Spring has sprung, the weather is getting warmer, and, hopefully, we’re all able to start getting outside more.
It’s gonna be an Insert Credit Style Hot Gamer Summer, and we are all invited.
In the spirit of summertime fun, while bandying about some ideas for our Game & Sounds Poll, our collective genius came up with the fun idea to make up some playlists of videogame (or not??) music, and then swap them with each other, Secret Santa style.
Just in case you are not aware of what that is or you have some kinda regional name for it , everyone who signs up to give a gift (in our case a mixtape), puts their name in a hat or bucket or other appropriate receptacle for small slips of folded paper. Then everyone takes turns taking one name out of the hat/bucket/receptacle. That’s the person who is the recipient of their gift. So everyone gives and then receives one mixtape!
As well, I will be facilitating the Secret part of the exchange. I almost figured out a way to make it completely secret even to me, but that would be an extra two layers of complication at least, so I’m fine with sitting this one out.
Normally this sort of thing is done within friend groups or families, so there’s an element of thoughtfulness that is expected to be shown to the recipient. However, I think that’s kind of a weird expectation for a forum, where differing levels of engagement and visibility within the community is a natural part of the environment. I wouldn’t want anyone to feel like they needed to be active enough to know the tastes of others or have their tastes known to others in order to participate.
So, with all of that in mind, I will distribute all of the mixtapes from anonymous creators, to recipients that will also not be revealed to the person creating your mixtape. Lurkers, new folks, all of you, I especially want YOU to participate!!
I think it’s also a good idea to limit it to 10 tracks total, this isn’t a homework assignment.
To sign up for the mixtape exchange, you only need to do two things.
First, follow this link. That will bring you to the Google Form to sign up, submit, edit, and finalize your mixtape as needed. Second, leave a response to the poll on this thread. This isn’t strictly mandatory, but it will be mildly useful for me when I am distributing them.
Signups are closed!
I put in some things so that you can quickly sign up using the Form, and then return to do your mixtape later, if you don’t want to forget to sign up but won’t have time for a little bit to sit down and make it. Just like with the OST Poll, you will get an edit link to return to your submission whenever you’d like. Just make sure you Submit whenever you’re done using the Google Form, I’ve put in navigation tools to make this somewhat easier if you want to tinker with it. Let me know if anything strange happens when you use the Form, bugs, annoyances, secret dialogue trees, whatever.
At approximately 12:00am EST on June 4th I’ll cut off submissions from there, take the list of people who signed up, and jumble that up to pair everyone with a recipient. You should be able to still edit your response after that. Ideally though, everyone is done making their mixtape by then, but I’ll bug anyone who hasn’t finished and/or remind anyone who may have forgotten. Then, as soon as they’re all done, I’ll send them all out.
After that, have a little private listening party to your mixtape, then we’ll all come on here and share about what we got!