A (very) recent forum post brought up an interesting topic about Alex's contribution to the site, from the perspective of someone who doesn't have the assumed knowledge that many longtime members do. This got me thinking.
Giant Bomb is a personality driven site, not only through it's writing but it's video and audio content as well. It's currently both growing, and going through a transition into both a new year and a new coat of paint. Up until this point Alex has expressed himself very well through his writing. This however; presents a problem. Users, including new ones, rely on their understanding of, and connection to, the prominent staff members that have opinions in editorial content that is reinforced by hours of additional content heavily featuring their personalities and interests. As Giant Bomb's lifespan extends into the future more new users with no knowledge of Alex will experience disconnect and disinterest when seeing reviews from someone they effectively "do not know". My question, therefore, is thus:
What do you want to see from Alex in the future? There is a new website on the way and an opportunity for new beginnings which creates a ripe opportunity for Alex to workshop ideas for his persona to be reintegrated into regular content. Do you want to see videos of Alex alone? Do you have ideas that combine him and other staff members during regular content? You're free to believe that any measures will never be necessary because the above situation will never become a problem, but I'm coming from the perspective that it is an idea worth exploring to ensure that it does not. Gimme what you got!