Hey, What Happened?! STP 3.0!

Do things feel a little different around Slide To Play? It’s not just you.

After two months and change of frenzied development, we’ve launched a new version of the site. Yes, it may LOOK a lot like the old site we all know and love–plus some bugs we are working to resolve ASAP–but believe you me, this is not your Daddy’s STP. We’ve rebuilt the whole thing from scratch.

Our original system served us very well for four years, so why would we make such a dramatic change? Because we had to. We outgrew our setup in the fall, resulting in downtime and other assorted nastiness. All of a sudden, we felt like we were losing our grip on our mission, which is to keep you up to date on the best games for your iDevice and make the App Store a better place for everyone. Needless to say, we were bummed.

No longer. The new STP is fast, reliable, and up to date. It’s a platform primed for growth, just like the one we cover.

You may already be noticing the snappier load times and the streamlined interface… and we’re just getting started. Many more improvements are on the way in the coming days.

So, have a look around and let us know what you think in the comments. As always, STP belongs to our readers first and foremost, and we want to make this the best site it can possibly be.

  • JRaynor

    the only thing that is missing is a update to your app with a new look as well and some fixes that most of the times is crashing

    For the website it does look a more cleaner and easier on the eyes and thats always good

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507323 Steve Palley

      what device/OS are you running GF on?

      • JRaynor

        iphone 4S ios 6.0.1 the apps works well for a few days and all the suddent it starts crashing as soon as i open a article. Reinstall the app doesnt help either

        it also happens while i was on ios 5 a few months ago

  • JoelSixPack

    Congrats on the new launch! I already felt like your site was more polished and accessible than most of the competition, so I’m excited to see it get even better!

    Do you guys ever consider covering platforms other than just iOS? In particular, I would love STP to cover Android (I happen to be a proud Xperia PLAY owner), but it would be awesome if you guys also covered the more traditional Nintendo and Playstation handheld platforms.

    One of my other favorite sites besides this one is Pocketgamer because they cover pretty much the entire handheld/mobile universe, and I would personally love to see a similar approach on this site.

    Best of luck with all the new features and improvements!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507323 Steve Palley

      Thanks Joel! We’ve thought long and hard about covering other major mobile platforms, starting of course with Android, and then the Nintendo and Sony portables as well.

      The thing is that 90% of the Android games worth writing about are out first on iOS, so it’s tough to figure out how to add value there. Don’t be surprised if we move to cover Android more explicitly in the future, though, especially with the launch of Ouya, etc.

      We’ve also dabbled a bit with Vita and 3DS coverage, but we haven’t moved to establish real coverage for them yet… not because we don’t think they’re worthwhile platforms or anything like that, but simply because we can barely manage to keep up with what’s going on in the App Store!

  • Saansilt

    Um well I would like to reaport problems with the gamefinder app. Seems to nOt list anything now. No top games price drops or freebies. And the browser doesn’t fit to screen anymore. I already tried to reinstall but that didn’t work. Would STP 3.0 be th factor to this?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507323 Steve Palley

      hmmm, it could be. thanks for the bug report, we’ll look into it ASAP.

      • Saansilt

        5.1.1 Iphone 4.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507323 Steve Palley

      what device/OS are you using?

    • http://www.facebook.com/dammitthehutt Aaron Hobart

      I’d like to report problems too. No price drops or freebies. I only got the ipod back for xmas as well and probably got the app after that but the reviews are out of date as well. I suppose if the “visit stp” link was to fit to screen it does not anymore, but that does not bother me at all. Oh yeah, ipod 3rd gen.

  • http://matt-curtis.me/ Matt Curtis

    Great work guys! Love the updates.