This post three years ago, was the one that started it all. It announced the arrival of an amateur blog, which I wanted to run to cover the Vita. Of course the first post was actually my FIFA FOOTBALL review, but let’s not dwell on that too much!
If you had said back then that in 2015 the website would be respected within not only the Vita community, but also with developers and would be home to the largest collection of Vita game reviews online I wouldn’t have believed you, but that’s what we have managed. We have almost 350 Vita game reviews on the website – that’s Vita games, not PSOne, PSP or PS Mobile reviews. We are also listed on Game Rankings and Metacritic, which shows how far we have come. These gaming aggregators are obviously not everyone’s cup of tea, but that we have reached those levels shows the progress we have achieved, but this is not enough. We want to be even better.
In those three years we have constantly looked at ways to improve. We weren’t the first Vita site of course, and we won’t be the last but we have always been on the lookout to deliver new and more convenient ways to bring you Vita news. We brought you the first dedicated Vita podcast, which is still running weekly and today has over 80 episodes. We also have a dedicated Vita magazine – which is also available in print – and we are about to launch issue three. The weakest aspect of the website is obviously video and this is where we will be looking towards the end of this year.
Obviously none of this is possible without you, the Vita owner craving the news. Whether you visited once, frequently or regularly or this is your first time, I thank you. It is for you that we do this and collectively pool together to make over 100 posts each month, and over 4000 in total. None of this matters without an audience, and even if it was just one person that visited, we would make the effort – we are in this for the long haul!
Now, we wouldn’t have any content if it wasn’t for the fantastic team of contributors that work on the website. I currently have a team of 12 fantastic individuals but have been lucky enough to call on over 40 people in the last three years, that have made varying degrees of contribution. This website would have gone nowhere without their help, time and dedication. They are the reason that the site runs and that they do it for free, out of love for the system makes it all the more humbling and I thank them all.
I also want to thank the developers and publishers. Your support, belief and advice as well as your time is so important and valued. We live to serve the Vita and to give exposure to your games, and whether they are reviewed positively or negatively we want to make sure the audience knows about them. Not enough sites care enough to cover them, but we do. If there is anything we can do to help, please get in touch!
So, what’s next? The plight of the Vita is well documented, but that’s not what we are about. Despite the constant negativity and derogatory discussion that is written, we believe that the system does still have a future. A lack of attention from Sony, a lack of Western “AAA” titles or even a noticeable presence at retail or in marketing doesn’t change the fact that the system has a following and well over two hundred games incoming, with about 400 available in the west. For those of you that love indie games, niche localisations and bigger JRPG style titles there is plenty to get excited about and we will continue to cover the system to the best of our ability, right to the end. We don’t think the Vita is going anywhere and neither are we, and we will be doing all we can to improve our delivery of the Vita information, for you.
Thanks for being part of this amazing journey, and here’s to another three years!