Originally Posted by ChrisGuthrie
I've found that if you want to have success with forums you have much better odds by sticking to niches where the members are older and/or the topic matter more mature.
What I do not understand, the average age for a gamer is in the 30 year range. But what I do not understand, forums seem to attract the younger group. If you could get the older people into those gaming forums, things would be fine.
I dont know if its really a "mature", or a real topic. When you get into cyber (not a tangible topic), everyone is a pro. Regardless of "what" you do, someone out there can do it better - or at least they say they can.
Anyone can buy a 20 dollar game, play it for a couple of weeks and get pro at it. at least they think they are pro.
It takes a little more then a couple of weeks to grow a garden, survive cancer, fix up a classic car, raise children,,,,,,. Those are all long term topics, and can also be a mature nature.
When you get into "real" topics, those usually cost real money. Your not going to see too many 16 year olds sinking thousands of dollars into fixing up a car - unless their parents are rich.
So I dont know its really a "mature" topic, or a real (physical) topic, that is the best one to pick.
When I started my gaming forum, I thought I had everything it takes to make a good gaming site. My online gaming experience started back in the mid 1990s with Quake and Quakeworld, Diablo, command and conquer,,,,, all the way up to some of the more recent games like left 4 dead and left 4 dead 2.
One of the issues that I see, it seems that nobody wants to join a forum. They just want to read that walk through, find that cheat code and move on. There is no need in building a relationship with a forum your going to be at for just a few minutes.