That's right; Video Chums has been around for exactly 5 years today. Let's celebrate and play some games!
On August 25, 2014, I launched Video Chums with 5 reviews and 3 top 10 lists after months of developing the site to load lightning fast and be visually appealing. Speaking of which, I implemented random colour palettes to reflect the variety of both games and gamers. Just refresh this page and see for yourself! Anyway, I made Video Chums because I wanted to create a fun place for gamers to visit without any clickbait pieces or divisive content. Over the years, I've met tons of great chums including our writers, visitors, and folks in the gaming industry. Since day one, I've strived to make every visitor feel welcome even if they disagree with us because I enjoy talking with people whether we agree or not. As a result, I've had some fantastic chats with our visitors and learned a lot through them.
Shortly after launching Video Chums, I wanted to make the site stand out so I developed a fun personality quiz in the form of Which Super Smash Bros. Character Are You? It took a surprising amount of time and effort to create and I didn't think that it would take off but as of writing this, it's been completed 263,130 times. I was shocked that it went viral the day after I published it and since then, I've been trying to expand Video Chums in fun and interesting ways. Thankfully, our talented writers take some of the pressure off me by contributing oodles of top-notch original content that I'm extremely grateful for.
Aside from the Super Smash Bros. quiz and a handful of other personality quizzes, I adapted the quiz system to create video game trivia quizzes, we started running giveaways, I write a silly April Fools article every year, we give out GOTY Awards, I write and compile short indie game reviews via Rapid Fire Reviews, we invite folks to contribute to discussions with our Round Tables, and our Versus pieces allow anyone to vote on their favourite games in 1-on-1 matches. What will we think of next? Seriously, I have no idea.
Before wrapping this short celebratory article up, I want to wholeheartedly thank everyone who has ever visited Video Chums or worked with us in any capacity. I created this site out of nothing and our community developed it into something truly special.