Vijay Shah (reporter/editor)
In an online world dominated by social media, there’s always a new niche to explore and cater for. We have Twitter for soundbites big and small, MySpace for artists famous and not-so-famous, Instagram for the budding and experienced photographers, and not forgetting Facebook, the indefatigable selfie mill of choice. However, despite the dominance of the big name social media companies, many audiences are not yet represented with social networks, including online gamers.
A new online journal and social network designed especially for online gamers plans to change all that. Dpadd, recently set up in Vancouver, Canada by a “one-man startup” headed by Clayton Correia, promises to give gamer guys and girls a chance to share their love of the console and keyboard with like-minded people, while keeping the dialogue spam-free unlike some competitors. Correia is a design expert who has previously worked with various other startups and technology companies before moving on to his own venture.
Operating in a similar fashion to the popular online book club/sharing website Goodreads, Correia’s concept enables users to record every game they play, rate and review titles and manage a wishlist of games they want to play. Gamers can share updates with their friends and industry professionals, meaning that gamers can not only improve on their game skills, but potentially help input into the development of forthcoming titles. Dpadd also offers an all-in-one profile for gamers to manage their existing accounts like Xbox Live, Playstation Network, Steam and Twitch.
Users can also keep track of important milestones, like high scores and trophies, giving good ammunition for some online boasting. There’s a 40,000-page games encyclopedia of both the latest releases and more established titles.
Dpadd opened its doors to the gaming fraternity on October 7 after seven months of development in beta stage, with tests carried out by an exclusive batch of invitees.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a promotional piece. However the Half-Eaten Mind did not accept payment for writing this article.
All information and images courtesy of Clayton Correia at Dpadd.com, Vancouver BC, Canada.