Cutting The Edge creates its first website on the Internet. It caters to gaming news and slowly begins to do game and hardware reviews. The site would later turn into Ownt.com for reviews and 3dnewz.com for news.
The CuttingTheEdge.com domain would later become the company homepage, and soon after, be renamed to CTENetwork.com
GamersGallery.com gave visitors an easy and organized way to access the latest gaming screenshots, concept art, and game wallpapers. Gamers Gallery allowed gamers to upload their own game related images to share with the rest of the gaming community.
The site would later be retired, but continues to stay online to this day for archival purposes, and the now retro nature of the screenshots, and wallpapers.
Ureviews was a web service that allowed users to submit user reviews for items. It never received the traction that CTEN wanted, and due to the constant managing of exploits and inapporpriate submissions, the site was quietly abandoned, and removed from active status.
During the early years of CTEN, we tested the waters of a classifieds website for the game industry. The site was designed to allow both those seeking jobs in the game industry, as well as those looking to hire. Today, the service is offline, and serves as an example that not everything game industry related is a success for CTEN.
Even before gmail, we had begun working on 1337g4m3r.com. The service slowly changed into GamersEmail.com as “Leet Speak” lost its appeal. With a name change the site only grew. Unfortunately the security upkeep for a service that can store personal information, and passwords was not easy for a young CTEN, and the service had to be taken offline.
Ownt.com was CTEN's hub for game, and hardware reviews, previews, and interviews. The site thrived, and its own success was almost problematic. With a small team for Ownt, the massive number of copies of games flowing in for review, and hardware that was coming in for inspection, we couldn't keep up. The hard decision of time vs money the site was making had to be made. The site was disabled, and is a constant reminder for CTEN to never try to grow too fast.
3dNewz was CTEN's game industry news coverage site. During most of its lifetime, the site guaranteed 100 or more news posts a day. The site was taking more and more of our time to develop, and to add daily content. All 100,000+ 3dNewz entries can still be found in the archival area of our forums.
CTEN has always vowed to return to the idea of covering news, and relaunching 3dNewz... someday.
As we continued our work to expand our forums with unique mods, CTEN added a game arcade that allowed users to play, and compete in games on the forum. The arcade saved players scores in leaderboards, and challenged other forum goers to compete for the top spot.
The arcade continues to house 320 games that can be played and competed in, but is no longer actively updated.
With the success of the forum attached arcade doing so well, CTEN decides to launch an entire web service dedicated to flash games that can be played in visitor's browsers. The site was an instant success, and became CTEN's first mega site that helps fund the entire network for years to come.
The site continues to be updated on a weekday basis, with users from all around the world checking in to see what the newest flash games are.
As Games For Work popularity grows, CTEN makes their famous 10 games a day promise. Games For Work starts publishing 10 browser games every Monday through Friday, making the site a powerhouse amoung flash game portals. The only time the site has not published their 10 games a day has been during holidays, and inescapable, problematic service interruptions.
To this day Games For Work holds true to their 10 games a day promise, and holds true to what Games For Work stands for.
Clip Upload launches as a service that allows any registered user to upload videos to the Internet. CTEN maintains an uploaded video queue to manage the site from being overrun by inappropriate videos. The queues begin to take a turn, and nearly the entirity of each day's queue consists of ads promoting other sites, and services.
The site would later change into Krankr.com, a service that allowed only CTEN to upload videos. The site would change from a video upload service for everyone, into a video entertainment site of funny videos, movie trailers, and game trailers.
With the successful transition of Clip Upload into an video entertainment portal, we turn to images. CTEN adds a funny image category to Gamers Gallery, in hopes that it will spark new life into the site.
CTEN launches an info bar that runs across all sites within the network. The info bar becomes well known amoung all CTEN goers as a way that CTEN announces new sites, and updates to the community.
During operations the Info Bar stays at the top of all CTEN sites for a week after the announcement to ensure that most CTEN visitors catch the news of the latest announcement. As auto-magical as it appears at the top, at a week's end, it disappears.
Arcade Upload allows users to upload flash, and shockwave content to share with others. Each uploader can share a sponsored link at the top of where each file game is played. Arcade Upload has taken a back seat to Games For Work, but continues to show its content on the front page of Games For Work, which has kept the uploads flowing in.
Dumpt launches with an open gallery viewable to all visitors. Uploaded images are moderated before being viewable on the site. Dumpt slowly grows at a steady pace, as users learn all the features provided by the gallery view, and that uses the same backend that powers Krankr.com
CTEN would later revamp the site due to the amount of time that image moderation took before the images were added to the live site.
Despite the long url, Disposable Inbox was created to fill a single niche. That is, to allow anybody to sign up for a temporary email address that lasts 24 hours. This allows visitors to register at web services on the internet without using their real email address.
This, in-turn, keeps their real email address hidden from would-be spammers, and becomes a true spam blocker, as their real email address is never known to the web service where they registered.
The way Dumpt functions is completely redesigned, and is changed from a viewable gallery with all uploaded images in categories based on the uploader, to individual, hidden galleries for each user.
The image moderation queue would be completely removed, and all uploaded images would be private unless shared by the uploader. Dumpt would thrive after this change, as users didn't have to wait for their images to be moderated.
Dumpt.com continues to serve up countless, unmoderated images every day for our users, with one of the internet's lowest removal rates due to all images being private, unless their specific link is shared by the uploader.
As file upload services continue to grow on the internet, users look for a service that will help them get their files added to multiple file download services.
Mirror a File fills that need, and begins to allow users to add a single file for upload, that Mirror a File then sends off to multiple file hosting services, allowing users to quickly get their file hosted on multiple, 3rd party hosting sites.
As time goes on, some of these 3rd party, file hosting sites would begin to disallow specific file uploads, due to the possible illegal nature of the files.
The service would struggle as many of the file hosting services it used to upload to, would no longer accept uploads coming from Mirror a File. This would later spark the creation of the CTEN service, lilFile.com.
With the success of the manually, daily updated Games For Work, the GameYanker.com is released.
Game Yanker would grab flash game files from other sites from around the web, making them available for players.
The site would later ignite controversy as other website operators would complain about Game Yanker methods of automatically obtaining content from their services.
3rd party sites would soon begin blocking Game Yanker's ability to capture games, but the Game Yanker service continues to house over 32,000 flash games for visitor's enjoyment.
IpGrab steps into an ad infested niche of sites to stand by itself. ipGrab would include many features, including the ability to tell you the details about the machine you are using to access ipGrab, your network connection, and what OS version you were using.
As browser security began to clamp down, and users became more aware of privacy concerns, ipGrab opted to switch to a simplier, more easy to read, and straight to the point of displaying your ip address only.
IpGrab continues to function as an ad free web service, the first of many that CTEN would launch.
CTEN returns to the waters it had tested during previous years as it launches a new proxy web service that would be specifically geared towards users trying to access flash game, and entertainment sites from behind a firewall or from work or school.
The Proxy For Play service would grow in parallel as user's knowledge grew of how other websites tracked their movement through their services. As users sought more privacy online, the site's usage would grow, and users browsing regular sites, would eclipse users using the service to browse entertainment portals.
Today GamesForWork.com hits 100,000,000 gameplays.
Games For Work continues to impress CTEN, and all that visit it. The site hits the astounding number of 100,000,000 game plays. The site grows, and helps CTEN understand the importance of daily content, and the continual growth of a flash games library.
CTEN launches their tiny url service that allows users to shrink a long url into a short one. The service would be tied directly into Clip Upload, that would allow users to share videos using the lil2u urls.
The site would house millions of lil urls, thanks to its api, that would allow other websites to use its url shrinking ability.
With the need for file hosting on the rise, and users looking for more privacy from their file host, lilFile.com launches. The service is an instant hit with users looking to upload files anonymously. LilFile would become known for its 100 megabyte upload limit, and its ability to allow uploads without registration.
lilFile would continue to battle users attempts at downloading files while using an ad blocker. The service would go on to house over 16,000 files uploaded by users.
Proxizer would launch as a simplistic test service, that filled a specific purpose. The site would become invaluable to users looking for a random proxy service, where they weren't forced to click a link to visit a random proxy. Proxizer would instead auto redirect users to a random proxy service on-the-fly with no user interaction, other than visiting the Proxizer web service itself.
With the change of Clip Upload's upload policy change well behind, a name change seemed proper, as the service no longer allowed any user to upload clips. The decision to change the site's name is set in place, and the Krankr.com name is chosen. The site's new method of entertaining users looking for funny, cool, movie, and game videos is final.
The Krankr name of referring to an olden day, hand-cranked video projector is still overlooked by many.
CTEN continues its foray into ad free web services with the second ad free site, NeverPass.com. Never Pass would continue to auto generate complicated passwords for users for years to come as the internet was blasted with growing concerns over privacy, large sites getting hacked, and security breaches hitting even the largest of corporations.
CTEN creates a service that tests domains to determine if they are up or not, as well as show you how well they pinged. UprNot would be another simplistic service that would run ad-free for years to come.
To CTEN's surprise the DumpText.com, and DumpTxt.com domains are available. The service is put on a fast track to production, and the ad-free service launches. It rapidly becomes one of the top results for visitors looking for “dump text” from search engines. The 500,000 character limit is upgraded to one million characters a few months after launch.
Testing the HTML5 waters, CTEN launches the note taking service, Jottn. The browser cache, note holding ability of the site is quickly overlooked, and many under estimate the site's usefulness. The ad-free note service takes a back seat to more popular CTEN websites.
Continuing an HTML5 coding spree, CTEN launches a online painting editor that's overloaded with drawing utilities. The service houses many more features than other online competitors, but fails to gain the traction the service deserves.
The service is regularly visited by users that understand its potential, and that have learned how to harness the site's drawing utilities.
The home of CTEN receives a sleek new design, remade from the ground up. The new design marks the onslaught of new services the network was about to launch. The new site moved away from the grunge look of previous encarnations of the site, and into a fine tuned, corporate website.
The new site would include the companies new logo, a new blog system that CTEN would use to more closely communicate with CTENers, and an in-depth "About Us" page that would allow new comers an easy way to understand where CTEN had been, and the previous services that had been launched.
Along with the launch of the new CTEN, it was also announced that uReviews, vgBlogs, GameIndustryJobs, and MirroraFile were closed down due to lack of popularity. Existing MirroraFile links would continue to work after closure, however.