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HonestGamers is an independent video game reviews site focused on providing independent criticism for console, handheld, and PC games from the dawn of the medium and onward, all while fostering a mature community that facilitates intelligent discussion focused on games and reviews, without the fluff.

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Amazing video games don't stop being awesome a couple of weeks after they arrive on store shelves. They're still worth talking about long after three or four sequels and a new generation of hardware have made the rounds. Sometimes people seem to forget the "old" stuff, though, and that's a shame.

What if someone offered to build you a web site that posts brand new content related to the great (and not so great) games of last month, last year, 10 years ago, 20 years ago and beyond? Imagine being able to go to a single portal and read quality reviews and guides for games like Mega Man 2 (NES), Gurumin (PSP), Gone Home (PC), Silent Hill 3 (PS2), Dark Souls (PS3), and many other well known and obscure titles from the early 80s all the way into the present.

HonestGamers does all of that already.

You may not be familiar with the name, but HonestGamers has a history of providing that sort of coverage as far back as 1998. Over the years, the site's volunteer staff, freelancers and community contributors have put together a unique collection featuring thousands of high-quality articles, many of them exclusive.

What sort of articles? There are way too many to talk about on a page like this one, but below you can find a sampling of links to past content that (in some cases) goes back more than a decade.

Staff/Freelance reviews:
Dark Souls review by Jason Venter
Halo 4 review by Mike Suskie
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time review
by Jason Venter
Uncharted 3 review by Tom Chick
Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword review by Rob Zacny
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance by Kat Bailey
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty by Troy Goodfellow
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth review by Danny Cowan
Dear Esther review by Andy Chalk

High-quality game guides:
Mega Man 2 guide by Jason Venter
Mega Man X3 guide by Rhody Tobin
Shovel Knight guide by Jason Venter
Watch Dogs guide by Jason Venter

Selected Site Indexes:
NES retro reviews
Most recent PlayStation 3 reviews
Guides currently available

Hopefully, you agree that the links above lead to a lot of great content. The good news is that (assuming support follows) the site is really only getting started. The goal is to continue covering the exact games that most matter to gamers like you. There are thousands of spectacular (and not so great) games yet to cover, a virtually endless stream of interactive entertainment that can benefit from guides and reviews, the better to highlight their value in 2014 and beyond. Those of us who write for HonestGamers are ready to dive in and get to work, but we need your help to do it.

The stuff you can do to help.

By donating to this Patreon project, you can give us the funds we need to produce this content. Even though playing and writing about games is awesome, we can't do either of those things nearly as often as we would like unless we can earn money to pay bills. Despite the thousands of quality articles we host on the site, our ad revenue in July of 2014 was less than $15, which doesn't even cover web hosting fees for the period. It's clear that the real money is in video content, but we love writing too much to forget about it entirely.

Since everyone seems to hate ads anyway, we removed ads from the site. Except for an ad we plan to run alongside guides for one month later this year (a prior commitment), you shouldn't find a single ad banner or affiliate applet on the site. We're hoping that you'll take a look around the site and like what you see so much that you agree to pledge as little as $1 a month to help us keep doing what we're doing and to expand operations so that we can work with more of the talented writers around the Internet.

If as few as 15,000 people each pledge $1 (and we realize that won't happen immediately, but it makes a nice long-term goal), we can do some things that are just plain awesome. The more money we raise, the more guides and reviews we can produce that will appeal to your interests.

Here's how the finances break down, as we reach various funding milestones:

At $2,500 level:
20 reviews * $50 = $1,000
4 guides * $200 = $800

At $5,000 level:
20 reviews * $150 = $3,000
4 guides * $250 = $1,000

At $7,500 level:
20 reviews * $150 = $3,000
100 articles * $15 = $1,500
5 guides * $300 = $1,500

At $10,000 level:
20 reviews * $150 = $3,000
100 news articles * $15 = $1,500
20 retro reviews * $100 = $2,000
5 guides * $300 = $1,500

At $12,500 level:
20 reviews * $150 = $3,000
120 news articles * $15 = $1,800
20 retro reviews * $100 = $2,000
8 guides * $400 = $3,200

At $15,000 level:
20 reviews * $200 = $4,000
120 news articles * $15 = $1,800
20 retro reviews * $100 = $2,000
8 guides * $500 = $4,000

If you like what we're doing but can't make a pledge yourself, you can still help. Tell your friends about this Patreon page and the cool stuff we're doing at HonestGamers. Tweet about your favorite content, or "like" and share it on Facebook, or "+1" it on Google. We're not asking you to spam, but we're sure your friends will appreciate hearing about it if you dig around the site and find something especially cool. And if we haven't covered a terrific game yet but we definitely should have, let us know that too.

The call to action.

We've just thrown a lot of numbers at you, and a lot of links to stuff we're proud to host at HonestGamers. Now it's time to take next steps.

If you are interested in what we're doing at HonestGamers, please make a pledge for as much as feels comfortable for your budget. Encourage any like-minded friends to do the same. Feel free to reach out (jason AT honestgamers DOT com) if you'd like to talk to someone about the exciting future we hope to build for the site. We can set up an interview, a podcast appearance, or something similar.

Thank you for taking the time to read this pitch, and for any support you can offer. Have a great day!
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