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Who are you? Valkyr Gaming started out back in the mid 2000s. They were happy times, and money was plentiful. We ate caviar and smoked cigars. Ok, not really. Back in reality we were poor and out of work and wished we had money for games. It started out as the world’s smallest clan, formed for convenience to easily set up games of Unreal Tournament. Now we’re all employed and have  money to buy and play many games and decided to start reviewing them. That’s the history lesson sorted; now you can get back to reading the reviews!

Where did the name Valkyr come from? It’s a rare shortened form of Valkyrie, the Norse mythological beings that chose which dead warriors from the battlefield should go to Valhalla. More relevant to gaming, it’s also the drug that features as a plot point in Max Payne. Most of all, it’s just something that we thought sounded good at the time.

What are your review ethics? I’m glad that I pretended that you asked that! We take pride in the fact that every review we write is entirely the opinion of the reviewer with no influence from external sources. We’re honest in our feelings about each game but also try to give enough information about the game for you to make up your mind if it’s the sort of thing that you want to play. There’ll be no bribing from game makers, though let’s be honest, we’re too small for any of them to even care anyway. There’s no set length for a review since each will get as much space as is needed to say what we feel necessary, but each game will be reviewed equally. Just because a game might be from an indie developer doesn’t mean it should be relegated to a few rushed lines while big budget games get all the attention.

What is the capital city of Lithuania? Vilnius.

How do your ratings work? We rate games with an Arbitrary Final Score, which is currently a star rating out of 5, including half stars. It’s arbitrary, because all review scores are. There’s no way to reduce something as complex and with as many facets as a computer game down to a single number. But scores at the end of reviews is such a convention that we’ve included one. It’s a judgement of the reviewer’s feelings about the game, but don’t take it as any sort of strict scientific rating. It’s fair enough to judge two games in a series against each other; if one Splinter Cell game scores better than another it’s probably a better game. But don’t complain because you think a three-and-a-half star RPG should have scored higher than a four star indie platformer. The games are judged for what they are. And as mentioned at the beginning, it’s arbitrary. If you want to know what the game is like, read the review text.

What is the main focus of the site? We try to cover as wide a range of games as possible, but obviously it’s limited to what we own and have time to play and review. At the moment the main focus is on PC games but it will be expanding to cover more console games in the future too. There are already a couple of reviews starting to be added in that line. Other than that, we cover as many genres as possible. We love gaming in all its forms, so whatever your tastes there will hopefully be something here for you!