For those of you whining about Patrick going to Kotaku, just realize that it's a perfect fit for him. Not only is he good at writing interesting features, but he's also politically aligned with a lot of Gawker media group's editors.
I'm sure some people are checking it. Like you said, there's a ton of opinions on the site about this stuff. Especially the more modern things on Steam.
If the staff did a curation thing outside of Steam, I'd be more interested in older games. Like Jeff telling people to play Revenge of Shinobi, or Dan recommending Twisted Metal 2. Things a younger audience might not necessarily have much knowledge of.
That's mostly what Encyclopedia Bombastica is for, I think. Hasn't been one of those in a while, though.
I'd like a more done up feature that is kind of like Besties for video games.