I've been part of this site for almost a decade, and I'm getting a bit worried about the state of the site. When I stumbled across Gaming.SE from SO, it was quite impressive compared to most gaming sites or forums I'd had seen before. For many types of questions, you could get very good and concise answers here.
A while after I started to participate, the site really took off with the Skyrim event. The amount of content and the amount of views increased enormously, and for the most part we actually managed to keep a reasonably high level of quality. There were a few events after that, and the amount of content created did exceed my expectations by far. But while the real prizes certainly helped to attract content, it certainly didn't feel like the activity before all those events was too low. The prizes certainly had an effect, but we also had a pretty healthy level of activity before them.
I'm a bit worried about the site now. The activity seems very low in many areas, and especially in the kind of games I've been playing recently. For the most part my taste in games is very mainstream, and I've been mostly playing the typical AAA single-player releases. So pretty much the kind of games that by definition have a very large audience. The part that surprised me was just how low the activity for these kind of games has been on the site recently. I admit that some of these games just don't invite many questions, not every game can be Skyrim. But even for games that should have plenty of questions the activity on the site remained very, very low.
The most recent game I've played is Ghost of Tsushima, and on the site there are only two questions about it, both of them asked by me. This is the biggest game released in the last week, and it's also an open world game of the kind that does tend to trigger good questions on our site. But there has been essentially no activity on it at all apart from me.
If I wasn't invested in this site already, I probably wouldn't ask anything here at all at this point. The quality of the answers recently hasn't been impressive in the areas where I've been active. It simply doesn't feel like there is a big enough audience to answer questions for many popular games.
A long time ago I argued that this site is different than every other SE site. We essentially change our topic entirely every few weeks, there are always new games coming out and we can't rely on any established set of Q&A and SEO for these. My impression is that this problem has caught up to us, and the site is simply not working all that well for new games.
I don't have any good ideas on how to solve this issue, which is why I waited a long time before posting it. But the way I perceive the site right now, it is mostly useful for specific gaming niches, but I would not expect to get good answers for major new games here. And I find that quite sad, as there was a time where posted questions here and received absolutely excellent answers for games that were just released days ago.
Is there anything we can do to handle the constantly changing scope of our site better?