Platform Nation Turns 3

Three years ago today Platform Nation launched to the gaming world, well kind of actually because we didn’t go public for almost a full month but we did first hit the internet on Sept 11, 2007 where we had 106 pageviews for our first day. Now we are averaging a little over 8000 views a day, and we have managed to serve over 2.3 million people and we are closing in on our 4 millionth view.

Over that time we have done just some amazing things, we hosted a 50 hour gaming marathon where we raised over $28,000 in games and cash which we donated everything to Child’s Play. We also did an event where we sent over 250 games to our troops overseas and in hospitals around the world with the help of you guys and gals, our community. We have covered gaming events around the world for our readers and our community, major events like E3 and PAX and smaller events like the Halo 3 launch, Smackdown Vs Raw 2011 and countless other events that we have been invited to over time.

We at Platform Nation owe every bit of our success to you guys, the readers, listeners and our community members. I have said this before but I couldn’t be any more serious about it, our success is because of you, each and every last one of you. Without our community, we would be nothing. This is part of the reason I’m writing this post, after 3 years of building P*N, crafting P*N, I’m not sure what to do with the site. Should we keep doing what we do right now? Should we focus more on some areas and less on others? What do you all think? I’m being completely honest here, I want to know what you all think should be the next step for Platform Nation?

I can pretend I know everything about what I want to do with P*N but in all honesty I don’t. For those of you that might not know me, I’m just a regular “Joe The Plumber.” I spent 5 years in the Marine Corps and I work at full time job at the post office. What I do here is a hobby for me, and while I like playing the role of being a journalist, I know I’m not one, I’m just a regular dude that happened to get lucky and I was able to get one outstanding team of gamers that helped build the site (writers and editors, I’m looking at you). Did I mention that we have what I think is the best group of podcasts on the internet? We really do.

Anyways, I want to send a big thank you to everyone that has helped support P*N over the years, without all of it, we wouldn’t be who we are today. I want to thank my wife (who wont read this because she cares 0 about games) for putting up with my passion. And I want to thank most importantly you guys and gals for all your continued support, we thank you for actually taking the time to come to our site to read and listen to the stuff we put up here. On that note, back to one of the main reasons I wanted to put this up here, what do you all think we should go with P*N, realistically, what do you think should be the next evolution of Platform Nation; a site that was formed by the gamers, for the gamers (ripped from Rane). Let me know, you can either leave your comments here, @ them to me on Twitter, or you can even email them to me privately if you want to at [email protected].

Once again, all of us at Platform Nation thank you for all of your continued support, I couldn’t mean that any more.

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  • Happy birthday P*N!!

  • First off, Happy Birthday!

    If we’re just talking about increasing page views, I’m not sure what we can do. We have a pretty loyal fanbase, but I think there are only so many people that are active in the community like we are and half of them have their own websites.

    As far as a direction, I feel pretty good about where we are. Sure, we could have more exclusive news content and sure we could sell our souls for more games to review, but that’s not the PN way. It’s the strength and weakness of PN that we all do this for love. We all have day jobs and families. We do this because we have a passion.

    Personally, I think the podcasts should use PN more as their main site instead of driving traffic to their own sites. I think if you’re a PN show you should treat this as your home. This includes making use of the forums and posting any content here on the site exclusively.

    That’s my 2 cents. Hope it helps.

    • Not about the hits at all, just the direction of the site. I figured I would ask the people that come here where they would like to see P*N go.

    • And as for the podcast thing, I couldn’t agree with you more. The thing is though is that the podcasts as their own and P*N doesn’t force any podcast to do anything. We wanted them to still have their independent voice so we require nothing on their part.

      • I understand completely. I guess if I put myself in that situation, I would be on board here 100%. No reason to compete with PN when you can join forces. But, you’re right to give them independence.

  • I feel very privileged to have been a part of P*N for nearly a year now. I’ve seen a lot of growth since I came on and look forward to even more growth in the future.

    Congrats on your third birthday, P*N. Thanks go to Steve for starting the site and to Scott for holding it together. Without those two, P*N wouldn’t be nearly where it is today.

  • Nathan Hardisty (Bananahs)

    I’ve been honoured to be a part of Platform Nation for over a year and a bit. I was just right before we hit our stride and took everyone by surprise. We’ve seen bad times, good times, really good times and ‘Scott, you ninja, how did you…?!’ times.

    I honestly have no clue what we can do to expand ourselves, since our viewing figures are clearly climbing higher and higher every month. It’s a matter of waiting.

    A suggestion I would have is to totally redesign the site, it’s fine as it is but a full redesign would bring in a wealth of new viewers. Perhaps we could also improve our Apps on the iPhone and Android (I think we have one) and push it out to the iPad.

    Another thing I thought of a while ago was to take all the original content that our great writers put out and slice it all together into a eZine of some sorts. P*N Monthly or something, similar to what Kotaku does, but push it to iPads and all sorts of bits and pieces and you have an extra 100k views guaranteed. Make it free too and that’s a damn lot more views, not sure what it takes to engineer such a thing.

    I’m leaving at the end of September and I hope to encounter P*N in the future. Maybe when I’m Mr. Bigshot I’ll end up crawling back to my old chums who are living the high life.

  • Happy Birthday P*N! I have been with P*N for a little over 2 years now (6/10/2008) and I will say I love this site and all the men and women gamers that take the time to contribute to the site as well as the community and of course the top notch podcasts here.

    I thank Steven Artlip everyday for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity to work with such awesome people and be part of the this community. P*N has grown so much from when I first started here and I have made a home here because we are all one big family of course we don’t always agree but that is what makes us so diverse from other sites we listen to each other, we may argue a point but in the end we are here for each other. I have seen many start at P*N and move on and spread their wings further which is awesome, I have made a lot of new friends here and have been given opportunities here I would have received from no other community.
    Now before I get too emotional here let me say P*N continues to move forward and keeps up with the growing gaming world and I would love to see P*N continue to flourish as we forge ahead into the future. I wish I could say what I would like to see changed because from where I stand this site to include all the staff and podcasts and of course our fearless leader Steve and our community are the best compared to any one site because we are gamers not some Joes sitting behind a desk looking to make a buck we hold dear what we do because we love to do it.
    Because we are Platform Nation and United We Game!

  • Happy Birthday Platform Nation. Amazing site. Amazing staff. Amazing community. I’m so grateful that P*N is part of my life, I have made so many friends because of P*N and hope to make many more in the years to come. P*N can only grow and grow with a down to earth team of staff members and a will to be a website for gamers, by gamers.

    Long live Platform Nation. You all rock.

  • Happy birthday PN! Happy to be on board. As far as direction suggestions, if you’re interested in expanding beyond video games more (like what many writers are doing w/ comic book stuff), maybe expanding movie reviews and coverage would be a way to go.

    I’ve also been considering doing some reviews of designer board games if that’s of interest to anyone. The only downside to that route is that these games, while not quite at video game costs, are still a significant time and financial expense, and I’m not sure if the companies that produce them send copies out for review.

    Anyway, just some ideas. As Nathan already mentioned, our views are increasing every month as it stands, which along with new staff hires will lead to continued growth all on its own.

  • Brian Heitzenrater (FrehleyzComet)

    Happy Birthday P*N!!! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to write. Writing has always been a dream of mine, but I never did because I was afraid. I was lost with no motivation. Now I have a great home to stretch my legs at and get my creative juices flowing. P*N is truly a great site for gamers around the world.

  • Happy Birthday Nation!

    If it only took 3 years to get here, where will we be in 3 more years? There is truly no limit to what we can all accomplish together because it’s a labor of passion. If we, as writers, did not love gaming – and writing about gaming – we wouldn’t do it. Further, no one has to write about anything they do not like. It makes for a very unique environment where there is no competition for placement or who gets to cover what games. Being surrounded by people whose only interest is to help one another is amazing. Even though we are scattered hither and yon across the entire planet, it still feels like a family.

    Cheers to the next three years and anything they may bring.

  • Happy birthday P*N!

    It’s been great writing here and the people & the staff are amazing.

    As for direction, something that comes to mind is the P*N Twitter & Facebook profile. I would like to see someone tweet from it more often, posing questions to people and to get more people aware of our social networks and bring the community together. Anyways, that my 2cents. Hope it helps. Long live P*N!

  • I wish that I had more to offer, but as I have just recently started so can’t really comment on what has gone before.

    Although I was late to the game, I’m glad to be here and hope that it continues going forward for years to come.

    Here’s hoping Platform Nation becomes old enough to legally drink

  • Also, what happened to the Gamers Video Update?

  • Continue to branch out into other forms of media, but keeping video games in the front. Peel back the layers and see that it goes deeper into comic books, movies, and music even. Yet keeping it all in the video game bubble.

  • Mervyn Robinson (Rut3g3r)

    One thing the site does well is community – I’ve only been contributing since June, but I was really impressed that people started adding me to their Twitter feeds and XBLA friends lists. The comments thread is generally friendly and supportive, too; especially compared to the people who comment on pieces that make it into N4G! The site also celebrates the culture, too – things like Batweek and coverage of movies, TV shows, comics, etc., which may not be directly connected to gaming but which gamers will be interested in.
    I’m hesitant to criticize, cause I’m a relative newcomer and I don’t post as much as others, but I’d like to see the reviews side of things strengthened. Many of the reviews just now are for relatively small-scale titles like iPhone games, which is fine, but I’d like to see more about the big titles. Even if we don’t get them from publishers, and won’t be able to post reviews at launch like the big sites do, we can still add to the debate and offer a different perspective.