GameReviewsAU is creating Reviews of Video Games and Anime
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The History of GameReviewsAU

GameReviewsAU was started by a single Aussie gamer who felt that there could be more honest reviews published online.

Our first review was published on March 3, 2015, which was for King of Thieves on iOS. This was uploaded on the initial free Wordpress version of GameReviewsAU, which was later replaced by a whole new website in June of 2015.

GameReviewsAU worked with Live Link Websites to come up with the most affordable and efficient website. Eventually gamereviewsau.com was launched and could finally drop .wordpress from the URL and have a bit more freedom with the website.

Seeing as we fund our reviews entirely ourselves, we've mainly been reviewing free-to-play games for mobile devices and computers. Any mainstream games that have been reviewed by GameReviewsAU were either already in our possession, purchased by us, or (if we're lucky) provided to us by game developers such as SOMA by Frictional Games, The Aquatic Adventures of the Last Human by YCJY, Tom Clancy's The Division by Ubisoft and Street Fighter V by Capcom.

Entering our second year of reviewing, we've established a rather decent following on social media, and are currently receiving over 150 unique visitors per day to the website. This might not sound like much, but it's a great start. We'll keep reviewing games as much as we can, because we love writing and getting our opinions out there to the public for consideration. Lately we've just begun to dip on toes in to writing reviews of Anime old and current.

Recently, we've been trying our hand at video reviews on YouTube, which is heaps of fun! But with only basic equipment and video editing software, there's only so far we can go.

Why We Need Funding

On average a written review can take between 12 and 50 hours to put together. This includes finding potential games to review, contacting the developers/publishers, playing the game (sometimes all the way to the end if it's a story-heavy game), taking screenshots to go through, writing the content, proofreading and advertising via social media.

Video reviews can take longer than written reviews to put together because of recording the footage, writing a script, recording the voice-over, editing the footage and uploading (with Australian internet it can easily take 6 or more hours to upload a video). After it's uploaded, a page needs to be created on our website so fans can stay up to date with what we've been doing.

We spend a lot of time putting together reviews for everyone to enjoy, but in order to get our reviews out there, a lot of time has to go into advertising via various social medias and email campaigns.

Did I mention we fund ourselves? I think I did, but just to remind you, we fund ourselves. With that in mind, you can imagine having a regular job that pays for things like food, rent, dog food etc. but then using the rest of your time finding potential games to review and reviewing them.

Although we try to stay up to date with the latest games, if we're unable to get our hands on the latest and greatest, we will need to purchase them ourselves.

As gamers will know, it can cost anywhere upwards and beyond $100AUD to pick up a recent release, depending on the platform you want to play it on.

To keep providing you and everyone else with the latest and up to date game reviews, we need funding in order to continue.

How You Can Help

That's where we need your help! If you would be kind enough to make monthly donations to go towards our work, not only will we know that GameReviewsAU is appreciated, but we can also put those funds towards more and better games to review, visiting game exhibitions to get the latest news, publishing higher quality video reviews, enhancing the quality of our website and heaps more!

At the moment we rely on advertising, such as Google AdSense, affiliate links etc. to gain any funding. And for those in the know, this can be incredibly challenging to earn any more than $10/year. So donations of any amount would be greatly appreciated and it'll all be put to good use in order to increase the exposure of GameReviewsAU and give the people what they want!

Any amount donated would be extremely helpful as it will help us provide you with newer and better reviews, and would also help make up for the time spent in front of the computer.

Consider this: Full time work in Australia consists of 38 hours during the week. After taking into consideration 8 hours sleep a night and writing an average of 3 reviews a week, that only leaves about 24 hours left of free time to spend with our loved ones, play games to chill out and do general everyday stuff like food shopping, walking the dog, eating etc.

Where Your Money Will Go

When owning a website, there are certain costs involved in order to keep the website online. Such things as domain name registration need to be paid biennially and hosting (renting the space on a server for your website to sit) needs to be renewed annually.

Not only that but if anything goes wrong with the website, we need to get in touch with our website developers to fix it. This can become quite costly as well.

As you can hear from some of our videos, the voice-over recordings don't sound amazing. This is due to a lack of proper equipment. Funding gained from Patreon would go towards getting our hands on appropriate hardware needed to record decent sound. In our review of Kingdom by by Raw Fury, you can hear the voice-over sounds quite professional which we loved! That's because we called in a favour with someone in the know.

As time goes by, games become more and more hardware intensive. As games start to require more powerful hardware, eventually our systems will become obsolete. Any funds raised with Patreon would also go towards keeping our gaming systems up to date so we can continue to provide reviews at the maximum settings available.

We hope you'll consider donating some of your hard earned money to GameReviewsAU so we can keep pushing, and thank you for reading our story! (✿◠‿◠)
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
You're Awesome - By donating as little as $1 per month, you're letting us know that you appreciate the work we've done. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and will continue to work hard in order to get more of your favourite games reviewed!
Pledge $2 or more per month
You're Doubly Awesome - Donations of $2 per month will help let us know that you really appreciate GameReviewsAU and our work. Thank you oh so very much and we're going to knuckle down right now and start working on more reviews just for you!
Pledge $5 or more per month
See This Person? They Rule! - If you choose to donate $5 per month to us, we'll give you a shout out on our Twitter showing how much we appreciate your generosity and how much we think you rule!
Pledge $10 or more per month
An Excellent Human Being - Donating $10 per month would be incredible and we would not only thank you from the bottom of our hearts, shout out how great a human being you are, but we'll also put your name on a GameReviewsAU Hall of Fame page for everyone to see how generous you are.
Pledge $15 or more per month
$15 or more per month

An Excellent And Fragrant Human Being - You're going to get a really appreciative shoutout on our Twitter page, a mention on our Hall of Fame page AND you can choose the next game we review. P.S. You're a spunk!

Pledge $25 or more per month
only 5 left
Game Developer Advertising - Got a game you'd like advertised on our website? We've got just the space for you! Along the bottom of our website you'll see some banners that appear. Each time the page is reloaded, a different banner gets loaded. If you choose to donate $25 per month, we'll insert a banner showing off your game in the rotation. Please send through a link to your game as well as your promotional banner image to our email address and make sure it's a maximum of 779pixels x 127pixels. Please make sure the email address you send it from is the same one used to pledge to our Patreon page.
Pledge $50 or more per month
only 1 left
Bigger Game Developer Advertising - If you want your recent game to stand out even more, we'll place a larger banner on our website showing off your game and also review it. On the right hand side of our website there's room for an advert of 300pixels x 250pixels. We'll place your advertisement in this space which will, when clicked, link to the page of your game. Please send through a link to your game as well as your promotional banner image to our email address and make sure it's a maximum of 300pixels by 250pixels. Please make sure the email address you send it from is the same one used to pledge to our Patreon page.
Pledge $75 or more per month
only 1 left
Biggest Game Developer Advertising - There's room for one more! If you'd like to place a promotional banner on the GameReviewsAU website, there's room on the right hand side of the page. We'll also review your game. This banner will, when clicked, link to the page of your game. Please send through a link to your game as well as your promotional banner image to our email address and make sure it's a maximum of 300pixels by 600pixels. Please make sure the email address you send it from is the same one used to pledge to our Patreon page.
Goals
$9 of $10 per month
If ten people are able to donate $1 per month, we'll be able to see that our work is appreciated and we should carry on! Of course the money will go towards new/old games to review.
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The History of GameReviewsAU

GameReviewsAU was started by a single Aussie gamer who felt that there could be more honest reviews published online.

Our first review was published on March 3, 2015, which was for King of Thieves on iOS. This was uploaded on the initial free Wordpress version of GameReviewsAU, which was later replaced by a whole new website in June of 2015.

GameReviewsAU worked with Live Link Websites to come up with the most affordable and efficient website. Eventually gamereviewsau.com was launched and could finally drop .wordpress from the URL and have a bit more freedom with the website.

Seeing as we fund our reviews entirely ourselves, we've mainly been reviewing free-to-play games for mobile devices and computers. Any mainstream games that have been reviewed by GameReviewsAU were either already in our possession, purchased by us, or (if we're lucky) provided to us by game developers such as SOMA by Frictional Games, The Aquatic Adventures of the Last Human by YCJY, Tom Clancy's The Division by Ubisoft and Street Fighter V by Capcom.

Entering our second year of reviewing, we've established a rather decent following on social media, and are currently receiving over 150 unique visitors per day to the website. This might not sound like much, but it's a great start. We'll keep reviewing games as much as we can, because we love writing and getting our opinions out there to the public for consideration. Lately we've just begun to dip on toes in to writing reviews of Anime old and current.

Recently, we've been trying our hand at video reviews on YouTube, which is heaps of fun! But with only basic equipment and video editing software, there's only so far we can go.

Why We Need Funding

On average a written review can take between 12 and 50 hours to put together. This includes finding potential games to review, contacting the developers/publishers, playing the game (sometimes all the way to the end if it's a story-heavy game), taking screenshots to go through, writing the content, proofreading and advertising via social media.

Video reviews can take longer than written reviews to put together because of recording the footage, writing a script, recording the voice-over, editing the footage and uploading (with Australian internet it can easily take 6 or more hours to upload a video). After it's uploaded, a page needs to be created on our website so fans can stay up to date with what we've been doing.

We spend a lot of time putting together reviews for everyone to enjoy, but in order to get our reviews out there, a lot of time has to go into advertising via various social medias and email campaigns.

Did I mention we fund ourselves? I think I did, but just to remind you, we fund ourselves. With that in mind, you can imagine having a regular job that pays for things like food, rent, dog food etc. but then using the rest of your time finding potential games to review and reviewing them.

Although we try to stay up to date with the latest games, if we're unable to get our hands on the latest and greatest, we will need to purchase them ourselves.

As gamers will know, it can cost anywhere upwards and beyond $100AUD to pick up a recent release, depending on the platform you want to play it on.

To keep providing you and everyone else with the latest and up to date game reviews, we need funding in order to continue.

How You Can Help

That's where we need your help! If you would be kind enough to make monthly donations to go towards our work, not only will we know that GameReviewsAU is appreciated, but we can also put those funds towards more and better games to review, visiting game exhibitions to get the latest news, publishing higher quality video reviews, enhancing the quality of our website and heaps more!

At the moment we rely on advertising, such as Google AdSense, affiliate links etc. to gain any funding. And for those in the know, this can be incredibly challenging to earn any more than $10/year. So donations of any amount would be greatly appreciated and it'll all be put to good use in order to increase the exposure of GameReviewsAU and give the people what they want!

Any amount donated would be extremely helpful as it will help us provide you with newer and better reviews, and would also help make up for the time spent in front of the computer.

Consider this: Full time work in Australia consists of 38 hours during the week. After taking into consideration 8 hours sleep a night and writing an average of 3 reviews a week, that only leaves about 24 hours left of free time to spend with our loved ones, play games to chill out and do general everyday stuff like food shopping, walking the dog, eating etc.

Where Your Money Will Go

When owning a website, there are certain costs involved in order to keep the website online. Such things as domain name registration need to be paid biennially and hosting (renting the space on a server for your website to sit) needs to be renewed annually.

Not only that but if anything goes wrong with the website, we need to get in touch with our website developers to fix it. This can become quite costly as well.

As you can hear from some of our videos, the voice-over recordings don't sound amazing. This is due to a lack of proper equipment. Funding gained from Patreon would go towards getting our hands on appropriate hardware needed to record decent sound. In our review of Kingdom by by Raw Fury, you can hear the voice-over sounds quite professional which we loved! That's because we called in a favour with someone in the know.

As time goes by, games become more and more hardware intensive. As games start to require more powerful hardware, eventually our systems will become obsolete. Any funds raised with Patreon would also go towards keeping our gaming systems up to date so we can continue to provide reviews at the maximum settings available.

We hope you'll consider donating some of your hard earned money to GameReviewsAU so we can keep pushing, and thank you for reading our story! (✿◠‿◠)

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
You're Awesome - By donating as little as $1 per month, you're letting us know that you appreciate the work we've done. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and will continue to work hard in order to get more of your favourite games reviewed!
Pledge $2 or more per month
You're Doubly Awesome - Donations of $2 per month will help let us know that you really appreciate GameReviewsAU and our work. Thank you oh so very much and we're going to knuckle down right now and start working on more reviews just for you!
Pledge $5 or more per month
See This Person? They Rule! - If you choose to donate $5 per month to us, we'll give you a shout out on our Twitter showing how much we appreciate your generosity and how much we think you rule!
Pledge $10 or more per month
An Excellent Human Being - Donating $10 per month would be incredible and we would not only thank you from the bottom of our hearts, shout out how great a human being you are, but we'll also put your name on a GameReviewsAU Hall of Fame page for everyone to see how generous you are.
Pledge $15 or more per month
$15 or more per month

An Excellent And Fragrant Human Being - You're going to get a really appreciative shoutout on our Twitter page, a mention on our Hall of Fame page AND you can choose the next game we review. P.S. You're a spunk!

Pledge $25 or more per month
only 5 left
Game Developer Advertising - Got a game you'd like advertised on our website? We've got just the space for you! Along the bottom of our website you'll see some banners that appear. Each time the page is reloaded, a different banner gets loaded. If you choose to donate $25 per month, we'll insert a banner showing off your game in the rotation. Please send through a link to your game as well as your promotional banner image to our email address and make sure it's a maximum of 779pixels x 127pixels. Please make sure the email address you send it from is the same one used to pledge to our Patreon page.
Pledge $50 or more per month
only 1 left
Bigger Game Developer Advertising - If you want your recent game to stand out even more, we'll place a larger banner on our website showing off your game and also review it. On the right hand side of our website there's room for an advert of 300pixels x 250pixels. We'll place your advertisement in this space which will, when clicked, link to the page of your game. Please send through a link to your game as well as your promotional banner image to our email address and make sure it's a maximum of 300pixels by 250pixels. Please make sure the email address you send it from is the same one used to pledge to our Patreon page.
Pledge $75 or more per month
only 1 left
Biggest Game Developer Advertising - There's room for one more! If you'd like to place a promotional banner on the GameReviewsAU website, there's room on the right hand side of the page. We'll also review your game. This banner will, when clicked, link to the page of your game. Please send through a link to your game as well as your promotional banner image to our email address and make sure it's a maximum of 300pixels by 600pixels. Please make sure the email address you send it from is the same one used to pledge to our Patreon page.