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For those sensible souls who are NOT following me on Tumblr...

[ETA: So apparently fanservice still works on me. DAMMIT LULU.]

After I got done ogling old friends, my eyes were drawn to that durned inscription.
I swear the second line starts with "aerith." (See Spiran main alphabet.)

The scary part is that on the one hand I'm simply jumping all over this as a fan, but on the other hand, I've become a virtual freelance video game blogger /critic, so I'm allowed to do this for work.

Yes, I'm a bad fan...critiquing/geeking about my favorite games and making a pittance doing so. Except why is it being a bad fan to do what's accepted in sports reporting, fashion news, and other entertainment blogs and "news" coverage? How can "fan reporting on favorite baseball team in local paper" be a job and "fan blogging about video game online" not be? I ask myself these things.

At this point, I'm very much like those sports reporters with encyclopedic command of statistics and trivia. As soon as those FFX HD screencaps went up, I was able to find the exact to-the-second framegrabs from the original game for comparison and have them posted within fifteen minutes. I do this kind of thing for several fandoms (Tolkien, beginning astronomy/space exploration news, Final Fantasy). I have found that online article writing lets me use those nerd skills instead of just pushing them aside as procrastination/a waste of time.

Yet I am keenly aware that this is frowned on in fandom, which generally justifies fannish activities with "we aren't making a profit, so it's okay." Except for some fanartists. Annnyway.

So, with that understood, I posted old-vs-new comparisons on my article about the FFX Remaster here. (My pittance from that page is generally about 30 cents a month thanks to the header/sidebar ads. Whoopie.)

Back to geeking at FFX. My finger was hovering over the Amazon preorder button two hours ago. But I'm holding off in case they decide to release some fancy version with extras. For most games, I wouldn't succumb to the merch, but for this one? Yeah. I might.

Date: 2013-03-22 07:24 pm (UTC)
heavenscalyx: (Default)
From: [personal profile] heavenscalyx
Hon, people have been making money writing reviews and such about videogames for YEARS. If they aren't fans, I don't know who is.

Date: 2013-03-22 08:41 pm (UTC)
samuraiter: (Default)
From: [personal profile] samuraiter
Hey, if you can make a dime doing something you enjoy, who can knock it? The "no profit" thing is a legal protection for 'ficcers, but bloggers are a whole different thing, IMO.

Date: 2013-03-22 08:54 pm (UTC)
melchar: medieval raccoon girl (kitty in lights)
From: [personal profile] melchar

And ... you realize that I'm going to have to get a PSVita now. *sighs* Why couldn't it be compatible with the PSP. Well, I've bought things for sillier reasons. ^_^

Date: 2013-03-22 10:43 pm (UTC)
cumuluscastle: (bad sheep)
From: [personal profile] cumuluscastle
Nice. The difference is pretty impressive. I really can't justify owning more than one current game console though, so I will have to live vicariously through your experiences with it. See, you are doing a public service.

I agree completely with everyone who said there's no harm in what you are doing with your articles. Lots of serious bloggers/pod-casters/what-have-you make money from their work.

Date: 2013-03-23 12:25 am (UTC)
cumuluscastle: (flying sheep)
From: [personal profile] cumuluscastle
Bah. I will read it. I will likely sit down and re-read the whole she-bang once you've finished it.

I'm so glad you've enjoyed that gift. The settings you call up for your stories are just so lush and lovely. I've been on a break from fan art lately (mostly - apart from my little sketches for Cinders and Dragon Age II), but if I was ever going to spontaneously bust out final fantasy art again, I'd probably make another painting for your story. You've got an amazing touch for imagery.

Date: 2013-03-23 02:54 am (UTC)
melchar: medieval raccoon girl (Default)
From: [personal profile] melchar
I'll be waiting for it too!

Date: 2013-03-23 03:49 pm (UTC)
heavenscalyx: (Default)
From: [personal profile] heavenscalyx
Dude, it took me 10 years to finish Archimage, and I'm still getting comments and kudos on it from Archive of Our Own. Don't fret -- even small fandoms pick up new folks all the time who then go hunting for fic.

Date: 2013-03-23 12:03 am (UTC)
leyna: Painting of Lulu (lulu)
From: [personal profile] leyna
Those remastered shots are so pretty! I'm looking forward to replaying with this version.

Date: 2013-03-26 12:34 am (UTC)
sarasa_cat: (fran_pilot)
From: [personal profile] sarasa_cat
WOW! That's what the HD version will look like?! I've bookmarked your FFX Remaster article for late night leisure reading (aka, video game porn!)

Wow. wow. wow. Dec 31, 2013 seems very far off. Between the Dragon Age 3 release estimated in mid-late 4th Q and this, I guess I know what I'm doing when the cold weather returns at the end of this year.

And, I just don't understand the whole bit about fan reporting on games not being an acceptable part of reporting in the entertainment industry. :/

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