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Welcome, we hope you enjoy your time on our little slice of the Internet. You may be wondering what Vortainment is and what the site is all about. If you are, then you are most definitely in the right place as this page is all ABOUT what Vortainment is about.

From April 2011 until May 2018, we were known as Vortex Effect. Then the domain wasn’t renewed by the domain owner, and we lost the site. Some dweeb bought the domain and has used it to repost our content along with a bunch of spam crap. Whatever.

Now, we’re known as Vortainment.

What Is “Vortainment?”

Vortainment itself is a made up word comprised of one part old-name (VORtex Effect) and one part what we talk about (enterTAINMENT). Thusly, Vortainment is “a vortex of entertainment.” Gaming, wrestling, movies, television, books, sports… whatever we want to write about.

With that said, we are, first and foremost, a video game blog with a focus on Destiny 2. We got pigeon-holed into Destiny 2 because that’s what most folks come to the site for and we have embraced it.

That doesn’t mean we don’t cover other stuff though, we do and lots of it. Vortainment is much more of an opinionated gaming site; an independent alternative to the corporate “mainstream” gaming sites that hype up games with previews and recycle press releases. We’re also non-PC, non-SJW and so there’s your trigger warning if you need one.

But we’re not an extension of publishers peddling garbage to you. We deal very little with publishers and PR in general; our job doesn’t entail rewording or just flat out posting press releases. Besides, why waste our time doing that when big gaming sites do that and get all the visitors?

We review games and write opinion pieces. But we also review movies, books, and other products. We cover wrestling with reviews and opinion pieces, show previews, and sometimes wrestling news. We’re also moving into other fields of original content, like video content (subscribe to us on YouTube) and live streaming games on Twitch (follow us here). Podcasts are a possibility in the future.

About Vortainment.com

The site itself, as you know it here, was founded in April 2011 when I (Gary/PatriotPaine) left my main page position as a wrestling columnist for LordsOfPain.net to start my own site. But the community behind Vortainment resides down in our official forums (register and join the discussion!), which date back all the way to August 2004… so yeah, this community is over a decade old now. Perhaps you heard of one of our previous names: Wrestling Matters, United Wrestling Front / The Movie Matinee, HeelZone, or more likely Vortex Effect.

We’re a laid back kind of site. I know, that probably bothers some people who think everything needs to be professionally done or whatever, but that’s just how we roll.

No one here pretends to be an authority on anything; we’re just gamers who like to talk about gaming.

You’ll find that we have times where there are a bunch of updates a day followed by periods of times where there might be only one or two things posted a week. Again, we do it for the fun and when we have something to say.

We do things our own way, and really that’s how everyone should do things. You’ll either like us or you won’t, either way is fine and we won’t be changing it up regardless. We’re laid back here, maybe too laid back, but we are what we are and we aren’t changing.

Contact Us And Get Social

If you’ve ever considered writing about video games or wrestling, drop us a line and a writing sample through our contact page. We’re always looking for guys and gals who can offer fresh content (even non-gaming related) to the site. The only thing we require is the ability to write. All positions are unpaid of course (we’re on WordPress.com at the moment after all, so none of us are making anything off of this site), but if you’re dedicated and do well you very well may receive some games/materials to review.

You can check out the full breakdown of our five star review scale, as well as our review guidelines, by clicking here. Also, unlike most gaming sites, we have an Ethics Statement which you can read here.

If you are an independent game developer or publisher, feel free to contact us through the above linked contact page. We’re definitely open to talking about your game provided it seems interesting to us.

If you like us, do us a favor and follow us (on WordPress.com) or subscribe to our RSS… nothing makes us happier than seeing that we have a new follower (well maybe if you engage with us respectfully in the comments and the forums, we love that too!).

While you’re at, we’re all over social media so be sure to follow/subscribe/like or whatever else you want to call it on the social media platforms listed below.

Follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/Vortainment  
Like us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/Vortainment/
Subscribe to us on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLbCzrfWTmGzYM7WEiEWCng
Follow us on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/PatriotPaineTV

5 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Sam Leung – London, United Kingdom – Hi! I'm Sam and I'm in publisher relations/business development for a UK games studio called Climax (we made 2 of the Silent Hill games). As I don't have much of a life, I also like to write about games and record gameplay videos in my free time. Check it out! For more info, see my About Me page.
    Sam Leung says:

    I nominated you guys for the One Lovely Blog Award, because you’re awesome! Here be the details: http://cheeesetoastieandvideogames.com/2013/08/12/one-lovely-blog-award/#more-1546

  2. Sam Leung – London, United Kingdom – Hi! I'm Sam and I'm in publisher relations/business development for a UK games studio called Climax (we made 2 of the Silent Hill games). As I don't have much of a life, I also like to write about games and record gameplay videos in my free time. Check it out! For more info, see my About Me page.
    Sam Leung says:

    I nominated you for the Blog of the Year Award! The details can be found here: http://cheeesetoastieandvideogames.com/2013/12/12/big-news-and-blogger-of-the-year-and-sunshine-blogger-awards/

    1. Gary Smith – PatriotPaine is Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Vortainment. He's usually posting news and reviews, and doing all the back end stuff as well. He likes to play video games, watch movies, wrestling and college football (Roll Tide Roll).
      Gary Smith says:

      Awesome, thanks so much Sam!

      1. Sam Leung – London, United Kingdom – Hi! I'm Sam and I'm in publisher relations/business development for a UK games studio called Climax (we made 2 of the Silent Hill games). As I don't have much of a life, I also like to write about games and record gameplay videos in my free time. Check it out! For more info, see my About Me page.
        Sam Leung says:

        No problem! You deserve it. :)

  3. BadPiggie123 – Hello! I'm BadPiggie123, owner of PlaystationGamr and GamrPics, two websites dedicated to video games. PlaystationGamr is a great blog, bringing you Playstation news, reviews, previews, and opinions. GamrPics, is a website full of video game screenshot collections. In addition to my websites, I have a Youtube channel, Silent But Deadly, for no-commentary gaming vids. Go check it out! I'm a big gamer, specifically on Playstation platforms. Thanks for viewing my profile!
    BadPiggie123 says:

    Great site! I’m working on a gaming blog I just started and I found this blog and its really great! Keep up the great work!

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