WHO ARE YOU?Hi, I'm Justin Clark. You might remember me from such websites as CHUD.com, Slant Magazine, and Gamespot. Or not. I don't know your life.
Point being, I write about games. A lot. Mostly, as a reviewer i.e. one of those people you yell at when CrotchShooty IV: Revelations gets a 5/10. See for yourself. Good stuff. You're welcome.
WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING HERE?Aside from continuing to write on Slant and Gamespot, the time has come to blog once more. More than just editorials, but full fledged long form reviews for stuff I haven't been tapped for by an outlet, franchise retrospectives, research pieces going behind the scenes of games, personal pieces about being black in what's not always the most diverse field on the planet, maybe even streaming old titles for shits and giggles. Anything that strikes my fancy about games that doesn't fit in the category of bigger websites. Thus, Welcome To Class Real. A blog I intend to make as a repository for my objectively damn fine games writing.
WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?You know that old guidance counselor cliche about finding a job you love so much you'd do it for free? That's been me the last 15 years with writing. I love what I do and have gotten to do, and have gone to pretty extraordinary lengths to keep doing it. Including doing it as my second/third/fourth job to make ends meet. Recently, job #1, which keeps me knee deep in roofs over my head, has become enough of a strain that staying there will have some serious effects on my mental and physical well-being. The goal has always been to be writing about games 24/7. Now, it's less of a dream than an imperative.
SO, WAIT, WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS, GAME JOURNALISTS AREN'T RICH AS FUCK AND STRUGGLE TO EAT JUST LIKE NORMIES?I KNOW RIGHT I'M JUST AS HORRIFIED AS YOU ARE.
MY ENTIRE WORLDVIEW IS SHATTERED HOW DO I FIX IT?Helping to support good writing wherever you see it is a start, for behind every great online writer is the menial-ass day job keeping them alive. Coincidentally, I am also a good writer, who will, for a start, be writing whatever comes to my enormous head a few times a week. Should anyone who passes through my site and digs what they see drops a few bucks on it every month, not only does the writing get to happen more often, but I'll be able to do so much more with it.
LIKE WHAT EXACTLY?Well, like:
Retry: High profile titles due for reappraisal
Matchmaking: Recommendations for games or other media to pair with a recently released title
Debug: Interviews and articles with creators on their work.
Branching Paths: Deviations from the expected for developers/series
Achievement Unlocked: The games that broke new ground, for good or ill
Stage Select: The great stages/moments of gaming, examined.
Latency: Tackling a well-received game Ive never played for the first time.
Critical Damage: Examining the high profile failures of years past
Random Select: New reviews of older games.
Now Loading: Occasional bits and blurbs about a recent game
WHAT DO I GET OUT OF IT?For one thing, no ads. The only things running this place will be Patreon and my own overinflated sense of self-importance. Past that, though, all the other special goods are in the sidebar. But really, I'm of the mind that damn good games writing will be the reward, especially the kind I'd like to make. What may be a few times a month can turn into a "whenever I damn well feel like it" endeavor.