Guide for writers

Hello there!

So you want to write for Legacy of Games. Firstly, as the site’s owner I must say that I am incredibly humbled by your interest. This is a small project I started out of passion for gaming history, so it’s great to see others sharing my interest and goals.

Secondly, this site does have some rules for its articles and in general that I want to make clear. We are not like other websites and I bring this up now to make sure you are putting yourself in the spot you want to be.

So let’s get through some general rules first:

  1. There is no system for financial compensation in place as of yet. For now I intend to see where this all goes and if the site gains any traction. If this remains solely a hub for a few passioniate people to write and share their reviews with each, then that is fine by me. If it gains actual readers and grows, then that would be even better. Currently this site runs on a free WordPress subscription (hence the extra long url) which means the ads on this site don’t benefit us. If we ever migrate to our own server or a paid subscription, then I intend to share the ad revenue that remains after dealing with subscription costs among the staff.
  2. Similarly, there are no review copies to score and using the site’s name to seek contact with developers and publishers will get you kicked out right away. We have no intention of covering games that are coming out new and even if you do want to pick up something recent, then that will have to come out of your own pocket.
  3. To offset this: I don’t care how you get the games you review. If you have an actual physical copy, that’s fine. If you borrow it, that’s fine. If you emulate it? that is fine. That last one is important because I want to make sure you understand that this stuff doesn’t have to financially ruin you. Retro games are generally our main focus and those are expensive. If you prefer emulating it, then go ahead.
  4. Most importantly: have fun.

Types of articles

Reviews

The goal of this website is to provide reviews that cover the entire franchise. When you put out a review of, say… Final Fantasy, then that means I kind of expect you to then carry on to Final Fantasy 2, 3, 4, etc. If a series isn’t finished, then the review series is incomplete and we’ll have to remove it.

Important note here: we divide series up between the main series and various spin-offs. Take Mario for example: if you review Super Mario Bros. on here I don’t expect you to review every single game with Mario in it. Before you start on a series that hasn’t been reviewed before, speak with the rest of the team and we’ll set up a plan to carve up the series. For mario you’d get separate review series for Super Mario Bros., Mario Kart, Mario Party, Mario Land, Mario & Luigi, Paper Mario, etc.

Reviews are separated in 6 parts:

  • An opening statement and technical information about the game.
  • A section about the game’s story with a score at the end.
  • A section about the gameplay with a score at the end.
  • A section about the presentation with a score at the end.
  • A section about extras, which refers to replay value, completion, side-quests, and multiple endings. Also with a score at the end.
  • A verdict where you make your closing statement and mathematically determine the total score of the game. This is done on a scale of 1-100.

Some details about the format:

  • Images must have a width of 800 pixels and a height preferably in the range of 450. Images are distributed across the review to break up the text.
  • Each section uses a heading size 2 and is prefaced with a relevant title. Use your creativity here.
  • The score at each section is simply in bold (Story score: 10/10). The score at the end of the article is in heading size 1.
  • Section titles and the total score are done in this color. Titles are underlined.

Before you throw your review online, ask me to fix the settings of the article for you. This refers to the featured image, tags, and excerpt. Just give me a fancy one-liner to lure people to the review and I will test-read it, fix minor errors, and make sure all that data is entered properly.

Second opinion

The title of the game is the title of the article we will put out, which makes it difficult when somebody also wants to review that same game. For example: The Legend of Zelda franchise is pretty popular, so it’s likely someone other than me would like to review the series. For that reason there are second opinions. Write your review like normal, but instead it will be called John’s Second Opinion: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Retrospective

After you have finished reviewing a series, you can do a retrospective article where you discuss how a series has progressed, recurring problems it should strive to fix going forward, and design lessons other developers could take from observing the series. Do you hope they’ll keep making more of these games or would you prefer they stopped here and now? There are few rules to these type of articles, though I would appreciate it if you reused images from your previous reviews.

If a series is ongoing, then do the retrospective when you’re done and feel free to update it when newer entries come out if it’s relevant at all.

Actual articles

If you want to do an opinion piece or editorial, then let me know what you are working on. We love to publish these, but we need to look at this case-by-case to make sure it’s in line with the content we want on this particular site.