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Hello one and all, some of you may know me as one of the corrupt and/or biased moderators who help manage N4G. (THAT IS A JOKE PEOPLE)

But I wanted to hear your thoughts on a project I am working on. As apart of this staff I see the.... questionable editorial content that makes its way onto N4G and I see the appetite that exist for such content.

My pet project is a game website (shock I know) that focuses on quality editorial content, some of the first pieces that I've already written include looking at
The Digital download age vs the changing internet world
(bandwidth caps and all)
How the gaming market has transformed in Japan
Microsoft's first party strategy
Designing games for profit instead of fun

However I have some loftier goals and projects for the site, every bi-week I hope to have a guest writer who writes about some aspect of gaming that is important to them, this will include freelance writers, industry personnel, just to name a few.

I also want to try something different with reviews, since the site will consist of pretty much just me writing doing reviews for everything would be down right impossible so I want to allow visitors of the site who have played a game that I cannot review and would usually write a review on N4G the chance to have it become our sites official review.

Of course I would edit it for grammer/spelling and structure but anyone could participate.

So there it is, again I'd love to hear if this is something you guys would like to see or if this kind of content isn't appealing.

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HolyOrangeCows3686d ago

I'm really not sure where you're going with this idea. Are we talking all original content? Or a N4G-ish type structure? Articles, reviews, "guest writers"....what's the focus here?

More power to you if you want to create a website, I guess. But none of the titles of the editorial ideas ("The Digital download age vs....[etc]") really sound all that interesting. I'd rather read about upcoming games and such....I know I'm not everyone, but you are asking a game-related website.

Joule3686d ago

Not interested, keep the flame-bait.

Jinxstar3686d ago

Holy Orange.

I think the focus is on a more "Gaming culture" website. At least thats how it sounds. I think "Extra Credits" or . This is not my website but I'm always down for something like that. I have written some blogs on here I wish could get published on a more... open site. I have an idea to write a blog about the underground fight game scene and culture. Talk about competition. The draw. The ideas of balancing fighting games. Competitions... Etc and simply discuss high level play and why it may or may not appeal to people and what draws you away from the games or towards the games...

I mean more of a Mature site that focuses on "Gamers" and not "Games" and mature intellectual conversations about more then "Does LA Noire look better on 360 or PS3" or "New screens for Last guardian" I think Discussing how to build your own "mame" cabinet and my adventure in trying or retro gaming and it's roots in modern games..... Aesthetics in games and how they draw you in...

That would be my type of site. granted if it's about getting "Hits" then it would never be successful I think. Maybe it could be if actual industry people saw it. Something like Gamasutra or the like... I just don't have the time to build my own site...

LightofDarkness3686d ago (Edited 3686d ago )

Personally, I'd enjoy reading those articles, but only if they were well researched and well written.

I like the idea of an editorial aspect to it all, but you may need a strong user base. More to that, frequent updates are necessary to keep the interest, and thoughtful editorials are difficult to turn out rapidly.

As for reviews, devise a standardised system. Don't bother hiring in people whose opinions and scoring systems (if you want any, but I would advise having something) are inconsistent and seemingly arbitrary. This is why many sites come under fire for having seemingly conflicted opinions about games (like IGN), eg. they bash one game for not advancing the genre while praising an other obviously formulaic one.

LtSkittles3686d ago

This sounds like a cool idea.

awiseman3686d ago

Great Idea, just do good research and don't let it become a fanboy watering hole like n4g :P

trounbyfire3686d ago (Edited 3686d ago )

can you give me my third bubble back. I honestly don't know where or why it is gone.

and if the community is there then why not

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