Why I don't miss Gamespot.

- The user soapbox: This is my number one reason. Most of the shit in the user soapbox is just trash. 50% of the time the stuff that gets into it is just someone kissing Gamespot's ass and the blog automatically being posted into the soapbox. Otherwise, its the same garbage about the "death" of something or other or some stupid industry related thing that anyone who is actually into gaming doesn't give a shit about.

-The staff: It just sucks. In a matter of days Gamespot went from one of the most well-staffed (not to mention the most well-LIKED staff) video game websites and transformed into a huge waste bin of people who have no camera presence and a shitty understanding of games. Which leads directlly into my next reason...

-The reviews: Are all garbage, and not one of them can be trusted to actually give you a good understanding of the game. I love IGN's reviews, considering i pretty much agree with every single one of them and they're always just spot-on. Giantbomb''s system is great because it tells you flat-out if you will enjoy a game or not. 1-2 stars? Stay away. 3 stars? depends on how you feel about the subject matter, etc. 4-5 stars? You will have a GOOD TIME. Thats ALL I CARE ABOUT when I'm looking for games, if I will have a good time or not. I don't care if you think it is the next masterpiece, or the best game to ever come across your desk, all I want to know is how much fun I will have playing it.

-The level system and the badges: Although Giantbomb sort of has the same thing with points, it serves a purpose. It allows the truly trust-worhy people to help out the site by allowing them to have immediate edits. Cool idea. However, a video game website should NOT be made into a game itself with people going crazy and trying to get all the "easy" badges and shit and posting a blog every time they gain a level. I seriously don't give a shit that you gained a level, thanks for wasting my time with your worthless blog.

Thank you Giantbomb for giving us a truly GOOD video game website.

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Posted by snake6phw

- The user soapbox: This is my number one reason. Most of the shit in the user soapbox is just trash. 50% of the time the stuff that gets into it is just someone kissing Gamespot's ass and the blog automatically being posted into the soapbox. Otherwise, its the same garbage about the "death" of something or other or some stupid industry related thing that anyone who is actually into gaming doesn't give a shit about.

-The staff: It just sucks. In a matter of days Gamespot went from one of the most well-staffed (not to mention the most well-LIKED staff) video game websites and transformed into a huge waste bin of people who have no camera presence and a shitty understanding of games. Which leads directlly into my next reason...

-The reviews: Are all garbage, and not one of them can be trusted to actually give you a good understanding of the game. I love IGN's reviews, considering i pretty much agree with every single one of them and they're always just spot-on. Giantbomb''s system is great because it tells you flat-out if you will enjoy a game or not. 1-2 stars? Stay away. 3 stars? depends on how you feel about the subject matter, etc. 4-5 stars? You will have a GOOD TIME. Thats ALL I CARE ABOUT when I'm looking for games, if I will have a good time or not. I don't care if you think it is the next masterpiece, or the best game to ever come across your desk, all I want to know is how much fun I will have playing it.

-The level system and the badges: Although Giantbomb sort of has the same thing with points, it serves a purpose. It allows the truly trust-worhy people to help out the site by allowing them to have immediate edits. Cool idea. However, a video game website should NOT be made into a game itself with people going crazy and trying to get all the "easy" badges and shit and posting a blog every time they gain a level. I seriously don't give a shit that you gained a level, thanks for wasting my time with your worthless blog.

Thank you Giantbomb for giving us a truly GOOD video game website.

Posted by Aaron_G

I would have to agree with all your points about the downfall of GameSpot and why it isn't missed by those that left.

Posted by Usagi

I agree with pretty much all you said.  I still go to Gamespot, but only because there are people in the community there that I want to keep in contact with, otherwise I'd leave in a heartbeat.

Posted by albedos_shadow

Oh my god, I used to hate those "I'm level 23 noobs, suck it" blogs so much.

Posted by snake6phw

Right on guys

Posted by Player1

Great points. Good to see you realized it man. I hate those stupid useless blogs, people saying like " I gained to level 55!" Yay everyone kiss my ass and congratulate me because I'm a mod! 

Posted by Claude

I've been a member of GameSpot for a while now, but I don't go there very much anymore. I like IGN also, I go to 1up sometimes, but that site just fells off for some reason. I like Giantbomb, a lot, it's become my gaming hub for information and what not.

Posted by gameshark5

i wouldnt be so negative, though all i really do on there is blog and post in unions

Posted by dev_ron

i agree with you about the user soapbox feature. it was biased. i've read lot of blogs which deserved the soapbox but they didn't get. i've also seen people complaining about that too.

and about the stuff, i really don't want to comment anything. i'll just say that, all my friends became gs mod, they changed rapidly. that change might caused good for gs but not for it's users.

and about the level and the badge thingy: it was a good feature of that site, but people misused it. we can't just blame the site for it. if you've been to the emblem union, then you must have seen 1000 of users crazy to get some emblems for activities. it just went outta gs's hand and things got crappier.

if gb introduce anything like emblems or level later on, i'll request 'em to keep that in a limit; so that users don't misuse 'em.

Posted by mrfluke

amen brother i was also an old gamespotter back in the days when the ENTIRE crew was still there but now............................................... damm its hard to talk about how crappy that site has gone :(
but because all of that crap is the reason we have GIANTBOMB :) :) :)

u take the the greatness with the depressing

Posted by AndyWilliams24

Very strong, accurate reasons too.

Posted by dev_ron

@ mrfluke: you're right about the mate...all those crappy reasons have given us GB :)

Posted by Gen_Warbuff

That's all interesting and stuff, but I could not agree with you less. Not everybody there sucks, there are still plenty of good people on staff.

Also, I think the emblem thing is kinda fun, who cares if some people take it seriously, it does not ruin anything for me.

Reviews: Well, I can say from my personal experience here with 1 review that things are not much different. In fact, a lot of what people hated over there, still happens here.


It will be interesting to see what this site is like in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years down the road....

Posted by Homes

I agree with most of the stuff. The new skin looks OK though.

Posted by snake6phw

@ Gen_Warbuff: To each his own buddy. No worries.

@ everyone else: Right on