When I first started visiting sites such as Joystiq or Kotaku I enjoyed how refreshing it was to only see the important news scroll by in blog form. Lately, however, it's been getting tiring reading these articles. It seems that in place of good journalism, we've now degraded completely into d-grade humor and even political commentary. I increasingly wish a more professional gaming site would come out with a news aggregator that didn't require me to sift through paragraphs of eye-rolling nonsense to get to the point of the story. On top of that, the comments sections have become a clique of like-minded individuals who basically circle jerk eachother and squash all debate.
It's almost enough to make a man go back to a traditional gaming news site. Almost.
I agree with you too. It seems like these websites have drifted towards the quantity over quality business model over the past couple of years.
http://www.gaming-age.com/ gaming age has remained pretty good over the years. They will keep you up to date on what is coming out/what is new, sales and post reviews and previews every once in a while. I am with you though, in general quite a few larger gaming blogs have become horrid. I have been looking for a good replacement to old daily staples such as Kotaku for a while now.
The new Shack News site is pretty cool. News is laid out in an easy to navigate way, they have a top news section at the side and it's all nice and clean and easy to read. Kotaku irritates the hell out of me nowadays. It's just regurgitated content and lots of throwaway stuff that's only there to drive traffic to the site.
Joystiq isn't bad. I visit occasionally. I've actually found Gameinformer.com to be pretty competent for news, and it is right up there with joystiq and giantbomb as my go-to for gaming news. I tend to avoid most the news sites in late-Q3 and Q4, though, as they can sometimes venture into spoiler territory for some of my anticipated games.
When I first started visiting sites such as Joystiq or Kotaku I enjoyed how refreshing it was to only see the important news scroll by in blog form. Lately, however, it's been getting tiring reading these articles. It seems that in place of good journalism, we've now degraded completely into d-grade humor and even political commentary. I increasingly wish a more professional gaming site would come out with a news aggregator that didn't require me to sift through paragraphs of eye-rolling nonsense to get to the point of the story. On top of that, the comments sections have become a clique of like-minded individuals who basically circle jerk eachother and squash all debate. It's almost enough to make a man go back to a traditional gaming news site. Almost.
Oh man, I just couldn't THIS hard enough. I've been an avid reader of Kotaku / i09 / Gizmodo for years, and while Giz seems to still be ok, the other two are in the toilet. Kotaku especially... I still read it, but it's getting harder by the day. The insane political and personal slants on the stories there are getting really hard to look past.
I'm a die-hard conservative republican, and it's no secret that all the Gawker sites are pretty hard-core liberal publications. They used to keep it out of Kotaku, but it's starting to seep in.
Not only that, but the level of "journalism" has really taken a steep dive. There doesn't seem to be an objectivity there at all anymore. You either agree with their personal view, or you fight it out in the comments.
One fantastic example is that Brian dude who does all their 3DS reviews. The guy has said since day one that 3D gives him a headache, and every. single. review. is peppered with all these little jabs about how shitty 3DS 3D is, and how you should avoid it altogether.
That's insane, we have a guy who has openly stated that he hates 3D and has a physical problem viewing it reviewing 3Ds games. Why not have a parapalegic do your WiiFit review... Same thing.
I generally just come to these forums for news now, unless I'm looking for something specific and then I just hit Google.
If I'm going to read re-hashed, overly opinionated, unprofessionally editorialized news (most of which value quips more than content) I'd rather read it from someone who's not claiming to be a professional journalist.
I remember reading recently, in one of the ender's game books, that, "when a civil society is mature and successful, the citizens become complacent and to satisfy various needs they reinvent tribes that eventually collapse the society from the inside." So, perhaps the writers at Joystiq/Kotaku (and not GoNintendo, since i think they are great... that right, what do you think about that Protome... *does an odd fighting stance dance* :p ) have become complacent, which in turn has made them bored, so they are trying to heat things up again, but forming 'tribes' in their communities to fight each other... Either this, or perhaps your tastes in news sites has changed over the years (or both/neither)
I agree with all the above sentaments.
Giantbomb, Gamasutra, all good. Rock Paper Shotgun is great too at having a personal touch and feel without becoming well, as you said, "d-grade humor".
I used to look at Destructoid too for being better than Kotaku at a bit of random news and some great retrospective pieces or articles on the informative side of games being used to help people. Sadly, last time I saw them do an article like that was a long time ago, let humor reign supreme!! .... yay.......
I am actually quite shocked to see how many people agreed with me. I was starting to think maybe it was just me.
The blog sites just end up feeling like that guy you know who tries to be funny every time something comes out of his mouth. Sometimes I just want some normal news, or a link to some normal news. I am going to try out a bunch of the suggestions you guys pointed out and see where that gets me.
The great thing about this website is the way they deliver content. Honestly if the site was just Bombcast and Quick Looks, I would keep coming forever (but I must say, even here the news articles get really annoying sometimes).
Joystiq seems fine to me but holy crap, I hate some of the stuff that Kotaku does. I think people get a little over-reactionary about them, their stories on video game stuff are largely fine, but it's annoying to see them shamelessly publishing articles about Japanese models or current events in an effort to try and grab more views. Then again this is the from the same network of sites who brought us that god awful Alyssa Bereznak story.
Too many sites (especially kotaku) are just shitty link-farms. They post fifty to a hundred crappy updates every day, usually just copies of what they read everywhere else. Then again, I fucking hate blog formats and I fucking hate the word blog (ten years in and I still haven't gotten used to it - we used to just call it a WEBSITE).
As for Gamasutra. Hah. Occasionally interesting, but they too often fall into the navel-gazing self-wanking. When I think "gamasutra", I think rehashing the ages old discussion about women in gaming for fifteen pages. It's about as interesting as going to some political site and reading endless articles about abortion and immigration, saying the same thing over and over.
After almost twenty years on the internet and more than that online, I've come to find that the greatest thing you can do for yourself is be discerning in the content you consume. I am constantly pruning my RSS feed and I visit very few sites in a given day. My life is too short to fill it with crap and it doesn't take much for me to say "you know what, you've spewed out shitty content one too many times - goodbye".
Kotaku needs to die, sure its got lots of info but the dudes there are horrible. Besides, some of the writers there are so ugly, I don't need my gaming journo's to be handsome but they're just scary. Or I'm spoiled with Brad, could be.
Yeah, there's nothing worse than getting my news from a bunch of ugly whores. If you have something worth saying, you're probably attractive, right.