I'm not talking about video games here ever again.
Since I've been blogging I've noticed that people really seem to dig when I talk about haircuts or dump trucks or how worshiping a dead NASCAR driver is retarded, but as soon as I mention video games, everyone just rolls their eyes and ignores what I have to say. My audience, such as it is, enjoys the bad movie talk and my run ins with rednecks at gas stations, but whenever I start talking about gaming, it's a traffic killer.
Also around the time of this realization, I'd been itching to create something new. Some of you might know that I ran one of the first movie/DVD review websites on the web that was worth a damn, from about 1996-2004. Towards the end though I'd gotten to a rather dark place in my personal life and that coupled with a few other factors led to the site's demise. It's been something I've regretted ever since.
Creating yet another movie review site was not something that appealed to me. Been there, done that, and I just don't have the love for movies that I used to. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy the cinema, but when you've sworn off going to movie theaters entirely it severely limits what you can do. And unfortunately the internet is still of the mindset of "If it's not a new release, we don't give a shit."
After ending my previous website I did some freelance work for DVD Talk and Video Game Talk. Now I've been a member of their forums for over 10 years, and have grown to enjoy the group of people there quite a bit. And in their video game community, for example, a lot of members were doing some really great work on their own, whether it be reviewing or podcasting or even creating game-based music.
When it seemed as though Video Game Talk was being abandoned, I made a push to take it over and rebuild it with content from all the forum members who were already creating content elsewhere. The response I got to that was essentially "Yeah we're not going to do anything with it, and neither are you."
I still felt that these people's work was worth showcasing though, and so I created Gamers With Casts. The goal is to showcase 4-5 regularly updated podcasts along with reviews and articles from myself and others, and to use everyone's individual followings to bolster the audiences of everyone else. Share Twitter followers, YouTube subscribers, etc.
So now when I want to ramble about games, I'll do it there. If you're one of the silent followers of mine who also enjoys gaming, I invite you to check us out. Why not watch the promo I made for the site, then click on some linkage.
Thus ends Pocket of Sanity's coverage of the video game industry. Thanks!