Today, I’d like to briefly update everyone on the status of Source Gaming, my expectations, goals and hopes for the future.
Source Gaming is a little over a year old. We just passed 200 posts published and have covered a wide variety of subjects in the Smash Brothers franchise. Source Gaming is a hub for posting new and old translations, analysis, opinions and various collections of information.
We will continue providing new information about the Super Smash Bros. series for the foreseeable future. Eventually, however, I’d like to diversify our coverage a bit. We will still primarily cover Nintendo games, as all of us at Source Gaming have a lot of knowledge to share and uncover. Personally, I’m a big fan of the N64/ Gamecube era, so I might start doing additional research into games/translations from that era. Other writers and translators have different preferences. I’m also exploring the possibility of starting a podcast, so stay tuned for additional details in regards to that.
We are working on various projects right now. Since we are committed to getting the information as accurate as possible, you may not see the results of these projects for awhile. However, there are a lot of interesting things being worked on behind the scenes in relation to Smash Brothers, and I’m sure you guys won’t be disappointed.
Right now, I’d like to increase Source Gaming’s social media presence. If you are comfortable and have experience with social media, please contact me through Twitter.
Why Source Gaming:
I would like to take a moment to briefly explain the purpose of it all. Source Gaming exists to provide accurate information to gamers. We work very hard to provide all of the sources for our posts. The reason we do this is because we want to make video game journalism better. I believe that the standard for reporting, and discussing video games, needs to be raised if people are going to take the medium seriously. In order to encourage this change, I decided to ensure that I properly attribute and source my writing as much as possible. It is also in that line of thinking that I require opinion articles to be labeled as such. Even though it should be clear by the author’s wording (Using phrases like, ‘I think, or ‘I believe’), having that warning prepares the reader to be more critical about the information.
I also believe that by sourcing everything, we are allowing our information to be independently verified. By providing links directly to the source, and allowing comments on all of our articles, we can ensure that the community will have accurate information. The Smash Brothers series has been severely affected by a lot of misinformation and lack of information. The best way to combat this is to demand sources and proper attribution– even from us. Therefore, if you find any errors in any of our articles please comment on them. Tell us we messed up. After all, we are building this site for you guys, the community.
Here’s some additional stats about the readers of Source Gaming:
I’ve only had Google Analytics up a little over a week, but the data that is coming in is really interesting.
There’s been 10,751 “users”. On average, a user will read on average 3.83 posts per session. Around 40% of the traffic is “returning visitors” (though that number is probably closer to 50%), and Twitter is the way most users found Source Gaming (most likely through my account). The majority of the users come from the United States, and the “peak time” is 11 AM, Eastern Time. As Source Gaming gets more data, we will continue to share it with you guys and adjust our content/ release schedule in order to create the most amount of exposure for our content.
Also, as a reminder: Source Gaming is completely ad-free. If you are able and willing, please support the site by donating to my patreon. Currently, I’m running the site completely out of my own pocket.
Lastly, I would like to briefly discuss my new role at SmashBoards. This week, I have joined the SmashBoards writing staff to help contribute articles. My commitment to Source Gaming is still my main priority. Despite both sites being parts of the Smash fandom, I feel like the target audiences for SmashBoards and Source Gaming are very different. Source Gaming will continue to provide old and new translations, and new information about the Smash games.
Let me know in the comments what you guys would like to see, or if you have any questions and suggestions for us.
Mains: Yoshi (64), Game and Watch (Melee), Wario (Brawl), Wario/Pac-Man (Smash for 3DS/Wii U)