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When did you start playing video games
Over the years I developed many interests and one of them was video gaming !!! When I was a teenager I used to think that video games were made by/for lazy,uneducated,boring people with no interests at all in life. Moreover I thought how was it possible to stay inside when you can go out, work out and have fun ( big fan of sports and physical exercise in general since I was a child up until now and I mean doing them, I hate watching them). None ever told me that games are made by hard working people (if you can call hard work sitting on their asses all day long in a comfortable enviroment, but yes it is tiring for the brain) very well educated and not boring at all.
So I couldn’t be more wrong. It all started a few years back when I was still a university student and I needed a computer to write some papers and essays for my courses. I didn’t like computers at all for the same reasons I didn’t like video games. But I needed one, so I bought a second hand pc and really cheap. Skipping a lot of boring details a friend gave me my first video game to try it out….and…..
I do not know if that was a mistake or not cause I fell in love with video games. For 4 years I was playing one game after another so I had become a hardcore player. There were times that my pc had more games installed in its drive than a net-cafe pc had .
It was crazy now that I think about it but then it felt normal to me. But do not get the wrong idea when I say hardcore player, I wasn’t an unwashed, fat, friendless, girlfriendless, social lifeless nerd. I totally disapprove that kind of behavior even today. Never skipped training or neglected friends or girlfriends or my eating habits or personal hygiene or you name it. Ok maybe a few times.
One of the reasons I got addicted was that as a student I had not enough money to go out so video games were a much much cheaper solution of having fun. Most of the games were given to me by friends who knew that my pockets were empty most days of the month.
Anyway after 4 years of hardcore gaming I got bored. Wow it is really strange those words are coming out of my mouth and sometimes I am really surprised I say that. I used to think I would play forever. But forever is a loooong time. I used to play 6 or 7 games per month and believe me when I say, that is a looot of gaming…considering that to complete a game you need 3 to 4 days of hardcore gaming. It means a lot of hours in front of a screen and a lot of sleepless nights. But like I said I got bored and now I play 1 or 2 per month and even that sometimes is really too much. Other times I dont even finish them. But if the game is really really good I get obsessed for a few days and then I dont touch another game at least for a month.
Also I find myself to be really picky. Meaning I do not play just anything…not anymore. Well maybe because real life problems and not virtual ones started kicking my door. You know money, food, bills, family, survival and things like that. So I dont think anyone can say that I am not an experienced gamer.
Why psychogamers and not something else ?
First of all because I could, second of all why not ?
Ok seriously, now, short story is, because it is catchy and memorable. If you want the long version keep reading.
When I started writing video games reviews on the internet back on 2011, after A LOOOT of research I decided that it would be best not to have my own website cause I was kind of broke and most importantly inexperienced about everything. From html, css coding to internet marketing and search engine optimazation. Plus website set up, organisation, desinging, and I would spend a bunch of money while I was learning, which it would be a total waste.
So why not write the articles and use a free host like the miniblogs Squidoo and Hubpages (and there are a ton more free hosts). Of course that has its advantages and disadvantages but that is a different subject. I needed a username, but it had to be something catchy, something easy to remember (at least that is what the guides said).
I brainstormed some ideas and I ended up after alot writing and erasing with the name Psychogamer. Then I started writing the articles and I managed to gather some fans. It wasn’t a full time thing for me so I was on and off on Squidoo and Hubpages, exploring other options at the same time. Two years later I decided that I had enough experience to start my own website. The plan was to divert the traffic and fans I already had to my site. While I was trying to register my domain what more logical to use the already established and known username that I had.
But when I tried to do that I got a message it was already taken…!!! I said what the fuck is going on…and …long story short the guy who registered the domain had ripped off my username. I checked the whois information of the domain and it was registered 6 months after I signed up on Squidoo…hmmm !!! Could be a coincidence…maybe. Two great minds on the planet thought the same thing. Yes its possible. Did I give a fuck ? Hell no !!! Could I register the domain name I wanted ? Hell no !!! So I got creative, I tried some variations and www.Psychosgamers.com was the end result.
Why Video Games Reviews ?
When I started playing video games I had NO internet at home. Actually I managed to install a high speed line at home at 2005, and the magnificent world of the internet was layed before my eyes. After a couple of years I started to seek and read game reviews so the game I wanted to buy wouldnt prove to be a piece of crap. After reading many, many reviews, visited many but many different game reviews sites and after I ve learned how some of those sites and the game developing companies were ”colaborating” in order their games to get favorable reviews and maximaze their profits…even though if their games were pieces of shit, and after I ve become a paragon of truth…since I got sick of all the lies people fed me for years……
I started keeping notes of what I liked and what I disliked in every game, hoping that someday I will reveal to the world the truth about those games. That was the unbiased truth. So here I am today after several years later writing those reviews from the notes I kept while I was playing the games.
I write brutally honest, unbiased video games reviews. Nobody is paying me to write them, nobody is giving me for free those games. Wether you believe me or not I have NO dealings with any video games developing companies. I write those reviews according to how – I – experienced each and every game. My experience might be very different from yours. Some of the things I say might not be likable, thats ok cause I m not looking for girlfriends and boyfriends.
Why you dont write reviews more often?
its a hobby and not a full time job,
it takes a lot of time to write a satisfying , detailed review, I have to worry about real life problems so I dont have a lot of time playing video games, no matter how much I’d like that, I have to buy the games and to tell you the truth they arent my first priority in my budget, most of them are quite expensive.
Why some reviews seem more detailed than others?
It depends how much time I have invested in a game, how big and interesting the game is, how much depth it has, how much I can write about it, how much info I can find about it from the game’s site. There are games out there I just push myself to my limits to find something to write about them. There are also other games where, everything comes out of my mind without an effort. I can write non stop and I enjoy it. It really depends on the game I am reviewing. I refuse to fill the pages with shit just to make a review big enough to satisfy the eyes.
Why you dont write the reviews when the games come out?
Because most of the games arent completed products. When they are released they need some patch work so they can fuction properly. I refuse to pay for a defuctive product. Especially when the product is so much overpriced. Moreover I refuse to participate in the “review wars”. Reviews Wars: Trying to finish the game as fast as possible, the moment it comes out, trying to write the review as fast as possible in order to publish it first , if possible. What an agonizing and stressfull process.
Video games are supposed to be leisure activities, to have some good time. When the companies give away their games to the big shot reviewers before the games are even released and when reviewing is their actual job, how I am supposed to compete with that? How I am supposed to compete with the “free” and the “before release” and the “full time job” thing? I’ll tell you how…I dont. I do it at my own pace. Screw them and screw them some more. I dont need that kind of shit in my life. I ll get the game 6 months or even a year after its release date, where it will be cheaper and the whole product.
Why your reviews are so long?
Because I care. Because I dont like half assed results. Because I am honest. Because I treat the people the way I want them to treat me. Because in the past and present I had to read 3-4 reviews from different sources about the same game in order to have the whole picture, cause none of them had the balls (or they were just lazy) to write all the good and bad aspects of the game. If I am buying something I want information.Thats what I am offering. Enough information so you can be educated and make a good decision about if you should invest your time and money on a game or not?
Why you dont make video reviews instead of writing those big articles?
Because text is still the king on the internet and because I dont want to. Video making has its own challenges. I have to buy expensive equipment for a hobby that I do not want to invest so much in it. Making the videos takes time…a lot of time. Something most people dont realize. Then editing the videos introduces even more challenges. Learning to use programs, special effects and more. Why bother when I can do it cheaper and easier. Ok, ok I know why, I just dont want to do it.
But those articles are really long?
Well you still have some options. I know they are long and a bit tiring to read the whole thing. But I prefer to offer enough information so you the reader/gamer/consumer can make an educated decision. Its for your own good. But still, if you dont find consolation in my words you can always head to the last page of the article and read the synopsis, but you have missed all the important facts. Another option is to find a reviewer who writes shorter reviews or someone who makes videos. There are advantages and disadvantages in all your options.
How long does it take to write a review? And what is the process like?
It depends on the game if someone will take into considaration the time needed to finish the game. Then the answer would be, weeks or over a month, or even more than that. If I would include the time from the moment I have my review notes ready, then the answer would be, about a week. And why it takes me so long? Because video games reviewing for me is a hobby. About the process. Obviously I have to play and finish the game. While I am playing I take notes on a notebook I keep beside me.
After I am done with the game I write the article. Then I download images and wallpapers (promotional material) of the game and I edit them (contrast and saturation). I upload them to my site platform and I add titles and alt tags. When that is done I transfer the article, I format/edit it, I add images and links; then I make all the appropriate additions to the menu navigation, I add the wallpaper page and trailer…AND..then I publish the review. Thats it.
Why the ratings are different than the ratings of the big reviewers?
And why would they be the same? Doesnt defeat the purpose of opinion diversity? The rating is only a number and it isnt an accurate method for someone to judge if a product is going to be a good or a bad purchase. I only put it there because other reviewers have used it. it is a common and recognizable way for a quick judgement, there is a probability in the future I will remove it if I find a more accurate and faster way of representation of the whole review. Dont trust the ratings at all. So many times in the past reviewers gave a bad rating but the game proved to be much better than they said and also there were times, where they gave a very high rating and the game proved to be a piece of shit. Dont trust the ratings. But trust the facts.
Find a good, unbiased and honest reviewer who points out the facts, read his reviews and then and only then decide if the game is worth your time and money. Sometimes the numbers lie.
Where are my comments? Why my comment looks different?
When you write a comment and you hit submit, the comment will be stored for moderation. After I confirm it is not a spam or a troll comment, I publish it. If it looks different it meams I have deleted parts of it. Because it contained urls in the form of text, site/blog promotion, advertisements, acidic and troll content and content in general that is irrelevant completely to the site. Or maybe the spam filters for some reason marked them as spam for the wrong reason and I accidentaly deleted them.
Why your site is so fast?
Because there arent any advertisements. And there will never be, cause I hate them with all my essense (besides whats the point of having ads when they can be blocked). Or your connection is very fast. In the future I ll try to make it even faster.
What if I want to make a donation as a thank you for your hard work?
Thank you very much for mentioning it. Very kind of you. I m working on it. More about it in the future.
Why video games reviews, wallpapers and trailers at the same site?
Because I grew tired of visiting different sites in order to find what I wanted. I had to visit one site for the reviews, another for the trailers and then another for the wallpapes. It was boring and a pain in the butt. But most importantly it was time conduming. I hated it so…I created a site where a gamer would find enough information and media about his/her favorite games.
Sometimes it seems there are contradictions in your reviews?
I know what you mean. Sometimes every good feature has also its bad side. I am showing both sides of the coin. Then the decision is yours.
How someone can contact you?
Just leave a comment. Since I moderate all the comments and you give your e-mail address, if there is a reason to contact you back I will gladly do it. And before asking why there isnt any other way to contact me, you can thank our good neighbors, The Spammers. In the past I had an e-mail address in the contact page. I stayed offline for several months and when I returned I had to go through more than 6000 messages. Most of them were just spam.
Why you arent active on social media?
Because I dont have the time and I dont like it.
Are you married? Where do you live? How old are you?
Seriously, why do you even bother asking those questions? Whats the point? It doesnt matter, I wont answer them. So…next question….you sir on the back….
Is it legal to offer all those wallpapers and tell people to download them?
This question is really becoming a cliche. Video games wallpaers and video games trailers are part of the promotion campaign done for every game out there. Since they are FREE promotional material offered by the publishing studios anyone can download, upload, redistribute, edit them and do whatever they want with them…AS LONG AS…they do not claim ownership of them and they do not make any profits out of them. The publishing studios encourage people to download and share them with other people cause it helps to spread the word about the video game and making it even more popular. So let me give an even clearer answer. YES it is LEGAL to download wallpapers, trailers and share them with anyone you want.
What's your favorite video game?
I dont have any. I dont have a ”favorite” of anything in my life. I find it limits my choices. I ”like” some things more than others. That’s more suitable I believe.
What's your favorite video game genre
I dont have any. But…I am a sucker for a well made Rpg, city construction and management simulator, economic and trade simulator, micromanagement in general, strategy and tactical games, space simulators…and of course a combination of those preferably. But from time to time I do feel the need for some blood. So I seek some good first or third person shooters if possible something that has to do with sience fiction. And before I get asked , the genre I try to avoid as it was death itself, is, horror video games. I have a very vivid imagination and when I play a horror game or watch a horror movie I end up having nightmares when I sleep. I wouldnt mind at all if the dissapeared all together .