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HairyArse
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It seems that NewYork and I have inadvertently started a bit of an unofficial competition to see who can create the most popular articles of all time on AATG.

I appear to be winning with my latest entry. But NewYork's last ditch effort, while getting upto 180 degrees on N4G, doesn't quite seem to attracting the same traffic.

And if he'd got his 'German gamer kills Advance Wars player' article in a bit earlier, and it had been N4Ged before someone else uploaded it, that might well have gotten some attention.

So, anyone else up for taking the mantle?

NY - sign up for N4G!
#1 at 15:47:57 - 29/04/2009
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Sounds like if you could combine the two into a list of top ten lesbians you would be onto a winner.
#2 at 15:55:03 - 29/04/2009
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Well, I'm glad you're winning. The Xbox Murder article couldn't have been more of a copy-n-paste-and-rewrite-a-bit job, while yours took effort.

HairyArse said:
And if he'd got his 'German gamer kills Advance Wars player' article in a bit earlier, and it had been N4Ged before someone else uploaded it, that might well have gotten some attention.

I'm the guy who uploaded it to N4G before you did, d00d. It links back to AATG :P

HairyArse said:
So, anyone else up for taking the mantle?

Okay, you just opened up Pandora's box :)
#3 at 15:56:32 - 29/04/2009
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TheSaint said:Sounds like if you could combine the two into a list of top ten lesbians you would be onto a winner.

I was actually thinking "who's my favourite lesbian" when I was thinking of pics for the article. Answer: Lindsay Lohan.
#4 at 15:57:17 - 29/04/2009
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Aaaah, I didn't realise you'd registered NY - I've been N4Ging all of your contentious articles - well the recent ones anyway.
#5 at 16:30:33 - 29/04/2009
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Yeah, just this morning (you gave me the idea).

BTW, I've just been posting shizzle like I usually do: I was unaware of any competition. But, since you "brought it", I do believe that "it's on".
#6 at 16:35:44 - 29/04/2009
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Heh well for some reason I got the impression you were trying to outdo yourself, and me, with each article this week. The inspired lesbians piece was the icing on the cake.

This also raises an important issue - the shocking state of the industry - it's disgraceful and despicable that we have to stoop this low to get hits. It really is.

However, all is not lost because in 'joining in' I'm also researching for a future article on this very subject.

/taps nose
#7 at 16:40:17 - 29/04/2009
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Be sure to include the various surprise-sex exploits of Tomonobu Itagaki.
#8 at 16:55:01 - 29/04/2009
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You're definitely winning the "get the hottest temperature on N4G" compo with 310degrees for your German murderer story.

I missed a trick yesterday by uploading a WoW logo instead of lesbians tonguing against your article.
#9 at 17:15:58 - 29/04/2009
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Btw NY, is your gamedirt twitter specifically for AATG or your own twitter account?

Peej originally set one up but because of the character restriction it ended up being allaboutthegame and not plural which is a real bummer.

I quite like gamedirt...
#10 at 17:24:04 - 29/04/2009
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/has just bought gamedirt.co.uk

/gives NY dodgy mason's handshake
#11 at 17:32:21 - 29/04/2009
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I made it specifically to post my AATG articles on (though I did twat about your violent games thing, and about some other site's article on a fighting game that pits Jesus, Muhammed, God, and the Buddah in fights).

But, yeah, I'd be lying if I said I didn't have bigger plans for it :)
#12 at 17:33:32 - 29/04/2009
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Well dude, if it's OK by you, I'm gonna create an AATG spin off. The idea being you'll post articles as usual, but I'll add a tick box to the CMS that means said articles will also splinter off onto gamedirt.co.uk which will be a simple wordpress style (but not using wordpress) blog.

Also registered allabouttheiphone.co.uk to do the same thing.

:P
#13 at 17:35:13 - 29/04/2009
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HairyArse said:Well dude, if it's OK by you, I'm gonna create an AATG spin off. The idea being you'll post articles as usual, but I'll add a tick box to the CMS that means said articles will also splinter off onto gamedirt.co.uk which will be a simple wordpress style (but not using wordpress) blog.

Also registered allabouttheiphone.co.uk to do the same thing.

:P


The AATG(no s) Twitter is followed by a surprising amount of players, and not all small potatoes. It gets a lot of random followers. Missing an S or not, it's not worth killing it off just yet.

Good work though, I just wish all this controversial shit got us more signups and regulards though it's been pointed out that we're wasting our time with the reviews and gaming news and should just go with the negative gaming stuff.
#14 at 17:55:47 - 29/04/2009
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Coolio - didn't realise it was active and being used.

/still hasn't jumped aboard the twatter bandwagon
#15 at 17:59:23 - 29/04/2009
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peej said:though it's been pointed out that we're wasting our time with the reviews and gaming news and should just go with the negative gaming stuff.

No! Gosh, it makes me sad to even read that. :(
#16 at 18:17:23 - 29/04/2009
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HairyArse said:/has just bought gamedirt.co.uk

Eek!

See, that was kinda my plan (and thankfully you didn't get gamedirt.net, which was my exact plan).

Indeed in a flight of panic I just bought gamedirt.net.

It was my intention to buy it in a couple of days but you just spurred me on in case it disappeared before then :) The idea I had was to continue contributing to AATG but duplicate my articles, blog-style, to gamedirt.net (an idea you mirrored perfectly!)


And I agree, keep working at the @allaboutthegame Twitter account, as:

1. It actually belongs to you
2. It has followers (who you really ought to follow back, just as a courtesy)
3. I'm pimping it in every article!
#17 at 18:20:41 - 29/04/2009
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Aah you see if I'd let you just buy it, you'd have had to get hosting and setup a wordpress account or something similar.

With my plan, it will appear to be a totally independant website but all of AATG's users can still access it, and as the articles will appear on AATG and get commented on here, that'll quickly make gamedirt appear to be busy and populated as comments will appear on both sites. Whereas starting a new site totally from scratch take time to establish.

Unless of course you were thinking about going totally solo, in which case I apologise for stepping on your toes and will move out of the way.

:)
#18 at 18:29:49 - 29/04/2009
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Well the ultimate difference: I want to own it :D

I was planning on hooking the URL up to some free blog and just doing it for kicks. A trashy gaming news blog ain't ever going to make money, anyways.

As for the comments: what comments? The stories get hits but no chatter. :D
#19 at 18:42:29 - 29/04/2009
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Well I'm happy for you to do that still no problem.

I've hitched gamedirt.co.uk onto AATG's hosting which basically means I set up a folder, most likely allaboutthegames.co.uk/gamedirt and then the root of that becomes gamedirt.co.uk - I'm more than happy for you to use that as your own. Can setup ftp access, emails and everyfink.

But then I totally understand if you decide to insist on doing it your way independently - I want to help you out not dictate.
#20 at 18:54:08 - 29/04/2009
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If we could hook up a situation like that but with gamedirt.net (which I'd prefer as the URL is cooler and I'd at least own something material), I'd say you're on to something.

Anyways, I'll mail you sometime tomorrow evening :P


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#21 at 19:42:10 - 29/04/2009
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Without making any comment on site content, have you considered linking any comments that happen to exist onto twitter? I have no idea how it works so I don't know if it's easily done anyway or if you want to.
#22 at 20:37:28 - 29/04/2009
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I'll comment on the site's content: at some point you have to decide what's more important, a bunch of throwaway hits, or keeping the site's LittleBigPlanet atmosphere intact?

At what point does AATG stop being the safe (if sometimes cheeky) family destination you once envisioned, and start becoming a perverted version of that long distant dream?

Sure, you get a little hot on N4G, but at what cost? Your integrity? Your soul? Remember when you said that you'd never let your greed come before your morals? Whatever happened to that?

Whose moral fabric is truly crumbling away? The gamers who commit the murders, or those who report on it in some cynical attempt at popularity?

Who are truly the monsters, here? Not they, Sir. Not they.
#23 at 20:48:29 - 29/04/2009
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NewYork said:
peej said:though it's been pointed out that we're wasting our time with the reviews and gaming news and should just go with the negative gaming stuff.

No! Gosh, it makes me sad to even read that. :(


It's true, we just can't even scratch the surface of what other sites are doing. No one will send us review copies of anything (in the current economic climate) and though we have a couple of angles (the nefarious news and the iPhone stuff) the review side of things is pretty much dead. It may well pick up once a few decent releases hit home but we just don't get enough stuff to publish and though I write more for therapeutic reasons than generating diggs or hits, it's a bit of a pisser to get next to no feedback (though we do get the occasional nice comment from the few devs who come and look at what we're doing).

#24 at 22:42:09 - 29/04/2009
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I get the feeling the new site will do wonders.

Every time I'm told a story is getting hits, I think "I wish they were coming to the classy new site, they might hang around a bit" :)

It just screams "take AATG seriously". You might get more free shizzle, too :)
#25 at 22:48:19 - 29/04/2009
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We'll see.

#26 at 22:59:04 - 29/04/2009
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I'm doing it because I want to get half decent at writing something other than straight facts. And getting the free stuff.

I might branch out into films/music at some point but I guess the Hairy fella doesn't want them on here, being games based an' all.
#27 at 00:29:46 - 30/04/2009
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Hurray, someone just registered and made a comment!

What, you didn't want creepy people? Why didn't you say so!?
#28 at 02:15:47 - 30/04/2009
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NY - that article is now on the front page of N4G with a temperature of 480 degree you fucker.
#29 at 11:27:06 - 30/04/2009
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