On April 2, 2015, my awesome friend Jeremy Stratton and I launched a website that we’d been working on behind the scenes for quite a while called Zero Friction. Initially, it was myself, Jeremy, and our friend Warren Bennett who were on board with the site, our aim being to develop a small website and community focused on the realms of indie and retro-gaming, but also which would incorporate things such as fan-made content. Yet, we didn’t want the site to be confined within those strict boundaries either, because each of us had a passion for different aspects of gaming and the geek culture as a whole, and so we wanted a place where we could focus on those things we felt strongly about and work on bringing that sense of fun and discovery to those who stumbled across our work.
In the year since the site’s launch, I think we’ve come a long way. Warren, while still our good friend, no longer writes for the site because he’s moved on to focus on other aspects of his personal and professional life (which is totally cool), but Jeremy and I have worked on pushing out lots of content that we’ve felt very proud of. The Gaming Goddess Podcast, which has been a personal pet-project of mine since 2012, has found Zero Friction as an awesome host for the show, starting towards the end of Season 7. The site has been home to many awesome reflective articles, some fantastic indie reviews, some features on various high-quality fan-games out there, and some great how-to articles on RPG Maker and Zelda Classic. We’ve also used it as another place to put some great video features for others to enjoy.
While Jeremy has thanked me time and again for putting out a lot of content on the website over the past year or so, I think that he deserves a lot of credit for all his work on the back end of the site, making it look great, getting things properly tagged and categorized, and putting in the work to get the word out there a bit. Sure, ZF is still a small community by most standards, but it’s still a great place for us to share our passions with others at.
However, while I think that the two of us do a great job there, I also think there’s room to bring on some other talented writers and content-makers, because diversity is a great thing and I believe that it really enhances things to be able to get people from different walks of life to share their perspectives. So, if that’s something which sounds interesting to you, and you have a penchant for indie and retro-gaming content, I’d highly encourage you to reach out to us and let us know that you’d like to help the site out. We’d absolutely love to have you join our team!
Meanwhile, thanks to everyone that has supported Zero Friction over the past year or so, and we are looking forward to putting out some more fantastic content over the next year (and beyond!).