It's been the craziest year of our careers. We've been helping a major game company as consultants, and their big launch took up most of our late fall. We're still recovering, actually, and it's made us re-evaluate how we cull and present content after eight years of news, reviews and advocacy for this underappreciated group of gamers.
It's always seemed to make sense to generate content for the site through the busy gamer filter, and we hope to continue to do that. But we've also built quite the community of busy gamers, and - while we know you already have a lot on your plate - we hope you can contribute from time to time on the topics that you are most passionate about. If enough people pitch in, we could achieve something truly useful and - who knows - maybe even amazing.
That's the vision. Over the next few weeks, we plan to upgrade the site and build it into a place where you can contribute and discuss the gaming news that's most important to you. We'll pick up the cream of the crop, both from the site and via Twitter, and post it to the news feed with added context when needed.
If you have ideas about what Busy Gamer News should become, feel free to contribute! We want this to be something you'd want to visit briefly every day and contribute to as often as you can, say once or twice a week. Would Facebook login intergration help? We can't promise we can deliver this Day 1, but we're thinking it would be a real time saver so it's probably worth investigating.
What are your favorite site content features? We think we'll have to retire the downloadable content roundups. As much as we liked staying on top of the various DLC releases, all three of the console makers have made it near impossible to keep up with. They deliver spotty announcements and create console feeds that are time-consuming to track. And while we did add value by correcting their mistakes whenever we found them (which was shockingly often!), this type of news just doesn't get the kind of traffic that justifies the amount of work it requires.
Anyway, let us know what you want from Busy Gamer News, and we'll do our best to deliver.
We can't talk too much about our work projects, but one of the things that's sucked away the time is freelance writing. MSN hired us to do a series of slideshows and articles for the holidays and their end-of-year roundups. The one that's probably the most interesting to you is the The Guide to Gaming With Your Kids. Sure, you probably know all of this stuff - but it's a good resource to share with the non-gaming moms and dads in your social circles. So many parents still miss the opportunity to bond with their kids over videogames, and you could be the one to help them down this path. I'm really proud of how it came out (just don't blame me for the goofy pictures!). I really hope it helps a lot of parents find common ground with their kids and, potentially, enjoy games for themselves.
Happy holidays - we hope to see you back here in early 2012!