gamerDNA Member Newsletter #3

Posted by archiveDNA on Monday Mar 23, 2009.

Hello gamerDNA nation! We’re back with another member newsletter and we’ve got new shiny stuff to show off!  Winter is turning into Spring here in Boston..the sky is sunny again, we’re not getting a foot of snow in a day anymore, and spirits are high in the gamerDNA offices. 

Over the past few months we’ve been working really hard to put out some great features for the gamerDNA community and it has really been awesome to see how everyone has been using these new features.  You should expect more features in the near future, we’re not stopping!

One of the games that we’ve been having a lot of fun with this month is the Xbox 360 Arcade title Death Tank . This game is a very fun vehicle shooter which resembles the early 90s PC classics Scorched Earth, Worms, and Gunbound.  We gathered the development team around our conference room projector screen and hooked up our Xbox 360 to get in some lunch time (and sometimes Dinner) gaming.  We’ve had a lot of fun and a lot of exciting matches over the last few weeks.  Here is an action shot of the gamerDNA staff playing Death Tank during one of our late night gamerDNA patch nights:

Starting with this newsletter and going forward, we’re going to be adding some different things to the newsletter to highlight some of the top conversations on the site.  If you have any ideas for things you would like to see in future newsletters, please let us know by leaving some feedback for us on our forums or in the comments below.

Quick Navigation:

gamerDNA Feature Spotlight

Member Spotlight

Top conversations on gamerDNA right now

Anticipated Games for March

gamerDNA in the News

Catch us on Twitter and Facebook

Wrap Up

gamerDNA Feature Spotlight

The gamerDNA development team has been focused on revamping the Game Pages over the past month, and we’re happy to show you the results of that work!

The new gamerDNA game pages allow you to easily see how a game matches to your individual gamerDNA, your friends that have played it, and what that particular game’s traits have in common with traits that you have entered before into the gamerDNA Discovery Engine.

You can even Buy, Rent, or in some cases Play the game right here from gamerDNA!  We’ve made some partnerships with various online retailers and game companies so that we can provide as much game content as possible to our community.  We will be adding more as time goes by, but we’ve got quite a few in already!

These new game pages also introduce the gameCurrent feature, a roll up of all the recent activity around a game.  This includes automated and manual game activity entries, game posts, pictures, and reviews.  You can also filter all this content in a number of different ways!

Lastly, we’ve created gadgets on the right hand side of each game page which can give you some overall insight into the gamerDNA community.   This includes the ability to see similar games (based on our Discovery Engine), Top Players of that game, and some of the top content contributions for that game.

For more information on all of these additions to the game pages I encourage you to check out our patch notes for the past few weeks.  You can check those out at:

March 2nd gamerDNA Update Release Notes

March 10th gamerDNA Update Release Notes

March 16th gamerDNA Update Release Notes

Member Spotlight

Our member in the spotlight is someone who represents Victoria, Australia.. the great land down under!  We’d like to give a big congrats to Mishy for being this newsletter’s Member Spotlight!

-Where in the real world do you live?
Victoria, Australia

-How long have you been gaming?
I’m not really sure, since I was 7 I think

-What got you into gaming and what sort of games do you like the most?
  Originally for Christmas I was given a Gameboy with Pokemon Yellow that started me off on games, the games I like the most are games with a rich story and characters and failing that, MMOs

-What brought you to gamerDNA and what do you think is the best feature of the site?
I was cruising the Stargate Worlds forum and I saw someone with a Bartle Quiz signature, I clicked on the site and bam I found this great site. The best part is the forums of course ^ ^

-Who from the gamerDNA community would you like to meet in person?
Ah so many people Mykalgaidin, Dvader83, Jezmyn, KaimerasPain, Melzombie (who I can’t get to use the forums), typochondriac and Retodon8

-What is your favorite game?
Gah! hate this question. Most likely Septerra Core but I love so many games its hard to like one at a time.

-What gaming systems do you own and which is your favorite?

I own a PC, Gameboy / advance, Xbox and a Xbox 360, I love my xbox 360 and it only wins over my pc by a hairs breadth

-If you could have any movie or comic book made in to a video game, what would it be?

None, but if it was a TV show Angel or Stargate (which is happening yay!)

Congrats to Mishy for being in our Member Spotlight!  If you weren’t in this newsletter’s Member Spotlight, make sure you check back next time around and check those Private may be in our Member Spotlight!

Top conversations on gamerDNA right now:

In this Newsletter we thought we would try something new by featuring some of the top conversations happening on the site over the past two weeks.  Here is what we found:

Colliny2k played Left 4 Dead on March 10th  (9 Comments)

mykalgaidin played World of Warcraft on March 11th  (11 Comments)

bjswick33 played Halo Wars on March 9th  (6 Comments)

Zacic played Killzone 2 on March 9th

Daceard played Shaiya on March 15th

ChangeAgent played WarStorm on March 9th  (11 Comments)

ChrisPrayor played Guild Wars on March 15th  (6 Comments)

KaimerasPain played WarStorm on March 20th   (10 Comments)

Anticipated Games for March:

Game Name:  Resident Evil 5

Platforms:  Playstation 3, Xbox 360

Game Description:  Arising from the same unholy concoction as its immediate predecessor in the series, Resident Evil 5 looks like a third-person shooter, plays like a first-person shooter, and feels like a survival-horror game.

Check out what the gamerDNA Community is saying about Resident Evil 5 on our RE5 game page!

Game Name:  Halo Wars

Game Description:   Halo Wars is a real-time strategy game set in the universe of Microsoft’s blockbuster first-person shooter series. The game was created specifically for Xbox 360 by Ensemble Studios, the developer behind the acclaimed Age of Empires and Age of Mythology series.

Check out what the gamerDNA Community has to say about Halo Wars on our Halo Wars game page!


gamerDNA in the News:

This past week ChangeAgent and FattyChubs sat down with community member Wingman709 for his podcast "This Xbox Life".  They spoke with Wingman709 about the past year at gamerDNA, the history of the company, what we’ve been up to lately, and a little bit about where we’re going in the near future.

You can catch the entire podcast on the This Xbox Life website here:


Catch us on Twitter and Facebook!

gamerDNA is all about connecting with our community in different ways, and a lot of times that means connecting on various other social networks that people are on like Twitter and Facebook.  We’d like to encourage everyone to connect with us on Twitter and Facebook, as we plan to use these platforms to keep everyone up to date on what is going on at gamerDNA, new updates and news and more!

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That wraps it up for this Member Newsletter!  Please stay tuned to this blog for future updates on what is going on at gamerDNA, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook!

If you would like to give us feedback or discuss this Member Newsletter, please do so on our discussion thread.


Sam "QforQ" Houston
gamerDNA Community Manager

Posted in the categories: Community Newsletter


  • Retodon8

    Congratulations Mishy!

  • WayneMSmith

    Congratz to Mishy! Good work everyone on the gDNA team, love the new features!

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