Hello GamerDNA Nation!
It’s been a busy month here at GamerDNA, with lots of work going on behind the scenes…and as a result, we now have plenty of stuff to talk about!
Last week was E3, the annual Video Game Industry trade show for all the game publishers/developers to show off their cool stuff to the press and retailers (like Best Buy and Wal-Mart). The show has become a huge press spectacle over the years, and this year was no exception. Exclusive game announcements and trailers, even The Beatles made an appearance at this year’s E3.
The "Harmonix House Band", featuring Harmonix’s CEO Alex Rigopulos on drums, playing The Beatles: Rock Band
This newsletter is jam packed with details on the latest GamerDNA updates, the latest GamerDNA News, and much more. We hope you enjoy it!
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Last week we announced the launch of TweetMyGaming, a site that tracks all of the gaming conversations on Twitter in real-time, and surfaces the most popular games that are being talked about right now.
On the website you can watch all the game related tweets from Twitter stream in to the site in real-time, see what the top games are on Twitter, or take a look at a particular game’s page on TweetMyGaming and see what people are saying about that game.
Last week I had the pleasure of doing interviews with MTV Multiplayer and Current TV throughout the week about TweetMyGaming, as the site is a great way to see how people are reacting to game announcements and press, in real-time. You can check out my segments with MTV Multiplayer below:
We created the site as a mash-up between the Twitter API, and the newly launched GamerDNA API, called Helix. The GamerDNA Helix API is in beta right now, and we’ll be adding more and more to it as time goes by. Right now, even in it’s beta state, it is quite powerful and gives you access to a large amount of data and features from GamerDNA. To find out more information about the Helix API, please check out our documentation here.
GamerDNA NOW Page
This past month we introduced the NOW page, a real-time feed of all of the activity on GamerDNA. You can use this page to see what is happening on the site, find new stuff and other gamers to check out, or even see what games are getting all of the attention within the community.
We’ve now added Facebook support, alongside our Twitter, FriendFeed, and Tumblr integration! Check out this How-To guide on how to hook up your accounts to GamerDNA!
This tracking widget allows you to pick up to 20 friends and get updates about what they are playing right now, or have played recently. It gives you a quick one-shot look at what everyone has done recently, right from an easy to find spot on your Member Homepage.
Check out more details on our release notes for this update, which includes details on the GamerDNA Helix API!
New Member Search, Account Settings section, and G4TV videos on GamerDNA – Release Notes here
This newsletter’s Member Spotlight has become a fantastic member of the community, and as such it is time to put Mykalgaidin in the spotlight!
-Where in the real world do you live?
Louisville, CO, USA
-How long have you been gaming?
Since I was three and my father brought home an Atari 2600. 28 years later I’m still going strong. I’d appreciate it if that number wasn’t spread around…
-What got you into gaming and what sort of games do you like the most?
My dad got me into gaming. I’ll play dang near anything. I do have a soft spot for JRPGs, Legend of Zelda, Metroid. Basically anything with a decent story. A good narrative can turn a mediocre game into a playable game.
-What brought you to gamerDNA and what do you think is the best feature of the site?
I first read about gamerDNA on Kotaku, I believe. I tried it out, and found a great community that was filled with people passionate about the same thing I was. Currently the feature I use the most is the NOW page. It makes it very easy to find new and interesting conversations, and it has exposed me to a greater cross-section of the gDNA membership.
-Who from the gamerDNA community would you like to meet in person?
It’s quite a list, but here goes: Mishy, QforQ, colliny2K, arislyn, Svoboda, Retodon8, Dvader83, Shiiro. I’d say Jezmyn as well, but I see her every night.
-What is your favorite game?
Kind of a loaded question. There are so many fantastic games I’ve played over the years, and it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. I guess I could say Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. I dig that out at least once a year and replay the entire thing.
-What gaming systems do you own and which is your favorite?
PS2, PS3, N64, DS, PSP, Xbox 360, Wii, Gamecube, GBA, iPhone, PSone, OSX, SNES. Again, it’s hard to pick a favorite, but I definitely play my DS and my 360 the more than the others.
-The E3 Expo was just the other week, what games are you most excited about that were announced/shown off? What are you excited about for 2009 in gaming?
Another long list, I’m afraid. Final Fantasy XIII, Kingdom Hearts (DS), Metroid: Other M, Uncharted 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect 2, God of War 3, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Shadow Complex.
I look forward to the expansion of digital distribution, more independent games and the expansion of current franchises. I’m not that impressed yet with the likes of Project: Natal and Sony’s Eye Toy retread.
If you’re interested in being in the next Member Spotlight, all you have to do is become a member of the GamerDNA community and get involved by posting comments, game posts, and generally being a good member with a positive attitude. You will be rewarded!
Kotaku TweetMyGaming Article - Kotaku posted a nice write up about TweetMyGaming
Joystiq TweetMyGaming Article – Joystiq also gave us a nice write up on TweetMyGaming
Joystiq Left 4 Dead Player Engagement Graph – Last month we created a graph of Left 4 Dead game play, comparing PC gamers against Xbox 360 gamers, and Joystiq wrote a piece about it.
Last week we asked everyone to join us in our chat room for the E3 Keynotes , because we would give out GamerDNA T-Shirts to random participants. Congrats to the following on winning a shirt!
That wraps it up for this Community Newsletter! Make sure you follow us on Twitter or become a fan of our Facebook Page, they’re both great ways to keep up with what we’re doing in the gamerDNA offices!
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Thanks a lot, see you next time!
Sam "QforQ" Houston
gamerDNA Community Manager
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