I believe webmasters of websites that focus on or at least contain content relating to Single Player FPS games should form a new network. We are both competitors and allies. We compete for viewer’s attention and time but also support each other through the dissemination of information.
Small fan sites like PlanetPhillip are constantly fighting the larger commercial sites. Clearly we can’t compete with the number of visitors but we provide our dedicated readers with a valuable service. We are like the corner shop facing the hypermarkets. When was the last time that a little independent site got a preview of a AAA game? Probably never. If you knew how many emails I’ve sent to the PR companies asking for preview copies to review on my site you would be amazed. 99.9% go unanswered. What if we could offer them a ten-fold increase in our potential readership by syndicating the review to all the other sites in the network? May be as a group we could gain some attention!
I’ve little doubt that some people will just dismiss the idea out of hand, saying that there is no need for this, or that they are happy as they are. Well, I won’t be wasting my energy trying to convince them. If they can’t see the benefits that’s fine.
I think it’s far to say that PlanetPhillip is becoming more and more popular. I have sent a lot of visitors to lots of other websites (and vice versa). Some sites have links back to me others don’t. In general I don’t have problem with that and have never included sites on my list only if they include me. However, if we all were able to send potential visitors to each other then everybody would benefit.
Here is my starting idea. Create a new, simple that website that has three functions:
- To provide central point for access to all the websites within the network. (Member Directory)
- To provide a central point of RSS feeds that a viewer can read. (RSS Feeds)
- To promote and encourage players to play SP instead of MP games. (General)
The site would also include a member directory. This would be a simple screenshot of the site, along with some descriptive text about the content etc.
One of my favourite games news site is GameTab. A quick visit (don’t forget to come back!) shows you that it is very different from most news sites. It is simply a central location for many news sites. Why bother visiting 12 sites to see what’s new when you can do it on one site?
The SPN could feature something like this. Now, not all the sites have RSS feeds but it is certainly becoming more and more accepted.
The last section could feature articles or pieces specifically designed to expound the virtues of SP gaming. Maybe even a help section or simple “How To” articles.
Each Member site would feature a highly visible logo and link to the network and help promote it in any way they see fit.
There could be many ways we could work together. For example perhaps run a network-wide competition or possible some other type of event. Co-op Days or something. Use your imagination! I’m sure you’ll agree that when people get together some interesting ideas emerge.
I’ve called this post the Single Player Network but it can easily be called something else. SP Nexus, SP Core, Sp Axis, SP Hub, or SP Oracle. Got any good ideas?
I can’t help myself from thinking longer term and I believe that a domain name should be bought. The site can be hosted by any of the members because is so small and the site could even feature some sort of revenue generating advertising. Any money raised would obviously be used to pay for the domain name and perhaps separate hosting costs.
Perhaps there could even be a paid membership of $5. This would cover domain, hosting , software (mainly to do with the syndication scripts) and design costs. I think it’s really important to try and make the site look a professional as possible. Any profit made (unlikely) could used to purchase prizes for competitions etc.
So, does anybody else out there think it’s a good idea? Anybody prepared to put in a little time and effort to see the concept grow?