All about Plaaayed

What the hell is going on here and who the hell are you?

Hello, and welcome to Plaaayed, your (watch out, here comes the marketing blurb) monthly round-up of what’s been happening in the video games world, in one neat, online package.

Plaaayed is the brainchild of Luc Pestille – ex-designer at ComputerAndVideoGames.com (CVG) before it was unceremoniously killed by Future Publishing after 33 years in existance – and was born out of a few frustrations;

  1. the strangling of websites with intrusive advertising that is of no interest to the audience,
  2. the desire to create something a little bit different that used the amazing imagery games produce to better effect,
  3. the difficulty in keeping up with the number of things happening in the games world on an almost daily basis.

We all have busy lives, and more and more the things we want to entertain us feel like another job – keeping up to date with everything in the games world is impossible when we have careers to further, kids to look after, and lawns to mow (or, TV to watch, homework to do, and people to party with). Plaaayed is here to take that job from you – let us pick out the important stuff that’s happened while you’ve been busy and feed it back to you.

Sure, you could find it all elsewhere, if you can get past the expanding banners, popups, survey questions, and videos for toothpaste that autoplay – you’ll never see that type of intrusive advertising on Plaaayed. We don’t like it ourselves, so why should you put up with it? If and when advertising does appear in the future, it won’t just be shoehorned in (I like the design too much to ruin it) – there must be a better way. That’s a promise.

Staffed by some passionate video game nerds, one social media magnate, and an OCD designer, together helped by some technical wizards and that fancy Cloud hosting you’ve heard about, we hope to be around to see the Play5tation and the Xbox Two.

So, take a look around the latest issue – hopefully all the bugs have been squashed, the servers aren’t melting, and someone spell checked the cover story (say hello if any of the above is true) – take your shoes off, steal a pillow from the other side of the bed, give yourself 20 minutes and enthrall yourself with what you missed last month.

PS – We’d be remiss if the inspirations for Plaaayed, both content and design, were ignored. Thanks to; EDGE, Whatleydude’s Five Things on Friday, Google Ventures, Kotaku’s Highlight Reel, A List Apart, Art of the Title, Read Only Memory, to name but a few…