Today's Place: Community Contributions
Nestled in the depths of Gamespot's Union functionality is the ever-growing and ever-productive Community Contributions Union, started by Brian Fishman (DrFish62 on the boards) and lead by him and Nick (known otherwise as Draqq_Zyxorian on the Gamespot boards). Sure enough, our very own MrCHUPON [Ed's note: yeah, in other words, me] is a staff member there.
For a brief summary of just what the union does, we turn to Mr. Fishman's own words:
"Community Contributions is a Union for those who are serious about contributing to the GameSpot community. Whether that contribution takes the form of community reviews, journal articles, or thought-provoking forum discussion is up to you. We're here to help formulate ideas, offer constructive criticism, and give feedback on feature stories or discussions. If you're trying to break into video game journalism, just want to get your ideas heard, or simply enjoy a good read, take a look around our Union. Community Contributions is the place to post your work, get feedback, and critique the community's efforts. If you like what you see, stay a while. New members are always welcome."
The union is a rich tapestry of reader reviews, intelligent discussion and individuals who strive to help their fellow aspiring game journalists with their writing technique by critiquing their work. You'll find some of the better writing and more well-thought-out forum discussion in the forum of this union. In fact, some of the newest submissions to the Trigames archives have come from Community Contributions union members such as Mr. Fishman himself (Maverick Hunter X review), as well as the well-spoken m0zart (Silent Hill 2 review, E.T. editorial) and the up-and-coming stevenscott14 (Outrun 2).
One of the featured events at the Community Contributions union is Reviewspotting, a weekly competition of sorts which picks the top reader reviews that are registered each week and showcases them in the Union and in Gamespot's General Game Discussion thread, with one writer being the spotlighted author of the week. Not only is it fun to participate and compete with fellow writers, it's also a way to get some recognition around the Gamespot community for writing talent. It also encourages readers to improve their writing ability so that one day they might be the lucky featured ReviewSpotter.
We here at Trigames.NET have always encouraged you readers to submit us reviews, thoughts and opinions. We continue to do so. But we also encourage you to visit the Community Contributions union in case you feel your writing isn't quite up to par just yet and are thus hesitant to contribute. They'll whip you up into shape.
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