#1 Posted by Hargreaves93 (234 posts) -

Just a quick question really. I know this is the best website on the net but would you ever consider making your own video game website?

#2 Edited by Branthog (7458 posts) -

No. There's little upside in creating something that there are too many of, already. It's like deciding that you want to design videogames (so does everyone else) or paint pictures for a living (so does everyone else) or be a male porn star (so does everyone else) or be a rock star (so does everyone else). It's still possible to find a successful niche of some sort, of course, but . . . it's best to avoid things that are already over-saturated.

#3 Posted by Hargreaves93 (234 posts) -
@Branthog said:

No. There's little upside in creating something that there are too many of, already. It's like deciding that you want to design videogames (so does everyone else) or paint pictures for a living (so does everyone else) or be a male porn star (so does everyone else) or be a rock star (so does everyone else). It's still possible to find a successful niche of some sort, of course, but . . . it's best to avoid things that are already over-saturated.

I understand where you're coming from. Either way, I'd think it'd be a cool thing to do for a while, not as a serious thing but as something to pass the time. That being said however, doing that would mean that the site wouldn't be as up to date as the others and therefore no readership. Wait. I just contradicted my whole argument...
#4 Posted by N7 (3578 posts) -

I'm in the middle of doing just that.

#5 Posted by desolation15 (113 posts) -

No,  but I want to make a youtube or j.tv game review channel. But I just don't have the time or the budget for something like that at the moment.

#6 Posted by Hargreaves93 (234 posts) -
@N7 said:

I'm in the middle of doing just that.

How's it going?
@desolation15 said:
No,  but I want to make a youtube or j.tv game review channel. But I just don't have the time or the budget for something like that at the moment.
I'd love to do something like that but like you both budget and time are letting me down.
#7 Posted by Masha2932 (1241 posts) -

I think you're better off setting up a blog and let your readership grow slowly and maybe your blog naturally evolves into a website.

#8 Posted by Hargreaves93 (234 posts) -
@Masha2932 said:
I think you're better off setting up a blog and let your readership grow slowly and maybe your blog naturally evolves into a website.
Yeah, I'm trying to think of interesting stuff I could post about to start acquiring a readership. I had a fairly decent one back in the days when I used to use Gamespot but at the moment, I'm out of ideas to try and start getting one.
#9 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10814 posts) -

No. Being a competitor of Giant Bomb sounds terrible. Unless I was working for Rival Video Game Website. Those guys have cool facial hair. And no dumbass "Cool Baby" weighing them down! 

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#10 Posted by Hargreaves93 (234 posts) -
@MooseyMcMan said:
No. Being a competitor of Giant Bomb sounds terrible. Unless I was working for Rival Video Game Website. Those guys have cool facial hair. And no dumbass "Cool Baby" weighing them down! 
I agree with your second sentence, why compete with the best website out there haha? I just meant it to be more of a fun thing to do if you had the spare time.
#11 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -

I'm making "Really Big Grenade". It will destroy Giant Bomb!

#12 Posted by Hargreaves93 (234 posts) -
@MikeGosot said:
I'm making "Really Big Grenade". It will destroy Giant Bomb!
Liking the originality of the name there ;)
#13 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5139 posts) -

I will call it bigbomb.nz

#14 Posted by Hargreaves93 (234 posts) -
@Mr_Skeleton said:

I will call it bigbomb.nz

Even more  original haha!
#15 Posted by Kyreo (4600 posts) -

I did and it didn't end well.

#16 Posted by Jeust (10537 posts) -

I was thinking about doing one exclusively about horror games, as there doesn't seem to be a reliable one. The thing is I'm getting out of the horror genre so I won't be doing it. 
 
Still some great horror fans could do one akin to RPGFan, or RPGamer. 

#17 Posted by N7 (3578 posts) -

@Hargreaves93: Pretty good so far. I've got a word document of all the unique features we'll be doing and I've got a bunch of my friends very interested as well who want to sign on. A friend of mine goes to almost all of the big anime conventions and also gets pretty good interviews with famous voice-actors and people who work with that type of stuff. My other friend is a high-level video editor who completed film college recently(I think he completed it). So right there we've got some exposure and the ability to have excellent video content.

Other than that, I've recently gotten the funding figured out and a friend of mine is going to be putting in a hundred bucks, and whatever I make will go towards it as well.

Next we'll be building the website itself and putting things through the wire.

As long as things are going as smoothly as they have been, then it shouldn't take long at all for it to actually be up on the internet.

#18 Posted by Masha2932 (1241 posts) -
@Hargreaves93: Even though the videogame blog/website Arena seems crowded you can always cut your own niche by focusing on different aspects about gaming.  
 
For example this site http://pleasepressstart.tumblr.com/ focuses on the art of the videogame title screen. They don't go in depth about the design of the screens but the pictures tell a lot. 
 
Just try and merge your other interests with videogames and your writing/videos will be more organic that way.
#19 Edited by ESWAT (54 posts) -

I have some crude plans for one I want to start in the new few months. But something broad like a Giant Bomb or GameSpot? No. I’d rather do handle something super-nice within video games, like @Masha2932 mentioned.

#20 Posted by lockwoodx (2479 posts) -

No, these guys have it covered.

#21 Posted by crusader8463 (14419 posts) -

If I had millions of dollars than sure. I would probably do it as a hobby.

#22 Posted by DystopiaX (5297 posts) -

No, way too much competition, tons of work for relatively little money, plus reviewing/playing games you don't want to and having to marathon out games occasionally isn't how I want to spend my life.

#23 Posted by SkylarTrace (118 posts) -

Nope that would be too much work and a big commitment to make.

#24 Posted by Yanngc33 (4496 posts) -

I'd love to but I have yet to come across the idea that would make my site original

#25 Posted by itsjoncharles (75 posts) -

If it's the right niche, sure.

#26 Posted by thebexexpress (38 posts) -

I'm just about to start doing some game stuff on my blog, which I'm putting up with its new layout and stuff soon. It won't be a big part of it, just a video every few weeks (being a full time student with a job makes blogging a little patchy), but it should be fun. All I'm really going for is a sort of hey, I'm playing this thing, I think this about it vibe, not really informative. I'd never try to compete with proper game sites, as it's not really my speciality.

#27 Posted by Hector (3357 posts) -

@Buzzkill said:

No, these guys have it covered.

Bingo!

#28 Edited by SMTDante89 (2558 posts) -
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#29 Posted by rawrsair (821 posts) -

I'd love to but I think GB has it down, there's no point creating another when there's already the best out there!

#30 Edited by Jolt92 (1546 posts) -

I wish someone in Sweden would start a good video game website, I can only think of one person that I can stand listening to. The magazines are shit aswell.

Edit: But to answer your question, no, I don't think I have the knowledge to do it very well.

#31 Posted by GeekDown (1170 posts) -

I don't think so. There are already so many video game websites.

#32 Posted by ComradeKhan (687 posts) -

Some day when this site gets too commercial and Jeff gets fired from his own website for giving a bad review of Kane & Lynch 3 then yes, Jeff and I shall start a new and even better site.

#33 Posted by Sjosz (485 posts) -

Of course not, there's no way I could compete with GiantBomb.

#34 Posted by Jack268 (3387 posts) -

Eh, I don't really have anything to cover. There are already sites doing the job better than I could ever do for any aspect of gaming I'd like to cover (There's Giantbomb for general news, Shoryuken for fighting games, MMO-champion for MMOs, etc.). I just don't see how I could find something to make the site unique and worth visiting.

#35 Posted by Dagbiker (6956 posts) -

Im more the behind the scenes kinda guy, like drew.

#36 Posted by Vexxan (4618 posts) -

Nah, don't think I'd be able to do it.

#37 Posted by CitizenKane (10506 posts) -

I do have a video game website. It's called gamebomb.ru
#38 Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials (2355 posts) -

Easier to take over pre-existing ones from within.

#39 Posted by C2C (855 posts) -

While I would like to do something off-beat with a video game site, I don't think I have the time needed to actually make and run it.

#40 Posted by supermike6 (3556 posts) -

I want to make a video game website where I compare games to lasagna, but I've yet to find a game that is anywhere near as good as lasagna.

#41 Posted by donkeyscrotes (69 posts) -

If anyone was planning on making one, maybe the could concentrate exclusively on something like free to play games?

#42 Edited by thisguyrich (88 posts) -
@Branthog: it may seem futile but if everyone took this approach the world would miss out on a lot of good video games/music/...porn. 
 
EDIT: Oh, and to the OP, no, because i have no interest in such a thing (Although I still toy with idea of writing for a pre-existing website/magazine from time to time). There are other endeavours into over-saturated markets i'd rather direct my efforts towards.
#43 Posted by guiseppe (2840 posts) -

Nope, although I do have a blog which contains a lot of video game writings.

#44 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

If I felt I could offer something unique and awesome? Sure. Can I? Nope.

#45 Posted by Deusx (1903 posts) -

Nope, unless I can come up with something original... No.

#46 Posted by ZimboDK (848 posts) -

I did, back in 2002. It was kinda shitty, the design was craptacular, the writing was atrocious and the "staff" was me and 2 other guys. Of course, after about 2 weeks they found out that writing previews and reviews wasn't easy, so they resorted to just writing news articles, leaving me with all the other stuff. I think the site lasted about 2 months before I just gave up. I learned ASP though, which later resulted in learning C#, so it wasn't all bad.

#47 Posted by Akeldama (4244 posts) -

One step ahead of ya

#48 Edited by FengShuiGod (1480 posts) -

Starting up a blog would take time, but in terms of budget it would be pretty low. You could write about news, events, ect., from the perspective of a consumer who isn't super involved in the industry, as well as gaming culture, and about the games you play and have played. No need to go out buying every single game and play it in order to compete with the big gaming websites. Just do it as a hobby, and it could evolve, or you might have created something to put on your resume and show off. Worse case scenario you learn a little about blogs and your writing improves.  Many people have done similar things and it has grown into something big for them.  Just don't count on it.  
 
If you are posting here you probably have enough time to make it happen. You don't have to write any lengthy essays or ground breaking articles, just try to write regularly. Get at it! 

#49 Posted by NickL (2246 posts) -

If I became a better writer I would.

Unfortunately I have the head for math and not the head for writing.