New Direction, Shifting Gears

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Ever since 2003, JohnnyBGamer has been all about creating a place where Christianity and video games collide. Starting out as a website designed by my friend Scotto, JBG soon shifted from being a self-hosted site to a WordPress blog. Tried as I might, the site has never really caught on like I wanted it to. This has lead me to recently ask friends and family for both their opinion and advice: Do I continue with JohnnyBGamer?

Looks like a joystick! (2008 Bugatti Veyron)

A few weeks ago, I got into a good IM conversation with a friend. He told me that perhaps I should use JBG as sort of a personal site dedicated to my writing. A one-stop shop for all your Bryan needs, so to speak. So I thought it over. I ended up realizing that there is a lot of pressure and work trying to create/ write for, what is in its essence, a fictional business. So I pulled the trigger and decided that it was time to just write for myself and not JohnnyBGamer.

What does this mean for anyone who has stuck around through the years? Not too much. Instead of some fictional brand you get me, Bryan. I’ve been here the whole time…

State of JBG – 2010

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JohnnyBGamer.com caught the waves of the net in August of 2003. What had started as a simple idea on paper soon became a reality as my good friend Scotto plunged into designing the site. The crowning achievement during this process, was the amazing work that Scotto did on the JBG logo —  I still owe you! –. He took a sketch of mine and created a look and feel that the site has maintained to this day.

The primary goal of JohnnyBGamer has always been to provide professional content focused on the world of videogames.  With many articles and a few reviews out there, I would say that that goal has been reached. However, so much is left to be written.

2009 was a year of big changes for JBG. Consumed with html and basic site design, I found myself neglecting actually putting content up on the site. So, I decided to move JBG to WordPress. One of the best decisions I have ever made. Content has flowed freely since the big move. 2009 ended with record visits to the site. Finally, I have felt like JBG has been gaining traction.

So what does 2010 hold for JohnnyBGamer?

Koinonia (Community)

2010 is the year that I want JBG to reach out and embrace the online gaming community. How do we do this?

  • Increased presence/ participation on blogs, online forums, and other gaming websites.

JohnnyBGamer exists to provide an equal ground for sharing thoughts, ideas, and even life’s burdens. It is my hope that you will join JBG, in the year 2010, as we move forward together.

– Bryan

Videogame Addiction Center Opens in Britain

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Internet Addiction

Reminds me of something I would have seen in college.

Yesterday, the Telegraph reported that Britain’s first videogame addiction center opened.

Mr Dudley* believes treating game addiction needs a different approach to “conventional” vices like drink and drugs.

”Obviously this is the very early stages of researching how many youngsters are affected,” he said.

”But I would stick my neck out and say between five and ten per cent of parents or partners would say they know of someone addicted to an online game.

”However, you can’t simply say to a 23-year-old male ‘you should never use the internet again’. It’s just not practical.

”So we go through all the issues surrounding gaming use and ensure there are triggers through which an addict recognises their usage has become a problem.

”Behavioural shifts include users becoming agressive, with chaotic lifestyles that result in irregular eating and sleeping patterns as well as social exclusion.’

”I don’t know anybody else who is treating such cases in this country. There’s no helpline.”

Having spent a summer of my life playing World of Warcraft from dusk till dawn, I can personally attest to the power of videogame addiction. If you find yourself living and breathing videogames 24/7, I encourage you to talk to someone. There is a difference between living in a virtual world versus playing videogames as a hobby. No duh, huh.

(*Brian Dudley, the center’s chief executive)