It is with something of a heavy heart that we are announcing an indefinite hiatus of all things The Gaming Liberty as of right now.
The decision comes after much soul searching on behalf of everyone at TGL, not least the original 2009 co-founders Joseph and Shane. This is something we thought we would never actually have to consider internally, let alone communicate to our readers. But at this time, we feel that this is an important decision for us and for what TGL represents.
Running a website like TGL is no easy feat, not least when the site doesn’t actually represent your traditional “9 to 5”. In our near four years in this space – we have never, not for one minute, questioned the validity of what we were doing. Even in those early days when we had literally no idea what we what it is that we should be doing with TGL, we stuck with it, grew organically and figured out our own rhythm along the way. We’ve celebrated some significant highs and successes and experienced some all encompassing low points behind the scenes. It’s been a maelstrom of ups and downs, but we wouldn’t have changed it for the world.
We live and breathe TGL. We really do. We’ve never put things off, never said “I’ll just leave that reveal till the morning to post on the site” or never shied away from a 5am start because some game executive top brass in Tokyo has something new to announce at a time that suits him and not us. Setting alarms at stupid o’clock in the “am” is part of the responsibility of running a site like TGL. And if there’s one thing that we’ve always been proud of, is just how on the button we are. We’ve always tried our best to be on top of things. If something new has been revealed, rumoured or rated – we’d be there with the news that matters in the seconds and minutes that followed. And we’ve never bragged about how good we might think we are. Never. Not for one second. That invalidates the process. We have more negatives to say about TGL than we do positives. There is always more we could be doing, of course there is. But there’s an intent and an sincerity in what we do, that we are personally very proud of. We’re not patting ourselves on the backs here, merely acknowledging that, at the very least, we’ve always done the best job we could always do - even with all of the limitations that exist in this space.
You know, if you look around you, particularly in Ireland, there’s never been such a spectacular selection of gaming news, reviews, features websites and blogs now. It’s great. We love it. And we love what those guys are doing with their respective creations. But it’s incredible, when you think about it, how some of these spaces will strive to profess to the “best in Ireland” title. These sites have gone on to proclaim to have attracted millions of unique visitors a year, yet, the site will only publish six news stories during the week of something like E3 for example. These sites will openly brag about how great they are and how other sites in Ireland are mere shadows of what they do (believe us, we see the Facebook comments, read the articles and more than just skim the tweets). In all honesty it’s exhausting and frustrating to watch – let alone be associated with, yet, by contributing to such activities it helps to cultivate a culture of competition and unnecessary nonsense that literally makes no sense at all. Running a website, be it about games or something else, should never be about trying to “1-up” other sites that share your mutual interest. Really it’s about being as honest to yourself as you can be, and to remain honest to your readers. Honesty is the only reason TGL has made it this far. And it is honesty that is more than motivating this tough decision to put things on ice for a while.
The decision to put a halt to TGL is therefore not motivated by success or a lack there of. We’re doing really well here. We’re bloody proud of this thing. Our hits have been fuelled by your passion – a passion that saw nearly a million readers pass through TGL last year alone. Since 2009, we’ve published over 11,000 items of news, interviews and original content – a feat not many can proclaim. All that and primarily, there’s only two people typing the words that you read here daily. But even if our numbers of readers fell to a few hundred or a few thousand, we’d keep going to keep those people happy. That’s how we roll.
In truth, we’re taking this time out to recharge our batteries. This generation is over. The big boys are already boasting their next generation wares and to be honest, we’d like to take a little time to digest it all, not least because we don’t know how we actually feel about it all. Console wars, franchise repetition, on-disc DLC, price points, curious restrictions and unthinkable decisions by some if not all of the big boys – have us withered. We just want to play games – like the old days. It shouldn’t be about all the other stuff. It should always ALWAYS be about games.
Formalities aside, it’s important to realize two things: 1. We’ve made a lot of sacrifices to keep TGL running, and 2. Through these sacrifices realized that NOTHING in this life is more important than your personal life – those that mean the most to you: your friends and your family. We want to take a moment to thank them for their unanimous support over the last four years, and look forward to spending more time with them.
To our dear readers, our twitter followers, our Facebook fans, people who have contributed to the site, people who have done work experience with us, the people who email us daily, the people who barrage our personal Facebook profiles with news they think should be on TGL at 3.23am while we are sleeping, the people who call us up for our spelling errors, the people who have criticized us, the people who have praised us, the people in the industry who have supported us and have been 100% behind us from the beginning, WE ARE NOTHING WITHOUT YOU. THANK YOU THE MOST. WE LOVE YOU ALL.
This isn’t the end of TGL. We would never go down without a fight. We’re taking this break because it’s the right thing for us and for the site right now. It’s a heartbreaking call to make, but it’s the right move. We can take some solace from that, and we hope you can too.
As for now, have a great summer and happy gaming. Here’s to you readers and friends………..here’s……….to………you.