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#1 Posted by HarbinLights (82 posts) -

I mean, I don't exactly see threads about GameFAQs or The Escapist over at ERA and whatnot. But GiantBomb has its own general thread. In fact that's how I found out about this site.

Userbase overlap?

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#2 Posted by Efesell (3603 posts) -

Does anyone talk about GameFAQs outside of GameFAQs? Always struck me as a purgatory of online communities.

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#3 Posted by ottoman673 (1201 posts) -

It all goes back to Gerstmann-gate. That saga was a huge thing on the internet (and on GAF specifically) back in '08 so the community there latched onto Giant Bomb once they knew what Jeff was doing.

In short; Jeff Gerstmann was a threat then too.

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#4 Edited by OldSnake (23 posts) -

As someone that was a part of both communities I can tell you that this site is NOT viewed as a threat. There are many people that are just fans of this site and have overlapping userbases. Not to mention the content Giant Bomb produces like the Bombcast that attracts a bunch of fans. There's also an Easy Allies Thread.

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#5 Posted by DocHaus (2652 posts) -

I guess the tradeoff is ResetERA having a more active forum/community, while GB has more professional content in videos and podcasts.

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#6 Edited by rokuthirteen (31 posts) -

@dochaus said:

I guess the tradeoff is ResetERA having a more active forum/community, while GB has more professional content in videos and podcasts.

I think @dochaus is right. Giant Bomb has a community thread on ERA because the site puts out professional content that people follow, and have for years. So the community (GB's) is pretty large.

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#7 Edited by MattGiersoni (423 posts) -

ERA is just way way more active and discussion moves very fast there, it's really fun and just better to talk over there than here. Plus it's probably the biggest gaming forum at the moment, and even industry figures have accounts there and frequently visit in various threads. As to why there are threads about GB and Easy Allies there, well, both are very popular and my guess is a lot of GB fans are also on ERA.

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#8 Edited by htr10 (863 posts) -

Another thread destined to be filled with ResetERA/NeoGAF users boasting about themselves? There was just one of these not that long ago and we’ve seen these pro-NeoGAF threads going back for almost decade. Yes, the ResetERA/NeoGAF users are in love with themselves. Yes, they want you to believe that they are the more active community because they ignore all the activity that goes on here directly in the Comments sections of videos and podcasts, not to mention now seen in the Giant Bomb Infinite chat.

A couple of the first few posts have already answered the OP’s question. You can guess what I think the mods should do with this thread.

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#9 Posted by Nodima (2364 posts) -

Same reason there are 20,000 subscribers to the Giant Bomb subreddit; ResetERA covers a wider spectrum of internet users than Giant Bomb does, and so users who want to talk about Giant Bomb but are already on that site would rather do it there than come here. There's also something to be said for the moderation style of Giant Bomb versus other websites; it's no Police State, but the standing policy is definitely one of the more heavy handed of any forum I've ever used. The one that always stands out to me is locking old threads that get bumped. Like, in theory I understand why a forum might decide to do that, but in practice I feel like that model stymies certain forms of discussion or recollection of ideas, and renders threads time capsules past a certain point rather than collections of ideas that could someday be re-examined or appraised by a new set of users.

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#10 Edited by Mister_V (2404 posts) -

Whilst I will occasionally go to ERA to see what's going on (I mainly use it as a news aggregator) I would never want to be an active user. Their moderation makes North Korea look free and open.

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#11 Posted by soulcake (2024 posts) -

@htr10: Yeah i know right ! I feel like Neogaf/resetera is the Bourgeoisie of videogame forums

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#12 Posted by MocBucket62 (2319 posts) -

Funny I had a thread about this not that long ago. What I learned is that GB has its own forum set up where we can discuss different games or topics where as the ERA thread is a singular thread and plenty of traffic is inside that one thread. Sometimes there's a Also from what I've learned they is definitely some overlap of users on different forums, but also some GB fans on ERA just prefer how forums are ran their rather than here. I enjoy both frankly!

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#13 Posted by MeierTheRed (5710 posts) -

@mister_v said:

Whilst I will occasionally go to ERA to see what's going on (I mainly use it as a news aggregator) I would never want to be an active user. Their moderation makes North Korea look free and open.

Former GAF and ERA seems like good places to get news. But i could never bring my self to actually visit those place. To me they seemed like negative places this is all just through osmosis. I like my video game stuff lighthearted and not full on serious like its some big political debate.

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#14 Posted by HarbinLights (82 posts) -

@mister_v said:

Whilst I will occasionally go to ERA to see what's going on (I mainly use it as a news aggregator) I would never want to be an active user. Their moderation makes North Korea look free and open.

Former GAF and ERA seems like good places to get news. But i could never bring my self to actually visit those place. To me they seemed like negative places this is all just through osmosis. I like my video game stuff lighthearted and not full on serious like its some big political debate.

As someone who plays games like A Hat in Time, knowing awful racists like JonTron are involved. And enjoys games like Xenoblade 2, a very sexualized Nintendo game.

Going through those websites could make me feel like a bad person just for playing them, and was definitely a downer.

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#15 Posted by Humanity (17782 posts) -

I can only imagine that people sometimes want to express their opinions about this website and the people on it in a more open manner, without the fear of any repercussions.

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#16 Posted by Splodge (2601 posts) -

So the general vibe I am getting here is that all three sites should meet up IRL for an Anchorman style battle.

I'm pretty good with a morning star, if I must say.

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#17 Posted by ottoman673 (1201 posts) -

@oldsnake: I was referring to the "Jeff Gerstmann is still a threat" meme, i was not saying that Giant Bomb is a threat.