Week Eight – Technical Activity: Quiz Response

I just completed the quiz for week eight. It took me two attempts to get 100% right, as I scored 80% on my first attempt.

The first question I got wrong was about the fight near Jack’s Hotel. I disagree with the first suggestion in the feedback as I don’t think ‘next to’ is more accurate than ‘near’. I feel like it might be a more ‘descriptive’ way of wording it, but I don’t think it is necessarily more correct. I do however understand that the word ‘brawl’ is an exaggeration of fight, so that does make sense to me and would indeed, make option A more correct.

The second question I got wrong relates to the question about the women from Japan, where the ‘of’ was considered redundant. I just personally prefer using that extra word in that instance as it sounds better to me that way.

In some ways I can’t help but feel a little frustrated by these quizzes. It seems so nitty-gritty all the time, when it really is a matter of style. I guess that some people would argue that the details are what matters, but in I do find it tiresome in some cases.

I imagine I am not alone in my thoughts.


Hicks, W 2013, English for journalists, Routledge, London, England.

Week Eight – Technical Activity: Quiz Response

Week Eight – Inquiry Activity: Playfire “First-Look” Review

Playfire says that it is “the ultimate gaming community” and from a first glance they aren’t kidding. Playfire is a comprehensive social media platform that offers users the chance to connect with other gamers in an online community.

As a gamer, when you first hit the website, you instantly feel like you are where you want to be. The homepage look and feel is one that tells you that these people know how to work graphics and games – bringing together imagery from iconic platform games such as Mortal Kombat and Grand Theft Auto.

The website boasts three central features – Play. Track. Chat. – to connect gamers to the games they want to play and the people they want to play with. The track feature, a selling point of the social media platform, allows users to track achievements across consoles and online gaming websites, including the well-known Steam community hub. By linking their Steam account, Playfire users are able to earn Green Man Gaming store credit, and with that credit buy the games they love at discounted prices. One of the major highlights, and one of the features I love most about the website, is that it rewards users for simply doing what they love – playing games.

Playfire also offers expert insight into newly released software and hardware, along with comprehensive game reviews. As an avid gamer, I love reading about what is coming up – and Playfire certainly delivers, with its snappy reviews on a wide range of gaming titles. Their Twitter and Facebook page also go a long way in tying together all of these elements to present an appealing social media platform package.

While there is certainly seem to be a lot to rave about on the Playfire site, only time will tell to see if it is as truly as good as it says it is. Stay tuned!


Task Reflection

Not unlike media writing, experts suggest that successful reviews focus on highlighting important information (Fallon 2015). In the case of reviews, this often revolves around the central elements or features of the thing being reviews. Additionally, review writing guides suggest that it is important to write only what you know and have experienced yourself (Henry 2012). I am fairly unfamiliar with Playfire as a website, and was hesitant to review the site in any great depth. My solution to this was to take a “first-look” approach to reviewing the website. Stylistically, it is advocated that writers also take time to not only research the thing being reviewed, but incorporate elements of that community within the review piece (Metal 2011). Language in this way plays an important part in catering towards reader needs, while also giving credibility as a writer of a review.


Fallon, N 2015, ‘Writing a good performance review: Honesty and guidance are key,’ Business News Daily, viewed 31 August, http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/5760-write-good-performance-review.html

Henry, A 2012, ‘How to write genuinely useful reviews online,’ Lifehacker, viewed 31 August 2015, http://lifehacker.com/5885607/how-to-write-interesting-and-effective-reviews-online-that-people-will-actually-read

Peterson, E 2001, ‘You got game, but can you write?’ IGN, viewed 31 August 2015, http://au.ign.com/articles/2001/03/22/you-got-game-but-can-you-write

Metal, S 2011, ‘How to write a kick-ass review,’ Mens With Pens: World Class Websites and Copywriting, viewed 31 August 2015, http://menwithpens.ca/how-to-write-a-review/

Week Eight – Inquiry Activity: Playfire “First-Look” Review

Week Eight – Practical Activity: Playfire

For this week’s practical activity we were to identify a social media networking site that aligns with our personal interest. As time goes on and social media continues to dominate the internet, it seems that there are increasing developments which support the notion that there are “different networks for different types of people” (Biscke 2014). In my down-time I really enjoy playing video games, and as such, chose Playfire as my social media platform.

After researching Playfire a bit more I think it could be used for personal networking in some really great ways (Playfire 2015). For instance Playfire, through an integrative desktop client, allows gamers to automatically track in-game achievements and gameplay settings. Additionally Playfire facilitates the social aspect of gaming by connecting users with their friends. Playfire works across a range of gaming devices including PC, PlayStation and Xbox to offering a comprehensive platform for a diverse gaming experience.

I really struggled to think about how Playfire could be applied professionally. I could definitely see the benefit of Playfire if you were a part of the gaming industry. Playfire, in addition to acting as a social media website, offers extensive reviews of new products, including gaming, software and hardware. Playfire as a community hub advertises upcoming events and tournaments within the gaming world allowing users to say informed – which would be great from a professional perspective.


Biscke, J 2014, The rise of the “Social Professional” networks, Techcrunch, viewed 23 Septemeber 2015, http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/28/the-rise-of-the-social-professional-networks/

Playfire 2015, Playfire – About us, Playfire, viewed 31 August 2015, https://www.playfire.com/a/about

Week Eight – Practical Activity: Playfire