Welcome to gamerDNA’s 2nd Member Newsletter! We’re glad to be back this month and we’re ready to show you what we’ve been working on lately, something we’re quite excited about. The past month has been very busy for the development team – They’ve been hard at work on a brand new revamp of our game experience/autoblogging system which just launched this week. Please read on to find out more about this new feature.
As the team has been working hard and pulling some late nights, we’ve turned to some classic tunes to push us even further. As of late, our favorite song that always motivates the team is "The Final Countdown " by Swedish rock sensation Europe.
In the coming weeks and months we’ve got a lot of new additions and revamps planned to make gamerDNA a better place for you to share your gaming with others, keep up with your friends, discover new games and even ways you can purchase/play those games. This is all coming up very soon; we’re excited to see where gamerDNA and the community are heading!
If you have any questions, suggestions or comments please always feel free to post them on our forums. We DO listen and we enjoy keeping in touch – so reach out!
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This month’s member spotlight hails out of the great state of Washington..land of gaming giants like Valve and Microsoft and where Starbucks is always a block away!
Congrats to Dvader83 for being in our member spotlight!
-Where in the real world do you live?
Everett, Washington. For those of you who don’t know, it’s about twenty miles north of Seattle.
-How long have you been gaming?
Twenty years, since the days of the original NES.
-What got you into gaming and what sort of games do you like the most?
I would have to say that I was really drawn in by playing the original Command & Conquer. Ever since I played it, I have been hooked on gaming.
The types of games I enjoy most are FPS and RPG on Xbox 360 and RTS on PC.
-What brought you to gamerDNA and what do you think is the best feature of the site?
I first learned about gamerDNA from the link to the site on 360Voice.
The best feature about the site in my opinion would be the discovery engine. I like how it can suggest games based on reasons you liked the games you have played. Though the community isn’t too far behind.
-Who from the gamerDNA community would you like to meet in person?
-What is your favorite game?
I don’t really have one single game that stands out above all others. In single player games, I like Oblivion, KotOR and Mass Effect. For multiplayer, I got hooked on the persistent stats on Call of Duty 4.
-What gaming systems do you own and which is your favorite?
I own N64, Xbox, Xbox 360 and of course a PC. I really enjoy the 360 out of those.
-If you could pick any video game character to be your Valentine, who would it be and why?
Ashley Williams from Mass Effect. *spoiler alert* When it came to choosing which of my two crew members to save on Virmire, I just couldn’t be so cold as to leave her behind.
Remember, we pick a new member for each newsletter so anyone can be in the next Member Spotlight! We pick members of our community that contribute to the discussion, are helpful to others and many other things. Have fun on gamerDNA and enjoy the community, you could be next!
This week gamerDNA saw a large update that changed the game event system, your member home page, and made some changes to your profile page. This new update was specifically created to help you have conversations with your friends about what games you’re playing, see what your friends are playing, and keep track of your gaming in an easy fashion.
Here you can see our new Game Activity Calendar which exists on your profile. The calendar enables you to quickly see what dates your friends have played games and what kind of activities they have entered. All you have to do is click on each date to see a summary for that day, as well as a way to quickly jump to particular activities so you can comment on them.
We have also added ways to make it easier to add game activities straight from your member home page . All you have to do is click "Create a Post" or select a game from a drop-down menu and you will get a screen that enables you to add a game activity for any day, mark the event with a milestone, associate it with your group, and add a full description of what you did in that gaming session. Once you do all this we automatically update your profile and push out your activity across gamerDNA so your friends can see it when they come to gamerDNA.
This is just a small slice of what we’ve put into gamerDNA this week. To read more details about the latest update please check out this week’s gamerDNA update Release Notes.
February 10th, 2009: F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
February 27th, 2009: Killzone 2
gamerDNA game page: (Playstation 3)
For a list of more games coming out this month please check out the gamerDNA Game Releases page
In Search of Wisdom from the Crowd of Gamers – Last month Kotaku was able to catch up with our CEO Jon Radoff to discuss gamerDNA, the future of gamerDNA and how gamerDNA and the community will help game developers make better games. Check out this interview to get some insight into what gamerDNA will be like in the next few months.
gamerDNA’s Jon Radoff on establishing an open, portable gamer identity on the web – gamerDNA CEO speaks with Obsessable.com at length about how we view gamer identity, the future of gamerDNA, and how the website works.
Gamasutra articles: Analysis of Gears of War data; Analysis Guitar Hero vs. Rock Band - gamerDNA partnered up with Gamasutra on a series of articles which looks at gamerDNA game play data to find interesting trends around particular series or genres of games.
That wraps it up for this second issue of the gamerDNA Member Newsletter. If you have any suggestions on what you would like to see in future issues, feedback, or comments on this current issue, please post them in our discussion thread!
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