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    So.... about them crickets

    This forum doesn't seem as active as it once was, anything on the go to fix it?
    Or is it just me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitbydeath View Post
    This forum doesn't seem as active as it once was, anything on the go to fix it? Or is it just me? Hello? Anyone? Echo Echo Echo
    I was just thinking the same thing today. Not sure what can be done to "fix it." Wait for E3 I guess.

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    I'm just too busy with other things lately and I guess 50% of the traffic just came here to read my godly comments.

    The other 50 is fear talking to himself

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    I noticed that but just put it down to being January which is always a difficult month for most people!
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    Honestly, I don't know what it is. TBF, a lot of forums I see are pretty dead. The on;y regularly active one is this and GAF. So not sure what it could be. Most people are discussing this kinda thing on Twitter and/or comments sections nowadays.

    It's much different to the launch of the PS3/360 days, where forums were much more commonly used. And not to mention one of the few outlets for discussion.

    Now?

    You have social media, and a slew of websites that simply didn't exist; to discuss gaming on.

    #IndieStation4 and proud of it.

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    Been wreckin' the 'ol brain thinking as to why it is, but we're looking at ways to fix it. I'd also say there's a semblance of truth in what Ad's saying as well.

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    It may also be because of the lack of content PS4 has on it currently, I know the PS3 and Vita have a good amount of content but a lot of people have a PS4 and if there is not many games then there is not a lot for people to talk about! Perhaps when we start to see some more PS4 games released people will come back on here to talk about them!
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    Maybe, like me, people are busy playing games and not being online. I spend much of my time on BF4

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonathanm1978 View Post
    Maybe, like me, people are busy playing games and not being online. I spend much of my time on BF4

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    i think admartian hit the nail on the head. you have twitter, reddit, gaf, etc... all places with near real time discussions. forums are antiquated.

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    Yep.....sign of the times. Some newer sites are foregoing forums altogether. Hell, a Nintendo-centric site I used to work for (thewiire.com) exists now entirely on facebook. Kinda sucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher View Post
    Yep.....sign of the times. Some newer sites are foregoing forums altogether. Hell, a Nintendo-centric site I used to work for (thewiire.com) exists now entirely on facebook. Kinda sucks.

    it does.. i like forums a lot, but it seems that people are even more instant gratification than we thought.

    when i was CM, I thought for sure that the new console release and games would have at least boosted forum traffic considerably... however, it didn't. No fault of the new staff, or the sites' members. It just shows that other, more immediate forms of news discussions are more in demand.

    Gone are the days when devs release news on forums... or to "game journalist" sites like kotaku and N4G. It is all about twitter now. Get it out, and get it out fast.

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    A console fan site run entirely on facebook.. that sounds so horrible

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    The problem is that a lot of users browse the forums but only a small portion of them actually post and engage into discussions.

    Twitter is awful for discussion, what the hell do you wanna discuss with that extremely limiting word limit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cybertox View Post
    The problem is that a lot of users browse the forums but only a small portion of them actually post and engage into discussions.

    Twitter is awful for discussion, what the hell do you wanna discuss with that extremely limiting word limit.
    Agreed, I found out about this site on Twitter after being added but glad I joined up because at least you can have more than a 21 word (or however many it is) conversation with decent people!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fenix View Post
    A console fan site run entirely on facebook.. that sounds so horrible
    Yeah, and what is scary is that thewire wasn't that different from PSU. Had a healthy forum community and some damn good staff. I left before it all went down so not real sure what happened.
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    Yeah I think everyone has touched upon certain parts of the problem. I think the big problem is that in the face of massive multi-media news sites like IGN, Gamespot, GameTrailers and the aforementioned GAF are a lot more attractive than a small independent PlayStation news site and that forums are going out of style somewhat. Like Cuguy, I also anticipated growth at launch of PS4 but it hasn't seemed to take off yet. It's possible that as the PS4 userbase grows and Sony's services and favor grow that we'll get more.

    This is why my endgame goal is to try and develop the site into a HUB of game related activity as well as just a forums. Things like organised multi-player gaming, trophy hunting culture, leaderboards and contests, writing, Design Squad etc. No other sites really accommodate and facilitate such activity, they're generally about discussing games. These things have to be developed to mean something though, to be worthwhile and it doesn't happen overnight.

    The sorry truth is that we basically have no money to play with. There is so much that I'd like to do in regards to community activities like game nights with PSN credit rewards for the winner of X challenge and Design Squad contests etc but my budget is €0.00.

    Fortunately members have stepped up and are playing their own part in trying to raise the site; from the front page content team to the forum staff and all the members who contribute to the various subcultures. It's an uphill battle though to be honest...but differentiation and evolution is key, in whatever form it takes.

    I think lack of PSU brand awareness is the another large factor. I've seen members who don't know we have a new team who write reviews, go to expos and gaming media events (heck I went to Iceland for a week ) and have a good standing with many major publishers and developers. People don't identify with the PSU brand like they do with other sites. Look at GAF, that community has a huge sense of identity and it's members are proud to be associated with it. This is why we've always tried to get people behind PSU's content but for the most part no one cares about it, which is sad. Still, 2014 and 8th gen are just underway and we have a lot of changes coming so let's just knuckle down and try and do what we can with what we've got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
    Still, 2014 and 8th gen are just underway and we have a lot of changes coming so let's just knuckle down and try and do what we can with what we've got.
    Hear hear!!!
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    I would probably mention some more things and reasons but then $#@! gonna hit the fan, I dont want that to happen so I will refrain.
    Last edited by Cybertox; 01-17-2014 at 16:41.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cybertox View Post
    so I will refrain.
    From breaking my heeeaaarrttt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cybertox View Post
    I would probably mention some more things and reasons but then $#@! gonna hit the fan, I dont want that to happen so I will refrain.
    Ok, now you have to tell us after building it up like that. lol

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    A lot has already been touched upon, but just to add, I think a lot of the current members are busy with life and other responsibilities. I may not post every day, but I do check in. Just got other commitments in life atm.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir_Scud View Post
    A lot has already been touched upon, but just to add, I think a lot of the current members are busy with life and other responsibilities. I may not post every day, but I do check in. Just got other commitments in life atm.
    I am very busy with life yet I manage to post here quite regularly, I have at least 30 minutes to post here or when I am working on something on my computer I keep psu opened in the background. If users are active doesnt mean they dont have a life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitbydeath View Post
    This forum doesn't seem as active as it once was, anything on the go to fix it?
    Or is it just me?

    Hello?
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    You posted this at like midnight during the weekday. No $#@! crickets lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cybertox View Post
    I would probably mention some more things and reasons but then $#@! gonna hit the fan, I dont want that to happen so I will refrain.
    Interesting that you have some insight into the reasons why the forums have been like this for the past few years. I doubt the $#@! would hit the fan. I think everyone is interested in what you have in your hand.




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    Quote Originally Posted by F34R View Post
    Interesting that you have some insight into the reasons why the forums have been like this for the past few years. I doubt the $#@! would hit the fan. I think everyone is interested in what you have in your hand.
    What he has in his hand? Eww...i don't wanna see that ha.

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