Gaming culture is in a weird place right now with what seems like a constant state of flux around issues and ideas about what constitutes gamers and games. There are a lot of arguments going on and mostly it seems like a battle of opinions, and those kind of things can be hard to resolve as most consider their side to be right.
Welcome back to Link Dead Radio, the show where the blogs are made up and the opinions don’t matter. hmm, actually quite the opposite. It’s been awhile since my last broadcast, while I have been reading the immense amount of blogs that pour into my feedly I haven’t been collating them like I usually do. I also seem to have been a little pre-occupied of late, enough so that blogging wasn’t as much my focus as usual. A feeling that I think is subsiding once again.
And with that said, Blog Appetit
The Newbie Blogger is coming to 2016 – the annual event that seemed not to be occurring this year has been revived and seems to be planned for the month of June. I’m glad to hear it as each year seems to bring a new batch of bloggers to the mix with their own ideas, personalities and blogging styles that seem to brighten our little community. I’ve learned so much over the years from the number of amazing newbie bloggers as well and I sincerely hope this year will be no different.
With that said, a message to all mmo and gaming blogs to send out the message. Spread that message loud and clear across any and all community you might be involved with. Twitter, reddit, game forums, and other smaller communities around the web. I would ask those interested in planning events and getting involved to hop on the discord.
For those wondering what The newbie Blogger Initiative is, it is an annual event all about encouraging and supporting newbie bloggers. Those that have considered it, are jumping in right now or maybe have already started and just need a little extra support. It is a time of collective conversation as well where we all discuss what it means to blog, what we enjoy, the reasoning, and of course offer advice based on our own experiences and abilities. It is an event mostly focused around game blogging although most bloggers interests have become rather diverse in recent times, and that is growing.
Some handy Links
Discord Invite Code: https://t.co/bZLA0YGZSk
As usual I’ll try planning a few more gaming events for the month just to get people interacting together, and add a few things to talk about. I find playing games at this time helps build relationships in the community, and it’s just fun. I have a few more score chasing games I will try to organise and of course a few larger games to entertain. A big one I was thinking is a massive game of Civ 5 with as many bloggers as can join. Set up a regular time to get online for an hour or two and revel in the the exploration, battles and political intrigue that may result… thoughts?
Adr1ft is one of those recent games that polarised people once again around the issues of what actually constitutes a game and many of the usual points seem to resonate more strongly within here than I’ve seen before. It is what amounts to a walking simulator that embodies everything people argue against; a guided path to follow with certain events and story elements that tie it all together. It is a simple game style, and a simple game in many ways but when it comes to these I find it is far better to judge them on the experience they provide and that can be a very personal thing.