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The Future of Gamnesia

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Gamnesia’s E3 2016 Show Floor Team

Hey, everyone. Let’s have a candid chat about the future of Gamnesia. If you’ve been following us for a long time, you probably know the site has gone through a lot of changes over the years. Gamnesia started as a small offshoot of Zelda Informer writers looking to try their hand at writing about other topics. It eventually grew, then spun off into its a standalone brand. Much later it became part of the Enthusiast Gaming network, joining sites like Nintendo Enthusiast, Destructoid, The Escapist, Gameumentary, and more. Now it’s time for Gamnesia to evolve once again. 

Some may remember a lengthy stretch of time about two years ago where the site was largely inactive. This was due to an advertising partner putting us in a financial bind that forced our most active employees to take time off from the site to provide for themselves in other ways. Thankfully, we eventually recovered with the help of Enthusiast Gaming. 

We were able to get a little momentum back after this, but there were still a lot of other problems behind the scenes. Gamnesia runs on some old, outdated tech that’s been getting buggier by the day and isn’t easily or cheaply fixed. There’s also the fact that Gamnesia’s audience is largely comprised of Nintendo fans – a holdover from the days when we were a sister site to Zelda Informer. It really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to have both Gamnesia and Nintendo Enthusiast posting many of the same stories. 

With all these factors in mind, a solution was reached: Gamnesia and Nintendo Enthusiast are merging. I’ll personally be moving over to Nintendo Enthusiast as Managing Editor, doing pretty much the same stuff I’ve been doing at Gamnesia for many years. The writing teams from the two websites will merge into one unified force working together to provide Nintendo news coverage and to craft original content. If you’ve enjoyed the content Gamnesia’s team has produced over the years, we highly encourage you to continue enjoying it at Nintendo Enthusiast. That’s where we’ll be posting our news, opinion pieces, interviews, reviews, and podcasts going forward. 

So what happens to Gamnesia? All the content we’ve built up over the years isn’t disappearing! Gamnesia will become a subdomain of Nintendo Enthusiast, and the current URL will (eventually) take you to its new home there. The thousands of articles we’ve written over the years will be preserved in an archive that anyone can browse any time. 

In addition to that archive, this retooled Gamnesia will include an extensive, ever-growing library of hilarious video game memes. We have a following of over 600,000 fans on Facebook, many of which follow us largely for the memes we post. However, thanks to Facebook’s algorithms, even popular posts are only seen by a small fraction of our followers. It can also be a huge pain to browse back more than a few days to find older posts. As such, we’re designing the new Gamnesia to be the place to go when you want to browse video game memes. Sary, the fantastic Facebook manager who has been filling your news feeds with memes for more than a year, will be running the show. Bookmark the page, and you’ll never miss out on a funny, nostalgic, or heart-warming image.

The new Gamnesia will launch soon, and in the meantime, some of our writers are already migrating over to their new home at Nintendo Enthusiast. It’s a big change, but it’s one we believe is for the best in the long term. We want to thank everyone who has followed Gamnesia through its various stages over the years, and we hope to see many of you in our next stage.

Ben Lamoreux

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