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The Indiegogo campaign for BasedGamer, a user driven aggregation and gaming community site, has been successfully funded.

BasedGamer was pitched by Jennie Bharaj, a youtube personality focused on academic critique of video games, along with her anonymous team. Their stated goal is to foster dramatic change in the gaming industry, from the Based Gamer Indiegogo page;

The gamer voice has become more prominent than ever before. Through social media, game forums, and aggregator websites, gamers have taken it upon themselves to demand a more sincere platform for games journalism.

BasedGamer will be devoted to a community driven by gamers. Similar to the popular website, “RottenTomatoes.com,” BasedGamer will feature a genuine aggregation of game reviews and other great features.

BasedGamer’s reviews will include written and YouTube reviews. Unlike other game-review aggregators, BasedGamer will compile and score game reviews based on four categories: Visuals, Storyline, Gameplay, and Entertainment. The categories will be rated via a simple, four-point scale: Excellent, Good, Okay, and Very Bad.This simple grading system will define scores with much more clarity.

BasedGamer will also include transparency, a platform for the gaming community, and monitor trolls and astroturfers.

Developers and gamers alike have spoken on the negative effect services like can Metacritic have on the gaming industry. Influential scores can be skewed dramatically by the conditions games were reviewed under, such as the Sim City launch in 2013 or the Halo: Master Chief Collection just a few months ago. Additionally, the power of the current review aggregation environment has led some companies to tie bonus structure to Metacrtitc score, such as when the team behind Fallout: New Vegas famously missed their bonus by just one percentage point.

BasedGamer purports to be the solution to the top-down review system by focusing its energy on grassroots community building from the gamers themselves. During the crowdfunding period, concerns were raised regarding the number of signups necessary to make the website viable and the experience of the majority anonymous BasedGamer team. However now that it has been successfully funded we will soon see if BasedGamer can become an important resource for gamers going forward.

Check the BasedGamer site or the BasedGamer Indiegogo for updates going forward.

Did you support BasedGamer? Do you plan to use it when it launches officially? Let us know in the comments below!


Wyatt Hnatiw

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Wyatt Hnatiw is a lifelong gamer with a borderline inappropriate love of BioWare RPGs and Bioshock. Maybe he just loves the prefix Bio...



  • Sebastian Mikulec

    I plunked down at the $25 level, I can’t justify spending more than that. If it fails, oh well, $25 down the drain, not the end of the world. If it succeeds, then I did my tiny part to get some positive change. I plan to be active on the site as much as I can to try to make it a success.

  • Alex

    Let’s hope it will do well…

  • PossiblyCthulhu

    And coincidentally, just today. Joystiq announces it won’t be doing review scores anymore….

    I’m looking forward to seeing BasedGamer succeed.

  • Darren Jette

    I threw some cash towards this initiative. While I think there will likely be a lot of growing pains with Based Gamer, I truly believe that Ms. Bharaj’s heart is in the right place and that Based Gamer will represent a positive development for the gaming community.

  • Nick

    There rating system seems.. poor. Excellent, Good, Okay… then a jump to Very bad.. Waah?

  • Sebastian Mikulec

    They talked in the past about possibly changing the rating names. Okay to Very Bad does seem like a weird jump. Excellent, Good, Mediocre, Bad would seem better to me.

  • SevTheBear

    I hope it will do well

  • under_score

    I like the idea. I dislike the name. Sick of the whole “based” meme, and it seems a bad idea to name your website after a fad if you want any longevity.

  • I decided to support the project a few hours before the deadline. Some people have questioned various details about how Jennie plans to manage this, but it’s not like it’s impossible to tackle any of these as it takes off.

    I think a great deal of our dissatisfaction with mainstream media can be solved by helping to create and promote new media to eventually replace it. Seeing that the indiegogo was successful, I think this is a step in the right direction and I’ll be looking forward to the work of Jennie and her team.
    And of course, if something goes wrong I’ll be sure to voice my concerns, I think the rest of their supporters will do the same.

  • Brad Fillion

    I think that Jennie has the best of of motivations for doing this, the love of gaming. Most of the criticism and naysaying has been from people who are just sitting back and whinging while doing nothing about it!

  • Fatherless

    The best critique is a viable alternative.

  • Ncrdrg

    I donated 50$ myself. Really want this thing to succeed.

  • EscapeVelocity

    Congrats Jennie & Based Gamer Team. With support of the gaming community, this will have a great chance of success.

    Whilst this successful funding went unreported by most of the usual suspects in the gaming press, I know first hand that they all know of this happening, and they dont like it one bit.

  • DEADBEEF

    I’m curious how they’re going to promo this.

  • I am not convinced. Its just another site attempting to be Metacritic or Rotten Tomatoes, etc. I already use Metacritic so I don’t need this. Besides I don’t like their categories. I can understand the first 3 but 4th, entertainment, how do you evaluate that without being completely biased. I know what is entertaining for me but for you, I don’t know. And their scale is not much different than others as well. Its like having a scale from 1-4. Whats the difference between that and the scale from 0-10 or 5 stars or penguins system, etc. And how exactly are they going to aggregate scores. There are hundreds of sites and a lot of them are using different scoring systems or none at all. So far I haven’t seen anything that teels me how this is supposed to be any different than other gaming sites. I just worry this will end up like some elitist gg camp where anyone who disagrees ends up branded as trolls and reviews from sites or people they don’t like don’t get taken into account and such, you know the worst case scenario :). As I said I am not convinced and am very skeptical of this.

  • I was very skeptical and opted to not put any money into this, but I
    won’t lie I would be happy to see it succeed. I’m a big fan of rotten
    tomatoes and I think gaming could use a site like this.