MrGameShow -- APRIL 3, 2006
With the announcement that FLASHGames² would be re-opening this week, I've been asked by many people (both via email and IMs) 'exactly when' we're opening up the site again. The truth is: I don't know.
As I can hear you all mumbling "Then why announce it if you aren't sure?", I'd like to delve a little into what FLASHGames is like 'behind the scenes'.
The gaming site originated under the moniker of CdC ProductionS - which is my pseudo company name. I began some of my internet work with John Ricci by developing graphics for his DOS games. One of the biggest things that always gets me about games are the endless stream of logos and animations that take place before you can reach the game menu. I wanted to change that.
Once Dan Berger (aka Dazztardly) and I started asking other people to help us out by supplying graphics, music, or other key components, I came to the realization that we needed a conglomerating name - something that we could all be called 'as a group'. Since we were doing the games in FLASH, the choice became a little more than obvious.. PLAIN - but obvious.
However, when it comes down to the brass tax of it all, FLASHGames' content has been generated by two people. Two guys with a love of the genre enough to take some of their spare time to develop something for their fellow fans.
Over the past several years, we've grown by leaps and bounds in popularity. I would say that at our peak, we were getting close to a QUARTER MILLION games played a month (according to our stats). Simply an incredible honour to have.
Yet, as the saying goes, "With great power comes great responsibility." The push to continue to create more and more games took it's toll on both Dan and I at various times during our career. Over the years, both of us have had to take a break from our development for "life drama".
This website means a great deal to us both, but many people might not realise that this is nothing more than a HOBBY; we aren't hired by any of the companies to make the games you see on the website. In the past, we never did anything to generate money because we wanted to keep on the 'favoured' side of the companies that we were dealing with.
But after losing money last year to 'stupidity', I realised that I needed to take my head out of my A$$ and do something about it. A great friend over at RecipeGoldMine.com told me about her experiences with generating revenue from the web, and how with a site as popular as this was, I might be able to concentrate more on making it a priority than where my next paycheck was coming from.
Hence the banner ads on all the pages of the website now. These ads will help generate revenue for the site, and maybe will lead you to some other great sites that cater to your other interests WHEN YOU CLICK ON THEM. (I mean, how else are you going to get over there, right? :D )
By no means do I want to sound ungrateful for the success that FLASHGames² has brought upon us: I've made some great friends in the industry, and even been granted the opportunity to get involved in the production of some pilot and on-air shows. (Something which will be a topic of an upcoming entry)
But there comes a time when volunteering your time feels unrewarding, and I think we both have realised that we need to knock this portion of our lives down a couple of notches on the priority list until there is a reason to bring it back up.
I'm doing my best to get motivated enough to pull together all the brand new elements that we'd like to introduce to the site. We've got everything from Game Show News to Sounds & Video, a new on-going webgame to The Game Show Minute: a rotating series of games for you to drop over and check out daily for a quick fix if you don't have time to play a full game!
In order to grow into the website that we want to become - WE NEED PEOPLE!
If you are reading this, and are a flash programmer, a backend web programmer, graphic artist, musician, question writer, or ANYTHING that would help us to grow bigger and better -- we want to hear from you! Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include examples of your talents or things you believe you could do to contribute!
Till Then, Take Care!