|Type of site||Videogame Industry & Culture|
|Created by||James Peter|
The PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) is an Australian based video game news and reviews website that focuses on the videogame industry and culture in PAL territories, particularly Australia and the UK. It was launched in 2003 by a group of PAL forum members on the IGN message boards who were disenfranchised by the American site's move to subscription based boards. In August 2003, The Sydney Morning Herald said the upstart website's "dedication to console gaming in PAL markets is admirable."
PALGN had grown to be one of the largest independent video game websites in Australia, garnering over a million hits from over 300,000 unique users each month.
Main site 
PALGN's main page has links to the latest news, reviews and previews for all major videogame platforms, including Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Wii and PC. Reviews and previews are usually timed to coincide with the launches of the game in PAL territories, and feature and editorial content usually deals with the local and greater PAL videogame scene. However, the nature of the global industry means most articles are suitable for international audiences as well.
PALGN covers every major videogame release on every platform, and the site's review archive is now over 1,600 games strong. PALGN is recognised as a major source of critical review by metascore sites Metacritic and GameRankings and scores given by PALGN are used to determine the average rating a game receives on those sites.
Australian Release List 
One of the most popular features of PALGN has been the comprehensive Australian release list which has been published since 2004. The release list is now based on the same data used by retailers and publishers, is updated in real-time, and allows users to see the scheduled date for a game's release, the status of that date (rumored, tentative, confirmed), the retail price, and even the rating given by the OFLC.
Users can also select to view release dates by individual platform, and a click on a title will link to all PALGN coverage of the game.
After a few intermittent podcasts, PALGN finally launched an ongoing podcast in 2007, co-hosted by Evan Stubbs and Daniel Golding. It has featured industry guests such as Joseph Hewitt, Senior Designer at Auran studios, Tom Crago, Head of the GDAA, and Greg Tannahill, Democrats Candidate for the ACT. The format went weekly in 2008, and has been running for over a year. The format was recently updated into the 'Palcast' hosted by Anthony Capone, Jahanzeb Khan and Jarrod Mawson. A special series of four podcasts recorded live from Los Angeles at E3 2010 were recorded and hosted by editors Adam Ghiggino and Jeremy Jastrzab.
In October 2007 PALGN launched GamerKids, a version of the site designed for younger readers and their parents. Some PALGN content is shared with GamerKids, and there is also unique content specifically designed for the youth market. Popular gaming blog Kotaku described GamerKids' design as "a little crazy on the eyes." Due to the new design, the GamerKids website now links to PALGN itself.
PALGN began as a forum, and has maintained a lively community of Australian and UK gamers for nearly ten years. The forum has boards for discussion of videogame related matters for every platform, as well as boards for general chat and entertainment industry discussion.
New Design 
On the 8th of July, 2008, a new look PALGN was created from a survey earlier in the year. The website update included comments from the Forum at the bottom of a Feature or News item, and an improved navigation system. It also integrated GamerKids into PALGN's main content.
- Roland Kulen - Owner
- James Peter - Founder
- Jeremy Jastrzab - Executive Editor (Resigned as of 11/02/2012)
- Adam Ghiggino - Managing Editor
- Anthony Capone - Communications Officer
- John Buck - Art Director
- James Varoutsos - Technical Director
Notes and references 
- ICON, Sydney Morning Herald technology section, 15 Feb 2003
- PALGN on Game Rankings
- PALGN Podcast Episode 3, featuring Joseph Hewitt from Auran
- PALGN Announces Gaming Site For Kids And Parents, Kotaku
- PALGN Design 08 Launch, PALGN
- "Letter from the Editor". Letter from the Editor.