Justin here, and yep, we’re doing a GIVEAWAY! For FREE GAMES! Let me explain the circumstances first.
Readers, Jarenth and I have a problem, and said problem came to a head earlier this week. You may have seen that I tried to plan a Morbus gaming session. I’ve had the idea of Ninja Blues gaming sessions for awhile, and it took until now to give it a shot. But as you may know if you follow me on Twitter, nobody showed up. My friends and I hopped on, the Steam group event commenced, and I got a message from a friend saying “wtf is Morbus?”
I’m not particularly upset by the fact that nobody showed up. I was half-expecting it, to be honest. What I find frustrating is that my friend’s message that night was the very first time anybody had actually responded to the session invite. I posted about it four days in advance, and I posted again on the date as a reminder, and not one person commented, tweeted me about it, messaged me on Steam, or attempted any other form of communication.
And that wouldn’t bother me so much either if the answer was simply that nobody actually reads this site. Well, I suppose that would bother me, in a different sort of way. If you follow me on Twitter you probably saw me spiral downward into a pit of self-loathing a few nights ago when I talked about how I’ve accomplished nothing in the past several years and nobody cares about anything I write. But then I logged into our site’s admin page and looked at the traffic stats, and I realized that (while not wishing to share particular numbers) our average views per day easily triples what my old blog used to get. Jarenth says it dwarfs his old site’s views as well. And my old blog had readers — not many, but some. This means that we probably have readers, and those readers are lurkers, as the Internet calls them — people that read/listen to/watch content online and don’t ever comment.
When Jarenth and I posted our first podcast there were some technical issues, and commenters were quick to let us know. We were glad about that! We got no less than four comments from people letting us know that they were unable to listen to the whole thing. It was helpful. Once we uploaded the podcast to Youtube so everyone could listen to it, though, the comments ceased. We never got a single comment about the podcast again, and our second podcast has received no responses so far.
Now, I must clarify that I’m not trying to shame any lurkers. As a practicing ninja, I totally understand the appeal of lurking, of consuming media without being bogged down by contributing to the discussion. But we don’t have market researchers — we’re just two video game enthusiasts who want to share our arguably insightful perspectives. This is a hobby for us, yes — but part of the joy of our hobby is in satisfying our viewers, and right now we have no idea what our viewers think.
That’s why we need input from YOU! Yes, YOU, reader at home. I am talking to YOU specifically. And we’ve come up with a little reward for you.
Humble Bundle 12 just recently launched. It has seven very noteworthy games, five of which I already own. I usually skip the bundles when I already own most of the games, but this time there’s a $65 tier that comes with some really neat physical merch. I bought it partially because I like neat merch, partially because I’m interested in SteamWorld Dig and LUFTRAUSERS, but mostly because, dude, it’s Humble. I’ve been a fan of Humble ever since their very first bundle, way back in 2010. I love those guys, and I’m glad to show an absurd amount of support.
But what am I going to do with those five games I already own? Well, normally I’d give them to some friends, but this time I’m giving them to YOU, viewers, as long as you are willing to do one simple thing: Comment on this post, telling us something you would like to see on this site. It can be as vague, as specific, as silly, or as in-depth as you want. Just be forewarned that if you suggest something stupid, you run the risk of us totally listening to it.
The deadline is September 26th. That’s two weeks from now. I’ll choose the winners and their games through random number generation. Only one comment per person counts toward the drawing, of course. And I won’t count any comments that are blatantly inflammatory or insulting. Don’t think you can get a free game by saying, “I’d like to see you write something GOOD for once!!” We’re looking for constructive feedback.
Post a comment by the 26th saying what you’d like to see from our site and you’ll be eligible to win Hammerwatch, Gunpoint, Papers Please, Gone Home, or Prison Architect. I can attest the following: Gunpoint is a wonderfully inventive stealth game with some seriously sharp writing; Prison Architect is a brutal and somber take on the “sim” genre; Hammerwatch is a fun co-op dungeon crawling twin-stick horde murder affair; Papers, Please is a hauntingly dark experience in a post-war sovereign state; and Gone Home warmed my heart and made me desperately want to hug my girlfriend. Next Tuesday they’ll add more games to the bundle and if I already own those I’ll add them to the freebie pile. If you already own the game you get, you can hand it off to a friend, or try to sell it on 99gamers.
Feedback in exchange for free games. Does that sound like a deal?
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