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Critical Path: How to Review Videogames for a Living Paperback – February 15, 2012
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I note that because as I read this book, the things in here are, no lie, exactly the advice he gave me, and every word of it is gold. Reading this book won't guarantee you a job in the business, but it will give you the knowledge and advice you need to take your own talent and drive and put it to work reviewing videogames (all-one-word!).
Dan is a charismatic and highly intelligent man, and it shows through in the text. Whether he's laying out the processes and attitudes you need to be a great freelancer, or explaining to you why you should remain sober at press junkets, it's all good, and it's all gold. He tells you how to interact with PR professionals, how to dress for big conventions (look nice, but wear comfortable shoes!), and even nuggets like how NOT to overschedule yourself such that you die of exhaustion at E3.
My disclaimer above is there for full disclosure, but it shouldn't be discounted: The information in this book is dead-on, accurate, and essential to success as a game reviewer. If you get into the business, you will learn these things eventually, the hard way, so why not learn it before you start?
Nothing short of talent, hard work, love for games, and a little bit of luck will get your foot in the industry's door. But this book will help you find the right door in the first place, and give you a wedge to shove in there to keep that door open.
Brevity and droll humour drive the pace, making for bite-sized chunks of real world advice covering the entire gamet of a gaming career. Leading the reader through myths about the industry into early entry points and up to an escape plan, personal anecdotes are peppered with interviews with industry veterans, lending real weight and guidance.
Entertaining AND informative, Critical Path is a relevatory work about a much-sought but little understood industry. Must reading for those who would or do review games professionally.
Amrich has been in the business for a while now, reviewing games and working for video games magazines for many years. He's also been working on this book for a number of years. This isn't necessarily that important except to note for those who may be curious that Critical Path does cover both print journalism and online sites, the latter of which are becoming increasingly important in the gaming world. It has been heavily updated to reflect all current facets.
What's odd about this is that Amrich is actually not currently working in the field but is instead the Community Manager at Activision (or "the dark side," as I've heard it called). This isn't mentioned in the text, and I'm not sure if that's because it might just confuse people or muddy the waters. It sounds weird when reading the book if you're familiar with this because the way he writes makes it sound like he's still in the field. I quickly got past that feeling, but it did make me stop and think a couple of times early on.
Critical Path covers everything you're going to need in order to get your dream job of reviewing video games.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
“Critical Path: How to Review Video Games for a Living” is the best kind of guidebook - the kind written by someone who has already scaled the mountain that you hope to climb. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Rob Ven
As someone who has aspired to be a games journalist and given up i found this very interesting. Amrich provides quite a detailed view into the industry and the way it is run.Published 4 months ago by Chris schmitz
I too must disclose that it was Dan who gave me my first writing gig, and that began my career as a game journo. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gabe Graziani
Dan's book, though specifically geared for videogame reviewers, does an excellent job of being great advice for those in freelance writing in general. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Carol Finkenstadt
So you wanna review videogames huh? Well first you must have some questions that need answers, or maybe you haven't a clue where to start? Well look no further than this book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by DF
Some sections were a bit too basic (e.g.: how to commute to and dress for an office job) for me, but the book has some great tips for aspiring games reporters/critics. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Nick Santangelo
I recommend it to anyone with and without experience on writing. I love the book because it showed me how it really is out there and has given me the motivation to seek out a... Read morePublished 20 months ago by victor
A great read and gives solid advice to get into the field.Published 22 months ago by Kofi Jamal Simmons