What it is:
Reviewing is what I enjoy but what does it all mean when something is "reviewed"? It plain and simple that a review is an opinionated observation of what the reviewer felt. Whether what was reviewed was good or not is not entirely the truth behind a review. An intentionally helpful review serves as a guide to what you may expect in the piece you are endulging in whether it is art, a game, or movie.
The Restraints of a Review:
The only restraint is how much you can say and believe. Don't let the common thought(s) sway the direction and overall message of your review and afterall it is YOUR review. Don't be nervous of verball retaliation or the ironic opinion of a review. Opinionating a review is sheerly redundant and truly worthless flabs of text that consist of nothing but insults or nonsensical typings are none of your concern and what happens will happens.
The Content Dilema:
Biased reviews are apparent or blatently obvious and they are not part of the formula for a review but does it reflect your opinion? Why, yes it does. It's pretty unfortunate for one to be biased and deprive content of its notoriety just for that very reason. If it is not something that you can deal with rationally you should probably review content you are more secure and open to so honesty may flourish to the brim. That leads me to the next topic.
Adult Content vs. Mature Content:
You may notice content deemed "racy" is given a big red Adult Content button. This is only a tag and a forewarnign to what is to come but what of Mature Content? Adult Content is commonly linked with pornography (that of the sense of nudity and sexually explicit content) but why does the Mature content get by without its own large and noticeable button? Mature content is more associative to violence and language and people can find that just as equally offensive as pornography. I'm discomforted by pornography and do my damndest to avoid it to stray from being biased and detterring the score of the content due to my own hang-ups but I can dig violence. But why is it one gets the slap on the wrist and the other a large and foreboding button as if its approval to exist on a site be no less than reluctant? Biased may be?
Standards to Content:
Delivering the message is what I like and effort is what really satisfies the pallette. Was this work painstakingly put together? That is the question I prose to myself when I endulgein Newground's (and other sites) content. Effort, I'll say, definately does not serve the purpose of giving content the coveted perfect 10 but ensures empathy and will surely never let a hard day's work fail. It is a redemption, not a savior.
Comments to Reviews:
The review space in a grand majority of the time seems to be a sheer comment space to a user(s)' content as if it were a News Post. A review is thorough understanding and observation from experience but a comment is just a comment or more fittingly a statement. "WOOT THIS SHIT IS EPIC WIN, LULZ" is a definately a bright opinion but what backs it up, what is the reason for such short and sweet accolades? It's not always so optimistic in the sense of referring to the content as "utter shit" or "trash" that I need not demostrate for ALOT of internet content is teeming with it and you most ikely have seen this yourself. We should leave the Review space for reviews and not short and unreasonably suffice statements, that doesn't mean you need to write a novel of a review, just a more thorough and observational standpoint. A few sentences wouldn't kill you.
Review wih Style:
How do you review? That is a question I ask latently to you. Think of how you review something, how you summarize and explain. You can nitpick content apart and be so very precise or you can summarize as a whole. Anyway you do it is how you should do it. Be comfotable with your synopsis and how you bring it out. I personally like generalizing and do a bit of nitpicking, I feel it to be most effective but you may disagree; it's completely fine. Just make sure your review is a...well...review.
Useless to Helpful:
If a review is an honest to goodness understanding, neither the aspect of helpfulnss or uselessness ever apply. People are giving their ironic opinions of a review. Opinionating an opinion is so redundant and that should never jeoardize the message of your outlooks. People find this review useless...because they can't accept differing opinions and tastes. A terrible system altogether and that's why we are able to tag useless jumbles of typings instead of undermining someone's genuine outlook and criticism.
Review to a Niche:
Not really discussing anything here but just posting a little picture of my favorite reviewist who is sadistic because it's funny, not that the content is bad! Mr. Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw. A pure testament to the diverse and poetic plight and power of the ever anticipated review: