Cloudy With a Chance of Gaming -- 3/20/2011


The New and the Improved

Welcome, one and all! As you may have already noticed, I’ve put a little more work into some banners and things than I have previously. Nothing is by any means set in stone; I’m kinda just messing around. The design is in flux, so this could look totally different next week. Maybe not though, as I kind of like it. We’ll see. As far as what’s on the docket for today, I’ll let you know what I think of Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, and share some gaming site statistics!

Also, I want to mention right up front how awesome fellow GB user Origina1Penguin is. I was one of three winners in his most recent contest and will be receiving a copy of Brutal Legend for the 360! I’ve never played it and I’m super excited to do just that, despite the moderate amount of hate the game received after release. You’re seriously awesome, dude. How great is this community? There are so many people here that give, give and give some more. They’re giving their time and knowledge to the amazing wiki, they’re giving their always-interesting thoughts to the forums, and sometimes they give real-life stuff! I should probably mention Vito as he’s been running his own giveaway for quite some time now (just check his blogs). Of course there was a large surge of giveaways from all sorts of users a few months ago as well. Awesome work, gang. 

I Have the Need

Man, Shift 2: Unleashed is coming out soon, and I just got around to playing the well-reviewed, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit. I was a fan of the original Hot Pursuit games back in the day. That fact coupled with Criterion’s development abilities has made for a truly fun NFS game. It’s been awhile since I could honestly make that claim. The choice to play police or racer missions is a pretty interesting alternative to a real story. It works pretty well.

I started off alternating back and forth between racer and cop. After about an hour though, I settled into doing police missions exclusively. I was just finding the chase dynamic to be a lot of fun. I kept chasing and chasing. Busting fools quickly became addicting and I didn’t like doing those time trial races anymore. I just wanted to bust dudes. If there’s one blatant fault to the game, it’s the time trial stuff where you can’t hit walls. Maybe I’m just terrible, but those are hard, and not in a fun way. It just annoys the crap outta me when I nick a wall and it costs me a couple of precious seconds. I rarely scored a gold on those; usually silver. But sure enough, a Hot Pursuit or an Interceptor mission would pop up eventually and give me that bustin’ fix. Some of the abilities such as spike strips and helicopters seem kind of weak at first, but they become a lot more useful and fun when they’re upgraded to level three. So I just kept bustin’ dudes and didn’t stop until I saw the credits roll. I was surprised that it came so quickly, but of course I hadn’t touched the majority of the racer challenges.

Jumping over to do some racer challenges hasn’t proved to be too rewarding, though. It can be fun when you’re in a chase, but again, when there’s no busting involved, it’s just not as fun. There are the standard races where no cops are involved. It’s just a standard racing game at that point, and kinda boring. You can’t even use any abilities against the other racers. You can imagine my disappointment after spending so much time chasing guys down and deploying roadblocks and spike strips. Not being able to do that now in certain cases just seems lame. I didn’t come to this game just to race. I’m still not very far into the racer side of things, so maybe the number of vanilla races diminishes as you advance. I’ll keep playing and see where it goes.

I have to mention the Autolog; brilliant idea. It really adds a nice layer of competition on top of what's always traditionally there. Sure, you can win a race by several seconds, but if you're not first place amongst your friends, then you ain't nothin'! I have a few Giant Bombers on my friend list, but nobody seemed to show up as much for my "time to beat" as BjornTheUnicorn and Nat3TheGreat13. We must have similar skill levels because their names were always popping up. Every time the end of a race came around and I didn't beat their scores, it just made me want to go back and try again. I only did that a few times before I ultimately stopped after realizing I would never beat this game if I played that way. I like this idea of constant competition amongst friends. I's been done before in games like Shadow Complex, or Trials HD, but it's implemented really well here in NFS. I hope this concept continues to live on and evolve. Great game. 

Giant Bomb vs. the World

I was just stumbling and bumbling around the internet a couple of days ago when I came across a page that lists the top 15 video game websites in terms of monthly visitors. As we all should be able to predict, Giant Bomb made the list! However, our favorite gaming site isn’t exactly gunning for the top spot just yet. Somehow a few old and crusty websites are beating out The Bomb. Surely it’ll just be a few more years before the Bomb Crew blows up so huge that they all decide to run for president. Of course in turn that would lead to backstabbing and betrayal as they each battle for majority approval, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Anyway, it’s an interesting list, so let’s take a look-see.  

Website In QuestionEstimated Unique Monthly Visitors
1.) Yahoo! Games22,000,000
2.) ign20,500,000
3.) GameSpot20,000,000
4.) GameFAQs12,500,000
5.) GameTrailers6,450,000
6.) Kotaku4,300,000
7.) CheatCC3,500,000
8.) GamesRadar3,000,000
9.) 1up2,900,000
10.) GameSpy2,850,000
11.) Joystiq2,600,000
12.) FileFront2,100,000
13.) Giant Bomb1,600,000
14.) UGO1,500,000
15.) Destructoid1,400,000
 [Edit: source]
 
As you can see, Giant Bomb is being beat out by such weak sites as CheatCC and GameSpy. When Cheat Code Central is more than doubling the monthly views of the best gaming site on the web, then there’s a problem. Did you guys even know that CheatCC still existed? I was a bit shocked to find that it not only still exists, but gets good traffic. Kind of unbelievable. I’m glad Destructoid’s traffic is lower. I have an admittedly unfair disliking of that site. It’s unfair because I’ve only been to it a couple of times and hardly read anything while on it. I just don’t get a good vibe from Destructoid though. Maybe it’s because they gave Deadly Premonition a perfect score. Don’t get me wrong, I love Deadly Premonition--I’ve beaten it multiple times--but come on. That game has glaring issues. But now I’m getting off topic.

As you can see, Yahoo! Games is tog dog. It’s lame, yet understandable. It’s a mainstream online video game site where you can jump on and play some dumb flash games (At least as I understand it). I’d maybe argue that the Yahoo! site doesn’t even really qualify as a gaming site, but it doesn’t really matter since Gamespot is the real top dog. Gamespot and GameFAQs are technically one and the same, and their views add up to 32.5 million; much higher than anyone else. I don’t necessarily have a beef with Gamespot, but they’re hardly deserving of that much traffic. I guess that’s what happens when you own and redirect from the address, “Videogames.com”.

Anyway, here’s to Giant Bomb’s continued growth. I’m sure this site will just get bigger and bigger. Hopefully it can do so without losing what makes it great. What makes Giant Bomb great is, of course, the fact that it’s filled with awesome users like yourself! That's the truth. 

Wrap-It-Up Box

Only a couple of topics this week, but I think they were long enough. I want to mention for a second the events taking place in Libya. I've been watching the news via BBC's live stream off and on since early yesterday, and this is just a mess. On the eve of the 8th anniversary of the Iraq war and here the U.S. is, getting involved in another conflict. It's hard to be too angry about it though after hearing some reactions from the Libyan people and learning more about what colonel Gaddafi has been doing. They interviewed a man yesterday that was in the thick of everything and yet he still was supportive of the missile strikes taking place. Uggh. I just hope this all ends soon. There was just the disaster in Japan and now we have to worry about Libya.
 
Anyway, I’ve been pondering the idea of adding a regular gaming news section to the ole blog. It would be three or four top headlines in gaming for the week. I could just talk a bit about a topic and move on to another. I’ve found that there’s often no need to have a separate section dedicated to each small piece of news, so maybe this would be a good solution. It was in the initial plan to talk about more news-y stuff, after all. I’ll give that a go next week. Until then, keep on keepin’ on ladies and gents.  
 
Oh, and, Can I Get A Headband?! 
  
 Love from Rip City,
--JJWeatherman    
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Edited by JJWeatherman

The New and the Improved

Welcome, one and all! As you may have already noticed, I’ve put a little more work into some banners and things than I have previously. Nothing is by any means set in stone; I’m kinda just messing around. The design is in flux, so this could look totally different next week. Maybe not though, as I kind of like it. We’ll see. As far as what’s on the docket for today, I’ll let you know what I think of Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, and share some gaming site statistics!

Also, I want to mention right up front how awesome fellow GB user Origina1Penguin is. I was one of three winners in his most recent contest and will be receiving a copy of Brutal Legend for the 360! I’ve never played it and I’m super excited to do just that, despite the moderate amount of hate the game received after release. You’re seriously awesome, dude. How great is this community? There are so many people here that give, give and give some more. They’re giving their time and knowledge to the amazing wiki, they’re giving their always-interesting thoughts to the forums, and sometimes they give real-life stuff! I should probably mention Vito as he’s been running his own giveaway for quite some time now (just check his blogs). Of course there was a large surge of giveaways from all sorts of users a few months ago as well. Awesome work, gang. 

I Have the Need

Man, Shift 2: Unleashed is coming out soon, and I just got around to playing the well-reviewed, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit. I was a fan of the original Hot Pursuit games back in the day. That fact coupled with Criterion’s development abilities has made for a truly fun NFS game. It’s been awhile since I could honestly make that claim. The choice to play police or racer missions is a pretty interesting alternative to a real story. It works pretty well.

I started off alternating back and forth between racer and cop. After about an hour though, I settled into doing police missions exclusively. I was just finding the chase dynamic to be a lot of fun. I kept chasing and chasing. Busting fools quickly became addicting and I didn’t like doing those time trial races anymore. I just wanted to bust dudes. If there’s one blatant fault to the game, it’s the time trial stuff where you can’t hit walls. Maybe I’m just terrible, but those are hard, and not in a fun way. It just annoys the crap outta me when I nick a wall and it costs me a couple of precious seconds. I rarely scored a gold on those; usually silver. But sure enough, a Hot Pursuit or an Interceptor mission would pop up eventually and give me that bustin’ fix. Some of the abilities such as spike strips and helicopters seem kind of weak at first, but they become a lot more useful and fun when they’re upgraded to level three. So I just kept bustin’ dudes and didn’t stop until I saw the credits roll. I was surprised that it came so quickly, but of course I hadn’t touched the majority of the racer challenges.

Jumping over to do some racer challenges hasn’t proved to be too rewarding, though. It can be fun when you’re in a chase, but again, when there’s no busting involved, it’s just not as fun. There are the standard races where no cops are involved. It’s just a standard racing game at that point, and kinda boring. You can’t even use any abilities against the other racers. You can imagine my disappointment after spending so much time chasing guys down and deploying roadblocks and spike strips. Not being able to do that now in certain cases just seems lame. I didn’t come to this game just to race. I’m still not very far into the racer side of things, so maybe the number of vanilla races diminishes as you advance. I’ll keep playing and see where it goes.

I have to mention the Autolog; brilliant idea. It really adds a nice layer of competition on top of what's always traditionally there. Sure, you can win a race by several seconds, but if you're not first place amongst your friends, then you ain't nothin'! I have a few Giant Bombers on my friend list, but nobody seemed to show up as much for my "time to beat" as BjornTheUnicorn and Nat3TheGreat13. We must have similar skill levels because their names were always popping up. Every time the end of a race came around and I didn't beat their scores, it just made me want to go back and try again. I only did that a few times before I ultimately stopped after realizing I would never beat this game if I played that way. I like this idea of constant competition amongst friends. I's been done before in games like Shadow Complex, or Trials HD, but it's implemented really well here in NFS. I hope this concept continues to live on and evolve. Great game. 

Giant Bomb vs. the World

I was just stumbling and bumbling around the internet a couple of days ago when I came across a page that lists the top 15 video game websites in terms of monthly visitors. As we all should be able to predict, Giant Bomb made the list! However, our favorite gaming site isn’t exactly gunning for the top spot just yet. Somehow a few old and crusty websites are beating out The Bomb. Surely it’ll just be a few more years before the Bomb Crew blows up so huge that they all decide to run for president. Of course in turn that would lead to backstabbing and betrayal as they each battle for majority approval, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Anyway, it’s an interesting list, so let’s take a look-see.  

Website In QuestionEstimated Unique Monthly Visitors
1.) Yahoo! Games22,000,000
2.) ign20,500,000
3.) GameSpot20,000,000
4.) GameFAQs12,500,000
5.) GameTrailers6,450,000
6.) Kotaku4,300,000
7.) CheatCC3,500,000
8.) GamesRadar3,000,000
9.) 1up2,900,000
10.) GameSpy2,850,000
11.) Joystiq2,600,000
12.) FileFront2,100,000
13.) Giant Bomb1,600,000
14.) UGO1,500,000
15.) Destructoid1,400,000
 [Edit: source]
 
As you can see, Giant Bomb is being beat out by such weak sites as CheatCC and GameSpy. When Cheat Code Central is more than doubling the monthly views of the best gaming site on the web, then there’s a problem. Did you guys even know that CheatCC still existed? I was a bit shocked to find that it not only still exists, but gets good traffic. Kind of unbelievable. I’m glad Destructoid’s traffic is lower. I have an admittedly unfair disliking of that site. It’s unfair because I’ve only been to it a couple of times and hardly read anything while on it. I just don’t get a good vibe from Destructoid though. Maybe it’s because they gave Deadly Premonition a perfect score. Don’t get me wrong, I love Deadly Premonition--I’ve beaten it multiple times--but come on. That game has glaring issues. But now I’m getting off topic.

As you can see, Yahoo! Games is tog dog. It’s lame, yet understandable. It’s a mainstream online video game site where you can jump on and play some dumb flash games (At least as I understand it). I’d maybe argue that the Yahoo! site doesn’t even really qualify as a gaming site, but it doesn’t really matter since Gamespot is the real top dog. Gamespot and GameFAQs are technically one and the same, and their views add up to 32.5 million; much higher than anyone else. I don’t necessarily have a beef with Gamespot, but they’re hardly deserving of that much traffic. I guess that’s what happens when you own and redirect from the address, “Videogames.com”.

Anyway, here’s to Giant Bomb’s continued growth. I’m sure this site will just get bigger and bigger. Hopefully it can do so without losing what makes it great. What makes Giant Bomb great is, of course, the fact that it’s filled with awesome users like yourself! That's the truth. 

Wrap-It-Up Box

Only a couple of topics this week, but I think they were long enough. I want to mention for a second the events taking place in Libya. I've been watching the news via BBC's live stream off and on since early yesterday, and this is just a mess. On the eve of the 8th anniversary of the Iraq war and here the U.S. is, getting involved in another conflict. It's hard to be too angry about it though after hearing some reactions from the Libyan people and learning more about what colonel Gaddafi has been doing. They interviewed a man yesterday that was in the thick of everything and yet he still was supportive of the missile strikes taking place. Uggh. I just hope this all ends soon. There was just the disaster in Japan and now we have to worry about Libya.
 
Anyway, I’ve been pondering the idea of adding a regular gaming news section to the ole blog. It would be three or four top headlines in gaming for the week. I could just talk a bit about a topic and move on to another. I’ve found that there’s often no need to have a separate section dedicated to each small piece of news, so maybe this would be a good solution. It was in the initial plan to talk about more news-y stuff, after all. I’ll give that a go next week. Until then, keep on keepin’ on ladies and gents.  
 
Oh, and, Can I Get A Headband?! 
  
 Love from Rip City,
--JJWeatherman    
Posted by Tebbit

Fuck the fact that Yahoo Games is at #1. 
 
I'm fairly certain 95% of that 22,000,000 are they same group that find Jersey Shore really hilarious. 
 
I would provide a venn diagram, but it'd really just be one circle with a very small growth.

Posted by JJWeatherman
@Tebbit said:
" Fuck the fact that Yahoo Games is at #1.  I'm fairly certain 95% of that 22,000,000 are they same group that find Jersey Shore really hilarious.  I would provide a venn diagram, but it'd really just be one circle with a very small growth. "
lol. Alright, if you insist. Not sure where that connection would be made though.  =P 
 
But yeah, as far as I can tell, it's just a flash game site. Not really on the same level of a GameSpot, IGN, or Giant Bomb, but whatever.
Posted by MisterMouse

good addition of the banners so far! definitely breaks up what was once a block of text.

Posted by I_smell

This is seriously the dumbest name for a blog in the world.

Posted by natetodamax

Yeah, the single player events in Hot Pursuit aren't worth playing. Online Hot Pursuit mode is where all the fun is at, really.

Posted by JJWeatherman
@I_smell said:
" This is seriously the dumbest name for a blog in the world. "
Oh yeah? Well... you smell!
Posted by Jambones
@JJWeatherman said:
" @Tebbit said:
" Fuck the fact that Yahoo Games is at #1.  I'm fairly certain 95% of that 22,000,000 are they same group that find Jersey Shore really hilarious.  I would provide a venn diagram, but it'd really just be one circle with a very small growth. "
lol. Alright, if you insist. Not sure where that connection would be made though.  =P  But yeah, as far as I can tell, it's just a flash game site. Not really on the same level of a GameSpot, IGN, or Giant Bomb, but whatever. "
Weirdly enough, I hadn't even looked at the No. 1 spot. I only have eyes for GB apparently.  
 
Destructoid is a mixed bag. There is some good stuff over there, but I think it's just not my style at the end of the day. 
 
You mentioned a news section too. I think that'd be great. It'd be cool to see what you're picking up on in relation to the stuff I am trying to write about... which reminds me, I need to look up some contact info! :) 
 
Keep up the good work, Mr. Weatherman, sir.
Posted by Hizang

What, Yahoo Games? Thats not cool.. 
 
I need to get Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, its a 2010 game that everybody on GB loved, I have yet to buy it. I'm bad like that though, I'm still trying to get myself to buy blur.
Edited by Daveyo520

WOOOOOO! We are Number 13! Number 13! Take that   Destructoid. 
 
 
People use Yahoo for game news? I have been on once or twice but the stories are so general and broad it is not even funny. Also CheatCC really?

Posted by ssj4raditz

I also found the cop side of Hot Pursuit to be my favorite.

Posted by luce
@JJWeatherman said:
" @I_smell said:
" This is seriously the dumbest name for a blog in the world. "
Oh yeah? Well... you smell! "
My face melted from witnessing that burn
Posted by JJOR64

I still need to get this game.  Since I finally got a job, going to get a new Xbox and this game eventually.

Posted by JJWeatherman
@Jambones said:
" @JJWeatherman said:
" @Tebbit said:
" Fuck the fact that Yahoo Games is at #1.  I'm fairly certain 95% of that 22,000,000 are they same group that find Jersey Shore really hilarious.  I would provide a venn diagram, but it'd really just be one circle with a very small growth. "
lol. Alright, if you insist. Not sure where that connection would be made though.  =P  But yeah, as far as I can tell, it's just a flash game site. Not really on the same level of a GameSpot, IGN, or Giant Bomb, but whatever. "
... Keep up the good work, Mr. Weatherman, sir. "
Will do! And good luck with your own postings! 
 
@Daveyo520 said:
"  Also CheatCC really? "
inorite? To be fair, their site does look much different than I remember it. Still weak.
Posted by BraveToaster

Due to the time trials in Hot Pursuit, I gave up and sent it back to Gamefly. I wish there was away to avoid time trials altogether and focus on chasing speeders.

Edited by JJWeatherman
@Axxol said:

" Due to the time trials in Hot Pursuit, I gave up and sent it back to Gamefly. I wish there was away to avoid time trials altogether and focus on chasing speeders. "

Man, I thought they were bad, but not quitting bad. There should be a way to avoid them. They really shouldn't be in the game at all. More pursuit and interceptor missions would be fine by me.
Posted by PrivateIronTFU
@natetodamax said:
" Yeah, the single player events in Hot Pursuit aren't worth playing. Online Hot Pursuit mode is where all the fun is at, really. "
Normally I hate playing online compared to single player games. But you're absolutely right about this (and most racing games in general). The A.I. rubber bands for me way too much to enjoy the single player game. Wait, what's the word for 'rubber-banding' when the A.I. only shoots forward, but never lets you catch up? But the online aspect is superb.
Posted by Hockeymask27
@I_smell said:
" This is seriously the dumbest name for a blog in the world. "
hey! I like it :(.
Posted by BraveToaster
@JJWeatherman said:
" @Axxol said:

" Due to the time trials in Hot Pursuit, I gave up and sent it back to Gamefly. I wish there was away to avoid time trials altogether and focus on chasing speeders. "

Man, I thought they were bad, but not quitting bad. There should be a way to avoid them. They really shouldn't be in the game at all. More pursuit and interceptor missions would be fine by me. "
I decided to quit early because I knew there would be more trials later on. Racing games frustrate the hell out of me. 
Posted by JJWeatherman
@PrivateIronTFU said:
" @natetodamax said:
" Yeah, the single player events in Hot Pursuit aren't worth playing. Online Hot Pursuit mode is where all the fun is at, really. "
Normally I hate playing online compared to single player games. But you're absolutely right about this (and most racing games in general). The A.I. rubber bands for me way too much to enjoy the single player game. Wait, what's the word for 'rubber-banding' when the A.I. only shoots forward, but never lets you catch up? But the online aspect is superb. "
Damn, I'll have to try the online stuff. The only reason I haven't is because it's my friend's copy of the game and I don't want to use his online code; that would be kinda douchey.  =P 
 
I think the two day trial option is tied to my gamertag though, so I'll probably try it out that way.
Posted by PrivateIronTFU
@JJWeatherman said:
" @PrivateIronTFU said:
" @natetodamax said:
" Yeah, the single player events in Hot Pursuit aren't worth playing. Online Hot Pursuit mode is where all the fun is at, really. "
Normally I hate playing online compared to single player games. But you're absolutely right about this (and most racing games in general). The A.I. rubber bands for me way too much to enjoy the single player game. Wait, what's the word for 'rubber-banding' when the A.I. only shoots forward, but never lets you catch up? But the online aspect is superb. "
Damn, I'll have to try the online stuff. The only reason I haven't is because it's my friend's copy of the game and I don't want to use his online code; that would be kinda douchey.  =P  I think the two day trial option is tied to my gamertag though, so I'll probably try it out that way. "
Yeah, I'd definitely try out the two day trial at the very least. You'll have a lot of fun with it. 
Posted by PeasantAbuse

I have the same feelings about Hot Pursuit.  The cop chases are spectacular, but everything else is kind of lame by comparison.
Posted by Scribbly

Hmm, not sure how Yahoo Games is a game site in the same vein as any of the other sites... Personally I've pretty much stopped visiting all the other game sites since discovering Giant Bomb, except if I get really stuck in a game, because sometimes GB lack guides/hints for stuff. Although from Whiskey Media's stats I saw that the Whiskey Network has more "devoted" users who visit the site many times and for longer periods, compared to people who hit up Gamespot or IGN for just one cheat/walkthrough.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

Why the hell do so many people go to Yahoo! Games? I'm tempted to go there to see what the big deal is, but then that would only drive their numbers higher! 

Moderator
Posted by JJWeatherman
@MooseyMcMan said:
" Why the hell do so many people go to Yahoo! Games? I'm tempted to go there to see what the big deal is, but then that would only drive their numbers higher!  "
I feel bad for visiting the site, but I had to at least take a peek before I wrote this. From what I quickly gathered, it's basically just a flash game site. It probably gets a lot of hits from kids that have no money to buy retail games. I know I used to play those types of games as a kid, and hey, Yahoo! puts 'em all in one place.
Posted by KarlPilkington

It's like you're a Weatherman, I like it.

Posted by MooseyMcMan
@JJWeatherman: If that's the case, then I don't really think it should be counted with those other sites. Most of those other sites are about things like news and reviews about actual games!  
 
Oh well. It's just another silly list on the internet that doesn't really matter. 
Moderator
Posted by JJWeatherman
@MooseyMcMan said:

" @JJWeatherman: If that's the case, then I don't really think it should be counted with those other sites. Most of those other sites are about things like news and reviews about actual games!  "

That's what I'm sayin'!  =P 

 I’d maybe argue that the Yahoo! site doesn’t even really qualify as a gaming site    

 

Oh well. It's just another silly list on the internet that doesn't really matter.     

Well, I guess, but it is based on real data of the number of views a site gets. It's a pretty good representation of popularity.
Posted by CitizenKane

GameSpy is still a thing?
 
I had no idea.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

I'm going to have to agree with you on Cheat CC. I remember looking for N64 and Gamecube "cheats" with my friends back when it was cool to put "cheats" in your crappy video game that I rented because the box looked cool.  I don't think I've visited since I discovered that Gamespot existed. Otherwise, the numbers are fairly predictable, but at least Giant Bomb is beating Destructoid, proving something or other about independent gaming sites.

Posted by CastroCasper

Not only was I unaware that CheatCC was still a thing, but I was unaware that cheat codes themselves are still a thing.

Posted by JJWeatherman
@kurtdyoung said:
" Not only was I unaware that CheatCC was still a thing, but I was unaware that cheat codes themselves are still a thing. "
Yeah, cheat codes are kinda done, but they apparently insist on clinging to the name for recognition's sake. If you visit, you'll see that they do some actual editorial type stuff now. Although, notice the text on the recent story banners. Colored font with a white glow... on almost every single one. Man, even I could do better. 
Posted by Red12b

People still look up cheats, thus CCC is still a thing, 

Posted by jakob187

Don't be excited about playing Brutal Legend.  That game is kinda bad.  However, congrats on winning a contest!  = D

Posted by CptBedlam

I got here via the the Rich Gallup-thread. See how media works? It's all about controversy.
 
Nice blog and I'm shocked to see that crap like Gamespy not only still exists but also gets more views than GB. Well, the bomb will blow up eventually.

Posted by Make_Me_Mad

I checked your blog before you were Rich Gallup, but you'll never believe me because I neglected to leave a comment.

Posted by Claude

I think I would like Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, but my dogs go crazy when they hear sirens. I like to play golf games and they trip out when they hear animal noises too. Crazy animals. Great blog as always.

Posted by JJWeatherman
@jakob187 said:
" Don't be excited about playing Brutal Legend.  That game is kinda bad.  However, congrats on winning a contest!  = D "
Aww. You're trying to derail the hype train. It's a good thing this hype train is already unstoppable, like the movie! (I've never seen the movie) 
 
I really am still looking forward to it though. There's always the chance that I'll love something that most people don't. 
 
@Make_Me_Mad said:
" I checked your blog before you were Rich Gallup, but you'll never believe me because I neglected to leave a comment. "
I believe you.  <3
Posted by Miketakon

Kotaku shouldn't even be on the list. They don't care about games.

Posted by Stackboy

I would imagine some of those sites have more visits, because they have been around longer and offer a larger volume of content than Giant Bomb. Not better content though. Enjoyed the read!

Posted by artofwar420

Nice analysis Rich.

Posted by ChristianCastillo

Damn Giantbomb need to step their game up and I need to get a headband.

Posted by Little_Socrates

If you want another NFS friend, hit me up. My GamerTag's LittleSocrates1. 
 
Looking forward to hearing what someone has to say about Brütal Legend now that the dust has long settled.

Posted by Yanngc33

oh Hot Pursuit, best racing game and almost my game of the year

Posted by DrPockets000

I find it strange that Yahoo gets the most traffic.

Posted by skinnyman

Yeah seriously, eff those time trials on Hot Pursuit. At least on the racer side you don't get huge penalties for hitting the walls.

Posted by Underachiever007

I really liked Hot Pursuit as well.