How to submit reviews
The most itchy thing I get asked is, can I submit a review and actually get it published?. Well, it hasnt really been possible for a wee while, and now I think the main thrust of this redevelopment is to allow that to happen again, on a regular basis. Even if nothing else happens, NEW reviews will keep going up. Isn't that nice?
Click here if you want a shmups template review to put your own review into. Its just an html file and some common graphics, try and retain the folder structure when you unzip please. It's not perfect, but its simple enough and it will be easy if you know a little html. Ask if you get stuck, although there are notes dotted around it! If you don't know html, or don't want to make it up, don't worry, just ignore this bit!
I'm going to make it really simple, with few, and relatively loose rules.
First, the game has to be a shmup, obviously. Yes I know I put in some dodgy reviews originally of platform games and things but let's ignore that shall we. You don't need to remind me I'm very aware of it :) If you aren't sure, please ask first before spending ages writing a review of Mega Man 7.
Next, there's a particular format I'd like to see when reviewing. It's very simple, it's not set in stone, so don't worry if your review is NOT exactly the same format.
And yes - you can review a game that's been reviewed already if you think you can do better, or totally disagree with any existing ones and want to try and set the record straight!
Now, as a wee indicator, I've gone and reviewed a couple of games there to show the style I'd like, the sort of things I expect to be said about a game and its features. Have a look at Cyvern and Bakraid reviews.
I've went and made them a bit long though, cos I was enjoying meself, but never mind. I really want to make sure the reviews I'm going to feature COVER the game adequately, and aren't just an uninformed opinion with little actual showing off of the game itself. In a way, shmups reviews aren't strictly reviews, they started off six years ago as something I called Showcases (euurgh) but that describes what I'm still trying to do.
This means that anything I've already done myself that didn't adequately cover the game (Axelay anyone?) are not going to get included in this shmups site, and any new reviews which aren't in depth enough and leave out important aspects of the game are not going to get included either. Sorry if this sounds really harsh, but I'm trying to maintain a bit of quality :)
So to recap, don't worry if your review isn't exactly as per these outlines. They are suggestions, ok? Just try and make the review the best review you possibly can!!
Then zip it all up and send to me, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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