You’ve probably noticed that there hasn’t been a lot of written content here on the site. This isn’t a mistake, and you haven’t missed anything other than our usual Top 5s and podcasts. Early this week, we have gone and looked at the way we run our website and came to a horrifying conclusion:
If we try to copy what other video game sites are doing, such as GameSpot, Polygon, and Kotaku, it will be an exercise in futility.
We say this because we do not have the manpower nor the money to compete with the big guys. Gamer Horizon exists because we want it to, and it is our hard earned money and free time that have defined and built the very walls and foundation of this website. By trying to mimic what these other websites have done before, some for many years, we have lost the true reason why we’ve built this to begin with and, naturally, many of us stopped dead in our tracks.
We created Gamer Horizon because we love video games, but since we have work or, in some cases, are looking for employment (which is a job in itself), have a desire to play our own backlogs, and trying to live our own lives, it’s been rather difficult to balance catering to the new as well as trying to take the time to play games that we’ve always wanted to get around to playing. But we lost sight of our goals and I forgot what was made readily apparent the first, second, third, and fourth time I did this dance: That by self-funding this website, we are traveling a road less traveled, and many would even think us foolish.
So what do we do now? Do we give up, hang up our mantle, and forget this ever happened?
No. We’re going back to the drawing board, continue to do what we love best – playing games and talking to you about them – and continue to produce podcasts like we always do.
But there will be changes coming on the Horizon. Some may even say its drastic, but ultimately it’s something that makes sense. Because there was a time that we, the crew of Gamer Horizon, were once like you: We played games because we loved them, not because we had to review them. We want to go back to that and, ultimately, connect with you in a more intimate manner. Because gamers like you, me, and everyone else on this planet are the lifeblood of this industry. And despite the consoles that have come out, the PC hardware that’s been released, or even the emergence and disappearances of some of our favorite publishers, developers, and franchises, there will always be one constant:
For the time being, we have suspended our weekly Top 5 segments on our website and we will be introducing a brand new podcast that will reflect more of the vision we have for Gamer Horizon hopefully within the next week or so. We will also be readying a new Social Link episode this week. Finally, we encourage you to follow us on Twitter and our Facebook page as we will have lots and lots of announcements via those avenues shortly.
On a personal note, I’ve been trying to run a successful video game site for years and you would think that I’d have learned my lesson. They came in many names: International House of Games, GameStyle USA, Games and ME, and now Gamer Horizon. But these are just names to me. I often ask myself, “Why do I even try? Didn’t you learn from the last time you did this?” And the fact is that yes, yes I have. Some of that cost me more than just money, like personal relationships and even friendships. But I can’t deny that a part of me still wants to try over and over, even if it means failing and failing. Because I know that one day, someday, people will understand what we’re trying to do here in our own little way. And that goal’s always been the same:
To make people realize that it’s not the platform you play the games on, but the people who you play with, the people who built the games we play, and everyone involved who love and cherish this hobby of ours. We’re all one big community, and it would be awesome to have a safe haven for our opinions and thoughts to be shared without prejudice.
Thank you for your continued support of Gamer Horizon throughout the years and hope you all look forward to the new things we have planned. And, as always, if you have any questions email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com.