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HUGE: Destructoid rolls out ad-free memberships

1:00 AM on 09.08.2013 // Niero Desu
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Automatic contest entries, discounts, responsive mobile site, and new video shows

Many of you had said that you enjoy what we do, but you don't enjoy ads.  We get that.

Likewise, we wish we could just concentrate on chasing the best stories, not pageviews.

We want to offer more, but also respect our readership too much to block access to our archives behind a paywall.  Let's try something else: I've built up the courage to ask if our readers are crazy enough to support us directly instead of relying on the ad industry at all.

With members' support we can pump the breaks on trying to load up quick-hit galleries and build more long-form interesting content about the biggest stories in gaming: the investigative, humorous, and critical work you really come here for.

We want our readers to be the boss of us. Today we announce HUGE. Come take a quick tour:

Your HUGE Membership Pass will give you access to not one but all FOUR of our websites ad-free.  You also get a bunch of new perks, which we'll detail below.

With ads gone we're free to break out advertising-specified page widths and give you an incredibly responsive mobile site that you can try right now from your smartphone.

 

Want to ask us hard questions in real time after a review score is published?  You will: we're building live shows around top stories as they happen, right on our home page, where we will be calling out comments from you.

 

Want perks?  We've got them - and a PERKS dashboard helps you keep track of them.

Want automatic contest entries?  Done - your odds of winning just went up by 400% -- now you're entered to win across all four of our websites.

Want to surf our site in an unconventional way?  Let's build it.  Check out GoogToid - a theme for premium members that looks like Google's Gmail. Yep, that's our home page.  We built it as a joke to fool your boss, but its actually a nice efficient way to read the site.

How about 25% off our Merchandise?  Check out the new shop.destructoid.com:

And of course, badges and status are added to your profile. Here's a screenshot of the first guy to sign up, all the way from Norway!

This is a huge experiment and departure for us, and we'd love to know what the early adopters think.  Check it out!

Tech note: After you checkout you'll need to login and out to enjoy benefits. Adblock and Ghostery users: Allow the * cookie wildcards: *.tinypass.com and *.destructoid.com cookies to enable benefits.



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