I hate Kotaku.

 Why the hell do I go to Kotaku?

It's a question I've been struggling with recently, but perhaps some back story in is in order?

Over the past month or so, I've been mostly reviewing my Internet-viewing habits. Internet shows I watch, forums I frequent, and even websites I visit have fallen under the dutiful eye of scrutiny. The more I've thought about what I do online, the more I've realized that about eighty percent of the sites I visit, the shows I watch, and the people I interact with are just pointless.

However, this particular post is about Special K. Kotaku. The Gamer's Guide. You know the place that has more typos than an ESL classroom's first lesson?

Or how about the one place where a creepy gaijin gets paid to write about schoolgirls in their underwear?

Yeah, you get the point.

Kotaku used to be a good website, I thought. Whenever I had found myself taking inventory of my news sources, I found myself putting Kotaku almost always to the top of the "keep" list. I'm not sure why, now that I think about it. It could have been the staff, although I don't like any of the writers. Or perhaps it had to do with the quality journalism, although most of Kotaku's posts seem to be two lines of text followed by a republished article, and a misleading headline or two.

Really, looking back, I have absolutely no idea why I've been going to Kotaku all this time.

I don't think it's for the community, though. The people over there, I've found, are not only rude and obnoxious, but they also slavingly pander to the staff of Kotaku as if the "journalists" were gods perched atop Olympus itself. The community at Kotaku also tend to treat comments as their own personal sounding board to bitch about anything. Just today there was a short post about Machinarium being on sale for $5.00. What's the first user comment?

Why of course, it's decrying people who pirate media as soulless, unfeeling monsters.

What bugs me about this is not that it is two-faced and hypocritical, but that the balls on the users of Kotaku are so big that they threaten to crush what little integrity the site has left. Seriously, whoever put it in the minds of the Kotaku faithful that piracy was anywhere near the same level as murder, rape, or even theft needs to have the concept of piracy explained to them. 

Of course, try arguing that with the Kotakuites and see how far it gets you.

Honestly, I think I'm done with that place. Giant Bomb's community may act like a bunch of "cool story bro" dicks sometimes, but the truth is that I'd take the fun and loose atmosphere of this site over that pseudo-intellectual wankfest that masturbates to pictures of Crecente's hair while discussing how intelligent they are.

So I guess, uh, long live the Bomb.    

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Posted by Oldirtybearon

 Why the hell do I go to Kotaku?

It's a question I've been struggling with recently, but perhaps some back story in is in order?

Over the past month or so, I've been mostly reviewing my Internet-viewing habits. Internet shows I watch, forums I frequent, and even websites I visit have fallen under the dutiful eye of scrutiny. The more I've thought about what I do online, the more I've realized that about eighty percent of the sites I visit, the shows I watch, and the people I interact with are just pointless.

However, this particular post is about Special K. Kotaku. The Gamer's Guide. You know the place that has more typos than an ESL classroom's first lesson?

Or how about the one place where a creepy gaijin gets paid to write about schoolgirls in their underwear?

Yeah, you get the point.

Kotaku used to be a good website, I thought. Whenever I had found myself taking inventory of my news sources, I found myself putting Kotaku almost always to the top of the "keep" list. I'm not sure why, now that I think about it. It could have been the staff, although I don't like any of the writers. Or perhaps it had to do with the quality journalism, although most of Kotaku's posts seem to be two lines of text followed by a republished article, and a misleading headline or two.

Really, looking back, I have absolutely no idea why I've been going to Kotaku all this time.

I don't think it's for the community, though. The people over there, I've found, are not only rude and obnoxious, but they also slavingly pander to the staff of Kotaku as if the "journalists" were gods perched atop Olympus itself. The community at Kotaku also tend to treat comments as their own personal sounding board to bitch about anything. Just today there was a short post about Machinarium being on sale for $5.00. What's the first user comment?

Why of course, it's decrying people who pirate media as soulless, unfeeling monsters.

What bugs me about this is not that it is two-faced and hypocritical, but that the balls on the users of Kotaku are so big that they threaten to crush what little integrity the site has left. Seriously, whoever put it in the minds of the Kotaku faithful that piracy was anywhere near the same level as murder, rape, or even theft needs to have the concept of piracy explained to them. 

Of course, try arguing that with the Kotakuites and see how far it gets you.

Honestly, I think I'm done with that place. Giant Bomb's community may act like a bunch of "cool story bro" dicks sometimes, but the truth is that I'd take the fun and loose atmosphere of this site over that pseudo-intellectual wankfest that masturbates to pictures of Crecente's hair while discussing how intelligent they are.

So I guess, uh, long live the Bomb.    

Posted by Zidd

all of the gawker media sites aren't very good IMO except for lifehacker.

Posted by NakAttack

you need to get out more.

Posted by Meteora

We should launch a cyber attack on Kotaku and let the internet know the power and holiness that Giantbomb is.

Posted by BraveToaster
Cool Story Bro 
 
I've never use Kotaku, I never even heard of it until I joined Giant Bomb. I never hear good stories about them, so I stayed away.
Edited by empfeix

I go to joystiq and kotaku for gaming news - could careless about community or typos/bad writing.  Just want to know whats going on.   
 
I come to giantbomb for the awesome articles, videos, community. 
 
btw - your right about the piracy thing - anytime its brought up people just like to say how much they dont pirate and anyone who does should feel terrible about themselves and die in a fire.  It's quite amusing actually.  Most media sites egg this type of behavior on by saying the same thing about piracy though. 

Posted by BestUsernameEver
@nk19 said:
" you need to get out more. "
You need to get in more, uhh, nevermind, you are right. 
Posted by ZeForgotten
@Meteora said:
" We should launch a cyber attack on Kotaku and let the internet know the power and holiness that Giantbomb is. "
And get the remaining Kotaku community to join this community? 
Bye bye Giantbomb, it was a good run.
Posted by Meteora
@ZeForgotten said:
" @Meteora said:
" We should launch a cyber attack on Kotaku and let the internet know the power and holiness that Giantbomb is. "
And get the remaining Kotaku community to join this community? Bye bye Giantbomb, it was a good run. "
No, we'll just burn the place down with its community. 
Posted by Hockeymask27

I don't know I like going there once in awhile I scan the headlines quickly and once in awhile read some of the more intresting ones. Most of time I see a news story there and then come to giantbomb to see if they offered a take on the same subject.

Posted by RE_Player1
@KingWilly: Cool story bro... just kidding. At first I wasn't really dying to read your post in it's entirety but after seeing your icon, I love Reboot, I just had too. Yes from the few times I've visited Kotaku I found the writing, topics, headlines, "journalists", and users unbearable. Although the community here at Giantbomb may have a couple bad apples, there is bound to be a few in any community, most of us just have fun and respect each other. Even though I'm n a internet forum and no one knows my real identity I find that there is no need to be a dick to people, something I think (and hope) most of the Giantbomb users share. Kotaku and other sites seem to think gaming is something so serious everyone should respect it and it should be classified as "art". I think Jeff put it best when he was on the TWIT podcast after E3(excuse me if it's not word for word)," Were still talking about video games not curing cancer. It should be fun." Have fun on Giantbomb and welcome. 
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Posted by Linkin10362
@empfeix said:
" I go to Kotaku for gaming news - could careless about community or typos/bad writing.  Just want to know whats going on.
This.
Posted by DoctorOptimist

This annoying jackass explains why I hate Kotaku and other snarky journalist websites. 
 
  

Posted by RobotHamster
@empfeix said:
" I go to joystiq and kotaku for gaming news - could careless about community or typos/bad writing.  Just want to know whats going on.    I come to giantbomb for the awesome articles, videos, community.  btw - your right about the piracy thing - anytime its brought up people just like to say how much they dont pirate and anyone who does should feel terrible about themselves and die in a fire.  It's quite amusing actually.  Most media sites egg this type of behavior on by saying the same thing about piracy though.  "
Same here.
Posted by Akrid

I recently stopped going there only because of the sensationalist headlines and the fact that you have to click through to view anything. As for the editorial quality, what can you expect from a site that posts 20+ articles a day? Joystiq isn't much better in that department, but it has at least 50% less weeaboos and most of the comments are the most inane things I have ever seen committed to the internet, if that's your thing.

Posted by Three0neFive
@KingWilly said:
"The people over there, I've found, are not only rude and obnoxious, but they also slavingly pander to the staff of Kotaku as if the "journalists" were gods perched atop Olympus itself."
Ironically I find this to be much more prevalent here.
Posted by Hailinel
@Three0neFive said:
" @KingWilly said:
"The people over there, I've found, are not only rude and obnoxious, but they also slavingly pander to the staff of Kotaku as if the "journalists" were gods perched atop Olympus itself."
Ironically I find this to be much more prevalent here. "
You're going to find that sort of crowd at any gaming website, or really any website in general with a regular staff of writers.  People gravitate toward those whose opinions match theirs, that much is obvious, but then you have the fools that are incapable of seeing the faults in their supposed internet idols.
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Posted by MetalGearSunny

All I got from Kotaku is crap web design.

Posted by wolf_blitzer85
@Meteora said:
" @ZeForgotten said:
" @Meteora said:
" We should launch a cyber attack on Kotaku and let the internet know the power and holiness that Giantbomb is. "
And get the remaining Kotaku community to join this community? Bye bye Giantbomb, it was a good run. "
No, we'll just burn the place down with its community.  "
No survivors.
Posted by Synthballs
@Three0neFive said:
" @KingWilly said:
"The people over there, I've found, are not only rude and obnoxious, but they also slavingly pander to the staff of Kotaku as if the "journalists" were gods perched atop Olympus itself."
Ironically I find this to be much more prevalent here. "
It's fucking scary the hero worship that happens on this website. Seriously. 
 
I don't mind Kotaku, I use Kotaku Australia and I'm not sure if it's any different but the articles aren't that bad and I don't think I've ever found a typo. Don't like it, don't look at it really. I don't like the Bombcast but I don't sit here throwing shit at it.
Posted by Meteora
@wolf_blitzer85 said:
" @Meteora said:
" @ZeForgotten said:
" @Meteora said:
" We should launch a cyber attack on Kotaku and let the internet know the power and holiness that Giantbomb is. "
And get the remaining Kotaku community to join this community? Bye bye Giantbomb, it was a good run. "
No, we'll just burn the place down with its community.  "
No survivors. "
You and me are on the same page, pal.
Posted by adoggz

I think that the problem isn't so much with the staff of kotaku but with Gawker in general. Gawker seems to favor the sensationalist bullshit and getting clicks. Look at the crap that Giz does all the time. Kotaku is just a casualty of that shift id the way gawker handles itself.

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Posted by kishan6

destructoid is a little better imo

Posted by Pinworm45

Communities suck everywhere, particularly with anything to do with the internet and/or gaming. I blame the societal focus on Self Esteem, but that might just be because I watched that episode of Penn and Teller tonight. 
 
Anyway, coming here to tell us that people are rude on a gaming forum/comments is kinda like going to a jewish website and saying "Dudes, nazi's totally suck". Most of the people here on Giant Bomb are veterans to this type of thing. We know, and for now that's why Giant Bomb is pretty cool. I feel like we're a seniors club full of retired people. The bullshit is kept to a pretty good minimum.

Edited by Bluethunder35

I have no idea what people see in Kotaku. Most of their "news stories" is made up, self-indulgent crap, their community is worse than even 1up.com's and there are some genuine creeps on their staff, like that Brian Ashcraft guy. 
 
I guess being an old man, I am particular about which gaming sites I visit and the likes of Kotaku and Destructoid are ones I avoid.

Edited by damswedon
@Metal_Gear_Sunny said:

" All I got from Kotaku is crap web design. "

And flash ads that kill their own crappy web design.
Posted by RE_Player1
@DoctorOptimist: Tommy T is an icon in the gaming industry. I hardly think he's a jackass. 
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Posted by JJOR64
@Linkin10362 said:
" @empfeix said:
" I go to Kotaku for gaming news - could careless about community or typos/bad writing.  Just want to know whats going on.
This. "
This.
Posted by Emilio

Its because they've been sold out to the media. Especially Disney. 
That's why they covered over non-game shit like the Prince of Persia movie or Marvel comics (aka Disney Comics). 
 
Most of the stuff is just plain dumb, but you gotta admit that sometimes they have some good info. 
 
@Synthballs:  
For sure. Sometimes I'm surprised by the wet dreams that some of the GB users have over "the crew".

Posted by DoctorOptimist
@RE_Player92: Don't get me wrong, I admire what he has done for the gaming industry. However, he was an annoying cunt on Judgement Day and occasionally on Electric Playground.
Posted by RE_Player1
@DoctorOptimist: I can understand where your coming from. I too thought Tommy was a prick but that was just a character he did for televison. Most of his reviews on Reviews on the Run or any other show with Victor Lucas usually had them open up with the gag that Vic is the nice guy and Tommy is the douche but as the review went on they both expressed their views on the game. In real life, at least what I've seen in interviews, Video Games Live, and heard form other people talking about him in the industry he's a really nice guy. 
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Posted by Diablochicken14

It's weird this topic came up since I just deleted Kotaku off my feed reader after 3+ years of following the site. I still think Crecente is a pretty good editor though. 

Posted by Gunharp

I visit very few game sites. Used to be gamespot and ve3d all the time, but as I have grown older it is mostly GiantBomb and Gamasutra. Also the NeoGaf forums and other blogs really provide more than I ever need these days. I don't need a daily site like Kotaku, I think the only positive is how Kotaku conducts its reviews. Everything else is I can ignore, such as erotic games, toys, japan, RE: mails, opinions on japan or gaming culture, and constant coverage of what other sites are posting all amounts to shit I don't need.  
 
Oh and this: 
 
@Metal_Gear_Sunny said:

"All I got from Kotaku is crap web design. "  

  
  
This dude http://gamejournos.tumblr.com/, is usually on point with his criticism in my opinion. Great blog, if you hate Kotaku.         
 
 
 
 

 
Posted by EliasT
@nk19 said:
" you need to get out more. "
You need to shut the fuck up.
Edited by EliasT
@DoctorOptimist said:

" This explains why I hate Kotaku and other snarky journalist websites.
 
Also, responce poster here (quoting is fucking up for some reason) Tommy Tallarico isn't a jackass, so fuck you.
 
  

"
This NEEDED to be posted, thank you sir.
Posted by SL33TBL1ND

I was going to Cool Story Bro you then, but decided against it. I myself only use Kotaku when someone else links me a story there. But I get most of my news from here and the Escapist.

Posted by NakAttack
@EliasT: ohhh i'm so scared.
Posted by EliasT
@nk19 said:
" @EliasT: ohhh i'm so scared. "
Shut up bitch
~ Abraham Lincoln
Posted by AURON570

Kotaku is pretty garbage.
 
The reason I love Giantbomb is because there's a sense that the guys (Vinny, Jeff, Ryan, Brad etc.) are putting stuff out for the community. And they have fun doing it! Watching the endurance run, quick looks, mail bag videos, i love mondays, the bombcast, all make it feel like I'm sitting there right beside them watching/listening to it all go down.

Posted by NakAttack
@EliasT said:
" @nk19 said:
" @EliasT: ohhh i'm so scared. "
Shut up bitch~ Abraham Lincoln "
yawn
Posted by EliasT
@nk19 said:
" @EliasT said:
" @nk19 said:
" @EliasT: ohhh i'm so scared. "
Shut up bitch~ Abraham Lincoln "
yawn "
Troll harder.
Posted by NakAttack
@EliasT: and give you attention, na
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@JJOR64 said:

" @Linkin10362 said:

" @empfeix said:
" I go to Kotaku for gaming news - could careless about community or typos/bad writing.  Just want to know whats going on.
This. "
This. "
That's like saying you go to Hooters for the food - considering how many non-gaming stories Kotaku posts on a regular basis. 
 
Kinda off-topic, but has anyone seen the Kotaku parody site at Something  Awful? I found it pretty amusing. Gameblogguu!
Posted by Lemoncookie01

I've only visited Kotaku twice in my life and i want to keep it that way.

Posted by Damien
@Apathylad said:
" @JJOR64 said:

" @Linkin10362 said:

" @empfeix said:
" I go to Kotaku for gaming news - could careless about community or typos/bad writing.  Just want to know whats going on.
This. "
This. "
That's like saying you go to Hooters for the food - considering how many non-gaming stories Kotaku posts on a regular basis. 
 
Kinda off-topic, but has anyone seen the Kotaku parody site at Something  Awful? I found it pretty amusing. Gameblogguu! "
That parody site is pretty spot on.
Posted by jediknight00719

I only go to Kotaku cause they are really up to date with the news.  For community Giantbomb is much much better

Posted by empfeix
@Apathylad:  
 
Fair enough - I dont mind websites that span subjects that are not necessarily their main focus.  I love ars technica and they report gaming stuff and same with boing boing once in awhile.
Posted by Sathan

I go to Kotaku to read Stephen Totillo.  The things that really bug me are the misleading headlines and Ashcraft and his inordinate amount of T & A link bait.

Posted by Dany

It bothers me whenever I see articles on their on crap loosely and not even related to games. They are the gaming guide, not shit I feel like posting.

Posted by ShaunassNZ

Reading this makes me think of just going back to Destructoid, but they show lees news articles per page than Kotaku, and I need to have prety much all the news from that day on one page. I might check out Joystick, for my news needs, because Giant Bomb isn't the best for news.

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