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12 Comments 2011 In Review

Had a big year in 2011 in many ways. We had Oly & EdEN officially join the team. Oly, Eddie, and I attended E3 2011, and it was a blast. We finally started our own podcast, called the PS3BlogCast, which has had 31 episodes with 9,018 downloads/listens so far! Big kudos to Jcmdaddy (for being the host!), Ace, and FooBear408 for primarily running the podcast.

Our giveaway system has slowly evolved over the past year and I’m really proud of the final product now. It’s much easier for members to enter a giveaway. Plus, it’s so easy for us to pick winners at random. The betting system I created turned out to be a bigger hit than I’d thought it would be; I’m glad to see people are using it.

Thank you all for your suggestions and finding bugs so I can fix them. In fact, you can get the giveaway & betting system that I developed for your own WordPress site! See how to get it here.

We added more ways to earn points, such as answering questions. For example: Free Points Saturday, Game Nights & getting points for listening to the PS3BlogCast.

In 2011, we had 1849 Posts and 112 Reviews, so pretty impressive numbers there. Right before 2011 ended, we also hit the 1 million point mark.

Here is the point leaderboard for top 10 non-staff members (as of this posting):

pedrolabate (26427 Points)
Trigga_Tybalt (24520 Points)
beastxjason (23122 Points)
cheeto (14083 Points)
jcmdaddy (12995 Points)
isli (10000 Points)
kane112 (9466 Points)
dragon290513 (9194 Points)
Sinlock (7190 Points)
Emrah (7034 Points)

Below are the giveaway totals for the last 3 years, and as you can see, we are not slowing down. We already have 2 giveaways active right now and more are coming soon! The numbers below are only for digital/physical giveaways.

2011 Totals | 57 Giveaways – 181 Winners
2010 Totals | 26 Giveaways – 104 Winners
2009 Totals | 9 Giveaways – 17 Winners

I wanted to mention that the majority of our giveaways are GLOBAL giveaways. I don’t know of many other websites that do that. We have members from all over the globe, so it’s only fair that we open the giveaways to everyone that lives on planet earth. Depending on rules by the publisher providing the game for a giveaway, however, not all can be global unfortunately. But still, 95% or more of them are!

Our recognition among developers & public relation companies has grown a lot in the past year. We covered a lot of events this year via live blogs, too. In total, we had 10 live blogs, which are always fun. Also, be sure to check out our new Google+ page and facebook members group (which is a general hangout area for random fun and discussion).

Do you have any favorite moments from 2011? Let us know in the comments below.