I’ve been reading game blogs longer than I’ve been writing one. I don’t quite remember how I found this corner of the internet but once I found it I didn’t want to leave. As inactive as this blog may be at times, I have never stopped reading others’ blogs. It’s become part of my daily routine to catch up with the blogs I follow over breakfast or on a lunch break. It’s as much as part of my life as gaming is.
But why read game blogs?
Well if you’re reading this you already know why you read these types of blogs. So rather…Why do I find myself reading game blogs?
I could easily watch a streamer or a youtube video. You’d get the whole picture of what a game is and how it plays. I’ve never been one to consume video content on the internet. I never have understood how someone could binge youtube videos or tune into streams every day. For me, video content is inconvenient and doesn’t fit into my life. Written content, however, I can read in the bits of time I have throughout the day.
The main reason I’ve stuck to reading game blogs though is that they impart the sense of fun. And isn’t that what video games are supposed to be? My favorite posts to read are in the “this is what I did today in X game” style. I will read posts about games I’ve never played and I get excited because the author is excited. What helps with this is that as game bloggers we leave the boring stuff out. We can gloss over a grind in a sentence or two and talk about the interesting things. Blogs stoke my imagination. I don’t see exactly what the game is but what the game is to the writer.
If anything, reading blogs enhances the hobby for me. More than game news or editorials from established sites. I like experiences and ideas from people like me, the players and consumers of the content. So if you’re ever wondering, is anyone actually going to read this? Is anyone out there? I’m probably there and I’m sure many others are too.
I still read video game blogs, for exactly the reason you stated: fun, and the sense of how an individual experiences a game. I do watch streams and some youtube channels too, but I don’t think I’ll ever stop reading game blogs.
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