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#1 Posted by JayEH (585 posts) -

I know many people here don't like sites like IGN or Kotaku but I was just wonderign what people's opinion on Polygon is. They are relatively new but I have enjoyed the articles and features they have been doing.

#2 Posted by Branthog (5717 posts) -

If you search the forum, you'll see a number of very long threads regarding this topic, including a few with some kind input from Mr. Justin McElroy (who, while I don't care much for Polygon, I am an enormous fan of in almost everything he does).

#3 Posted by Demoskinos (16114 posts) -

Eh, they are okay I guess. I don't give two shits about em' though.

#4 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -

I steer clear of them.

#5 Posted by mosespippy (4746 posts) -

If I could get an RSS of just their Reviews and Features then I'd love them. They pump out a lot of news that I don't give a fuck about though, which makes their RSS feed bloated with content that I ignore. That makes it easy for me to ignore it all together. So basically I only go to the site when Phil or Russ tweet a link to their latest review or feature.

#6 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

Don't read any of their articles or reviews so I don't know.....all I know is I hate how the website is designed.

#7 Posted by Icicle7x3 (1229 posts) -

Polygons are great.

Super Mario 64, awesome game!

#8 Edited by iAmJohn (6141 posts) -

They have some really excellent features, but their website is one of the single most over-designed, hideous things I have had the misfortune of looking at. And that shit with their pet Geico representative in the forums is just gross.

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#9 Posted by ShaggE (7019 posts) -

I don't read them, but I like Besties/the McElroy brothers (who are not experts, so don't follow their advice, no matter what Travis says), so thumbs up, I guess?

#10 Posted by DaMisterChief (612 posts) -

Over designed

#11 Posted by Oldirtybearon (5136 posts) -

If they shit-canned Justin McElroy I'd probably visit them more often. I used to think he was funny, but then I followed him on twitter.

Dude is incredibly obnoxious.

#12 Posted by Blimble (301 posts) -

meh, occasionally they do something interesting but it is kind of shit. Also the site is horribly over-designed

#13 Posted by Morningstar (2310 posts) -

@Demoskinos said:

Eh, they are okay I guess. I don't give two shits about em' though.

This sums it up for me.

#14 Posted by laserbolts (5439 posts) -

Whenever I look for a article worth clicking on il go over to polygon and they will have something good up.

#15 Posted by AlexanderSheen (5147 posts) -

It's a website, about video games(?)

#16 Posted by Kidavenger (3841 posts) -

It could be the greatest thing ever and I still wouldn't go, I don't have time for another website about videogames.

#17 Posted by Cloudenvy (5874 posts) -

They have some decent articles. As others have mentioned though, their website is an overly designed piece of trash that makes me never want to go there.

@iAmJohn said:

And that shit with their pet Geico representative in the forums is just gross.

Aaaaand that.

#18 Posted by algertman (871 posts) -

Shit sandwich

#19 Posted by OfficeGamer (1120 posts) -

@Morningstar said:

@Demoskinos said:

Eh, they are okay I guess. I don't give two shits about em' though.

This sums it up for me.

#20 Posted by EndlessObsidian (514 posts) -

As I grow older, I'm realizing that its not the websites that matter but the individual people who write for the website. Which is precisely why I follow MANY video game journalists/personalities on Twitter. I visit GiantBomb for funny entertainment and use Twitter to gather any relevant gaming news. In a way I guess, my favorite gaming website is Twitter.

#21 Posted by TheHT (12193 posts) -

Looks alright. Just scrolling down it I did come across what seemed to be 4 stories about the same JJ Abrams/Valve thing, so that sucks.

#22 Posted by Milkman (17776 posts) -

I don't like everyone that works there but they're fine.

#23 Posted by Sooty (8195 posts) -

Over designed, trying too hard. It's video game journalism. Not the Lockerbie bombing.

#24 Posted by Wacomole (910 posts) -

Much like certain fast-food outlets, I know they exist, I don't begrudge people going there, but have not felt the need to go there myself.

#25 Posted by AlexW00d (6654 posts) -

@algertman said:

Shit sandwich

I was gonna say something subtle about not liking the design and them being rather pretentious, but this sums it up much more eloquently.

#26 Posted by Cathryn (574 posts) -

I read their reviews for games I'm interested in from time to time, but I hate the design of their website -- I only really go there if I have a direct link to a review or article (I use Metacritic as a portal for game reviews when i want to read a bunch).

#27 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (4183 posts) -

I like em a lot, I just wish they would do more game news reporting, rather than just Some news. The Verge/Gaming gets all the game news scoops. i.e. Console stuff, even some game releases if they're big, Halo.

#28 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (2037 posts) -

I don't use mobile sites, so I don't really use it. On a desktop it's just bothersome and I dislike the design.

@Oldirtybearon said:

If they shit-canned Justin McElroy I'd probably visit them more often. I used to think he was funny, but then I followed him on twitter.

Dude is incredibly obnoxious.

Yeah, you get that pretty clearly if you listen to any podcast he's on for a long stretch of time. Eh, whatever - there's always someone I don't like in a 'cast crew though, so I got used to him.

#29 Posted by phantomzxro (1595 posts) -

I guess i''m still undecided on what i make of the site because i don't really agree with the few reviewers or reviews that i have read on the site.

Ni No Kuni - 6.5 Dead Space 3 - 9.5 Fire Emblem - 8.5 Little Big Planet Karting - 7

To name a few, so i guess i will poke around every so often and get a better feel of the site before i judge. One thing i can say is layout of the site is pretty slick, kind of like a digital magazine.

#30 Edited by GrantHeaslip (1748 posts) -

I’m a fairly intolerant person, and I just don’t see this terrible site others are seeing. Giant Bomb is still my primary gaming site, but Polygon strikes a nice balance of personality, long features, and news. There’s more news stuff than Giant Bomb, but not to the ridiculous “here’s the pre-order bonuses for a game you don’t care about” extent that a Kotaku or Destructoid can get to. Some of the features are too self-important for my tastes, but a post-Patrick Giant Bomb user complaining about that seems like throwing stones in a glass house.

I don’t find Justin McElroy to be obnoxious at all (well, most of the time, but we all have our moments), and I really enjoy the Besties podcast. The level of discourse of their GOTY video show impressed me compared to Giant Bomb’s — watching that made me take the site more seriously.

#31 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

I don't generally browse their site but once in awhile I get linked to some really good articles from Polygon.

#32 Posted by The_Nubster (2488 posts) -

I really, really dislike their website design. The banner-ad looking pieces reach directly to the edge of the screen, and I feel like there's some piece of the image I'm not seeing, and the rest of it is full of wasted space. Their features are very cool, though; it's interesting to get a deep look in the the history and development of certain games, but sometimes they drag on for far too long. Their reviews are reviews, and it's always nice to get another opinion on a game. They don't really offer anything that Giantbomb doesn't, and I don't care for the personalities there, so I don't visit often. It's okay, though.

#33 Posted by MarvinPontiac (130 posts) -

I think the website is beautiful, responsive, and very browsable (meaning, you don't necessarily need to know what you're looking for to find something cool, you can just keep on discovering) . In my opinion, some of the writing has its head firmly up its own ass, but that's okay too – Polygon as a whole feels like a different voice, which I appreciate.

#34 Posted by Aetheldod (3914 posts) -

I´ll be honest I´ve been there the one time and to be frank despised the site´s design so much that I dont wish to go there by myself (unless Patrick links to one of their articles on Fridays )

#35 Posted by StarvingGamer (8894 posts) -

I have major issues with a few of their key staff members so I have no interest in going there.

#36 Posted by Animasta (14818 posts) -

@Cloudenvy said:

They have some decent articles. As others have mentioned though, their website is an overly designed piece of trash that makes me never want to go there.

@iAmJohn said:

And that shit with their pet Geico representative in the forums is just gross.

Aaaaand that.

these are the extent of my feelings as well

#37 Posted by SeanFoster (897 posts) -

I was turned off initially by how seriously they took themselves (I saw them referring to their articles as "beautiful" in an early introductory post and rolled my eyes) so I un-bookmarked it, but find myself following Twitter links there pretty often.

#38 Posted by Miketakon (533 posts) -

@StarvingGamer said:

I have major issues with a few of their key staff members so I have no interest in going there.

Yea..I don't like any of the staff. Also Microsoft paying for their pretentious as hell documentary was a big NOPE for me.

#39 Posted by RockyRaccoon37 (474 posts) -

@Oldirtybearon said:

If they shit-canned Justin McElroy I'd probably visit them more often. I used to think he was funny, but then I followed him on twitter.

Dude is incredibly obnoxious.

Sure, but he broke the Xbox Horizon commercial news!

I like Polygon quite a bit-- they have some great features, an awesome podcast, and I'm a huge fan of the McElroy dynasty.

That being said, I'm not hot on Arthur Gies and Philip Kollar-- not that I dislike either, but just not a big fan of their reviews.

#40 Posted by ajamafalous (12308 posts) -

Not a fan.

#41 Posted by megalowho (1052 posts) -

It's fine. A little stuffy. I save their interesting long form articles and interviews to Pocket and read them when I have time.

#42 Posted by gogosox82 (441 posts) -

They write decent long form essays and their coverage is pretty good overall. I like their podcast but don't like some of their writers and their design is a little irratating even though i understand what their going for. I guess their ok in the end but i don't have them bookmarked.

#43 Posted by Funkydupe (3426 posts) -

I visit Giant Bomb for the forums. People hardly write for Giant Bomb anymore.

#45 Posted by Funkydupe (3426 posts) -

Actually, a lot of the news stories are provided by the forums and appear later as articles on the respective sites, Giant Bomb included.

#46 Posted by RockyRaccoon37 (474 posts) -

@StarvingGamer said:

I have major issues with a few of their key staff members so I have no interest in going there.

Name names man! SHOTS FIRED

#47 Posted by RockyRaccoon37 (474 posts) -

@Funkydupe said:

Actually, a lot of the news stories are provided by the forums and appear later as articles on the respective sites, Giant Bomb included.

How are they provided by the forums?

#48 Posted by Pr1mus (4088 posts) -

I'm not a fan of the inconsistent font, font size and font color and ginormous images. It looks good but it's unreadable at times.

As for actual content it's alright. Its a website, about games.

The whole idea of taking gaming journalism to new heights they were talking about in the making of documentary fell through but i wasn't really expecting anything more than what they're doing. I mean all the people over there have been doing this for years before polygon and a lot of them worked together before so of course it wasn't going to be any different than before.

#49 Posted by Funkydupe (3426 posts) -

@RockyRaccoon37: Like a news feed almost, people frequent less known sites around the web and re-post interesting (and less interesting) findings here. I've seen it happen quite a bit. Then an article springs up from Giant Bomb on the subject.

#50 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7097 posts) -

I enjoy the Besties and follow those 4 on twitter. Don't visit the website much.