GAF is filled with tons of GB subscribers and fans, and Giantbomb gets tons of coverage on the front page every day. If you don't care about the topics and discussions going on there, fine. Stick with whatever else you have, I personally enjoy the fact that people receive bans for being immature asshats. Go live out that dream on GameFAQ's or 4Chan or something.
The moderation and signup hurdles straight up make it one of the very best places for news and gaming discussion around. Sure the mods can be dicks and will flat-out refuse to admit their mistakes, but I take the good with the bad.