And… Back On January 3rd, 2011

By Jim Rossignol on December 24th, 2010 at 4:28 pm.


There might be a couple of minor updates during the next week, but we’re otherwise slumbering until the 3rd, when we get cracking for another year. And it’s going to be a really significant year, too. You should see my list of Stuff To Write About. It’s awesome.

On that note, I just wanted to say a couple of things. Firstly, thanks to everyone who subscribes, or who has donated cash at any point in the past. The money provided by readers has genuinely kept this site alive over the previous couple of years. We bought a new server with the money, and pretty much survived on that cash while we transitioned to having our advertising handled by Eurogamer. Subscribers should expect a huge bundle of competitions and other exclusive content in the new year, as well as a more regular newsletter! We have tonnes of games to give away and other stuff, too. So that’s a thanks to all of you.

Secondly, yes, the site is finally, thankfully, paying for us to work on it. That was always the intention, and boy was it hard work making it happen. If that profitable status changes anything then it’s that we can now focus on our efforts here, and won’t have to spend quite so much time forging wordthinks for other publications. 2011 should be the year when RPS really hits its stride, and I can’t wait to share that with you lot.

Thanks for reading, and here’s to the future.

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152 Comments »

  1. Nitre says:

    Thanks for all the great articles – looking forward to another year.

  2. KauhuK says:

    As a subscriber this warms my heart and justifies the use of adblock on this site (for me). Thank you for this awesome site and content and thanks for all the readers for your funny comments. Merry Christmas and happy new year for all.

    mmmh choclate beer.

  3. Nick says:

    Merry whatever you choose and Happy New Year, chaps.

  4. bookwormat says:

    Good to hear that the site is doing well. Keep rocking.

  5. Torgen says:

    Huzzah!

    Also, I not only subscribe, but also have adblock turned *off* on RPS. “The Hivemind are leaders of great magnitude! They have our gratitude! We forge our spirits in the tradition of our ancestors!”

    • battles_atlas says:

      Share the sentiments, but don’t advertisers pay on clicks not on views? In which case turning off ad-block is neither here nor there, unless you actually click on an ad, and who does that?

    • jalf says:

      No, advertisers typically pay for both views and clicks. (obviously they pay more for clicks than views)

      (And then of course, there’s the possibility that there might one day be an ad you find relevant, and may consider clicking on)

  6. skinlo says:

    Merry Christmas guys, thanks for all the hard work! See you in 2011! :)

  7. matte_k says:

    Merry Christmas RPS, staff and readers/posters alike. Hope it’s a good one for all of you!

  8. Auspex says:

    Forever happy to subscribe. Thanks for another great year and Merry Christmas to all RPSers: every one!

  9. Premium User Badge Mo says:

    Thanks for the great year guys. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2011!

  10. Evil Otto says:

    See you in the future gentlemen.

  11. Tom OBedlam says:

    Great year, guys. See you on the other side.

  12. ShaunCG says:

    Hurrah! Couldn’t have happened to a better gamesblogsite. Looking forward to what 2011 brings.

    For Christmas, could RPS give a “stay permanently logged in” option to registered users? I find commenting a bit fiddly at present, and would get more involved if I didn’t have to log in every session. Appreciate that wordpress can be an arse with this, though.

    Regardless, joyous noel and a fine new year to you all, gentlemen!

  13. Severian says:

    Best… website… ever.

  14. djbriandamage says:

    My nondenominational holiday gift of choice this year was a subscription to RPS. This site gives me so much professional and timely content that I felt it deserved the paltry $2/month you folks are asking. In an age of advertorials and astroturfing it’s so important to encourage self-published critics who can write in whatever format they wish, free from the shackles of style guides and advertiser threats.

    Keep on keeping it real, RPS. Enjoy a well-deserved holiday and buy yourselves half an appetizer with my $2 this month.

  15. Deston says:

    @ Jim – you deserve to celebrate what you’ve all achieved here mate. RPS is the greatest gaming site on the digital seas. It’s second to none, and I’m proud to be a subscriber.

    I’ll also fire you guys over a little festive donation to help with keeping Walker and Quinns stocked with rum and eggs respectively during these harsh winter conditions. I gotta do something useful with my bonus before I piss it up the wall on new years. :-)

    Merry Christmas everyone, all the best!

  16. Premium User Badge Ridiculous Human says:

    Merry X-Holiday, chaps!

  17. Premium User Badge jaheira says:

    Merry Chrimbo, O awesome RPS!

  18. Kadayi says:

    Awesome, have a good Christmas guys.

  19. Jimbo says:

    Well done, chaps. Good show.

  20. Chandrose says:

    RPS has been the best PC gaming site out there (.) for several years now. I look forward to being a devoted reader next year, well done chaps!

    Merry Xmas from the great white Canadian north.

    • DigitalSignalX says:

      Agree! The best and only source you need for PC gamers. Great forums too!

  21. The Hammer says:

    Another subscriber who leaves Adblock off for the site here!

    It’s genuinely pretty scary that I’ve been reading RPS now for more than three years! You guys are far and away the brightest stars of games journalism: largely optimistic, genuinely intimate, and reassuringly professional.

    Thanks for all the insight, humour, and gaming news!

    And Merry Christmas, too!

  22. Premium User Badge Some_Guy says:

    You promis a more regular newsletter every 6 months or so.

  23. The Sombrero Kid says:

    merry new christmas year!

  24. lostrootpass says:

    I didn’t realise that subscribing was only $2 a month, which is something like £1.50. Over the course of a year that’s a tiny tiny miniscule fraction of my game-related budget. Hell, I spend more than that a year on… well, everything, really.

    Unfortunately, that doesn’t change the fact that I’m really poor just now, so I will subscribe on January 1st. Super mega promise.

  25. monkehhh says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  26. Conor says:

    Merry Christmas to the Hivemind! May you continue your eerie machinations for years to come!

  27. jeremypeel says:

    Victory! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see RPS hit this point, with such a bright future.

    I read a /lot/ of games journalism, but it took me reading Jim Sterling’s piece yesterday about the Jonathan Blow vs. CVG rubbish to remember that something like RPS existing really is a pipe dream (http://www.destructoid.com/jonathan-blow-cvg-and-the-sh-tstorm-i-caused-190165.phtml).

    Just, have a good Christmas, my good men. You really fucking deserve it.

  28. airtekh says:

    Merry christmas guys and keep up the good work. Awesome that you are making some sort of a profit (my piffling subscription is not in vain!), hopefully that’ll mean a few more longer articles and reviews.

    RPS highlight of the year for me were the Solium Infernum diaries; notable both because they were absolutely hilarious, but also because I have no interest in playing the game and yet I was totally engrossed with the demonic shenanigans.

    • Quintin Smith says:

      They were probably my highlight, too. Love that game.

    • Jhoosier says:

      I love reading about RPS’ experience playing games. Solium Infernum and Mine the Gap were my favorite series. Neptune’s Pride, too, come to think of it.

      Bring back Onionbog! (I’m never going to let this go.)

  29. DD says:

    Been reading RPS since the first of the King’s Bounty articles and have been hooked ever since. You fellas really make all other game sites seem like shit in comparison.

    Congrats on the success and cant wait for the future words to be read.

  30. sonofsanta says:

    Finally got round to subbing. About time as I’ve been round since about 3 months after the site kicked off, and I check it more often than any other website because I enjoy it more than any other website. I would genuinely just be playing on my televisual-box if you hadn’t all kept me interested in the PC with such sterling writing.

    Cheers, and Merry Xmas o7

  31. moondog548 says:

    You can’t stop progress!!!!

  32. frozenbyte says:

    So long, and thanks for all the words.

  33. strange headache says:

    I’m looking forward to another year full of RPS brilliance. Keep up the good work chaps!

  34. MadTinkerer says:

    Wooo! From 1873 to 2011 and beyond!

  35. Raskolnikov says:

    Happy Christmas chaps.

  36. Premium User Badge Dolphan says:

    Happy Christmas, and long live RPS!

  37. dr.castle says:

    Wait, RPS hasn’t hit its stride yet? Could have fooled me. Love the site, and glad to be a subscriber–no need for newsletters or giveaways, personally. Supporting the best source of gaming news/opinion is more than enough. Looking forward to 2011.

    (On a side note, I’d really like to see more than one of you offer their take on a given game post-release–I think the different, individual voices of RPS is the biggest strength of the site, and offering just one person’s impressions of most games seems like a missed opportunity. I think it also leads to some games getting passed-over a bit by the site. For example, I fully understand why John didn’t think too much of Mafia II, but I thought it was one of the more important games this year and would’ve liked to see more about it and the “is GTA ruining open-world games” question.)

  38. Gassalasca says:

    If all goes well, Paypal will become available in my country next year. Which means I’ll finally get the chance to peeve at John for being lazy about newsletters. Whee!

  39. bigredrock says:

    Thanks for a great year. Happy to subscribe AND turn off AdBlock. :)

    Merry Christmas and happy hogmanay!

  40. Zaboomafoozarg says:

    What a shame success.

  41. Overwatch_UA says:

    You’re great guys, thank you for doing what you do! And I’m really happy you’re now able to monetize it properly and it’s starting to pay enough! Happy Christmas and New Year from Ukraine, everybody!

  42. noobnob says:

    Merry Christmas, RPS. Enjoy the snow.

  43. Sacred says:

    I’ve been reading this site for well over a year now, I think it’s about time I subscribe. Congratulations on the site’s success, guys, you deserve it.

  44. Premium User Badge Daiv says:

    All hail the Hivemind. Long may it consume our young.

  45. Out Reach says:

    By Jove i think they’ve got it.

  46. Archonsod says:

    Bah humbug.

    Or possibly Everton’s. Dunno which is cheaper these days.

  47. bildo says:

    Great website. There have been articles I loved and articles that don’t belong here *coughtabletopgamescough*, but this site is genuinely top notch. I look forward to many more stories which tell about exploits in pixel land. Thanks Brit-folk for having a command of English :)

  48. westyfield says:

    What do you call the festive celebration of Horace the Endless Bear? Because I hope yours are happy!
    Love you, RPS.

  49. Mr_Day says:

    Merry Chrimble-ween, you glorious bastards.

  50. Jsnuk says:

    The only thing that could make this comment thread nicer would be if it descended into some hedonistic orgy of one kind or another. MERRY CHRISTORGY!