NextGen Player

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NextGen Player
Type of site
Gaming & Blogging
Owner Paul Hunter and Andrew Shin
Created by Paul Hunter, Andrew Shin and Matthew Vernhout
Commercial Yes
Launched April 2008
Current status Active

NextGen Player is a Canadian-based gaming news website, blog, and monthly podcasting site. NextGen Player covers the Canadian video game news, coverage of live Canadian gaming events, video game previews and reviews, highlights of Canadian game promotions and retail sales, as well as coverage of Canadian game sales data and research. NextGen Player was founded in April 2008 by Paul Hunter and Andrew Shin.[1]


The site was Canada's first gaming news website devoted almost exclusively to covering national gaming news. According to Alexa's traffic ranking, NextGen Player is a top 20,000 website in Canada.[2] The first blog post went live on the website on April 23, 2008.[3] The blog's creators, intended that the site would be "Canada's leading video game blog and the number 1 news source for Canadian gaming news."[4]

NextGen Player has been recognized by the 2008 Canadian Blog Awards as a finalist in the Best New Blog category.[5]

Articles first appearing on NextGen Player have been referenced on news websites including Kotaku,[6] U.S. News,[7] GameSpy,[8] Destructoid,[9] MaxConsole,[10] and VG247.[11] The site's writers have also been interviewed in The Georgia Straight,[12] and The Globe and Mail,[13] among others.

Site editors[edit]

  • Active staff
    • Managing Editor/Co-Founder: Paul Hunter
  • Former Staff
    • Managing Editor/Co-Founder: Matthew Vernhout (April 2008 – March 2009)
    • Senior Writer: Andrew Green (June 2008 – October 2009)
    • Managing Editor/Co-Founder: Andrew Shin
    • Writer: Clinton Ma
    • Contributor: Alice Stancu

Sections of site[edit]

Blog is the main section of NextGen Player where the daily posts appear. New post appear at the top of the website and bump down earlier posts. The main site always displays the most recent posts.

Podcast' is called "In The Raw". The monthly podcast features discussion of Canadian gaming news, general gaming discussions, and industry interviews.

About NextGen Player is where the mission statement of the website is found as well as bios of the staff members.

NGP in the news is a section listing websites that have featured NextGen Player news. All news items listed are in chronological order. This section is updated monthly.

The Hot Zone is a section that lists popular articles that appeared in the blog section of the website. There are always five posts mentioned in The Hot Zone.


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