Hi everyone. Your friendly neighborhood Managing Editor here. I wanted to say a few words regarding Games Are Evil, where it’s been and where it’s going.
You may recall back in July of last year I took the reins of this site in an attempt to steer it in a more “alternative gaming” direction. To that end, since then we’ve been experimenting with various formats of articles and types of content, and I think we’ve settled on a nice style right now with our regular columns, more sporadic reviews and interviews and, of course, the ever-present EvilCast. I hope you’ve been enjoying what we’ve been doing so far. (Those of you who aren’t especially familiar with what we’re doing, be sure to check out our Manifesto.)
You’ll probably notice a few things about the site recently — firstly, we’re not really doing daily news posts any more. There are a number of reasons for this — first and foremost is the fact that there are a million and one other sites out there that provide gaming news in its various forms, and to add our voice to that considerable amount of noise would be counter-productive when we could be doing something much more interesting with our time — namely our columns. If anything particularly exciting happens, it’ll often be mentioned in the day’s Song of the Day post or in a column or special dedicated article if it’s particularly noteworthy, but for now, the daily grind of news is no more here on GrE.
This has the happy side-effect of making our excellent columns a lot more visible. We’re covering a wide variety of different niches ranging from arcade classics to JRPGs at present, and that selection is only going to broaden as time goes on — you’ve probably already noticed our new twice-monthly Overthinking It column from new contributor Calin Grajko on Mondays, and there’s more to come.
You may recall a short while back I put up a Help Wanted post looking for new contributors to enter the fray, and the response has been great. Very soon you’ll be seeing a resurrection of our regular retro feature The Vault; FreePlay (which is taking a brief break for this week) getting a new author; and some brand new columns exploring the worlds of handheld/mobile gaming, analog board games, Nintendo and other exciting areas of gaming’s diverse landscape. We’re really looking forward to sharing this new stuff with you, and we hope you’ll enjoy it.
In exchange, do us a favor, will ya? If you see something you like on Games Are Evil, please share it with your friends and help us to grow. Like our Facebook Page, add us to your Circles on Google+ and follow us on Twitter. We also have a Community on Google+ that it’d be great to see some discussion starting in — feel free to start some conversations there whenever you like. Don’t forget that all our regular columns also carry links to our writers’ Twitter accounts, too, so if you find someone’s work that you particularly enjoy, feel free to say hi in 140 characters or less.
We’re also always on the lookout for new writers — if you’d like to get in touch, do check out the aforementioned Help Wanted post and feel free to pitch me some ideas any time; I’ll try and get back to you as soon as possible.
For now, then, thanks for continuing to support Games Are Evil, and here’s to 2013 being another great year for alternative gaming.