X360, PS3 Monday, May 29, 2006 | 10:04 AM

Xboxyde: 1000 days and counting!

Xboxyde: 1000 days and counting!

Almost exactly 1000 days ago, I created my account on the first version of Xboxyde on the production server. It was just a few days before X03, and everything was ready for the (not so) grand opening. 1000 days later, the site did not change that much from what I wanted it to be and that makes me very happy. What makes me even happier is the incredible, for me at least, success of the site. And now with Playsyde along with Xboxyde, everything is starting to move very quickly, and we have to start thinking about some changes. Nothing drastic, don't worry, but make sure you read on inside the news, and leave a comment!
Update : The paypal donation page is now online, over there

Some numbers

If you know me a bit, you are aware that I love to list a few numbers about the site from time to time. So for your, or at least mine, enjoyment, here are some database statistics about Xboxyde and Playsyde:
- 2951 visible news
- 15489 validated accounts
- 3315 accounts with at least one message in the forum
- 14705 private messages sent
- 2580 files
- 764 being exclusive
- using 99.9 GB of disk space
- creating about 150 hours of content!
- 1894 galleries
- with 24822 images
- 89 "first 10 minutes"
- 11718 topics in the forums
- 231993 messages
- 1607 being in boulet-time mode.

As for Xboxyde web stats, I think this graphics is better than anything I could write:

VU = Unique visitors during the whole month.

The future!

Now for the really important part of this news, with the future of Xboxyde/Playsyde and maybe later this year a Wii site.
I'm sure most of you have enjoyed Snoopers footage of the upcoming games during E3. He sure worked hard to get as much content as possible, and he did a great work. But it certainly could have been better, first because he just couldn't go to all meetings, and second because he wasn't able to upload all the content from the show floor or even from his hotel.
The solution is simple: Send more people to the big gaming events. Unfortunately there is a catch: it will cost a lot of money. Until now I've always been very proud of being able to pay for everything about the sites either with the advertising, or with my own money, but there is a moment where I have to start changing my way of thinking if I want the sites to keep evolving.
So starting tomorrow or sunday, I will put a paypal donate button on the site. You guys will be able to send us (or not) any amount of money you want. Anything will be appreciated. This money will be used exclusively to pay for our travel expanses when going to games show, starting with the TGS, and if possible to add even more download servers so they do not get as slow as what you experienced during E3.
One very important thing though, is that this donation won't give you any special privilege on the sites. And most importantly, you will not lose anything if you do not donate, except this awesome feeling that you helped us bringing you some incredible content of course ;)
If in the future I decided to give some special stuff to our generous contributors, it would be something new. I *do not*want to remove anything if you do not donate. I want everybody to enjoy the -YDE sites as much in one year as they do now, even if you can't or don't want to contribute.

As for the other changes, the download page will be completely changed hopefully next month. I don't think anyone will complain about it! This should especially be helpful for the first time visitors, but I'm sure everyone will be happy with it finally losing all the clutter.

Some changes on the forum are planned, with an ignore function being already in testing. This was the most wanted feature I've been asked to code. A few more things will also be rewritten, but it's mostly on the back-end side of the site, with lots of AJAX niceties to come for our awesome admins and moderators.
Speaking of moderators, I'm sad to say that Plumbdrumb asked me to remove his moderating rights because of personal issues. He'll still be around, but he was doing an excellent job with the moderation, and he will be missed. To replace him, Roxwell has been nominated to moderator a few hours ago, let's all welcome him!

I'm eagerly waiting for your comments! Also do not forget that I'm not the only one working on the sites, Manager is doing an incredible job with the news, and Snoopers can be awesome when he wants to :D. The mod team also deserves some greetings!

All comments

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Commented on 2006-05-26 23:17:15
Holy cow that graph says it all.

Sounds good to me, too be honest i would be happy to pay a subscription to this site, i get far more from this site than any others i visit.

Keep up the good work guys.
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:17:48
I love your site, and trust your forthcoming changes and improvements. This site is one that I visit daily and I enjoy the mostly mature attitude on the forums. Keep up the good work.
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:19:41

I'll donate :) Miles better than the $19.99 i used to pay for IGN.
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:23:23
This is definitely one of the best sites that I visit for game images and the latest info. During E3, this was my number 1 site that I visited for content.

Keep up the good work!
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:28:07
Wow, I must say those are impressive numbers, and I commend you for your dedication to this site by also paying for it with your own money!
I'll most definately donate some to this site...
Keep up the good work guys!
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:32:54
congrats on making this the best xbox 360 site. yea theres IGN n GS but when it comes to screens n videos this is the site to visit. thank u guys so much for spoiling us daily! n ill donate too to make it easier for u guys to deliver us even more great content :)
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:32:54
Though after all this time, I still dont understand the concept of boulet-time
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:34:44
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:35:02
Wow nice the chart says it all and wow roxwell is now a mod eh :P

Step 1 of operation takeover xboxyde is in place ;)

I'll also very likely donate regularly to the site.

Just kidding of course keep up the good work man this is the best site on the web for great media.
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:35:47
Congrats and keep it cumming !!!
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:40:08 In reply to Optimusv2
I'm In Op!

You would not believe what i've seen 0_0

Blim is realy Bill Gates. Acert is head of research for NASA, and Snoopers is Hugh Heffner :D

Best gaming site on the Net!
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:40:37
You have this man's support. I will follow you where ever you may go Mr. Blim.
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:42:00
yay for BlimBlim!
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:42:02
Darn it roxwell. Shhh!
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:44:10
Its very honorable to not offer anything to those who donate, and to keep it fair. The updates sound great, and I absolutly love thie site, its no BS, straight to the footage is exactly what I love.

I have a suggestion however. Instead of hiring more people, why not offer the ability to upload footage from non-xboxyde-paid-employees-type-people. There are alot of people who goto conventions, alot bring camcorders too. If you had some friends (like bloggers or whatnot) who goto a con also, might be willing to upload footage for you, of course if you link back to them... It seems fair if you ask me.
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:44:23
Sorry Sir ;)

Happy Birthday!
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:47:37
Roxwell is a mod .. (Falls out of his chair laughing) gratz mate..
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:50:12
You guys get nothing but genuine praise from me, you've exploited a niche in the market for a simple, yet elegant site serving platform specific footage and you're getting the industry recognition you deserve. Here's to several thousand more days!

PS. If you sell out, I'll find you and I'll cut you.
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:50:28
tanx to all xboxyde team,awesome site.
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:50:29
Ive been registered on XBOXYDE for <----

Gratz!! :D XBOXYDE WTF!!
Commented on 2006-05-26 23:55:23
I like you, I like you a lot.
Commented on 2006-05-27 00:02:20
Commented on 2006-05-27 00:06:17
you are awesome. i don't even go to the major sites like ign and gamespot anymore because you have better coverage!!! snoopers, you are amazing as well. i will definately be donating:)
Commented on 2006-05-27 00:07:21
Well done guys, keep it up.
Commented on 2006-05-27 00:10:23
This is an awesome achievement. I love this website and I hope it stays here through the next few years and sooo on....
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