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GOING PRO

07 February 2007

Amidst all the biting uncertainties of the moment (what project to do to finish school with, where to move to in three months, what I'm going to do for work,) it's nice to have at least one thing that's in the lift: my freelance writing for [N]Gamer.

Recently, I told the editor-in-chief that after finishing school, I was thinking of 'going pro' with games journalism, telling him of my plan to ramp up the production of articles and even planning to write about Xbox360 games. Apparently, that set off a pistol in his head and he eagerly took it as a trigger to give me more stuff to write already. In fact, I'm swimming in jobs right now. Well, it's still not enough to earn a living, or even a whole lot for any professional, but combined with my weekly college life it's all I can do to secure some free time for myself. But you know what? I kind of like this. I'm getting some experience into what it is to be constantly busy with writing, and earning a nice bit while I'm at it. In the last month, amongst others, I've written reviews on Excite Truck and Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (both two pages), a four-page special article which I won't spoil just yet and there's more in the pipeline with only a fortnight or so to go before the deadline.

I don't know what happened, but ever since I got to do Twilight Princess in December, I'm getting the most satisfying jobs all the time. I get to review games that I'm genuinely interested in, I get multiple pages for them; hell, I'm even GETTING the games in the first place! All the people who've been doing this for years, should you be reading this and quietly chuckling about my happy behaviour: indulge me. Even though I've been doing this job for years now, I can't help still getting really excited about it now and then. Let's hope I can keep that up. Personally, it's a great relief for me to have something that I'm still interested in after years of doing it. I hope I may have found my passion here, because I was running out of hobbies.

So; shameless plug: buy the next [N]gamer when it appears in the beginning of March! There'll be over 10 pages written by me, accounting for a good 10% of the whole magazine. Yikes! That's quite a responsibility to bear, but I'm doing my utmost to write some really nice stuff. Be your own judge; check it out!

Roderick.