About Game Quotes
Currently there are 1125 quotes in 509 games.
The history of the site
Game Quotes was launched back in 2013 as a small side project. At that time there was a site similar to what Game Quotes is now: an archive of funny, inspiring or awfully weird quotes from video games. I loved browsing through the archives, but the site seemed abandoned, as no new quotes were added over months. Today, the old archive is gone and with it a hand full of great content. Besides that archive, there was no other place on the internet where you could find curated quotes from video games.
Knowing that I had found a great project to work on, I decided to start small with the German-only version of the site: Game Zitate. Based on Wordpress, I was able to quickly put up a website containing some quotes I had collected in the previous months before the launch. The following picture shows how this site containing some quotes from video games looked like.
I worked on this site for quite some time until I noticed that Wordpress wasn't the right platform to publish videogame quotes. Wordpress was way more limited that it is now, and handling categorization of quotes properly was really difficult. I used some plugins but never achieved the level of detail I wanted. I knew that I had to find another way to collect quotes from my favorite games.
For some months I experimented with Drupal and other content systems, but none really felt quite right. Also, I wanted to build my first "own" application, and Laravel 4, a framework for building websites, was right around the corner.
In the following months, I built a completely new website that was able to store quotes for video games like I wanted. The site also offered English as a new language. It was a lot of hard work and I deeply appreciate all the work the open source community has done, because this website would not exist in this form without it.
Development of the site took quite a while because I had to do so much stuff entirely on my own. But I learned a lot and then the site launched successfully. The following is a screenshot of the site displaying some videogame quotes.
In the next years, I collected more and more quotes from various games and the archive expanded from around 400 to almost 1000 quotes.
Unfortunately, the project came to an abrupt halt because of a domain issue. The registrar I had at that time failed to renew the domain correctly because of a lack of funds, but without any warnings right before it got deleted. The restore would have been possible, but I simply didn't had the money at that time. A quick solution was to find a new domain for the project, but all effort I had put into the site regarding SEO had vanished. Game-Quotes.net is now a scam website spreading malware (so don't visit it). The new domain I purchased for the project was game-quotes.com, which is still in use.
2017-2021: Game Quotes 2
While I had the old gamequotes.net domain, I started rebuilding the website with a newer version of Laravel, because the framework made some significant changes, so upgrading was not that easy. Around 2016 I started working on Game Quotes 2 and invested a lot of time into it. Unfortunately, I was too motivated and wanted to build a very sophisticated new site, with some community features like friend requests, teams and chat. Videogame quotes should be translatable and I built a large admin dashboard.
The relaunch was too sophisticated, I spent too much time with details and was just exhausted after some time. I launched InvoicePlane around 2014, which I abandoned after 4 years because I burned out completely. Other projects like Game Quotes had to wait and the new, rewritten version became a pile of old technical debt.
2021: Game Quotes Relaunch
Fast forward a couple of years to the end of 2020. 2020, despite being a horror year for the world, my year was quite a success. I published LinkAce, which I was working on for a year without burning out. Game Quotes was still in my mind over the past months, as I am unable to work with the old system anymore.
Because I had the negative experience with a complete, very sophisticated rewrite, I decided to start small. In just two weeks I built a completely new system which was able to replicate the old Game Quotes website with its major feature: displaying quotes from video games. That's the main point of the website. Game Quotes now has a modern technical foundation with a minimal footprint. I am able to iterate fast and build new features without having to restructure the whole website. Let's see what will come in the next years.