Arriving in Florence the first thing you notice is the mountain chain surrounding you. On bad weather days – like this one – dark clouds assemble over the mountain tops and shower them in lighting bolts.
I’m here to see Filippo Ferrante, alias Polidoro76, and speak to him about the reporter organisation, the present as well as the future. A while back now, Filippo started the site Powersoccerextra for news about Power Soccer and it’s users. PSE has quickly become a popular place to visit for Power Soccer players who wants to read up on the latest gossip and happenings.
A former theatre actor with a special taste for Arthur Rimbaud, Filippo is no stranger to the written word. He mastered the art of writing for web media when working for a local news page as a reporter. That experience was fresh in mind when first stumbling over Power Soccer. The game instantly hooked him, and he was drawn to its vital community and less that two weeks later, PSE was born.
It’s easy to get impressed when seeing the multitude of articles are already being published, currently around 20 per week. It’s even more impressive when you realise the high quality of the texts. PSE currently boasts some 15 reporters in all, but many more are showing an interest. When Filippo chooses which persons will be allowed as reporters on PSE, two things are taken in consideration: Talent and willingness. The fierce competition for the reporter positions ensures the high quality of texts PSE produces. Even though many of the reporters are below the age of 18, it’s clear there is a lot of writing talent among the Power Soccer community.
There is no end to how far the reporter idea could be taken. Filippo wants to publish a monthly paper magazine with fresh written interviews, features and a wide range of other articles orbiting the Power Soccer world. Reading about your favourite game (and perhaps even about yourself) in a written magazine is just a little bit cooler than doing it on a web page. You would subscribe to it and get it sent to you once a month. Plans are already quite far gone and Filippo is pondering his alternatives for the editing and distribution bits.
Filippo also dreams of “Power Soccer Radio”, live broadcast of commentaries on big games. It’s hard not to love the idea. Consider hearing Live commentary of your own game – While playing it! Or look at someone else’s game and listen to the commentaries, just like any game on TV. The audio would be stored if you want to go back and relive the game.
Three rainy days in Florence but it’s hard not to feel optimism when looking at the future through Filippo’s eyes. The possibilities for Power Soccer reporting are endless. It’s only a matter of materialising them, and PSE is getting there fast.