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Posted on Wednesday, April 23 2008 @ 18:05:00 PST

Some days, I find myself with some spare time and start reading knickknacks here and there, one of which are GR member reviews. I have always thought of featuring great GR review writers that take time out of their busy lives to write a review for a game that we usually don't cover on time or just fail to cover completely. So I think it's time we gave back.

POST A LINK TO YOUR GR MEMBER REVIEW in this thread to request a critique for it. When I have the time, I will write a comment (or several) on your review page, giving feedback on how you can improve the piece as well as your writing in general. I will cover organization, content, style, structure, and anything else I think would help you improve. Of course, I don't have a Ph.D in English or anything, so there will be times when I'm just wrong or reading something entirely wrong. (It wouldn't the first time or the last. That's the plight of being a so-called "editor".)

Now, I'm not expecting high-quality professional reviews (really, have you seen our member reviews), but that's the bar that I will set in terms of what I'm looking for. To be sure, I will gauge your general writing level and write comments which take that into consideration. That being said, here are some rules about any submissions:

                                                        ******Rules and Guidelines*****

- DON'T EXPECT ME TO GIVE COMMENTS. I write critiques in my spare time, so there will be times when I'm just too busy. So if I don't write a critique for your review, don't take it personally. If I do leave a comment, however, I will notify you by PM, so you don't have to keep checking your reviews to see if I've gotten to it.

- Reviews should be AT LEAST 500 WORDS and generally at least five paragraphs long. What I eventually hope to see are reviews that could be posted as an actual review on GR, so this requirement is a bare minimum. I also expect the reviews to have at least "acceptable" grammar and mechanics. If English isn't your native tongue, I will show some leniency, but there's very little that I can say about a review if it keeps stumbling over the fundamentals of language. In general, I won't post a comment if I think I'm going to give the review lower than three stars out of five.

- DO NOT POST MORE THAN ONE CRITIQUE REQUEST IN THIS THREAD. In other words, submit only one critique request per week (or so). If I see you submit more than one critique request in this thread, I will just ignore it or delete it. I will be creating another post just like this in this blog in the future (a week or so), so that you can post your next critique request in that thread.

If this idea hits off, I think it would be possible to create a feature box similar to "Vox Pop" just for reviews, or at the very least, to share the "Vox Pop" between editorial writers and review writers. Either way, both should be recognized on our site. (And there's always the practically impossible chance that I might recommend you to freelance for our site.)

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