@sethmode: I made forum threads about both the departures and the new additions and a bunch of people came into those threads and said that that's how they found out about them. If a small number of people are commenting then a larger number of people are reading and learning about them but just not saying anything (you can see from the number of views forum threads get vs. comments that this could be a hundred times as many people.)
And considering that the forum usership has shrunk so much, you'd think an even larger number of people aren't reading the forums and may not even know at all, since you'd think forum users would be among the most plugged in to the site (since they like it enough to bother to use the forums.)
I'm not emotionally invested in whether or not they mention it on the site. They had a whole big Bombcast episode devoted to the send off and that See You Next Game stream, so it's not like they didn't recognize it and I imagine most people who care about it either saw that content or could find it after the fact.
What irritates me more is their lack of announcements of what they're doing going forward. For a long time they were just radio silent, and then they did make the announcement on the Bombcast and put out some additional information elsewhere, including Gamespot, but they just never bothered to post the update on the site. Since unlike with the Nextlander trio leaving this isn't something you could glean from other material or necessarily know to look for, I'm positive a ton of people still don't know. And this is something that would affect someone's decision to keep subbed or whatever.
Between that and not even posting a GOTY 2020 roundup of their choices it's clear that they no longer really care about the website except as a place to host video. It used to be a lot more than that and I miss those aspects. Now you can argue that the emphasis on video vs. written word has changed in the last decade plus, and you'd be right, and I'm sure they have metrics showing that engagement with the site's written words was lower and less profitable than video. I'm not asking them to go back to posting tons of written reviews like they used to.
But some information is included in a newsletter they ALREADY WRITE. How hard would it be to post that newsletter in an archive on the site? Or just put up the Gamespot press release here as well as there.
The fact that they don't do these things with content they've already written and prepared shows that they do not care about this site as a website anymore. They may have good reasons for that, related, as I say, to audience engagement numbers. I'm sure this isn't something that just happened. But they haven't communicated any of this stuff to the audience (we're no longer going to be putting news releases on the website because it just doesn't get enough traffic on that stuff, or whatever) and its frustrating.
At the end of the day it's fine, whatever, they can do what they like and they are still producing good video content and it's been a rough year and a half for everyone. But I also understand why someone sees that they didn't post a goodbye article on the site like they used to when people left, especially considering who it was who was leaving, and gets a little sad and disappointed.
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