Saturday, August 11, 2007 | 8:26 PM

New on Gamersyde: Octo!

New on Gamersyde: Octo!

It's been almost exactly a month since the launch of Gamersyde and here comes something brand new that should please a lot of you guys. I'm not talking about some new editor but about Octo, our new media server. I'm sure you're all wondering why on earth it is such good news: the answers are many. See inside for more details along with a short assessment of Gamersyde's first month of activity.


Octo

Octo is here to replace Isidore (no kidding), our really-starting-to-get-old server. We used to have a Pentium 4c 2.4 Ghz 1 GB RAM with 250 MB of software RAID1 disk space and we're upgrading to something that, you'll agree, is pretty damn nice:
- 2*Quad core 2 Ghz Xeon (hence the name, Octo for Octo-core)
- 4 GB RAM FB-Dimm
- Hardware RAID6 controller - 8*500 GB hard drives, which implies 3 To of redundant disk space
- And no less than 7 fans to keep it cool at anytime!

Such a powerful machine with so much disk space will allow us to offer you some new services. As soon as next week, the usual WMV will always come online accompanied by their MP4 counterparts and all this will be done automatically. Moreover, I'm glad to announce the return of the 640x360 "LQ" versions in AVI/XVID format allowing those who do not have a "monster machine" or unlimited broadband connections to still enjoy our content. And the good news is that these versions too will be available each time and automatically encoded.

Secondly, by the end of this year, we plan to add a new tool that will allow you to upload your own videos so everyone can enjoy them, just like what youtube offers, but in eye-blowing-kick-in-the-ass-fantastic quality obviously. This service will be linked to a blog engine which will also be available to you. Our goal is to ultimately give you access to almost all of the functionalities of Gamersyde.

First results

After one month of activity, we are rather satisfied and the figures show that there have been a bit more than 500,000 different visitors in the last 31 days and about 5 million pages have been read.
These figures could have been much better had we handle E3 better but we've learnt form our mistakes and for Leipzig in a few days or Tokyo, everything should run a lot smoother, without a doubt.

Contentwise, we're doing our best to offer as many exclusive videos as we can and we're happy to see that some publishers seem willing to play the game. I hope it will come off soon.

We are fully aware that we're way behind the big American sites, but we're having a really hard time when it comes to finding good quality videos in time. Since stealing the content of other websites to put it online here is not an option for us, we sometimes find ourselves in situations where we can't find a video that's available almost everywhere else. Not being able to offer you some content because of that is the sort of thing that happens too often to my liking. Being a French based website sure doesn't help but again, things seem to brighten up a tad. So wait and see.

Our main problem now is to be able to offer you some good Wii content. I have to admit that this first month hasn't been great in that area and I guess we are to blame. Truth be told, I can't say I am "drawn" to what the console has to offer. There sure are exceptions but I have to say my motivation simply drops down when it comes to writing news about games I have absolutely no interest in. I know it's really unprofessional to feel that way but that's the way it is. Anyway, that's why we'll soon welcome a new Wii-guy in the team. More info soon!

Last but not least, the new ad content and the money we have invested in the company have given us the means to get the technical equipment at the scale of our ambition. We now have two HD video cameras (Sony FX7) as well as many (and expensive :/) accessories, two over-powerful laptops and some portable hardware allowing us to record HD direct-feed footage on the go (pretty much an exclusivity in Europe). It's an investment of more than 12000 euros (15000 dollars), but I think you'll all come to appreciate it. The video quality of the latest Gamersyde Diaries is a good proof of that, and you'll come to like it even more in the next few weeks.

All comments

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Commented on 2007-08-11 20:51:52
Nice spec machine there good to see some of old stuff coming back should please a few. :)

I agree on areas that need improving but you have done a fantastic job though and it a great site that can only improve. :)
Commented on 2007-08-11 20:55:57
Great news, I hope it all works out for you.

500,000 visitors in 31 days and 5 million pages? yeesh!
Commented on 2007-08-11 20:57:37
Awesome news! I thought this site couldn't get any better, but you proved me wrong ;)
Commented on 2007-08-11 21:12:41
Congrats on the equipment. I work in the video post production field, and know how expensive video equipment runs... especially HD. You definitely have something to be proud of. I brag about this site to a lot of Xbox people I run into on other sites and on Xbox LIVE.

This is the company we use to do real time encoding of content for output into WMV & MPEG2s.

http://www.digital-rapids.com/
Commented on 2007-08-11 21:14:12
don't know much about specs but its good to hear that this place is getting better and better all the time!

thanks guys
Commented on 2007-08-11 21:16:48
Xbox 360 and PS3 owners hold hands!!!!!
this is a happy moment for gamersyde

what i like the most about this site is the layout of the front page news,
on sites like IGN for example, you have to look all over the place to find new news.

on gamersyde its all there waiting for you
Commented on 2007-08-11 21:28:49
/Applauds for the team, you guys deserve it. Thank You ever so much! Merci beaucoup" ;) All the best for xboxyde!
Posted by jioann00
Xbox 360 and PS3 owners hold hands!!!!!
this is a happy moment for gamersyde

what i like the most about this site is the layout of the front page news,
on sites like IGN for example, you have to look all over the place to find new news.

on gamersyde its all there waiting for you
EXACTLY, The best websites are the simplest and xboxyde is one perfect example!
Commented on 2007-08-11 21:47:45
You Tube killer!

Gamersyde FTW!
Commented on 2007-08-11 21:49:21
nice indeed!! keep up the good old werk!
Commented on 2007-08-11 22:18:42
woah, thats a MONSTER machine. Really crazy!

And its good to hear that video uploading is still in the pipeline! Now, I just need to get a capture card so I can take advantage of it!
Commented on 2007-08-11 22:27:17
Sounds awesome!
Very good job.
Commented on 2007-08-11 22:32:28
i love gamersyde....my #1 gaming site
Commented on 2007-08-11 22:40:19
I'm not sure I understand what sort of videos you expect people to post. Personal gameplay montages? Trailers that slip through the cracks of the front page? Leaked content?

I'm glad you're adding a Wii guy, that'll really round things out.
Commented on 2007-08-11 22:47:17
So this new Wii guy is it Simon by any chance.. ?
Commented on 2007-08-11 22:56:43
Much love to you guys. Its fantastic to see how this site is evolving so much and so fast :) You are doing a great job when it comes to staying on the same level as the american gaming sites (even if you are french :P).

Did any of that money by any chance go towards a new microphone? or are you still rolling with the one left over from the cold war? :P
Commented on 2007-08-11 23:00:56 In reply to ompalompa
Posted by ompalompa
Did any of that money by any chance go towards a new microphone? or are you still rolling with the one left over from the cold war? :P
We have 2 new microphones (actually 3), one is a wireless lavalier microphone (*very* expensive), the other is a camera "shotgun" microphone that only records what the camera is pointing at. We might get some more mics in the future depending on how stuff goes in Leipzig.
Commented on 2007-08-11 23:27:22
This site keeps getting better and better. As for the lack of Wii content, I just say get rid of the Nintendo section altogether. I think most of the people here joined because they like HD gaming, not shaking a controller.
Commented on 2007-08-11 23:29:04 In reply to GrimThorne
Posted by GrimThorne
Great news, I hope it all works out for you.

500,000 visitors in 31 days and 5 million pages? yeesh!
Yup, that's pretty impressive.
Commented on 2007-08-11 23:34:17 In reply to Myro
Posted by Myro
Yup, that's pretty impressive.
Not nearly enough to be taken seriously by publishers unfortunately.
Commented on 2007-08-11 23:53:03

Secondly, by the end of this year, we plan to add a new tool that will allow you to upload your own videos so everyone can enjoy them, just like what youtube offers, but in eye-blowing-kick-in-the-ass-fantastic quality obviously. This service will be linked to a blog engine which will also be available to you. Our goal is to ultimately give you access to almost all of the functionalities of Gamersyde.
Good god this site is the best.

We are fully aware that we're way behind the big American sites,
You are way ahead in providing us kick ass quality videos for games free of charge whereas other sites charge people money to get either crappy upscaled quality or exclusive access to videos that download so damn slow it isn't worth the time. This is easily one of the best sites out there to get not only game information, but videos of games. Lets not forget you kicked every other site's ass out there when it came to Blue Dragon gameplay videos :)

Commented on 2007-08-11 23:55:05
if you keep going like this Gamersyde will WIPE THE FLOOR with the competition in no time ::)

i cant wait for the Leipzig coverage ^_^
Commented on 2007-08-12 00:00:02
yeah, the other thing i love about this site is the gameplay videos.
trailers are one thing...but gameplay videos are another
gameplay videos give a much better insight into what games are like
and you cant get them on IGN

and gamerside diaries!!

ok the 3 main selling points of this website.

1. simple layout, with all the new news right there infront of you with easy access to chat and comment about it.

2. Great quality gameplay videos and trailers which stream quickly and easily

3. gamersyde diaries!!, great round up of lots of differant game reviews/ previews, with GOOD and HONEST opinions!!!
Commented on 2007-08-12 00:02:09
oh yeah, and another thing i like about this site is the banning.
you guys dont take to Sh*t from no one!!
which is good, so we dont have to read racist or pointless comments either :)
Commented on 2007-08-12 00:09:07 In reply to jioann00
Posted by jioann00
pointless comments either :)
Not so sure about that one. But we try ;)
Commented on 2007-08-12 00:52:41
Wow, thanks for the commitment, guys. I love Gamersyde and what it offers and look forward to using your new features. :)
Since the site started as Xboxsyde (I believe) the user pool seems to be a little Xbox heavy, but with time hopefully things will even out pretty well.
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