Well here it is folks, our first four-digit posting milestone! It's been a busy eight months or so since the site went live back in June 2009, but from the very first GTA Chinatown Wars deal to the latest bargains of the last 24 hours, our mission statement has always stayed the same: to bring you folks the hottest gaming deals to be found on the net. We thought we'd take this moment to reflect on a few of the highlights of the site's journey so far, and also give you wonderful people a bit of insight into what is to come from us here at Dealspwn in 2010. We couldn't have done it without you.
Emma mentioned a good number of the most stand-out deals and articles of 2009 in her Happy New Year post, but a few more of the originals that helped to kickstart the site could be found in Felix's features, from The Worst Gaming Trends to his analysis of the console war, and Marius' early reviews and popular news entries.
On the deals front, the thing that captured the attention the most in the past few months has been the now infamous Tesco Left 4 Dead 2 fiasco, but our recent foray into providing new release price comparison charts has also proved highly popular and is something that will be streamlined and refined over the coming months.
Finally, we strode new ground in January, launching our first interactive community-led Game of the Year contest. The ten-day long series of hotly contested polls made for lots of welcome opinionated feedback and generated a nice bundle of attention too.
We have high hopes for site growth over the next few months, with the aim of becoming the the first port of call for anyone hunting down UK games deals.
We have plans for deals expansion, with a view to increasing our average daily deals content on the site.
It's been teased out in the widgets at the foot of our deal posts, and also used to back up the new release posts and January's polls, but the price comparison engine is nearly there. When Gamebase eventually comes out of beta and goes live, we hope that it'll make hunting down the prices on the games much easier.
On top of that, we're going to be looking to expand the content of the site too, with hopes to bring a weekly topical opinion column to the fore following the popularity of articles such Tamsin's appraisal of the working conditions for game developers in the industry as our the recent look at the iPad.
Finally, we're hoping in the next week or two to begin a series of regular posts dedicated to casual gaming and the independent sector. Each week we'll be bringing you a recommended browser-based game to bust your boredom during the working week, along with a brief roundup of the pick of the indie-oriented news that week. Lastly, we'll be supplementing these posts with the odd indie developer interview, seeing what makes them tick, what it's like to live the dream and work for oneself in the games industry, and maybe pinch the odd exclusive preview too.
Do you have any ideas for the future of Dealspwn? Drop us a line.
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