Thursday, September 18, 2008 | 8:05 PM

5 years of Xbox/Plays/Gamersyde

5 years of Xbox/Plays/Gamersyde

Five years ago I announced on a French forum the opening of a new site called Xboxyde. This site was supposed to be very different from the others, being a media site only. It was a time when high quality videos weren't such a commodity as now, and five years later Gamersyde is still alive and kicking! (More inside)

In the past five years, we have put online 6,879 news dealing with 1,667 different games. What's more, there have been 5,294 videos and 4,960 image galleries (so a total of 57,288 images) posted since the beginning. In five years 27,943 threads have been opened on the forum and the total number of comments amounts to 743,664 - 9,366 of which have been "boulet-timed".

Last August, 4 million pages were read and we reached a total of 500,000 different visitors. The average number of visitors is about 40,000 a day but during the Game Convention it went up to 67,000.

So let's say we're pretty satisfied with the figures but we also hope things will get even better in the near future.

Talking about the near future, we're still working on the new version of the site, which, we're sorry to say, has been delayed several times already. It should be up and running soon though, hopefully that is.

We will obviously keep working along the same lines but there might be more text material than before, added to our usual video content and images of course. We already tried a few things during the Game Convention and we got some pretty interesting results.

In early October we'll be in Tokyo for the TGS and we will do our best to get the job done and do it with panache. We have 3 cameras and 4 over-motivated gamers so everything should be just fine.

It hasn't always been easy in the past five years, especially because we had a hard time getting some publishers to understand what we were all about but I have no regrets at all. I just hope that those of you who have shared our adventures since the very beginning still appreciate our efforts and our work!

All comments

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Commented on 2008-09-18 20:19:51
I haven't known this site for more than 1½ year, but it is great and I check up on you daily.

Keep up the good work. :)
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:21:24
I've visited the site since it started (xboxyde), even though i haven't been active until about a year ago. Congratulations i guess. It's a great site for game media.
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:21:55
I have been here most of it and live it keep up your hard work lads..
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:22:24
Definitely one of the best sites out there for excellent, top notch video games media. Looking forward to your TGS coverage. Keep up the good work, guys!
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:23:41
One of the best sites out there, had a great (and some bad of course) run ever since I joined here.

Great site for forum and the media!
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:23:56
Congrats! Even though I signed up recently I've been visiting here for at least four years that I know of.

That shift from Play/Xbox-syde to Gamersyde was controversial, iirc. I still got the Xboxyde logo in my favourites! Think it'll be worth something in future? Only thing is it isn't signed and I took it out the box... :(
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:26:55
Congratulations! I've used this site for over 2 years, and this is one of the best sites for gaming news. All thanks to the Gamersyde crew and the great community :)

Keep up the good work!
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:34:22
Been visiting since you first started :) Although never registered for some time after!

Best media site on the internet !
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:35:07
been here when it was known as xboxyde, and its still labled as such on my favorites. best site for gaming media.
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:41:38
Brilliant job guys, keep up the good work. You're the first bookmark I click when I fire up my pc :)
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:43:36
here's to 5 more years
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:44:38
Great site, here's to another 5+ years! :)
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:45:55
I been with this site for along along time and I love it! 1825 days!
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:48:41
Can't wait to experience the new site design, even if it isn't a major change.

May Gamersyde live forever.
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:49:04
Gamersyde > all
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:49:43
CONGRATS!!! Been here for 3 years but same as "j0k3r" didn't register before today!
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:54:52
....omedetou! XP
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:57:05
Commented on 2008-09-18 20:59:37 In reply to PlumbDrumb
Posted by PlumbDrumb
Can't wait to experience the new site design, even if it isn't a major change.
It's a quite major change, but I think people will like it :)
Commented on 2008-09-18 21:00:49
Congratulations! Long live Gamersyde! :)
Commented on 2008-09-18 21:02:14
One of the best sites. Keep up this awesome work!
Commented on 2008-09-18 21:04:32
Just happy to be part of the Gamersyde community. Keep up the good work. :)
Commented on 2008-09-18 21:04:39
Thank you BlimBlim, and the staff throughout the years. Been with ya since 2004 (Xboxyde years), but didn't register until 1.5 years ago.

I always visited for the high quality media the site always had, even when most popular gaming sites offered the standard low quality media.

An interweb toast to you, and to everyone here!
Commented on 2008-09-18 21:07:33
keep going guys. you proove once again that with a good work everything is possible
Commented on 2008-09-18 21:08:08
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