One year of tier 1 PC gaming in Southeast Asia! Thanks and congratulations all around, everybody! We obviously couldn't have made it this far without the help and support of everyone in the community who's reading this right now. Thank you.
Now, as I have said in my previous post, I wanted to talk about how your donations, moral support, and continued presence are helping to develop our community further. Many OMGeeks are already pitching in to do their part, be it as subscribers, guild leaders, or being our irreplaceable one and only ArmA II boss-man. While we value and adore each and every member equally, we'd also like to stress that like any good game that's worth your attention, the OMGeek community can certainly give you back as much as you're willing to put in.
A dedicated server
One major addition we're peering at in the future with an appropriately ornate spyglass is a dedicated server. We've hosted games using GSPs in the past, and while for the most part we've had little problems, it also meant that we were stuck with the games that we chose, and that deciding to host a new game is always a momentuous decision. Well, it's kind of a big decision, at the very least. A dedicated server would let us host more games and experiment with quirky and mysterious titles that could be a good fit for our community. It means less expense in the long run, more possibilities for us as gamers, and more power at the fingertips of the legendary Kin Que Pls.
The big barrier? The cost is quite prohibitive. Two things have helped this all along so far. First, we've saved up a good amount from donations and our personal funds. Second, our shift to developer-hosted games like Guild Wars 2 and soon, Planetside 2, means that we're spending less on OMGeek servers every month, although there's no question that our great experience with the community has not diminished. Not one iota. We still have a ways to go, though. Once we work out the costing and the amount we need to have a comfortable buffer to get started, we'll post it up here on the site for everyone to see. If you share our dream of a mature and friendly Southeast Asian gaming community, it would be great if you can pitch in to help.
Our growing community
Of course, throwing money at the problem isn't the only way to help us grow as a community. Great people will always be OMGeek's most valuable resource, and we already have quite an interesting set from Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Brunei. While we have all of you here to form the pioneering group of awesome and beautiful gamers in Southeast Asia, we do believe that there are more of us out there, toiling away towards greatness in their little isolated pockets of gamerdom. We'd like to see other countries represented. Indonesia. Thailand. All are welcome!
Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Subscribe to our RSS feed. Participate in discussions. Tell your friends. Invite them to our games. Encourage them to connect with our other members. We're doing a strange and wonderful thing here, forming friendships with people we otherwise wouldn't have known our entire lives. Let's keep the string going. And then we will crush our enemies, see them driven before us, and hear the lamentations of their women. In-game, of course.
All in the name of our ultimate goal of world peace.
Better and more interesting content
One more facet of OMGeek that we wish to develop is the content side of things. For the longest time, we've relied on blog posts to present original content, along with a minimal smattering of screenshots and gameplay videos.
Now, here's one thing I also believe in: gamers are fussy, detail-oriented creatures. Gamers are creative and intelligent and scientifically proven to be better puzzle-solvers than non-gaming folk. Gamers like to create things, more often than not. That's why I'm making this my official call for any kind of contributor input that you may want to offer. You can write, or draw, or take videos, or whatever.
If you're interested in contributing any kind of text or media to the community, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll work something out. Or chat me up in our chatroom. Or send me a forum PM. You're not going to run out of ways to get in touch with me or any of us, really.
There's a wealth of talent in our community. It would be a shame to let it go unnoticed.
Let's play games
And because I've rambled on for long enough, I'd just like to say that second only to you guys, the games are the most important part of OMGeek. As long as we're having fun playing together as a community, we're keeping the dream alive. Don't stop believing, guys. Hold on to that feeling.