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    Smile Onrpg Needs You! Looking for writers!

    Do you love playing games? What about sharing your opinion on them? Ever dream of entering the video game industry? Onrpg.com would like to announce that we are now looking for some volunteer writers for our staff! Truth be told, there are so many games coming out that we need more people to step up and share their opinions with the community.

    We are looking for those who are mature, dedicated individuals that are interested in writing reviews on all sorts of MMOs, be them free to play games, buy to play, or pay to play. All materials that will be needed to cover a game will be provided by Onrpg. Not just anyone will qualify to become a writer though. What we need are talented individuals that demonstrate the ability to write independently and are able to work in an efficient manner. It is expected that a reasonable amount of time will be put forth to give an honest and full review. This may vary from title to title, but the Senior Editor will be able to give guidance as needed.

    What are we offering to those who are willing to take up this endeavor? Well, first and foremost you will be assured of beta keys for games you are going to preview, as well as extras laying around for the most talked about games. Press passes will be distributed to those who wish to attend various industry related events, such as E3 and PAX. You will also be able to use Onrpg.com as a reference on your resume, which will reflect well should you pursue a job in the game industry.

    To apply for the position, please send a sample review for any game you may have played tobrian@onrpg.com. Make it at least 1000 words, though longer is preferred. Please make sure it is a piece that you wrote yourself and not something you “borrowed” from elsewhere as that will be an instant disqualification right there. Those who are chosen after a careful review process will be contacted and offered the positions.

    Good luck to all that apply!


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    Omg! I Will Start Now! I Have To Do This!
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    i might try , but the fact its 1000 is kinda .....

    anyway , i belive the one thing thet will REALLY improve the site is a new skin , a
    new theme .
    oh and the menus need fixing , i mean insted of 1 link to the forums , theres like 50 .



    this is the list for the sections of games :
    Free MMORPGs
    P2P Games
    Open Beta
    Closed Beta
    Beta Sign-Up
    Trial MMORPGs
    Browser Based
    In Development
    Non-English
    Other Free Games
    Homebrew


    long isnt it ? , what im saying is thet the site can be updated , insted of these list ,
    in the games section there should be a filter .

    i might join but just think about it .

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    I started at 5: 30 PM and i'm still writing (8:42PM). I am having fun writing this ^^ I am now at like 700 words but I dont mind if I go over the 2000 because I really want this
    I'm only one voice in a million, but you ain't taking that from me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MageMoa View Post
    I started at 5:30 PM and i'm still writen (8:42PM). I am having fun writing this ^^ I am now at like 700 words but I dont mind if I go over the 2000 because I really want this
    Well don't overdo it remember it's just a sample review so just cover most of the overly noticeable aspects of whatever game your writing about.
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    I'd recommend taking a look at http://onrpg.com/games_articles/list/2/739 for an idea of what we are looking for. Any longer and you begin to ramble. Any shorter and you do not cover all the aspects which are important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MageMoa View Post
    Well I have done what I could and I have sent it to him
    Remember not too make it too long. Quality > Quantity

    I don't feel like applying right now as I have a lot of things to do at school with the end of term coming.

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    Only 1000 words.. hmm.. Thats fine.

    I'll write a review, and I already feel confident about it.

    This was a great idea, I always like the career of game journalism.

    Hope I get chosen.

    Good luck to you guys too.

    Also, how many writers are you adding to the team?

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    I was wondering is their an age limit to this or anything like that of the sort?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soultaker9639 View Post
    I was wondering is their an age limit to this or anything like that of the sort?
    Most likely. A 13 year old for example would usually not be given a journalist pass for something like E3, much less expect him to go to it. A kid for example, would not really be taken seriously when trying to get into press related events, or talks with the developers. As a journalist you have to also be able to put bias on the back seat and know what elements to look for in what you review. Knowing how games are made, who makes them, genre, game elements, and all that are important in being able to clearly understand and review a game. Usually an "i like it because it is fun and cartoony" approach is not very professional.

    The best way to review a game in my opinion, is to break it down into its pros and cons + features, and then go into depth about each of them. The first paragraph can contain your first impression, and the final your conclusion.

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    Are you simply looking for a full text review, or can there be thumbnails of screenshots to illustrate a point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LegendsEnd View Post
    Are you simply looking for a full text review, or can there be thumbnails of screenshots to illustrate a point?
    screen shots and illustrations are just fluff. Unless its a video review, i guarantee you they want to see how you write, not how you draw.

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    Text reviews, with some screenshots IF needed.

    We're not sure exactly how many we intend on adding. Likely we'll keep up the sign ups indefinitely since people come and go in this industry so we will usually always be looking for 1 or 2 more talented writers

    I know that there are a few projects on the table right now that could use attention though.

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    Just making sure, many reputable video game sites include pictures in their review of games (1up, IGN, Gamespot, etc.). Simply calling it 'fluff' is a bit harsh.

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    Mmorpgs are fun, but not fun to play when im being force to imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LegendsEnd View Post
    Just making sure, many reputable video game sites include pictures in their review of games (1up, IGN, Gamespot, etc.). Simply calling it 'fluff' is a bit harsh.
    its not harsh, its the truth. The writer of the review is not the one who puts those screen shots up, thats most likely the editor or the webmaster linking images to the review.

    What do you get from a screen shot? just an image that tells nothing, nor explains anything helpful or precise. Its just what the game looks like.

    What do you get from a written review? everything. Screen shots are fluff when compared to writing a review.

    If you were to take a picture of a person. Would you be able to get a good idea on who they are and what they do, and how they feel? If you were to write out about that person's life, and who they are, you have no need for that photo then. A written review should be able to sum up clearly in text what a screen shot or illustration would.

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    God knows I wish I could unleash my sarcasm at games that are absolutely terrible. But no. You can write that the game is bad, and justify why, but you cannot do it with blatant and dripping sarcasm.

    If after 3 attempts you cannot produce a review that is up to caliber, I would recommend giving up. I've been giving feedback to those reviews I've read, and will continue to read what is sent and give feedback on that as well.


    If you are not interested in doing writing for Onrpg, PLEASE do not make submissions. I have entirely too much work to do already without having to read submissions from those who are not serious.

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    I've sent my review in. My fate awaits in your hands :3

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    I sent mine in last night. Hotmail was screwing with my format though, so I had to send it via an attachment. I can resend it if need be.

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