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GamesRadar
URL http://www.gamesradar.com/
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Video game website
Registration Optional
Owner Future Publishing
Created by Future Publishing

GamesRadar is a multi-format video game website featuring previews, reviews, features, videos, cheats, forums and breaking news. It was also formerly known as "CheatPlanet.com". It is owned and operated simultaneously in the UK and US by Future Publishing (which includes Future US), a worldwide publisher of enthusiast and lifestyle websites and magazines. GamesRadar receives approximately 3.25 million unique visitors per month[1], and also includes CheatPlanet, which was acquired by Future in 2005 [2].

On September 11, 2007, GamesRadar launched a downloads feature called Fileradar. Fileradar allows users to download mods, hacks and content for games on the PC.

On February 7, 2008, GamesRadar got a complete site makeover.

One of the site's most popular features is their "Top 7" lists, similar to top 10 lists found on many other sites. The PC section of GamesRadar is organized by the gaming magazine PC Gamer. PC Gamer's official U.S. website, PC Gamer Online, formerly redirected to GamesRadar; it now goes to its own site hosting articles from recent issues.

On 14 August 2008 it was announced that the British forums would be closed down and merged with the American side of the site. In response, some of the members of the British forums launched their own forum, named GRcade[3].

TalkRadar: The weekly GamesRadar Podcast

TalkRadar is GamesRadar's weekly podcast, in which the hosts discuss things going on in the gaming world, as well as features on GamesRadar and other articles from Future property (such as articles from Edge Online and OXM). It is one of the main features on GamesRadar.

The hosts of TalkRadar include:
Chris Antista (Associate Editor)
Brett Elston (Senior Nintendo Editor)
Mikel Reparaz (Senior PlayStation Editor)
Charlie Barratt (Senior Microsoft Editor)
Tyler Wilde (Features/Community Editor)
Henry Gilbert (Associate Production Editor)
Lizzie Cuevas (Associate Video Editor)

Former TalkRadar Hosts:
Shane Patterson (Associate Features Editor- Left after episode 59 to pursue a career in film.)

Paul Ryan (Cheats Editor-Left after episode 65 to get a master's in writing and publishing.)

Every podcast starts with discussion of GamesRadar's weekly Top 7 feature. The usual format is broken into three parts: the aforementioned Top 7 in the first part, discussion of other features and news in the second part, and a community segment in the third, which features a question of the week directed at forum users.

Occasionally, special guests such as Official Xbox Magazine editor Dan Amrich or Playstation: The Official Magazine editor Scott Butterworth join the podcast. Seth Killian of Capcom also made guest appearances in TalkRadar #17, #45, #72 and #86. They have also had joke guests such as Duke Lombardi (an alter-ego "revooer" of Chris Antista, who exclusively reviews E-rated games), The French wrestler Bonesoir (also Chris Antista), and Brettbot (a soundboard consisting of clips of Brett talking).

This podcast has spawned two fan-made podcasts, PCN-Gen and Geekipedia. Both were started by members of the GamesRadar forum.

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GamesRadar
URL http://www.gamesradar.com/
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Video game website
Registration Optional (free)
Owner Future Publishing
Created by Future Publishing
Launched 2005

GamesRadar is a multi-format video game website featuring regular news, previews, reviews, videos, and guides. It is owned and operated simultaneously in the UK and US by worldwide publisher Future Publishing (including Future US). Jointly with another video game related website CheatPlanet, GamesRadar receives approximately 3.25 million unique visitors per month.[1] [2]

Contents

Format and Style

GamesRadar publishes numerous articles each day, including official video game news, reviews, previews and interviews with publishers and developers. The tone and writing style of the site more than often takes a comedic approach towards their articles, sometimes complimented by imagery, videos and links. Additional article are written purely for comedic purposes or satire, humorously detailing certain aspects of games or video game conventions. One of the site's most longstanding and popular features is their "Top 7" lists, a weekly countdown detailing both positive or negative aspects of video games themselves, the industry and/or culture.[3]

The PC section of GamesRadar is organized by the gaming magazine PC Gamer. PC Gamer's official U.S. website, PC Gamer Online, formerly redirected to GamesRadar; it now goes to its own site hosting articles from recent issues. The site also features articles and reviews from other gaming magazines, such as NGamer and Xbox World 360. Reviews listed on Metacritic wirtten by GamesRadar editors are subtitled as "in-house" to avoid multiple scores from the same publication being listed. Despite featuring US and UK editors, all articles are presented together on the main site to both audiences.

Editors

US Editors[4]

  • Stephan Pierce (Global Editoral Director)
  • Chris Antista (Associate Editor)
  • Brett Elston (Executive Editor)
  • Mikel Reparaz (Senior PlayStation Editor)
  • Tyler Wilde (Features/Community Editor)
  • Charlie Barratt (Senior Microsoft Editor)
  • Henry Gilbert (Associate Production Editor)
  • Tyler Nagata (PC Editor)
  • Carolyn Gudmundson (Production Editor)
  • Joe McNeilly (Senior Editor)
  • Michael Grimm (Associate Editor)
  • Matthew Keast (Associate Editor)
  • Lizzie Cuevas (Associate Video Editor)
  • Andrew Mendoza (Senior Web Designer)
  • Cheryll Del Rosario (Web Designer)

UK Editors[4]

  • Nathan Irvine (Associate Editor)
  • Matt Cundy (Editor)
  • David Meikleham (Content Editor)
  • Justin Towell (Content Editor)
  • David Houghton (Content Editor)

Former Editors

  • Shane Patterson (Associate Features Editor)
  • Paul Ryan (Associate CheatPlanet Editor)
  • George Walter (Content Editor)

TalkRadar

US

Since May 19, 2008 the site has put out a weekly podcast every Friday known as TalkRadar, which has quickly become one of the site's most popular features.[5] The hosts discuss that week's Top 7, feature articles published on the site, recent game releases, game deals, and a community based segment where they read out answers from users to a "question of the week" on their forums and recently began playing back phone calls from fans. The podcast is presented by associate editor Chris Antista, with other lead hosts including Brett Elston and Mikel Reparaz, among other editors from the website periodically also as hosts. The podcast has also had guests from other video game websites or magazines including Jeff Gerstmann (Giant Bomb), Veronica Belmont (Qore) and Jim Sterling (Destructoid). The podcast has been made available for download from their main site and iTunes.[6] Due to it's popularity, fans of the podcast have created their own Wikipedia-style website hosted by Wikia known as Talk Radar that archives and details each podcast released so far, written mostly with exaggerated and humorously false statements. From this the hosts of TalkRadar themselves have often cited the wiki when referring to previous podcasts.

UK

Following the success of the GamesRadar US podcast, the UK team also launched a weekly show. Rather than copy the format, the GamesRadar UK team formed an audio show to compliment the original[7]

Updates

On September 11, 2007, GamesRadar launched a downloads feature called Fileradar. Fileradar allows users to download mods, hacks, and content for games on the PC.

On August 14, 2008, it was announced that the British forums would be closed down and merged with the American side of the site. In response, some of the members of the British forums launched their own forum, named GRcade.[8]

Since being established, the website has gone through multiple layout and design changes, the latest of which occurred on July 12, 2010.[9]

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