Good morning, afternoon and perhaps even evening
We’re slowly creeping up to the holidays and also the 3 year anniversary of this little endeavor called Galaxy Next Door. Its been an adventure, one that has grown much larger than I ever could have imagined when I set out. Galaxy Next Door was born from the passion I have for gaming and bringing like minded gamers together to celebrate the ins and outs of gaming and the incredible culture its created. Most of all done in a manner that isn’t stuffy or full of mean spirited crap. Sure, we joke and at times sarcastically skewer a game (sometimes deservedly) but it’s all done in fun.
Our goal is to continue that love affair and bring some new things to the blog. If you’ve noticed, I myself have started getting into making video content - it’s a rocky road - but one that I hope to get better at. The saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day” seems to ring true. Regardless, we all want to bring new things to the site that isn’t just the usual.
With next-gen consoles on the way, Myself and the small ragtag team here at GND want to give you guys as much new content on the games, systems and general launch madness than even before. Expect more video content, giveaways and even a few alterations to the site design in the next month or two. Thanks for sticking with us, following us and making sharing our passion for gaming a real joy.
Founder/Blogger/Devourer of Chinese Food
The next-generation of gaming consoles (besides the Wii U) is almost upon us and damn is it an exciting time to be a gamer or just a fan of pretty colors on a TV screen. All of us here at GND are as excited as a beaver in a forest over both systems coming this Holiday season, and with that excitement we want to bring new content to the site.
We’re going balls deep with coverage of both next-gen consoles when they launch later this year but are looking to do more. Want do you want to see besides the usual art, blogs, casual game reviews and dorktastic randomness here at GND? Myself, I’m humoring the idea of a weekly Vlog series wrapping up gaming news and diving back into Let’s Play videos of all new next-gen games. Chelsea is trying her hand at podcasting (which is fun and nerdy) and also game stream Let’s Play videos as well. Is this something you’re interested in? Please let us know! We want to make GND a funner place for you and our dorktastic ideas. Thanks
2012 is just about a wrap and soon most of us here at GND will be posting up our GOTY picks for 2012, but I wanted to take a minute to talk about the state of the site and what you guys can expect come 2013.
This year has been an interesting one for us. We’ve grown bigger than I ever could have imagined when I started this site 2 years ago — Yes, it’s been that long now.
Galaxy Next Door was birthed from the idea of a place where it wasn’t the usual PR speak with ‘Negative Nancy’ cynicism but a celebration of gaming culture and games as a whole. A place where games writers of different social environments and points of view could share their voice about gaming, art, music and the impact that gaming has had on their lives. Its been a crazy journey but one I think we’ve achieved, a least a little bit. And it seems some places have taken notice. This year we were highlighted by Mashable as one of the ‘Top 12 Tumblrs for Gamers’ and have amassed over 80,000 followers. To say, “WOW” doesn’t even begin to express my thanks and astonishment at all it. I can only say thank you, from the bottom of my dorky heart and all of the amazing contributors here at GND.
With that said, 2013 promises to be a huge year for gaming. The arrival of new consoles brings with it the excitement of new franchises to like, loath and fangirl or fanboy over. We aim to cover all of it. From the newest PlayStation, the Xbox whatever Microsoft decides to call it to Nintendo’s ‘new gen’ console the Wii U. Expect more reviews, contests (which we LOVE to do) hands-on impressions and industry interviews with the artists, musicians and producers that bring to life the hobby that we’re so passionate about. We even plan to bring some dorkiness to YouTube with more ‘First Taste’ videos of some of the biggest and not so biggest games in 2013. My promise to you is that GND will always strive to bring you passionate and fun gaming entertainment in 2013 that celebrates the reason why any of us plays games to begin with — for the fun.
Happy Friday all. Can you believe we’re already in November?! It’s kind of crazy that next week is the launch of Halo 4, a game that it seems many Halo fans have been waiting forever for. The following week we’ll all be digging into Black Ops II and probably bitching about hacks. Hopefully, that won’t be the case but… well history has proven that it’s a strong probability. Here’s hoping that Treyarch is gonna work hard on that not happening.
A big thank you to all who gave us feedback on what sort of video content you’d like to see. Expect to see some of that showing up next week. Also congratulations to up-u-lar.tumblr.com who won the Halo 4 Mega Bloks set. Check your inbox for details. So what big games still left for this year are you looking forward to?
Just a heads up on some stuff going on at the site this weekend and also next week.
- Interview with Silent Hill Revelation 3D Director Michael J. Bassett
- Roxio Game Capture HD Pro review
- New Unpopular Opinion and One-Sided Interaction
- Assassin’s Creed III Let’s Play over on our YouTube Channel (Oh boy)
- Twitch stream of some classic and not so classic Horror/Halloween games — Jericho, Costume Quest, Super Castlevania, Resident Evil 6
Thank god it’s Friday. It has been one crazy long week and the weekend is looking pretty busy as well. That’s nothing compared to what we have in store for you next week. Monday ends our Elgato Game Capture HD giveaway (there’s still time to enter *US only) and we have a few surprises to announce next week for you guys. One upcoming contest we have coming is sure to please Halo fans, and just in time for Halo 4’s launch too. ;)
We’re also celebrating next week our milestone of hitting 55,000 followers with yet another awesome giveaway. More details on that Monday as well! Expect a few new editorials on some awesome suggestions for gamers looking for some creepy Halloween time gaming and a review on Roxio’s new Game Capture HD Pro (man, that is one long name for a product!). Thanks for sticking around and supporting us. We wouldn’t have made it this far without you and we aim to give back to you awesome guys and gals as much kick ass goodies as we can!
See you guys Monday.
Oh, and Happy October 19th! ;)
Hello guys and gals, it’s officially October. Oh, how the year has just kind of flown by. We have some pretty big giveaways and features planned this month. If you’re a fan of horror gaming or just weird crap stay tuned to the site. Another small announcement I want to make is we are now over 46,000 followers. Holy crap! A big thanks and much love to all of you for your support and continued reblogs and comments on this humble blog of gaming geekery.
It’s been a crazy week and we’re currently working on some contests for you guys that should present themselves in the next month or so. As you know, this week has been all about TGS. Sony showed off their new PS3, which is slimmer and slightly uglier. The Vita is still in need of some heavy duty software announcements and Nintendo is showing the world that is has Japan on lockdown tighter than Van Damme has a patent on those sweet split moves.
We’re just a few shorts weeks away from the launch of Resident Evil 6, Dishonored, Assassin’s Creed III, Black Ops II and it goes on and on. Hope your wallet is ready!
PS: As I mentioned about a week ago, we’re still looking for game reviewers and bloggers interested in spitting out a weekly column here. Hit us up if you’re interested and we’ll lay out more details. Previous writing experience a plus.
Thank Odin it’s Friday! We have some pretty interesting stuff for you next week. Hopefully the announcement of a new feature here at GND, which we hope you’ll really dig. Can you believe it’s already September? Gesh, this year is going by in a blur. This month sees the release of Borderlands 2, which is sure to take up a lot of many of you guys time and then begins the tsunami of titles like Resident Evil 6, Assassin’s Creed III, and Halo 4 ect.
It’s an exciting time to love video games.
In other news, we’re currently looking for bloggers. We’re expanding our weekly/bi-weekly columns and looking for more bloggers with a unique voice. If you’re interested, hit up our inbox or email us at [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Please submit some writing samples along with your email. What we’re looking for are personal weekly or bi-weekly blogs. [Example] Send along an idea on what you want your column to focus on. Random gaming, art, music, offbeat gaming rants, social stuff — let me know!