*tap tap* is this thing on?
Ok some of you CLEVER folks saw that GT.com changed hands - and then flooded poor Russ with emails over his abandonment of the biggest baby he ever boasted.
It is with great honors that I announce I am the mysterious man behind the curtain at GT.com now. I can't exactly get into reasons behind why Russ wanted to sell (he's welcome to say it on his own), but suffice to say he wanted to make sure it ended up in hands that wouldn't turn it away from it's original intent.
So I post my first roundup! It's awesome, incredible, and .... it frankly took me ages to put together and I have no clue how he's done it all these years.
DIGG IT and help me justify spending money on supporting the indie games movement
For those that are concerned about what changes I have in store.
One: We'll be eliminating the parts of the site that haven't been updated in over a year... This ironically includes my old column
Two: As you can see, we canned The Illustious Panel with a full severance package... we paid them 100x what they were normally paid (nothing). Basically seeing how long it took me to do this roundup with just ONE writer I have no clue how I could manage more than that. I know its a little more bias now, but it will help me keep things steady. MAYBE when things settle down we'll return to a multi-author format.
Three: I intend to begin covering COOL casual titles. The first of which we see here with Emerald City Confidential. Just because a game comes from a major portal does not mean I won't cover it- it just has to be original (no MCF clones!)
We may also be changing the front page layout MASSIVELY to do near-daily updates. You heard that right. I feel in order to see GT.com grow we need to make it somewhere gamers check religiously for cool new stuff. This ties into #3 above, we simply need more stuff to cover. The end goal is in my hands I will do what Russ lacked the time (and to some degree the experience) to do - make it grow into a major player for media attention.
So expect coverage of indie games, casual games, flash games, and freeware games in the near future... near but not instant. These changes will take months to integrate fully.
I'll be at GDC, so if you have something to show us that you want covered in person, let me know. Otherwise just submit the games via the previous method and I will take care of it.
PS: I make NO BONES about wanting people who submit to us to offer an affiliate link. I won't deny coverage over it, but I am making it very clear that the ability to support GT.com ties DIRECTLY into having those affiliate links in place. Anyone who can not (for whatever reason) we do expect at the very least a link to coverage from your site. Without the support of the developers GT.com can not exist... so keep up the good work and thanks to those who have previously given affiliate links, text links, or used our cool awards to help sell their games. Every bit helps!