By Richard Ross / September 25th, 2013
Over the past two years, Operation Rainfall has gone from grassroots fan campaign to video game website. While we can rest on where we are today, sometimes, it’s good to switch things up a little. Today, we’re going to detail the various small and somewhat bigger changes.
Mainstream Games Become Equal on oprainfall
We love us some niche gaming goodness, but at the same time, we also like video games in general, which include games that stand outside the realm of niche. Operation Rainfall has always been about wanting equal treatment of the games we like rather than having them pushed aside. Continuing to ignore mainstream games would sort of go against what we stand for. By remaining a niche-only site, we also restrict the variety of topics we can actually talk about, and even some of the games we do talk about aren’t technically niche. (I’m looking at you, Final Fantasy.) We’re going to loosen up our self-imposed restrictions to allow for a more diverse range of games we can talk about.
So does this mean there’s going to be less niche news?
No. Think of this more as in addition to what we already do as opposed to a complete replacement. For example, if we put out ten articles about niche games, we’ll strive to put out ten articles about mainstream games. I will say, though, that we probably won’t cover certain military shooters, so don’t think we’re about to unleash tons of articles detailing Call of Duty.
Games of the Past Reviews = Retro Reviews
Games of the Past reviews have always been a nice way to revisit games that have long since become old news. While we’re not going to stop doing those reviews, perhaps we can clean up the name so it’s not such a mouthful to say. From now on, Games of the Past reviews will simply be known as Retro Reviews.
On that note, we’re also redefining our own definition of what retro is and what will just be a plain review.
A game will qualify as a Retro Review if the game lands in the generation of the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube (and the DS and PSP handhelds) or earlier. Everything beyond that generation will simply be a plain review. This allows us to continue reviewing the games we want to review without going through the crisis of calling a not-really-that-old game retro.
We’ve had a YouTube channel for awhile now that has been manned by our own Chris Stollings. While his Operation Recap is a good start, we realize that perhaps we should be adding more original content. We’re working on producing new original content for your enjoyment.
But we would like to know what you would like to see. Leave a comment letting us know what kinds of videos you would like to see. We’ll be sure to look at the more reasonable requests!