By Spencer . January 28, 2008 . 7:44pm
I want to thank everyone for the heartwarming comments in the “Question” post bumped below. I read through all of them (seriously all of them!), noted the suggestions and clearly heard the consensus: keep Siliconera the way it is. Again, thanks so much for the kind words and to all the new commenters/readers I hope you stick around. Also feel free to comment if you haven’t done so already, even if you think you may be repeating what is said. The unanimous roar from the readers is encouraging and I’m sure the rest of the staff feels the same way.
In case you were wondering why I asked the question, it is not because I’m planning to turn Siliconera into IGNera. While “different” is good, it’s perplexing to predict what kinds of things you, the reader, will enjoy. As much as I find Rockman’s 20th Birthday and waking up extra early to buy Dragon Quest IV only to find out I was waiting in line for an eroge game amusing, I have no way to predict if anyone else does until the story goes live. Even then the only clues I have are statistics, which aren’t necessarily a good indicator either. For example, Halo has such a large fanbase that a repetitive post on Halo 3 is bound to get more reads than say a Korean puzzle game where you match colorful monsters. There just isn’t a clear and fair way to gauge these kinds of things.
I’m sincerely keen on writing my observations and giving my fellow staff members an open voice for theirs. At the same time, I don’t want to be narcissistic and believe everything I unearth is a diamond in the rough. While I was sitting on my flight eating my meal (i.e. tray table blocking any possible way to kill time by playing Patapon or GloRace Phantasmic Carnival) I thought I may have gone “too far” with the Korea coverage.
South Korea isn’t high on the list of gaming hotspots, but I believed I found some quirky things to post. I often made a decision to write about something unique like a Mario Kart DS TV show at the sacrifice of "breaking news”. Unfortunately, there is only so much time in a day to write. While I enjoy writing about my discoveries, you may not have enjoyed reading them. Over the past few months I was concerned Siliconera has been slowly slipping off a cliff into a chasm of obscurity by skipping over essential information. Perhaps, Siliconera took the final plunge last week. However, that doesn’t sound like it’s the case so I’m going to be sticking to the same Siliconera formula. I’m really glad (and relieved) so many of you are enjoying it!