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Xboxic WILL return, soon…

Dearest readers, all of you will have noticed the news has pretty much dried up here of late. Sadly, writers have come and gone and as it is at the moment, we simply don’t have enough contributors to get the job done. Some of you are pleased about this, others not so much. Therefore we are asking you, fellow fans, to save the site you love…

If you have the necessary English skills to do a competent job, then we are interested. We hope to hire around four or five people who demonstrate the want to do a good job for free. We have a rigid editing system in place (yours truly) and at this time of year, there’s absolutely tonnes to post about.

If you are interested, here’s what to do. Simply write two posts about any subject relevant to Xbox in the style of Xboxic. So basically we are looking for a serious news article but with more personality than what you get on other websites. Bring your post to life with your own wit and charm. Just a couple of guidelines:

  • Must be 18 and over
  • No first person narrative
  • No headings or titles other than the leading headline
  • For normal articles we expect three paragraphs minimum (so don’t send in your articles that are based around a demo released, with details copy-pasted from Major Nelson!)

We don’t have too many rules and despite this being a voluntary position, there are standards to maintain and we do expect at least one post per day (there is usually opportunity for more of course). Obviously we make exceptions for holidays! We don’t plan to start up Reviews and Features right away, but if you think you have a good idea then you’re more than welcome to suggest whatever springs to mind once selected.

If you are interested, send along your two articles to rossko@icgamers.com where all staff will be sure to read every single entry we get. Don’t forget to provide a contact address so we can get back to you. Where possible, we aim to respond to everyone who sends stuff in, successful or otherwise.

There’s no real closing window for this, so don’t rush it and hopefully we shall hear from you soon! Let it be known that on behalf of the whole ICGamers staff, we are sorry for this temporary interruption of service, and we hope to return as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience.

Ross Hayward
Xbox Editor

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Comment by Only Gunslinger (MoD Gunslinger) on 2008-10-23 00:13:13 | Reply

Bah O_o
I will give it a go.

Comment by Nekro on 2008-10-23 00:20:51 | Reply

Wooo, glad all is not forgotten. I almost started to lose hope, but the team has come through. Wish it was sooner but I’m happy now.

Might give it a go, but I dunno if I have what it takes. I certainly would love the opportunity though.

Anyway, thanks for informing us about what was happening guys and look forward to the return.

It never ceases to amaze me, how pages like yours, that obviously earn SOME kind of money, still don’t pay the ones doing the hard work. That’s just plain arrogant.

And then they wonder, why people stop writing for them…

It never ceases to amaze me at how ignorant so many of the commenters are around here.

Have you ever considered the upkeep of the site, you know, the thing that keeps it available on the internet, how much that costs? For small sites such as this, the books often don’t balance, hence no pay scheme.

If you wanna be a dick, fine. But there are some people who have no issues working for free and maintaining the site to the required standard. If you don’t want to that’s cool, but don’t mock others for wanting to help.

Comment by o Pizzle o on 2008-10-23 03:14:13 | Reply

hey man, I’ve been coming to this site for a while now and love it. It’s my main site for news about Xbox, hell I even go to the playstation and nintendo sites!

I would kill for the chance to possibly post some news for the site, that I visit on a daily basis.

I already have some demanding jobs, but sitting down and writing a few paragraphs I could do (for free too!). Expect something in your inbox from me.

The blog I write for is a lot smaller than your network and strangely enough it is possible to pay for the insane amount of upkeep you speak of, and pay seven writers at least a little something (~ two dollars per article).

Letting people write for nothing is a practice very common on the interwebs these days and it is just not fair. You have to put a lot of time and effort in good articles and whoever works good and hard should be rewarded for what he or she is doing.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2008-10-23 13:41:31 | Reply

Define reward?

Keeping a good site running so as to log on through work Firewalls and read independent opinions rather than the usual copy and pasted shite seems like a decent reward.

Reward doesn’t need to have a cash value.

I ain’t saying I can dedicate days worth of work a week but if I want to dedicate any of my time to running it for free then I will. I won’t bitch about not getting paid for it as I will be rewarded by keeping it running.

Unlike you, who isn’t offering any time or help but finds the time to let loose some negative, unconstructive lame cockfag opinion.

Suck a fat one bitch tits.

If you don’t like it feel free to start your own and also feel free to shower your writers with money. *wink*

It’s not fair? People are WILLING to do it for free, it’s not as if we force them. But I see you run a foreign site so perhaps your grasp of the English language isn’t great. That or you really are just retarded.

Comment by Veritas on 2008-10-23 19:33:40 | Reply

I only want to do it for the experience. It looks good on a resume (or CV) when you can say you’ve been writing for a website for a few years.

Real mature you guys. Did you see me using one swearword or attacking you personally? Picking on my oviously supreme englisch writing skills is your last resort? Way to handle negative criticism.

Oh and by the way, just because people are willing to work for free doesn’t mean it’s okay to let them do it. Seeing it has worked out so well for you…

You attack this site and you are surprised that the people who operate or just enjoy the site attacked you back?

It wasn’t negative criticism it was a pointless rant. Nobody is forcing anyone to write for free. If you don’t want to do it then it is simple…Don’t. Nobody is holding a gun to your head. Some people might just enjoy writing. It is also a good opportunity for a few amateur writers to get their foot in the door.

Comment by Nino on 2008-10-23 09:58:05 | Reply

Echtzeit, pathetic excuse for a troll, click here.

Comment by ETHAN COLE 1 on 2008-10-23 00:54:31 | Reply

:(

Comment by ManoDestra on 2008-10-23 02:08:43 | Reply

Sounds interesting. I’ll have a good go at it, I reckon.

Comment by Rabid on 2008-10-23 04:03:56 | Reply

Oh man i wish i had the time to make an article a day. I’d definitely give it a go. If this site died, I don’t know where I’d go. (Even tho i don’t post very often, I’m here every day)

Comment by Veritas on 2008-10-23 04:18:26 | Reply

I forgot, I was supposed to send Niels some examples a while ago… whoops.

Comment by dog eggs on 2008-10-23 05:14:18 | Reply

whilst the intensions of many of you are good do you realy have what it takes to write for this site, I doubt it. Where are you going to get your “news” from you all come here for it! You will have to spend all
Day trolling around the web for snippits of info unless you somehow have a relationship with all the major game houses and developers. It’s harder than you may think. I’m not trying to put any body off just think about it because it’s quite a big commitment.

Love the site by the way

Comment by dog eggs on 2008-10-23 05:16:12 | Reply

On my iPhone :)

Comment by strahd01 on 2008-10-23 06:11:50 | Reply

Not really Xboxic was hardly ever first to post news but it was great at esoteric news, stuffs that other site barely got. There wouldn’t be too much sniffing. You hit Gamespot, IGN, Major Nelson, G4TV, NG4, and Google News and hit news buttons probably would take 20 mins to probe for some good news no one else has and then write it up if people did that this would once again be the place to come because those sites don’t always cover small stories while some do and they alternate. Wouldn’t be hard you just need to be serious.

Comment by dog eggs on 2008-10-23 08:06:28 | Reply

20mins how many times aday?!

Comment by Only Gunslinger (MoD Gunslinger) on 2008-10-23 16:07:20 | Reply

The end of.

Comment by StGermain on 2008-10-23 06:12:37 | Reply

The thing is most news comes from Major Nelson’s site but the reading format is much more pleasing to the eye here.

So Ross if you hire five people that means we can expect three to five articles daily?

I would help you out but my daytime job (IS Mgr for an American Multinational) is rather demanding and when I get home to the wife and four children they need my attention too. As is I hardly have time to actually play some games on my 360. But hey with this recession jobs are falling like dominoes so who news what happens next week :)

We’re trying to hire an extra 3-5 writers, on top of those that remain, so we hope to have a constant flow of news again. It may take time, but hopefully we should see progress!

“The thing is most news comes from Major Nelson’s site but the reading format is much more pleasing to the eye here.”

Exactly! For example when Major Nelson posts a demo or arcade game I always come here to look at it. Unlike Major Nelson this website actually post a picture of the game which can be helpful to determine whether it is one that I might want or not.

Comment by McGrude on 2008-10-23 07:01:16 | Reply

I could try to submit news more often for others to summarize and write about, but I don’t have the time or inclination to write articles. Good luck XBoxic I hope it works out. I’ve had high hopes for this site since the beginning.

I can say from my own experience (ex crew member Xboxic) it’s a great job to do. I joined team ICGamers in 2006 and all I can say the team is great and there is no pressure. I couldn’t do the job anymore because of my work, but I’ll love to see ICGamers back up and running again. Hopefully when my english is top notch and i have the time for it i’ll return to ICG :) Goodluck Guys :)

Comment by Wet Vein on 2008-10-23 08:44:09 | Reply

-Your english sounds pretty good.-

I wish I could help the site out. Unlike most of you… I actually have some time to kill. But sadly, I’m rarely in the right state of mind. Morphine will do that to you.

Anyway, to those that might give it a try… I say good luck. You never know, you might really enjoy it. And you could always stick it on your resume if you try and make a career out of it.

I’m glad the site is just sick, and not dead. Just like me. Get well soon.

Comment by StGermain on 2008-10-24 18:50:21 | Reply

I hope you get well too Wet Vein!

Comment by Nino on 2008-10-23 09:56:43 | Reply

Oh are we going to bring the old team back together? No one told me :(

Comment by The_Glovner on 2008-10-23 10:05:46 | Reply

Think it was just recently decided in the forums, I just found out anyway.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2008-10-23 08:51:08 | Reply

Fuck it, i’ll see what I can do.

Comment by sCHOCOLATE on 2008-10-23 10:34:40 | Reply

Just stick a finger in yer ear and go ting-a-ling-a-loo!

Comment by The_Glovner on 2008-10-23 10:46:29 | Reply

OOOOOooooooo that tickles!

Comment by screamidge on 2008-10-23 11:56:33 | Reply

cool i hope we see more up to date news soon:)

Comment by HotpocketSeansy on 2008-10-23 12:26:17 | Reply

The glovener would be good on here, a poster who has a funny opinion about games. And someone who doesn’t give a shit to what others say. Gunslinger too, and possibly veritas. All give lots on the news section of the site. Sean

Comment by Takumi on 2008-10-23 16:43:27 | Reply

Yeah i agree with the glovner and veritas i also think perhaps manodestra and nekro.

Comment by keemira on 2008-10-23 12:40:52 | Reply

with out this site im nothing!

Comment by dog eggs on 2008-10-23 15:22:20 | Reply

bioshock2 trailer now on the marketplace

Join the forums!

Comment by EUPHOR1C on 2008-10-23 17:08:45 | Reply

In the words of the group ‘Double You’ …..Please don’t go!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIAnkrPgTvY

quick question, if one were to get hired on as a writer, since theres no pay, would other perks be extended? ie invites to exclusive game conferences and special events? ;)

Depends how good you are… ;)

Comment by Worms on 2008-10-23 18:43:34 | Reply

Your comments on stories will get some kind of bling on them heh.

Comment by Anthony on 2008-10-23 19:04:41 | Reply

I noticed the same problem with Nintendic and PlayStatic; why haven’t those sites been updated recently?

Comment by dog eggs on 2008-10-23 19:23:48 | Reply

no shit Sherlock

Comment by Veritas on 2008-10-23 19:32:23 | Reply

They’re all the same group of writers.

Comment by dog eggs on 2008-10-23 20:43:16 | Reply

funny how this post onlyl made on xboxic and not the other two. Well no it’s not as the other two consoles are dieing breads and no one reads them any way!
;)

Just kidding

Thing is, as Xbox Editor it’s my decision to keep trying with Xboxic. S’up to the other editors about the other “divisions”. Having said that, if the new writers would like to help maintain those sites too then that’s absolutely fine, but one site is more manageable than three, which might be why we are where we are right now.

That’s one theory.

Comment by Lotus 111s on 2008-10-23 20:37:30 | Reply

All i can say is MAKE The_Glovner SITE BODYGUARD/BOUNCER/DOORMAN, i love his put downs on some of the retards that frequent news site like this, they always bring a smile to my face.

On a more serious note, i would happily write articles for this site, as i think the site has a certain maturity that alot of other news sites lack, my trouble is my English skills are severely lacking as i just blagged English at school. I know what i want to say, just i am terrible at putting it down on paper (or up on the screen)in any sort of professional manner. I will however keep posting news article’s, i mainly concentrate on Playstation news as that site seems to have less support.

Best of luck in finding a new team boys, i love this site, both Xboxic and Playstatic are the top of my RSS reader, most of my friends list’s on both machines are only people off this site, so i truly hope you can keep it rolling on, as it truly feels like a community.

Hoping for the best.

Lotus 111s

Comment by AugustusBot on 2008-10-23 22:05:25 | Reply

“No first person narrative”
Anyone see some humor in this comment, and where I could have gone were we allowed to post ‘first person narratives’ ?

;)

Comment by mass9 on 2008-10-23 22:31:49 | Reply

so you admit that you can tell the difference between 1st/3rd person in narrative.

This begs the Q: Why is this a foreign concept for shooter games? 1st =/= 3rd in any medium.

no?

Comment by AugustusBot on 2008-10-23 22:59:42 | Reply

Dude. Calm down.

I was merely making a joke that, whereas Ross meant ‘no stories detailing how awesome you are, from your point of view’, it could be read as ‘no long stories about First Person perspectives.’

“FPS” has evolved beyond it’s literal interpretation of camera styles, into a term descriptive of all games whose one and only purpose it so shoot enemies.

“Policemen” is not read literally as Police officers who are Men… it’s grown beyond that dated, literal read into a term which includes all people of the same type: Police.

You just don’t stop do you?

Comment by Takumi on 2008-10-24 00:14:04 | Reply

Own3d

Comment by kevgallacher on 2008-10-24 12:13:58 | Reply

““FPS” has evolved beyond it’s literal interpretation of camera styles, into a term descriptive of all games whose one and only purpose it so shoot enemies.”

No it hasn’t. fps are games were your perspective is from the protagonists view. While 3rd person shooters are over the shoulder views like Gears of War. Games like Halo and PDZ have both views in that the camera switches to over the shoulder views for certain situations.

Comment by mass9 on 2008-10-24 15:12:59 | Reply

Dude. I am calm.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third-person_shooter

vs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First-person_shooter

its not rocket science kiddo. And take it for what its worth, I’m just trying to get under your skin.

oh, and the Buckeyes suck monkey balls.

Comment by 88 on 2008-10-24 03:46:21 | Reply

shit…i would write but i lack both the time and sources that the writers have to know all of this stuff ahead of everyone else. i’m a loyal 2 year visitor, i dont always post but i like reading the constant insults between people in here, it brightens the day…to all of yas who plan on giving it a go i salute you, im sure all of us appreciate you trying to keep it alive.

Comment by unleash on 2008-10-24 10:58:17 | Reply

Well…I wish XBOXIC all the best in their endeavour to find some new writers.

I’ve also been visiting for quite some time, must be a couple of years by now. Although I don’t often post, I like to read them.

Keep XBOXIC ALIVE!

Comment by abdullah on 2008-10-24 12:09:48 | Reply

i arabic zoob means dick

Comment by The_Glovner on 2008-10-24 13:30:54 | Reply

And with that, you justified your existence.

Comment by Veritas on 2008-10-24 17:25:23 | Reply

*applauds*

Comment by StGermain on 2008-10-24 18:52:37 | Reply

That must be very important for you!

Comment by Veritas on 2008-10-24 17:26:37 | Reply

Are we allowed to be writers and still get into it with the commenters? ;) That’s the one thing I’d miss if I were to go for it.

Comment by mass9 on 2008-10-24 19:26:10 | Reply

depending on who’s commenting it might even be encouraged.

Comment by dog eggs on 2008-10-25 17:54:20 | Reply

So who has ant body submitted there handy work yet?
Who has taken up the gauntlet to further our just and noble cause!?!

Comment by dog eggs on 2008-10-25 17:55:43 | Reply

oops,Anybody

Comment by YoinkIRL on 2008-10-26 06:26:55 | Reply

I would totally submit some stuff in an attempt to help Xboxic out, but theres no way I would be able to post once per day.

Comment by Only Gunslinger (MoD Gunslinger) on 2008-10-26 07:28:11 | Reply

Same here.

Comment by kevgallacher on 2008-10-27 13:13:10 | Reply

same here

Comment by fagtits on 2008-10-27 15:38:53 | Reply

fagtits

If fagtits went away, I don’t know what I’d do with myself!!

Comment by Only Gunslinger (MoD Gunslinger) on 2008-10-28 01:46:33 | Reply

I have a feeling he will stay around =P

Comment by ManoDestra on 2008-10-29 04:20:46 | Reply

Maybe we’d actually have some content in posts that we could read, rather than the same tired old running gag? How’s that?

Comment by fagtits on 2008-10-29 15:37:09 | Reply

hows fagtits?

I applied… crosses fingers…

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