The current state of gaming journalism has left many gamers with a cynical attitude. Especially in the past few years, we’ve noticed a growing gap, a growing disconnect between what the professional reviewers think, and what the gaming public say.
Gather Your Party is the gaming public. We don’t get review copies of big-name titles, we don’t get swag sent to our office (and not just because we don’t have one!) Gather Your Party is made up of people just like you, writing in their spare time, trying to make the world of games blogging a better place.
And maybe have a little fun while we’re at it.
How did we get started?
We got started as a bunch of gamers spending a lot of time online. We slowly met to discuss building a website. It started small, and then snowballed into something more serious. We’re now what you see today, and we’re constantly improving our content and trying to add new features.
How can I trust Gather Your Party?
We’re a startup composed of amateur writers and content producers, working in our spare time. We do this simply for the fun of it, and GYP is funded from our own pockets. If you like reading good articles and reviews, give us a shot.
Why don’t you guys have a review score?
A review score for games marginalizes not only the game, but the review itself. Our writers strive to make the best possible reviews, free of bias and full of integrity. So we want you to read these reviews, instead of skipping to the final score. It may take a little more effort to get through the review, but we assure that you’ll have a better understanding of the game.
I’m hosting a tournament or a stream. How do I get it on GYP?
We’re actively looking for ways to get a bigger community involvement, and both of those things are involved. We have no plans of supporting either during the site’s early life, but we will attempt it once we settle down.
Will you guys ever do anything else other than video games?
We’re trying to avoid coverage and commentary of other mediums. Right now, this is a video game only site with few exceptions.
How can I start contributing to GYP?
If you’re interested, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and include as much as possible of your favorite work for a portfolio. Your portfolio doesn’t need to be video game related. We’re looking for great writers, video producers, and comic artists. We’ll get back to you. Warning: you won’t get paid for writing here – Gather Your Party is ‘staffed’ entirely by volunteers who write because they enjoy it and want to help build a great gaming community.
I’d like to see feature X on the site\I’ve found a bug!
You can leave bug reports on our issue tracker and they’ll be investigated by a crack team of web professionals, normally within seconds. If there’s a mission-critical feature we’re missing, you can also fire us an email at email@example.com, but remember – we’re all volunteers here, so it may take longer to implement than you expect. If it does take a while, you can take that as a guarantee that we’re not half-assing it.
How can you claim to be unbiased and impartial? Article X obviously puts forth a particular view!
We try to make our reviews as informative and descriptive as possible (but hopefully without feeling too dry). However, as well as purely informational articles, the site is also home to a regular editorials and opinion pieces. We’re not trying to pass these off as cold, hard facts, so we’re sorry if you got that impression!
You guys don’t pay your content creators, so why would anyone write for the site?
We would pay our content creators if we had the money. Most of us are either college students or graduates, with only enough money to go about our daily activities. We write for this site because we just enjoy doing it.
General gaming news is rarely posted here, why?
We think enough websites already fill that niche (and can do it better than we can!), so we try to avoid constantly posting news. Instead, we will typically make commentary on the news.
I want to Contact GYP about something that isn’t here.