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.