Out with the Old (Year), In with the New

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That’s right, we’re finishing off the year with references to obscure songs off the Tony Hawk soundtrack.

We’re back from hiatus, and one day away from a slew of new things in 2013. We mentioned a few of those possibilities in that post, but now it’s time to be all specific and stuff. Believe me when I say there’s a bunch of changes coming around these parts — and legitimate stuff, too, not just half-assed resolutions.

  • Starting tomorrow, we’re going to embark on our countdown of At the Buzzer’s top 25 video games of all-time. This has turned out to be a surprisingly in-depth endeavor, with a seven-person panel and a list that runs 100 deep. Tomorrow will be the introduction to the whole shebang, and then day-by-day posts will run through January.
  • Along those lines, we’re going to be posting even more in 2013. Until now, we’ve tried to put up at least one post a day (although certain people dropped the ball occasionally on certain days). We’re shooting for twice a day on weekdays, and maybe even more than that. Keep in mind that these posts are still going to be lengthy and thought out, not just a link to a YouTube video about cats that says “check out this cat.” You’re going to get your money’s worth.
  • Game On is switching to a weekly format beginning with tomorrow’s post (which will finally continue the adventures of Mario and company as they take on World 4). We’ve received a pretty good response to these so far, so it’s time to take it to the next level. New Game Ons will post on Tuesdays, and we’ve already got five more episodes lined up and ready to go.
  • Finally, some changes to the podcast. We posted 49 shows in 2012, only missing three weekly episodes (one of which was planned because of our break this past week) — and the other two were recorded, but lost to the depths of technology hell. The weekly format is going to continue as we bring you new episodes every Thursday, but the show itself will probably sound a little bit different. As we mentioned in Episode 74, we’re going to try to switch to a live format this year. That means no breaks, no editing, no bleeping out swear words if Shaun gets frustrated and drops an F-bomb. The goal is to eventually switch to a method that will allow us to broadcast live on the internet each week, where you guys will be able to write (or even call) in and participate as the show is happening. This is still a work in progress as I test out what our new audio equipment can do, but you should start noticing some changes as early as Episode 76. The show has steadily been growing since the middle of 2011, and we hope even more people will join the ride going forward.

There’s also a few other small updates happening around the site in the next week or so, like the Photos and Episodes pages receiving an update or the holiday colors and snowflakes finally biting the dust after the Epiphany. The most important thing to take away from all this, however, is that At the Buzzer is here to stay, stronger than ever. We’ll kick your ass and take your lunch money and you’ll thank us for the privilege. So stick around, because 2013 might get a little bit crazy.

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