While recording episode 183 of our podcast last week, the guys started waxing nostalgic about how this little thing called Game Over (Nation) came into each of our lives. For me that discussion re-ignited some of the magic and joy that I got out of this in the first place. Looking back at our origins and all the silly stuff we have been through reminded me just how far we have come and made me realize what a gift it has been to be involved in such a special project since its inception.
Six years later, here we are! Game Over has been a part of my life for over half a decade. It’s hard to believe this all started because the podcasts I had been listening to weren’t satisfying my craving for more in-depth game discussions. Deciding to throw my hat in the ring and try to create the show I wanted to hear was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Never would I have imagined that all these years later the show would still be going, not to mention that we receive review copies of games and qualify for media badges for conventions. Better yet, who could’ve predicted that listeners would end up becoming some of my closest friends and move from all over the world to the same city? 21 year old me would have never believed that these things could happen from just hosting a podcast. It has been a long, crazy road and I feel like it’s more important than ever to stop, look around and really appreciate all that we have accomplished with GoN. The seemingly inconsequential decision to gather my group of friends and record us talking about video games each week has literally changed people’s lives, and that’s something I am so proud of.
The show unintentionally works as a time capsule of who we all were. It chronicles the humble beginnings in my mom’s basement, gathering high school friends around a table to talk about games, all the way to my big move to Seattle where I met the love of my life and landed an incredible job at one of the best companies in the world. So much has changed in these six years and there’s tangible proof of it on the internet for anyone to hear. That’s pretty incredible if you ask me.
Over the years we have taken a stab at producing all sorts of media for the site, from web comics to animated videos. I have to admit that these projects always seem to burn me out and we eventually have to let them go, but whenever I look back at what we’ve accomplished, I feel deeply inspired to do more. If it doesn’t seem that way from the outside, I can’t say I blame you. For months now the weekly podcast has been the only content we have produced, aside from a monthly YouTube videos from Gabe. Honestly, he’s the only one of us that has been pulling their weight for a while now and that needs to change.
Our site had never worked well on mobile devices and was without a functioning comments system for so long that I felt we simply had no one visiting anymore. After reminiscing on all that we’ve been through during last week’s podcast, I took a hard look at what we have been offering you guys on the site and I felt terribly embarrassed. If any of our readers have abandoned us it’s because, in a sense we abandoned them by neglecting the website and failing to produce content. This week I decided to hunker down and redesign the site. I wanted something that had simplicity and style at the same time. Game Over Nation needs to look beautiful and remain functional, whether you are on your PC, tablet or phone. After much trial and error, you’re looking at the new website right now. I hope you like it. I’ll continue to make adjustments until we are satisfied, but in the mean time all I can say is that right now I feel more motivated to put my time and energy into Game Over Nation than I have in years. I want to go back to my roots and produce the content that I want to see. Hopefully you guys dig it. Stay tuned.
Finally, I just want to say thank you to Ryan, Dylan & Gabe. Thank you for being there when I need you and for taking the time every single week to make Game Over Nation what it is. Together I’m confident we will take the Nation to all new heights.