Friends of The Gameological Society, I have news of a few changes—some cool and exciting, others a bit painful. They’re all made with an eye toward keeping Gameological alive and well in the long term. By the end of the year, The Gameological Society will become part of The A.V. Club proper, and all of our content will appear in the normal A.V. Club content flow. We’ll start publishing new material on The A.V. Club soon, and shortly after that, all existing Gameological articles will be imported into the A.V. Club site. (Don’t worry, the permalinks won’t break.) I’ve seen a mockup of what Gameological will look like after the “merger.” It’s pretty.
By the way, when that merger happens, we’re rebranding The Gameological Society as just Gameological, because that’s what everybody calls it anyway.
Being part of The A.V. Club rather than a “sister site” will instantly give Gameological a larger audience, and it eliminates a bunch of other complications from a production point of view. This change just makes a whole lot of sense given where Gameological and The A.V. Club are today. After 18 months, the contributors and I have a solid sense of the Gameological voice. That voice will remain and will keep evolving under the official auspices of The A.V. Club. (We’ve always been pretty tight siblings anyway.) I have a relationship of trust with the A.V. Club brass, and more to the point, they like what we’re doing here.
In preparation for the A.V. Club merger, we’re scaling back our publication schedule somewhat. Starting the week of Oct. 21, Gameological won’t publish on Mondays (except for any news items that come up), and Fridays will be pretty light, too. In addition, it’s time to bid farewell to some of our smaller features, like the daily Sawbuck Gamer reviews, The Bulletin, Out This Week, and Game That Tune. Yeah, that’s a bummer. But I want to emphasize that in no respect are these cutbacks a reflection on the superb work of the contributors involved.
Sawbuck Gamer will return to a digest format, running monthly. The What Are You Playing This Weekend? interviews will also come to an end, although we’ll still run WAYPTW? with a staff pick and of course an open comment thread. We’ll keep doing essays, reviews, longform pieces, videos, and the like—the meatiest fare is going to keep going strong. (In fact, we want to do more longform pieces than we’re doing now.) We love thinking and writing about games, so we’re going to keep doing that.
Gameological’s assistant editor, Matt Gerardi, has worked behind the scenes for more than a year now, and his contributions have been essential. He’s going to be managing the day-to-day business of the “new” Gameological, and he’ll be writing more often. Matt understands the Gameological approach and tone as well as anyone; he’s the right person to man the rudder.
As for me, I’m taking the position of Senior Editor at The A.V. Club and moving to Chicago to work at Onion HQ. I never intended to move from New York, but this opportunity was too exciting. The A.V. Club office is populated by smart, enthusiastic people who want to create entertaining and enlightening work for you all. The vibe is good there. I’ll be working on new features and initiatives, and I plan to write more and make more videos, contributing more to the A.V. Club voice as a whole. I’ll still edit much of the games coverage in consultation with Matt, and I’ll still be talking about video games a lot, too, in writing and on The Digest, because you can’t get rid of me that easily.
Anyway, that may sound like a bunch of changes, but the bottom line is that we think we’ve made a lot of cool stuff, and we plan to make a lot more. Thanks for being such a consistently fantastic readership and for your continued support of Gameological.