Letter from the Editor: Expanding our coverage universe

Please take a look at the latest letter from Shacknews CEO and EIC Asif Khan on the expansion of our coverage universe.


I stated that we would be focused on gaming news from the cutting edge of technology, when I took on the role of editor-in-chief at Shacknews in 2017. Technology has expanded far outside of traditional coverage spaces as tech powers the world. One area that I believe is in the middle of a truly disruptive growth spurt is the electric vehicle space and the surrounding alternative energy ecosystem. This is something that I care about, and I have assembled a new team to help cover this space at Shacknews while still providing our readers all of the video game news, guides, long reads, gameplay videos, and interviews that they have come to expect from us after 23 years in the industry.

Tony Hudson, Sara Sartarelli, and Adam Kraus are all dear friends who I have known for decades, and we are joining forces to create content focused around electric vehicles, alternative energy, and emerging technologies. Tony and Sara recently picked up a Tesla Model 3 and drove it across the U.S. from California to Ohio, and I was an early adopter of the Tesla Model S. Adam took me to the Tesla showroom in Denver when we were partners at our investment advisor firm, and I was convinced by him to preorder the car that day. We are all obsessed with Tesla news, and we will be focusing our energy towards that company as it is a leader.

Tony and Sara have spun up a Shacknews sister channel on YouTube called Tesla Fudge, so give them a sub if you are interested in seeing more EV content. They can also be followed on Twitter @TeslaFudge. Adam will be contributing to our podcast and news efforts and can be followed on Twitter @Long_Elon. This team will report to me at Shacknews, and we look forward to engaging the EV community in our own Chatty forum for content ideas. 

Regarding our content, we are believers in electric vehicles, and there will be a positive bias to our coverage. That doesn't not mean we will ignore facts or criticism, but we will instead meet everything with actual data as opposed to the tremendous amount of misinformation you may see on the Internet regarding Tesla and the viability of electric vehicles. We are all long shares of Tesla stock, and will vocally express our opinions on why we believe we are just at the beginning of the electric vehicle revolution. Tune into our 9to5 Elon podcast to hear more of our spicy hot takes.

Additionally, Shacknews will begin coverage of SpaceX, Neuralink, OpenAI, The Boring Company, Hyperloop, and whatever other weird stuff Elon Musk finds himself getting into. We find the man fascinating, despite his odd behavior at times, and will seek to bring our readers informative articles and content in all these emergent spaces of technology.

One more thing, we are also expanding our coverage at Shacknews to include toys, collectibles, and tabletop games in a bigger way than ever before. You may have seen some unboxing videos hitting our YouTube channels lately, and we have a lot more videos to come in that space. Once again, we will always reach out to our community to make sure the products and games they are interested in get our attention.

I believe that the Shacknews readership is going to be very happy with our new content offerings. Tony, Sara, Adam, and I recorded a Pilot Episode of the 9to5 Elon podcast, so check that out to get a preview of what to expect from our new team.


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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    August 5, 2019 7:30 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Letter from the Editor: Expanding our coverage universe

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      August 5, 2019 7:32 PM

      One more thing, we are also expanding our coverage at Shacknews to include toys, collectibles, and tabletop games in a bigger way than ever before.

      Sweet. I like tabletop boardgames. Excited to see what you come up with.

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        August 6, 2019 6:53 AM

        Yup, not so sure about toys and collectables (I mean, some of that stuff is cool but generally I'm not a fan) but tabletop stuff is right up my alley.

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          August 6, 2019 7:41 AM

          Yeah I'm worried "Toys and Collectables" will slippery-slope into "here's a press release from Funko Pop"

          • G D mercury mega
            August 6, 2019 1:34 PM

            If it turns into Lola's LOL Dolls I'm unsubbing.

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              August 6, 2019 1:36 PM

              Well I would probably start subbing (I should anyways, what the fuck is wrong with me?)

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      August 5, 2019 7:40 PM

      Interesting. I'm excited to see where this goes!

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      August 5, 2019 7:49 PM


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      August 5, 2019 7:53 PM


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      August 5, 2019 7:55 PM

      Shacknews Coverage Universe? SCU? :hmm:

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        August 8, 2019 10:23 PM

        This is the WORST THREAD I've EVER been in

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      August 5, 2019 8:04 PM

      whoa. getting in on Ars turf, I like it

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      August 5, 2019 8:22 PM

      I’m down for more content.

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      August 5, 2019 8:23 PM

      yesss Transformers toys

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      August 5, 2019 8:36 PM

      Sure, go for it!

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      August 5, 2019 8:39 PM


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      August 5, 2019 9:18 PM


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      August 5, 2019 11:21 PM

      Great! I've always been interested in Teslas and EVs in general.

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      August 5, 2019 11:27 PM

      🤷‍♂️ not what I would have expected, but I'll definitely check it out!

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        August 5, 2019 11:33 PM

        First bit of feedback on the first video, the cooldown test. Show me the car. Show me a thermometer in the car (yeah the app has the temp but just watching an app doesn't make compelling content). Show me a time lapse with a stopwatch next to the thermometer in the car. Use a human to speak words and don't just have text. If you're just going to have text, write an article and post it. Video content needs to be way more engaging than that.

        TLDR; That first effort feels really lazy.

        You're competing with Ars Technica here and they've set a really high bar for Space and EV coverage.

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      August 6, 2019 12:19 AM

      Awesome! Now I don't have to visit other websites for my electric car news. :D

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      August 6, 2019 12:36 AM

      Seems like a crowded field, but gl

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      August 6, 2019 12:47 AM

      Thou shalt do it for shacknews, and therefore - it is done; for shacknews.

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      August 6, 2019 1:33 AM

      Odd move to put all your eggs into the basket of Musk rather than those industries as a whole, but ok.

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        August 6, 2019 8:51 AM

        I agree. Having another channel solely dedicated to Tesla is not needed. Covering all electric vehicles that you can would lend objectivity even if you admit to favoring Musk.

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      August 6, 2019 2:08 AM

      I am... unenthusiastic about making shacknews a vehicle for dedicated coverage of Elon Musk and his companies. I think it's weird.

      But hey, as long as I can read about videogames as well, I'm good.

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      August 6, 2019 5:34 AM

      I've been really liking the expanded coverage. Keep it up!

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      August 6, 2019 5:54 AM

      Fits the audience, editorial team passionate about it too, great traffic segment for growth, sounds great all so find. Hoping it brings some cool people into the chatty long term.

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      August 6, 2019 6:08 AM

      Definitely interested in the EV coverage, this should be cool.

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      August 6, 2019 6:13 AM

      Very cool. But you since you're all in on the electric future you should go ahead and ban all Corvette discussion. /s

    • rms legacy 10 years mercury super mega
      August 6, 2019 6:14 AM

      Looking forward to more astronomy news!!

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      August 6, 2019 6:25 AM

      Cool idea, but this execution feels like a Musk fan site.

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      August 6, 2019 6:28 AM

      Cool content but Tesla fudge? Is there some inside joke there or just random word?

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      August 6, 2019 6:48 AM

      We need to secure this upcoming 27" tall Unicron Shack!! https://hasbropulse.com/products/transformers-war-for-cybertron-unicron He'll eat our wallets too!
      Amazing figure, hope it gets the backers it needs for production!

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      August 6, 2019 6:55 AM

      More effort than Gamefly ever put to the domain name.

      Grats on the expansion Shacknews, I'm still here.

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        August 6, 2019 8:52 AM

        3000% true!

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        August 6, 2019 9:54 AM

        I think ECO was hamstrung by corporate. He seemed sincere. I remember employees that stuck around with tmwtb alluded to that as well.

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      August 6, 2019 6:59 AM

      since you're covering OpenAI now, does this mean there will finally be any coverage of Dota?

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      August 6, 2019 7:02 AM

      you should let me write a guest post next year after my yearly board gaming weekend. we play all the board games (not really)

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      August 6, 2019 9:25 AM

      Asif, electric week is coming up in September and a bunch of us are meeting up in Irving to show off our cars. Would you want some coverage of that kind of event? I’ll be there with my Spark EV.


      There are events all over the country that same weekend.

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      August 6, 2019 12:08 PM

      Awesome Man! I am pretty pumped and juiced up for this and think it is a very good call.

      All the best Asif and Shacknews let's GO!!!! \m/ :) \m/ feels good Man [ high five ]

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      August 6, 2019 12:27 PM

      Focus on electric future is cool, but making its namesake Tesla feels a bit odd.

      Tesla is just one player in a fairly large space of tech. Let's not place them on a pedestal just because you copped the Founder's edition!

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        August 6, 2019 12:28 PM

        otoh who am i kidding

        probably just for seo

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      August 6, 2019 1:18 PM

      This EV coverage you'll be doing, will you be covering all EVs? Or just exclusive Tesla?

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        August 6, 2019 1:19 PM

        yeah i'm interested in Porsche's thing

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        August 6, 2019 1:21 PM

        All EVs will be covered. We will be focused on Tesla because we actually own those cars.

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          August 6, 2019 1:52 PM

          Very interested in EV truck coverage!

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            August 6, 2019 2:58 PM

            That F150 prototype video was pretty dope I thought.

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              August 6, 2019 3:54 PM

              I've never owned anything other than a Toyota and it's possible I could buy a f-150.

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                August 6, 2019 3:55 PM

                They will definitely have a full electric truck before Toyota. Toyota just double downed on hybrid.

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          August 6, 2019 2:42 PM

          I know there’s a few leaf owners in the chatty. I’ve got a bolt, and A10 has a spark. I’ll check out the channel.

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      August 13, 2019 7:08 AM

      Ok how about http://travelblog.today

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