Editor and Community Manager at DBolical. Also a regular modder with a particular interest in modding games that have basically never been modded and releasing mods for them. Get in touch at david(at)dbolical.com!
Blog number nine is here a bit late and with lots to mention, so let's get this party started.
It's coming up on December which means it's Indie of the Year and Mod of the Year time. There's a hell of a lot of work involved setting up the profiles, articles, and media content, not to mention the fact this year we're giving videos a go to try and hype up the event even further. I've taken part in these events before - placed in the rankings a few times too - but not actually run them, so there's a lot of learning to do and ground to cover. To focus on these events, I've paused polls and videos, and might be pausing and/or retiring these weekly blogs, too, for a few reasons I'll get into later.
The big ship was a new video, released on Friday, and I wanted to keep it relevant to this time of year so I focused on new mods for old games, since most of the really great mods on ModDB are for old games.
This video is performing better than the puzzle video, but it's not exactly "popping off". However, what I've identified is there's a small but very dedicated fanbase for these videos - the people who like 'em, love 'em, even if they're not getting a lot of initial viewership. A few hundred extra visits and a new medium to take advantage of is worth it, and consistently hitting a thousand, whilst being a long-term goal for any video that underperforms, can come with time.
Besides the video, five articles have reared their head in the last few weeks; Aliens vs Predator 2's 20th Anniversary; 5 AvP2 Mods That Revive The Classic, SWBF2 (2005) Celebrates 16th Anniversary; 5 Classic SWBF2 Mods Just Like The Simulations, HUMANKIND Receives Mod Support Powered by Mod.io, Do Feed The Polls - October 2021, and Call of Duty Vanguard Released; Five Outstanding CoD Mods From Across the Franchise.
AvP2 doesn't have a huge presence on ModDB, but it does have a much larger footprint than I thought (or could possibly know given I've never actually played AvP2). Its modding community is very dedicated and they were the ones who got in touched to suggest an editorial. I'm always up for a good excuse to write one of these mini countdowns as they're solid engagement, and it'd be a good way to respect an older and still somewhat active modding community on the site - win-win.
Another anniversary was for SWBF2 (2005), whose modding community I am quite familiar with, especially as I've covered mods for this game in previous videos and major countdown articles. It was a great chance to pick out some solid contenders and SWBF2's history on the site is quite well-known at this stage, so it's no wonder this article went down quite well, too. I've discovered by now that pretty much every editorial I've written will do somewhat well, but it alternates between "exceptional" and "acceptable", and everywhere inbetween. It's good to know even the smaller, more niche content is finding its footing for the site's audience.
Here's an interesting one - due to some factors out of my control, I actually had this editorial for HUMANKIND sorted out weeks and weeks ago. HUMANKIND's mod.io implementation was a little delayed and as a result so too was the big announcement article about it. Thankfully, though, everything turned out alright, with mod.io now powering HUMANKIND's UGC and providing a lot of opportunity to that side of things to grow thanks to the extra publicity. As ever, I'm not directly involved with mod.io's activities, but I am on hand to support their PR efforts and the HUMANKIND article was the latest bit of that to go on. It didn't do quite as well as the other editorials tend to do but this one was about delivering on a promise of mutual support, and as long as the fans of the game on ModDB got it, the editorial did its job.
Do Feed The Polls for October went down about as well as usual. It never "blows up" to a serious extent but it's another one of those niche pieces some people really really enjoy. The polls are on hold till MOTY and IOTY are done now but it was a good month to round off for the polls.
The last editorial was regarding the new CoD - Vanguard. I'll be honest and say I'm not loving it so far, but I appreciate that reporting on gaming news is more than just what you're interested in, and there are probably some people who are excited for it regardless. In either case, I knew for the people who weren't enthralled by a new CoD that a set of mods to celebrate would go down well alongside it, so the editorial ended up serving a number of purposes and hopefully will have something for everyone.
That's all for now. These blogs aren't hitting huge viewerships which is why I was able to justify prioritising other things in the mean time, but I do want to keep them up from time to time. They might change from weekly to biweekly or when there's just a sufficient volume of things to describe - we'll see. For now, here's a chunky one to keep you busy.
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