THE GAMES JOURNAL TO BECOME A PAY-TO-VIEW SITE!

No, not really, I'll explain more a bit later. I'm glad to see that after my comment in last month's letters column that the number of letters has increased.

Consider this yet another plea for submissions. I think some people are intimidated about writing and that's understandable but I think you'll find that its a lot easier (and rewarding) than you might think.

Contributing does not have to be limited to writing articles though. I understand that it's a lot of work and the type of thing that not everyone would enjoy. However, I don't think it's too much to ask that regular readers write in at least every once in a while with some sort of comment. Certainly you've got an opinion or further thought on something you've read here? If not, perhaps a quick idea you've been thinking about. I know from experience that coming up with ideas for an article is often the most difficult part of writing so having a few suggestions floated can only be a good thing.

Which brings us to the above headline. I really enjoy the work I put into The Games Journal but at times it feels too much like work and not enough like fun.

Based on the web stats, it appears that a great many people enjoy visiting the site each month and that's pleasing to me. The only real "payment" any of the contributors get for their efforts is feedback from readers. I'm not talking about "I really liked your article" emails (although those are nice) but any sort of comment on what you've read. If this source of "income" falters, I can guarantee you that it will eventually lead to the end of this publication. So, if you like what you read here, I urge you to consider writing in as "payment" for our efforts. If half of our regular readers wrote a single e-mail once a year, I'd be ecstatic with the response. If our content is so poor that we can't generate even a tenth of this (and right now we're not) then perhaps it isn't worth continuing?

-Greg Aleknevicus

I'm happy to say that this month's letters column is probably the best yet and perhaps the most interesting thing in this month's issue. A very pleasant surprise and I hope it continues. Some very interesting comments both pro and con on the selling of thrift store games and plenty of other good stuff. I also received many responses urging the continuation of The Games Journal and I thank all those that wrote in. Very nice to receive such encouragement. If this level of "audience participation" continues, the fears I raise at left are unlikely to be realized.

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