San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 7, 2006
Ziff Davis Game Group, the leading games magazine and web publisher, has expanded the 1UP Network by launching the beta version of MyCheats.com (http://www.mycheats.com/ ). MyCheats.com is a next-generation "cheats" site that makes use of the latest in collaborative content, social networking, and search technologies to help gamers get the most out of their videogames.
Building on the 1UP Network's community-centric focus, MyCheats.com is a community-based site that uses collaborative content technology to allow gamers to help other gamers. MyCheats.com users can easily create and edit content themselves, and can contribute to each others' content as well, so that hundreds of gamers can collectively author a segmented, fully searchable game guide. The site follows in the collaborative tradition of Wikipedia, but it simplifies the process so that no code is involved and anyone can contribute immediately.
"We felt it was time for a cheats site to truly facilitate gamers helping other gamers," said Sam Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief of 1UP.com and chief architect of MyCheats.com. "It was also time for a cheats site to recognize that gamers are craving more than just the cheats -- they're looking for how to get more from their games, to master their games. Games aren't cheap - players are looking to extend the lifespan of their purchases to get their money's worth."
The site moves beyond existing cheats sites, offering the best content in the industry, including strategies from the experts at 1UP.com, Computer Gaming World, Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine, and Electronic Gaming Monthly, as well as the best gamers on the 1UP Network. MyCheats.com even offers "live" game help so that if users have a specific question about a game not yet covered in any guide, they can present their questions to a panel of gaming experts and receive personalized advice. It will also soon offer multimedia game guides with integrated maps, screenshots, and video.
MyCheats.com has implemented a robust user ranking system to ensure the most authoritative information rises to the top. The most talented and dedicated contributors gain additional privileges in order to reward their efforts and encourage high-quality contributions. This reward system feeds into the gamer's intrinsic need to "level up," and it makes the site self-policing, ensuring that users will quickly find the best content.
MyCheats.com is a Web 2.0 product with a brand new, sleek, fast-loading design built to match the acclaimed design of the rest of the 1UP Network. It features a powerful search engine, and its customization features allow each gamer to create a personalized, highly relevant cheats destination.
About Ziff Davis Game Group:
Ziff Davis Game Group (http://gamegroup.ziffdavis.com/), a division of Ziff Davis Media Inc., is the largest integrated gaming media publisher in the United States, reaching over 17 million gamers in print and 11 million gamers online. The Game Group publishes magazines including Electronic Gaming Monthly, Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine, and Computer Gaming World, as well as the 1UP Network of web properties, including social networking and editorial hub 1UP.com, file download destination FileFront.com, video site GameVideos.com, news and reviews aggregator GameTab.com, and video podcast The 1UP Show.
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