Rebel Without A Pause Button: How I Became A Video Game Journalist Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 9813 KB
- Publication Date : May 22, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 122 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B071ZFF4P6
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,504,466 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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How do I begin this review without ruining the adventure of a true gamer turn game journalist. I'll try to break it down simply but yet give you enough context to entice you to take this adventure down memory lane of a teen boy's need to play games by any means possible, then taking on the passion that is now a multi billion dollar business.
You'll begin this journey just like you might suspect, you're a kid you have no money and have to rely on your parents for everything, yet you want to play every game possible including Arcade, Home Computers and Consoles. Where or how a kid from a humble home got the means or better yet funds to enjoy all of these glorious games available at the time. You'll find out.!
I truly can relate to just about everything that Torrence went through in his younger years so reading this book was essentially a walk down "my own" memories as a kid. This is truly a roller coaster ride of nostalgia.
As time goes on and Torrence becomes a young adult, the game review writing bug was born from a want to share thoughts of a game with his best friend, to then learning how to enter the largest technology conventions and knowing that it was the only way to make industry contacts in an effort to break into the game journalism business while also launching his own gaming magazine.
You get some amazing insight on how E3 started out and how much money was poured into getting into the journalist's good graces. Some really fun and interesting information coming directly from Torrence had me fixated on what was coming up on the next page of the book.
You will also see how being a great magazine editor didn't do much to help you move to the new internet explosion of the time with online websites becoming the mainstream. So many more incredible things to read about in the book that at this point you'll have to pick up the book to find out for yourself all of Torrence's gaming adventures....otherwise I might as well rewrite the entire book here in this review.
In short, Torrence is a long time video gamer turned game reviewer turned gaming guru with decades of experience and knowledge on how the gaming industry was/is working behind the scenes to provide gamers across the world the gaming information most take for granted.
Do yourself a favor and grab up a copy of "Gamer Without a Pause Button" for your bookshelf of must read litterateurs related to gaming, the industry as well as the passion from a true gamer's perspective from the start of gaming and beyond!
Huge fan of hearing stories of the growing "gaming industry" dating back to the 80's.Not only is it a great read,But also a learning tool for anyone interested in getting in the industry (even if a few of the techniques are a bit outdated at this point).The book is abut on the short side if your into long 3,000 page novels.
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Even if you've never heard of Torrence Davis before, the book gives you an insight of someone who grew up falling in love with video games at the arcades (an experience which the youth today will never know the joys off) and the challenges he faced in trying to break into the industry in his later years.
The book really is a trip down memory lane and there were parts that made me smile. I remember going to the local convenient stores after school just to try and play the arcade games like Shinobi, Pit Fighter, World Heroes and Street fighter 2 and trying to scrimp 20p to get one credit to play the game and feeling absolutely gutted at loosing within moments of starting it! To read that he had those similar experiences of joy and despair at the arcades really took me back to my youth.
Then there are the perils and struggles when he found various sites. You really do start to understand how cutthroat and difficult it is for your voice to be heard in a crowded space with the likes of IGN and Kotaku etc.
Despite this, Torrence still has time to give those aspiring to break it in this industry and gives advice to those who will no doubt need it in this short read.
I personally have never met Torrence and given the geographical location, I'm unlikely to ever do so. But having listen to Torrence on the Warzone from The Bitbag days, a part of me feels like I kinda have met him. Given the amount of creativity I have known Torrence to have, this short book doesn't really do Torrence Davis and his journey justice.
From someone who genuinely appreciates all the effort he's put in and the amount of times he's made me laugh and given his time for free with all the contents he's provided, this book comes as a strong recommendation from me. If you want sound honest advice about entering this industry, the book is a must!
Torrence talks about covering different media events such as E3 and CES. As well as the difficulties he faced with managing an entire staff of writers. He also demonstrates how to craft interviews and game reviews.
Well recommended for those who are super invested in the video games industry.