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The sun was beaming in Seattle last Friday as streams of beautiful, smiling faces poured into the convention center to kick off PAX Prime 2011. But hidden away in a dark, echoing service corridor, a quieter energy buzzed. Editors paced and gestured and gave hushed speeches to walls. Filmmakers crouched beneath stacks of chairs. A wizard adjusted his robe. In one hour, PC Gamer’s first ever PC Gaming Press Conference would be underway. Yes, a press conference for gamers… put on by the press. Fantastic!


Why throw a PC press conference at PAX? Like PAX, collaboration and community are at the core of PC gaming, and unlike the consoles, no one gets on a big stage at E3 with smoke machines and lasers and jumps around telling us why we should be excited about it. So what about fans of that vibrant, unique, outlandishly creative thing called PC gaming? Who speaks directly to them? Well, PC Gamer does. And did. And we’ll do it again, so watch the video, because it’s the start of something big. (And if you don’t think it’s relevant to you, mister “I’m not much of a PC gamer,” just wait until you see Hawken. Holy crap.)

But PC Gamer’s conference isn’t the only reason my words are snuggled up with you under GamesRadar’s lovely orange glow, because um yeah, hi! I’m Tyler, and you may remember that I used to write stuff here. A few months ago, I packed up my toys and strolled twenty feet down the hall to join PC Gamer as associate editor. When asked why, all I could say was that I was given a very exciting opportunity. Now I can finally tell you: that opportunity was PC Gamer Digital.

Above: New media just got newer

Digital is fearlessly new - a downloadable application with unique, interactive features that completely transform the way we cover games. The magazine and website aren’t going away, but their new sibling is due on Steam soon, and there’s nothing else like it.

 Logan Decker, PC Gamer’s electrifying editor-in-chief, announced Digital about half-way through our conference. To paraphrase Logan (read: steal even more stuff he’s said), I could talk all day about Digital, but I’d rather just show it to you, so watch the conference, and stay tuned to www.pcgamer.com for further announcements.

  Above: PC Gamer Digital is all about self-directed experiences—think of it as a companion for gamers

 So now you know: I’m working with an immensely talented team to help create the future of media. Exciting enough for you? Oh, not that websites are the past or anything. Websites are awesome. Especially this one. Soo… gotta go!

 (I am honored to have contributed to the radiant, unstoppable electromagnetic force that is GamesRadar, and privileged to continue working in the vicinity of its super-human staff. Except for Brett Elston. What a jerk!)

 (Have fun at Capcom, Brett.)

 Aug 30, 2011

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13 comments

  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - August 31, 2011 9:54 a.m.

    @Spybreak8 Hey, it was our first go! It was incredibly difficult to pull off, and a huge amount of credit goes to the PCG team for making it happen. We aren't Microsoft or Sony, and we didn't have unlimited resources to throw at this - just some AV equipment, talented people, and a lot of passion. Thanks for watching, and I guarantee it'll get bigger and better every year! And thank you all for the kind comments and support for PC Gamer Digital - it's going to be fantastic. Except you, db1331, oh you troll you.
  • db1331 - August 31, 2011 5:22 a.m.

    Why have a conference for something that has been dying for 10 years now?
  • Spybreak8 - August 30, 2011 11:41 p.m.

    To the PC Gamer Digitial idea, good thing. To the pacing of this conference, gotta work on that. Sure E3 shows bad press conferences but they integrate trailers, gameplay footage and the like to keep everyone entertained (they're also rehearsed). It was hard to watch at spots and I almost fell asleep watching this. Tyler, it was great to hear your voice when you were describing PC Gamer Digital, hope that works out and you dominate it with your tech savy self. Been a big PC Gamer in the past and it would be optimistic to say I'll stay one in the future. Well at least when Guild Wars 2 comes out right haha.
  • grappler51 - August 30, 2011 10:14 p.m.

    It was nice to hear your voice at the beginning of that video Tyler, I'm really looking forward to digital!! And also I'm gonna miss Brett on the podcast :(
  • santaclouse37 - August 30, 2011 6:54 p.m.

    Been wondering what that secret project was ever since you mentioned it when leaving. Gotta say, you didn't disappoint. This looks like a genuinely innovative new media platform.
  • TheCanuck - August 30, 2011 5:19 p.m.

    Feels good to be a PC gamer again. All hail the Wildeman.
  • ChrisCultista - August 30, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    Tyler voices PC Gamers new baby PAXness? Hmmm someone rose through those ranks like a MOFO!
  • Errrrbo - August 30, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    Tyler, my man, I'm getting all nostalgic seeing you put up an article of GamesRadar.
  • ggbrad - August 30, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    wow, this is really awesome!! Finally, someone did this!
  • ggbrad - August 30, 2011 3:27 p.m.

    YAY PC GAMING
  • juicenpancakes - August 30, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    It's great to see that PC Game has top men, TOP MEN, on PC Gamer Digital. You have single-handedly made me a PC Gamer fan, Mr. Wilde. I'll definitely keep my eye on this grand new venture.
  • UberNoob - August 30, 2011 2:57 p.m.

    Yay! PC gamers getting attention! I don't feel so lonesome now :)

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