One Year of LGC: The Bad, and the Good
Plus, some website stats.
Donation Page Now Live
Supporting LGC is now possible via Patreon, Liberapay, and Ko-Fi.
I’m Taking a Break (Plus Future Plans for LGC)
10 months in since LGC has been around, and I’m kind of exhausted. I was hoping I could wait until the one-year anniversary in March, but I don’t think I’d be able to make it. Rarely has a day gone by without me writing at least one post, including holidays and weekends. Sometimes I’ve had to sacrifice time eating, sleeping, or taking a shower just to make sure I have news delivered in a timely manner.
Explaining my Distancing
I’ve had several people approach me and ask why I’ve left a few Discord channels. I’ve also stopped following some media outlets/YouTubers. I’m kind of hesitant to write this post, but at the same time I feel that you guys deserve an explaination. First of all, I appreciate the concern. It’s not often that someone will spam your Discord DM inbox, asking if you’re alright, until you finally respond. That means a lot to me.
Discord Server Now Live
LGC has had a Matrix server for a while. But after long deliberation – despite the fact that Discord is proprietary – I’ve decided to create a Discord server. As much as I want to stick with FOSS as much as I can, the reality is most gamers and content creators alike are on Discord. On the Discord, you’re free to talk about pretty much anything that’s on your mind. Right now I mostly see it as a place to talk about the Steam Deck and Melee.
Clearing Up Some Confusion Regarding LGC
So I’ve noticed between my Steam Deck review and my earlier post about Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3 that there have been some complaints that they’re either inaccurate or have nothing to do with Linux. Let’s start with the Steam Deck review. Admittedly there were some statements that I made that weren’t true. For example, Valve actually hired the team behind Narbacular Drop. So the idea of the Portal series wasn’t “borrowed,” per se; the game served more as an inspiration rather than anything else, with the developers of Narbacular Drop helping the Portal series come to fruition.
Why I Founded LGC
It was my last day at work. It’s early morning, around 7 o’clock, and the usual gang of employees who do nothing for the first hour are standing in a circle. Some of them have a cup of coffee in their hand, listening as the manager of the company is talking about something. What that something was, I can’t remember. Probably what he did over the weekend. I happened to enter the “circle” just a few minutes before I clock out.
Mastodon Account Now Live
So, those of you who may have been turned off by the fact that I initially went with Twitter can now rejoice, since I’ll primarily be using Mastodon as a means of social media for LGC. Twitter will be a backup in the event I need to get a hold of someone that otherwise isn’t available on Mastodon. Not going to get into the whole Musk buying Twitter thing, but that was part of the reason for the move.
More LGC Updates (Logo on top, updated analytics, updated RSS feed, new games recommended)
Got quite a few new things going on at LGC, so let’s get started. Logo Added to the Top I got the logo added to the top of the page. Doesn’t look great on the left, I know, but I’m hoping to get it centered once I figure it out. Still better than just text I would argue. Updated Plausible Analytics I have updated the Plausible Analytics to bypass ad-blockers. The Brave web browser still blocks the analytics, to my testing and to my knowledge.
Plausible Analytics Added
In an effort to be as transparent with the community as possible, I wanted to inform you all that earlier today I had incorporated Plausible Analytics. This is an open-source alternative to Google Analytics that respects both your privacy and mine. The purpose for the analytics is twofold: I can see what articles get the most clicks and therefore allows me to determine what type of articles I should prioritize. It also allows me to see from what source the most traffic is coming from (which, at the moment, is Reddit) and use that platform to advertise my articles.