So over the past let's say 18 months, I took stock of things and decided to visit fewer video game websites along with spending less time listening to gaming podcasts, watching reviews, etc. For context, my main gaming site before Giant Bomb was IGN. While that site has its own special brand of coverage fatigue, I was still reading Kotaku, starting to go to Giant Bomb, and would occasionally go to a site like Game Trailers (RIP). I had to break away from all of that, so I told myself "Ok! I'll go to Giant Bomb for content and criticism, and I'll go to Kotaku for news."
So far that has worked beautifully. Kotaku has the news coverage, in depth reporting with anonymous sources, and other miscellaneous culture stuff I would want, it isn't too much information or clutter, and it is liberating not going to a lot of those sites anymore. Plus I really liked their Highlight Reel feature and that Patrick guy seems alright.
The thing is, at some point the front page went from being sorted by stuff featured on Kotaku to stuff featured on the rest of Gawker. Not to get really side tracked or rant about anything, but when I look at most of the stuff posted on the sites, it makes me go, "No thank you". Some days it isn't too bad, but other days it's really distracting.
In a weird way, it makes me feel less about Kotaku, which, while it isn't perfect, isn't like some of those sites. Maybe my bullshit tolerance has gotten very low recently, but that alone almost makes me want to go to a different site.
Not sure if anybody else has this problem with Kotaku lately, but what do you guys think? What other sites would you recommend? Gamastura? Polygon? I'm still not interested in following a half a dozen gaming sites, so if you were to pick one, what would it be? Maybe I just need to vent after reading the last non-Kotaku Gawker article I just read?
(And yeah, Austin writes some great stuff and I'm really liking the guest contributors so far, but it isn't quite on par with the best of or is as consistent as Kotaku)