We had a pretty incredible 2011 as everything went according to plan after we launched this site last March. Take a look at what I will be working on in 2012 to make WGG even bigger and better.
One new feature that we started in 2011 was our series of Drink Alongs, our booze fueled version of a Let’s Play. We will continue to do more and more Drink Alongs, and expand the meaning of Drink Along to any video we post that has commentary that is not part of a walkthrough. Dan and I will be jumping around from game to game, trying out all the new games and demos, in addition to playing older stuff. Upcoming Drink Alongs will cover Mass Effect 2 (in preparation for Mass Effect 3), QUBE (a new Portal clone), and lots of demos and betas.
Dan and I will also be more selective about what games we create a traditional walkthrough for, favoring creating Drink Alongs, building a wiki, collectible/achievement guides, and glitch/easter egg videos more often than in the past. Every year, games get easier, and a fully detailed video walkthrough with dual commentary becomes less necessary for major releases.
We will also be livestreaming a lot more in 2012, with a schedule to be determined. I’m buying a new PC in the next month, so look forward to more info about a regularly scheduled livestream in February.
I built WikiGameGuides with the intention to make it incredibly easy to create wikis and submit guides for every new game, and to compete with the likes of GameFAQs, IGN and Wikia in the “one size fits all” end of the spectrum. I think I’ve succeeded in creating a site that can handle any type of content for major retail releases...but similar to the painful realization I had when I first decided that NGW wasn’t cutting it, I know I can do better.
In 2012, Dan and I will be creating micro sites for games that have an extremely hardcore fan base that demands a fully sortable and interactive database of information for their favorite games, with features like interactive skill planners, character build guides, hovering tooltips and more. These sites will still be at WikiGameGuides.com, but under a subdomain like swtor.wikigameguides.com.
For example, the difference in appearance between a guide for League of Legends on WikiGameGuides and SoloMid is night and day. I’m not putting down the quality of VashTheStampede’s guide, but the difference in sexiness of the design of SoloMid’s site and WGG is palpable.
I haven’t thought of a good way to describe what games deserve their own websites designed from the ground up specifically for that title, but like pornography, I know it when I see it. Here’s a short list of games I want to build amazing microsites for
About 20% of traffic to WikiGameGuides in 2011 was from mobile devices, and while this site functions pretty well on my iPhone, it most certainly can be improved. I’ve never build a website specifically for mobile devices, so I’m anticipating a huge learning curve, but I’m up for the challenge.
I hate the term “social media”, but as more and more people spend their lives on Facebook and Twitter (and to a much lesser extent Google+), it’s important for us to cater to those people. I’ve been a pretty avid user of Twitter for the last year or two, but I’ve been slacking big time on the other social sites. You can expect to see a constant feed of our activity on all 3 platforms in 2012.
Like always, I’m always looking for new ideas, and hungry for suggestions and criticisms for how I can make WikiGameGuides.com and our community better.