Here on Volatile Mode, I'm trying to bring in as many unique perspectives into the discussion of gaming as possible, solely for the betterment and improvement of this industry. As such, I'll be pleading with prominent gaming journalists and bloggers to do an interview relating to any number of subjects. For the first one, Jim Rossignol, British gaming journalist extraordinaire, answered a few questions about his writing habits and life as a niche writer for the PC exclusive site Rock, Paper, Shotgun. (It's an awesome site so go take a look.)
VM: What are your methods to get in the writing mood? For example, I drink a cup of coffee and have the TV on as background noise. It is surprisingly effective!
JIM: I don't really have a writing mood anymore. I've been doing it for so long that it just happens. But I drink a lot of tea and listen to lyric-free high-tempo electronic music.
VM: What is it like writing for a PC exclusive site? Do you prefer the focused platform, or sometimes would you wish RPS covered the broader industry?
VM: How did you get into the industry? It's often the case writers for popular websites already have connections, so was this the case for you?
VM: What advice could you give aspiring journalists (like myself) on breaking into the industry? Please interject personal experience!
VM: How did you discover your undying passion for gaming and what is your all time favourite title?
VM: Being a UK-based site, is writing primarily for British gaming fans at all different than for an American audience? And do you feel the European and North American gaming cultures are equivalent or not?
Out of curiosity, I also asked him if RPS was looking for any contributors. He mentioned the site recently did a call-out to applicants and the position was filled. I guess I was too late on that one! I'd like to thank Jim personally for the honourary first interviewee here on Volatile Mode.
Hopefully more interviews follow. According to Mr. Rossignol, I'll be featured on The Sunday Times over at Rock, Paper, Shotgun! This is big news guys. For people just discovering my blog for the first time, why not subscribe? :D