Wow, those are the only options?
None of the above.
Edit #1 My own primary reason is to keep up on various games, their quirks, and what people generally seem to think of them. I don't get this info from the articles, podcasts, or videos, but glean it from the forums. My husband calls it "keeping my finger on the pulse of gaming."
Edit #2 I guess that would make my primary reason "Community."
" Where's the "GameSpot" option that everybody's gonna pick? "
The gamespot option is the personalities. At least for me. I liked gamespot because of Jeff, Ryan, Brad, etc. So that's why I switched to Giantbomb when they started this up. Too bad Greg, Rich, and Tim didn't make the switch as well! Well I guess some of them left before everything.
" Wow, those are the only options? None of the above. "Yeah, you're right personalities was maybe too vague.
Everyone (generalization) for the most part are doing QL and Podcasts (all of Whiskey Media's podcast I find to be superior to the others). It seems to me that video game sites are less focused on writing as they once were. It seems to me like the personalities are the selling points.
My apologies if i caused any confusion.
" Wow, those are the only options? None of the above. My own primary reason is to keep up on various games, their quirks, and what people generally seem to think of them. I don't get this info from the articles, podcasts, or videos, but glean it from the forums. My husband calls it "keeping my finger on the pulse of gaming." "I agree that those aren't really a good selection of reasons people come to the site. I come to the site for a lot of reasons. A big reason is because of Giantbomb's closeness to members of the industry. The personalities are great, especially for Endurance Runs, and going back to watch some of the better QLs is such a joy for that reason. The reviews are often in line with what I think about games, which I consider to be pretty important. They also have a good range of people, from Dave, who I love for his PC RPG faithfulness, to Jeff, who I love for his love of outrageous shit, to Vinny who is totally adorable and often addresses the more serious aspects of games (which I actually find very interesting), and has a lot of insight into things that are a little beyond the normal bounds. Also he loves FMV fire :3
I love everyone's personality, not just GB but the Tested & Screened guys and if I were into comics and Animu I would probably feel the same for the Comic Vine and Animu Vice as well, but unfortunately I don't visit those sites because I am not into those two things(only Animu I watch is Cromartie High School & Colorful),
I didn't play games from about 2005-2009 so when I got back into them and found an absence of Mr. Gerstmann on Gamespot I did a little research and found this little website. Since then I have stayed for the podcasts and QLs because I get more useful info about current games here than any where else. There a few people that like bitch about a lack of video reviews in these parts but I think that I have saved (or spent) more money thanks to Quick Looks than I ever did from video reviews.
Because Gamespot was no good after these guys left, and they made something new that's a lot better. Their writing and conversation is far more intelligent and fun than 90% of what's on the internet. They feel like old friends to me. Gamespot still isn't what it was, the writing is fine but no one on there is good in front of a camera, they are coma-inducing. Watch their unboxing of the 3DS video. You'll see the contrast.
Yeah, I don't really know the situation, but there's gotta be a better option for their news then what we're currently getting. I don't know why they just don't hire someone besides Nicholson to freelance. The news and trailers could be posted a lot faster with less typos and less factual inaccuracies pretty easily. Fuck, GB, I'm unemployed at the moment (working on getting into Groupon), but I'll do it for free! I can probably do it better than Nicholson without being on any company mailing lists and just through reporting from other sites. Either fix the news feature or drop it all together.
" Most of the writing (read: news) is crap, IMO. I only read the reviews and watch the videos; they're all that matter, and the personalities define the site by proxy. "
" Cromartie High School & Colorful"I've seen those. Stumbled on to them both one day. Cromartie is probably one of my favorites.
Initially, I was drawn in by the personalities here and the content (videos, podcasts, reviews...) they released. I stuck around even longer because of the community and because WM as a whole is just good stuff. Yep.
If I had to vote, it'd be A. Although the poll is really lacking in depth.
Started off coming to this site because of Jeff, after he was fired from GS, i stop going there, and found out later that he was forming his own site, so i figure i would give it a shot.
Found that i enjoyed the features on the site (mainly the quick looks, they are amazing in the sense that they actually do preview a title without the fluff (i.e. marketing bs) since they just show part of the game, as is, not as they want it to be seen (see the crash for swarm... or horde... whatever that blue lemmings game is called)).
Also, i like/respect most of the people who work on this site. I may not agree with about half their opinions, but i understand them (most of the time).