Backward Compatible is a gaming and new media news and academic writing site formed by a group of university setting academics and games scholars who needed a semi-casual outlet for their various writings and discussions.
As a co-founder, I worked with Richard Wirth and Chris Krueger to develop the site’s relatively modern take on journalistic media. At Backward Compatible, readers are encouraged to comment and offer real insights, and certain comments are integrated into the articles. Our motto at BC is that dialogue brings out the best in everybody’s ideas, so we try to include that in all of our writings.
At Backward Compatible there are find four kinds of media: Features, Quick Thoughts, Podcasts, and Round Tables.
- Features: These are more traditional long-form journalistic articles, but with the added element of dialogue. We open these up for comment from one another, and insert these thoughts into each other’s articles in the form of drop-down boxes. Each Feature contains a comment from other BC writers, and a response from the article’s author. Additionally, insightful comments can be added in-article for response by the author as well.
- Quick Thoughts: Following the theme of dialogue, these quick thoughts are written with minimal pre-planning and foresight, and are the types of topics you would encounter when discussing games with a friend or colleague. These articles are free of drop-down responses, and are essentially written on whatever is currently on the writer’s mind.
- Podcasts: What could be better at embodying the themes of dialogue and conversation than those things themselves? Backward Compatible releases a weekly podcast that involves both casual conversation between fellow gamers, insightful comments on industry topics, and guest speakers ranging from university professors to current industry veterans
- Round Tables: Combining Features, Quick Thoughts, and Podcasts, the Round Table article is a written conversation between the Backward Compatible staff and any guests we might have. A mix of casual and professional, informed and conversational, these Round Tables will offer opinions and insights from multiple writers as part of a single written article. Similar to Features, we invite thoughtful, well-written comments to be included in-line for response from the BC Crew.