A slight shift in site mentality, a few changes to the site layout to save me time and make things more compact and a look at the first 2 feature series that will be starting soon.
First of all for as long as i'm breathing Video Game Legacy will always be a thing the site isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
At it's core Video Game Legacy is about just that the Legacy of Video games and the industry as a whole
Each year more and more games are released more new companies are founded and a number of companies fall.
While I'm hopeful this time next year to have more permanent staff to help cover more of all that in reality we could have a million staff members and wouldn't even come close to scratching the surface of the entire industry present past or future.
So I have to find a spot somewhere in between where Legacy can sit and hopefully over time thrive
And after a couple of weeks of genuine arguments over myself I have made a final decision on the direction on where I want Legacy to go over the next few years at least.
Modern day news with a healthy focus on Retro reviews
Yes it sounds a bit contradictory and in truth there is a chance we could slip between the two worlds and fall into the internet abyss but it does cover a lot of our core goals.
We want to document the history of the industry and recording the press releases of today will very quickly become the gaming history of tomorrow.
While reviewing a healthy number of older games helps us cover not only the early years of the industry but the work of a lot of companies that no longer exist.
So will Legacy not review any modern day games?
We will still provide modern day reviews when we've been offered review copies for a game we're always happy to take a look but we won't be actively requesting hundreds of new games a year for review.
As an example The Last Of Us Part 2 just came out if you ask google to show you a review for the game it will bring up almost 9 million results
If you type in ZX Spectrum Pippo Review you get less than 400,000 results and the vast majority of them aren't actually reviews.
Of course I realise the popularity of the 2 games isn't comparable in any universe but the point is modern games clearly have far more exposure than older games and we want to try and balance that up a little.
It's not about trying to be a bigger fish in a smaller pond it helps of course but that's not our main reason.
Again it's about covering the whole of the Industry not just the popular stuff.
And as something of a back up to this if we get a reader request to review a game (new or old) If we can get a copy of the game (paid or promotional we'll put it up for a vote if it gets enough votes we'll do everything we'll review it.
We would like to recruit a couple of reviewers who want to review modern day games but from a personal perspective and until that happens the review focus will be mostly retro in nature.
No I'm not getting rid of the black background I've had across all my sites for years sorry.
But hey dark mode is getting more and more popular these days maybe we were trend setters all along?
No probably not.
Legacy will be changing to an almost single tab format with almost all posts being posted solely on the home page without the need to click individual tabs for different types of posts.
The following tabs have been removed from site navigation - News, Reviews, Media, Features, Achievements & Hints.
All new entries from those sections will be posted directly to the home page and all old entries from those pages (just under 500 in total) will be transferred over to the home page over the next 2 months.
The tabs we'll be keeping in the navigation bar are Checklists, Database (currently undergoing a few mini revisions) Store (links to the Legacy Store and more and blogs (for a number of mini projects and the my life My Mind Autobiography which starts with chapter 1 on July 21st 2020)
We're keeping the Checklists and database separate because they are more specifically gaming collector based and I personally feel their better having their own personal space.
There will still be previews and links on the home page when they are updated.
I realise some people will think tabs for each individual section make the whole site easier to navigate but we'll still have easy to follow links to particular content say for instance Press Releases or Media updates
Those new links and site layout changes should be up by the end of this week.
Putting the majority of the content solely on the home page will considerably speed up content updates a lot more than many people may realise and will hopefully mean I have more time to dedicate to longer content updates (Checklists for example take a long time to research its not a copy and paste exercise) and of course more content in general as I'm not constantly having to create preview tabs on the home page to each individual tab.
The Plan is right now to introduce a new content feature each month, some will simply be one month deals and some will run for a year or more.
One of the original features we were doing (or trying to do) on Legacy was the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Time Trial Challenge but with covid messing up a lot of things and considerably reducing my work time that didn't really work exactly as planned.
I considered just getting on with it and continuing from where I left off but I feel a lot of momentum was lost and it was also an opportunity for a fresh reset and make the challenge even bigger.
So starting Saturday July 4th 2020 the Super Mario Kart Time Trial Challenge will begin and when I say Super Mario Kart Time Trial Challenge what I mean is both the game Super Mario Kart (Snes) and the series as a whole!
Every console Mario Kart game , Every Track, Every Character, 2 attempts each to see who's the best and well let's face it to see how terrible I am in the first place.
The Time trials will be live on YouTube with a new track every Saturday and a 2 week gap between different games.
To ensure there are no delays in uploads ect I have already recorded every time trial for the snes and N64 games and will be starting recording for Mario Kart Super Circuit (GBA) this week so I'll always be well in front on the project no matter what happens in the future.
Each track will also have a hall of fame section for all of you to beat my (often terrible times)
More details of this challenge will be posted on July 1st 2020.
If all of that sound like a long and crazy concept the August feature while not years long is equally a time consuming and super project.
I'll be playing every fixture from the 95 / 96 Premier League season yes all 380 games
in real life there were 988 goals i'm not promising to beat that!
All of this will be played on Fifa 97 (Megadrive or Snes I'm still not sure which)
I've only played 1 game of Fifa 97 in the past 20 plus years and that was last week just to give the recording a test I did win 1 -0 but I didn't play well I'll get there or I'll get beat a lot!
There is a number of reasons why I picked the 95 / 96 season all of which will be explained in the feature introduction on August 1st 2020
The series will be going live on YouTube on August 19th at 3 pm and when I save live I mean every single game will be going live on the exact same date and time as they happened in real life 25 years ago!
Unfortunately 25 years ago August 19th was a Saturday and in 2020 its a Wednesday so the real life weekend games will be in midweek and the real life midweek games will be at the weekends
But I had a choice of either changing the dates or the days and I've decided to stick with the original dates if I wanted to wait for the original days and dates to align I'd have to wait until August 2028 and while i'm all about forward planning that just seems a little too much to me.
Each YouTube video will be loaded with stats and facts from the original real life games and weekly summaries will be posted each Monday with League tables and much more as I said all the details will be published almost 3 weeks before the season gets underway on August 1st.
And of course to avoid any delays and disruption I'll be starting recordings next week to ensure i'm always at least a month in front while hoping to have the whole recording wrapped up before the end of the year.
If it proves popular I might bring back another season next year or move on to another sport but we'll see how well this one is received first.
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