TechRaptor is committed to helping people get the most out of their technology, games, and everything in between. As your alternative source for unbiased news, reviews, and articles in both Tech and Gaming, we’re here to both help keep you both up to date and informed, while satisfying your ravenous appetite for technology and games.
Why should you read TechRaptor?
You won’t find any agendas in our content. We aim to minimize bias and be as objective as humanly possible in our news, while we aim to help provide information you need to reach a decision while providing the writers opinion in our editorials and reviews. We also want to show off the best products for our readers, and maybe show off a few things people haven’t even heard of!
What does TechRaptor offer readers that most other sites don’t?
When it comes to news – you’re going to see passion in what our staff writes about in every post, because we’re gamers and techies too, which means that we truly care about what we’re putting up on the site. From new game releases to industry news about censorship or issues, you can guarantee that you’ll get a well informed article from a writer who cares about the issue.
Value Added News is our guide – we want to add value to each and every post whether in providing further information about the topic, context of it, or the writers clearly separated quick take on the story.
When it comes to reviews and editorials – you can guarantee that we’ve taken the time to play the game and research the topic, meaning that you’re going to get well-informed articles and reviews site-wide. We don’t believe in sensationalizing topics or reviews which is why you won’t see clickbait-driven headlines or articles – we want to bring you quality content that you will enjoy reading every time. How we handle reviews can be seen in both our Review Score Policy and Ethics Policy, which run down our approach to reviews – including items like finishing the game before reviewing, embargoes, and how we score reviews.
We want TechRaptor to offer a community that is inviting and welcoming to both new and old readers, fostering open discussion and discourse. To do that, you have to start with quality content, quality staff, and readers who are as passionate about the content as you are. As our Founder said in an interview, “If we share what we’re passionate about with the world, people are going to come and join us.”
What makes TechRaptor so “ethical”?
We’ve definitely had our stumbles and falls with mistakes, but we’ve allowed those mistakes to helps us hone our craft, and put processes in place to create policies, standards, and procedures that we use to ensure we make the right decisions. For the full rundown of what guides us, check out our extensive Ethics and Standards Policy!
How did TechRaptor get started?
In March of 2013, our Founder Rutledge Daugette bought some shared hosting and a domain name in the hopes of creating a new site that would stand out from the rest, wanting to build TechRaptor into a site that would stand for ethical gaming journalism. Now, in 2016, we’ve had over 4.5 Million Pageviews and have a staff of around 50 contributors and Senior Writers that share content daily with our readers.
We’re here because of our readers, and we keep doing what we do because of them. With that said, we always encourage you to comment on our posts, or contact us if there’s something you’d like to see. If you’d like to help support us, take a look at how you can.
Q. Why TechRaptor?
A. Because technology is awesome, and so are raptors, so TechRaptor was a fun way to mix that up!
Q. Why don’t you add FEATURE X to the Site?
A. There are a ton of features that we’d love to add to the site, but lack of funds and team members with the correct skill sets are really what hold us back from adding them.
Q. Why haven’t you Covered Game or Tech Y?
A. We wish we could write a post about, or give coverage to, every game that we came across. Sadly, that’s impossible, so we do our best to cover as many that we think our readers will enjoy that we can. This leaves a few behind, unfortunately. In the case of reviews, sometimes we’re not able to get the review codes/samples we need to do a review.
Q. Do you accept sponsored posts?
A. Yes we do. However, the featured image and author will both be labeled as such, so that if you want to read all of our sponsored posts or know what was sponsored – you can! We’re a big fan of full transparency, and following the rules and guidelines of both the FTC and our State Government, which is why we turn down a large number of sponsored posts as well.
Q. Do you accept guest posts?
A. No we do not, although we do sometimes seek out authors for one-time articles.
Q. Do you affiliate link?
A. We do, but we changed how we do affiliate links in January of 2016, in order to limit any appearance of bias, as well as to make our affiliate linking more clear.
Q. What’s your stance on #GamerGate?
A. We get this question a lot, and honestly – the site itself is Neutral in the debate. TechRaptor was started by Rutledge in 2013 to be an alternative to game sites that were unethical and dishonest with their readers, so we gained prominence when #GamerGate started. It’s worth noting, however, that some of our staff do support or openly criticize #GamerGate – but that doesn’t represent the site as a whole.
Q. How Can I Join TechRaptor?
A. Easy – Just check out the Write For TechRaptor page, it has everything you need to know about writing for us!