The lights are on
Welcome to the new gameinformer.com.
Phew. Feels good to say that.
This project has been in the works for close to three
years now, and I couldn’t be more excited to share the final product
It didn’t kick into high gear until this March when we
finally began creating the code. Since then, it’s been a wild ride with
a lot of highs and lows. We had a baby born yesterday (‘grats Kato),
several editors move, one beat Dragon Age: Origins (no small task), and
another gets married this weekend (‘grats Miller). Unfortunately, on a
sad note, the lead designer on our site had a motorcycle accident, and
is still in intensive care (we are pulling for you Broom).
Everyone’s work and sacrifice has paid off. In fact, just
last night we had to rebuild the video player in the wee hours of the
night just to make this happen today. The site is most certainly a
beta, but we will be updating and fixing issues on the site nonstop until
we get it where we want it. We also have more surprises in the works
that we will integrate into the site as we move forward.
So while I want you to cruise around and find all the
exciting content and community options the site has to offer I do want
to point out some features.
First of all, there are two important tabs on the home
page – “The Feed” and the “Blogs.” The Feed is for straight ahead news,
reviews, previews, and reporting, while the Blog is where you will find
the editors (and in time developers and users who attain contributor
status) waxing about the industry and just culture in general. We
wanted to keep these two areas separate but intertwined, and you will
see this relationship develop as we start posting new content.
On the community side, the site is one solid object,
where you can create profiles that give you access to subscriber only
perks, but more importantly, there are tons places for people to talk
Under the “Take Part” tab at the top of the page you will
find all the ways to interact. You can create your own groups to share
with the world, or keep to yourself so guilds and clans can be run
privately. The great thing is, you can monitor all of them from the
activity feed on your own profile page.
There are forums and all the other bells and whistles you would expect – like user blogs, user reviews, contests, and polls – so get out there and have some fun.
If there is something you want from the site, make sure
to stop by our Site Feedback group and give us your input, as we will
be monitoring this for new ideas to add to the site.
Also, before you blog or create your profile page, stop
by the Game Informer Writer’s Guild to get tips and explanations on how
to best show off your work.
We hope you love the site as much as we do.
If you want some behind the scenes shots of the office and us toiling away on the site, click here.
UPDATE: Bug update and new helpful hints can be found here.
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