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Jason Clement posted a topic in Information and AnnouncementHey everyone! Sorry if it's seemed a bit slow on activity on GP as of late; I'm recovering from being sick this week and a number of the staff have been busy as well. That said, we've got some cool stuff in the works on the horizon. One of the things we'll really be trying to work towards more is getting new members for the community, and that means the return of contests! Yes, we have a few contests in the works that you'll be seeing soon so please look forward to that! Additionally, I'm planning to ramp up our publishing schedule so we can push out more content regularly. So you'll continue to see reviews, more news, and even some cool features in the near future as well. We're also discussing ways of fostering the community as well; the plan is to hopefully get some regular game nights going as well create new regular feature threads that can lead to more discussions and such. Thanks to those of you who have stuck with us through thick and thin, we appreciate your support! And if there's anything you'd like to see more of or would like to recommend, let us know below and we'll see what we can do. Hopefully we can continue to bolster the community over the next few months and as always, make it a great place to hang out and discuss games and whatnot.
Blazeknyt posted a blog entry in Blazing StormWhen I initially wrote this, it was the end of August, and there were various articles mentioning the rather terrible treatment gamers and people were giving each other. And this stuff is still happening... Gamers, let“s not be malicious jerks, especially to members of your own community. (That is a link to a Cracked article, which may contain some NSFW language) I read an article about â€œswattingâ€, which is a malicious prank (as in, intentionally malicious). This behavior is going beyond simple trash talking. It got to the point that developers had to write an open letter to the gaming community to treat each other better. This malign behavior is NOT a good way to treat other gamers over getting your butt whooped in video games. I completely understand that having constant losses in a game that you have sunk time into (I can“t reiterate the time part enough), and believe yourself to be good at, is incredibly frustrating. People get angry and upset over losses, and that“s fine. It can happen to anyone, and in activities other than video games. So you have a bad set of games, a bad day, or you just happen to face people who are way better than you, just try not to let it ruin your day. Unfortunately, competition is part of the game, and competition is what you decided to play in. On some level, you need to realize you put yourself in this position. Try and take the experience and learn from it. Step back, and come back to it later. Before you know it, you“ll be performing better. I can“t tell you how many times I“ve tried to do something complicated in a battle game, only to lose and return to the basics and win rather easily. Then we have the big #GamerGate thing. It“s a movement that went from being afraid of losing the identity of the traditional term of â€œgamerâ€, to attacking games journalism. To put it simply, it went REALLY BAD, and it“s getting a lot of press that doesn“t put gamers in a good light. Let“s combat the terrible part of our community... Let“s not be so exclusive. Just as you grow as a person, you need to be able to let others into your community. There will be people who pay attention to X series more than you, or X game more than you. Just because said person does not pay attention to the same things as you, or to the same degree as you, doesn“t make that person any less of a â€œnerdâ€, â€œgeekâ€, or even a person. Look, everyone is a nerd in some respect, and people discover things at different times. I absolutely love Castlevania, but I“m sure there are people who know more than me about it. Games have changed quite a bit. It“s not just the consoles and arcades anymore. Gamers include the mobile and handheld markets, and those that play the online web games via websites and social networks. Every game won“t appeal to you, but that does not mean that certain games won“t appeal to others. While I still have not downloaded Angry Birds or Candy Crush Saga, I can admit that they are fun puzzle games. People will also have different goals when playing. One person may be doing a quest that requires the team to bum rush the stage, while another is searching for a specific object. It stinks when you can“t communicate said objectives, but that does not mean that you should become derisive to another. The dictionary even defines a gamer as: â€œa person who plays games, especially computer or video games.â€ There is no â€œrequirementâ€ that you put in a certain amount of times into those games, nor how much in-depth knowledge one has of a game. That definition includes everyone that plays computer or video games. Those social Facebook games? Those are played on the computer. Tablets such as the Ipad are basically seen as different kinds of computers, and even current video game consoles are basically specialized computers. I know what“s above sounds like a broad generalization, and the sensationalist media reports don“t help, but let“s be a better community. Invite people in, but if they don“t understand or don“t want to play, that doesn“t mean you need to be a jerk about it. It“s just a part of life. People will like the same things, but to a different degree. If you made it this far, thanks for reading.
TKtheknight posted a topic in General Game DiscussionI'm bored out of my mind and thought of a nice discussion topic for the community. There are many great games that received little hype promoting and turned out to be awesome gems. In my mind there are plenty of games that had that. I'll start off the bat. Valkyria Chronicles is a game that I really enjoyed and loved when I first got my PS3. I remember hearing nothing much about it and didn't get hyped or promoted enough. This was one of the best tactical games I've ever played on the PS3. How about you? What games you've played turned out to be awesome that wasn't hyped?
Today Steam launched a new page which declares that "The New Steam Community is Coming Soon." Alongside that, it showcases a bit of features that will be arriving on the service. Although Valve has certainly created a solid product so far, they now want to make community involvement and sharing an even larger part of the ecosystem. Today Valve posted about "Game Hubs". These hubs will work to stick all sorts of user-generated content together whenever you access a specific game's page. For example, a page for Team Fortress 2 would show off screenshots, workshop items, news, forums, and more. Items that will get top priority are based off items which the community rates as most impressive. Every game is set to have its own hub of user and official content, but that doesn't mean that every game itself will have loads of content to check out. More obscure titles on the service will no doubt have very lonely looking Game Hubs, but that's to be expected. As the week goes on, Valve will unveil more about their upgrades to Steam. Although they won't go live immediately, users who are interested can enroll in the beta which kicked off this week.