Between Life and Games has moved to self-hosting!

New Between Life and Games Site

Dear friends,

A couple of weeks ago, just in time for Between Life and Games’ first birthday, the site was moved from WordPress.com to self-hosting (using WordPress.org). If you have been a subscriber to the old, WordPress.com site, you’ll need to subscribe again to receive notifications of new posts on the new site, using the form on the top right of the home page.

I have been hard at work adding new and improving existing features in the last days. There is a new, sleeker theme called GamePress. And I have to say that the new site is much better than what it used to be, thanks to the multitude of plugins available once you’re free of the WordPress.com boundaries, and your ability to change anything you want in the code.

Since the move, a few articles and a Final Fantasy VIII review have been published. But the most exciting new feature is the new Between Life and Games forum, which already has a small, but active community, and nearly 1000 posts in just 2 short weeks (not to mention the 3000+ Shoutbox comments). You are more than welcome to join and chat with us on the forum!

Between Life and Games Forum

Furthermore, there has been a small “paradigm shift” in the site’s philosophy. The most active people on the forum are now able to write for the main site, if and whenever they’d like to do so, with absolutely no obligations to produce any content at all. This gives a chance to the community to contribute, but only contribute if they really feel the desire to, not to feel like it’s their responsibility and even job to do so. You can expect the first article not written by me, a most interesting review from one of our most active forum users, in the coming days!

And remember that this opportunity is always up for grabs – if you’re active on the forum, you’ll certainly be given a chance to have your articles alongside mine and others’ on the main site! So, if you’d like to join in on the fun, all you need to do is register on the forum and participate there.

The website address remains the same it’s always been: http://betweenlifeandgames.com.

Get the latest gaming news here thanks to Twitter!

With the new Twitter account associated with Between Life and Games and by using the WordPress Twitter plugin, whenever I’m online, I will be able to relay all major gaming news as they happen to this site, even if I don’t have a comment on them warranting a new post! The news will be cherry-picked, so you can be sure that you’ll see important stuff relayed here. Watch out for the “Twitter Updates” section to the right of the site!

Follow Between Life and Games on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/VladoGames

Why “Between Life and Games”?

My first real post is going to be a short story about why I chose the title of this site.

It was actually suggested by my girlfriend, and I liked it a lot. Aside from the obvious wordplay and the implication that games can be a serious matter, not just a way to recreate and pass the time, there is the inevitable division between the material and the virtual. “Life” is a blanket term for the material world used quite often online, while “Games” are only a part of the virtual one (not any less so than books or movies), but games are the main focus of this site, so I will concentrate on them.

Back when I was young, games and playing outside were the two major things I was busy with aside from school. Already then, the compromise existed. Sometimes, I would choose to play a game instead of studying or playing football. Still, most of the time I would just go outside with my friends. Today, though, I no longer have that choice. Working on a desk with internet access 8 hours a day gives me the chance to keep up-to-date with gaming news, but little time to actually play games anymore. My backlog keeps growing, but I still do my best to put in as much time as I can.

So there I am… Between life and games. I can’t skip work, refuse to see my friends or to take my girlfriend to see a movie because of a game anymore. I’ve grown up, I guess… But games still hold the same magic. They have helped shape me as a person and I will help the people who read my articles with my advice. Because, indeed, there are games that every human being deserves to experience. The magic will never fade away!

The Beginning

Welcome!

My name is Vlado and I am an independent video game journalist from Bulgaria. I am a newcomer in the game journalism field, having only written my reviews and articles on several forums on gaming sites like GameFAQs, GameSpot, Backloggery, UnikGamer and Netrunner2k2. Nevertheless, I have always received generally positive feedback regarding my writing and the content of my work. The goal of this project is to have a single point where my materials will be shared, and to establish another independent viewpoint on the gaming world, safe from any influences but my own impressions of games and the industry.

My systems of choice are PC, PS3 and PSP, meaning I will cover games on many systems from NES/Master System to PS3/Xbox 360/Wii. My preferences currently lie with the PlayStation brand, so expect reviews of games on PlayStation systems more often than others. I will comment about games I’m currently playing, write reviews of games I have finished, and occasionally post news and comment on the video game industry as a whole.

I truly hope you enjoy my work. Feel free to leave a comment, if you’d like.