The Think Services Effect

Only a few months away from the blog – so might well be worth a quick update with what I’ve been up to. Actually, I updated the bio page, so that would be a good start:

“I’m currently a Group Publisher at Think Services, encompassing game products such as the Maggie award-winning Game Developer magazine and the double Webby award-winning Gamasutra website, the top information sources for professional video game developers – plus the GameSetWatch editor weblog. I also act as publisher for the Dr Dobb’s series of products for programmers, including the Dr Dobb’s Journal magazine and website. Finally, I function as Chairman of the yearly ‘Sundance Festival for games’, the Independent Games Festival, which holds its awards at Think Services’ Game Developers Conference yearly.”

So, I guess the new stuff you might notice in there is the Dr Dobb’s Journal ownership – I’m helping oversee the venerable programming magazine/website franchise, founded in 1975 or so. So far under my watch, we’ve launched Dobbs Code Talk, a Joomla-based community blogging/forum site that we’ve recruiting some excellent expert bloggers for, as well as The Dobbs Challenge, which is a ‘mod your game’ competition with full source code for Windows and Windows Mobile games, and $10,000 in prizes for making new game variants from the code.

Also coming soon – a redesign of key Dobbs website DDJ.com, and we’re also looking at possibilities for the venerable and rather wonderful Byte franchise, which Think Services (the new name for our part of CMP under United Business Media) also owns. So that’s that stuff, at least. But I’m still doing the game stuff too.

Otherwise, still keepin’ on – and really enjoying puzzling out new media, services, and high quality editorial in the 21st century web weirdness. Oh yeah, and Gamasutra got nominated for a Webby again, third year running. Yay. See you all soon.

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