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Squadronofshame.com is currently down for maintenance. Should be back online later today.
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Morning everyone. It has absolutely been a bit quiet around here recently, and I'd like to do something about that.

Specifically, I feel with the increasing "dudebroness" of the mainstream industry, the work of the Squadron of Shame is more important than ever, since significant numbers of games -- or even platforms (cough*Vita*cough) -- simply get overlooked altogether by the press, leaving it up to communities to talk about the things they enjoy and feel passionate about.

I presently cannot predict when or if the podcast will return -- I hope it will, but everyone involved seems to have mutually incompatible schedules at the moment, so it may be a case of taking a different approach. In the meantime, though, there's plenty of scope for community discussion.

I had a few questions, though, particularly in light of our friends at +Too Old For This... jumping ship from Google+ to Facebook and seeing a significant upswing in activity.

I vastly prefer the Google+ approach to communities to Facebook Groups because it makes it easier for them to be their own distinct entities rather than smooshed in with everyone's News Feed. However, people appear more inclined to check Facebook than Google+. Would people prefer we stayed here, went to Facebook or found some other solution -- perhaps along the lines of the old Squawkbox at http://squadronofshame.wordpress.com, or even a dedicated forum?

On top of that, I've been thinking how to drive people's engagement a bit more, to get all Community Manager-ish for a moment. Our original modus operandi on the 1up boards was to act as a sort of "book club" for video games, whereby we'd play through the same game all together, discuss it -- and then, later, we introduced the podcast along those same lines. However, with the sheer volume of games that come out at present -- not to mention everyone's differing tastes -- I wonder how practical it is to do that any more. The last few attempts we've had at a "mission" in this manner haven't been particularly successful, whereas there was a decent amount of involvement in the "what's the most interesting game you've been playing?" thread a while back.

My question, then, is what do you want from the Squadron of Shame? We've always taken pride in being a community of mature gamers who can discuss everything from Saya no Uta to Skyrim, and I'm keen to keep that going. I would appreciate some feedback on where we go from here, however.

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What happens for me -- as my LTTP late reply to this thread illustrates -- is that ten thousand emails per day drift into my inbox and I tend to miss most of them.  Even with alerts turned on, important discussions disappear below the fold on busy days, never to be seen again.    I'd not considered Reddit for this kind of thing, though I would agree that this makes a certain bizarre degree of sense.   Forums also seem the natural fit for this style of discourse.... I do miss the rolling squawkbox.
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The Squadron of Shame is pondering a return to the "main mission" format of yore -- the gaming equivalent of a "book club". Weigh in on whether you'd be interested in this -- and if so, what games you might be interested in -- in this thread on our new forum.

http://squadronofshame.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=76
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Squadronofshame.com is back up, if you haven't already noticed. Tweaks will be ongoing for the next couple of days, but the forums are fully functional.
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Good morning!

For those of you unaware, our new digs at SquadronOfShame.com are up and running. We've got our own custom forum that +Mark Whiting and others are working hard on tweaking and refining, and discussion is already underway.

If you signed up for our free forum recently, unfortunately you'll have to sign up again, but it's a quick process and we promise we won't move again after that. The forum solution seems to be working out nicely for us, so it'd be good to see more people over there.
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I write for USgamer, Eurogamer's rootin', tootin' American counterpart. I used to write the daily news for GamePro before it sadly went tits-up last year, then I wrote words for Inside Network about mobile and social games. I also ran Games Are Evil between July 2012 and April 2013, successfully shifting its focus from mainstream gaming news to "alternative gaming" columns and opinion pieces.
Skills
Writing, editing, blogging, video game criticism, podcasting, audio editing.
Employment
  • USgamer.net
    News Editor, 2013 - present
    Daily news posts, previews, reviews and features. Bit of everything, really. You should come visit; we've got a dream team working on the site, and a great mix of content.
  • Inside Network
    Contributor, 2011 - 2013
    Daily reviews of social games, mobile games and non-game iOS/Android apps for Inside Social Games and Inside Mobile Apps.
  • Games Are Evil
    Managing Editor, 2012 - 2013
    Managing Editor in charge of the rebooted "alternative gaming"-centric Games Are Evil.
  • GamePro.com
    Contributor, 2010 - 2011
    Daily news posts plus occasional reviews and features. You are missed, dear GamePro.
  • Games Are Evil
    Contributor, 2010 - 2010
    Occasional news posts, reviews and features.
  • The Big Pixels
    Resident British Guy, 2010 - 2010
    The ex-Kombros (and Keri) set up this awesome site as an outlet for us to write about games the way WE wanted to. Sadly, it is no more.
  • Kombo.com
    News Editor, 2010 - 2010
    Daily news posts, reviews and features.
  • Talavera Junior School
    Year 4 Teacher, 2009 - 2010
    Classroom teacher for a Year 4 class, maternity cover position.
  • Apple Store
    Creative, 2007 - 2009
    Personal training on Apple software and hardware for members of the store's "One To One" programme.
  • Apple Store
    Mac Specialist, 2007 - 2007
    Shop-floor salesperson.
  • Farnham Heath End School
    Music Teacher, 2004 - 2006
    Classroom teacher of Music, plus a bit of English and ICT too when needed. Year 10 tutor.
  • Mill Chase Community School
    Music Teacher, 2003 - 2004
    Classroom teacher of Music, English, ICT and Key Skills.
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Southampton
Previously
Chippenham - Southampton - Great Gransden - Winchester, UK - Aldershot
Story
Tagline
Nepu-Nepu no pudingu
Introduction
If you're looking for the Pete who writes for USgamer, used to work for the late GamePro and Inside Network; blogs every day; enjoys stickmen; thinks flatulence is hilarious; enjoys obscure games rather than mainstream entertainment; uses semicolons in lists; and likes biscuits, then you have found the correct Pete.

If you are looking for the 1982 Doctor Who, you have found the incorrect Pete.
Bragging rights
I spent three and a bit years as a classroom teacher in the British educational system and am not dead.
Education
  • University of Southampton
    PGCE Music, 2002 - 2003
  • University of Southampton
    BA (Hons) English and Music, 1999 - 2002
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Male
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Friends, Networking
Birthday
April 29
Apps with Google+ Sign-in
  • Chain Chronicle
  • Puzzle & Dragons
  • Drift Girls
  • Crusader's Quest
  • Million Arthur
  • Brave Frontier
  • Soccer Spirits
  • Elemental Wings
  • FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper
Pete Davison's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Editorial: Changing of the Guard | Games Are Evil: The Home of Alternati...
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It's all change here on Games Are Evil mountain. Pete discusses the journey we've taken over the last year, and where we're headed from here

Release of the Week: Soul Sacrifice (Vita) | Games Are Evil: The Home of...
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As April peters out, here's Ross with the last big releases of the month, including a new offering from Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune.

Board Stiff: Story Telling, Part 2 | Games Are Evil: The Home of Alterna...
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This week on Board Stiff, Tiffany brings us another game with a strong focus on storytelling: Aye, Dark Overlord.

Previously on Games Are Evil: April 29, 2013 | Games Are Evil: The Home ...
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What better way to start off your Monday than with a recap of the last week here on Games Are Evil? Also, it is Pete's birthday. Be nice to

READ . ME: Man, I Feel Like a Woman... Oh, Wait | Games Are Evil: The Ho...
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Today on READ.ME, Pete looks at Crowd's gender-swap comedy X-Change.

Gamers on the Go: Guacamelee! | Games Are Evil: The Home of Alternative ...
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Today on Gamers on the Go, Chase Koeneke takes a look at one of the latest, greatest Vita games: the Metroidvania-esque Guacamelee!

Insert Coin: The "Game Over" screen | Games Are Evil: The Home of Altern...
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Today on Insert Coin, Lucas looks at the fine art of the Game Over screen, and some of the best examples from computer and console games of

Song of the Day: Game Over (from Monty on the Run) | Games Are Evil: The...
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Today's Song of the Day hails from the Commodore 64 era and represents some of Rob Hubbard's finest work.

Open World Origins | Games Are Evil: The Home of Alternative Gaming
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Did you know that open world games have actually been around a lot longer than many people realize? Pete takes a look at some old classics.

Song of the Day: Alternate Reality | Games Are Evil: The Home of Alterna...
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Today's Song of the Day hails from the 1985 open-world role-playing game Alternate Reality: The City.

Tactical Tuesday Extra: Just Tactics | Games Are Evil: The Home of Alter...
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Alex Connolly squares off against Hit The Sticks' heavy Jordan Brock for a chat about Just Tactics.

Song of the Day: Prologue (from Final Fantasy Tactics) | Games Are Evil:...
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Today's Song of the Day hails from Final Fantasy Tactics, one of the best spinoffs of the mainline Final Fantasy series.

Board Stiff: Story Telling | Games Are Evil: The Home of Alternative Gaming
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Today on Board Stiff, Tiffany kicks off a mini-series on games that tell stories -- beginning with Atlas Games' gloriously dark Gloom.

Release of the Week: Dead Island: Riptide (360, PS3, PC) | Games Are Evi...
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Wondering what to spend your hard-earned on this week? Fear not, 'cause here's Ross Polly with the lowdown on the latest releases.

Song of the Day: Sturmwind Soundtrack Preview | Games Are Evil: The Home...
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This week sees the release of the first original Dreamcast title since 2009. Here's a 9-minute best of selection from the game's soundtrack.

Previously on Games Are Evil: April 22, 2013 | Games Are Evil: The Home ...
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As April draws to a close, we're here once again with your Monday morning roundup of everything you might have missed last week on Games Are

The Humble Voxatron Debut (pay what you want and help charity)
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Pay what you want for Voxatron, a brand-new game, and help support two charities. Voxatron is DRM-free and supports Mac, Windows, and Linux!

Song of the Day: Smooth McGroove Sings 'Bloody Tears' | Games Are Evil: ...
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Well, it had to happen eventually, didn't it? Today's Song of the Day is a Smooth McGroove acapella of Bloody Tears from Castlevania II.

: You Must Be This Awesome to Succeed | Games Are Evil: The Home of Alte...
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In this week's READ.ME, Pete takes another look at Lifesigns: Hospital Affairs, and how it handles multiple endings based on player skill ra

Board Stiff: Five Awesome Games to Play Tonight | Games Are Evil: The Ho...
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This week on Board Stiff, Tiffany presents five great games eminently suitable for those who need to budget both their finances and their ti

Decent food and a pleasingly unconventional, Spanish/Mexican-inspired menu, but hellishly slow service on our visit today, and Trago Lounge in Portswood (part of the same chain) appears to do a better overall job. Head over there instead!
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