Anniversary: A word from the editor (plus: giveaway!)

December 3, 2012

Ten years.

I’ve been lucky enough to be around for almost six of them, but even from the inside, it’s an impressive number. The site was started by four guys in San Antonio before it was common to set out on your own like that, writing about games you love under a united banner with a common goal.

The media environment is way more fragmented these days, and we’ve certainly reconfigured ourselves a few times to find a place for us in the changing landscape. I hope we’ve been successful.

In many ways, though, that’s not what matters.

We all volunteer our efforts around here, and we do it because we love it. We love playing games, sure, but more importantly we love writing about them, sharing our passion and insight and hopefully helping others to enjoy this hobby as much as we do. I know I’m most excited when I open writers’ stories, because each comes from a place of admiration and respect for the medium. Some days I’ll hear from a reader who feels the same way. Those are the best days. Even if I never heard from a single person, though, even in a vacuum: I’d still be doing this. I can’t not.

I have to thank Chris Rasco for everything he does for the site. He mostly operates behind the scenes these days, so you readers don’t get to see him much, but he’s been keeping the site online and moving forward since, well, 2002. There’s a reason these sites are usually run by huge teams of full-time talent: there’s a lot to do. We have Chris, using his precious spare moments.

I couldn’t keep this place going without Andrew Passafiume and Shawn Vermette, both of whom I’m sure could use a break. (Sorry, guys. Not happening.) Chris Ingersoll and Justin Last are two of the most reliable guys I’ve ever met, always coming through when I need them to. Eric Albuen and Jeff DeSolla make the site a much more comprehensive, well-rounded place, covering some things we couldn’t otherwise. We’ve been joined this year by Henry Skey, Chris Dominowski, Erik Twice and Lucas White, and each of them brings such an energy and enthusiasm to their work. Our voices are stronger and clearer than ever, while avoiding the common pitfall of relying on vitriol and snark.

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be celebrating what we think we do best: insightful pieces on various aspects of the game world. We’re bringing back a few dormant features, talking with the founders about the early days and, oh yeah, bringing you some well-crafted reviews while we’re at it. (Well, some of them are well-crafted. The rest of them were written by me. I hope you like those too.)

Mostly, though, we’re going to keep at what has made this place our home for a decade. We don’t plan on stopping. With your support, we’ll never have to.

Thanks for everything.

- Graham

As part of our anniversary festivities, we’re giving away a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360), and there are two ways to enter!

The rules are as always:

  • You must live in the U.S. or Canada. (Sorry, but overseas shipping is a killer.)
  • Make a comment on this post for one entry.
  • Retweet the contest link on Twitter for another entry.
  • Contest ends at noon Eastern on December 7.

We’ll draw a random winner from all the entries on the 7th and post it here. Wondering how it is? Read our review. We’ll also have a few more giveaways over the next two weeks from our @SBGCommunity Twitter account. Don’t miss ‘em!

{ 56 comments }

Michael R. December 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I’ve never actually been to this site before surprisingly, but would love to win this game to give my brother for christmas. Anyway thanks for the contest and I’ll dig around the site a little big :D

Zac December 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Thanks for the chance!

Here from CAG UN: HYDFDEMON

MiXmAsTaRoB December 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Congrats on 10 Years and thanks for the chance..

Robert Boutwell December 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Would be awesome to win this, can afford to buy it atm, I hope I win!!

Alphanoon December 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Happy 10 year anniversary! You guys keep rockin.

Dishinshoryuken December 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Glad to see some things last long in this world of ours.

Congrats on making it to the DECADE of being. Impressive indeed.

Keep on doing what you all do and enjoy it as well.

BO2 would be pretty nice ta win just in time for the holidays.

Johnnieholic December 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm

happy 10 yrs. i would love to win this.

Jakob Main December 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Thanks for the giveaway you guys rock! Happy 10th anniversary!

Chad December 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm

10 years is a great milestone, something to be proud of! Congrats and here’s to 10+ more!

Juan Sanchez December 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I have to say, most sites hardly even make a year. You have done x10 that and still a huge success. I salute you for that. Congrats on 10 years Snackbar Games!

@liljrSanchez

Ciara Weaver December 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Congrats! That is such a wonderful feeling!

@CherryRasulka

Josh December 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Congratulations on such a long run and success to you in the future. 10 years in this business is an accomplishment! @MrNerveDamage

Will December 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Congrats! and thanks for the contest!

CAG: lilmidget144

Rob Hestar December 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Wow 10 years that’s awesome,congrats!!!!! Here’s to another 50 years when you’ll be old & your old in bed still playing/reviewing games like super mario galaxy 54 and Final Fantasy 3,400 :P

CAG:Hestar

Twitter:Hestar69

SNEEKZONER December 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Happy 10 years and thanks for the chance to win the game.

Here’ from CAG name on there is SNEEKZONER

George Kot December 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Congratulations on the 10 year Anniversary! Hopefully another 10 more years will unfold for the website’s future.

ilRadd December 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm

New to the site – congrats on your 10th Anniversary!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Twitter: @ilRadd

David Gibson December 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I’m liking the site so far. First time here. Congrats on the 10 years!

Thanks for the chance.

(I’m pseudonem @ CAG)!

PinkPekinDuck December 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Thank you for opportunity to win from Snackbar-Games.Com

Twitter – @nai13omb

ugojj1818 December 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm

cool!

CAG:ugojj1818

twitter:ugojj1818

Ben December 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Congrats on the anniversary! Hopefully many more to come!

Also thanks for the chance to win BLOPS 2. I entered on twitter as well.

@sweeneyben

Matt December 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm

10 years is a big deal. Congrats.

DrPixel December 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Woo! Thank you very much, and congrats on the big 10! :D

MaleGamer December 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Happy Decade and thanks. If I win, this will be the first Call of Duty that I own.

darklurkr23 December 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Can’t honestly say I’ve been here for 10 years, but glad that you guys have been alive that long! :D
Happy Anniversary
@Darklurkr23

nicole diaz December 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Thank you so much for this opportunity. I would love to win but best luck to everyone :)

Phoenix Bauer December 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Congrats on the decade of awesomeness!

Also thanks for the giveaway!

archangelreb December 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Congrats on a decade man that’s a great accomplishment. Here’s to 10 more!!!

@archangelreb

Garrett December 3, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Happy 10 years! Good luck in the future!

Twitter: @garrettyu

Bent 00 December 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Happy 10th Anniversary! Must be nice to do work that you love.

Thanks for the contest – I’m Bent 00 from CAG.

TommyLove December 3, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Thanks for the giveaway!

tisarchangel December 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm

amazing just amazing to last in this hard market good job guys and keep on truckin
and hey my twitter is @mjolnirhero

Michael D. December 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Thanks! I live in the u.s.
@Xuang9

Scott December 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Hooray stuff and things.

Bennihana December 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Awesome site and thanks for the chance!

Austin Baroudi December 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I want to plat this so bad!!! Thanks so much for the chance!

Austin Baroudi December 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Retweeted the contest tweet @Austieb7

Kikyou1 December 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Hey guys congratulations on the anniversary. Thanks for sharing the fun with the contest.

Retweeted @Kikyouwuv.

Also much love to CAG for giving us so many opportunities to win stuff.

Doug M. December 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Contest on ten years, here to ten more.
CAG: Vermontffl
@Demanofsteel

Gram December 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Congratulations on 1o years!

Twitter: @Gram_Cracker

Kais Mustafa December 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Thanks for the awesome contest, and congratulations on your 1 year!

Retweeted as kmustafa27, from CAG!

volcombrandon December 3, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Never been to this website before but looks really awesome!! Happy 10 year and here’s to 10 more!! congrats guys

Twitter: @volcombrandon
Cag: Volcombrandon

Thanks again!

Robert December 3, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Congratulations to Graham to his nearly 6yrs, and to SnackbarGames for its 10yrs.
CAG: betobuster
@betobuster435

Thad Whithed December 4, 2012 at 5:52 am

Congratulations on the 10 years! and thanks for the contest.

sippycupz December 4, 2012 at 8:53 am

Congrats on the 10 years. It’s always nice to get to do what you love with people you really like. Good luck.

CAG: sippycupz
Twitter: @shast_one

BronsonsArmor December 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

Great article!! Saving up to buy my own copy of black ops 2 so I can stop hogging my friends copies! Also thanks for the contest opportunity!

Brandon December 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Cool site guys!

Large Professor December 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Congratulations on th ten years, Snackbar is consistently one of my favorite gaming sites when it comes to quality of reviews, and this current layout is fantastic.

@Tigerdiger

JohnReman December 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm

let me win

@Temukijin

Jragon December 4, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Congrats on 10 years! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

Twitter: Jragon

Fred December 5, 2012 at 12:51 am

Wow congrats on 10 years, thats quite an achievement!
If you guys have been around so long where have I been?
Well Im following on twitter now as @downsouthtigger
hopefully more good stuff to come.

JD B December 5, 2012 at 5:21 am

Thanks for the chance and congrats.

@mysticfail

aznxchunky December 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm

congrats and thanks for the chance
@aznxchunky
Cag:mowmow

Graham Russell December 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm

The winner is Twitter user @downsouthtigger. Thanks, everyone, for entering and reading!

Fred December 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Wow thank you guys very much! I missed out on blops cause I couldnt afford it, so very excited to play blops 2!

ilRadd December 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Congrats