TVL to only be updated with reviews going forward.
What a journey. What started as a single person blog five years ago soon blossomed into something that I couldn’t do on my own. Almost 7500 posts, over 500 reviews, and many different contributors later – not to mention 26 different magazines – this has been an amazing experience. However, nothing can last forever, and it is with heavy heart that we must say goodbye to The Vita Lounge as a news outlet.
This has been a decision many months in the making. The Vita is an incredible machine, no question. It’s easily my most favoured system in over 25 years of playing games, but that doesn’t negate the dwindling support – which comes not just from developers and their games, but from you (the reader). We’ve been losing traffic for some time, struggling to find people to write the ever shrinking news, and skipped over for review codes regarding many of the great new releases that make it to the store. It’s safe to say that the support for the site to survive in its prime state is just not there anymore.
Now, it’s at this point that I want to remind everyone this is a fan site; nobody gets “paid” as such, and what little money the Google ads generate went back to paying the contributors a token amount for their time. I’ve not made any money out of TVL – and though it’s not why I did this, I certainly didn’t intend on losing money out of it either. Sinking around £1200 of my own money into sustaining this for five years was an act of love for the system and community, but now seems to be the time to reel it in.
I also want to reaffirm what I’ve said in the past regarding the wind-down of the website, and confirm that it will remain online indefinitely. Hosting has been maneuvered such that it will not cost us any additional money to keep the site up, which means we won’t have to shut down completely unless something drastically changes. It also means that the forum will stay online, and that we will continue to review games where we get codes. Many years from now people will get a Vita and realise what a fabulous device it was, and we hope we can still offer informative reviews long past the need to find them. We aim to.
I understand that this will disappoint many people, and I can only apologise for any frustration this could cause. I am not PlayStation or Sony however, and it’s not my responsibility to keep that fire of the Vita burning. I don’t get paid to do it, and I can’t continue to fund it at a far greater expense than I am prepared to subsidise for the return. For months we have asked for all forms of help, and it has not been forthcoming. The magazine wasn’t breaking even, which is why it stopped. The website was the next logical thing to cease.
To all of the game publishers and developers; your support has been incredible where we could find it, and really allowed this five year journey to reach as many people as it has. I cannot thank you enough for your generous contributions to this cause, and if you have a Vita title inbound we will still happily cover it for you in a review!
As for our readers, I want to thank each and every one of you that has enjoyed our content over the years. YOU are why we did this. I also want to thank the 50+ people that have written content for the site, from it’s inception with Jasper, Matt, and Jon – through Mike, Yuuki, and many more. Charlie, Brad, Adrian, Reece, Jenny, Kerry, Jessey, Marcus, Tyler, Zach, Timmy, Will and many more of you that have played your part in making this a success. None have helped keep it going more so than Kyle however, whose tireless efforts writing, editing, contributing, administrating, tweeting, and more have made this thing tick. It simply wouldn’t have worked without him. Whether short term or long term contributor however, everyone who had their hand in The Vita Lounge should feel proud – and I thank you for all the help you’ve offered.
For now though, this is where this Enterprise’s five year mission ends. There is a sequel of sorts however, if you feel so inclined to follow…