Yeah, yeah...you've probably already guessed what this is about. But I need to air my concerns somewhere because I like Giant Bomb. Okay, here it goes.
THENUntil a few months ago, Giant Bomb had a policy I liked. A policy of NOT mirroring news feeds like Kotaku, Joystiq et al. The staff shuffled through all the junk copy/paste rumors & stories to give me only the important stuff. The front page was filled with only the most essential stories like an announcement of a major title or dudes playing SMB with dancepads. This made GB an interesting, distilled source of gaming info. At the end of each day on the front page, in between the 2-3 news stories, I would find a host of original content like previews, quick looks, etc. And then there was the humor & personality that made GB's news posts worth checking out, even if I had no interest in that game.
The end result was I used to read almost every post on the GB main page. I stopped going to the puntastic GameSpot News page - my previous source of gaming info.
NOWSince hiring a couple of extra hands, GB's front page has roughly 10-15 news stories in a day. The part that leaves a sour taste is they are essentially copies of news I can find on other gaming sites - who sometimes post it a couple of days before them. The quality of writing is...adequate. The staff is still producing original content at roughly the same pace but the problem is that it's now buried under all the filler stories. I missed more than half of the quick looks and previews in the last few months because they weren't on the front page when I visited the site. And I can't dig around for content I don't know about.
The end result of this ? I went back to GameSpot as my primary source of gaming info. I unsubscribed from the GB RSS feed for now, since it's doing everything in one feed, making it inefficient and borderline spammy at times. And I stopped clicking on news on the front page, unless I haven't heard of it yet (which rarely happens since GameSpot is invariably quicker in covering these stories).
SuggestionI understand GB's need for traffic and 'click throughs'. It's a business after all. But please don't do it to a degree that it starts to drown out your own content. Come up with a better site layout if you must. Make it so I can filter news stories better. Or create a separate section for news. Or just be more judicious with what you put on the front page. The top feature section isn't getting the job done.
How about letting us track games, like we track users ? That way I get the news I want and you can keep pumping out as many stories as you like about stuff I don't want. Kotaku does it with hashtags, which is really cumbersome & inefficient (and the reason I never go there). GB already has the infrastructure to come up with a more refined solution. Please do something!
TL;DR - Dave hates me and is probably singing:
Late laaaate addendum: GB could use something simple like this to begin with:
You want your news ? You got it. And I can sort straight to the features I want.