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Bit-Gamer launch competition

Posted on 13th Dec 2010 at 11:06 by Joe Martin with 32 comments

Joe Martin
Things have changed for bit-tech's games content recently. You might have noticed the new logo and backgrounds, not to mention the new Hall of Fame article which we'll be updating regularly in the future. You might be wondering why the name of your favourite games review site has changed from bit-tech to bit-gamer.

One other thing that’s changed but which you might not have noticed yet is that bit-gamer has its own Twitter account now too – which is important because we’re going to start doing regular prize draws and competitions using it. More on that in a minute.

Bit-tech’s games content has changed a lot since I joined the company almost five years ago. We’ve changed our review style and the length of our articles, not to mention the type of games and platforms we cover. This last two years especially has seen a number of changes to bit-tech’s games content, with new writers working on the site and a renewed focus on features and previews. Some of my favourite articles we’ve ever done have been written in the last year, for example, while today sees the introduction of a new regular column, Critical Hit.

Bit-Gamer launch competition

Over the next year, we plan to grow bit-tech’s games content even further under the title of Bit-Gamer. Moving forward we’ll be bringing you more articles, looking at more platforms and with a bundle of other new features, all without sacrificing any of the detail or quality that bit-tech has always been known for.

Naturally, we couldn’t have grown like this if it wasn’t for the support of you, our readers. We wanted to thank you – and what better way to do that than by giving away free games. We’re going to be giving away a bunch of freebies every Monday to celebrate the launch of bit-gamer, starting today with three copies of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for the PlayStation 3.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is follow @bit_gamer on twitter and tell us what your favourite game ever is.

We’ll be picking winners and sending out prizes later this week, but even if you don’t win then we’ll have more prizes lined up for next Monday, so stay tuned. In the mean time, you can let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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wuyanxu 13th December 2010, 12:19 Quote
May i ask what will happen to bit-tech gaming podcast and other stuff that can be categorised as both gaming and hardware? Eg gaming keyboard article.
CardJoe 13th December 2010, 12:25 Quote
The gaming podcast will remain, but we've now set it up so that, if you're in the games index, you'll only see the relevant, games content. Such as the podcast.

Articles like keyboard round-ups will, as has been the case for many years, be tagged only as hardware.
FelixTech 13th December 2010, 12:31 Quote
What is this PlayStation 3?!
DriftCarl 13th December 2010, 12:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by FelixTech
What is this PlayStation 3?!

dunno, can it play crysis?
CardJoe 13th December 2010, 12:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by FelixTech
What is this PlayStation 3?!

dunno, can it play crysis?

It can play Crysis 2, which is twice as good.
deathtaker27 13th December 2010, 12:46 Quote
nope but it may be able to play crysis 2 :P
Xir 13th December 2010, 12:51 Quote
Oh good, participating only through twitter.

Yeah! *Bwech*
PlayedStation 13th December 2010, 12:54 Quote
i heard you could play crisis 2 on the wii
CardJoe 13th December 2010, 13:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
Oh good, participating only through twitter.

Yeah! *Bwech*

We won't just be doing Twitter competitions, don't worry.
lacuna 13th December 2010, 13:18 Quote
I don't like the way you have changed the nav links. If I go to a gaming related article from the bit-tech homepage I expect to be able to click where the 'bit-gamer' logo is to take me back to the 'bit-tech' homepage, not the bit gamer one. Similarly, clicking 'home' on a gaming article takes you to 'bit-gamer' rather than 'bit-tech'. Its obviously not the end of the world but a bit of pain in the ass for people like myself who read most of the articles appearing on the 'bit-tech' homepage.
Plugs 13th December 2010, 14:17 Quote
will i be penalised for quoting a rubbish game as my favourite ever
Tim S 13th December 2010, 14:37 Quote
The best game ever is clearly System Shock 2 and not Ocarina of Time... Forget about that Spank My Monkey Island jibberish that Joe keeps going on about.
Nedsbeds 13th December 2010, 14:48 Quote
Hmmm, looks exactly the same to me.....!

Edit: Strike that, works after posting. Oddly, a couple of hard refreshes didn't do it..
CardJoe 13th December 2010, 15:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
I don't like the way you have changed the nav links. If I go to a gaming related article from the bit-tech homepage I expect to be able to click where the 'bit-gamer' logo is to take me back to the 'bit-tech' homepage, not the bit gamer one. Similarly, clicking 'home' on a gaming article takes you to 'bit-gamer' rather than 'bit-tech'. Its obviously not the end of the world but a bit of pain in the ass for people like myself who read most of the articles appearing on the 'bit-tech' homepage.

We've change this a bit by removing the 'Home' link, as that was a bit confusing. Gaming still points to 'Gaming Home' and you can use 'Bit-Tech' to reach Bit-tech's front page.
Tokukachi 13th December 2010, 15:57 Quote
You want to thank us by giving away one of the worst games of the year?? Don't even get me started on the fact its on the PS3 :P

Am I the only person sat here thinking, why? I don't see the benefit this brings, the article doesn't explain the benefits to the reader of this.

The only thing I can think off if that Denis, in the longer term, wants to spin off the Gaming into a new site. I hope this isn't the beginning of the end for bit-tech
CardJoe 13th December 2010, 16:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Neat69
You want to thank us by giving away one of the worst games of the year?? Don't even get me started on the fact its on the PS3 :P

Am I the only person sat here thinking, why? I don't see the benefit this brings, the article doesn't explain the benefits to the reader of this.

The only thing I can think off if that Denis, in the longer term, wants to spin off the Gaming into a new site. I hope this isn't the beginning of the end for bit-tech

This is just the first of many games and voucher codes we have to get rid of. The benefit to the reader is that there will be more games content and that it should be more easily distinguished, accessible and laid out.

Bit-tech isn't going anywhere.
Th3Maverick 13th December 2010, 17:43 Quote
I like it, Joe. Without ass-kissing, bit-tech has been my go-to source for legitimate games reviews for the past 4 years.

Which begs the question...will bit-gamer have more game sponsors? I always felt that bit-tech's primarily hardware sponsorship was a major reason you guys could afford to be honest and offer up crap reviews to crap titles, and I'd hate to see it change.
evanjdooner 13th December 2010, 17:44 Quote
Bit-Gamer... BitGamer... You know, I think I've heard that name before...
isaac12345 13th December 2010, 18:44 Quote
Congrats Joe! and Good luck :)
Bakes 13th December 2010, 19:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by evanjdooner
Bit-Gamer... BitGamer... You know, I think I've heard that name before...

Yeah, Joe, can you explain why it was chosen to name the spinoff after a well-known torrent site?
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Originally Posted by Th3Maverick
I like it, Joe. Without ass-kissing, bit-tech has been my go-to source for legitimate games reviews for the past 4 years.

Which begs the question...will bit-gamer have more game sponsors? I always felt that bit-tech's primarily hardware sponsorship was a major reason you guys could afford to be honest and offer up crap reviews to crap titles, and I'd hate to see it change.

Bit-Tech gives plenty of crap reviews to hardware. I wouldn't worry.
docodine 13th December 2010, 19:27 Quote
As long as you guys don't forget your roots in PC modding, I can't complain!

Congratulations on the step forward, Bit has evolved more in the last year than it has since I started reading a few years back.

Are contests going to be UK only as usual?
haighd2 13th December 2010, 19:37 Quote
im more stoked than these guys http://vimeo.com/17231339 about how rad this change of website name is.
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Originally Posted by evanjdooner
Bit-Gamer... BitGamer... You know, I think I've heard that name before...

i can honestly say ive never heard of bit gamer, bitgamer or any other variation on the theme before.
CardJoe 13th December 2010, 20:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by docodine
As long as you guys don't forget your roots in PC modding, I can't complain!

Congratulations on the step forward, Bit has evolved more in the last year than it has since I started reading a few years back.

Are contests going to be UK only as usual?

Some will be, some won't be. This one isn't.
Kiytan 13th December 2010, 21:50 Quote
awesome, I look forward to more game related stuff (and hopefully winning something :P)
LeMaltor 13th December 2010, 22:04 Quote
If bit-tech aren't gonna do game reviews I'll have less to read. Thanks guys.
frojoe 13th December 2010, 22:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
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Originally Posted by lacuna
I don't like the way you have changed the nav links. If I go to a gaming related article from the bit-tech homepage I expect to be able to click where the 'bit-gamer' logo is to take me back to the 'bit-tech' homepage, not the bit gamer one. Similarly, clicking 'home' on a gaming article takes you to 'bit-gamer' rather than 'bit-tech'. Its obviously not the end of the world but a bit of pain in the ass for people like myself who read most of the articles appearing on the 'bit-tech' homepage.

We've change this a bit by removing the 'Home' link, as that was a bit confusing. Gaming still points to 'Gaming Home' and you can use 'Bit-Tech' to reach Bit-tech's front page.

Another vote for clicking the bit-gamer logo where the bit-tech one used to be, bringing you to bit-tech. The way I browse this site I click links on the bit-tech homepage and then click the logo in the upper left to go back to home. I don't hit back because I often click links in the articles and end up a few stories in. I think if you got to the gaming article from bit-tech, the logo should bring you to bit-tech, and if you got to it from the bit-gamer site, it should bring you to the bit-gamer site. just my 2 cents.

Personally I don't see any benefit to splitting the games content from the rest of the site, but no harm either, so whatever you guys think is best. I do wish you would change that horrid red-orange color though. Good luck with the changes.

-Joe-
CardJoe 13th December 2010, 22:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by frojoe
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
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Originally Posted by lacuna
I don't like the way you have changed the nav links. If I go to a gaming related article from the bit-tech homepage I expect to be able to click where the 'bit-gamer' logo is to take me back to the 'bit-tech' homepage, not the bit gamer one. Similarly, clicking 'home' on a gaming article takes you to 'bit-gamer' rather than 'bit-tech'. Its obviously not the end of the world but a bit of pain in the ass for people like myself who read most of the articles appearing on the 'bit-tech' homepage.

We've change this a bit by removing the 'Home' link, as that was a bit confusing. Gaming still points to 'Gaming Home' and you can use 'Bit-Tech' to reach Bit-tech's front page.

Another vote for clicking the bit-gamer logo where the bit-tech one used to be, bringing you to bit-tech. The way I browse this site I click links on the bit-tech homepage and then click the logo in the upper left to go back to home. I don't hit back because I often click links in the articles and end up a few stories in. I think if you got to the gaming article from bit-tech, the logo should bring you to bit-tech, and if you got to it from the bit-gamer site, it should bring you to the bit-gamer site. just my 2 cents.

Personally I don't see any benefit to splitting the games content from the rest of the site, but no harm either, so whatever you guys think is best. I do wish you would change that horrid red-orange color though. Good luck with the changes.

-Joe-

I understand that point, which is why, if (like me too) you usually click the logo to get to the bit-tech homepage, you can now just click 'bit-tech' immediately beneath it. It may take bit to get used to it, but it's a change of a few pixels only.
mute1 14th December 2010, 00:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tim S
The best game ever is clearly System Shock 2 and not Ocarina of Time... Forget about that Spank My Monkey Island jibberish that Joe keeps going on about.

Couldn't have said it better myself. I couldn't even force myself to finish Ocarina of Time.

Out of interest, will 'bit-gamer' now be included at Metacritic?
sub routine 14th December 2010, 07:50 Quote
Launch competition meh. You needa lunch competition yeah. Bite-tech...om nom nom
Xtrafresh 14th December 2010, 11:34 Quote
Sorry to say this guys, but i detest twitter and everything it stands for, so i'll skip that for now. Let's just pretend it never happened.

Also, as much as i like the many quick reviews you do of smaller releases, i sort of miss the bigger reviews of major releases where you analyse image quality, performance, game engine and technology.
Bauul 14th December 2010, 14:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xtrafresh

Also, as much as i like the many quick reviews you do of smaller releases, i sort of miss the bigger reviews of major releases where you analyse image quality, performance, game engine and technology.

I'm with Xtrafresh on this one. Short reviews for small games are fine, but I miss the days of the Bioshock review coming in two five-page articles.

I appreciate you don't want to do graphic card tests within games reviews, but could there be some sort of middle ground? Like testing just one card (your stock gaming card maybe) at a couple of resolutions, and then linking to an article that shows how that card stacks up against the others.

I know certain games favour certain cards, but generally speaking it'd be useful to know if a game is a Crysis or a WoW.
CardJoe 14th December 2010, 18:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
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Originally Posted by Xtrafresh

Also, as much as i like the many quick reviews you do of smaller releases, i sort of miss the bigger reviews of major releases where you analyse image quality, performance, game engine and technology.

I'm with Xtrafresh on this one. Short reviews for small games are fine, but I miss the days of the Bioshock review coming in two five-page articles.

I appreciate you don't want to do graphic card tests within games reviews, but could there be some sort of middle ground? Like testing just one card (your stock gaming card maybe) at a couple of resolutions, and then linking to an article that shows how that card stacks up against the others.

I know certain games favour certain cards, but generally speaking it'd be useful to know if a game is a Crysis or a WoW.

Don't worry, we'll still do longer reviews where warranted. It was basically the case of old reviews from a few years ago having a mandatory page count of 5+, which was really silly and made reviews full of waffle and pretty pictures. Closer inspection revealed that, actually, people said they 'loved our depth', but at the same time very few people were actually reading the whole thing.

Now, we let writers write as much as they want. If a game only needs one page, it only gets one page. If a game deserves a graphical analysis, it'll get a graphical analysis. Crysis 2 will get an indepth review, for example - though performance stats may be dealt with in a separate article.
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