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It goes without saying that we at Gamnesia love games. Chances are that you, given the fact that you're reading this, also love games. Some of us however, myself included, have always wondered just how the hell these damn things get made. I know countless programmers and designers who got to their chosen profession with that question at heart and I am happy to include myself among them. Not content with simply making games for a living, I've decided to share it all with you fine folks.

With that introduction I am proud to announce that Gamnesia will be getting a new article series focusing entirely on game development and news from the game development front. These will include mostly tutorials, tips & tricks, Q&A's and anything else that I (and you) can think of. That last bit is very important, so let me emphasize it - the majority of the stuff that will be shown, presented and analyzed in these articles will be influenced by you, the readers. Whether you want more tutorials, finished code assets, Q&A's or just plain old dev logs, you'll get it.

More after the jump!

Hello everybody, and welcome to the pilot episode of our yet-to-be-titled news recap show. Typically, the show is for breaking down the past week of news, but because this is our pilot episode—which we're essentially using to test the waters—the content actually comes from a bit earlier in the month.

We're looking for feedback on how you like the format, so by all means, please head to the comments and share your likes, dislikes, suggestions, and more, so that we have a much better idea of what you'd like to see from the show going forward. Thank you so much for helping!

News never sleeps, and we at Gamnesia are always looking for a few new members to join our team! Ideally, we'd like to see upwards of two or three diligent, eager writers who can post at least two news stories every day—but we're incredibly flexible with that time commitment for anybody who's willing to lend a hand.

Having experience as a writer and a gamer always helps, but one of the things on which we pride ourselves most here at Gamnesia is providing bright up-and-comers with an opportunity to write without the need for a formal background. So whether you're a professor with nine published essays on the botany of the Mushroom Kingdom, or just a high school student looking for a fun extracurricular, we'd love to see you to apply today!

Speaking from experience, now is a perfect time to get into the swing of writing. For students, writing a story or two is a great way to take a quick breather from homework without getting too distracted, and having this sort of published experience can look really good on a college or job application. And as you'll hear from staff testimonials in the comments, we love what we do and working here is a ton of fun!

On top of the usual notices, we're also looking for someone who can devote their time to keeping our Facebook page active with images, quotations, fan art, and anything else for gamers to enjoy. So if you have experience promoting social media and want to join the team, by all means please do!

What are you waiting for? Fill out an application today! We look forward to seeing you in the staff!

UPDATE: We've drawn the winners of the tickets! The winner is Disqus commenter Hamsphrey, with runner-up Mark95 and second runner-up Joe Mammano in case the winner/s don't claim their tickets. If you're one of our three lucky winners, you have 24 hours to reply to my Disqus comment on the giveaway page in order to claim your tickets, so hurry up! We don't want the concert to start without you! 

To stay up to date with our future giveaways, be sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, because we won't be announcing them on our home page in the future. And if you're feeling extra lovely, please consider donating to our giveaway fund, so we can hold bigger and better giveaways in the future! More info can be found here.

Last Sunday we announced a new weekly feature coming to the site called Gamnesia Mailbag. The Gamnesia Mailbag is essentially a weekly AMA where you guys can ask questions to the staff about the site, our opinions on news lately, or what we like to find on the internet when we're alone in our rooms at 2:00 AM. Anything and everything is fair game in the Gamnesia Mailbag, so if there's anything on your mind, send it in, and we'll answer with full honesty.

To submit a question to the Gamnesia mailbag, all you have to do is send it as a tweet, using the hashtag #AskGamnesia, and we'll include it with all the other answers this coming Wednesday. Or if you'd rather have your question answered ASAP, tweet it directly to us @TheGamnesia to get a quick (though probably much less serious) response. Tweet away, and keep an eye out for our first weekly mailbag this Wednesday, right here at Gamnesia.

Last Sunday we announced a ton of new features coming to Gamnesia. We have community nights, polls, podcasts, news recaps, gaming giveaways, and plenty more coming your way to make the Gamnesia experience that much better (and speaking of which, I'll take a moment to apologize for missing a few Daily Delibs over the last week or so—we've been really busy working on all this new exclusive content).

But all these additions are what we've thought of providing you; now it's your turn to tell us what you'd like to see. Are there any new sorts of features you'd like to see us implement on the site? Or maybe there's something in the layout or posting process that's been bugging you lately? If there's anything you'd like to see us do or do better, now's the perfect chance to voice your opinion. So be sure to catch up on all our latest announcements, then head on over to the comments and let us know what you'd like to see happen next!

Gamnesia was founded a year and a half ago as of this Friday. We’ve been working hard to make it the best site it can be, but we’ve always provided the same essential service—news, reviews, editorials, and maybe an interview here and there. But starting this week, we’re ready to be so much more.

In the last few weeks, we’ve been working on a ton of new features to bring you all. You can already see that we’ve revived the Daily Delib, a brief question post that goes up every weeknight, where we can all get together as a community and discuss what’s on our minds. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg—upcoming community nights, mailbags, podcasts, comics, and video series are just a few of the awesome new coverage we’re bringing you, so head on inside to learn all about it!

Did Dead Island just quietly turn into an annualized franchise? The original launched in 2011, and sequel Riptide followed two years later in 2013. With Dead Island 2 announced at E3 for a 2015 reveal, it looked like that trend would continue, but developer Deep Silver just made another surprise announcement. A new game entitled Escape Dead Island launches this fall with a reasonable price tag of $39.99.

Why the discount? While Dead Island 2 is hitting the current gen systems. Escape Dead Island is slated for release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, along with PC as well. Escape Dead Island utilizes a new, more stylized look, and takes place after the first game, but before Dead Island 2. Click below to catch the reveal trailer.

Summer's here, and it's time once again for us to expand and hire new writers to help with news, editorials, and plenty of other content here at Gamnesia! If you've been reading the site for a while and think you'd like to see how it works on our end, consider this your official invitation to apply now—no past experience required!

As Gamnesia and Zelda Informer continue to distinguish ourselves from one another this summer, we're hoping to hire more writers of all creeds. That means we're looking for various types of News Editors and Copy Editors. If you know you want to join the team but aren't sure where you'd fit, you can read over the expectations for our different positions, or feel free to propose your own system of contributing to the site.

Speaking from experience, this is a wonderful opportunity to get started in the gaming industry. Everyone here at the senior level has made wonderful connections and accomplishments we never thought possible—so if you're confident in your writing ability and want to take the leap, head on over to our application page and throw your hat in the ring!

When hiring in the past, I've responded to every applicant whether or not they had been approved. Last time we posted a hiring notice, though, we got four times as many applications as we expected. So this time around I unfortunately can't promise I'll have the time to respond to those who don't make the cut, but I will certainly try my best!

Tomodachi Life arrives on June 6th, and it marks a special occasion for us. Our very own Colin McIsaac (Editor-in-Chief of Gamnesia) will be teaming up with Jose Otereo (Associate Editor for IGN), Kristina Horner (Video Blogger), NintendoFanGirl (Sam, a Video Blogger), and host Krysta Yang (PR Manager at Nintendo of America) to chat about Tomodachi Life! The weird and wacky game has been in our hands for a bit, and we can't wait to share our experiences with our fellow journalists and Nintendo fans. Head inside for more information.