a tower defense game that was first released way back in 2009. If you decide to download the title today, you can probably find it on sale, like I did. In that case-or even if you have to full price, if I’m to be completely honest-you should definitely make a purchase. Hidden Path Entertainment has put together a truly satisfying package.

There’s a story, of course: aliens are invading a futuristic complex and you have to save it. You do so by activating defensive measures (mostly gun turrets) while a chatty AI pal who occasionally sounds a lot like Zartan from the old G.I. Joe cartoon gives you alerts and talks about raspberries. He once was a human, you understand. That was years ago, though, and now he just wants to help you as you defend “the grid.” The story isn’t especially deep. It’s told in bits and pieces, through mournful snippets of dialogue that you’ll hear repeatedly if you happen to suck at completing a given stage. By the end of the game, you’ll know the full tragic tale of your mechanical chum.

The plot isn’t really the reason that Defense Grid is such a wonderful experience, though. The real draw is the strategy side of things. Placing towers to stop a seemingly endless stream of enemies doesn’t seem like it should serve as the basis for a successful subgenre, but for some reason it almost always does. A few times, I’ve sat down to play for a minutes before going to bed and then looked up hours later only to find that night had come and gone. That’s a rare enough occurrence for me nowadays that I really notice it when it happens.

At a glance, Defense Grid doesn’t differ a lot from the typical tower defense title. You start off with a paltry few units and your arsenal expands over time. The first few that you’ll gain are often the most useful, however. They include standard guns, flame cannons and lasers. Each piece of arsenal that you add to the mix (known here as “towers”) will cost you resources. You start a stage with a set amount of resources and you gain more of them as you gun down aliens that are trying to reach your cores. The goal is to prevent them from doing so, but that’s not always possible. Sometimes, you have to just shoot them down before they can escape with any cores that they may have grabbed. If too many cores are snagged by enemies in a given level, you lose. The better you do at preventing those precious cores from being taken, the higher your score will be when you complete a stage.

The score component definitely adds something to Defense Grid. Each stage features default scores that you can try to beat, and you can also compete with friends to prove your superiority. Placing somewhere on the general scoreboard isn’t difficult (you’re essentially guaranteed placement as long as you clear a map), but snagging a top spot is another matter entirely. You’ll need to play a nearly perfect game if you want to claim true victory. Even winning a map without losing any cores might not be enough; you also need to make sure that you’re not wasteful with your resources.

Unfortunately, even with the leaderboards on hand to keep you motivated, Defense Grid can become dull after prolonged exposure. It’s best played a few hours at a time, or even for a few minutes here and there. If you try to clear too many maps at once, the repetitive nature of things can start to wear on you. Almost without exception, the strategy to clear a map is to start by placing inexpensive units so that they block choke points and force aliens to take the longest route to the core. Then you upgrade some of those units and supplement them with more expensive varieties. There are occasional complications in the form of multiple entry and exit points for enemies in the later stages, but even then your best bet is to force everyone to snake through some well-placed machine guns (your most basic defense) that you have upgraded to their maximum level.

If the general campaign gets old, though, there also are alternatives. Missions include special objectives that switch things up. Your options change depending on the scenario. In one case, you might be able to try a familiar stage with 99 waves instead of the usual 25 or 30. Elsewhere, you might be able to start with 20,000 resources but defeated enemies won’t drop any additional resources. Since there are more than 20 missions, each with a handful of compelling variations, Defense Grid can keep you entertained for a long while if you’ll just let it.

While Defense Grid won’t ever be mistaken for a graphical powerhouse (this isn’t the genre for that), its presentation is pleasingly effective. You can zoom in and see good detail on the towers and the invading enemy forces, or you can pull your perspective back to view things from a distance (typically the best option if you’re serious about winning or unfamiliar with a map’s nuances). Despite the amount of on-screen activity in the more hectic areas, the action progresses quite smoothly on a decent PC. You can also speed up the invasion by holding the ‘F’ button on your keyboard, or the appropriate button on your gamepad. There’s never a point where things move at an incredible pace, but that’s probably for the best.

If you’ve been looking for an interesting title to add to your Steam library and you like being an armchair general, Defense Grid: The Awakening is a terrific investment. Featuring a wealth of content and solid campaign design that shows a thorough understanding of what makes the genre click, Hidden Path Entertainment’s attempt at tower defense is arguably the best on the market. Just don’t be surprised if it leaves you hungry for raspberries.