Last week our site of the week went to Sillegamer, a site that aims to deliver news, reviews, previews, articles and media with energy and enthusiasm around the clock.
This week our little award goes to Cheap Ass Gamer, a site that not only provides reviews of all the latest games around the clock and an excellent weekly podcast, but is also one of the best places to hunt down video game bargains.
We spoke to Cheap Ass Gamer's David 'CheapyD' Abrams about the site, its creation, strengths and future plans.
How did CAG come into existence?
In 2003, I got the idea for Cheap Ass Gamer from surfing long-time deals site BensBargains, which excited me with the promises (and fulfillment) of incredibly cheap fax machines and hard drives. Being a big gamer I simply wanted a site that did something similar, but exclusively with gaming deals information.
While I was very comfortable with computers, I certainly was not a programmer or web administrator, so I basically Googled my way through the set-up and maintenance of CAG. It was simply a matter of cutting and pasting error messages in the search engine and applying the fixes. We've come a long way since then.
What sets CAG apart from other sites? What would you say you specialize in?
While there are plenty of other all-purpose deal sites, there is no other dedicated gaming deals website the size and scope of CAG. Our biggest strength is our large and knowledgeable community who make sure the site is constantly updated with the latest gaming deals and shopping information.
Our community is so large and efficient, they often find and share the deals before our automated price tracker does. Sometimes I get deals emailed to me by major retailers, and when I go to write them up, I find our community has already located and shared them on our forums.
Our automated price scanning features are another big part of CAG - using our search tools, users can quickly find the cheapest place to buy a game, or set a price alert for us to email them when the price drops. Or if they're just looking for all the best deals in one place, we have our deal stream that lists our top picks, filterable by platform.
What do you have planned for the future?
In addition to a complete site redesign and a move to a more feature-rich forum platform, we plan on spinning off a site for those who find surfing a community focused site like CAG a bit overwhelming. This new site will combine the data of a powerful price search engine with the CAG community's unmatched ability of tracking down every existing gaming deal, all in an attractive and easy-to-use website.
Please visit us at Cheap Ass Gamer and follow us on Twitter at @UKGameDeals.