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You’re probably wondering what’s happened to the Gamer Horizon Podcast. We shed some light as to what happened and what’s going to happen with the podcast.

Alex Inigo

Picture this: Monday just rolled around. You know that a new episode of the Gamer Horizon Podcast is coming. You wait patiently until either the Gamer Horizon Twitter account, Gamer Horizon Facebook fan page, or if any of the Gamer Horizon crew tweet about it. Minutes go by. Then hours. Then weeks. You wonder what’s going on, but don’t know how to contact them or check up on them. Is there a problem? Is the podcast dead again? The funny thing about that last part is that we’ve been here all along. But only until recently, when interactions happened in the comments of the website and on Twitter, that people started asking us questions about the podcast.

Before I go into an explanation as to what happened to the podcast, I want to be straight with our readers. Everyone here at Gamer Horizon believes that in order for us to grow as a community that we need to be as transparent as we can about what’s happening on the website and what our plans are. To that effect, the decision to pull the podcast and the publicity that should’ve announced it was handled poorly on my part. Ironically, the mishandling of the situation is also one of the reasons we stopped doing it. Let me explain further.

In order to understand why we stopped doing the podcast, we need to first explain the process of how we actually produce our podcasts. Every week, we need to figure out who is going to participate on the show. We currently have a staff of five people, so you can imagine that even trying to get a minimum of about two people together for a night of podcasting is a difficult task. We also ask that each participant block at least 2 1/2 hours of recording time for that evening. Typically, we start our podcast recordings at around 6:30pm and go all the way up to about 9:00pm. The additional 30 minute time frame is required to ensure that all equipment on everyone’s end is working properly.

Once all that is taken care of, there’s also the subject of what we should talk about on that week’s show. Normally, we have someone appointed to oversee this and to suggest various pieces of content to talk about. Unfortunately, this person is no longer with Gamer Horizon for private and personal reasons and no one’s really taken up the slack to take over the position. Then there’s also the task of editing the podcast, which usually falls on my lap. Most podcasts out there do minimal edits to their show for various reasons. This is most likely because of one or two things: 1) This is a hobby for them and 2) Most of the participants are in the same room as them, thus minimizing the moments that someone talks over the other. We can tell you that we don’t see this as just a hobby and that we don’t release an episode unless we feel that it’s absolutely within a set standard. We also see the podcast as a service that’s important to our readers. Also, all our podcasts are recorded via Skype. Due to how far apart everyone lives here in Los Angeles and, in Anthony’s case, Colorado, we are shackled by the quality of our internet connections and are prone to various issues that are too numerous to just list here. With that said, editing the podcast takes roughly about 5-8 hours, depending on the kinds of issues we encounter through Skype. And before someone suggests using another piece of software, we’ve determined after testing several kinds of voice-over IP applications that Skype is the only application that can deliver the audio quality we desire for the podcast.

This production not only impacts the podcast but also the editorial content on the Gamer Horizon website as well. If all five staff members block 2 1/2 hours of their time for the podcast, that’s roughly 12 1/2 hours of staff time we’re taking away from something like an article being written, playing a game for impressions or review, or even improving the state of the website. Add 5-8 hours of podcast editing time on my end and that’s roughly 10 hours that I dedicate to the podcast on a weekly basis. This would be ok if our podcast downloads increased over the past few months, but it has only shrunk since we started up Season Two. Since we want the Gamer Horizon website to grow and, between five staff members, we have very limited amounts of time, we had to pick and choose our battles.

We had to stop producing the podcast.

This benefitted us in many ways, one of which is the website you’re viewing this post in right now. Had we still worked on the podcast, this website wouldn’t launch until later in the year. Also, we’re now able to provide our readers with an incredible amount of content that we couldn’t normally provide since we had to worry about the podcast. We’re able to write more interesting editorials, more impressions, more reviews, and more news articles than ever before. Again, I want to stress that we don’t see the podcast as just “something to throw up every week,” but as a piece of content that not only is informational, but also entertaining.

So is the podcast dead? Absolutely not. This is why you still see the podcast link on every single page on the header and even on our footer. We want to come back to the podcast with a fantastic idea and with renewed vigor while being able to maintain the audience growth here on our website. We feel that if we grow the community on the website, then we can have more listeners to the podcast. It’s a simple sounding yet very challenging idea, but that’s where we have the most growing pains and something we’re now constantly able to learn from now that we don’t have to worry about the podcast for the time being.

Let’s review then:

  • The podcast is on an extended hiatus. It’s not dead.
  • We feel that the podcast is very important to our community.
  • And we feel that the podcast is very important to us as well.
  • But we don’t have the time to make the best podcast we can make… yet.
  • So we’re using all that extra time to focus on getting more people to visit our website regularly…
  • …by writing awesome content here on the website for you, our readers…
  • …so that we can have more podcast listeners than when we launched Gamer Horizon.

With that said, I hope that you all support us on our website by commenting regularly and creating discussions with each other. The whole crew will be there with you the whole time, commenting on posts, reading all your posts, and really making sure your time here on our website is something that’s fulfilling, informative, and fun. If you have any questions or feedback regarding this post, let’s make a discussion in the comments. I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you have on here.

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  • http://virtualgamemuseum.webs.com/ “Louis”

    Good explanation, but first I would like to say best wishes to Anthony on his future endeavor, he is good when it comes to group discussion, with that here are my 2 cents:

    First, do what is best for Gamer Horizon, I got your back, I do enjoy listening to the Gamer Horizon podcast that I would make a preview on my Youtube so ppl can hear what’s it all about. Doing podcast made sense last year since the website was still underdeveloped and the only source was doing podcast, I remembered I would suggest things for Gamer Horizon like a facebook fan page to comments, which they implement, nice. Now with a full pledge website, IMO, the podcast should be secondary, focus more on articles first, then recap those on the podcast, most or organization also does that. Commenting on the articles is a good way to give your opinion. My suggestion would be only if you have time, do a podcast and maybe only on special event like the Xbox event that might come in April, or E3 2013. Podcast does take away time and the biggest weakness is if not to many listen to a podcast, it tends to disappear, like IGN’s Girl Power podcast, again do what’s best for Gamer Horizon, and maybe on the long run, there would be a section for fan submission from fan arts, blogs, or movies, etc…

    Good Luck…

  • http://www.gamerhorizon.com/ Alex Inigo

    We’ve definitely considered it, and much more actually. We’ll be talking about how we can cover E3 in the next few weeks leading up to the event.

  • Al caffrey

    I’d like to just thank Anthony for my wallet crushing addiction to RPGs and wish him all the best in the future . And you’s have had to make a tough decision with the podcast but its the right decision at this time for the site .the site is great it’s not cluttered easy to read the articles that come across as friend is speaking to you rather than some robot ,and there’s a great community starting to take shape. One thing I’d love to see is a retro corner I’d love to here some of teams experience with some older titles and mybe a some sort of back log challenge were the team and the readers can submite games they would love to finish mybe by monthly. thanks to the team for all your hard work

  • http://virtualgamemuseum.webs.com/ “Louis”

    Well said…

  • http://virtualgamemuseum.webs.com/ “Louis”

    Nice, I’ll do whatever I can to give Gamer Horizon more exposure, keep up the good work.

  • Sean Mesler

    The mic in that photo is WAAAAAY nicer than the one I use.

  • fonzy138

    excited for a podcast! im new to this blog but it has become a quick favorite of mine….

  • http://www.gamerhorizon.com/ Alex Inigo

    Thank you for the kind words! I shared your comment with the rest of the crew and they’re really happy to hear such encouraging words! We’ll keep you guys informed as to when we’re planning something and we’ll be sure to get our readers in the loop too when that happens.