By Dudacles 64 Comments
When Giantbomb.com launched in the summer of 2008, its staff members were immediately flooded by enormous amounts of wiki edits. There are a lot of games out there, and plenty of information regarding those games in our heads. I joined in as well, adding information to games (although, really, only the ones that I knew a lot about.) Thing is, around the 5000 point mark, I sort of lost interest.
How do you guys feel about this? Are you still looking like crazy for pages to edit, to leave your mark on? Looking at the pages now, there is still a lot of uncovered ground. Some games--especially smaller ones--have nothing more than the blurb at the top of the page filled out, lack plot sections or simply still need work in terms of lay-out. The text editor can be frustrating at times, causing many--myself included--to leave a page with those lines running all over the page, images cutting paragraphs in half, etc. There are some amazing pages on here, both in the crazy and the technical sense, but there's no denying that Giantbomb.com is far from being a comprehensive encyclopedia on games.
The talk about the whole wiki aspect of the game seems to have died down. Do you consider Giantbomb a wiki first and foremost? Personally, I come here for the content the staff puts up, which is inarguably excellent and full of personality. The unfinished nature of many of the site's pages leads to me actually using Wikipedia to find information on games more often than Giantbomb. Wikipedia encompasses all subjects, and yet just about all of the game pages are complete, look really clean and even tend to be more informative. Considering Giantbomb focuses solely on gaming-related subjects, that seems wrong.
Giantbomb started out as a gaming wiki, but it's so much more now, thanks to the staff's excellent work, thanks to a consistent stream of awesome ideas like Quick Looks, the Endurance Run, Trivia (although, this too, faded from memory rather quickly), the whole achievements tracking feature... The result is that the wiki function seems to be in the backdrop now, rather than central to Giantbomb.
How about you? Are you still into editing the site? It could be that I'm completely wrong here, this is just my experience.