There's a Giantbomb PC gaming group which is headed by AhmadMetallic and is fantastically well done. They play and organize events for many different multiplayer games in several different genres. Unfortunately, as far as I know, there is no such thing for the Xbox 360 duders out there. I'd like to fix this and would gladly organize it myself if I can get some support, help, and of course some players to come and play.
There are some issues that I can think of right off of the top of my head. The first, and most prominent of these, is that the PC gaming group has Steam and Xbox 360... doesn't. Sure, Live is a good service, but it doesn't have any sort of groups or clans that I know of. It just has friends lists, and having everyone in the group befriend each other could be a bit of a hassle, and the more successful this is the more hassle that would be. Possible solutions include a Steam group of our own - which would require everyone to install and create a Steam account - or to create a Facebook group, or something similar. Either of these solutions could make announcements and organization of games much easier, but each requires people to have something other than Xbox Live, and each could have other issues tied up with them (e.g. someone might not have or want a Facebook account).
EDIT: It has been suggested by several people that I create a Giantbomb Community Xbox Live account, similar to how the TNT's gather games. To me, this coupled with a Facebook group sounds like the absolute best idea. You can create a fake Facebook account if you are uncomfortable with linking GB and FB.
However, that leads into another issue. Joining games. Since Live doesn't have any groups, we would have to pick one or a few people who could be depended on to both friend everyone and be involved in every single game. But then, this could be another hassle. People have lives and other business to attend to, so what if all of these people are gone doing something, or all of them have to leave at some point in the game? People couldn't join in the middle of a game. For me, personally, my internet connection works well enough most of the time but sometimes drops completely out. ARGH! This isn't easy.
Another, lesser issue is DLC. Not everyone has it all, but will those of us that do accept playing on older maps? I will, personally, but it would be a shame to, say, not play Halo Reach on the Anniversary maps. Do I just ignore those that didn't shell out the extra cash? Do I organize other games for them during game events?
Specific to one game that I'd really like to start this off with, how about Battlefield 3? Servers for that game cost, and I can't really spare much cash at the moment. A possible solution would be joining empty servers, but we can't put those to our specifications.
To wrap this all up, I have two major questions before I even start figuring out how to get this going.
- Are people going to play these games and support this subcommunity?
- Is there anyone who could help me with this rather large endeavour? (wait... why is there a red line under "endeavour"?)
Games I hope to be playing with you guys
- Battlefield 3
- Halo Reach
- Left 4 Dead 2
- Halo Wars
- Trials Evolution
- Mass Effect 3
- Crysis 2
- Gears of War 3
- Team Fortress 2
- Counter Strike Global Offensive (upon release)
...and many more exist which I don't own, but which people would be welcome to use this group to organize and start events on.
P.S. This week and next week are my final two, very busy weeks of college. This is just a preliminary thing I'm asking and I don't want to start this until next Friday when I can really put my unemployed, done with class energies into getting it up and running well.
P.P.S.I do not own a PS3, so I can't really organize a PS3 gaming group. I promise, I would if I could. If I do get this up and running well, and someone wants to do the same for PS3, feel free to ask me questions.
P.P.P.S. If AhmadMetallic, or anyone else that has experience here, happens to see this, it would be nice to hear of any unexpected issues and problems you may have had organizing the PC gaming group, and any extra hints would be nice.