Let’s unite and GAME On!
I just wrote on my Bite Size page about plans to bring video games back to the masses by uniting casual gamers, social clans/groups, and like-minded (indie) developers together. On the surface, it may seem like a excessively redundant, auspicious, or ambitious but I know many of you share the vision and the dream: bringing back the true spirit of video games.
The premise and need is simple: professional gaming and competition as a whole takes the fun out of video games, bringing the focus to money and self-glorification. We want to reward good sportsmanship, principle-driven leadership, and a focus on fun and friendship. The ideal is to give small/ tight-knit clans the tools they need to succeed and maximize their gaming experience. I believe gaming clans and social groups (N-o-F falls into both categories) are the backbone of the video game industry: we make video games more enjoyable and promote the stuff that matters, rather than bolstering mere unsubstantiated hype.
In preparation for the web site launch, I want to gauge everyone’s interests and ideas. This especially applies to folks that remember the “good old days” of video games and want to play with like-minded people to limit the amount of asshat factor in online gaming. The proposed site will be a meeting grounds for gamers that are passionate about the aforementioned ideals. Principle-driven clans/guilds will be able to forge alliances and have the tools needed to recruit efficiently, lead effectively, and set up/join fun events so you get more out of your gaming investments.
…And now for some special thanks…I thank you all for taking what started as a hobby for me and creating the urgency. Your comments, Tweets, and e-mail messages have shown me that there is an unmet need out there. As such, I’ll need you all to link, share, and like relevant content. We’ll soundboard our ideas, collaborate, and have more fun with online games.
I want to also thank Atari, PopCap, Rovio, Nintendo, and others for remembering what makes games fun and, often, timeless. While I love my shooters and action games, I see the flaws in the gaming industry. Campers, foul-mouthed unsupervised kids, team killers, and other issues ruin the fun in mainstream games, making casual games even more tantalizing. There’s also too much of the same stuff and not enough innovation. Fortunately, there are fixes for the things taking the fun away. I know we can accomplish much together.
One last thought: I see that my Gaming Clan Series has been well-received so I’ll definitely be building on that here on Y3B and on DPO, as well as the coming web site. It’s going to take some time but I am excited and know it’ll be well worth it. Again, remember to spread the w3rd: share, link, comment, and like your favorite content on my sites – I’ll return the love, as always!
If you feel this is something you’ve been waiting for, add me on XBox LIVE and Twitter. The name is Yogizilla.