Greeting duders, I would like to start by thanking you in advance for reading through this and providing your input to me. Now I’ve done that, I’ve pretty much forced your hand to leave a comment when you’ve done reading. Sorry.
You may or may not have heard of Giantbomb’s
PC Gaming Hub. We’ve made forum posts, hosted events and we’ve got a Steam Group with plenty of duders like yourself, all playing games they love. It’s great! I’ve been a part of several online communities over the course of my illustrious (read: boring) gaming life; I can honestly say none have come close to the Gaming Hub. That’s not me just saying this because I’m reppin’ them large at the moment, it’s me being truthful with you.
“Why should I care?”
I hear you ask,
“Are you just going to get all soppy about this community I don’t give a crap about?”
Not at all, I’m just painting a picture with my words, using emotion to instil a sense of empathy with you so I can manipulate you with my words. I’m in your mind. Take your left hand off your face!
Where was I? Oh that’s right, the Gaming Hub, more specifically what lays in store for it for 2013. In 2012 I feel we did a lot of things right but there’s always room for improvement. I’m going to stress my next point so hard it’s going to have it’s own paragraph and fancy formatting:
We want more people so we can play more games and have more laughs.
That seems fairly simple but if there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s that you can’t just post a topic in the forum and expect the masses to come flocking. If only it were that simple. But alas, what I need to do now is run a few things by you. I’m hoping to both catch your fancy and use feedback to tailor the Hub to make the hub more appealing to all. What follows is a list of ideas/concepts for things we could be doing. Again, I would be eternally grateful for any feedback provided.
Eliminate the idea that we’re the PC Only Gaming Hub
Whilst we will always be a PC gaming community at heart, I don’t want people to think that we’re PC exclusive. Regardless of what platform you’re playing on, I want everyone to know they can always come into our Mumble server, join a channel and chat with people they’re playing with. I stress that we would remain a PC central group but we'd be more than happy for console gamers to come in if they just want a general chat with like-minded duders. If they want to play and organise events and use our mumble channels, then all the power to them.
I cannot stress enough that all the events we schedule will remain on the PC, if you want to come in and chat with us then by all means do so, there's a good chance a few of our members would like to throw down on some console games with you in the process.
Console guys, would you come into a mumble client and chat on the PC whilst playing games with other duders?
This may or may not be a perfect representation of one of our members
Last night Anarchy Reigns Tournament and it was a riot. People seemed to enjoy themselves and the competition drew a large number of people. I want more of that. There’s talks of Counter Strike Tournaments and the big one at the moment is a Chivalry one if we can get the server stuff working.hosted an
It hopefully won’t stop there though, I’ve been wanting to host a Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers one for a while and had a neat idea that we could do none multiplayer stuff, like speed run challenges. I really like the idea of setting a weekly challenge for the Giantbomb community, be it fastest 1-1 completion time or smashing some leaderboards on games like Sleeping Dogs. The possibilities are endless.
Simple question, would you be down for stuff like this and if so, what do you think would be the most suited for it?
Some duders were playing Syndicate the other day. Syndicate! I don’t know why either but it certainly shows our willingness to play games...or something.
Regular usersaid something the other week that made me think. He put forth the idea of having a Game Club. Similar to a book club, a specific game is assigned to be played at the start of the month and at the end of it, we get together to talk about it in depth from a story, game play and whatever else perspective.
Whilst I can imagine a lot of people scoffing at this idea, I really do love it. If it means we can go back and play older games and have a great conversation about it. I know, with this being the internet and all, it’s a tall order, but I’d try my best to make it work, whatever that takes.
Is this something you guys would be interested in?
Above is a prime example of us jerking around, having fun on a game. Thanksfor being our cameraman.
They’re the three main ideas floating around at the moment. If there’s something you would like to see implemented and if you would like to join then please by all means, let me know below and come join us in our IRC or Mumble (or both).
I look forward to reading your input.