Streaming on Steam – Looking at Selection & Functionality

Steam Has Video Content?

Note:  this article was written 7/19/2018. Some points made in this article may be irrelevant as the service is updated for those of you viewing this in future land.

When most people think Steam they think videos games like Portal or the Half-life series, but today I’ll be taking a look at their video streaming service that’s built right into their platform. I aim to look at their streaming selection, pricing, and functionality. Recently I was inspired to use the service while watching the anime, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju since you can’t legal purchase the show outside of the Steam platform so it seemed like a good time to also write this article. Continue reading “Streaming on Steam – Looking at Selection & Functionality”

How Anime Reviews & Recommendations Work – 2017 Revision

Hello Folks!

This is an updated version of how my anime reviews and recommendations work. You can see the old one here as it is still relevant for all reviews from 2015 to mid 2017. Lately, as you may have noticed, I have moved away from a score format (something out of ten). The purpose of this document is to explain the new format and why I moved away from the old system.

The Old System

Under the old system, I provided a score out of ten and an additional recommendation. The score was an “at-a-glance” rating for people to look at to avoid spoilers, set a base line with my opinions, etc… However, my scores are a bit flexible and were never meant to be taken on their own. They were always meant to be coupled with a recommendation (pass, try, buy, and seal of excellence).

For awhile, this made sense and I did that. As time moved on, however, I found this format to be tedious. I was having to alter my writing to work in a score and recommendation that ended up feeling redundant. Additionally, I have dramatically changed how I write about anime now, so this outdated system isn’t really working as intended any way.

Scores are Gone

So what’s changing? Not a lot actually. Firstly, I’ll be removing scores. If you’d like my at-a-glance opinion, feel free to check my My Anime List account for a (mostly) comprehensive record of everything I’ve watched. Note that these scores may not perfectly match what I have on the site here.

I’ll briefly explain my MAL scores here as they are organized in a particular way for real life categorization and organization. There is a bit more going on than this, so feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Scores aren’t really that important, it’s more my actual thoughts.

  1. I see no reason why this needed to be made. Could even be competent for all extents and purposes. Waste of resources, talent, and time. A rare score for me.
  2. Garbage with no redeemable qualities. Rare score.
  3. Has some competency but was crippled by a glaring flaw or flaws. Generally boring and not something that interests me.
  4. I was bored more than half the time I viewed this show. Has some stuff going for it, generally competent visually or musically. Maybe enjoyed an arc or two at most.
  5. The bare minimum of what I consider to be a decent show. Has flaws or lacks enough purpose but had at least one aspect that kept me engaged for most of the runtime. Competent anime, but still generally flawed. Would recommend, but only to people I know really well that have specific tastes.
  6. Eh, it was ok. These are shows I might recommend to folks I know pretty well with niche tastes. They may have some historical or cultural importance as well. Generally, shows that I know are flawed but still had a good time with any way.
  7. My personal average. This anime hits most of the boxes I look for in a show (regarding the specific genre). Again, still flawed but I had a pretty good time watching. Would safely recommend these titles to people, but not super enthusiastically.
  8. I really enjoyed these anime. I thought about them for awhile and would gladly recommend these titles to most people. There are some minor issues present in the anime for me, but some other aspect(s) made up for them.
  9. Excellent shows that I consider to be near-perfect. I thought about these shows a lot and would enthusiastically recommend most of these titles. These anime usually resonated with me emotionally or intellectually. In some cases, I found these titles to be so entertaining that flaws were largely ignored. However, there was at least one thing that nagged me about any of these shows that prevented a 10.
  10. The weirdest score. These could either be:  shows I think are fantastic and must watches or shows I would recommend to just about everybody despite my actual opinions. It is usually pretty obvious which is which. For example, Clannad falls into the latter category while Penguindrum falls into first.

The New System

Beyond removing scores, I will no longer be adding a specific recommendation at the end. These used to be try, buy, etc… Instead, the article on the whole should be more than enough to go on. I will still provide a concluding paragraph where my general feelings can be quickly surmised.

These changes are made to more accurately reflect my opinions and writing style. Additionally, I was forgetting to use the old system fairly regularly anyway. This change is just a natural progression as a result. If you have any questions/concerns, feel free to voice them by posting a comment or emailing me at:  jonspencerreviews@gmail.com

Site Update: Jon’s Setback

Sigh…

Sorry guys, but I have to take a step back from the site for a little while. I WILL BE BACK, however, due to recent events regarding my course work, I need to spend more time on that over this. I’m not doing poorly at school, but I am at risk of possibly not passing one of my courses. Therefore, for the remainder of this month, and part of next month, don’t expect me to be very active personally. I might post something during this time period, but don’t expect anything.

School must come first for me. I simply cannot afford to be at risk of failing, let alone actually fail a course. This term has ended up being more stressful than I had imagined, and unfortunately the site is going to take a bit of a hit for it. I’m disappointed with the situation, but that’s just the reality.

I realize that this comes at a poor time since I have 2 series running the moment. Those being the Terror in Resonance and Key anime articles. I would like to apologize for having to delay any content regarding these two series. These series are officially on hold until further notice, but I do plan on completing them. I’ve already done bits and pieces of them in terms of writing, but have them fully planned out, so I won’t be dropping them.

In addition to this, the site has been doing very well lately and I didn’t want to slow down our momentum here. However, it seems inevitable. I hope that everybody will be understanding on this matter and continue to support me and everybody else here at Jon Spencer Reviews. While my absence isn’t great, there is some good news.

I had a planned board game review for this week (2/7/16-2/14/16) which will still go up, likely tomorrow (2/11/16). Again, do not expect any new content from me personally for at least a few weeks. A thousand apologies. On a positive note, contributors are unaffected by this and should still be producing content as planned.

Again, my apologies.

-Jon Spencer

Ghost In The Shell: First Assault Update

An Update

I just received word about what the NDA covers for Ghost In The Shell:  First Assault. Unfortunately, I cannot release any information concerning the game, written or otherwise, at this time. I know several people had interest in this but rules are rules. Once the NDA is lifted I will provide coverage of this game. Thank you for your patients and understanding.

Plans For The Week 9/27/15-10/4/15

Week 2 Already?!?

I can’t believe it’s already been over a week since I started! I got some more followers, both here and on Facebook. Thanks to Script Anime, and everyone else, for the support! I hope that everybody had a good week. Be sure to answer the poll at the bottom of the post; I want to know what you all think.

With that, let’s get to what’s on schedule. Continue reading “Plans For The Week 9/27/15-10/4/15”

Jon Spencer Reviews Now On Facebook

An Announcement!

You can now like Jon Spencer Reviews over on Facebook! To do so just follow the link here and hit the like button to keep up to date. Don’t forget you can also subscribe via email by clicking the “follow” button in the lower right hand corner of the screen. Thanks in advance for the support and hope to see you back here soon!

-Jon Spencer