Welcome everyone to another Community Profile. This week I profile a favorite community of mine, Game Almighty. I have a deep seeded passion for comics, and of course I love gaming. Those two interests of mine have never combined more beautifully than on the Game Almighty site. They have news, reviews, previews, and other goodies all laid out like they are straight out of a comic book. To find out more about this community, I had a chat with the Editor-in-Chief, Christiaan Allebest. Read below and enjoy.
- How and when did your community start up?
February 27, 2008
- What meaning does your community’s name hold?
We call our body of registered members the Almighty Alliance. Since our site was founded by a super hero (Captain Almighty) determined to fight crime and improve the video game industry, we consider all our members to be participants with us in achieving those goals.
- How many people call your community home?
Well since we only went live February 27th of this year, we are still excited to see our numbers grow and take advantage of a lot of our unique features (like our My Base system). As to specific numbers, I will just say that our growth has been pretty incredible for having only been around for a couple of months. Tens of thousands of people have found their way to the site already.
- How do you go about luring people to the community?
We have been getting a lot of exposure without us having to try to hard so far. We plan on stepping up efforts in that area in the next couple of months. We have made a number of humorous videos and spoofs that have gotten a lot of exposure like our fake news broadcast about Sony declaring bankruptcy and our parodies of the Nintendo DS game Elite Beat Agents.
- What are some unique bylaws that you all enforce?
We have some that we are finalizing right now, but haven’t made anything official. Basically you have to share the Captain’s vision though – make the video game industry better.
- What do you do to keep the members interested and coming back?
We try to keep things interesting on a number of levels. I think we have done a pretty good job of making the site visually interesting, but we also have a big focus on keeping our editorial content entertaining. We have no problem with poking fun at ourselves and we can also be quite irreverent at times. Read Mr. Cynic’s column and you will see what I mean. We are also wrapping up shooting 12 short episodes of a little situation comedy we think readers will really enjoy. It is called “Playing on Company Time” and revolves around some of the things employees here at Game Almighty encounter as journalists in an office where video games and super heroes are part of your work environment. To get you a little bit more interested in it, I will say that on staff we have an Emmy award winning film crew, a studio in our offices, and special effects experts.
- What other communities do you draw influence from when handling yours?
We looked at all the best aspects of the most popular sites out there, video game sites, video sites, social networking sites and then asked ourselves what was still missing. One of the biggest things that was missing was fun and so we make that a real priority for the reader’s experience at the site. We are still incorporating our other answers to that question and coming up with new things all the time.
- How is your community different than any other community?
For one, it is constantly evolving. We add new features on nearly a daily basis. Also we are very open to suggestions from the community. Want a new feature on the website, just let us know and we’ll see if we can work it in. We also want everyone to really feel like they have a presence and footprint on the site. Submit editorials, features, game reviews – they get published and can make it on to the site’s homepage. There are also a good ten or more features being developed on the site’s backend right now that will give us – and our members – capabilities that no one has. For the time being though, we have got to keep those on the down low – Captain’s orders.
- What is your most memorable mile mark?
After over two years in development, just launching the site on February 27th was a major accomplishment. But we were also pretty proud when the site earned the Best in Class award this year from the Interactive Media Awards in three categories (beating out Sony’s Resistance: Fall of Man website J).
- Any exciting things we can expect in the future?
Many exciting things, but the Captain has forbid me from revealing them at this time. But I will say this, we believe everyone has the capability of becoming a super hero themselves and having a direct impact on the industry and the future of the games they love.
Thanks so much Christiaan for all the great information. I LOVE the look and feel of your site. That combined with news and game reviews makes it one of this fanboy’s regular sites he checks. Readers, be sure to drop by the Game Almighty site and check out all it has to offer.
Well that is a wrap for this week’s profile. There are plenty more communities to profile but my mouse only clicks so fast, so be sure to let me know if you know of any that you are a part of or would like to know more about. Nothing would please me more than to get spammed with emails of awesome communities to look into. That is a problem I look forward to. If you know of one then send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me about it. Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s profile. Stop back next week for another great community.