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Tech Report – GameSkinny



This week, we take a look a GameSkinny, a new video gaming web site brought to you by the creators of Guild Launch, a popular hosting platform for the online gaming community.

But aren’t there enough online destinations for video gamers already, I hear you ask? Don’t the big guys like IGN and Gamespot carry all the latest news, review the latest releases, and feature all those tips and cheats? Heck, they’ll even let you add a comment or two, if you can find your way to the message boards tucked away in some dark corner of the web site.

And therein lies the problem. In a world that thrives on shared opinion and the constant back-and-forth of community discussion, nobody is offering a platform to the average gamer. And believe me, the average gamer has got plenty to say!

That’s where GameSkinny comes in, which is still in beta but which combines an appealing format with an easy-to-grasp functionality. As GameSkinny itself says: “Publishing great stuff online isn’t hard anymore. Being heard is.” Personal blogs and in-depth forum posts are getting lost in a tidal wave of content, much of it written by self-styled experts who thrive in the artificial setting of a one-sided conversation.

GameSkinny is out to change all that. It’s a professionally constructed publishing platform that gives everyone an equal chance to be heard, and maybe even discovered. A place where serious contributors can hone their writing skills, others can offer insights and opinion, and everyone is welcomed with open arms.

After a simple 20-second registration process, you get your own profile and dashboard, and an invitation to post using a WordPress-style publishing tool, complete with the ability to insert or embed images or video. New posts arrive in the ‘Lobby,’ a sort of content holding-area, where GameSkinny editors review the submissions and, if appropriate, promote them across other areas of the site.

Visitors can browse content by genre or platform, and there is an eclectic Culture section, which houses commentary on everything from advice for video-gaming parents to the current obsession with flesh-eating zombies. At every turn, you can share content via e-mail or a variety of social networks, add a comment, or post a more detailed response, which is the lifeblood of the site.

If you have something to say but feel that you are relegated to the back of the bleachers by the bigger gaming portals, then GameSkinny is the perfect platform for stepping up and letting everyone know exactly what’s on your mind.



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