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Hey everyone. T27duck here with a quick site update.

I'm going to have to do some quick changes to the "Internet tubes" connecting goingsony.com to the server. There may be periods of time when the site is not reachable. If that happens, just try again later. Eventually everything will update and it will be smooth sailing from that point.

New Site Feature: Customizable News Filters

Now, control the torrential firehose of news as you like!

A new site feature has been recently launched that allows you to better tailor your news experience. Are you tired of reading rumors? Want less of a certain analyst in your life? Maybe you really really don't want to see comics from this one place in your feed? Now, you have some control.

Go to edit your profile; the link is in the navigation bar atop the site. See the image below (Step 1) for reference.

Then, click on "Custom Filters" from the various options on the left. See the image below (Step 2) for reference.

From there you will see a form where you can customize your news experience while logged in. You can set the main page to filter the content it displays by categories, tags, games, and title content. You'll even have your own custom RSS feed.

A couple things to note:

* This feature is still relatively new. Most, if not all, bugs should be sorted out, but some could still creep up. We are notified automatically of any critical site errors and will try to fix them as soon as possible.
* Your filters only apply to your special RSS feed and the main page of the site. They will not apply to forum topics, notifications, or viewing stories by category, tags, games, etc via other methods.
* You will always be able to view any story if you know the URL.
* False positives and negatives can happen. What you see or don't see is completely dependent upon the story author accurately titling stories, setting categories, tags, games, etc. If you ever notice a mistake, feel free to use the "Fix this story!" link on every story..we'll even give you an assist credit for helping out.

Thoughts? Comments? Complaints? Let me know here or shoot me a PM.

Finally, a quick PSA:

Did you know? - If you're tired of seeing comments from certain users, you can make them disappear! Just click the little eye icon with a slash through it on one of their comments and that user won't show up anymore! That user will also not be able to reply to any of your comments nor send you PMs. You cannot use this feature on moderators, story authors, or cortjezter, but T27duck is fair game should you lack the mental strength to simply ignore him the old fashioned way.

Cheers and tears,

~cortjezter & t27duck

Lgndary Thoughts - What Are You Playing?

Plus an update!


My week long nightmare is over. I am not 100% settled quite yet, but I am moved, and I mostly have everything together. Unfortunately, I am in a temporary house until I can find one of my own, so I will have to do all of this over again eventually. Either way, I just want to thank everyone for their patience during this period. I tried to post to the site as much as I could, but I know it was nowhere near enough. 

For the time being, however, expect things to normalize. I will also be moving to improve things as much as I can in general, as well as start working on getting the ball rolling on more original content for you all. Like always, any kind of feedback is highly encouraged as I experiment to see what works best for GoingSony. Having said that, I would like to ask you all something else. What are you playing?

It has been quite some time since the last time I did this, so no one has any excuse not to share! As always, I will start with Final Fantasy XIV.

I have not had time for the past few weeks to play much of anything, and that includes Final Fantasy XIV. But I have worked hard to keep raiding on our normal schedule. We are currently working on Arm of the Son, and I am happy to say that our progress has been incredible. I know that many groups on my server spent months trying to clear it, but after just a few days, we have already got the boss down to 25% of his health. A clear should happen any day now!

I have also been working hard to continue practicing Street Fighter V. I still have a lot of work to do, but I am proud to say that I won my first ranked match just last week! I was afraid to even try for a long time, but I am glad that I finally took a chance. 

While I have been working on my usual games, I also started Hyper Light Drifter over the weekend! I have not been able to make much progress, but I am loving the game. The difficulty reminds me of Dark Souls, and the adventure nature of the game reminds me of Zelda. I am also shocked at how dark the game can be. Characters talk in pictures, and some of them cane rather graphic. I’m not complaining, it just feels weird seeing that kind of content in a pixel form.

That is all from me today. Like I said, thank you all for your understanding. I am going to be working harder than ever to make sure GoingSony grows into want I know it can be. Be sure to let me know of any ideas you have, and be sure to tell me what you’ve been playing in the comments below!

Moving Day!


Just a quick update here. I am moving all day today, and maybe some of tomorrow, so I have been tied up. I am going to try and post just as much as I can, but I ask for your patience and understanding while I work through this process. Thank you all so much, things should be back to normal within the next day or so. 

Lgndary Thoughts - An Update

The $20 PS Store code will be sent out shortly!


Last week I made a post asking everyone about what kind of direction they would like to see GoingSony take in the future. The feedback was unbelievable, and I want to thank everyone so much. I feel that I have been reinvigorated with a new drive to push harder, and make GoingSony everything I know it can be. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

Change does not happen over night, at least not all of it. I did get some good feedback, and have had time to reflect on things myself. Things aren't going to change drastically quickly, a lot of things take time, but I do want to give an update on a few things.

The first is regarding Lgndary Thoughts. As of today, they will no longer be daily, but they won't be weekly either. By making Lgndary Thoughts daily, I was backing myself into a corner, and that prevented me from doing my main job, but also from putting out quality content. My main goal is to remove myself from that box, so that I can have more freedom to do what I think is best on a day to day basis. To be clear, I plan on writing a Lgndary Thought whenever I feel it is appropriate. That could still end up being every day at times. But if I have no clear topic, or if there are too many news stories for me to find the time to write one, I won't. I hope this doesn't disappoint too many people, but I strongly feel that it will be better in the long run. 

Speaking of removing myself from restrictions, I will no longer be holding a monthly game giveaway. Having the giveaways once a month made it very difficult for me. For those that don't know, I actually pay for all of the giveaways, with the exception of a couple where the developer provided a code. Because of this, I could never really afford to give you guys something special, and it often didn't interest many people. By having a giveaway whenever I am able to, I will be able to save up for something that great that will garner a lot more interest. 

Those are the only things that are going to be changing immediately. Well, that and the quality/quantity of post that I make. But there are other developments. I have spoken again with my friend about a comic, and while I can't promise anything, we will be starting to work on that in the next couple of weeks. There has also been a fairly significant development with a potential podcast. But that is much further out. 

Again, I just want to thank everyone for all of their ideas and support, it really meant a lot to me. But don't stop yet! Please continue to submit ideas, new stories, and feel free to critique the way I do things. All feedback is welcome! That is all from me tonight, I'll be back in the morning!

Lgndary Thoughts - The Future of GoingSony

Win a $20 PS Store card!


Hello everyone! Today's Thought is a very important one, and I really need people to read all of it. I would like to discuss the future of the site, and most importantly get feedback on what people, even those that don't visit often, would like to see. I will be giving away a $20 PS Store card for those that help as well. So please read on, and don't forget to leave a comment. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

I have been working on GoingSony for a little over 2 years now. I have loved every minute of it, but I admit that it has been incredibly difficult at times to balance the site with other aspects of my life, including my other job. I would like nothing more but to focus completely on the site entirely, but my financial situation doesn't allow for that, at least not yet. But either way, I would like to increase growth on the site consistently. I will be the first person to admit that I have not given GoingSony the attention it deserves, and that is what I want today to be about. Getting ideas from users and non-users, hearing what it would take to get more people on the site at a daily basis. I want to throw myself at the site, and do everything I can help it grow, but I need your help. 

For those that don't know, I am not the owner of the GoingSony. So I can't promise anything, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't suggest something you may think is impossible. I mainly have control over the actual content of GoingSony, but I can pass on any site request up to the people that control that. Below are some of my own ideas for things that can be done. To be clear, I am not saying that these things will happen, or will happen in the exact way described. But I would like to hear your thoughts on each one, and see if I can get some good feedback.

Ending daily Lgndary Thoughts.

  • Lgndary Thoughts is something that I started doing early on. They were supposed to be a response to RMC's "End of Day Thoughts", but they ended up evolving into something more. I have written almost 500 of them now, and that is actually part of the problem. Many days it is really hard to find something to write about. I prefer to write about a recent topic, but there isn't always something going on. And every topic, recent or not, isn't always suited for even a short few paragraphs of discussion. It often means that I have to turn a couple of sentences into a few paragraphs. One potential idea I had was to have a Lgndary Thought about once a week. This would change a few things. I would be less pressured to write about something for the sake of writing. And each Thought would be higher quality, as I would never have to rush it out on a daily basis.

Quantity over quality posts

  • When I first started here on GoingSony, I literally posted anything and everything. It didn't matter what it was, or where it came from, I was going to post it. Over time, I moved away from this approach, and have tried to post things that I felt were more relevant, and less filler. But that doesn't mean that I am against trying to post more stories, even if they seem like filler. 

Quality over quantity posts

  • My time is limited, so when I post a story, I often post the core of a story and no more. A lot of other sites tend to have a write up for each post however, even if there is no new information. Gematsu.com is a great example of this. They don't post too many stories, but the ones that they do are very detailed. I'm not sure if the style of GoingSony is really set up for this, but it could be worth trying. 

A larger social media presence

  • GoingSony does actually have a Twitter account (go follow it!), but I have been hesitant to use it too much. If the only thing people do is follow the twitter account and see news there, it doesn't really help the site grow at all. But I would be interested in seeing if people would prefer a different direction. 

More original content

  • This one might be tricky, but more original content could be something that would help. What I like about the daily Lgndary Thoughts is that there is something original on the site every day. If I were to switch to only having a Thought once a week, I would feel the need to fill that gap with something else. I wouldn't be able to guarantee something new everyday, but having more original content in general would be good. A weekly comic is something that I have thought about doing. I know an artist, and we have talked about him collaborating with the site before. There would be some details that we would have to iron out, but it is something that could work. A weekly livestream is something else that I have considered doing. But I don't really know where to start as far as what I would actually be playing. Do people want to see an older game that not very many people are streaming at the time? Or would it be better to stream something newer even though everyone else is doing the same thing?

These are just a few of the ideas that I have had. I really want people to give me feedback about these, and more. There are no limits and no one should be hesitant to provide any kind of feedback, even if you think it is something that isn't possible. Feedback can be left in any way. A comment can be left below, you can send me a private message through the site, you can send me an email at Goingsony@gmail.com, and you can even leave a message on Twitter. For those that leave feedback, you will automatically be put in the running to win a $20 Playstation Store card. And the method that you leave feedback does not affect your eligibility. The card is a NA PSN card, and it will be sent to a randomly selected person early next week. 

Street Fighter V - Third Beta Details


Characters

  • Ryu
  • Birdie
  • Cammy
  • Necalli
  • Nash
  • Laura

Dhalsim and Zangief will become available later during the beta period. And who knows, there might be a few more character surprises along the way!


Modes

  • Ranked Match – Fight for glory and status in high stakes matches!
  • Casual Match – Enjoy more casual matches without pressure.
  • Training – Improve your skills against a training dummy with a variety of options and settings.
  • Capcom Fighters Network (CFN) – Check out the latest leaderboard rankings, search for replays, and rivals.
  • Battle Setting – Customize your character profile and button configuration, among other options.
  • Options – Manage the screen and sound settings.


Schedule:

  • 12/18 00:01 PT (12/18 08:01 GMT) – Street Fighter V third beta starts for PS4 and PC users
  • 12/18 08:00 PT (12/18 16:00 GMT) – Servers down for 10 hour maintenance
  • 12/18 18:00 PT (12/19 02:00 GMT) – Servers back online, play resumes
  • 12/19 18:00 PT (12/20 02:00 GMT) – Servers down for 10 hour maintenance
  • 12/20 04:00 PT (12/20 12:00 GMT) – Servers back online, play resumes
  • 12/20 22:00 PT (12/21 06:00 GMT) – Street Fighter V third beta concludes

Quick Thought - Happy Thanksgiving!


Hello everybody! As you all know, tomorrow is Thanksgiving in America. Because of this,  I have been very busy with family, and spent all of today out of town. I apologize for the small amount of stories, but hopefully most will be understanding. I'm not sure what news there will be tomorrow, but I will post what I can. If anyone sees a story that is not yet up on the site, please feel free to send me a link. Email, story suggestions, and twitter are all great ways to send me a story. And remember, all I need is a link, don't feel like you have to write out the entire piece! Thanks everyone, and have a great Thanksgiving!


Lgndary Thoughts - Expanded Giveaways


Today marks the conclusion to the August giveaway. The winner has been decided, and the game code will be sent out shortly. But instead of talking about this week's giveaway, I'd like to talk about the future of GoingSony Giveaways. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

This Thought will be on the shorter side because I would really just like to take this opportunity to see if there is any interest in expanding what I actually giveaway monthly.

Ever since the start of GoingSony Giveaways, I have been exclusively giving away digital games, with the occasional PS Store card thrown in. If there is enough interest, I would like to try giving away physical stuff as well. Giving away something physically would also solve the regional problem, as I would be able to ship it just about anywhere. 

The problem comes from what I could actually use. Sony doesn't have anything as universally popular as Amiibo, so it is difficult to think of something that most people would like. So that is why I have come to you! Any kind of suggestion would be greatly appreciated, it doesn't even have to be a physical prize. The overall goal is to be able to give away things that are more popular, so please keep this in mind as you write up your suggestions. Thanks everybody for participating this week, and I look forward to hearing what you all have to say about the future of GoingSony Giveaways!

Comment tweaks and a new RSS feed

t27duck the web guy here. Couple quick updates for those who don't go to GoNintendo often:

- Editing and replying to comments now direct you to a dedicated page instead of reloading the story and trying to jump you down to the comment form

- When replying, the page will also have the comment you're replying to right above the form for easy reference

- New Top Stories RSS feed: http://feedpress.me/goingsony-topstories

xoxoxo