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11

BingoGems… Live!

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Four long years. That’s how long it took me to finally launch the games on this site. While I am proud of the things I have accomplished, it’s disappointing how long it took to finish this project (and no, it’s not even 100% finished yet).

In comparison, HB took just 2-3 months of coding time… mostly sleepless nights as I was in a hurry to launch a site then. When HB was launched in 2004, there was only one game available (75-ball bingo), and a lot of things were lacking or weren’t working properly. The next few months were spent fixing things as I encountered it. It was a very successful project though (by my own standards), surpassing all my expectations.

It took another year before Spin Bingo was even introduced on the site. Then another 6-7 months before I added 90-ball bingo. (NOTE: I wasn’t even aware of these time frames until today, after I re-read some parts of my blog on HB). So all in all, it took me like a year and a half to get the HB site on a more stable and complete state, with 3 bingo games available.

I officially started working on BingoGems in July 2007. It’s not until today, August 2011, that I am even opening the games to the public. Sure, I now have 4 bingo games immediately available upon launch, which may help justify the 4-year development time. However, if you read my previous blog entries, there has been several instances when I thought I am so close on releasing, then have to push it back again and again. Over those 4 years, there were a lot of distractions, so I have not really been able to work on the site continuously. Yes I have some regrets, because I know I could have finished things A LOT sooner if I just sat down and did more actual work, but I didn’t.

Anyway, that’s all in the past now. What’s important is I am finally making a major milestone today, by actually opening the games to the public already!

The next few weeks will be spent fixing any issue that I will encounter as more people play on the site. Looking forward, I will now have the time to work on the avatar system. I had to delay this feature, so that it doesn’t push the launch date any further. It’s something that I can introduce to the system later, without affecting the current game setup. Then I will also make better game skins, as the current ones are rather plain looking (though very decent).

So to wrap things up… welcome to BingoGems!!! If you are looking for FREE bingo games to play online, you’ve come to the right place!

Happy bingo gaming!

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