Monday, November 1, 2010

About Uncle Squirrely

Uncle Squirrely is live now and it's high time for an official explanation for the site.

Uncle Squirrely fills a need I have.  I like my video games cheap.  I also like them to be fairly recent.  I built Uncle Squirrely for that reason.  It makes it easy to find games that have come down in price but are still recent.  In effect, it's a second run movie theater for games.

One of the defining features of the site is what it sells.  The rules for inclusion are simple.  The game has to be under fifty dollars if it's an X Box 360 or Playstation 3 title.  It has to be under forty if it's for the Wii. If it doesn't meet those criteria, you won't find it here.

Simplicity is another key feature.  Things like “Show Latest Price Drops” and “Show Cheapest” order the games exactly as advertised.  Browsing titles is as simple as browsing your local Gamestop.

Another defining feature of Uncle Squirrely is Chaos TV.  This link shows up with every title and pulls and plays a random game video from Youtube.  It might be informative or it might be irrelevant.  Heck, it might even Rick Roll you in some cases.  All in all, Chaos TV adds an element of fun and surprise to the game shopping experience.

But the most important feature is the fact that it really does work.  With the help of this site, I bought Bioshock 2 and Assassin's Creed 2 for just over sixty dollars.  The latter title I got new after finding out the price recently dropped to $29.99.  Even on days I'm not in the market for a new game, Chaos TV is always a fun distraction.

Now that the site is live, the main goal is to maintain it and make it even better.  It might lead to a profitable business or it might just be a showcase to a prospective employer to what I can do.  But, come what may, the journey has been absolutely worth it.

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