As the halfway point of summer approaches, many of you readers, like me, have probably burned through your backlog of games and have grown bored of having little to do. In order to fill the void created by the lackluster summer games, I have decided to reincarnate a concept John had running a couple years ago during the NextGenWalkthroughs period: The Game Club
The Game Club's objective is simple: to play games as a community. As a group, we will play through a predetermined game for two weeks, while marking our progression through blog posts and/or videos. Need help on a portion of the game? Post a thread on a forum and another member of the club will help you. Want to discuss builds, farming runs, tactics, or stories? Hopefully we will have enough members to fuel an in depth discussion.
There are no qualifications to join the Game Club. Assuming you have enough money to pay for the game currently being played, you can immediately start a playthrough and posting content. Obviously it would be hard to maintain groups members from session to another if we solely played brand new, $60 games, so we will be sticking to older, accessible games. The first session of the Game Club, for example, will feature Square Enix's Final Fantasy 7, which is easily "acquirable" online.
The Game Club is incredibly easy to join, but a solid commitment is expected if you are looking to participate. What is asked of you isn't much: a weekly update of your progress is the bare minimum, but extra work, such as participating on the forums and posting videos, is strongly encouraged.
An active group is required for the survival of this group. The downfall of the original Game Club was major inactivity. Although a huge number of people signed up, few people continued to update after the first few weeks. In order to ensure this club's survival, please be an active member of the group if you choose to participate.
So you understand what is expected of you to do, and want to join the club? Simply leave a comment below saying your interest, and you will be included in the first session, where we will be playing Final Fantasy 7. I am still in the process of ironing out some details, so expect the club to begin on July 30th if you're interested.