your E3 coverage has been very shoddy to say the least this year, Blue.
I don't know how to respond to that... I put a good deal of effort into trying to keep up with the incredible flood of info from the show and organize it (this is the reason I don't attend the show.). It's pretty challenging, and I am pleased with how I did.
1, I don't know if H's line was meant as a jab, but I was kinda shocked to read that. 2, I think you've handled it the same way you have earlier years. Has the internet changed, allowing certain mega-sites to dominate? Absolutely. But that's business. And like it or not, business is apart of our gaming, and it's here to stay. For every 1 dev who's in it for the love of the game, there's 5+ publishers looking for a quick buck (and as the saying goes, it only takes one bad apple to make either side look less than appealing).
If you're getting tired of this no one would blame you but at least sell it/turn it over to someone new who still is passionate about gaming.
That's a fascinating take on this... I just declined an offer to sell the site, among other things, for the opposite reason. Because I do have a passion for gaming, and I had a hard time living with where I imagined things would go here from that point onward. If I suspected that yours was a common sentiment, I would have approached that differently.
Actually, if I thought yours was a common sentiment, I don't know what I'd do, but I'd certainly have to re-think some of the choices I've made. I guess that's one of the reasons I'm making an elaborate response here... I'm very interested in other folks' takes on your sentiments. Occasionally I grow concerned that putting so much emphasis on newspaper-style organization over blog-like immediacy has created the mistaken impression that how this site is organized requires less effort than others', rather than more.
WOW. I can't imagine this site being run w/o you, Blue. I'm rather stunned at that one. As far as blogs go, I think they're a bit of a fad, right now. They're here to stay, sure, but right now everyone wants one, including me. I guess it's kinda like open mic night, at a comedy club - everyone would like to think that, if the spotlight was shown on them, they could entertain and captivate the audience. (I think blogs are kinda an ego thing. And saying that, I mean no offense to anyone here that has one. I read Bronco's and Bunko's blogs both, and I enjoy them.)
Between your blurbs about the pooches and Deadwood, et al., it makes me really wonder if you still game at all, man.
The intentionally off-topic nature of OotB has been discussed at length on numerous occasions. You can love it or hate it, but it's been that way forever, so I can't see how you can use its recent tone to theorize that it represents a recent change in focus.
The fact of the matter is, people change. And with that, your priorities change, too. There's not much you can do about it, as I think it's inevitable. The one thing I think you can do is keep trying to keep yourself happy. Blue, you're in a unique situation where (I'm guessing) this web site is not only something you like, but at least helps keep your head above the waves, financially. I'd LOVE
to be in a situation like yours, and to do something I REALLY love 40+ hours a week, but I'm not. And I think that's something a lot of people long for, and don't get.
I know I game a lot less then I did all those years ago and that's cool. The site, however, seems to be slowly declining in that respect, and if I were in your shoes I'd look on capitalizing on it before I drove it into the ground.
Amid arguing these points, I'd like to thank you for sharing them... I was going to make a crack about how you ran out of politics-oriented posts to instigate about, but that's not fair. It hurts to be criticized, but as I say, if there are others who feel as you do, I should find that out.
To follow up on the previous, and to slightly echo H's comments, I'd never want you to get to the point where this site ran you out of money. It's wonderful, we all love it, but if it ever came to lack of funds, I expect you to pull the plug BEFORE you lose your shirt. (I'm not saying you're in any kind of trouble here, but I think you'll agree that you're one of the few web survivors from the .com bubble.) I worked at a .com for awhile, and we finally had to throw the towel in. The boss I had actually tried to place another mortgage on his house and use it as collateral, to help save the business, and it made me sick to my stomach just thinking about that.
The idea that someone would throw the roof over their head into the betting pile, while extremely brave of him, just didn't seem right. It was too much, I felt like. And while we all love this place, I think I speak for a lot of us when I say we value your wellbeing as a person and friend a lot more than this site.
Anyway, sorry for the ramble, or if I sound like a fanboy. To summarize, the internet changed a lot in the last 10+ years, and if this site has changed because of it, it's because (I think) you've done the best with what you were given (source wise). You've got to do what's right for you. And either way, we'll understand. If you look at your reflection, is that all you want to be? http://www.nin.com This comment was edited on May 21, 13:57.