Hi there, and welcome to Nomad’s Reviews.
“So, what is this website about then?” you may ask, “And who is it for?” Both are excellent questions.
But before I answer them, I should start by stating that the site's focus is changing somewhat. It was initially created in 2017 and served as a way of sharing some of my experiences with gaming, media and technology whilst building my portfolio. This worked, and I am now a full-time freelance video games journalist with multiple sites.
It also served as a platform for reviewing the games, books, movies and TV shows that were often overlooked by more mainstream media. There are a lot of hidden gems out there which deserve far more recognition than they get. Reviews of them on this site was my small way of helping them gain the recognition they deserved. This may still happen from time to time since even freelance writers like myself do not always have a free-reign over what topics to cover when writing for other people’s publications. Therefore, something too obscure to be considered by mainstream sites may well be featured on here.
However, Nomad’s Reviews will now focus on eight distinct goals;
1: The preservation of Video Game History.
2: Advocating for inclusivity and accessibility in video games to ensure gaming can be enjoyed by all.
3: Promoting video games as a legitimate art form and storytelling medium.
4: Promoting excellence in video game design.
5: Promoting pro-customer practices.
6: Highlighting anti-consumer practices in parts of the video games industry.
7: Challenging the bad actors and poor working conditions in some parts of the video game industry.
8: Helping non-gamers to better understand what gaming is about, why gamers enjoy gaming, and to refute some of the negative press directed at video games and the people who play them.
The reasons behind this change of direction can be seen here.
The site creator's Bio can be seen here.
The articles and article series that will be published on the site from now on will be tailored towards one or more of these goals. The information in these articles will be presented in a light-hearted and easily digestible manner - Ten-minute reads at the most.
A prime example of this is the on-going The (Almost) Complete History of Video Games series. Once completed, it will provide chronological information about the hardware and software of (almost) every games system released, including the video arcades, home microcomputers, hand-held devices, consoles and Personal Computers.
It will cover all the major systems in detail and will attempt to cover some of the more obscure systems too. The series will also cover the standout games and genres made possible by these systems, their commercial success (or lack thereof) and their cultural impact.
This information is presented chronologically to demonstrate the evolution of gaming from its humble beginnings to the near photorealistic games of today. Compare Pong from article three (3) to a modern AAA game in article fiftysomething (50) and you will see a night and day difference.
It will take some time to complete The (Almost) Complete History of Video Games. I expect it will take fifty or more 'episodes' to reach the present day. At an upload schedule of approximately one article per week, this will take about a year to complete. I'll decide what to do after that closer to the time. I'm open to suggestions.
The other five goals will likely need to be fought for and promoted on an on-going basis over the long term, so I expect I will be making those arguments for some time. For as long as those arguments need to be made, I will keep on making them.
I have detailed my motivations behind changing Nomad’s Review’s focus and what I am hoping to achieve by doing so in an article that can be viewed here.
In terms of content and tone, I am aiming for the 'sweet spot' between having sufficient depth to be useful whilst not being so in-depth that it becomes inaccessible. Links to more in-depth information will be provided for anyone who wishes to discover more. I also aim to add the personal touch and a dash of humour (where appropriate) since I'm old enough to have experienced much of the evolution of gaming first hand, and I have experienced many of the issues which gave rise to the other seven goals.
Who Is This Site For?
The site is for anyone and everyone who might be interested. These may include - but are of course not limited to - the following people;
1. People who may not know much about video gaming, the media or technology, but would like to.
2. Gamers who want to ‘go all misty-eyed’ about the past and then look to the future.
3. Members of younger generations who wish to know what video gaming, media and technology was like before they were born.
4. Gamers who are concerned about the preservation of video game history.
5. Game developers looking for inspiration and tips to help make their future games better.
6. Anyone with an interest in video gaming, media, film, TV, books, audiobooks, radio plays, and technology in general.
The website itself and all its current content are all my own work. Pictures and videos sourced from other places are of course attributed, credit where credit is due after all.
NB - If I have not attributed an image correctly please accept my apologies in advance, it would not have been intentional. If I have done so, please get in touch with either the correct attribution details - which I will then add - or a request to remove the offending image, which I will of course do ASAP.
Videos and pictures have been carefully curated to ensure they effectively illustrate the point in question, since a picture tells a thousand words and a video tells a million. All videos and images have been screened for foul language or other potentially offensive or politically biased content.
As this website may be viewed by children, there is no explicit or offensive language used anywhere within. Where possible I have chosen videos that lack commentary or are sourced from family-friendly channels to ensure this.
Parental supervision is advised of course. Some games, films, books etc. contain adult themes, and any article discussing them may by necessity include content or reference topics not suitable for younger audiences. I will highlight articles that may contain such content as 'NSFC' - Not Safe For Children - so that you may make an informed decision.
Opinions expressed on this website are my own and do not represent the views or policies of any other individuals or organisations.
Nomad’s Reviews is - and will remain - as strictly a-political as possible.
All articles, and the content therein, aim to be as factual as possible at the time of their writing. Any inaccuracies you may find are unintentional. If you should spot any, please let me know and I will fix them ASAP.
I strongly believe in quality over quantity, so I will not churn out articles for the sake of it. All topics and content are chosen for their interest or importance, at least as I see it, or are chosen by Patreon, SubscribeStar or PayPal supporters.
My tastes are somewhat 'quirky', so I am unlikely to be reviewing the latest AAA game or Hollywood blockbuster. There are plenty of great sites out there covering these already, and I wouldn't have much of value to add to those conversations anyway.
However, if you are interested in the weird and the wonderful, then you have come to the right place. The articles and reviews on Nomad's Reviews tend to be about the cult classics and hidden gems you may not hear about on other sites.
If you would like to find out a little more about the creator of this site, please take a look at my bio.
Keep the comments section clean, respectful and a-political. Any abuse or politicking will result in the offender getting kicked. I have a Ban-Hammer and I know how to use it! ;-)
Thank you for the time you have taken to read this, and I hope you will enjoy your visits to Nomad's Reviews.