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IGF Chairman Launches Subscription-Based Indie Games Site ‘Venus Patrol’

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Posted on September 10, 2012 AT 12:05pm

Following a very successful Kickstarter campaign, indie gaming website “Venus Patrol” has officially opened its doors to commenters and the general public. Originally, it all started as spin-off content.

As Venus Patrol’s newest blog post notes, the history of Venus Patrol actually dates back roughly four years.

IGF chairman Brandon Boyer is largely responsible for the project’s cohesion, as the idea of Venus Patrol was carried over from “Offworld”—a mini-site within the Boing Boing network:

Just under four years ago, I teamed up with the crew at Boing Boing to launch Offworld, a site about independent videogame culture (and the direct ancestor of Venus Patrol itself) that, if absolutely nothing else, brought focus to my own life that working to bring the best of independent gaming to a wider audience was exactly what I needed to be doing.

Venus Patrol is interestingly trying a subscription-based system, where people can pay $3 a month (or $25 a year) to comment on articles and receive exclusive content. Aside from subscriptions, Venus Patrol will also host advertisements, all of which will likely go towards funding the website, its editors, and perks much like the backer bonuses from the original Kickstarter tiers.

For an idea of the content you can expect to see, check the link here, which highlights over 2000 posts from Offworld. Impressively, it dates all the way back to a 2008 post about Tim Schafer’s original Grim Fandango designs.

Source: Venus Patrol

McKinley Noble, Contributing Editor
McKinley Noble has been writing about video games for seven years as a blogger and journalist, with each job adding to his painstakingly alphabetized collection of retro gaming memorabilia. When not cracking jokes about the gaming industry, he's a talking encyclopedia when it comes to mixed martial arts and anything MMA related. Follow him on Twitter: @KenTheGreat1. Meet the rest of the crew.

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