Hello dear readers,
I welcome you to a new year, with all the hope and promise that new dawns and fresh starts have to offer. With 2016 being what it was, I can hardly believe that I am alone in thinking that its end was long overdue. The world saw Brexit and the election of Trump, OnlySP almost saw its demise, and I saw the end of my undergraduate degree (though I’m planning on returning to further studies in a few years).
Rather than dwelling on the past, however, I want to look towards a future that is brighter and more hopeful than the dark days that are now behind us.
You are no doubt aware that OnlySP has undergone some major changes in recent times, with its former owner/manager Nick Calandra stepping away to explore new horizons with his latest endeavour, Gameumentary.com, although he remains with OnlySP in a low-profile public relations role. At the same time, the website was sold to Enthusiast Gaming and I stepped into the role of Editor-in-Chief.
The transition has proven more difficult than I had anticipated, but I believe that we will be able to continue to deliver the kind of content that you have all come to know and love across the past five years of OnlySP’s operations.
However, a new steersman means a new direction. You may have noticed that we have focused our news content more towards the AAA sector since I took the helm. That was an intentional choice, but I also feel that we have strayed too far and so will aim to strike a more even balance between AAA and indie news. Furthermore, our long-form pieces will soon return with a new approach as we seek to bring more in-depth and academic analysis to the conversation surrounding video games. We sincerely hope that our readers appreciate these articles, because our writers have put a lot of effort into them.
Another central policy governing the future direction of OnlySP lies in a change to our reviews. No longer will the ten-point scale be used as it is a broken system. A subjective assessment of quality can not be equated to an arbitrary number, particularly when the lower half of the scale is used so rarely as to make it a pointless inclusion. Indeed, only four of the 145 games reviewed by OnlySP in 2016 scored below 5. On one hand, that statistic is a testament to the general quality of games being released, but having a score of 7 or 8 as an average is untenable.
To remedy this problem, beginning for January 1, 2017, OnlySP’s reviews will adopt the scale used by the university I attended, with five levels of increasing quality: fail, pass, credit, distinction, and high distinction. For more information about these levels and the reasoning behind the scale’s adoption, please look over our revised review policy.
OnlySP’s goal in 2017 is to raise the bar in terms of the kind of content that we produce. We want to provide more details in our news, go more in-depth with our editorials and interviews, and justify ourselves more fully in our reviews. We want to provide you, the reader, with the kind of coverage and content that you deserve, even if we are a bit slower off the mark than other sources.
If OnlySP is to survive, however, it must thrive and we need your help for that. If you come across an article of interest, please share it on your social media channels, and engage with us and each other in the comments. Also, if you want updates on the status of OnlySP and previews of upcoming content (among other random thoughts), follow me on Twitter.
2017 is a new journey, and we hope that you will be alongside us for it.