As you may have noticed, updates have been pretty slow here on Gaming Reinvented.
But don’t panic, there is a reason for this.
Namely, I’m redesigning the entire website. Why? Well to be honest, there are two reasons.
Firstly, the existing site doesn’t really work for its purpose at the moment. It’s meant to be a service, yet currently feels more like a traditional blog. And that’s fine if you’re running a blog.
But I’m not running one. I’m running a service where people are meant to post their own content. It’s basically a social media type site for writers, in the guise of a news site.
And the current design means people don’t understand this. They don’t realise they can post their own articles or content, they keep asking me to post them as if guest blogs were still relevant and gaming sites require professional staff.
So that’s one reason I’m redesigning the site. To encourage people to use it in the way it’s meant to be used, not as yet another blog they have to send messages to about guest posts and staff writer positions.
Reason number 2 on the other hand… well that’s a bit philosophical. Basically, as I realised a few months or so ago, traditional content sites don’t really work anymore. Why is this? Because society has moved on. Instead of using traditional desktop computers, people use smartphones to access the internet through most of their day.
However, most existing sites don’t get this, and as a result, they’re stuck in the desktop era.
And that’s a huge issue. Put simply, the workflow required for old school news sites and platforms doesn’t work in this new world.
Think about it. How convenient is it to post an article on mobile?
On like, any CMS you can think of?
Not very. This means sites like Medium (and traditional CMS systems like WordPress and Drupal) lose out whenever audiences on their phones.
Yet it’s not just limited to them either. No, the same goes for news reporting too. Want to cover a Nintendo Direct? Yeah, good luck doing that on an iPad, since taking and uploading screenshots is hell and videos are even worse. Add glacial upload speeds, fiddly buttons in website interfaces and awkward plugins telling you how hard to read your work is, and things just become a complete nightmare.
But we want to fix this. We want a world where reporting the news is super simple, lightning fast and convenient for everyone. One where authors can write a beautiful story on the bus back from work without worrying that their 3G connection will fail while they’re doing so. Where users can read articles even while offline. Where modern, futuristic looking articles can be written and posted without the backing of a high-tech development team and thousands of dollars in media production skills.
Hence that’s why we’re redesigning Gaming Reinvented right now. Because in today’s smartphone era, the competition just isn’t good enough.
Welcome to a new upcoming month and year GR readers, as such Sony is giving its PlayStation users some free games if you have their PSN+ service. So if you do and one of the following consoles, then see what you’re getting this month for free:
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
- Batman: The Telltale Series
- Sacred 3
- The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
- Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness (Cross Buy with PS4)
- Uncanny Valley (Cross Buy with PS4)
It’s Christmas time! The turkey’s in the oven, the presents are under the tree (if you’re not in the UK at the moment) and everything’s looking good for the holiday season. New games, new consoles, all that stuff is probably here and present for many of you about now.
But we won’t be posting about any of it. Why? Because like everyone else on the planet, we enjoy our Christmas break and have decided to take the next few days off. So today and tomorrow, there will be no news posts from Gaming Reinvented, nor any updates on social media or over on Wario Forums.
It’s just in the spirit of the season you know? Christmas is a time you spend with your friends and family, not posting on social media or arguing about video game ‘controversies’ with people on internet forums.
So check out the Gaming Latest forums or various subreddits if you desperately need news, and try and spend your time with friends and family. Or heck, actually playing the games you likely got for Christmas rather than talking about them.
Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!
When you think about it, 2017 has been quite the year for retro revivals. We’ve seen Crash, Mega Man and Sonic come back from years of poor games and neglect. We’ve seen attempts to carry on older gameplay styles in general, like A Hat in Time and the 3D platformer or Cuphead and the Contra type run and gun platformer.
And well, with even the likes of Nintendo attempting to capture the olden days with Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey, it’s clear everyone wants to bring back their childhood favourites from the 80s and 90s. Heck, even Bubsy made a return this time around!
Unfortunately, not every beloved franchise has been so lucky, with one classic series chance at a comeback being recently shot down in flames. That franchise?
Jet Set Radio.
Yep, the classic Sega franchise actually had a development pitch put forward for a revival this year, with Dino Game Dev being in the driving seat. What’s more, it’s not just any old pitch either. It’s one that looks utterly fantastic and captures the feel of the original games perfectly. Here it is if you haven’t seen it already:
As you can tell, it looks pretty damn good all round. Indeed, if this had been officially taken on and actually announced by Sega, I’m sure millions of people online would have been hyped as hell for the whole deal. Like say, good old Daniel Ibbertson of Slopes Game Room. Or those other folks in the Sega retro gaming scene.
But alas, it wasn’t to be. Sega turned it down, and now the pitch is just that; a look at what could have been in some other alternate universe. It’s a shame, but it’s expected none the less. Every company gets hundreds of pitches for interesting new games and products that never get made. It’s just a sad truth about the world as a whole.
So, what do you think about it? Are you disappointed we never got a Jet Set Radio revival in this style? Do you secretly hope Sega changes their mind about the whole affair?
Or do you feel another company could have done better with the series?
Post your feelings on this (and more) in the comments below today!