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Portfolio

Welcome to our Portfolio, a summary of our philosophy here at Pixelsocks.com, as well as a look at several sample pieces of Adam’s writing. Whether you’re interested in hiring a blogger, a game reviewer or journalist, or if you just want to know why you should read Pixelsocks.com, you’ve come to the right place.

Pixelsocks.com is a different kind of game news and review site. We recognize that gamers of all kinds have a limited amount of time and money to be spent on gaming. Even when those resources are large, they are finite, and gaming drains them fast. Our mission at Pixelsocks.com is to empower our readers to make educated decisions about spending those resources. That’s why instead of a score like “9/10,” you’ll see a dollar value for each game, as well as advice on if you should buy, rent, borrow, or skip a particular title.

Gamers also have different tastes, and those tastes are going to influence how much they like a title. FPS genre fans may well get $50 worth of content from Call of Duty 4, but casual gamers might not enjoy its steep learning curve. Hardcore gamers may laugh off games like Wii Bowling, but casual gamers will have a lot of fun beating their old PE nemesis. That’s why we give you three distinct recommendations for different kinds of gamers: hardcore, genre-fans, and casual.

The most important part of a review, however, is giving the reader enough information about the game to know if it’s the sort of game that he’ll enjoy. Primary game mechanics, story, music, and visual components all are important in how a game comes together, and how much you as a player will enjoy the game. Do you hate intuitive puzzle games? Then Professor Layton isn’t for you. Is an impressive score important to your gameplay experience? Spac3 Invaders Extr3me might tickle your fancy. By giving the reader a sense of what it’s like to play the game, our reviews give readers a chance to decide for themselves how much the game is worth.

To see how these review philosophies work in action, three pieces written by Adam are highlighted here:

First, we have Super Mario Galaxy, Mario’s latest platforming romp. As gaming’s most visible icon, Mario titles receive a great deal of media attention. Here’s a flavor of what Adam has to say about the physics in this title:

Part of the fun of exploring these worlds is determining which direction is down. Check your physics background at the door, because gravity is usually relative to the surface on which you’re standing. It’s difficult to imagine without hands-on time with the game, but the first time you take a long jump around the corner of a cubic world and almost achieve escape velocity while the camera rotates a stomach-churning ninety degrees, you’ll know this is something exciting and new.

Second, we have a Flash Roundup, examining three flash-based platform games from independent developers who publish online. Internet games have received more attention of late with Penny Arcade’s PAX 10, and Adam reviewed one for this article back in June. Adam says this about Chronotron:

At its heart, Chronotron is about nothing so much as management and delegation. Most of the fun in the game comes from breaking the navigation of a room into little steps that a single duplicate can perform. However, putting the plan into action calls for pure platforming grace.

Finally, a Christmas feature in which Adam beseeches Santa to prompt game developers into changing the way they make the games as he makes his yearly round. From his discussion “Length is not a Feature:”

Could you imagine if games didn’t have to be 40 hours long? Strip out all the padding and .hack could have been a fast-paced RPG with an interesting premise and episodic gaming could have gotten a three-year head start. World of Warcraft might not need 40 minute play sessions to get anything done. There’s a beautiful world out there where games don’t just drag on and on and on, and you can lead us there.

Additionally, Pixelsocks.com is a game news site. We report the news and add personal blurbs for gamers who don’t necessarily have the time and the interest to read through all of the business news for things that interest them.

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