After 18 months of operating more or less on our own, today Gameological officially becomes part of The A.V. Club. The Gameological archives will remain here on gameological.com for a while until they’re transferred over to the new A.V. Club system, but all new material will be published on the mothership from here on out. I’m confident it’s going to be great, and I’m eager to build new projects on this new foundation.
Right now, though, I’d like to honor the amazing community we’ve built over the past year and a half. I hear about it from people all the time. They’ll be talking to me about the various aspects of the site (usually saying nice things), and then when the conversation turns to the discussion threads, they’ll inevitably go sort of cross-eyed, as if they can’t quite believe what they’re about to say: “And the comments—they’re really good, right?” I smile and say, yup, they are, and it wows me, too.
It’s not just about the comments. (After all, the commentariat is just a small portion of the readership.) The emails and tweets you’ve sent to me and the other contributors, the food you’ve sent for The Digest, the art you’ve spontaneously created from silly jokes on the site—I can’t express how much it has all meant to me. There are some pre-Gameological projects I’ve worked on that have faded in my memory somewhat. But the original incarnation of The Gameological Society is one of those indelible life moments that will stay with me and inspire me for a long time yet.
Because the site and its readership are so special to me, this has been a strange transition period. It has been weird to see the site so quiet on Mondays. It’s weird to have watched the A.V. Club redesign behind the scenes and to think about how Gameological will fit into it (still an ongoing conversation, and it will continue to evolve—your feedback is welcome as ever). I bet the changes have been weird for many of you, too.
On a personal level, I’m also adjusting to a new office and new co-workers—and I really like all of that, but it’s still an adjustment. From my point of view, these shifts, both public and personal, are of a piece with each other. When you’re surrounded by change, you inevitably get to know yourself a little better, because your self is the only consistent through-line in the whole thing. As we make the jump to The A.V. Club and contend with all the reconfigurations/rethinking that entails, that through-line is only going to be more important.
That’s why, in recent days, I’ve come to view this Gameological changeover as a sort of “Level 1 complete!” moment. From my admittedly biased point of view, we kicked ass on Level 1. The contributors created a lot of cool stuff, and you built a world-class community. The A.V. Club phase is Level 2. The surroundings and opportunities are going to be different. The audience is bigger at The A.V. Club, and there’s going to be a more direct cross-pollination between games and other art forms. It’s the sort of higher stakes you expect on the next level. But we’re still the same people with the same passion for ideas and the same affections for each other. I’m certain that we can carry all of that forward into Level 2, and perhaps even spread the Gameological spirit around. So let’s keep that spirit going and make Gameological the type of thing where someday, you say, “That’s right, I was there from the beginning.” And people will look at us in awe because we are so cool. Okay, probably not. But we’ll know that it’s cool.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything you’ve done to make this site what it is over the past year and a half, and thank you in advance for the debates, adventures, and high jinks we’ll enjoy in the years to come.