GBAtemp: You're a part of it!

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Costello, Jun 26, 2017.

  1. Costello
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    We have been working extra hard for the past 6 months to bring to you the best community experience GBAtemp has ever seen in its 15-year long life: a new modern site and forum design, ready right on time for E3 2017!

    Our journalist Krista Noren (aka Chary) was in Los Angeles for E3 and she attended several major press conferences. As you can see, we've decided to step up our game this year: we finally have a modern-era site design, and our press coverage has been increasingly extensive and exhaustive. We have published hundreds of reviews for all platforms over the past years thanks to our amazing editorial team. We now provide you with fresh news coverage for the entire spectrum of the gaming industry (Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, computer gaming...), and unlike most other sites we still have the rare freedom of being able to openly discuss console hacking and system modifications. This freedom is due to the indepedence we have managed to conserve over all these years.

    To be honest with you, there's been several acquisition attempts over the past years. But we've never sold you out! We're still there, working behind the scenes every day to make this community one of the best and largest independent gaming communities on the web. We intend to keep it that way. And in order to make this happen, in order to be able to keep providing you with fresh editorial content, in order to conserve our freedom under any circumstance, we need your help. We have thus decided to start a Patreon page to receive your donations.

    With your support on Patreon, we intend to do great things: just take a moment to read this and see for yourself. If you decide to back us, there will be amazing consequences from both individual and community perspectives.

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    Benefits for the community
    If you look at the big picture first, here's what we will be able to do on short and long terms with your support: the key word here is 'redistribution'.

    1) The GBAtemp Bounty will rise again: four times a year, we will organize a grand vote to reward the best project of the trimester; and we mean any project - not just homebrew games or applications (hence the new name 'GBAtemp Bounty' as opposed to 'GBAtemp Homebrew Bounty'), this includes translations, custom firmwares, hacks, tutorials, in short: anything that qualifies as 'project'. The winner will not only receive a special award medal but more importantly a reward directly based on the support we get through Patreon.

    2) A quarterly raffle for backers: all Patreon backers who pledge a minimum of $2/m will be able to enter a raffle taking place each trimester. There won't be any particular rules for entering, you'll automatically be part of it if you decide to back us. The raffle rewards will come in the form of gaming items: games, accessories, and even consoles if our Patreon backers are generous enough! The first backer raffle will take place in July, and will be open to patreon backers who signed up before July 1st, so hurry up and join before it's too late!

    3) A new full-featured modern dark theme: we have been hard at work for the past 6 months to bring you a new modern site design, this has meant countless hours of work, but we enjoyed it! So if we get enough support from you guys, we will be at it again and start working on the proper dark theme some of you have always wanted.

    4) Improving and increasing our editorial content: although we are very proud of what we've been able to achieve so far, there is still room for improvement in terms of both quantity and quality. If we receive sufficient support, we may be able to reward our staff with bonuses (be aware that at the moment they do not receive any reward in any form, ad revenue being insufficient for that) which in turn will lead to extra motivation and effort. Furthermore, we will be able to cover travel expenses such as flight tickets, hotel rooms, etc. to be able to attend more major events of the gaming industry: Tokyo Game Show, GDC, hacker conferences, and more...

    5) Support our plans for long term development: if we want to remain independent we can't make it without your help. We have so many ideas but let's be realistic, many of them require revenue to be viable on the long run. Check out our Patreon goals for some of the exciting ideas we've got in store! Did you read them? Okay, that last Patreon goal might be a bit much ;-) But as the saying goes, "shoot for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the stars" !


    Benefits for you
    If you decide to back us, you will also get lots of benefits on a personal level:

    1) The most important of all: you will get the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes with supporting your favorite online community <3 (all backers!) You get a special customizable 'Patreon backer' badge for your profile. For those who don't want the badge, you can also choose to disable it. Your donations can remain entirely anonymous if you so wish!

    2) You will be able to enter the backer raffles and therefore get a chance to win one of the prizes ($2+ backers)

    3) You will be part of a special member group that will have a right to vote in the GBAtemp Bounty polls ($2+ backers)

    4) Your GBAtemp account will go completely ad-free: no more ads, neither on the desktop version nor on the mobile version! ($5+ backers)

    5) You will be allowed to use the new dark theme in its beta version before it goes public, you'll be able to voice your suggestions, the same will also go for all future new styles and design improvements! ($10+ backers)

    We hope you are as excited as we are, we can't wait to begin this new adventure with all of you.
    In the name of the entire GBAtemp team, thank you so much in advance for your support!

    Costello

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  2. zoogie

    zoogie simple pimp tool

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    To be clear, the gbatemp bounty is still locked behind a $500/month goal, correct?
    Not bothered by that, just making sure.

    I think if more people knew this, more would donate :P
     
  3. BlueFox gui

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    this place is my new home, now let me just see where i will put my bed, it's late and i need to go sleep
     
  4. DeadlyFoez

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    A round of applause for Costello and team.
     
  5. Costello
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    To be honest, not really no, there isn't any particular limit. The Bounty will happen no matter what.
    But I worry that if we dont have enough to offer, the incentive for projects will remain disappointingly low.
    Besides Patreon requires you to set pledge goals so we kind of had to.
     
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    I'm already glad I can support this site by giving something in return for the amazing things this site has done for me!
     
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  8. GhostLatte

    GhostLatte The Hypebeast Shitposter

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    Woah I never knew GBAtemp had Discord Nitro :^)
     
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    (i assume this is allowed here)

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  10. Costello
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    the first GBAtemp Bounty will take place this summer, we will announce it officially soon, so that people can begin to prepare their projects.

    the first backer raffle will take place in July (mid July probably), but it will be open to users who started backing us on Patreon before July 1st, the reason being that payments are made on the first of each month. So if you sign up on, say, July 2, technically you won't have donated anything towards the July raffle.

    July's raffle will be our first one so we'll make sure it's big and exciting. Considering there aren't a lot of backers yet, the odds of winning something are really high at the moment!
     
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    BlueFox gui SOMEONE

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    i would really like to donate, but i can't have money even for myself XD T^T
     
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    blujay GBATemp's Official Warthog

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    if you like to 3D model there is this place called shapeways which let's you make a user store to sell 3D models.

    sorry, not a promotion. that's just where I got some extra money to buy my car ^_^
     
  13. Costello
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    we are also still trying to think of new perks for backers.
    but at the same time we don't want to discriminate users who can't or dont wish to back us.
    so it's a bit tricky, but if you have ideas feel free to let us know
     
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  14. BlueFox gui

    BlueFox gui SOMEONE

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    ok then pay me an air plane ticked so i can travel to your country XD
     
  15. blujay

    blujay GBATemp's Official Warthog

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    it's online

    https://www.shapeways.com/
     
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  16. DeoNaught

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    Could you do something for the people who cant back?

    NOt rewards but something to do
     
  17. BlueFox gui

    BlueFox gui SOMEONE

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    but they have support for my country?
    how i'm suppose to recieve money on my bank account?
    they have support for paypal?
     
  18. blujay

    blujay GBATemp's Official Warthog

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    I believe they support your country as well as have support for PayPal (afaik, the only support paypal). If you want to know more just PM me and I can help.

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    also, they ship worldwide so I'm pretty sure the would help you out
     
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  19. breaktemp

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    Awesome, looking forward to what the future will bring.

    * also looking forward to the Ultra Pokemon SuMo wave *

    Hmm...but I do support the direction we are taking this forum.

    Might have to catch those custom made GBATemp shirts/hats when they go on sale again ^_^"
     
  20. Luglige

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    Woohoo! I'll go and donate whenever I get some money :P

    First time I'm early to a mod post :P