Earlier this year I started doing some blogging at 1UP.com. I enjoyed making every post I put up there, but eventually I just got sick of dealing with the overhead of 1UP.com itself. It made posting a bit of a chore. I like really light web pages with big open spaces and a focus on text. 1UP.com is pretty much the exact opposite of that. Sometime around June, I made the decision to move out of there. I even set up this wordpress site you’re looking at right now. Hard to believe https://davelong.wordpress.com was available, but here I am!
I think I got my hopes a little too high that I’d become a regular fixture in the pages of Games for Windows: The Official Magazine, but that didn’t pan out. I’m not one to be squeaky and try to get the grease, and with so many in-house and long-time writers there it’s not a surprise that I only got a few jobs earlier this year and then they suddenly dried up, even in this busy holiday season. No hard feelings… but I definitely tried to hitch my wagon there too soon with the 1UP blog.
Another reason for moving here is the ability to list everything that I’ve ever done in print and on the web in one place. Call it a resume if you want. You’ll find all that in the links up above. All the web work listed was done for Gamerdad.com where I served as Editor in Chief for about a year and a half. The print work includes all the articles I’ve written for Computer Games Magazine and Games for Windows: The Official Magazine. There are some things that can’t really be catalogued anymore like the work I did for Evil Avatar, my own website One Gamer’s Voice and a single article that I think appeared at Games Domain somewhere along the line. The bulk of my professional work is at GamerDad and in the pages of CGM. It’s all stuff I’m super proud of doing and satisfying to look back upon.
There’s the possibility of Computer Games Magazine coming back again in the future. I hope to be a part of that when it does. Until then, rather than post quite so many long diatribes on Quarter To Three, I’m just going to do that here. If it gets picked up by others, great. If not, well, it’s all stuff I think about. So it’ll be a nice record to someday come back to and go, “Yeah, you were really wrong about that one, goofball.”
Don’t expect me to always say things you like or want to hear. In fact, a lot of what I post to the Internet is just my mind racing along at breakneck speed evaluating some industry trend, puzzling out why something’s successful, why it’s not, why no one “gets it” or even just playing devil’s advocate with the uptight hardcore gaming landscape. Hopefully I’ll earn your respect and entertain you all at the same time. Welcome!