I am mostly the same with MMOs tbh with you. Other than a couple of weekends spent with the FFXIV beta and a little bit of Firefall during a time that nobody else was playing, Guild Wars 2 was the last one I properly played which is just over a year ago now. I haven't ruled FF out for when a sub is worth me paying for and there aren't so many other releases I'm wanting to play like now though and WildStar is something I'm still greatly interested in as well. Still hoping that will start to interest some folk here when it gets closer to release despite the original thread being another example of the above heh.
I expect to be playing lots of Battlefield 4 multiplayer though (I don't usually touch hardcore mode mind) so I'll be looking forward to hopefully playing that with a few people here again like we did with BF3 for a little while ^^
Fresh blood is something we could do with to keep us thriving, yep, but since this isn't always possible when some of us aren't playing an MMO like the above to actually help recruit in
and some games are more appropriate for it than others, keeping the place active outside of those and people interested inbetween has always seemed just as important to me if we want this place to survive, how else is it going to?. I have always tried to encourage forum use with people I've played games with or recruited (haven't done the latter myself in a while admittedly) but recruiting someone and then introducing them to the rest of the community here isn't going to have a great effect on new folk if forum activity drops really low, it will only make things harder. You can't sell the wider community idea if there's nothing to show for it.
I think there's a few things that can be done to improve things off the top of my head. First and foremost some of our existing members should consider visiting and posting more often, the lurkers being more of the latter. As I say again, as little or as much as people can depending on their time. Every little helps at the end of the day and I'm sure it won't go unnoticed.. Those who don't visit or post at all should also be encouraged to come join us on here every now and then, but not forced ofc. Any new members recruited by our existing groups should be pointed here and encouraged as well.
The general forum can cover almost anything really and should be a place where everyone can join in. We've already got SP game talk in there with both mini reviews/recommendations, following upcoming releases, gaming deals, tv talk, music etc, and the anime forum for that which I know people still watch. Or even the lifestyles forum for sharing stuff like Khizune has been doing recently which was great. Plus there's no stopping others from creating other topics for stuff they'd like to chat to people about either. Stuff like the top video games thread I mentioned above should be topics everyone can share with and with little effort too just as one example. Or tv talk if people aren't gaming much at a given time since I'm sure most people do that to some degree. Most of the world has been talking about Breaking Bad these past weeks, just not here unfortunately lol.
Our existing members could also consider guilding up together more often in games too or starting an SSX guild for themselves instead if a bunch of people want to play elsewhere or as a different faction or whatever, otherwise it's a missed opportunity for recruiting for the community. I experienced this myself with GW2. We had a good few people playing that and an SSX group would have been nice but there was only one other person who rolled on the same server as me at release and was interested in playing together and that was Andy. If I remember right everyone else went there seperate ways and played with other people/groups. I'm not making an issues of this btw and that's fine if people want to do that but I do see it as one of those missed opportunities. Time zones can be a problem ofc but I see no reason why both EU & US players couldn't team up in a guild together and recruit people from that server for the time that they all play, providing the game and that particilar server is active enough to make it a viable option. Or if people have some other friends outside of the group they'd like to play with as well, why not have them join us and all play together, or start an SSX guild for us themselves? All the better I say. Failing that a guild for both EU & US sides like the WoW days. Both of these were actually suggested to those playing FFXIV but we've proved that multi-region groups can work in the past with groups like Neocron so we know it's possible when everything falls into place. No harm in trying again.
The weekly/monthly multiplayer suggestion you make is also a good idea I think, Sl33py. I wasn't that keen on the game myself (mostly cos I was playing alone and didn't really know wtf I was doing, a guide would really be useful for it tbh) but Firefall could be a possibility for this since there was already an interest with some folk plus it's free to play. I'd be up for that. Or maybe more people here could think about buying Battlefield 4 for the multiplayer and get a few more of us playing together? Premium is not required so there's no subscription cost, easy enough learning curve and would be even easier for people to jump in and out of than an MMO. Speaking of which, BF4 will be having an open beta next week so why don't a few of you give that a try if you weren't going to?. Oct 4th for the general public but it starts on the 1st for people like me who have early access (BF3 premium members, BF4 deluxe pre-orders).
Our existing groups & other members could also think about posting news across the site as well if/when there is anything worth sharing. I am the only person here to have posted any
news on the website itself in over a year. Or perhaps we could transition our front page somewhat and use it for posting stuff like the gaming deals and release date announcements for stuff as well and link those back to the forum for discussion?. Maybe those of you who use Facebook could do something similar over there to help promote and forward people back to the forum too if you don't already? I dunno.. just brainstorming really hehe.
Anyway will leave it at that so I don't derail the thread too much but I think there's plenty of things we can all work together on to make sure this place doesn't fall off the map, but it can't be left to just a few of us.
It will be our 10th anniversary this time next year too, pre-SSX aside. I don't know if this has crossed anyone else's mind too but I had been thinking it would be nice to mark it somehow. I did enjoy setting up the pvp competition I did in TOR a while back with the prizes and everything so something like that might be good to do again on a bigger scale with more people involved perhaps, or something similar which we could do on the forum itself to involve everyone. Maybe I can work on a few banner graphic changes like we have for Christmas too.. That's another discussion for another day though, but it will be sad to reach that and have our activity and peoples presence here have gone down even further