Well Hey! It’s A Blogger Recognition Award!

Community is a term which gets thrown around a lot but in my time blogging here, it’s quickly become one of the most important aspects. The wordpress community has been really wonderful to me over these years and for that I’m grateful. I’ve met a lot of great people through my site, which then allowed me to follow other great writers as well. This past week, I was presented with the Blogger Recognition Award from Ashley over at Robo♥beat, so make sure to go visit her blog for more awesome games talk.

So what is this all about? Glad you asked! Take a look below:

Blogger Award

For those unaware or curious, here are the three big rules:

1. Give two pieces of advice, which I’m providing specific to blogging below.
2. Give some insight into how your blog started
3. Nominate other bloggers, which you’ll also find below.

My Writing Advice

1. Be Yourself
When I first started, my mentality was that I had to be like the big gaming sites, updating daily with fresh content. Even if there wasn’t something to write about, I’d find something just to post.

Yeah, I’m sorry, that’s not the way to do it in my opinion. Not only did that cause the content’s quality to drop a bit due to the fact that I was writing about things that I didn’t particularly care about, but it also drained me. Gamer Crash has always been a site run and managed by just me so keeping to a schedule like that is a quick way to burning yourself out.

So my advice here is to write about what you care about, regardless of keeping to a schedule. Not only will the posts be stronger because you actually care about the material, but you won’t burn yourself out.

2. Community Is Key
As I’ve come to find out over these five years, one person can only do so much. You may write the best posts, have the shiniest images, and the catchiest titles, but without a community, the site will never live up to it’s full potential.

Through Gamer Crash, I’ve met so many great and wonderful people, it’s something I never intended or expected after kicking this site off in 2010. In fact, I didn’t realize how key a community can be. It may sound sappy, but seeing people reading, liking, commenting, and generally caring about the stuff I’ve created really does make you feel good. To help foster that further, make sure to get out there to read and participate on other blogs as well.

History of Gamer Crash

It’s kind of odd how these things start at times. Back in school, I never considered myself a writer. Sure I did well in writing and English classes, but I never expected to be here, where I am now. I was the guy that everyone turned to for information on games, whether it was what was coming out or general information on a specific game. I liked that.

It’s because of that fact that I started this site back in 2010. Yes, it’s been that long. Crazy how fast time flies.

I viewed Gamer Crash as a place where people could come to hang out for a while (hence the “crash” aspect of the name), while also serving as a spot for me to write down my ideas, thoughts and opinions. Over the years the site has evolved a few times but it has always been an outlet for me and has allowed me to stay in touch with all of you.

So thank you to each and every one of you who stops/has stopped by to read my stuff. Whether it’s your first or 100th time.

Nominations

1. Murf Vs

2. Backlog Gaming Journal

3. Life Is A Digital Salad

There’s a ton of great sites out there so whittling the list down to just three was very difficult. Seriously though, go check these guys out, good stuff from all of them. Once again, thanks to Ashley from Robo♥beat for nominating me.

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Now Arriving: Games of July 2015

Well folks, with E3 now behind us, we’ll have to hold on to those good thoughts and the excitement for upcoming games because we’ve entered into the dead zone for games. July tends to be pretty sparse in terms of game releases and looking at the complete list doesn’t do too much to change my mind on this fact.

Even with a light release schedule, lets have a look at some of the games that will be waiting for you on store shelves this month, shall we?

Where to start, where to start. Well, if you’re a fan of golf, EA is releasing a new PGA Tour game, this time without Tiger Woods on the cover. PlayStation 4 fans can relive Kratos’ assault on Mount Olympus as Sony is releasing a remastered version of the PlayStation 3 classic. There’s a few other games this month as well, but I’ll leave that for you to discover below.

The complete release list for July can be found after the jump…

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Splatoon Impressions – Inky Goodness

New IPs have become rarer and rarer from Nintendo, a developer that used to pump them out on a constant basis with great success. Introduced last year at E3, Splatoon had a tall order of being just that: a new IP on a system that was struggling. Surprisingly, Nintendo also revealed that it was a game which was focused on being an online shooter, something they had never really attempted before.

Splatoon Inklings

Thanks to some crafty marketing and a user base starving for new content, Splatoon has seemingly proven to be a successful product for Nintendo. By all accounts, it’s been received well by critics and is selling above projections. Unable to shake the game’s inky charm, I secured a copy of my own to put the game through it’s paces.

So how does Splatoon fit in Nintendo’s vast library? Will this online focused game prove to be the smash hit the WiiU needs? While I can’t answer that last question, I can tell you about my experiences with the title. So lets inkin’ get to it, shall we?

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E3 2015: Sony Press Conference Recap/Review

With Sony continuing to forge ahead of the competition with the PlayStation 4, many fans were wondering what would be awaiting them this year at E3. 2014 saw the high profile first party releases of games like inFamous Second Son, The Last of Us Remastered, Driveclub, and LittleBigPlanet 3 though the later two launched with unforeseen issues which have since been resolved.

playstation e3 2015

With The Order 1886 stumbling with critics and many gamers alike, and Bloodborne reinvigorating the fanbase, the constant question of ‘what’s next’ kept appearing especially with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End getting bumped into 2016. With fans expecting Sony to whip out the big guns, I don’t think anyone was ready for the bombs Sony was preparing to drop on the audience this night.

So how did Sony do? Did they rest on their laurels this year or push forward in their fight for dominance? Lets have a look!

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E3 2015: Microsoft Press Conference Recap/Review

With Microsoft still trying to catch Sony’s sizable lead, Phil Spencer and crew changed things up this year and instead decided to send a barrage of trailers and game announcements at the audience. There were a ton of announcements in the hour and a half presentation, as Microsoft was laser focused in delivering players content this year.

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With Sony admitting that their first party lineup is going to be sparser than normal this year, 2015 may be the most important one so far in the Xbox One’s brief history. Kicking things off with a juicy teaser trailer is a fine way to whip the audience into a frenzy at the forthcoming announcements as well.

So how did they do? Will this help Microsoft close the gap? Lets recap!

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Saturday Video Round Up: Derek’s Picks Edition

As many of you know, this past week was all about the new games and announcements at E3 2015. This year there was a ton of great stuff and overall, I found the show to be extremely exciting with awesome games all over the place.

As you know, today is also Saturday which means it’s time for a brand new round up. Being only one person with a finite amount of time on my hands, there’s absolutely no way I could realistically provide a round up of every new trailer or gameplay video that was released at the show. I’d need to find a way to clone myself or stop time.

So instead of running myself into the ground with trailers, I’ve decided to steal a page from the wonderful ROBO♥BEAT’s site and give you guys a look at some of my favorite trailers from E3. There was a ton of games to love this year so whittling down the list was pretty tough. After you’re done, make sure to let me know what caught your attention this week as well. Enjoy!

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E3 2015: Nintendo Digital Event Recap/Review

Coming off of a successful 2014 seeing major games like Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8, and Hyrule Warriors hit store shelves, fans were eager to see what else Nintendo had coming in 2015 to follow up on the momentum earned.

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Having already announced a few games like Yoshi’s Woolly World, (at the time) Mario Maker, and a previously revealed Star Fox, Nintendo fans had high hopes to see what else the house of Mario had cooking. Many figured a new WiiU Metroid was a given or perhaps even a revival of another seldom used IP was on the way. With the successful additions of the F-Zero tracks in Mario Kart 8, maybe Nintendo was bringing that franchise back? The hopes and dreams of Nintendo fans were running high leading up to the event.

Did Nintendo drop the ball or are they looking at another fantastic year? Lets check out what happened…

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