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New Beginnings and an Introduction (or two)

By , on March 31, 2011

Over the last year I've had the immense pleasure of creating content for you, the readers, however those of you who follow AppSpy may have noticed a significant gap in our production. If you happened to follow AppSpy's other social feeds you may know that due to circumstances outside of my grasp this project had to cease and as such I had to be let go.

First things first, I should thank those that sent their support - I really enjoy making these reviews and it's great to know that they're enjoyed equally by our readers.

I say 'our' as AppSpy has now transitioned to a new company and you'll be seeing some new faces on the site and we'll be working on getting things moving again while focusing on the quality video reviews you've come to expect over the last year. As for changes, you'll notice more news posts, editorial pieces and video content along with other more obvious changes such as advertising. We're hoping to make this one of the (if not the) best App review resources available on the 'net, so get set for bigger and better things.

There is bound to be a transition period where everyone works to adjust to the style of the site, but as always feel free to send some feedback to andrewn@appspy.com if there's anything askew.

On a personal note, I must say that I'm excited to be working on AppSpy again and I look forward to creating more videos for the site.

Cheerfully your contributor once again,

//Andrew Nesvadba


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Aesop 3 years, 4 months ago

Hey Andrew,
Just showing my support. I'm a content manager for a little app portal, and throughout my daily web expeditions I've found you are the first and only person who's managed to nail a perfect format of succinct, intelligent game reviews.
I don't know how major media outlets haven't snatched you up already.
Side note: I think all reviews should also be in iTunes as podcasts, and I hope AppSpy dips its toes in general app reviews, beyond games. (Please never stop reviewing games.)
Also, would love to help your corner of awesome in whatever way possible, so this place can sustain itself. Hit me up if so inclined.
Good luck!

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rekz 3 years, 5 months ago

Good news & welcome back!  I hope appspy can learn from the competition (TouchArcade, etc) & start making a USER REVIEW & USER RANKING area!  Also forums might be helpful for you to get more traffic.  That said, your site is generally the one I look to for reviews -- even thoug I often disagree on the review.
rekzkarz.com

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andrew 3 years, 5 months ago

For sure - the new company will be considering what to do over the next month or so; while I'm in no position to provide promises, the community is welcome to provide ideas on what they'd like out of the site. First and foremost the site has to be financially viable (as is the mandate of any successful business), but without you - our readers - it'll never be successful, so there's give and take involved ;)

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ahmer 3 years, 5 months ago

Greetings from India, this it the best review site for iOS games, and i'm a big fan of your reviews. It is great to have you back :)

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Oriental 3 years, 5 months ago

this is site is probably the best reviewer of iphone games.
I always consider your reviews before buying anything. And you never dissapoint me.
I dont always 100% agree with you guys but you are the best i found so far.
Keep up the good work. thx from europe...

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andrew 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm glad you don't always agree with my reviews - I love it when people seriously consider the reviews as it helps to shape a stronger opinion of what they do and don't like (gaming-wise). Thanks for the support!

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Oriental 3 years, 5 months ago

I think this site is far better than any others. Here if you give a 5, i might think its a 4 but not a huge difference (matter of taste anyway...). Other sites driving me crazy when i have a crapy game that i would give a 1 or 2 and they rate as the best game ever 4-5 stars and vice versa. On this site never happened...
Example: Chaos rings was the game of the year here. I didnt wanna buy it 'cause its not cheap and many big sites said its not that good game anyway (3-4 starts). Then I saw it was game of the year  on appspy and bought it. Thats my best game ever on iphone :)))

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mr_wexer 3 years, 5 months ago

Welcome back A. Lets hope the new dawn brings lots of great games\reviews :)  

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kpintelo 3 years, 5 months ago

I absolutely love your reviews. There is nothing on the web that makes such a good reviews as you do :)
I hope that the transition will bring even more reviews than before. Maybe, some ipad apps, which are currently missing :)

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robleokin 3 years, 5 months ago

Welcome back, Andrew!
 
I hope you enjoy doing these reviews as much as we all enjoy hearing them.
Your reviews are a class act, and I hope things go well for the company.

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FalloutNewVegas 3 years, 5 months ago

Whatever anyone says you are the best resource for app info reviews and you'll continue to be. If AppSpy was gone there would be a gap in my life (as dramatic as it sounds its true).
Other than that I don't have much else to say but good luck and I'll always follow your reviews and I'm sure everyone else will too.

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andrew 3 years, 5 months ago

<3 y'all - thanks for the support!
 
As for what happened - it's not really my place to discuss the details, but essentially the company that created AppSpy was unable to continue the project as they had other sites to concentrate on. The site was subsequently acquired by another company and they gave me the opportunity to continue creating content - so here I am again ;)

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3greviews 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm glad you're back.
What exactly was happening? Did you guys get acquired?
I've been watching since october 2009, with my first video being gomi, when it had 50 views ;)
Appspy for life! :)

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iphoner 3 years, 5 months ago

well im really excited about this (not to mention NOVA Elite) but it would be a terible shame to have such a great site degenerate into the mindless babble you see on most reveiw sites these days. keep it honest, and the site will continue to flourish.

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GiHubb 3 years, 5 months ago

Can't wait for more reviews from you Andrew, you're definitely the best iOS reviewer out there and you've single handedly made AppSpy my favorite iOS reviews site. I'm a fan! :)

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DatMatt 3 years, 5 months ago

Thank goodness you're back!  I was so afraid that I had lost my favorite app review site when the reviews stopped coming for a week.  I'm looking forward to seeing the new site and can't wait to see the new reviews coming in!

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nachotay 3 years, 5 months ago

Andrew!Andrew!Andrew! I scoured the internet for a great app review site for quite some time untill I found App Spy a few weeks ago. I was devastated when I found out you had been let go.  I am so very excited that you are back and will be able to continue to do reviews. I love everything about this site and I am pumped to see that there will be more news content.  Keep up the good work!

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xalassa 3 years, 5 months ago

I am excited to see the new AppSpy!!!

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zacardinals 3 years, 5 months ago

THANK YOU SO MUCH ANDREW!!!!!! I was scared because i thought you left AppSpy!! So Glad you came back because AppSpy's the only review site I'll go to. Please review Mission Europa!!! Youve already done a preview for it!!!

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talugo 3 years, 5 months ago

Great to know what's going on, we were all scared to lose our app resource. While I am happy to see the site continue, I hope nothing but the best for you Andrew. Being one of the prominent reviewers of the site, we have come to know your voice and appreciate your Aussie humor (or humour) and honesty. I am excited to see the new AppSpy.

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jonny 3 years, 5 months ago

I've really enjoyed the reviews on this site. Thank you for your hard work.
 
I also want to say that I hope this site stays devoted to reviews (honest ones at that) and doesn't become a copy of TouchArcade. I came to AppSpy because I was sick of the "reviews" on that site, because they were shallow and transparent attempts to get readers to buy apps (often ignoring, exlcuding mention of, or downplaying amazingly problematic aspects of a game).

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andrew 3 years, 5 months ago

For now I don't think we're going to be making any changes to the review format, at least not where the video reviews are concerned. Once everyone is settled in it's possible others may be able to write content for the video production (much like the early days of the site), but I don't think you'll have any problems with the honesty - as long as our viewers remain active we'll always know when we've stepped over the line ;)

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thicky 3 years, 5 months ago

Woohoo! :D