It's time for some community news changes!
We've been in the process of trying new things for GameSpot community news and our YouTube Spotlight channel lately. And, well, frankly, not many people have been excited about the weekly report based on your comments. So, we're considering some changes for the weekly report, but until our new community news plan is determined, we've got this new video segment for you to check out.
First, let me explain why it's a bit different! We've decided that in addition to maybe a video segment for GameSpotters in the near future, it was time to bring a broader approach to all of our fans in other areas of the Internet. So, we've got Twitter followers who aren't even GameSpot members, Facebook followers who don't use GameSpot, and obviously lots of YouTubers who haven't registered on GameSpot. We don't want to exclude them, but we also want to make sure we highlight you all as well, and that's where Fuse shout-outs come in!
Go check out our first episode of You've Been Spotted on the GameSpot Spotlight channel and let us know what you think! Also, don't forget to accept the challenge about a better caption for Team Joker! You can post it here or on YouTube.
@AK_the_Twilight: Yeah, our ideas so far is about making it more frequent rather than a one-time a week post! @guynamedbilly: That's some really good feedback. I'll definitely pass it along. @Bozanimal @-Saigo-: Definitely some good points! We should also see if @Synthia can mirror You've been spotted on her blog.
Let me just reassure everyone that we are not getting rid of the Weekly Report, far from it. We are exploring options to make it more broad with daily reports with a wrap up at the end of the week (Friday)
@Legolas_Katarn Following your point. It's easily arguable that most residents of GS wouldn't just be from your area. Regardless, this lack of excitement issue is stilll a viable factor affecting the international audience of GS. Not just the US.
@DreadDLordD Summer was often the time MORE people would be online not less. Also, as a previous resident of California and now one of Texas I can say with certainty that no one wants to go out and play in the 110 degree sun.
I always read the weekly report; I don't know how I'd keep up with what's happening, otherwise. Just be careful that, as you try to spread Gamespot out through additional communication channels, staff doens't marginalize the existing, core audience. I've been here since 2003, and involved in pretty much every aspect of the site at one point or another, but I've never seen so much negativity regarding the general community before. For example, I will never see the first episode of, "You've Been Spotted," as I do not have access to Youtube though my work PC, and rarely visit GS outside work. All of the images I've hosted on GS are down (and it's been this way for a couple weeks, now). The Soapbox is still gone. Fuse, for me at least, is confusing to use. I don't even have an avatar, anymore, since it's hosted here. Really, everything @-Saigo- said, but in allcaps. Maybe it's just me. Maybe GabuEx's farewell blog got me down. I like to think I'm a pretty optimistic guy, and supportive of the community, but I just can't shake this malaise; a feeling the GS is, in general, its users to some degree.
I agree with a lot of the comments, and there does seem to be a wealth of information on the site... uh...Team Joker, uh, how about, 'A Deranged Smile Around Every Corner'
If you're looking for more interaction between users then that isn't exactly something you should expect during the summer. Majority of people would be outside playing in the sun. Not inside reading game related articles on a weekly basis.
I usually read the news, I don't comment because, it's news of what the community is doing, I don't have anything to add to it. If I was to post a comment it would be in one of the displayed blogs or videos, thumbing up a review, or sending a PM to a user. It seems more likely that people who are following the site on things like facebook or twitter while not being members here probably don't care. Or they have a different name/email then when they joined here so they wouldn't be found by that anyway. Also, soapbox needs to be brought back to a place where more can see it.
I'm with riou7, Darthkaiser, and deershadow on this one...I read the community news whenever there's a new article but seldom comment unless I feel like I have something really important to say. As far as changes go please don't forget where you've come from as a community and website. My biggest fear with GameSpot is their desire to integrate new fans while forsaking or ignoring those of us who have been here since the beginning. I think FUSE is a great feature but I think some of the classic features like the soapbox or even the community news have been forced back to the back-burner while losing fans due to their inaccessibility. Change can be good but stick to your strong points and don't change too much at once.
If you are wondering why certain things don't get viewed, for me personally it's because there are so many small features and videos on the site, some of which have very short runs, and the site isn't organized in a way that I can easily identify what exactly is being offered. It's buried in menus upon menus and much of the same information is presented in different features so when I find something I liked once, I may skip it the next time because I feel like I've already seen or read it. That's more my feeling of Gamespot as a whole though, not this particular feature. Fortunately, Fuse is helping with that some.
I read every GS community news, I just don't post comment if I think I don't need to say anything :P
I read the weekly report very often. I don't always comment but I rarely miss it, comments don't always determine interest :P Anyway I'm excited for new changes
I wouldn't rely solely on comments to determine interest. I'm sure there are plenty of Spam Filter lurkers. Like me. :P
Not excited? How does that work? :P Seriously, though, change can be good. The community news is easily one of my favorite parts of Gamespot, so I can understand if it needs a tune-up or something. It's always cool to see everyone's contributions. Just the fact that it's here is exciting, so don't work too hard trying to tweak it. It's great to see it already! Sorry, I just fear Spam Filter deprivation. :P
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