No Only Professionally Speaking this week, I apologize! This week I am forgoing the standard Only Speaking Professionally post for something a little more shop-talky.
First of all, you may have noticed we have a brand new theme for our site. I think it’s pretty, and should be a bit nicer to use, too. There are, of course, some teething problems that result from any change this major, and we’re very keen to know what you think of it. If you have any suggestions, opinions, thoughts, whatever about our new look – or if you spot a bug – we’d love to hear from you. The easiest way is to leave a comment below the article in question and we’ll rectify it ASAP. We make this site for you, and if you don’t like a feature or look or anything, we’re always willing to make changes based on your feedback.
With our new look, we’re also shifting in focus. Or, rather reshifting. With things settling down for everyone here, we’re refocusing on delivering the latest news, hottest previews, interestingest interviews, and, um, reviewiest reviews. We want to reaffirm our dedication to single player games – it’s in the name, after all – and our dedication to delivering it to you, our readers.
To that end, we’re doing a few things in 2014.
Firstly, we have some new and enthusiastic writers, working on delivering interesting and relevant single player news daily. They’re all great people, and you should see them posting actively around the site.
You may have noticed that our Big 12 is back in action. We took it down last year after our previous theme change, and the subsequent shift towards next-gen console coverage – and the drought of detail that entailed. But it’s back, and full of games that we’re all eagerly awaiting. The Big 12 list is our way of spotlighting the most interesting-looking games coming soon, across all platforms and budgets, and our promise to you that we will not miss a scrap of news about that game.
We’re also actively pursuing interviews from the teams behind those games, so you can get a behind the scenes look at the development process and learn the newest details directly from those who make the games. We’re really excited to bring you these exclusive looks at our Big 12 games, and we think you’re going to enjoy reading our interview coverage. Along with these interviews, we’re working on lining up hands-on previews before release, so stay tuned for our Big 12 coverage.
And don’t worry: if your most anticipated game isn’t on The Big 12, it may be later. The list is constantly changing and updating – when one of The Big 12 games releases, we’ll update it and fill it back up again. There are some obvious contenders not yet on the list, but only until some spaces free up – the release of a Big 12 game will herald the addition of a new one.
As for reviews, we’re working on bringing more next-gen (current-gen) reviews to the site. Obviously, with global stock levels the way they are, not all of the team has either a PS4 or an Xbox One accessible at this time. There are some of us, however, who were lucky enough to get our hands on wave one stock. You can expect some PS4 reviews before the new year, and more Xbox One reviews as games get released.
There is, however, something you can help with. With our full time writing staff tied up with next-gen reviews, interviews, previews, news, and life in general, some things are falling by the wayside. And that means we need more hands. We’re currently looking for reviewers – specifically, PC reviewers. If you think you’re capable of writing with us, and you have access to a gaming PC, check the About Us page and email Nick.
So, interviews, reviews, previews, news – 2014 is going to be a fantastic year. Thank you all for your support last year, and I hope you’ll stick with us this year as we continue to grow. We’re looking forward to it, and I hope you will to.
Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year,