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Reviewing Tips With Xwayne
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A little about me, now I am not the best reviewer by any means, but I have reviewed a few in my time here on newgrounds, and have learned alot over the past 10 years, my review style has changed over the years as i have seen the site grow and change, I try and write atleast a good paragragh on the content i am reviewing, i Try and give as much tips and points as possble without having to make a book out of it, you dont need to write a book of a review, but it shouldnt be a couple of lines either, but we are all guilty of that at some point, The point is you do learn and get better as time goes on, So remember if you like to review or are just a casual reviewer, give helpful tips, where you see it needed for improving on.
@@@ Here are a few reviewing tips I always go by when reviewing anything from flash, Art, Audio, Lit, and so-on
Before the tips be sure to read the FAQ on the review guidlines and rules that newgrounds has established for us to follow, These rules have been put up so that we dont scare off artists, but so that maybe they can learn a few things maybe its something they didnt see before, maybe its something they can improve on, But the most important thing we as reviewers can help with is, the little things that may improve on something from the content, There are alot of New users all the time, so there first submissions are at times iffy, so if we can point out a few helpful tips, there time here on newgrounds should be a more pleasent one not just for them, but for everyone who watches or plays there submissions.
In a Review it is always good to comment on what parts you enjoyed but dont forget try and comment on things and ways they can improve, maybe give them a new idea of how a scene could have gone, but dont take away from there own ideas they are trying to present, Maybe its a color that could really bringout a backround, or maybe they left a few spots blank, give the artist ideas on how the Art could be presented in a much better way so that they do get better results.
Now sometimes we cant always enjoy everything we see, but that doesnt mean we need to embarase the artist, or say how bad it is, instead think of a way to suggest improving on those points, such as a "STICK MAN" while that may be the the best they know how to do at the time, suggest ways of how they can create a more character designed character, or even suggest other flash works that show how to design characters, animation and sofourth,
Now what is a good or a bad review, ofcourse a very negitive review towards the auther or there work is not wanted by newgrounds, So Try not to go down that rout, Like my mother always said, if you have nothing good to say dont say it at all lol, But if there is truly something that bothers you about the flash art and or audio try and suggest how it could be better suggest ways they could do things differant, or a little touch up here and there, by giving new and existing ideas, we may inspire the artists to improve and eventually get better, and thats the main goal of helping someone.
@@@ Some other Tips really good things to remember when reviewing.
#1 Have a Helpful and Respectful attitude.
#2 Watch, Listen, Read, And look at everything you are going to review in its entirety
#3 Take your time with each review and each content you are reviewing, Dont Rush, Rushing only causes errors and besides you want to give as much tips and help as possible rushing will just make for a sloppy review, and probably wont get everything across to the artist at hand.
#4 Pay close attention to story, theme, Plot, Exposition, Narration, Characters, Dialogue, as for audio it would be all instraments, all sounds, Vocals, ending, loop gap, backround songs, and so on, as for ART, everything from is it an Action scene, characters, backrounds, color use, orginality, style and so on, As for Littature, would be very simular to above for flash.
#5 Expect Criticism from your reviews especially if you were abit on the bolder side, aswell as giving a lower score.
#6 If giving a lower score also back it up with ways to improve, with good suggestions.
#7 Enjoy reviewing, like i do? then do enjoy it enjoy it because it also is helping someone else, enjoy writing reviews in a helpful way.
Well hope you enjoyed this little Reviewing tips which i have adapted from experience and writing a review or two, My own review style has changed over the years and learned how i could get better in helping others improve on there delightful creations.