Introducing the Imperium News Network, Goodbye to TheMittani.com

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Alexander "The Mittani" Gianturco 2016-11-22

We are proud to announce the grand opening of Imperium News and simultaneously the closure of TheMittani.com after 4.5 years of operation. Our team has worked hard for months to bring this change into reality, and we’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished. Unlike controversial updates to the site in the past, the team at TMC/INN spent more than a month living in two worlds, posting articles to each platform to ease the transition to INN and get feedback from our readers at each step of the way. We’re not done yet, either – we’ve still got hundreds of articles to migrate from TMC to INN, new features to add, and that exciting ‘new platform smell’ wafting around the site.

A Necessary Transition: From TheMittani.com to Imperium News

The internet was a different place in 2012. Long before Gamergate, we realized that the official gaming media was doing a terrible job of covering Eve Online stories – either thoughtlessly reposting whatever came from CCP’s PR apparatchiks or attempting to leverage hit-pieces about the Eve playerbase to generate hits. We needed to fight back, and to do that we needed a media organization with enough controversy and visibility to power up our flak cannons, Chomsky-style, to put the Massively.coms of the industry in their place.

It wasn’t an easy decision to name the site after yours truly; in an amusing twist of Eve historical irony, it was Endie who convinced me to name the site after myself to leverage the branding and infamy to generate our initial media footprint – in fact, Endie penned the ‘about’ page that lingered on TMC since its launch, despite attempting to be one of my harshest critics for having this site in the first place during the Casino War four years later. He was right, though; I doubt TMC would have taken off if we had gone with my laughably bad ‘Internet Spaceship News’ site name.

However, the times have changed. Where TMC was once an insurgent anti-games-journalism site, traffic and accolades found our confused representatives wearing official press passes at industry events and mingling with the very people we created the site to shoot media bullets at. I’m pleased to report that I still despise most games journalists regardless of that fraternization, but for a while our mission at TMC drifted. There was the era where instead of being a raised middle finger at everyone who got it wrong. We tried to be Space CNN and be scrupulously neutral to the point of writing bloodless, uninteresting battle reports because we thought that was ‘fair’.

Worse, as time went on, our original decision to launch using Drupal as a platform became an albatross around our necks; in many cases we simply could not code a damn thing on our site, with basic features available on WordPress requiring custom code for Drupal. If you are ever thinking about setting up a CMS/blog/whatever and someone tells you seriously that you should use Drupal, ignore their advice on anything they suggest ever after – trust me on this one.

Eventually I realized what we wanted to do: go back to our roots of fearless, outlaw games reporting that actually gets it right on Eve Online and the other games we play, but with a focus on our people freed from the self-centered site name – and no more goddamned Drupal.

We Want Your Feedback: No Really, We Can Actually Dev Features Now

Immediately you can see the difference on INN with the features we have at launch – the user submission page, a cleaner look and feel, easy registration, and a clarity of purpose and identity which was lacking in the twilight days of TMC. This is only the beginning; because WordPress is so modular that it may even be Mittens-proof, we can take feedback from our readers about feature requests and (gasp) actually deliver!

Let us know what you think about the new site in the comments, and if you have feature ideas or requests, check out our Contact Us form. Want to join our awesome dev and design team? Send us a note with what awesome stuff you can contribute and we’ll get in touch!

Imperium Discord is the place you can find the entire INN staff – want to chitchat with an editor or give us a lead on a some breaking news? Click here and voila, you’re able to reach our staff instantly.

Coming as a shock to absolutely no one, we’re also recruiting writers. We’re expanding the scope of what we cover at INN, up to and including articles about the nutty stuff we get up to ingame; have a piece about how you and your buddies dropped 67 Titans on a hapless Ibis in Delve? Want to brag on your 40+ Rorqual mining op and the environmental devastation it is responsible for? Let’s hear it.

RIP TheMittani.com: August 2012 – November 2016

It was the best of times, it was the Drupalest of times, and damn it’s good to be here on INN. Thanks for sticking with us through thick and thin as our readers all this time. We’re only going to be kicking more ass and collecting more skulls as we forge our new path into 2017.

Let your voice be heard! Submit your own article to Imperium News here!

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Comments

  • Ryan

    TMC is dead! Long live Imperium News!

    I first met Alex in MechWarrior Online shortly after the site was founded, and in my eagerness to play robot games with someone who’s space-famous, I let slip that I had prior experience in games journalism. An hour later, I found myself roped into a Skype channel planning my first article.

    In the years since, I’ve watched the organisation change, evolve, and grow, and now I am in the privileged position to help guide it going forward as editor-in-chief. It’s been one hell of a ride, and I’m looking forward to the future of our site. Already we’ve seen so many brilliant community contributions and people jumping into Discord.

    We’ve always done new things internally, jumping to several new communications technologies d so forth, but this is the biggest change yet – far bigger than TMC 2.0. We’re doing something new here, and I’m really proud of the team and community we have even in these early days.

    It’s only getting better from here.

    November 22, 2016 at 8:38 AM
  • David Matterall

    Wow, TMC was already 4.5 years old… Time flies.

    November 22, 2016 at 8:55 AM
  • Caleb Ayrania

    That was almost a Sorkin moment..

    November 22, 2016 at 9:03 AM
  • Rammel Kas

    It looks good. And some stimulating articles the past week alone.

    November 22, 2016 at 1:00 PM
  • Jack Hulatt

    TMC was 1/4 as old as me…that’s scary

    November 22, 2016 at 1:30 PM
    • Robby Kasparic Jack Hulatt

      God you make me feel old.

      November 22, 2016 at 2:18 PM
    • David Matterall Jack Hulatt

      zHahaha

      November 22, 2016 at 6:59 PM
  • Erick Asmock

    I really love the look and feel of the new site.

    November 22, 2016 at 2:37 PM
  • wilhelm_arcturus

    Congratulations on the change over. Now to commence bitching.

    How will URL mapping from the old site work? If there is a link to the old site will it land on the correct story here? Or did this change create a bunch of dead links on my blog?

    Also, how did the site choose this avatar for me? I cannot seem to update it.

    November 22, 2016 at 2:51 PM
    • We are redirecting links from the old site to the new one here

      November 22, 2016 at 3:22 PM
      • wilhelm_arcturus Rhivre

        And the answer to the second item is that if you have ever created a Gravatar profile with an email address, WordPress will go out and find it and use the profile picture from it if you use that email address on another WordPress site. I had forgotten I even had even used that profile picture at one point.

        November 22, 2016 at 3:48 PM
    • Daito Endashi wilhelm_arcturus

      Could you tell me how I can change my avatar? When I go to “Edit my profile” and scroll down, I see the heading “Profile picture” and this preset you see, but no button to change it.

      November 22, 2016 at 3:55 PM
      • MacCloud Daito Endashi

        you have to change it on gravatar, its a global avatar service for wordpress sites. if you dont have a gravatar account you prob should create one with the same email address as the one u use for INN to be sure it auto pulls it.

        November 22, 2016 at 4:21 PM
        • Daito Endashi MacCloud

          Thanks you two 🙂

          November 23, 2016 at 6:10 AM
      • David Matterall Daito Endashi

        Hang tight, we’re looking at putting in our own avatar tool. Gravatar is a pain.

        November 23, 2016 at 3:05 AM
  • PewPew

    Yeah I enjoyed TMC. Thanks for all the efforts. It was exceptional at times and had a lot of problems with basic spelling and grammar.

    Mittens you should definitely write more yourself, your stuff is really good, Sins was a great series and stands the test of time.

    Having to sign up for another account to change your profile picture is ridiculous.

    Also does this site have any way of sending you updates when people comment on your comments? That was a great feature of Discus and meant I could always get the last word in, which I liked.

    November 22, 2016 at 7:46 PM
    • Andrew Sturgis PewPew

      Only one way to find out. Did you get an email?

      November 23, 2016 at 12:57 AM
    • Porkbutte PewPew

      This is specifically why we aren’t using Disqus. I was tired of you getting the last word in on our arguments.

      November 23, 2016 at 1:10 AM
      • PewPew Porkbutte

        “Additional comment.”

        November 23, 2016 at 8:35 AM
    • David Matterall PewPew

      Hey Pew, thanks for the feedback. We’re working on the avatar thing and single sign on with other services. That’s coming soon.

      About getting notified if you get a response – we’ll look into that.

      Again, thanks for the feedback.

      November 23, 2016 at 2:43 AM
  • Menaiya Zamayid

    One thing I like about the new site is how clean it looks on my iphone at work. Nuff Said.

    November 23, 2016 at 12:00 AM