Editing Is Fun!Shawn Drotar

Posted on February 20th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

OK, as an editor by trade, I admit that maybe that’s overstating it a bit… a lot… whatever. It’s necessary nevertheless.

GamersReports.com is running a feature entitled “Why Xbox 360 Is King”, or - after you click the so-named link from their front page - it’s entitled “Top 10 Reasons Xbox360 Will Be Crowned King“. Anyway, without belaboring the point, here’s their #1 reason:

1 – This one goes to a person who has changed the relationship between the gamer and console manufacture. He has single handling created a foundation for the Xbox live community. This man is Xbox live major nelson. He is the voice, the man behind the Curtin who on a weekly podcast answers questions and gives us an insight on the behind scenes happening like no other. When it comes to consoles or any product for that matter it all comes down to the end user, the people. If you build a relationship with the people they will feel better about the product and support the product. Major Nelson is that glue sticking us into the box..
Or maybe that’s the plan all along; for Microsoft has been referred to as “the Borg”… if that is true then prepare to be simulated.

Wow. Now, the rest of the article is as hurtful to the eyes and brain as the above, rendering what was a reasonably well thought-out piece useless. I’m not trying to pick on them - I like GamersReports, and I’m only trying to help. So, in an effort to help raise the quality of gaming journalism (something we like to try and do here), let’s discuss:

  • “This one goes to a person who has changed the relationship between the gamer and console manufacture.” - First off, it’s a bullet-point list, so it doesn’t “go to” anyone - it “refers to” someone. Second, it’s not a console “manufacture”; it’s a “manufacturer. One is the process itself, while the other is performing the process.
  • “He has single handling created a foundation for the Xbox live community. This man is Xbox live major nelson. He is the voice, the man behind the Curtin who on a weekly podcast answers questions and gives us an insight on the behind scenes happening like no other.” - Ouch. “Single handling” is what speed-dating coordinators do. “Single-handedly” is what we’re looking for here; as in he’s done it by himself - which he hasn’t, but that’s beside the point. “Xbox Live” is the name of a trademarked product, and therefore, both words are capitalized. “Major Nelson” is a pseudonym (one drawn from “I Dream of Jeannie”, if I’m not mistaken), and should therefore be capitalized. In the last sentence, correct (and a lot more) punctuation is necessary, it should say “behind-the-scenes happenings”, and… well, “Curtin” was one of The Coneheads. A “curtain” is a window or stage covering, and would be more appropriate here… unless the good Major is actually standing behind the comic thespian during his podcasts. Not impossible, of course, but seemingly unlikely.
  • When it comes to consoles or any product for that matter it all comes down to the end user, the people. If you build a relationship with the people they will feel better about the product and support the product.” - Again, punctuation is your friend.
  • Major Nelson is that glue sticking us into the box.” - WTF?
  • Or maybe that’s the plan all along; for Microsoft has been referred to as “the Borg”… if that is true then prepare to be simulated.” - There’s semi-colon use here, so we’re making progress; but commas are still handy… and your “geek cred” is completely shot.

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