Letter From the Editor: This is Shacknews

Please take a look at this message to our readers from the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Shacknews.



Shacknews and Quake have an intertwined history dating back to our site's launch in 1996. Today Shacknews has unveiled a brand new premium content initiative for Mercury subscribers. It seems only fitting that our first new piece of premium content would be Rocket Jump: Quake and the Golden Age of First-Person Shooters. This mega feature is 130,000 words about the Quake franchise, id Software, and its impact across the FPS genre. We rebooted our Mercury subscription model a little over two years ago, and at the time it provided Shackers with an advertisement-free Shacknews experience for only $5/month. Today, we are creating more value for our Mercury subscribers and we are just getting started.

We believe that programmatic online advertising is not going to be a sturdy pillar for our Shacknews business to depend on. Premium content, new features, and a brand new website experience are all areas that we will focus on in the upcoming year. 2018 will be a huge year for Shacknews, but today is a big moment. We acknowledge that Mercury subscribers should get more bang for their buck and look forward to releasing more long-form content like Rocket Jump and our Doom Select to provide an increased value. 

Not many websites are willing to spend the time and effort to create long-form content like Rocket Jump and I want to thank all of the folks who participated in the creation of the mega feature. I also want to thank our Shacknews Chatty community for supporting us during the past few years, and I look forward to showing everyone our vision of the future of the Shack. 

Most importantly, I want to give special recognition to David Craddock for the job he did creating Rocket Jump. He certainly showed everyone how to do it for Shacknews!

This is Shacknews and this is just the beginning.


Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

From The Chatty
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    December 4, 2017 1:45 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Letter From the Editor: This is Shacknews

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      December 4, 2017 2:23 PM

      Mercury Get!

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      December 4, 2017 2:29 PM

      Will be interested in seeing the revenue mix between ads, Mercury, and sponsored content in a year.

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      December 4, 2017 2:31 PM

      I bookmarked it to read over the weekend.

      Now if only I could finally figure out how to draw the Quake logo.

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      December 4, 2017 2:45 PM


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      December 4, 2017 2:52 PM


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      December 4, 2017 2:59 PM

      I can't remember if I'm currently subscribed.

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      December 4, 2017 3:31 PM

      2018 will be a huge year for Shacknews, but today is a big moment.


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      December 4, 2017 3:51 PM

      hooray for shacknews

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      December 4, 2017 4:36 PM

      Hey, thanks for waking up every morning, staring the impending doom of this place right in the face and saying "fuck you, not today!"

      That's all I got, Quakemas came early this year!

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      December 4, 2017 4:58 PM

      I’m crazy ‘bout a Mercury!

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      December 4, 2017 5:19 PM

      Awesome. I will be reading Rocket Jump tomorrow morning on my commute into work!

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      December 4, 2017 5:26 PM


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      December 4, 2017 5:29 PM

      Don’t post much around here but I love this community. Going to sign up so I can contribute to the future of the Shack. Started to read the Rocket Jump post. Can’t wait to finish and read what comes next.

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      December 4, 2017 6:09 PM

      Pretty cool!

      Can't read it 'cuz I can't log in to the site from Edge, but... Pretty cool!

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      December 4, 2017 6:32 PM

      Quick moderation note on this. Please don't paste the contents of these articles to the Chatty comments or to any other 'sharing' site and then link back here. You can, of course, paste snippets if you want to discuss a specific portion of the article in the comments but please use good judgement in what you're including.

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      December 4, 2017 7:45 PM


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      December 4, 2017 7:51 PM

      AND MY AXE!

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      December 4, 2017 8:04 PM

      this interests me and compels me to subscribe more than any video content ever would

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      December 4, 2017 8:18 PM

      Really happy and excited for you and all your helpers. It’s such a joy to go through the chatty in my comfy shack shirt while watching rothisbooger get rained on.

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      December 4, 2017 8:19 PM

      Can I buy a hoodie

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      December 4, 2017 8:37 PM

      So... we're not getting a cup of mercury?

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        December 4, 2017 9:25 PM

        Not this year :(

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          December 5, 2017 5:05 AM

          I was helping one of my sister's friends clear out the workshop if a recently deceased Carpenter that the friend bought. And amongst the 50 year old power tools and termite infested wood there was a mason jar just full of Mercury. Thing was heavy as hell. I wish I could have kept it but the father of the friend took it.

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      December 4, 2017 8:41 PM

      Holy crap this is huge. I started to read, then noticed I couldn't find the scroll bar, then thought my browser was wrong, then realized that the feature is just so damn long that the bar is tiny.

      I will have to revisit, but this is awesome.

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      December 4, 2017 8:59 PM

      I a glad to be a part of this!

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      December 4, 2017 9:03 PM

      how long does it take for Mercury to activate? I somehow didn't sub until like 2mins ago and wanna read this article! s'cool I'm not gonna get to it tonight anyway

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      December 4, 2017 9:28 PM

      Hot scoops.

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      December 4, 2017 9:35 PM

      Rekkit Joomp

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      December 5, 2017 12:48 AM

      Smart move, you have my approval!

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      December 5, 2017 2:59 AM

      Is there going to be an option to pay for 12 months of Mercury at once?

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      December 5, 2017 5:07 AM

      Cool! Good luck. :)

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      December 5, 2017 6:15 AM

      Nice, i like the idea of paid video game journalism, might actually get some good stuff for a change unlike most video game websites.

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      December 5, 2017 6:20 AM

      LOVE LOVE LOVE quality long form writing. You already had my support, but this makes me even happier to provide it.

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      December 5, 2017 7:51 AM

      Is it possible to not use paypal for this yet?

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        December 5, 2017 8:05 AM

        I was going to sign up yesterday, but i don't carry my wallet and was thwarted by lack of paypal.

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      December 5, 2017 8:01 AM


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      December 5, 2017 12:41 PM

      Awesome. Glad I have been supporting Shack/Mercury for a while and doing my part.

      Thanks for the update Asif, can't wait.

      Btw that "Rocket Jump" article is awesome: http://www.shacknews.com/article/101156/rocket-jump-quake-and-the-golden-age-of-first-person-shooters

      So... It begins.

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