Defunct Games started its life on April 1st, 2001. Like most young video game websites Defunct Games began its journey with hard news and a devotion towards classic gaming. But one day Defunct Games was scared straight and realized that its future lay in cheap jokes at other peoples expense, opinionated articles, and other content that will surely kill all the remaining brain cells you happen to have left. Here we are 15 years later and Defunct Games is still bringing you the most unique video game coverage on the planet, with a number of popular shows, hundreds of reviews, and more stupid one-liners than you can shake an E.T. cartridge at.
The Defunct Games of today is proud to bring you a new article every MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY. You will also find recent reviews on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS. On top of that load we are proud to offer at least four classic reviews every weekend, TWO ON SATURDAY and TWO ON SUNDAY. For the people that need something every hour of the day, Defunct Games also offers a NEWS FEED. Voice your opinion on the controversial topics we discuss, bitch about the site, or go completely off topic and spam us with adverts for Prozac and Viagra. Go ahead, I dare you!
This is Defunct Games and we're here to answer any question you might have about our site. Unlike GameSpot, IGN and all those other mainstream sites, Defunct Games rewards its users for digging as deep as they can for the thousands of articles found on the site. No really, we actually do reward you; check out THIS PAGE for more information. Anyway, while the sun is still up let's get a few of these burning questions out of the way.
Who Writes For Defunct Games?
Defunct Games is the brainchild of writer (and life long gamer) Cyril Lachel, a video game journalist who has been looking at the video games industry for more than a decade. Cyril brings his own unique spin on the industry and what he thinks of the games, the systems you play them on, and the people that make them. He's sometimes controversial, but Cyril keeps the site updated with REGULAR UPDATES and NEWS POSTS. Join him as he takes his adventure through a strange industry that is only getting stranger by the minute.
Along with Cyril you can find a whole group of people who currently write (or have written) for Defunct Games. I hate to exclude people so I won't name them all here, but look for the entire cast of characters on the Defunct Games front page. We suggest viewing each of their personal pages and getting to know each and every one of them, that way you will know who you like the most and be excited when they contribute to the site (or disappointed when they don't)!
Why Do We Need Another Video Game Website?
In this day and age we don't! But what do we care? Defunct Games has been around since 2001, we're one of the oldest independently run video game websites on the internet. But Defunct Games is different from all those new video game websites and blogs, we deliver content you just won't find anywhere else. When we're not laughing at BAD ADVERTISING and COMPLAINING ABOUT THE STATE OF THE VIDEO GAMES INDUSTRY, we're talking about FAKE GAMES and holding the media responsible! EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK Defunct Games brings you the type of article you won't get on any other website or magazine.
What Do You Mean By Guerilla Gaming?
The internet moves extremely fast; it's always going and will never stand still long enough for us to worry about getting something as silly as permission. Defunct Games readily admits to stealing pictures and artwork from hundreds (if not thousands) of sites all over the internet. And you know what? We don't feel bad about it! Unlike most online publications that rob other websites, Defunct Games is not here to inform you about any news. We're not here to be your source for the newest pictures, videos or most up to date interviews. Defunct Games is here to offer you a unique take on the industry, we're here to make you smile when all the fanboys are getting you down. So go ahead and email me if you feel like we've stolen your picture or artwork, but I'm just warning you right now, I'm not going to feel bad about it.
You Have a Lot of Reviews, What Systems Do You Cover?
For six years Defunct Games has been all about bringing you non-stop reviews of classic video games. If it's for a forgotten system then chances are we cover it. Between all of the consoles made by Sega, Nintendo, SNK and Atari, we offer more than 800 reviews. And that's not all; each review comes with its own picture archive so you can see exactly what we're talking about. Currently Defunct Games covers 18 different old school consoles: SNK Neo Geo, SNK Neo Geo Pocket, Nintendo Virtual Boy, Sega 32X, Sega CD, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, Atari Jaguar, Atari Lynx, TurboDuo, Nintendo 64DD, Sega Game Gear, WonderSwan, Sega Master System, NEC Super Grafx, 3DO and the CD-i!
But what about the Genesis, Super NES and PlayStation? Aren't those systems defunct? You better believe it, but currently we only look at systems that we feel never had a chance to succeed. That is to say, if you look at a system like the Nintendo 64DD or Atari Jaguar, both of these systems were killed for one reason or another. All of the systems we support are what you might consider to be the underdog, they never received a lot of respect when they were first available and they are still forced to prove themselves.
But contrary to the name Defunct Games, we aren't only about out of date consoles. Recently we started posting reviews of games on current generation consoles. Now we aren't only about the Jaguar, Neo Geo and Dreamcast, we also support all of the major (and minor) consoles trying to make it in the industry. So don't be surprised, depending on what day of the week you show up you can expect to see reviews on these current generation consoles: Microsoft Xbox 360, Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Game Boy Advance, and the Personal Computer.
TUESDAY: 1 Current Generation Review THURSDAY: 1 Current Generation Review SATURDAY: 2 Classic Console Reviews SUNDAY: 2 Classic Console Reviews
What Are All Those Shows Listed on the Site?
A lot of websites have a couple of special features that they like to go back to on a frequent basis, Defunct Games does one better by featuring over a dozen completely different shows. These shows deal with all kinds of different themes, ranging from reviewing video game characters (PLAYER SELECT) to talking about bad advertising (COMMERCIAL BREAK) to looking at 17 years worth of Rumors from Electronic Gaming Monthly (THEY SAID WHAT?!?). You may not like every show on Defunct Games, but with so much variety chances are you'll enjoy something we've featured.
Along with these different shows we also have a couple of Game Shows that are worth paying attention to. SERVICE GAMING: THE SHOW has you figuring out if random gamers get answers right or wrong! CONTINUE: THE GAME has you matching up games, magazines, and even popular characters with the appropriate years. Do you have what it takes to make it to the high scores page? Find out when you tune in to both of our exciting game shows!
UPDATE: Recently Defunct Games has expanded its focus by including an Audio/Video Club. If you find that you're sick of sitting there reading Defunct Games then I recommend you check out either our official audio podcast (RADIO FREE GAMING) or our very special television network (DGC ON DEMAND). Regardless of whether you're in the mood for audio or video you can't go wrong with Defunct Games, all of our features offer unique content you just won't get on other sites. And that's not just me saying that, our audio/video features are often the most popular shows on the website. Find out what all the fuss is about when you go and watch (or listen) to them for yourself!
Is That All I Need to Know?
I'll be honest with you, I could probably spend the next three hours telling you everything about Defunct Games, but nobody would want to listen to that. For the mean time this is all you need to know going into our wonderful web site, but that doesn't mean there won't be a few surprises. If you feel we missed a question or want an answer to one of your burning queries, make sure and EMAIL ME with your ideas and comments. We'll be back to update this section as we see fit, especially if you guys email us a lot of really good questions. But strapped with all of this knowledge you should have no problem figuring out just what the hell Defunct Games is. Now start your Defunct Games adventure and welcome to our video game website.
The Official Defunct Games Schedule
At first it may look like Defunct Games is nothing but a bunch of chaos. New fans may wonder if there's any rhyme or reason to this site. But I assure you that there is. We have exciting content going up every single day, and the sooner you know what is going on the better it is for everybody. So follow me as I explain what you can expect on each of the seven days of the week ...
MONDAY: New Show Article TUESDAY: Current Generation Review WEDNESDAY: New Show Article THURSDAY: This Week in Defunct Games FRIDAY: New Show Article SATURDAY: Classic Console Reviews SUNDAY: Classic Console Reviews
NOTE: While this is the schedule, there will be times when we skip an update for whatever reason. During the slow months you may find that we don't have two current generation reviews a week, and from time to time we will miss offering a new show article. But the good news is that we rarely go more than one or two days without an article, so make sure and check back every single day so that you never miss anything on Defunct Games!
Are You Looking For Any Outside Help?
Defunct Games is always interested in hearing from people who have ideas for articles or want to join our review staff. So If you don't mind working for no money and getting almost no credit, then we want to hear from you. I suggest you find your way over to our woefully out of date JOB OPPORTUNITIES section, there you will find out what we're looking for and whether or not you have what it takes to join the ranks of Defunct Games.
But maybe you don't want to work for Defunct Games. Maybe you just want to send over some ideas for Top 10 Lists or Freeze Frames. If that's the case and you just want to help us come up with articles then I strongly suggest you send me an EMAIL and tell me what's on your mind. Who knows, maybe we'll use your idea on Defunct Games. It's all up to you, contacting us is the easy part.
How Do I Advertise On Defunct Games?
Every week we get emails asking about linking sites and buying space for advertising, but Defunct Games is not for sale! If you're another website that wants to share links make sure and EMAIL ME with your site and we'll make sure and add it in the DEFUNCT GAMES NEWS. Defunct Games is always open to linking other sites and having them link us, the more people that know about this site the better.
On the other hand, if you're looking to buy ad space on Defunct Games, I suggest you best go looking elsewhere. Defunct Games is not interested in your company putting game adverts, movie posters, or anything else on our site. While all those other websites pride themselves on their advertising, Defunct Games wants to have as little to do with that as possible. This is one site that will not be littered with advertising, and I think our readers appreciate it.