Happy Birthday, Ontological Geek.
Three years ago when I started this website as a blogspot site wherein I would pontificate about videogames, I had no idea we’d make it this far. We’ve come a long way since then, frequently stumbling and clumsy, but ever-onwards, ever-upwards. Our articles have increased in quality and frequency, and we are now regular appearances on curation sites likes Critical Distance, and have repeatedly made roundups by big-name sites like Rock, Paper Shotgun, or the Penny Arcade Report. We’re far from a household name, but we’re not just “some blog” anymore.
So, first and foremost, an enormous thank you to all of you who read the site, share the articles and discuss them. You are why we exist, and in the games-crit space, articles travel virally or not at all. It’s your support that keeps us going, and I’d like to thank you very much, from the bottom of my heart. We’ve got some exciting stuff happening in the future, and I hope you’ll stick with us!
Our new Twitter project, It is Pitch Dark, begins on Monday, and I hope you’ll join us for that. We’re going to have some additional themed months, like we did with Religion Month in April of this year, so be on the lookout for that, as well.
I am tremendously proud of all of our writers, and incredibly thankful for all of their continued efforts. Nobody gets paid for any of this, and it’s humbling to think about all the hard work these folks have put in just for its own sake. So, thank you very much, Matt, Hannah, Jim, Tom and Aaron, for sticking it out all this time, and thanks to Joel, who is a tremendous help editing everything we put up. Thanks also to Jessica and Ben, and to all of our many guest writers.
We published a total of 59 articles this last year, and I asked the staff to pick out some of their favorites, in case you’d like to go back and look at some of the cool stuff we did. I asked everyone to list their favorite article they wrote, and their favorite article somebody else wrote. So take a look through those, and, as always, continue to share our articles around on social media, discuss them in the comments below, and remember that we are always looking for more writers, both on a one-off and monthly basis. So if you have some good ideas, let us know, and we’ll get talking.
Thanks again, and here’s to another great year!
The Ontological Geek
Here are the articles we thought were the best this year:
- Matt Schanuel picked his article “Only You Can Save Us,” and Seb Atay’s article “Reflections on a Ruined Fountain.”
- Aaron Gotzon picked his article “In Case of Trouble,” and Bill Coberly’s article “A Eulogy for Kuranes.”
- Tom Dawson picked his article “Gods & Parasites,” and Hannah DuVoix’s article “Fallout New Vegas’ Boomers: Real American Heroes.”
- Hannah DuVoix picked her article “Lonesome Road: Existentialism in Fallout” and Aaron Gotzon’s article “Press Thee X, Young Warrior: The Effective Tutorial”
- Jim Ralph picked his article “Present Tension,” and Matt Schanuel’s article “Peace in the Time of Demons.”
- Bill Coberly doesn’t think it’s appropriate to pick a “favorite” from everyone else’s, since he’s the editor, but thinks his best piece was “The Call of Leviathan: Mass Effect and Lovecraft.”