State of GRG
Every so often I like to write up the current state of GRG. For most of the summer GRG hasn’t been actively recruiting or pushing events. Most of us are on vacation or just doing things outside and away from video games. That will all change with the onset of fall releases. GRG will ramp up recruiting efforts and events.
We also needed to take some time and rethink how we run GRG. We had some massive drama early this summer. We needed to understand what happened. We had to find ways to avoid events like that from repeating. So GRG staff have spent the last month hashing out ways to improve GRG and allow it to properly grow.
Status of our PS4 community
Our PS4 community is currently in a state of rebuilding. We’re basically starting over and hopefully getting it right this time. After the drama, we considered just abandoning a PS4 community within GRG. And that was most likely going to be the case until both Catsweat and Klown asked if they could work on rebuilding the community. We spent some time on Discord chat discussing what we wanted to accomplish and ways to make it happen. I think we have a good plan in place with people dedicated to building the PS4 community the right way.
Our main focus for now will be Destiny and Battlefiled 1. We all agreed those games would be a great start to build upon. Also, they are titles both our PS4 Team Leads are heavily into to. We may branch out to other games (ie Titanfall 2) if there’s interest.
Klown has created a new PS4 Community that PS4 members can sign up for on the Playstation Network.
We’re also looking for anyone to help out as either staff or as a Gaming Group Leader (more on that later). Something simple as organzing a game night, or inviting people into your parties goes a very long way.
Status of GRG’s PC Community
PC Gaming continues to grow within GRG. We have several people playing many different games (Ark, Warcraft, Hearthstone -PJ). Our Discord voice chat is even being used. Unfortunalty, the lack of any unifying game makes it difficult to recruit and retain members. So at this time we’re going to just allow the PC Community to grow organically.
Status of GRG’s XBox Community
Things are going extremely well on the XBox side of the world. We have a large group that games together nightly. We have multiple game nights pulling in a ton of people. There’s not much planned on changing here. We’ll just keep on keeping on.
We’re going to focus recruiting on the major titles this fall. We’ll hit Reddit and the game forums. We ask everyone to take a moment and give our posts a thumbs up, like and even a comment. It’s very important to show how active we are as a community. We are currently planning on recruiting for the following titles:
- Battlefield 1
- Call of Duty
- Titanfall 2
GRG Community Gaming Groups
One of the ideas we came up with this summer was the creation of Gaming Groups. Gaming groups is way of organizing GRG members that are into the same games. It’s also a great way to communicate and reach out to that group. Gaming Groups are run not only by staff but can be by members. This is a great way for our Community to help run itself. And I appreciate any help I can get since running GRG is almost a full time job (without the pay). I highly recommend joining the groups that interest you. If we’re missing a gaming title you’d like to see, please let us know and we’ll work on creating it.
Currently we have Groups for the following:
- Battlefield Players Group
- CoD Players Group
- Destiny Players Group
- GTA Players Group
- Halo Players Group
- GRG Benefactors Group
- GRG Team Leaders Group
The ReaperCast is still going strong. We’ll also stay audio only for the time being. The pressure and difficulty of the video show wasn’t really worth it. Skype is not our friend. We are still looking for people to fill in. We’d like to get different people on and get a different perspective on gaming. Please let us know if you’re interested in being part of the show.
We always bat around the idea of streaming and building up our Twitch.tv / Youtube streams. While it seems like a great idea and could help promote GRG we just aren’t consistent enough to do it properly. We would also like to do a monthly GRG Top 5 video but need submissions. We also need people willing to actually edit the videos. Really, if GRG is to do any of this we will need a lot of assistance from the community.
I believe that GRG is in a great state at the moment. We are really prepared for a major recruiting cycle. The addition of gaming groups will help retain those new members. Also, I feel very confident that Catsweat and Klown will be able to get the PS4 community rolling again.
That said, I’d like to hear everyone’s comments. Any ideas or concerns are welcomed.
Jack - Lala Calamari