Jay Is Games
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Type of site
|Created by||Jay Bibby and others|
|Launched||April 19, 2003|
|25,608 (August 2015[update])|
Jay Is Games (stylized as JAYISGAMES or JAY IS GAMES) is a game review website that features daily updates and links to casual games, indie games, browser games and flash games of wide interest to casual gamers. It was founded on April 19, 2003 by Jay Bibby, initially as a personal blog, although it now has several contributors.
Several video game genres are covered; including escape the room, puzzle and platform game. The site is constructed as a blog, and attracts a large community of commenters. Jay and the site's staff writers read over and filter the weblog comments, often commenting themselves. Comment threads often include hints and walkthroughs.
Jay Is Games has also become known for its game design competitions. As of June 2010, Jay Is Games has conducted seven competitions, with an eighth in progress. Although the first competition was focused on producing simple puzzle games, recent competitions have had themes such as "upgrade" or "replay" that entrants could interpret into their games. This openness garners much creativity from developers and enthusiastic responses from visitors to the site.
Cash prizes are given, and sometimes relevant gifts, such as an Adobe Flash download. The main prizes are chosen by the site reviewers, however a unique Audience Award is also given. This prize is guaranteed "at least $200." Visitors must donate at least one dollar in order to vote (to prevent multiple votes), which goes to whichever developer the voter chooses.
The website was praised by the staff of Wired magazine for the contributors' ability to find games; "The signal-to-noise ratio on most gaming portals makes for a frustrating lunch break. This group blog finds the cream of the crop for casual players." Slate's Justin Peters called the site "the Internet's undisputed leader in casual gaming information".
- "Jayisgames.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
- Bibby, Jay (19 April 2003). "Hello world" "Jay Bibby's introductory post" Check
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- "What's Wired This Month". Wired. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
- Peters, Justin (21 December 2007). "Play Free or Die - Great Web games you don't have to pay for.". Slate. Retrieved 14 January 2010.