Good morning and welcome to another week of new games and content for this week’s On The Horizon! Waitasec… I just checked my release date calendar and realized that the next batch of games that are coming out won’t be hitting store shelves until July 9th.
Welcome to the drought that is the summer, ladies and gents! If you’ve been a gamer for a while now, you’ll know that the summer has traditionally been the slowest season for video games. It’s a perfect time for us here at Gamer Horizon to indulge in other games we might have in our backlog and actually beat them as we prepare for the oncoming onslaught of games in the fall.
While that’s happening, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s supported our site and have continued to do so by commenting, sharing our articles and liking them on Facebook, and retweeting our content. Because of your loyalty and generosity for our first six months in, I thought that instead of talking about the lack of games this week that we should uncover a little bit about what makes Gamer Horizon tick and show what we have in store for you in the next version of the Gamer Horizon website.
In case you didn’t know all of the main staff here at Gamer Horizon, including myself, are maintaining and updating this site for free. The ads that you see (or not, if you’re using adblocker plugins) on our site cover the cost of the only overhead our website currently has: its hosting and domain fees. We’re not in the pocket of any venture capitalist, investor, publisher, or developer, and we intend to operate in this manner for the entire life of the site. We believe in independent thought, and we believe that our viewpoints are unique enough that it warrants a soapbox to stand on. This is why you’ll see that a lot of our posts may not be in concert with many other sites out there. We love games, and we figured that the best way to show it is to write about it, share our thoughts with others, and create a community filled with gamers of different views that value conversation and discussion. While we do want to transition and eventually deliver content on Gamer Horizon full time, we know that we have to earn your trust and respect. We also want to be able to deliver as much content to you to the best of our ability. We know we have to leverage our strengths as a group and mitigate any negatives that come with being a smaller team.
With that said, our development team (i.e. myself, with feedback from the rest of the crew) has been working tirelessly to work on a new version of the site. We identified that the look and feel of a “big site,” while cool, can mislead people into thinking that we’re made up of a bunch of people who just write all day about games. As much as we’d like to think so, we aren’t like the other guys, and the new site needs to reflect this. The new site will be flexible enough to have new kinds of content, and will evolve when we bring new and exciting content to the table for you to experience. We’re constantly coming up with new ways to figure out how best to inform and entertain our readers while giving them a great place to visit, inform others, and discuss everything about gaming. Above all else, we want a place for you to come hang out with us online.
These are pretty lofty goals, which is why we’re not ready to talk specifics yet about our site. But we hope that by being forthcoming about who we are and what we want that you’ll definitely join us along for the ride. We realize that it’ll be fraught with peril, and we will be misunderstood, but that’s why we’re establishing a baseline now. While we wait for the new website to be ready, we can expect a lot of these other changes to happen soon. We’ll make sure to let you all know when they’re live.
In the mean time, we have tons of great content coming to you this week. For starters Ted’s long awaited interview with the developers of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, edited by Sean, will finally go up this week. In addition to this, Ted’s also working on our first hardware/accessory review of a SteelSeries headset. If you’ve been looking for a good surround sound headset, this is a review you’ll surely want to check out! Also, Ari is writing up something about Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers regarding something called “sealed play mode,” which for some reason reminds me more of baby seals than Magic: The Gathering. Chris and I are working on something separately, but you’ll see it later in the week if we get it done. We may or may not be able to deliver these articles this week, since it’s a short week, so stay tuned for that!
No game releases got you down? Let this pic start you off with the week: A picture of a baby seal, just because Ari’s article reminded me of it. Have a great week everyone!