|Type of site||Gaming|
|Registration||Optional & Free|
|Created by||Jim Cordeira|
|Alexa rank||2448 (November 2013)[update]|
NeoGAF, formerly known as the Gaming-Age Forums, is an internet forum that discusses video games, founded as an adjunct to Gaming-Age, a video game news website. Since April 4, 2006, the site has been independently hosted and administered.
The site is well known for its strict moderation. Many video game developers and publishers have said that the site has a substantial impact on the gaming industry, and many use it to get user feedback on their games. The site has also been the subject of criticism for reports of bias and viral marketing from within the general gaming community.
The Gaming-Age Forums began as an adjunct to Gaming-Age, a video game news and reviews website, running the UBB forum software and hosted on the Gaming Age servers. As Gaming-Age outgrew its hosting, IGN took over hosting of Gaming-Age's forums. After IGN ceased hosting of GAF in the summer of 2001, GAF moved to ezboards, and the administration of GAF became more estranged from Gaming Age.
As the Gaming-Age staff became gradually more divorced from the day-to-day operation of GAF, problems with the new Gamesquad hosting cropped up. As software bugs in vBulletin 2, the version GAF was using at the time, continued to worsen, the Gamesquad hosting became increasingly more impractical, until the forums' database became corrupted, forcing a move to new hosting in order to change software and salvage what was left of the forums' database. In the spring of 2004, a fundraiser was held to move GAF to new hosting. On June 6, 2004, GAF took its current form (known as "NeoGAF" to long-time posters) and moved to new hosting and new software, vBulletin 3.
As of April 4, 2006, the forums were relaunched as "NeoGAF", the former in-moniker, by its administrators. NeoGAF also features its own front page, an upfront admission that the forum's audience had drifted from that of its birthing news site, but yet mandated a single portal to represent the forum's members.
Many notable people from the video game industry have posted on NeoGAF, including Cliff Bleszinski (designer on the Unreal franchise and the Gears of War series), Jeremiah Slaczka (co-founder of 5TH Cell and creator of the Drawn to Life franchise and Scribblenauts), Vic Ireland (founder of Working Designs). Andy McNamara (editor-in-chief of Game Informer), Jeff Green (former editor-in-chief of Games for Windows: The Official Magazine, former editor for 1UP and PopCap), Gary Whitta, former editor-in-chief of PC Gamer and Hollywood screenwriter, Shawn Elliott (former editor of Games for Windows: The Official Magazine and former editor for 1UP) and Greg Kasavin (former editor-in-chief of GameSpot), Ryan Payton (former assistant producer at Kojima Productions, ex-creative director at Microsoft Game Studios, currently working on iOS game République), as well as developers at Bungie, Tim Lewinson (former senior designer at Disney Interactive Studios, Bethesda, Monolith Productions, Relic Entertainment, Krome Studios, Sidhe Interactive, Rare, and Insomniac Games), James Stevenson (Community Lead at Insomniac Games) and Larry Hryb (Director of Programming for Xbox Live) . Denis Dyack of Silicon Knights has also posted on the forum until he was permanently banned.
In popular culture
In the video game Scribblenauts, if the words "neogaf" or "gaf" are written, the NeoGAF logo will appear in the game. It can be mounted by the player and used similar to a helicopter (except it will not stay aloft in the air). If it is interacted with, the logo will spawn a gamer character.
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