Let?s start with the assumption we?re here to dish out our personal points of view on
gamers and all things
gametastic. We at Joystiq try to do that as best we can.
Sometimes we succeed, sometimes we suck (usually when we aggregate, instead of pontificate). We correct our mistakes,
but we don?t correct our opinions ? unless you talk us into it. We?re gamers with an audience of gamers, like every
other game blog out there.
I can tell you from being at E3 that people at least know Joystiq. They might not all like us, but even non-fans hit
us once in awhile. Why would they read a site they don?t like? One of the guys I spoke to was kind enough to tell me,
and he was even polite about it. Because of you. When we push a post live, we?re just offering a point of view. The
post doesn?t end when we click ?save.? That?s just the start. You take it from there. If the opening that we provide is
poignant then the post will come to life, and that?s why all game blogs (with comments) are valuable to the readers and
...which brings us to the future. Game blogs will become even more significant to gamers/developers as they offer new
perspectives on game coverage ? blogged game reviews, roasting a mainstream magazine page by page, location-based
gaming, there are already a lot of ideas percolating.
But blogs will also find a lot of influence with the Powers That Be. Trust me, they?re starting to pay attention.
Why? Uh, money. Companies are always looking for ways to connect to the buyer (that would be you). Any tool they can
find that will bring them closer to the cash is a tool they want. Since blogs, by their nature, are unpredictable the
companies don?t quite know what to do with us yet. But they?ll find a
way to insert themselves. My guess is that the billion
dollar think-tanks will soon figure out that one or two semi-controlled bloggers in a room can get them a hell of a lot
closer to the buyer/fan/sale than a banner ad. But who will read this kind of blog? Over time, if it plugs into the
game blog community (and it?s good), a lot of us will.
I?ll be watching all this from the sidelines, myself. I?ve taken a job at a massive, international coporation with the
reach of a god. Since my job is in games, I have to give up Joystiq on June 12th due to conflict of interest. It will
be tough to leave it behind. I?ve really enjoyed helping JS grow like hell in the last year, and talking to the likes
of you. Of course, if my predictions pan out I may join the massive, international coporation?s blogging team. You
know, keep ?em honest.
Keep on playin?!