When we asked for input in our 2019 Community Check-in, one of the themes present in more than one answer was the desire to build a feeling of belonging to a community and encourage participation in asking and answering questions by using contests, events, tournaments and the like. Now we want to hear your suggestions on what kinds of events we should hold!
Events? What are those?
If you weren't here when the site was young, you might not know that Arqade used to have different kinds of events back in the day, such as:
- The Promotional Grants, buying games for users to ask and answer questions about.
- Mass Effect 3 Missions, the Answer Swarm, and Diablo III Acts, sets of game-themed challenges to be completed on Arqade.
- Game On!, a series of events played by members of the community, and then uploaded to YouTube.
- Movie Nights, in which users watched movies together.
The last two were organized entirely by Arqade users, with no external support from the Stack Exchange network. While more SE-sponsored events are not outside the realm of possibility, we’re thinking all our future events will be community-run, with no prizes beyond the friends we made along the way. The main goal of these events will be to bring the community together and perhaps motivate users to ask and answers questions about the featured games.
We're hoping to get a variety of suggestions, with a focus on events that can involve anyone in the community. For example, a tournament for a niche game might not receive much attention without enough players, or a Let's Play of slow-paced puzzle game might not be very entertaining to watch, even if very fun to play. Suggestions for both one-time events and recurrent series of events are welcome.
In the end, we are here because we enjoy gaming, so let’s game together.