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Lift Off!

I’m so excited to be launching the site today! I use the term “launch” very loosely. Technically, I’ve been running the site for over 8 months now, so I suppose today is more of a very delayed grand opening. As far as these things go, this launch is a little sloppy. If you’ve been following my “Prepping for Launch” series then you know the lofty goals I set for myself. I’ve only been able to accomplish some of these things. Luckily there’s enough ready for me to feel comfortable sharing the site with the world!

It is a great feeling to finally unveil this project to more than just my close friends and family, even though there probably won’t be that much viewership outside my immediate circle for the time being. And speaking of “circle”, our podcast Trust Sircle! is back for a second season! Renz and I have been hard at working developing a more structured talk show, complete with recurring segments and greater interactivity with the fans! My biggest inspirations for how to run the show are Greg Miller and Colin Moriarty who recently left IGN’s Podcast Beyond. So if elements of our new format feel familiar, it is because Trust Sircle! is modeled after one of the great podcast on the Internet.

The weekly content is better than ever. We have a new team of passionate writers who are ready to make a statement and help cultivate a culture of positivity in the gaming community. With about ten new writers, you can look forward to a lot more coverage than I could ever do on my own. In fact, check out the first article by one of the newbies!

There has never been a better time to join the Top Shelf Gaming community! If you’re new here, check out the Featured Articles slider on the home page. For the first few weeks, I’ll post some of the TSG’s best content up there so newcomers to the site can catch up on the goodness they missed.

A lot of work is happening in the background. Most of it you won’t notice, but it is all being done to provide you with a fantastic user experience. Updates will roll out periodically instead of all at once like I originally planned on. I severely underestimated the amount of technical skill required to implement some of the features I wanted to. Rest assured that while Devin and I work on how to make the site prettier, awesome articles will keep on coming. So grab a step ladder, climb up to the top shelf and join us on our new venture!

Written by Marcus Garrett

Marcus created Top Shelf Gaming to celebrate the awesome things about the video game industry while challenging the areas of the video game community that could be improved. He loves playing guitar and eating tacos, but never at the same time.

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