By Frank Caron | Published: March 15, 2007 – 03:08PM CT
The latest endeavor from the minds behind Wikipedia is a running series of open-source “magazines” meant to allow a constant flow of editable news and opinion on all kinds of different topics. Of interest to gamers is the Gaming.wikia. The company says that Gaming.wikia “focuses on computer and video games, includes information on games for all types of consoles, as well as tips and tricks for popular video games.” Dan Lewis, VP of business development at Wikia, had this to say about these new magazines:
The ‘open-source magazines’ we’re unveiling today are focused largely around topics where passionate people have already started collaborating online. he launch of Tunes, Cars, Gaming and Health is a continuation of our mission to open-source the creation and development of content around every topic imaginable—so we are obviously not stopping here.
Much of the functionality behind the site is vaguely similar to that of sites like digg: fresher and more popular stories are moved to the top of the list, while various content filters (most voted on stories, most recent, most popular, etc.) are available through the site. Based on the content that the site current offers, it appears that the focus is on opinion first and news second. The attempt to build a site that is an amalgamation of community-based sites like YouTube and digg is obvious, leading me to wonder whether or not this new venture will be able to take off. We’ll be keeping our eye on the new site to see how it progresses. If nothing else, Gaming.wikia will serve as a new and fresh platform for gamers to share ideas and opinions.