Introducing ‘Joystiq X Engadget': A brand new starting
There isn’t any finish. A brand new starting begins at present: “Joystiq X Engadget” is the momentary identify for an extended-time period house. A brand new place to snicker together with us on Twitch streams; a brand new place to commiserate when all of the video games are damaged; a brand new place to rejoice when an sudden jewel shines via the din of hype. A brand new place, sure, however a brand new place filled with acquainted faces.
Hello, I am Ben Gilbert, and I used to work at Joystiq. Perhaps you heard me on the Joystiq Podcast, or learn my work on the location? It has been a number of years, however I have been heading up gaming protection at Engadget within the meantime. To my digital left is Joystiq senior reporter Jess Conditt, who’s becoming a member of me on the helm of this new enterprise. We’re the continuation of Joystiq — its new starting — if not in identify, definitely in spirit and drive.
So, what within the hell is “Joystiq X Engadget,” aside from a sort of onerous identify to say?
It is the brand new residence we’re creating on Engadget devoted solely to gaming protection. Not recreation protection, however gaming protection — that is an essential distinction. We aren’t within the enterprise of offering press launch regurgitations, trailer-based mostly advertising for giant-finances video games or previews based mostly on rigorously scripted PR occasions. That is recreation protection for probably the most half. Gaming protection ought to purpose to cowl the intersection of life and video games: how the medium impacts us as human beings.
Wait, that sounds dreadfully critical, and I am principally a human Muppet. Let’s do this once more with an anecdote from my favourite occasions with the Joystiq crew.
Annually at PAX East, Boston-based mostly Alexander Sliwinski hosted “household dinner.” He’d have the entire employees over to his home the night time earlier than the present, order a bunch of scrumptious Italian meals and we might play video games as a gaggle of pals. Smash Bros., Rock Band, Dance Central — no matter it was, we have been all thrilled to be in the identical place lengthy sufficient to take pleasure in one another’s firm and truly play some rattling video games. That is why we’re doing this within the first place, proper?
Embarrassing myself in entrance Richard Mitchell (left) and Ludwig Kietzmann in 2010
Regardless of all of the life- and profession-shaping moments I shared with colleagues there, my fondest reminiscences are the only: enjoying video games with good buddies.
Gaming is not launch dates or press conferences — it is exploration and discovery, pleasure and unhappiness, challenges overcome. It is demonstrating to revered colleagues that your obsession with Smash Bros. runs deeper than they might probably think about. It is the medium I grew up with, that I really like, that I consider is extra impactful than it is given credit score for.
So, sure, the aim at Joystiq X Engadget is to cowl the intersection of life and video games. It sounds critical as a result of we take it significantly, however we’re additionally the identical goofy dorks you’ve got laughed alongside for years at Joystiq. There isn’t any finish, proper?THE FUTURE
Our web site, you will discover, has an enormous Twitch participant embedded proper on the prime. That’s, in fact, intentional: Past the usual Tuesday and Thursday streams you’ve got come to know and love, we have got massive plans to broaden video dramatically. Our Twitch viewers has grown tremendously within the final yr, and it is the highest precedence going ahead. That is to say you are the highest precedence going ahead — we need to interact with readers immediately over this medium all of us love a lot. Twitch empowers us to do exactly that.
Already following Joystiq’s Twitch channel? Excellent news: That may stay the spot for all our livestreams.
And what of these huge plans? Examine again in March as we add our first Twitch present. We’ll be sharing extra particulars within the coming weeks, however within the meantime, please tell us within the feedback/on Twitter/by way of service pigeon what you need to see. We would like your concepts for future additions!
The opposite main addition to our gaming protection on Joystiq X Engadget is critiques: Sure, we’ll proceed to run recreation evaluations in some type on the brand new website. Persevering with with Joystiq’s current transfer, recreation evaluations will not be scored. We cannot evaluation all the things, and we’re not writing hundreds of phrases. Frankly, we need to inform you if it is value your time — probably the most valuable commodity — and get again to speaking about how you are enjoying it.
And what of stories, and options, and the whole lot else? Jess is not becoming a member of Engadget simply for enjoyable! She’s bringing the good work she does at Joystiq to Engadget. Our first challenge is coming quickly: serial-type items digging into large subjects.
We’re additionally porting the Joystiq archives over to Engadget, so not one of the 10-plus years of labor archived therein will probably be misplaced to the wiles of the web. Within the meantime, Joystiq.com will stay on-line as a dwelling archive — Lifeless Area Woman continues to be in there, screaming her face off.A NEW BEGINNING
Joystiq X Engadget is the way forward for Joystiq and the enlargement of Engadget’s gaming protection. The media time period for this can be a new gaming “vertical” inside Engadget, however media phrases like “vertical” and “content material” are hole once you’re speaking a few revered establishment constructed by passionate, dwelling beings over the course of a decade. I really like Joystiq; I am from Joystiq; and that is the place Jess and I are taking Joystiq. There isn’t any finish — only a new starting.