Hey GameSpot. First off, apologies for not posting sooner, been a bit hectic at the office. I should catch you up on what I have been doing before discussing how week 2 is going.
One thing you learn very quickly as an intern is that each company has its own unique style, and there can be an adjustment period before you learn it and incorporate it into your own writing, which is why having great editors is vital. The team at GameSpot are great at providing support and helping out when it comes to developing as a writer. I have received invaluable advice on how to improve my articles, and feel like I am improving every day. Particular thanks go to Jane Douglas for lending me a book which has proved extremely useful in learning how to cut down on the length of my articles, a problem I have always suffered with (as readers of my last blog entries will confirm). So the end of the first week was more of learning processes, getting accustomed to the GameSpot approach to writing, and of course, playing Dark Souls for the mini-guide. I also learned how to write in HTML (a basic skill which has sadly alluded me until now), I am still learning, but hopefully I will master the craft soon.
Then came week two, and I started to write more articles. Hopefully you have had a chance to read some of my work, and I hope you like it. These articles would not have been anywhere near as good as they appear on the site if it wasn't for the excellent editors at GameSpot, as I pointed out earlier. You may have also heard my voice on the last two podcasts. I was very nervous during my first appearance, and will apologise now for my poor pronunciation (I'm working on it, trust me!). I have really enjoyed being on the podcasts, they are such great fun and the questions people put forward are very good, encouraging some in-depth discussions.
This week I've been working on articles regarding community nights the UK team are hosting, promoting our Gears of War 3 Game Night and Battlefield 3 event. If you aren't aware of these, look up the articles. In short, next Monday, Jane, Guy, Mark and I will be playing Gears 3 with the community from 5-7pm (UK), so if you are interested, get involved.
As always, any questions or comments you have, post them in the comments below.