Hey everyone! There’s been some discussion going on in the Lounge regarding future titles that Strats will be supporting, so I wanted to take a moment to explain how titles get supported by Strats (for those who don’t know and are curious) and simultaneously poll the community for interest in upcoming releases.
Essentially, there’s only one element needed for Strats as a community to really get behind a title: you lot! @Vocino, @tommy2118, @therubymug, and myself don’t sit in a dark (online) room pouring over upcoming releases and waving a dictator-like, managerial hand around deciding what Strats will and won’t play, we just listen to y’all; the most important aspect we consider is community interest. If everyone wanted to play Hello Kitty: Island Adventure, despite some mild protest, we’d support everyone’s wishes. The problem is there is an additional aspect we require from within the community when everyone gets gung ho about a title: we love the enthusiasm, but we need leaders willing to step up and take a title or franchise under their proverbial wing.
Often times this isn’t an overly-demanding position and it allows for tons of game-playing (the standards have been posted for some time; for note: feel free to post any inquires or suggestions surrounding them in that thread rather than here, please). The trouble is, as we get into more and more titles and as Strats continues to grow, the Staff can’t manage all the games; we need community members willing to step up and take charge. @Dynamible is a great example with Destiny: he puts all kinds of quality posts up, helps recruit for his title (and the community), and still finds plenty of time to play games around his other, real life responsibilities and obligations. If you’re uncertain about whether or not you could do a good job or handle it, feel free to ask for help. He did, and I can assure you he’s come a long way from our pre-launch situation
Now, with all that said and done: who’s playing what in the new year?! I’m not doing a proper, forum-function poll because it only allows for one vote and I don’t have a full grasp of all the upcoming releases, but if there’s something you’re passionate about or looking forward to, let the community know; there’s a good chance you’re not alone. As you’re doing so, though, please think about whether or not it’s a title you’d be willing to assist in fostering within Strats. With each title we add, we grow (and we love having more people to play games with and share this wonderful community with) but that also increases the burden of management. The rest of the Staff and I want to see us playing as many games with as many people as possible because we’ve got something special here; help us keep the awesome going and growing by lending a hand