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Baneful's Column
#Pojo2014 – The Legacy of Pojo.com
December 31, 2013

The year is 2014. And there's not a better time to thank Mr. Pojo himself for not only starting this place up but continuing to maintain it over the years, regardless of whatever happens. Pojo's YGO section was launched in 2002 and I've been reading it since 2004. It's been 12 years since it was launched and 10 years since I first visited it. For better or worse, it feels like an entirely different place than it was years ago. Yet, while many other websites were rapidly changing, Pojo preserved its sameness. There's certainly a legacy to be had, but what kind of legacy exactly?

Us as Writers

What kind of legacy? Questions like this matter. This is what I want to pursue with my column and shortly after I started it up, I realized that simply posting deck lists and commenting on prevailing contemporary metagame strategies was just not what I wanted to do. I wanted to give deeper, grander and more timeless commentary on the game. If someone will be reading this column in 2016 or even 2020, they might be unable to relate to or care about what particular cards were popular right now.

If I came here months before, I would've wrote about the Elemental Dragon monsters and how absurdly overpowered they were. And now, with many of their key cards banned or limited, that article would've lacked relevance. Instead it would be more interesting to comment on the overall nature of powerful decks. Perhaps comparisons between Elemental Dragon and Chaos Goat Control era or the Dark Armed Dragon era could be made, for example.

Although the Pojo message boards have been really active, the main website itself has declined in activity. The Card of the Day staff is consistent as always, and I'm thankful for that, but many of the staff writers are gone. Deathjester, Pook, Jaelove, and Ryoga among many others I used to read on a weekly basis have stopped writing (or at least for now). 2004 to 2007 was the golden era, but in recent years there has been less staff writing in Pojo than ever. And much of the staff writing over the past few years that did go on were attempts to promote blogs or Youtube channels, and I can't help but feel that we're (as Pojo) capable of being much more than just that.

To be painfully honest (the only way I know how to be), being a writer for Pojo doesn't feel the same as it might have been had I applied for it 5 or 6 years ago. There is a massive empty void to be felt. Surely, that includes the old writers who have left. Being a writer on Pojo just doesn't carry the same weight it did years ago. Had I been a capable writer in 2006, I have little doubt in my mind that I would have a moderate degree of Yu-Gi-Oh! fame. I would have had a dozen people at a booster set Sneak Peek as if I was the guy on Pojo and if they could have a duel with me. But with the role of a Pojo writer shrunk, it also gives the few of us that are left a lot of room and freedom to fill that void.

A Wonderful Relic

Evident in Pojo's web design, it was cutting-edge for 2002 and now it feels dated. It's consists mostly of images, links and text – no flash, java or anything modern. In the Yu-Gi-Oh section, there's spoiler lists of older sets that haven't been updated much at all and there's even an old poll from years 8+ years back asking users their favorite YGO video game. And I wouldn't have it any other way! Many of these blogs and social network websites reek of a sterile clean minimalist vibe that works well in context of what they're trying to do, but just isn't the same as what we have going on here.

Pojo is essentially a relic, in a good sense. It's a wonderful nerd-museum that continues to update the content, but keeps it's style the same. As the internet evolves, people may think that whatever is popular for the time has been the way it always was, though the look of Twitter and Facebook may become dated too, let's say when more computers have powerful processors to handle more data intensive layouts. It's important to have websites like Pojo to preserve the past. But also, it still remains here to make just a little bit more history. Like the Great Wall of China, it can be a historic monument that can be fortified further.

Maybe the average joe will think "hey, this guy is taking this whole Pojo legacy thing a bit too seriously". Maybe so. But, I'm sure some people on here share my nerdy passion toward a website that accompanied a chapters of our lives. All I know is that I've been knee-deep in my nerdy passion toward YGO for many years. It would be insane to stop now.

Pojo 2014

So, I'm trying to start a Pojo 2014 movement to try and get the website more activity to help get it up back to what it was. Or to keep up with the trend of the new social networking era, we can call it #Pojo2014 whether it gets tweets on Twitter or not. I've been contacting some of the older writers, and maybe I'll inspire some people to come back or new writers to ask for their own featured section.

Whether this movement succeeds or not, it's at least worth trying. Whether it attracts a lot of new users or it just keeps it's old fan base, Pojo is still an important website. Whether it gets a lot of activity again or it's a small little close-knit community, Pojo is still an important website. Things will play out the way they're meant to.

So, whatever the result, here's to a strong #Pojo2014

Contact: banefulscolumn@gmail.com

Contact: banefulscolumn@gmail.com




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