Community Newsletter #6

Posted by archiveDNA on Monday Aug 10, 2009.

Hello gamerDNA Community!

Wow, it’s been awhile since we last had a community newsletter – time has sure flown by!  Everyone at GamerDNA HQ is working very hard on some things that we will be talking about soon, and we’re excited to show everyone what we’re up to.  Unfortunately, because of a lot of this behind the scenes work, we haven’t updated the blog that much in the past few months.  Expect that to change in the future!

GamerDNA Now Page on office TV

The GamerDNA Now page on a TV in the gamerDNA Office

At the gamerDNA office we have a TV setup that displays various stuff to help us monitor the site..or in this case look at cool gamerDNA community activity!  For the past week or so we’ve had the gamerDNA Now page up on the TV, and it’s a great way to see the community interact throughout the day.  If you haven’t checked it out already, head on over to the GamerDNA Now page to see it in action.


Quick Newsletter Navigation:

GamerDNA Townhall

GamerDNA Member Spotlight

Top Conversations on GamerDNA

Wrap Up

GamerDNA Townhall

Last month we put the call out for questions about gamerDNA, and the community responded in a big way!  We answered these questions in a new set of videos that we’re calling GamerDNA Townhalls.  These are videos where we answer your questions, talk about the new stuff that we’re working on, and basically give you another form of access to the gamerDNA dev team.

Here is the first GamerDNA Townhall, in all 47 minutes of glory: 

You can check out the GamerDNA Townhall #1 blog post, as well as all the comments from the community, on our blog here.

If you have any ideas for more videos that we could do, questions that you’d like to ask us, or any other feedback – please let us know in the comments below!

 GamerDNA Member Spotlight

This newsletter’s Member Spotlight is on Echo65, a gamer that comes to us from Columbus, Ohio!  He’s an avid FPS gamer, and a threat on the virtual battlefield.  Please join me in congratulating Echo65 for being in the Spotlight!

-Where in the real world do you live?
I live in Buckeye City: Columbus, Ohio.

-How long have you been gaming?

Been gaming since preschool. The school I attended had an Atari for us to play after naps. Shortly thereafter I begged my parents for an NES and the rest is history…

-What got you into gaming and what sort of games do you like the most?

If I had to narrow it down to a single game that really put its hooks into me and made me a gamer for life it would be Secret of Mana for the SNES. Great story, gameplay, addictive leveling, fantastic soundtrack AND
Co-Op. I still play it. As for favorite genre of game I’d have to go with FPS, RPG, RTS, and platformers/adventure games. FPS because I thrive on competition, adrenaline, and overcoming the odds. The others because when I’m not shooting people (virtual/online of course) I love good a good story, exploring, strategizing, leveling and looting.

 -What brought you to gamerDNA and what do you think is the best feature of the site?
I actually found my way to GDNA through following QforQ on Twitter after he was mentioned by someone I already followed. I consider the best actual site feature to be the games collection and games’ pages. I can’t wait to see some of the additions talked about in the Town Hall vid. But overall I’d say GDNA’s best feature is its great community.

-Who from the gamerDNA community would you like to meet in person?
It’d be great to spend a day o’ gaming with MykalGaiden, DVader83, Crystalia, Soyle Sama, JinTetra and Mishy. Though I fear the bill for all those airplane tickets would not be pretty.

-What is your favorite game?
Call of Duty 4 and Halo 2 from the FPS side, and Suikoden 2, Final Fantasy VIII, and Mass Effect from the RPG side.

-What gaming systems do you own and which is your favorite?
Sega Genesis, Playstation 2, PC, and my favorite: Xbox 360.

-Believe it or not, the Christmas release season for games is starting in just over a month or so. What games are look forward to this fall? Why?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for somewhat obvious reasons(1200 hours logged playing CoD4 and 5?…). Also Gearbox’s Borderlands, which looks like it’s going to play the way I was hoping Fallout 3 was going to play.


Thanks for your time, and congrats Echo65! We’re happy to have you in our community, and we hope to see you around for a long time to come!

If you would like to be in the Member Spotlight, the best way to do that is by being a great community member.  Jump in conversations with other gamers, share what you’re up to, and have a good time.  You never know…you may just be in the Spotlight next time!

 Top Conversations on GamerDNA

Every day thousands of gamers share their gaming experiences with one another on GamerDNA, and we like to highlight some of the top conversations recently!  Check out what other community members are talking about:

QforQ asked everyone, "What games do you have the best memories of playing".

Arislyn shared their story of starting up Mount & Blade, and a serious discussion about the game with lots of useful tips was had!

ShadowKing23 asks, "Is Communication in Game Failing?", and hopes that gamers will work together more online.

Mishy starts up some new characters in Guild Wars.

GrumblyBear starts up a discussion about the upcoming PlayStation 3 games in 2009.

Mykalgaidin urges everyone to check out Dissida Final Fantasy for the PSP.

Fnook shares his adventures in Little Big Planet and discusses some upcoming content.


That just about wraps it up for this Community Newsletter.  You can expect more newsletters, blog posts, and even some videos in the future.  Have any ideas for what you would like to see and learn about?  Please let us know in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook to let us know what you think!

See you next time!

Sam "QforQ" Houston

GamerDNA Community Manager

Posted in the categories: Community Newsletter


  • Bonemane

    Nice newsletter. Congrats Echo65 for making the member spotlight!

  • Mr.Vista360

    68 replies {and counting} on QforQ asking everyone, “What games do you have the best memories of playing”, has to be close if not some kind of response record. Congrats also to Echo65 for the spotlight!

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