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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
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    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
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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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    Well I have done what I could and I have sent it to him
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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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    man, I'm working on my sample now. I am quite confident in my skills as a reviewer cause I play so many games :P
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    When will you stop collecting applicants?

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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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    I wish I could write 1000 words about a game, without being redundant.

    Usually, I just end it at: "The game sucks. Don't play it. kkthxbai."

    Also, I'm noticing how every thread Shift goes in, he starts some debate, and sometimes, no real reason.

    Then again, people usually take offense to things easily, too.

    so far gone...

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    Oh YES! My dream job! I'm looking forward to studying literature at Notre Dame, and I've already applied and got an early acception, but this would be great to add to my application!

    Anyways, 1000th post!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiftfallout View Post
    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.

    Like always ur pretty harsh ...
    Btw, I have sent my article and Well, wanna know what I got back?


    Your writing shows promise, but you need to refine your skills a little more.
    With other words, I am going to change it and send it to him again. Though I dont want to have the job, since i'm 2 busy with school and stuff
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    Quote Originally Posted by MageMoa View Post
    Like always ur pretty harsh ...
    Well its not that Im harsh, but I am not cover coating the reality of it. Life is pretty harsh if you think about it, and sometimes the truth is not what we want to hear.

    That doesnt mean you cannot submit content at a young age, but it definately effects things like field work and other journalistic opportunities.

    A good start would be to start a blog, learn as much as you can about the industry you want to write about, and do as much as you can. If you write for attention, then you will ultimately fail, but if you have a passion for the subject matter, then it never hurts to start building a portfolio as early as possible.

    In this day and age, anyone can self publish themselves on the internet. Be happy we have that opportunity now.

    PS: Let me tell you a little story about a couple kids I met. One day they were trying to figure out how to make money at their young age. They decided to become popperatzi(sp) and with their cameras they chased celebrities around taking their pictures. Well because they were kids they got a lot more attention, the celebs became friends with them and now they have their own tv show in the works. They are I think 15 now. So the young age factor can always have a novelty effect, and it didnt stop them from being successful, but they also knew that they were dealing with aggressive professional popperatzi(sp), older men who make a living supporting their lives on their work. They got lucky, the odds were against them. If you have the same drive they had, dont give up, but dont expect magic to happen. You might have to wait a few more years as you grow up for the best opportunities. Thats how life works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel View Post
    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!
    Can we be extremely cynical and sarcastic about games that are god awful? Like in all honesty there are a large portion of games that are so boring that drinking cyanide is more appealing then playing it. Hell, watching reruns of the Gilmore Girls is better (which in itself is assisted suicide).
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