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!
Starting tonight—yes, tonight—we’re inviting you to a weekly Community Night, where the staff and readers can all get together to enjoy some good ol’ fashioned online multiplayer for some of our favorite games. Every Sunday night, we’ll be live streaming the games for those of you who want to kick back and just watch, and we welcome every one of you to fire up the game and join in on the fun!
Tonight’s game is Mario Kart 8. At 8:00 PM EST, you can join us in our new tournament group, Gamnesia Circuit. Or if you’d rather watch us race than participate, head on over to our Twitch channel and check out the livestream!
• Community Nights will be from 8:00–10:00 PM EST every Sunday starting tonight
• Join the game! Our Mario Kart 8 Tournament Code is 2478-0370-0055
• Or watch on our official Twitch channel
We love writing editorials here at Gamnesia, and I’m sure many of you readers want to try your hand at writing, too. Heck, I remember that was exactly why I applied to Zelda Informer to begin with, before we founded Gamnesia. But you may not have time to be a regular writer for Gamnesia, or you may only want to publish one or two editorials at a time. And that’s where our new Guest Article system comes in.
If you have an opinion you want to voice or an article you want to write for the site, but don’t want to have to commit to a regular writing schedule, we’ve got your back. Just send your work to [email protected] or [email protected], and we’ll happily work with you to get the article ready to go live on the site.
There’s a lot of news that can come out in any given week, and especially as we broaden our horizons to include more and more news from various annals of the gaming industry, it can be hard to remember what’s been happening. But every Sunday from here on out, we’ll be posting a recap of the biggest stories that have hit that week. So if you’re ever trying to refresh your memory about the big changes in the industry, you can always check back on Sundays for a pretty little list of everything that’s been happening. In fact, you may have noticed that the first ever weekly recap already went live earlier today—if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out!
Not only that, but starting in August, we’ll have a similar weekly news recap on our YouTube channel. Last year, I dabbled in a few news videos, but as time went on the main site needed more attention. But now we’re primed to hit hard with video coverage again! This is a great option if you want to catch up again on news but don’t really like text-based recaps quite as much. We’re still not ready to reveal many of the plans, but be sure to subscribe to GamnesiaTV to catch those updates as they come.
Two Different Podcasts
On top of that, we’re bringing you not one, but two weekly podcasts, so you can have a double dose of all your favorite Gamnesia personalities. The first podcast is a more traditionally structured ordeal, where we’ll have a few people sit down to discuss recent news and share thoughts and/or insights on what’s been happening in the industry lately.
The other, however, is less focused on the idea of information and more on fun. Sure, we’re writers, but we’re also gamers, and we’re all friends here on the staff. So if you want to ditch the whole "structure" thing and listen to us hanging out and just being us while talking about games, this one’s for you. You can already catch the first episode of this casual podcast online at GamnesiaTV, where Barry and I reminisce about the good ol’ days of the GameCube, and starting this week, there will be a new episode released every Friday.
The casual podcast, as I said, is already here, and we’re planning on launching the more traditional podcast by mid-August. We’re still working on names for both of them, so if you have any ideas you’d like to suggest, let us know in the comments!
We don’t have any details for these right now beyond "it’s happening." But it’s happening.
Do you have a question for us here at Gamnesia? Or even one for the specific staff? Every Wednesday starting on July 30th, we’ll be posting the Gamnesia Mailbag, so if you’re curious what we think about Microsoft, or what our favorite game songs are, or even what we’re wearing right now, just ask a question on Twitter using the hashtag #AskGamnesia, and we’ll do our best to answer everything.
Of course, if you just want to get in touch with us really easy, you can always ask us a question directly @TheGamnesia, and we’ll be sure to respond as soon as we see it.
While everything else in here is a regular feature that we’ll offer once a week, giveaway can only happen when we have a few spare bucks to give back to you awesome readers. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen so often, but dammit, we want to try! We already have a few giveaways set in stone, like a Nyko Playpad, some handmade game-themed plushies, and more. But we’re still trying to figure out a good system for keeping track of entries.
What we do know is that you can enter any giveaway you please. If you’re feeling generous enough to give back, we welcome you to donate just $1 to our giveaway fund—not only will you be helping us offer more and better giveaways in the future, but it will also allow you to enter yourself twice for the giveaway.
The idea we’re going for with this system is that it plays out almost like a raffle—the more people involved in the giveaway, the more exciting the next prize is going to be. But the limit is two entries per person—we want to keep this fun and make sure that anybody who enters, no matter how much they donate to the fund, has a fair chance at winning something special. If we catch you trying to snag more than two entries in a giveaway, you’ll be immediately disqualified. We’ll announce more specific details when we’re ready to launch our very first giveaway, but for now, we’re sharing this information with you to see what you think. We hope you like the idea, but we’d love to hear your feedback on this kind of giveaway system.
And Even More Coming
If all the above content isn’t enough for you, we’re working on plenty of other new features, including polls, a games database, and finally rolling out that user system we’ve been working on for so long.
Unfortunately, many of these features are a few months down the line. The public account system and user blogs still have a long way to go before they’re ready to go live, and the same is true for Gamnesia’s forums. (What forums? Who said that? It wasn’t me.) But in the meantime, there are a few other little changes coming that will make the whole site experience much more enjoyable. Let’s see if you can pick up on them in the coming weeks…
As you may have noticed, a lot of these features revolve around community interaction. As we explained when we launched the Daily Delib, one of the things we love most about Gamnesia is how closely the writers and readers can interact with one another, and we’re thrilled that we can finally push it even further. We hope you’re as excited as we are for all these new features.
I don’t know about you, but I think Gamnesia has accomplished a lot in just a year and a half. I can’t begin to explain how much I love keeping up with you guys as we learn more about our favorite pastime together, and I really hope you all enjoy coming here every day as much as I do. Please don’t hesitate to let us know what you think of these new features, for better or for worse, and let us know if there’s anything else you’d like to see us explore. We wouldn’t be here without you guys, and I want to do everything I can to make sure we give you as much to love as you’ve given us.
Now, what do you say we march forward and make the next year and a half even better?