12 months and we didn’t kill one another. That’s worth celebrating.
The past weekend marked the 1st birthday of FNGR GNS and what a special 12 months this has been. When we started this website, it was a passion project. A couple of friends writing about anything and everything that we felt like (although, turns out, we all like games and comic book movies) and we hoped our stuff would find its way in front of like-minded people. 12 months on and I’m proud to say we’ve welcomed just over 350k people to our little corner of the internet, racking up more than 710k page impressions. Sure, for the likes of IGN, Polygon etc, that’s less than their daily traffic but for 3 (now 4 – Hi Jan) part-time writers from the UK, we’re pretty proud of that number. It’s pretty humbling to think that as many people have read our work this year as live in the entirety of Iceland.
To celebrate our 1st birthday, I wanted to highlight a few of my favourite aspects of the past year;
In the past year, we’ve reviewed 165 games across PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, PSVita and Mobile platforms. Our combined average review score is 6.42/10 and I’m immeasurably proud that we’re considered to be a fair, independent and consistent game critics based on feedback from you, our readers. We really do go out of our way to review games that the big outlets tend to ignore and we’ll continue to do that.
We’ve published more than 900 posts on the website and I personally think it’s all really good stuff, most of which you can’t read anywhere else. From Rossko’s fantastic Backstreet Boys Vs N*SYNC article, to Paul’s love letter to Watch Dogs 2 to Jan’s recent introduction to the team and his flair for concise reviews (seriously, the guy says more in 500 words than I say in 3k). I’m very lucky to be writing alongside 3 very talented and interesting people.
We branched out into video on YouTube, Streaming on Twitch, posting on Instagram (still a foreign concept to me but Ross certainly knows what he’s doing) and we’ve got big plans to expand further – more on that when we can get our act together.
We were fortunate enough to attend EGX 2017 and EGX Rezzed 2018 with press accreditation and even got to go to some press preview events to cover a whole host of upcoming games that we think you’ll like.
Even though we’re part-timers, we’ve built up a decent reputation with developers, PR companies and publishers. We’ve still got a lot of work to do in this regard but some of the feedback we’ve had has been really heartening. On this note, thank you to all of the partners that have worked with us to help our website grow. You’re all heroes.
Lastly, we switched off the adverts. We know you don’t like adverts on your websites and we don’t like having them on there either. They’re distracting and irritating so as soon as we earned enough through the ads to keep the site running for another year, we switched them off. We’re hoping to try a different funding method moving forward so you don’t have to face them again in the future. We don’t earn any money for writing at Finger Guns (although we’d like to one day, obviously) and everything we’ve made has been put back into the website to keep it looking nice and running well.
So, what’s next?
We’ve got plans on what we want to do next but we’re not quite ready to share the details just yet. FNGR GNS will be around for at least another year, that’s for sure. More reviews, more features, more interviews, likely a WordPress Theme change or 4 (We do love you Paul). If you keep reading our stuff, we’ll keep writing it. It has been a pleasure creating content for you this past 12 months and I’d like to thank you for reading, sharing and putting up with our typos. Here’s to another great 12 months.