We knew him when . . . Nick Smith designs his way to PWN or Die

July 1, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More

Do any of you remember the Nick Smith of 30 months ago? Back then, Nick, based in Decatur, Illinois, designed a brand new site called Dangerous Intersection. At that time, DI was only the most recent of Nick’s accomplishments—he had already established himself as a graphic designer for music groups and entertainers, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mandy Moore, the Veronicas, Eric Clapton and Paris Hilton.

That was back then, of course, and some of you might be wondering, “Nick, what have you done lately?” The answer is not at all subtle. Today is the official launch date of Nick’s newest web project: PWN or DIE. What? Huh? PWN? Think of Funny or Die, and then change the content from comedy to video games.

PWN or Die is highly interactive forum where gamers gather to announce their accomplishments, to share strategy and to offer encouragement to other gamers. PWN or Die is a place where gamers may upload videos to illustrate their finest hours. According to today’s press release issued by the Or Die Network:

PwnorDie.com, a new website for gamers and enthusiasts of all levels and the latest venture from the Or Die Networks launched today, it was announced today by Dick Glover, CEO of the Or Die Networks.

“Given the tremendous impact of the video game industry on the web, the Or Die Networks would not be complete without a site dedicated to gaming,” said Glover. “Like Funny or Die, we have established a great destination for game enthusiasts of all levels and interests to be entertained and engaged on a daily basis. It is also a site where developers, manufacturers, bloggers and everyone else associated with gaming can find and break news, information, commentary and entertainment around and about their favorite gaming community,” he added.

Designed to pick up after users put the controller down, Pwn or Die is the ultimate “hub” of gaming videos for the casual user who enjoys the classics like Super Mario Bros., Tetris, or PacMan to the hardcore gamer entranced in World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, or Halo. From user generated videos to videos featuring the best gamers to methods and tips on how to excel in games to celebrities and their involvement and love of video games — Pwn or Die is designed to entertain and engage the game enthusiast in everyone.

The site also features content from the major game companies like Rockstar Games, Electronic Arts, THQ and Activision, as well as gaming sites like NextGenWalkthroughs.com. In addition, Roberty Bowling (aka FourZeroTwo of Infinity Ward, makers of Call of Duty 4), will have a personal video blog on Pwn or Die as well as pieces from Infinity Ward showcasing the COD4 game and their upcoming releases. Pwn or Die will have crews covering major gaming events, showcasing some of the best gamers and gaming companies in the world.

Pwn or Die is the brainchild of Nick Smith, an entertainment industry graphic designer who is most importantly an avid “gamer” and ultimate fan. In addition to the signature Or Die Network attributes such as a voting system and a rich embedded video player, Pwn or Die also features a point system which will reward users for interacting with the site and a state-of-the-art video player designed specifically for the ultimate gaming fan.

Truly, this is a site that is jammed full of valuable information for gamers, as well as those who like to see what the gamers are up to.

Congratulations, Nick!


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Dan Klarmann says:

    I enjoyed the Projectile Dysfunction ad. Here's the link.

  2. Erika Price says:

    Player-created video game videos have become increasingly popular. The most apt gamers have created a new craze of recording their "speed runs' of lengthy games, competing to see who can find the fastest shortcuts, or simply complete a game's requirements in the least amount of time. Videos of in-game play also provide perfect how-to's to less skilled gamers, point out amusing glitches, and help to reveal hard-to-reach extras and easter eggs. Many solid online gamer communities have flourished and wilted over the years- I cut my teeth on the internet visiting AOL's (yes, AOL's) Antagonist Games Network back in the late '90's.

    Bravo to Nick for pulling together a new hub for gamers. I don't have the time to play through video games like I did as an adolescent drowning in idle time, but I'll still definitely check out this new resource.

  3. L Dub says:

    NSD is my boo!

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