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CARVING AN ARTICLE

06 December 2006

So whereas first I was a bit in the blue on how I'd fill 6 pages worth of review totalling to 2500 words on Twilight Princess, when all was said and done (and written) I had a shocking 3700. So it was time to fetch the old shredder and start cutting up all the stuff I didn't need. My hands are still rough from the sandpaper. It took me a good 7 hours just to clean up my text and try to slim it down without losing the core essence or poetry of the whole. It's satisfying work, but tough nonetheless. Darlings were killed.

In the end though, I think I've made a pretty swell article. It's comprehensive, yet has enough flair of its own that it's worth reading even if you've read a lot of other reviews already, possibly online. I won't tell you what grade I gave it, you'll just have to snag a copy of [N]Gamer in a few weeks. Once it's out I may spill the beans on it, for now I can only say that I've been pretty critical on the game, but that the outcome was quite favourable nonetheless.

Of special interest are a few sidebars I wrote. I usually try to sneak some humour into the main text to liven things up -a verbal jest here, a stoogey reference there- but Zelda was too grand to give it that treatment. So for the bulk text I kept a serious, analytical tone and the comedy I reserved for the sidebars. I've got a tongue-in-cheek fishing tutorial, but more importantly, a small treatment on Miyamoto's knack for 'upending the tea table' during development. I don't exactly know how many people will catch on to that, but I hope it'll bring a smile to a few. As always, the best ideas come on the night before the deadline; so way after midnight, after spending a good five hours rewriting, I remembered that someone on Idle Thumbs had made an animated GIF of Miyamoto rushing over a tea table. I thought it'd be hilarious if I would use some stills from it next to the sidebar, since it'd work complimentary and enhance the awesomeness. I'd need permission from the creator of course, so hoping he'd reply swift enough I sent him a private message. Fortunately, when I came online the next day, he told me he liked the idea. I prepared the screenshots and hopefully the editors will approve them.

Well, in the end it took me longer than suspected, but I can honestly say I've never been prouder of an article I wrote. I can't wait to see it in print, and hopefully get some reactions.

Roderick.