#1 Posted by iceman228433 (616 posts) -

I stopped going to Gamespot when Jeff and crew left years ago, but now that they are back I bookmarked it again, and Man that site is kind of lame it's some of the most generic stuff ever. There seems to be no personality to that site and there news is not great either, and now i have a member ship for a year that seems to add nonething but no adds. I suppose my point is that it's amazing that after all these years, Gamespot just never recovered form when Jeff and crew left. If I am missing something awesome please let me know what it could be.

#2 Posted by 71Ranchero (2782 posts) -

Pretty sure you dont have to like it. Not as sure about why people think its a good idea to make these threads.

#3 Posted by iceman228433 (616 posts) -

Not even saying I hate Gamespot more just wondering if there is something I am missing?

#4 Posted by Breadfan (6590 posts) -

The Escape from Mount Stupid videos are pretty cool.

#5 Edited by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

Remind me not to put you in charge of foreign policy when Giant Bomb eventually takes over the continent of North America.

#6 Posted by Yummylee (22056 posts) -

All of the Gamespot UK content is grand. Start/Select and Escape From Mount Stupid in particular. It has a number of much more likeable personalities as well.

#7 Edited by TentPole (1858 posts) -

I watched one episode of Start/Select and thought it was awful. I like Kevin VanOrd's RPG livestreams though.

#8 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4690 posts) -

Gamespot has some quality staff still. Mainly Kevin Vanord, would love to hear him on a bombcast sometime. Maybe when Dark Souls PC comes out.

#9 Posted by ShadowSkill11 (1783 posts) -

I can't listen or watch GameSpot. FOr years now they have just felt like corporate marketing mouth pieces. They are the Mitt Romney of video game web sites.

#10 Posted by TheUnsavedHero (1255 posts) -

Yeah... after Jeff and the eventual Bomb Crew left, It really kinda killed off the personality that Gamespot established. Kinda cliche to say, but it pretty much went "corporate" after about half a year/ year.

#11 Edited by TooWalrus (13237 posts) -

I dunno, they've got this bomb-based service called FUSE which aggregates all of your achievement points into one convenient place- I mean, where else on the internet will you find that kind of originality? 
 
EDIT: Well, now that GB's joined CBS, they've removed that weird bomb logo from their site. Weird.

#12 Posted by Xeirus (1335 posts) -

I got the email for the free year or w/e and just deleted it. I don't hate Gamespot, but what i want out of a game website I get from GB.

#13 Posted by Aaron_G (1616 posts) -

GameSpot has some descent stuff, it's not like the old days but those times are over and everyone has moved on.

#14 Posted by damswedon (3196 posts) -

The GSUK stuff is good. Danny o'Dwyer's Escape from Mount Stupid is one of my favourite internet series at the moment.

#15 Posted by thebipsnbeeps (553 posts) -

I to this day still frequent a favorite GS Union of mine since before Giant Bomb even formed. Dude, those union pages STILL have that old '05-'07-ish look to them if you click the right links. Gamespot's alright, though. They cover video games better than decently, especially when compared to the good ol' Bomb these days. I think they used to be especially creative when some of the "older crew" was still around, sure, but they shouldn't be pegged as generic. I don't know what sort of membership stuff you can have for that site, but I just wanna say that I think those guys shouldn't be compared to the staff here all the time, and just be accepted as the staff they are now. I mean, it's not like they are complete asshole-dickfaces. Read a couple of these guys' and gals' blogs, and they seem super friendly.

#16 Posted by demonknightinuyasha (468 posts) -

I'm personally a fan of John Davison, so I'm willing to give it some time to see where things go. I thought he did a nice job of helping to turn Gamepro from complete garbage into something more worthwhile (I was actually sad to see Gamepro die :/ ) and I believe he can do the same for Gamespot. Not to say Gamespot is as bad as Gamepro was but I'd still rather go to Gamespot than IGN.

#17 Edited by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -

That Escape from Mount Stupid video was pretty dumb 
 
**I meant to say that I liked it**

#18 Posted by JasonR86 (9742 posts) -

@iceman228433:

Why would you post this? What would you expect any of us to say?

#19 Posted by iceman228433 (616 posts) -

@JasonR86: I asked for cool things I may be missing from Gamespot and i got The Escape from Mount Stupid and its very good so I would say this thread was a success.

#20 Posted by YoctoYotta (541 posts) -

@demonknightinuyasha said:

I'm personally a fan of John Davison, so I'm willing to give it some time to see where things go. I thought he did a nice job of helping to turn Gamepro from complete garbage into something more worthwhile (I was actually sad to see Gamepro die :/ ) and I believe he can do the same for Gamespot. Not to say Gamespot is as bad as Gamepro was but I'd still rather go to Gamespot than IGN.

Yeah, John Davison gives me a bit of hope for Gamespot. I'm like the OP otherwise. I (maybe unfairly) turned my back on Gamespot as soon as that Kane and Lynch stuff happened and was pretty bummed out every time I went back to see what the site was up to. I was an old school Gamespot fan too. I had been following them pretty much since videogames.com was just a "coming soon" splash page. Being a Jawbreaker fan and having Blake Schwarzenbach write a few pieces for them didn't hurt either.

#21 Posted by JasonR86 (9742 posts) -

@iceman228433 said:

@JasonR86: I asked for cool things I may be missing from Gamespot and i got The Escape from Mount Stupid and its very good so I would say this thread was a success.

Ok. Fair enough. Ever since GiantBomb and Gamespot became sister-brother sites there have been quite a few 'Gamespot sucks!' threads. Not enough to rival the 'IGN sucks!' threads but close. That's what I was expecting this thread to turn into.

#22 Posted by MachoFantastico (4790 posts) -

The Gamespot UK stuff is pretty good actually, but yeah the US stuff is lacking.  
 
To me it just lacks characters and a face to represent what the sites about. 

#23 Posted by Masha2932 (1242 posts) -

I think Gamespot is OK. I like their Skyrim mods show. I think Brad was even on one some weeks ago.

#24 Posted by TentPole (1858 posts) -

@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG said:

That Escape from Mount Stupid video was pretty dumb

I am with you on this one.

#25 Posted by Asurastrike (2167 posts) -

Whoever wants it, here's my Gamespot Total Access code. I really have no interest in ever going to Gamespot.

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#26 Posted by myketuna (1725 posts) -

Personally, I just like the code because come E3, I'm going to be using their site (mostly for the press conference live streams). I don't know if being Total Access gives me anything good, but it was free so... meh.

#27 Posted by GS_Dan (1405 posts) -

Wait, you guys got those emails already? I haven't got mine :|

#28 Posted by tourgen (4542 posts) -

@Breadfan: thanks, those are pretty good. Actually a lot of gamespot UK stuff seems pretty good.

#29 Posted by Shindiggah (350 posts) -

I like their top five skyrim mods of the week, but that's about it. The only thing about that site that really stands out for me is the high amount of activity on their forums and the Unions, although the latter's kind of dying off.

I almost never use my account over there anymore anyways tbh.

#30 Posted by optimusprime223 (399 posts) -

I like Gamespot still. Especially Giancarlo was on the bombcast. He really sounded like he wanted to make it cool again, and the recent articles on the state of the industry and some extremely personal to the staff pieces really start to get a personality going for the site again.

#31 Edited by BonOrbitz (2215 posts) -

I haven't been back to Gamespot since Gerstmanngate (do people still call it that?) and refused to support their website in anyway. I love John Davison and what he did for Gamepro. It got me to subscribe after not reading the magazine since 1990, so hearing that he joined Gamespot got me interested in the site again but not enough for me to deviate from my usual Giantbomb/Joystiq/IGN daily rounds.

Now that Giant Bomb joined them, I've checked out the site a couple of times and signed up for the free Total Access code strictly for the live E3 pressers. I'll continue to check out Gamespot occasionally, but I think any continued interest in the site just isn't there like it used to be (I'm not harboring a grudge anymore, BTW).

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#32 Posted by sparks50 (373 posts) -

I occasionally visit Gamespot for their game and reviews archive. You can find info on a lot of games from the late nineties.

#33 Posted by solidwolf52 (301 posts) -

They aren't as bad as IGN...not that that's saying much.

#34 Posted by Little_Socrates (5683 posts) -

I read reviews and articles by Kevin VanOrd, Giancarlo Varanini, and Carolyn Michelle whenever they post them on Twitter. Also, just followed John Davison because I just realized I wasn't following him, so I'll probably be reading his work too.

They're a team of very solid writers, and Kevin and Carolyn actually manage to express a lot of personality based on what they choose to write about. It's not as vibrant as Giant Bomb, but they're not a personality-based site. The only other personality based sites I can really think of are Destructoid, The Escapist (uuuuugh), and Polygon, and I'd feel more comfortable with calling G4 personality-based if I didn't think they were really just aiming for a specific aesthetic.

#35 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11914 posts) -

I've been browsing it here and there and it's certainly better than it was 4 years ago. The editorial staff that isn't Kevin van Ord still lacks for personality and the site layout is still fairly muddled, but I do not feel active distaste for anything that is going on there and in fact find Escape from Mount Stupid and IT CAME FROM XBOX LIVE to be amusing most of the time.

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#36 Posted by Hockeymask27 (3683 posts) -

It's not so bad they have started to turn it around.

#37 Posted by spacetrogg (59 posts) -

Its doing ok, it had been in a really dark patch for a couple of years after Jeff and the guys left, but it seems to be slowly pulling out of that with its more feature based approach.

#38 Posted by MethodMan008 (817 posts) -

Gamespot has some good staff. Chris Watter, Shaun McInnis, Kevin VanOrd, Justin Calvert, etc... But for some reason I don't really read any of their articles even though I'm on their forums all the time.

#39 Posted by sonicrift (303 posts) -

I've said this before... Like many of you, I've avoided Gamespot like the plague, even if that meant not getting the info or the E3 livestream I was looking for. My ban is over, and this year's E3 is going to be so easy!

#40 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

never visited gamesport in the past, when i found GB , i went here but it seemes to be souless besides kevin van ord

#41 Edited by Flawed_System (388 posts) -

I look at their reviews once in awhile, in addition to IGN's, GameInformer etc. This is usually when I'm trying to decide on a game I'm not too sure about. I have an account there, but I haven't posted on the forums because they look like a mess and the mods seem like dicks.

#42 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -
@TentPole said:

@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG said:

That Escape from Mount Stupid video was pretty dumb

I am with you on this one.

Oops!  I meant to say that I thought it was great