15 Minutes of Game – Episode 12

29 Nov , 2010 15 Minutes of Game,Community

15 Minutes of Game LogoIn this day and age, do you really even need a forum to build a community? That’s the question that Jon and I tackle this week, straight from a twitter request. We each take a different side of the question, and hopefully give you something to think about with your own community building.

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  1. JohnnyPhoenix says:

    I agree with you J… Forums arent a big deal to make a healthy community, for example i got a website of game news and we post news,articles and reviews we only have 1% active people in the forums and that 1% its us the Editors…BUT we got a ungoing conversation on the comments of the stuff we post.
    I think that forums should be like a extra to the community…Il give you a example…Before the forums of RE opened, when RE had their blogs running we had a ongoing conversation there with the people and the devs..
    I must say that i got a problem, is that when im in a forum i like to reply and help everyone and then i become a spammer =(

    Hugs and cant wait for next podcast!

  2. Shanghaisix says:

    Please, please fix John’s connection. His audio assaulted my ears, with that static spark every third word.

    As a little guy with a little site, every click and second that a person puts on our site goes to our overall site metrics, which in turn, gives us a speck more of credibility to developers, publishers and advertisers. This was the standard I was raised in.

    That being said, there’s a reason IGN has created their own little “Facebook” style community site within their site with MyIGN. Forums everywhere are dying, and there’s really not a lot that can be done about it. It’s an adapt-to-survive mindset…I’m just not sure where that leaves the little guys, who rely on the traffic on our forums to supplement our front page traffic.

  3. Jon says:

    Not to toot my own horn, but this was a good debate. But as we stated, I think forums is one of those “default” things that people just have as part of the total package. While I don’t think they are completely necessary, i do think it depends on what it is you are looking to do with your site and how you want it to grow and mature.