I appreciate your candor, great post. I haven't posted in the threads a lot but I've stuck around for so long because of the personalities and the community. I think it's good that we're having this discussion as a community.
I have to say I'm not sure what to think about this. I do not think gamespot is a well designed site, and I have attempted to use their site. I'm glad that comicvine is going with, and Dave is critical. But I've been part of this community for years, I signed up for premium as soon as it was available, and have followed the team through all of the changes. And i'm sticking with the site, I couldn't not. I love the content, and everything that goes along with it. But the thing that makes me truly hurt and upset in this, is the loss of the Whiskey Media family. I use all of the sites, especially giant bomb and screened, often switching between those two during browsing sessions. There was something cool to be a member of such a big community of sites. I have a connection to screened, comic vine, and tested (and anime vice to an extent) but not at all to gamespot, and I don't want one. This feels like the breaking up of Whiskey Media, and that's what I signed up for. Again, I'm not leaving. But this sucks. I'm sure it will be fine, and probably better for the team at Giant Bomb and eventually for us. But the Whiskey Media member shirts that I have will almost not mean anything anymore. Being a "duder" means a little bit less now.