Heeellloooo TAY! Our gaming drought is finally over now, or about to be. January was for playing all those games you may have gotten during the holidays. February’s all for thinking about your backlogs but here’s another idea too: Let’s Add a Little Spicy Challenge By Doing More!

Introducing: Theme Week

We wouldn’t be the first to do something like this. This isn’t entirely original. But what it could be is fun. It all depends on what you want to do.

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I know that many of you are hard-pressed for time, or not feeling very motivated. It happens. It sure does to me. But I’m hoping we can do something together to encourage our fine fellow TAY’ers that hitting the publish button isn’t so daunting. Or that getting to know your fellow TAY’ers a little bit more shouldn’t be a scary situation. Or simply to let you all know and each other that all of your contributions matter.

The rules of Theme Week are simple: Write, Art, Discuss, Encourage.

I’ll give you a theme which you can all mull over this week and next, and then in the final week of February, you post something related to the theme to TAY.

What can that something be? Here’s an idea, and some things to get you started:

  • It doesn’t have to be a 3,000 word essay. It can be a paragraph or two. It can be a topic discussion — some of the easiest ways to engage the community is to put forth a simple question. It can be an invitation to watch you stream a game. It can be a song you want to share. It can be a silly or amazing drawing. A poem. A piece of tasteful satire. A fictional story. A hilarious screenshot with a few words to back it up.
  • You don’t have to have TAY authorship to participate. Maybe you’re testing the waters and don’t know how to start. This is a great time to try! So how do you get seen? Tag your article with “TAY Classic” and someone will share it over.
  • No Pressure. The point of Theme Week is to get our creative juices flowing and to have fun. You don’t have to participate, TAY. If someone does participate though, the only thing I’d suggest is that we give that person some feedback even in the simplest of ways. A “great article” comment goes a long way, and if you can do more to have a thoughtful discussion with the author, awesome. It’s the sort of thing we should be doing as is, theme week or not. I know we don’t always have the time to comment but trying is something we can all do.

Now that that’s out of the way, what’s the theme then?

For this round it’s going to be:

Love!

That’s broad and unruly as is (And after all of that, kind of terrible a theme, Z. Shush you). It can be about your favourite couple in video games, your favourite game at the moment or your favourite game from gaming past, your favourite song from a game, best experiences. It can be about brotherly or sisterly love. Friendships. How much you adore the pairing you went with in next week’s Fire Emblem: Fates. You know you will. Anything you can think of!


Alright, that’s it from me. Any questions, let me know. Just trying a thing here, and we’ll see what comes of it.

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Although the *deadline* for theme week will be the last week in February, you can even start posting now if you wanted to (you know, in case you had some Valentine’s related posts in mind). Of course, all of your articles as part of Theme Week or your regular writing will be welcome and read.

Happy Theme Week, TAY!