The Escapist Means More Than Just Video Games

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The Escapist Means More Than Just Video Games

I'm happy to introduce some new faces and expanded content on our favorite website - The Escapist.

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Daily reason and generally ontopic news are great endevours 2, I think.

Looking forward to the changes, keep it up.

Inb4 ermagerd, Escapists is going to stop covering games.

Sounds decent, I look forward to seeing the new content. Might help too with the regular comments on some news articles, along the lines of "Why is this being reported here?" Well - either that or it'll make those comments more prevalent. One of the two.

Edit for clarity - I fully expected it to be the latter.

Interesting, I wonder if this will mean new sub-forums to go along with Gaming Discussion. Looking forward to that Pub Club beta :-)

Teoes:
Might help too with the regular comments on some news articles, along the lines of "Why is this being reported here?" Well - either that or it'll make those comments more prevalent. One of the two.

Probably the second one.

Anyways, I like this plan. I hope it goes over well!

lacktheknack:
Anyways, I like this plan. I hope it goes over well!

I second this so damn hard. Hopefully Tabeltop will be including MtG (because why wouldn't it?) and I can get my fix of the news, reviews and complaining about how broken Gary is right in the same place as I get my vidjagames news.

SonicWaffle approves.

Thanks for the article Greg. Hope you guys can get us some great content. I mainly come here for the video game news, comics and forums myself, but it'll be great if everyone can find something that they enjoy.

Will there be a feed that shows top stories from each category though? Because I've always liked that TE has been about more than just games, but I'd like to get a mix of news. A lot of the news stories are things I find interesting, but often I'll click them because they're there on the front page, if I have to actively seek them out I'm more likely to just ignore it.

For instance; I like seeing cool things about cosplays every now and then, but I don't really care enough to actively seek it out.

So yeah, these are good news indeed so long as the front page will still contain the mishmash of news that I'm used to.

Sounds great. Also interested to see if there'll be separate sections in the forums for these subjects too now, much like Gaming Discussion.

Also wondering if this means we'll get video content based around these topics. I saw that Matt Lees is to be doing something here that isn't video games so I assume that'll be one thing.

I like the sound of this. I've always thought of The Escapist as being more of a geek culture site than specifically for games, and it's nice to see that being formally acknowledged. Looking forward to seeing how the site progresses from here.

Best of luck, everyone, and welcome to the new members of the team!

Note to self: get in touch with Mr. Ross Lincoln ASAP. I'd love to talk with him about comics at some point. I consider myself a fairly knowledgeable short-form comics enthusiast (see the link).

www.youtube.com/comicstripcritic

This sounds good, I like the vidya games but tabletop is my first love. Should give me more reason to engage in the site.

Jonathan Bolding is also taking over as Senior Editor - Tabletop, so expect to see board games, miniatures and tabletop roleplaying games covered more often on The Escapist.

All hail Jon Bolding!

Wish I could do something with tabletop, but I don't know anyone to do something in that direction. Also...

I didn't know podcats were a thing. (might wanna change that typo to podcast btw)

Anyway, looking forward to how this'll pan out. This seems like a good direction for the escapist to go.

Sounds charming. I discovered this site mainly due to zero punctuation but over the years I grew very fond of all the different "stuff" you guys provide. Wether it be Jim's rants or Moviebob's rants or Yahtzee's rants, I always find something to enjoy when I visit this charming place. ^_^

hickwarrior:
Wish I could do something with tabletop, but I don't know anyone to do something in that direction. Also...

I didn't know podcats were a thing. (might wanna change that typo to podcast btw)

Anyway, looking forward to how this'll pan out. This seems like a good direction for the escapist to go.

That isn't a typo.

It's the PodCat.

I like the sound of this, although I'll never say no to more content. Looking forward to seeing what the beta brings.

I am also wondering how bad the "OMG the Escapist has changed! Ruined Forever!" reaction will be this time. I remember a lot of complaining last time the site changed it's layout.

hickwarrior:
I didn't know podcats were a thing. (might wanna change that typo to podcast btw)

Podcat is the nickname for the Escapist Podcast. Hence the logo.

Don't ask me why, although I have a suspicion that it was Susan Arendt who came up with the name back when she was on it.

Now that I've got that out, I'm looking forward to it. I never perceived the Escapist as a gaming-only site anyway :-)

To the new editors: Welcome to The Escapist! Be sure to stay out of the basement :p

Awesome! I've always thought of this as a kind of hub for nerd culture in general, and I always seem to end up posting more in Off-Topic than Gaming Discussion, so this'll suit me down to the ground.

Particularly looking forward to seeing more comics coverage :D

Zykon TheLich:

Jonathan Bolding is also taking over as Senior Editor - Tabletop, so expect to see board games, miniatures and tabletop roleplaying games covered more often on The Escapist.

All hail Jon Bolding!

ALL HAIL ME

SonicWaffle:
[snip]Hopefully Tabeltop will be including MtG (because why wouldn't it?)[snip]

We will. I call thee forth, Encaen.

So The Escapist is going to become a mashup of Ars Technica and Kotaku? OK. I'm fine with that. Even if you fuck up, the worst that could happen is that this site becomes a beacon for trigger warnings and Saarkesianism. It's hilarious no matter what.

"We fear change."

Honestly, I'll be interested to see what the change-up it 2014 will bring, and I'll be trying to keep an open mind. More content is usually a good thing, and if the Escapist is going to be providing enough content to warrant dividing it this way, I'll applaud it. I just hope it will still be easy to navigate, and find favorites and top stories.

I expected to see a bunch of comments saying 'OMG why no anime section?' based on how much it comes up on the forums.

Can't wait to see what the new staff members will be like. :D

How is this about videogames?

^^ With any luck, we can start banning people for posting the above phrase.

Teoes:
Might help too with the regular comments on some news articles, along the lines of "Why is this being reported here?" Well - either that or it'll make those comments more prevalent. One of the two.

Considering the past, I'll go with the latter. The Escapist has long been more than just games, though it's nice to see the non-video game section expanding some. Still, I think Susan Arendt even got some flak despite being explicitly hired as the "not games" editor (at that point).

JonB:

ALL HAIL ME

Hail! Hail!

I will prepare an offering of D12s to be burned in your name!

JonB:

Zykon TheLich:

Jonathan Bolding is also taking over as Senior Editor - Tabletop, so expect to see board games, miniatures and tabletop roleplaying games covered more often on The Escapist.

All hail Jon Bolding!

ALL HAIL ME

SonicWaffle:
[snip]Hopefully Tabeltop will be including MtG (because why wouldn't it?)[snip]

We will. I call thee forth, Encaen.

In that case, all bloody hail.

The Wooster:
How is this about videogames?

^^ With any luck, we can start banning people for posting the above phrase.

To be replaced with "This topic does not interest me. BAN THIS SICK FILTH"

Does this mean the return of Reel Physics?

Please mean the return of Reel Physics...

This is a neat idea, Greg, but do try to keep the channels organized and accessible. I used to tune in to Gamebreaker.tv to watch shows like This Week in MMO or Guildcast, and was actually building interest in several MMOs and other games they had covered in live discussion. They made a similar decision, to branch out into other, semi-related content. At first it was pretty cool: weekly Cosplay galleries, articles and comics from Dorkly popping up (with borderline copyright-infringing frequency), news and commentary on whatever the author felt like at the time... but eventually the site became a jumbled mess. Content and comment that attracted regular viewers and visitors became overrun with non-content; relegated to and buried within sub menus instead of being on the front page. Gamebreaker was on-track to become the CNN (or at least FoxNews) of video game/MMO culture, and instead devolved into Reddit: mindless reposts of other people's opinions with forum-post level commentary at best. (...so it DID become FoxNews. heh)

As you well know, as the editor-in-chief of a magazine/website, presentation is everything. Please, think long and hard about how your content is organized and presented, even more so than you do now, and do your best to avoid making those same mistakes. I would hate to see gaming's New York Times transform into gaming's New York Post, if you follow my metaphor. (That would be gaming's The Guardian becoming gaming's The Daily Mail, for those of British persuasion.) You still have some dignity, Escapist, despite having mostly comedy content (and a bunch of assholes on the forums, such as myself). Please, hold on to that.

Strange, I always thought this was a multi-geek-hobby site with gaming just being the main front. I look forward to these changes

If I'm not mistaken, I'm starting my third year as a publisher's club member --- and I'm happy to read this statement of direction.

Originally, I joined the escapist community to read other peoples considered thoughts on games I have played and was playing. This is not the job of a review, per se, but of articles covering the topics touched by the games in question. Zero Punctuation had a large part of this --- they really are less of a review and more of a critique (if I can split that hair). I'd also be happy to admit that Zero Punctuation was a core part of the decision to subscribe. If I were to spread those bits around, I'd admit that the LLR crew and movie bob are both important to my week. And, indeed, both of them do to "discuss" than to simply "review"

It even amuses me that tabletop gaming makes the list. I will be making my own first trip into D&D this year as my sister was kind enough to buy me a Red Box for Christmas.

My reason for replying, however, is more complex. Inequality is on the rise. I'm not going to talk about poverty or the war against the "middle class" --- these are things best covered by the mainstream media. But this is the elephant in "our" room, too. Never has that interests of the corporations that make the products (games, PCs, etc) been so distant from the interests of their purchasers ... their audience.

Many of your writers have touched on this ... Jim's article on the pessimistic FTP tactics, for instance. I would encourage more such exploration.

To be blunt, Games cannot be Art until Game consumers are treated as patrons rather than resources.

After being here for about 4-5 years, I can say that this place is incredible for talking about pretty much anything.
The mods are the most efficient mods I've seen in any site, and the community is good and overall, pretty intelligent. One day I wish I can be a mod too, this is pretty much the best site on the internet, content and community wise.

Looking forward to the new content, it's nice to see Greg trying to make the website fresh and interesting.

I have one thing I have to ask though.

I'm one of those aliens who actually like to ''geek'' more about music than any other ''nerd'' form of entertainment.
Unfortunately, doing so on this website is almost impossible as music has pretty much zero coverage here in terms of reviews. While I like the Miracle Of Sounds project, there isn't much of any discussion value other than criticizing said songs of the project.

Considering music reviews are getting bigger everywhere, especially on youtube (Theneedledrop, The Daily Guru, Coverkillernation, Spectrum Pulse to name a few), I have to ask:

Why not covering a bit of music ?

Does this mean we can look forward to more of those pony movie trailer posts? Cause those were awesome and have been lacking lately.

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vun:
Will there be a feed that shows top stories from each category though? Because I've always liked that TE has been about more than just games, but I'd like to get a mix of news. A lot of the news stories are things I find interesting, but often I'll click them because they're there on the front page, if I have to actively seek them out I'm more likely to just ignore it.

For instance; I like seeing cool things about cosplays every now and then, but I don't really care enough to actively seek it out.

So yeah, these are good news indeed so long as the front page will still contain the mishmash of news that I'm used to.

This. If you plan to separate the topics out by genre, please keep a front page window showing the latest stories. I'm also one of those masses who don't know what they like until they see it, so I'll be far less likely to check under each individual subsection and far more likely to click the latest story to pop on the front page.

I look forward to the new content.
I'd like to see a section dedicated to tabletop and miniature sandwiches.
I am both a lifetime patron and a consumer.
Our hungry voices, muffled by food, must be heard!

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