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Do you still visit gaming sites?

Reality Czar

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I have not been to a gaming website in a long time. Mainstream gaming press is entirely useless.

Even if I am looking for walkthroughs or guides, if I search for a game, I will not click on IGN, Polygon, etc. links, preferring to go to the crowdsourced wikis instead.

Mainstream media is on the way out. I pity you if you are giving these morons any of your clicks or headspace.
 

fart town usa

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No. I used to be a huge fan of Giantbomb but I fell out of the loop and when I visited some of their videos on YouTube the other month it seems like they just went all in on their sarcastic type of humor. It was old a few years ago and seems even worse. Was hard to watch. I should give it another go though, that was the one website I still liked after I had dropped the others.

Just random people on YouTube these days. Like J joedan mentioned, I recently found out about Spawnwave and I like his stuff. Super chill and informative, good production value.

Edit: Eurogamer and Digital Foundry are still good. I also have a subscription to GI because of gamestop.
 
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fart town usa

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I used to visit N4G daily for longer than I can remember, but nowadays it's twitter and reddit for news and leaks, gaf for everything else.
N4G during the PS3/360/Wii era was pure insanity. Hip Hop Gamer videos for days, lol. And then some outlet called GamesThirst dropping like 30 articles a day, linking to amazon and acting like they actually owned a store with product, lol.

I thought N4G's comment system was neat in how it limited you based on people voting up/down on the comment.
 
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Not regularly.

Only time is if I skim MC for some reviews and I see a review link which I think might be interesting. Not sure why, but I havent checked out IGN or Gamespot in years unless someone here does a link.

Not just because GAF has important news threads that cover it, but I think over time I lost credibility with previews and reviews.

I'd rather watch a 10 minute gameplay video from a YT dude and see for myself how good it looks and plays instead of canned articles.
 

GeorgPrime

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I mean obviously you're here if you're reading this, and many of you probably still have accounts at RE or visit there often. But I'm talking about non forums. Sites like IGN for example. Those kinds of sites used to be a staple for me years ago, but nowadays I get almost all of news from here, RE, or reddit. When I think about it, these site make up at least 90% of my non-porn, non-work related internet activities.

what about ya'll motherfuckers?

Not really i just check Neogaf for stuff. :)
 

The Fartist

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Planet Erf
 

Phase

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Can't say I do. The only gaming related sites I visit are GAF and EVGA's forum. I only use twitch to stream my game to my brother while we talk (as we live far away from each other). It's like old school couch watching.
 

Arimer

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Outside of here no not really. I'll use youtube for reviews but otherwise gaming sites don't offer me anything of value.
 

TheMan

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It's really interesting to think about how much things online have changed- there's been a trend towards consolidation for what, 10 or 15 years? I was kind of surprised that hardly anyone who replied still checks old school journo sites, but maybe I shouldn't be.
 
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I get all my news from the xxx420sniperheadshotxxxphilspencer4everxxxseriesx_ twitter account.
 
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BusierDonkey

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This and /V are about it. /V is mostly a shit show full of retards, but it's also about the most honest place on the internet and I always find something hilarious there. It's also fun to shitpost there. Otherwise I stick to Twitter for news and Youtube for new trailers and stuff like Directs, reviews and gaming entertainment stuff.

Gaming sites like IGN and the like are basically bought and paid opinions. I have no use for them and really I prefer the forum format on GAF anyways. I used to spend a lot of time on Gametrailers before it imploded and really miss that platform. Trailers, news and community all rolled into one in an easily digestible format that I could quickly shoot through after work. After that I used to browse Reddit a lot but wading through r/gaming and r/games along with the countless other segregated platform subreddits is mostly a waste of time when I can generally find all that info right here.
 
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Optimus Lime

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Absolutely not. Videogame websites are almost always advertising platforms, or ego-driven attempts to produce corporately approved 'gaming celebrities', like those fuckheads at Giant Bomb. It's all utter garbage. The opinions of those losers hold no more weight than the opinions of some random idiot on Youtube, their 'expertise' is 100% an illusion. Remember when Giant Bomb let Abby Russell push 'Dream Daddy' as one of the best games of the year? Yeah. That's how much credibility those whores have.

I get my gaming news here, Twitter when I can stomach it, or Reddit. I dip my toe into Resetera occasionally, but I'm almost always immediately turned off because of threads with 'Nintendo Thread: TRANS LIVES ARE HUMAN LIVES' titles. Fuck off. I don't want to hear about your pathetic, weirdo politics.

I concur with BusierDonkey, /v/ is infested with the worst people in the world, and it has a median IQ of roughly 75 - BUT because it's a borderline criminal sewer, you also get people talking very honestly about games they love, games they hate, and games that piss them off. That, to me, is worth more than the 300th 4 hour podcast this year where Jeff Gerstmann mumbles 'Yeah, that game is... kinda weird' again.

EDIT: I also despise Youtube 'reviewers', Twitch streams, and anything with the faintest whiff of e-celeb about it. 'WASSUP IT'S YA BOY SNIPARELITE COMIN ATCHA WITH ANOTHER REVIEW, THIS TIME FOR CAWWADOODY BLACK... AWPS... COLWAR. If you wanna support the channel then SMASH that like button and SUBSCRIBE to check out more content comin up. Really helps support the channel.' Or worthless idiots like Jim Sterling or Yong Yea, shilling for money while literally reading from websites, and adding their bullshit, uninteresting, deeply worthless 'commentary'. Drop dead, all of you.
 
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Journalism and amateur journalism both tend to attract a lot of ugly personality types. Some folks are alright of course, but all-around it's pretty off-putting.

So, no.
 

MayauMiao

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This right here for me - exclusively GAF and people on YouTube that have proven themselves trustworthy and clearly know their stuff.
What I like about Youtubers is they often cut out the bullshit and get straight to the point. They can't afford to get political otherwise they suffer the wrath of the dislike button from viewers who don't give a shit about political agenda.
 
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KielCasto

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Yes, but only if I have to. Like when I’m looking for a walkthrough of older games, I go to GameFAQs or, rarely, IGN.

Gaming news, I get from here or from the presentations of the companies themselves like Nintendo Direct.
 
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What I like about Youtubers is they often cut out the bullshit and get straight to the point. They can't afford to get political otherwise they suffer the wrath of the dislike button from viewers who don't give a shit about political agenda.

This is true, but I think also the bigger factor is the quality of the actual gaming content they post.

A YouTuber's channel only survives as long as they're willing to put out accurate information in their content. If they don't, they'll get blasted into oblivion by the comments and dislikes of their viewers until no one watches them any more and putting out more videos will no longer be worth it for them. Making a living on YT means you're on the same level as your viewers, and they decide whether you succeed or fail in the end.

"GeArM JUrnAliStt" websites can peddle as many inaccuracies as they want for as long as they want since they're beholden to no one but corporate management and shareholders, who could really care less as long as they're getting clicks and ad revenue. They're in a protected bubble, and it's just a job for most of them, not a passion.
 
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ThatOneGrunt

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I used to love Giantbomb during the Ryan Davis days. I loved the original Bombcast and seeing site develop at the beginning. Stopped checking on them when Vinny moved to the east coast.

I come here. But I'm not sure why....
 
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dcx4610

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Nope. All of those sites turned into Trump and politics when they should be covering gaming. I go to YouTube and GAF for gaming.

Howlongtobeat.com is a good resource as well as PC Gaming Wikia. That's about it.
 
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GHG

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Nope, what for? Have you seen the standard of writing on some of these sites?

The bar is shockingly low for gaming journalism.
 
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CitizenZ

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No, for the fact they are all the same and regurgitate the same sht over and over, year after year. At least here you can have a discussion once in a blue moon that is somewhat interesting.
 

Animagic

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My regularly visited sites are NintendoEverything, Gematsu, & Siliconera.
I used to visit GoNintendo too, but seems like they are in big trouble or something as it’s dead.
 

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Wokeism has made its way into gaming media, therefore visiting most gaming news sites (IGN, Gamespot, Kotaku, etc) is insufferable.

For gaming news, YouTube almost all the time — where I can get various points views and impressions, without all the bullshit that comes with print media.

Mainstream gaming news sites are dead. Dedicated blog sites like Nintendolife, PureXBOX, etc are more tolerable since they’re run by passionate fans, very little woke nonsense and just straight to the point updates — what IGN and Gamespot USED to be years ago.
 
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Sir Vilhelm

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I mean obviously you're here if you're reading this, and many of you probably still have accounts at RE or visit there often. But I'm talking about non forums. Sites like IGN for example. Those kinds of sites used to be a staple for me years ago, but nowadays I get almost all of news from here, RE, or reddit. When I think about it, these site make up at least 90% of my non-porn, non-work related internet activities.

what about ya'll motherfuckers?
Yup, had some political sites in there too until this year.
 

Grechy34

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When you have Youtube & Twitch reading an article on IGN or any website for that matter seems generally the last option but I still feel that a good article has a lot of merit still today. It's like reading the newspaper. It mostly seems outdated but there's a lot of people (whilst no-where near as much as say 20 or even 10 years ago) who still like that certain medium.
 
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Northeastmonk

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I get all my news from the xxx420sniperheadshotxxxphilspencer4everxxxseriesx_ twitter account.
You found about a dozen Twitter users reading their feed because that one person knows a person who follows someone else, who shares news about games?

I feel like I look at a multitude of platforms. I’m not tied down to one news outlet because they all get stuff before the other one does. I’ll go to Gematsu for Japanese news. I would love to know how they get their news. IGN, Polygon, etc for specific pieces. I think I’ve been down that road with most game sites since magazines were a thing. I won’t read Game Informer because there’s not a whole lot of info that isn’t distributed a lot faster than other outlets.

I am sorta jaded on gaming news outside GAF just because it’s either an official Tweet or someone just happens to get a sneak peak at a leak. You don’t have to rely on one outlet except when it’s region specific.