I’ve been running iGame Radio, believe it or not, for seven years. In Intarweb terms, that’s almost a lifetime. Considering that I obtained my first email address in 1987, it doesn’t seem that long to me, but still (and yes, you may get off my lawn, n00b).
In all that time, the core of iGame Radio has been podcasting, from its days when I still did live Internet radio broadcasts (ah, those days!). Over the recent years, though, I’ve become more and more disillusioned and unhappy with working with iGame Radio. I ask myself, why? I love games. I love writing about games. I love gaming on Macs, iPhones, and iPads. I love talking to developers and publishers about their games. I love talking to gamers about what makes gaming fun. So, what’s my problem?
News. I really, REALLY, hate posting about news. And yet I seem to be doing that more and more. I spend my days reading about news so that I can post about news and have content on my site, then try to squeeze some gaming and writing reviews in there somewhere. iGame Radio is supposed to be a site about games, game development, and how games turned out in the moment. Instead, I’ve been transforming it into a site that gives a daily overview of what’s been happening. And I’m ill-equipped to do it, too. Man, my focus has really gotten botched.
I’ve decided it’s time to reevaluate my purpose with iGame Radio. It’s a good thing I can’t fire me, because I wouldn’t be very happy right now. Then again, maybe I would be more understanding about me and recommend a reevaluation of my purpose in life?
iGame Radio is going to change. I’m not exactly certain how much change it’s going to experience, but one big change is that I’m not going to post news articles anymore. There are PLENTY of other locations to get Mac and iOS gaming news. MacLife, Macworld, Inside Mac Games, Indie Game Mag, iPhone Life Magazine, iTouch Arcade, 148Apps…these are just to name a few. Why reinvent the wheel? They do a great job already.
I want to focus on what I do a good job on now. I do reviews, I do interviews, I do podcasts. I really enjoy talking about games and telling people about games. I look at reviewing as a kind of critique, like writing critiques, that are meant to help developers make better games, not tell them that their games are great or suck.
I’ve got some ideas of where I want to take this…several avenues, actually…so I would love to hear back from you about what you want to see here. What do you need in a Mac/iOS game site that is not being covered well, or at all, anywhere else on the web?
Some of my ideas:
- Focus the site on Mac and iOS game developers only
- General site with subscription-only section for developers
- Part of a hub of Mac/iOS gaming, connecting multiple sites in the industry
- A hub of Mac/iOS gaming info, pulling in podcasts, news, game info from multiple locations as a resource
- Ditch iGame Radio entirely and become a consultant
Having a site like this doesn’t mean anything if you’re not creating the content your fans want to read or listen to, so what do you think? Post in the comments below or email me your thoughts.