We’d like to officially welcome the Gaming Death Podcast crew to the GANG, right here on GeekyAntics.net! If you’ve been following HorsePLAY! LIVE, you know we plug them often. We love what GDP is doing that we have cut back on the amount of news and releases we cover on HorsePLAY. If you want unapologetic gaming talk that runs the full gamut of content, GDP is for you!
Chris Gannon, the GDP ringleader, shares this welcome:
Come join us on this magic carpet ride of rambunctiousness, liberation, and the occasional bag of dicks.
In case you missed it, we did a little HorsePLAY-GDP crossover episode to welcome them properly. It was fun. Obi joins in towards the end, too. Crazy things happen when we join like Voltron, y0!
As you can see in the featured image, Transistor is kind of a big deal.
The GDP crew was amongst the first to cover the game before and after it’s release. I highly recommend reading the Transistor review on GamingDeath.com – Chris Gannon, the GDP ringleader, did a fantastic job of capturing the essence. Rapture? Yes, please!
We’re honored to have such great content under the Geeky Antics brand. If you haven’t caught GDP yet, here are some of the crew’s favorite episodes. This is also a sort of GDP timeline, too!
Before I get lost in all my zeal, don’t forget to check out the coming Episode 99.5, which will air LIVE Tuesday, June 10th 2014 at 9pm (tentatively) EDT over at the GamingDeath and GeekyAntics Twitch channels. This one is going to cover E3 Day 0 and 1, plus the obligatory predictions, I’m sure!
Don’t forget to join us June 10th 2014 for late-breaking E3 coverage and obligatory analysis – SEE ABOVE!
We’ve shared some of the episodes and articles you should check out. I know you’ll enjoy them as much as I have. Now, let’s look at the people that make GDP so special…
First of all, I say goodday to you my friends, and let me introduce myself:
I am DocRoe, 25 years old (i think), born in Carlow, Ireland in the wonderful year of 1988, so you can figure out my exact age every year. I suck at math.
Carlow is a town you probably never heard of and, well, I don’t blame you.
Here it is, an aerial view of Carlow:
Traveling agents would say it’s a wonderful little picturesque towny thingy with a lot of character, my best description is this:
It’s an absolute shithole.
I grew up there until about the age of 5 or 6, and then my parents finally got it in to their dusty little braincells that this place blows,
and moved across the pond to Belgium. Talking about a shithole, that country isn’t all that better. But that story is maybe for another time. I lived there practically all my life, from 5/6 until 20.
But then something happened in the boring life of The Doctor.
He met a girl. Online.
She was the most amazing person he ever talked to, met, and had the privilege to hang out with.
And she still is.
One year after meeting her at the age of 20, I decided to just say “fuck y’all” and leave Belgium to move in with her. I moved all my stuff by train, and the next stop was Groningen, Netherlands. That’s where i still live today. Also, my favorite movie is Boondock Saints.
Now that you know who the hell I am:
I have arrived here at G.A.N.G. to bring you columns and a new web/radio show. I’m not going to tell you what or how or when. It’s on Sundays. And that’s all you’re getting from me!!!!
I will co-host this show with my dear friend Obionex2 here in this lovely community.
Wait, Doc, go back.
Who the hell does that nowadays?!!
Well, me, for starters. What will my columns be about? Anything I fucking feel like.. But mostly series, movies, games and music.
Where to find the best games and movies you HAVE to see and which you ABSOLUTELY CANNOT TOUCH!!! Right here.
(That last part goes for series as well.)
So yeah, here i am, and i’m coming for your soul!
If you guys want me to discuss anything about any subject, just let me know and i probably will, if i feel like it, ok, you win. I will.
And for now: SEE YA NERDS!
P.S. Maybe next time a schmexy picture of Le Doc? Stay Tuned!
To understand the spirit of the Geeky Antics Network Global (GANG) initiative, it may be worth talking a bit about the origins of HorsePLAY! and how we have evolved. As we see it, HorsePLAY! is one of many brands and communities we will use to expand the network. We love teaming up with other podcasters, geeks, and content marketers..
…But, anyway, origins…
When Obi and I first started HorsePLAY!, it was three of us crazy geeks talking video games (we miss ya Soldierism), technology, and whatever else happened to tickle our fancies at the time. We had a very heavy focus on PC gaming, indie games, and MOBAs (League of Legends in particular). We’re still a very young podcast but in our few months of doing this together, we’ve evolved quite a bit. Now, HorsePLAY! is more about digital entertainment as a whole and we certainly have other defining elements in comedy, news, etc.
The beauty of starting any content is that you can run with a very vague idea and build upon it as you go along.; in fact, it’s best to just jump right in and not just over-think things into paralysis. As we do more HorsePLAY! episodes, our general ideas get more refined. We like to keep our content as raw and gritty as possible, yet we have a very deliberate direction for HorsePLAY! and GANG alike.
Don’t be afraid to dive in – the GANG is here for you!
It’s hard to describe what HorsePLAY! is in terms of categories (maybe you can help us when conclude this article) and main themes but we certainly know what we want to be in everyone’s minds. In simple terms, we see HorsePLAY! as a community platform for geeks to collaborate, laugh, and just hang out. That’s exactly what GANG is being built for as well.
HorsePLAY! LIVE has evolved to become the primary podcast platform for Geeky Antics. It is an interactive show focused on cross-promotion and community engagement, just like the rest of the GANG.
Certainly, there are tons of networks out there taking the gaming or geeky angle. Geek & Sundry, AllGames (one of our unofficial partners), PodGods, and VOG (Voice of Geek) come to mind. These are all networks we love yet they are missing a few things. These are the opportunities the major networks miss and we’d like to capitalize on:
Creating systems to make it easier for people with great ideas to produce great content.
Delivering multi-language content around the world.
Building communities that are just as much a part of the creative process as the authors, producers, and hosts.
Collaborating with geeks that have the same passion and goals we do here on GANG.
Fostering a team spirit while allowing everyone to express themselves freely and authentically.
Liberating content marketers so that they can have fun – for the first time or all over again!
The last two items are particularly important to us. All the big networks do a good job of branding and spreading influence; however, the individual contributors usually get the worst part of the deal. We want to guide creatives and geeks through the processes of content marketing while allowing as much freedom as possible to our contributors. We don’t want anyone to feel trapped or restricted while we provide such guidance.
GANG provides the tools, experience, and people to foster an environment of collaboration, fun, and results. It’s a team effort – for REAL!
All GANG team members and contributors have the option of producing exclusive content or syndicating. Regardless of the path chosen, we want this network to feel more like a family or, better yet, gathering place for friends and family. We’re willing to give almost anyone a chance. The only real rule is this: don’t be an asshat and please check your ego at the door.
Of course, things get tricky when monetization is involved. Everyone has bills to pay and nothing is truly free so we have plans for revenue sharing and building capital. Now, we recognize there is a fine line between sustainability/profit and selling out. Our hope is that we can stay authentic and have fun doing what we’re passionate, while being profitable. It’s a tall order but we know it can be done.
Another major pitfall we want to avoid is become elitist or too exclusive. We’ve found that many outlets refuse to give people a chance yet everyone has to start somewhere. Whereas most media networks/empires pursue established personalities to siphen some of their audience, we want to create mutually-beneficial scenarios where audiences, creatives, and platforms all win (win-win-win’s, as I like to call them). Establishing a good balance between being professional and casual will be a challenge in itself.
Whereas most media networks pursue established personalities to siphen some of their audience, we want to create win-win-win scenarios.
If you believe in team spirit and are tired of the politics in major media networks, GANG is the place for you. We can’t promise that we will never employ ads, microtransactions, or anything of the sort but we can promise that the art comes first. That said, donations and volunteering will be a big part of our sustainability and growth. Fundraisers are definitely on the horizon. Believe me, every contribution (creative, financial, or otherwise) goes a long way for our collective success.
So that there is our GANG manifesto. We know the specifics will become more clear as we grow our team and release more great content. Thus far, the response has been amazing. The support we have been getting has made the process far less daunting so we truly appreciate all the folks volunteering and rallying for us.
Now it’s time to introduce our team so far because a network, or any organization at that, is nothing without the right people supporting it. First, James Tarr, better known to HorsePLAY! fans as ObioneX2 (or just plain Obi), is a growing personality on Twitch. These days he is heavily into Arma 2 but he has also been hardcore into League of Legends, War Thunder, Hearthstone, Battlefield 4, Day-Z, and other PC games. Obi specializes in video production, particularly when it comes to livestreaming, which involves a balance of community engagement, overlay/scene design, and scheduling. His knowledge in these areas will help us establish the production value and timing necessary to create and build audiences in what are otherwise very crowded spaces.
Now for Mr. Ellis! Dakota Ellis has gone by many names, including DingleDorf and Asmodeus. He is a long-time clanmate – GO NOF – and friend. Kota is pretty new to online marketing but has been involved in forums, Twitter, Facebook groups/pages, mailing lists, and other projects. He’s also been a moderator and community liaison for small games like ARC/Spark and Babo. Our hopes are to groom him as a social media specialist so he can help us curate content and sustain our various engagement paths (or marketing channels, if you prefer).
Next up is James Fortengard, known by AllGamers as Yuri or Fort. James has quite the impressive resume, which boasts the ability to speak many languages and vast knowledge of comics, anime, film, video games, and more. Like many lesser-known online personalities, Fort never quite got the chance to strut his stuff on an established platform or network. He’s a tough cookie with strong opinions so we’re excited to see what we he can do once he is given a chance to do his thang. We already have several concepts for shows/podcasts so expect some new exclusives soon!
Finally, Matt Bradford (@MattoMcFly on Twitter) has confirmed interest in joining GANG. He’s currently busy with Guiness World Records, VGO (VideoGameOutsiders), AllGames Network, Games Radar, and Zombie Cast so he’ll be a guest host and blog contributor until we can all seduce him to stay for the long haul. Please show Matt and the rest of the team some love, guys!
So that’s our team so far. We hope to introduce our new GANGsters as HorsePLAY! guests but, for now, expect some blog contributions here soon enough. Before we close out this GANG manifesto, I wanted to involve you all in the evolution of HorsePLAY! since it is our flagship show. Take the poll below and leave some comments. Let us know what your impressions of HorsePLAY! are so far. This feedback will help us produce even better content. Keep it positive and constructive. We will not feed trolls! *wink*
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