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Life simon on 11 Apr 2016 10:17 pm

Internet Communities

The First ever Perth Pockeeters Meetup

So, you probably know that I get around on the internet.

I follow a number of different personalities, channels, groups and the like. One that I’m quite involved in is one called Pocketeers. Pocketeers refers to the fans whofollow a series called “Good Game Pocket” – a subset of the TV video games review show on ABC2.

Good Game Pocket in its current form only started quite recently. Its eccentric and quite likeable host (who goes by the name NichBoy) is what really makes the show great. A community quickly spawned (pun not intended) from the regulars whom watch the show and eventually it got large enough and we started thinking about actually meeting the people we’ve been talking with a lot online.

I proposed the first meetup to one of the admins of the Pocketeers Facebook group and she was in. We settled on a date and a location and invited the group and waited for people to respond.

The night didn’t start off too well; the original venue we proposed (Game City Cafe) screwed us around (they were closed for a private function, told us they’d be opening up soon, then opened up but closed off the seating area for cleaning, and then told us we couldn’t use the seating area anyway). We relocated up to the food court of Raine Square.

I got my camera out and soon after the centre security came up to us and told us we couldn’t film. I quickly told them that that wasn’t what I was doing and I just wanted a photo (though, I did want to film). He said something about terrorists and stuff and that while we didn’t look like them it was policy or something?

We got to know each other a bit and then we moved outdoors to do some filming. I had an idea for a “Thing of the Day” intro. “Thing of the Day” is a segment on Good Game Pocket where they present an interesting thing they’ve found on the internet; each episode they show an introduction graphic submitted by the community. We had a lot of fun filming ours (you can see it below) and it didn’t feel at all like we weren’t friends already.

We ended the night playing Cards Against Humanity for a bit, and the police on patrol in Northbridge even joined us for a round.

It’s quite amazing how these communities can form from fans and followers of a certain channel or person. The Facebook group is 1.5k members strong and growing, with meetups happening all over the country. It’s really awesome to see.

I’m actually flying over to Sydney in a couple weeks to see a live version of Good Game and I’m looking forward to seeing that for the first time. I’ve already met Nich at PAX last year but it’ll be a bit different this time being an active member of a community which is built around something that is essentially his, and having him interact with all of his fans.

I know a few of my friends are involved in other communities such as Rooster Teeth or Pokéclectic and I see things pop up on my feed from events they’re involved in which is cool to see as well.

Let me know if you have any stories like mine, or if you’re apart of any online communities (especially if you do things in real life)! What’s it like for you?

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One Response to “Internet Communities”

  1. on 12 Apr 2016 at 11:14 pm 1.simon said …

    Update! We have been featured on today’s Pocket: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwPH3Eklb18

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