The thing about going to weird places and doing crazy shit is that it can give you a whole new perspective on things. I was in desperate need of some perspective and clarity, including on what direction this blog should take.
Well, the 12 hours it took me to climb Mount Kinabalu is a lot of time to think. Among other philosophical questions, I found myself thinking about what Mac gaming is missing and what this blog is doing (or not) about it.
Some will say Mac Gaming needs more games (by the way, there’s already enough to keep you busy for a year) or a gaming-focused Mac (never gonna happen). But the real thing missing here is not about hardware nor software. It is about community.
Mac Gaming desperately needs more community. And by community, I don’t just mean more Mac gamers, I mean a group of people that is not only big, but tight enough to share, discuss and voice its opinion loud enough to make important people and companies listen.
- Imagine a community so big that more developers would be forced to pay attention to the Mac platform
- Imagine a community so strong that even Apple would be forced to acknowledge it and support it (with better OpenGL support for example)
- Imagine a community so tight where you can find a guy who has the same Mac as yours and the same game you want. He could just tell you (or even show you) how well it runs instead of you taking a guess based on system requirements.
And then there’s the snowball effect. Do you have any idea of how many people have a Mac but don’t even dare to game on it? You know why they don’t? Simply because trolls tells them that “it sucks”.
The more people realize the potential of Mac Gaming, the more Mac users will give it a shot, hence creating a virtuous circle.
I know, you’re thinking “well that sounds great, but what the hell are you going to do about it“?
I remember now that this blog should be about serving the community. The focus is back and the wheels are in motion. Mac Gamer HQ will serve the Mac gaming community in a number of ways:
- A stronger focus on the Newsletter: Twitter is good, Facebook is cool, but at the end of the day, there’s no better way to talk to you than through email (and I promise I will never spam you). I’ve said it before and I will say it again, my email subscribers are my most important readers and you know you can write me back directly whenever they want.
- A Forums section: You’ve been asking and I haven’t ignored you. The forums would be great and I have everything needed to set it up. The only reason I haven’t is because I believe you need a minimum quantity of active users to make it work. I’m not sure we are there yet. This is where I need you (read on)…
- A Google + Group: I know, between Twitter, Facebook and Google +, social media is becoming annoying but hear me out. I created a Google + Group that could serve us as a stepping-stone. Tell me what you need and I will make it happen (sections, sub-sections, rules). If we can make it active, we can make a forum work.
- More collaboration between Mac gaming journalists: As Russ from the GameAgent Blog pointed it out, we need to start working together. Bloggers, Youtubers, Podcasters, everyone. Mac Gaming is small, but that can be a strength too. It is small enough for all of us to know each other, but big enough to have room for all of us. I will get in touch with you guys (I mean The Game Agent Blog, Inside Mac Games, The Mac Gaming Blog, Control Command Escape, Al Valentyn, Playintosh, Mac Game Cast, iMac Andy and all the other) and see how we can work together.
This article may feel like a rant because it kinda is. But trust me when I tell you that I will do my best to help our community grow as much as possible. But I will need you too. I will need you to get involved (in the comments, the newsletter and everywhere else) and I will need you to tell me what you need to really enjoy Mac gaming.
Also, you know the door is open for passionate gamers eager to contribute to the site (be it with written content, videos, graphics, etc.).
What else could we do together to help build a stronger Mac Gaming community? Let me know in the comments section!