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Rii
05-06-2011, 06:58 PM
... where else do you get your gaming news, commentary, media, etc.?

For the purposes of this thread let's omit sources dedicated to a single game or which are updated only infrequently. Not that sites like Sirlin.net (http://www.sirlin.net) aren't great, but they're not really what we're looking for here. And if you feel like adding some writings as to why a particular source engaged your attention, that would be awesome. Mayhaps through this wondrous mechanism of information exchange we might discover new and exciting publications and further bloat their ad-views accordingly.

For my part, if RPS is #1 then Eurogamer is #2. I came for the relatively clean layout at a time when IGN and Gamespot were engaged in the web design equivalent of Nazi medical experimentation, and I stayed for the well-written reviews, previews and features. And of course various bits of the RPS Hivemind have a habit of sneaking off and writing over there as well. I can even put up with the fact that the site's screenshot system appears to be about as compatible with Chrome as it is with an arc welder. Oh, and trying to stream videos from the site (at least from Australia) is an exercise in frustration. But still.

More specialist sources and publications I frequent include ...
- Gametrailers (for the downloads, although for the sake of compatability I'm increasingly turning to Youtube+JDownloader)
- Ausgamers (for when I desire to download patches/demos etc. at something like the 2.5MB/sec my connection is ostensibly good for.
- Extra Credits over at Escapist Magazine (a weekly 5-10 minute webseries; intelligent discussion of various issues pertaining to the industry, community, game design and development. Here's a recent example of their work: Extra Credits - The Myth of the Gun (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/extra-credits/3261-The-Myth-of-the-Gun).)
- Penny Arcade (almost an obligatory inclusion I guess, even if Tycho's so-laid-back-my-head-is-below-the-steering-wheel-watch-me-change-lanes-without-signalling brand of eloquence does occasionally make me want to punch him in the face.)

From the few glimpses I've seen I've been impressed by Giant Bomb, but it seems heavily community driven and I'm not sure I have time for it. I should probably make an effort to include it in the weekly rotation or something though.

The JG Man
05-06-2011, 07:11 PM
I wouldn't say Giant Bomb is community driven, just there's a lot of good interaction between the staff and the community, such as the Thursday Night Throwdown's which are a really cool concept. I too look at Giant Bomb, but more for the Quick Looks as they're not exactly fast on the news up-take. Otherwise, I look at Joystiq and lurk NeoGAF. Joystiq's usually pretty quick on relaying news, whilst NeoGAF usually finds the news. The latter is certainly more time consuming, but can usually dig out things I wouldn't otherwise find out.

dan.
05-06-2011, 07:11 PM
I used to read Eurogamer, but their RSS feeds are fucking terrible so I stopped. The only other site I read daily is PC Gamer, but then I find I skip most of their news stories because I've already read them/will read them on RPS. Still, it's worth a visit to see if Tom Francis has written anything awesome or for Richard Cobbett's Saturday Crapshoot.

SirKicksalot
05-06-2011, 07:16 PM
Eurogamer, because I like the site's format. It's clean, well organised and easy to read. Not a fan of their features now though, they... lost something.
I also lurk Neogaf, which is a fantastic source of news (and fun). /v/ is pretty amusing and every once in a while someone leaks something. At least their speculation and commentary are hilarious.

I used to watch Giant Bomb's Quick Looks, but they turned into "a couple of idiots play a game they don't know anything about and also ignore tutorials" and that turned me off.

raddevon
05-06-2011, 07:20 PM
I love the way Giant Bomb is organized, but the community is kinda shit. They all seem to have come over when the guys left Gamespot, and the quality of discussion there seems to closely mirror that site even though their coverage is much better than Gamespot. Loads of trolling.

That said, I love the way they organize the site. Since everything is tied into their wiki, it's simple to find a piece of information on the game of your choosing be it a video, a guide, or a review.

Now, for the sites I frequent for gaming infos.
Ars Technica (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/)
DIY Gamer (http://www.diygamer.com/)
Gamers With Jobs (http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/)
IndieGames.com (http://indiegames.com/index.html)
Kill Screen (http://killscreendaily.com/)
The Married Gamers (http://www.themarriedgamers.net/) (Full disclosure: I write here sometimes.)
Boing Boing's Offworld (http://boingboing.net/offworld/)
Play the Past (http://www.playthepast.org/)
Wired's Game|Life (http://www.wired.com/gamelife/)

Wizardry
05-06-2011, 07:26 PM
RPG Codex (www.rpgcodex.net)

That is all.

Lukasz
05-06-2011, 07:27 PM
RPS suffices for me
also TB's videos for indie title. only reason i bought terraria was because of his coop play with jessy.

then just internet word of mouth. gog mostly.

Kadayi
05-06-2011, 07:29 PM
Well I tend to listen to a lot of gaming podcasts as I can do that while I'm working which keeps me clued up on what's upcoming on the whole: -

Giantbomb
Gamers with jobs
Weekend confirmed
Rebel FM

Being the main ones. For daily web visits I tend to stick with RPS, Giantbomb (quick looks are great) and halflife2.net.

Tikey
05-06-2011, 08:00 PM
The only gaming site I read beside RPS is Gamasutra.

Spinoza
05-06-2011, 08:00 PM
quartertothree

Shakermaker
05-06-2011, 08:15 PM
Eurogamer, r/gaming, and maybe Joystiq when I am commuting and bored. Also hl2.net like Kadayi mentioned.

Rii
05-06-2011, 08:52 PM
Are there any *good* ideologically-driven, well-written and content-rich sites out there? I'm thinking of feminist writings in particular, but other perspectives could be interesting too. Just not Parents Television Council-esque stuff.


/v/ is pretty amusing and every once in a while someone leaks something. At least their speculation and commentary are hilarious.

Oh yes. I often drop by for /s/ but usually find time for a glance at /v/ whilst I'm there. Like NeoGAF though, I find it too overwhelming to commit to.


Now, for the sites I frequent for gaming infos.
Ars Technica (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/)

I lurk on Ars, but more for general tech news and commentary than gaming. Actually I find their desultory gaming coverage somewhat vexing, in that it's like they choose which games to write about by picking them out of a hat. Writing about so few games with little to no apparent structure as to which games they *do* choose to write about, it always comes across to me as somewhat divorced from reality. Maybe it's not rational, but that's the reaction I have to their coverage.

caesarbear
05-06-2011, 08:52 PM
Ars Technica, Gamasutra, Something Awful, Quarter to Three

Temple
05-06-2011, 09:00 PM
I think there are a few posters on here who could pimp their own sites if we include general reviews as being news.
'News' as such does not really interest me unless it really is something I want to know about. Maybe GameSetWatch.

I like http://www.outofeight.info/ he reviews oddities in the rpg/wargamey side of things -indeed seems to have got a paying(?) gig over on a wargame website. Playthisthing is always good for something opinionated.

SirKicksalot
05-06-2011, 09:08 PM
Are there any *good* ideologically-driven, well-written and content-rich sites out there? I'm thinking of feminist writings in particular, but other perspectives could be interesting too. Just not Parents Television Council-esque stuff.


I'm not aware of anything special. But Clint Hocking has some pretty radical ideas. (http://clicknothing.typepad.com/)

BobsLawnService
05-06-2011, 09:43 PM
Just RPS unless I'm looking for a specific review in which case I normally check Eurogamer out. I think the quality of their writing is professional and top notch unlike most other sites which just feel bloggish to me.

Lambchops
05-06-2011, 09:50 PM
Eurogamer and the odd peek at Gamasutra.

Music and gaming have really really switched places for me in terms of what I read. I used to visit tons of sites for gaming news and reviews (Gamespy, IGN, gamespot, reading magazines on shops, Ceefax) now I mostly just come straight here. Whereas with music I used to rely strongly on the now defunct Planet Sound on Channel 4's Ceefax (for the same reasons I go here, I like the writers, they write quality stuff and I know where their tastes overlap with mine) but now I read from a wide variety of sources (usually found through review aggregators) and don't feel any particular affinity to a particular website or even particular journalists.

The Innocent
05-06-2011, 09:54 PM
Other than the things mentioned here (I like Eurogamer in general), I check in at lots of places every other day or so. I like IGN for quick news and for enjoyable perusing of articles' comments (the folks there are just so goofy!). Tom Francis' blog (http://www.pentadact.com/)and Tom Chick's site (http://www.quartertothree.com/fp/)are always interesting to me as well.

Since I love indies, I'm also a fan of sites like the Indie Games blog (http://indiegames.com/index.html) (even if Michael Rose harbors contempt for PC gamers), TIGSource (http://www.tigsource.com/), Play This Thing (http://playthisthing.com/), Jay is Games (http://jayisgames.com/), IndieRPGs (http://indierpgs.com/), and Pixel Prospector (http://www.pixelprospector.com/).

karthink
05-06-2011, 11:35 PM
RPS's span is fairly expansive; it's hard enough to find time to keep up with it. I am subscribed to Tom Francis and Richard Cobbett, though, for their opinion pieces. Anything else interesting is covered in The Sunday Papers, I guess.

A while ago, I realized I was spending more time reading games journalism than playing games; a problem I have since rectified.
I'm of the opinion now that if something is interesting enough, it will find its way to me.

Dirtyboy
05-06-2011, 11:45 PM
Surprisingly, I get most good links to game news via Twitter.

Delusibeta
05-06-2011, 11:52 PM
Generally speaking, The Escapist, Reddit and Giant Bomb are my major go-tos, alongside a couple of smaller forums.

Maykael
06-06-2011, 12:05 AM
I usually visit Giant Bomb (great podcast and quick-looks), Eurogamer (though it does not have the balls it used to have when the RPS gang were regulars... that's when I fell in love with EG and British games journalism in general), PC Gamer and The Escapist (rather shit PC coverage, but good videos - except Jim Sterling). I also have Kotaku, Joystiq and 1up in my feed, but I rarely click on a link.. usually I mark'em all as read.

Sometimes I go to Gamespot for old times sake (when I was in my early teens, I only cared about Gamespot). It's not as bad as it once was and Kevin Van Ord does good reviews.

I avoid IGN (completely uninformative reviews - see the Retribution review to see what I mean) and Destructoid (Jim Sterling.) like rape.

TychoCelchuuu
06-06-2011, 12:37 AM
I read Blue's News (http://www.bluesnews.com/), and the rest I get from another forum (the Penny Arcade forums) and a little bit from twitter. For a while I read Shacknews, Kotaku, and Destructoid. Destructoid got dropped fairly quickly because the writing was just plain bad, Kotaku got nixed because they're just horrible journalists in every sense of the word, and I reluctantly quit Shacknews after they redesigned the site and removed all the words (clever move, Shacknews).

Kadayi
06-06-2011, 12:58 AM
I avoid IGN (completely uninformative reviews - see the Retribution review to see what I mean) and Destructoid (Jim Sterling.) like rape.

Yeah Jim Sterling is the Armond White of games Journalism. That metacritic still take account of his reviews is kind of mind boggling tbh.

duff
06-06-2011, 01:29 AM
Yeah Jim Sterling is the Armond White of games Journalism. That metacritic still take account of his reviews is kind of mind boggling tbh.

He gave Witcher 2 6/10. :(

vinraith
06-06-2011, 01:36 AM
Nowhere, come to think of it. I used to read IGN, 1UP, Gamespot, 2404, and various other places, but at this point RPS is pretty much it. Honestly, this place makes me aware of far more interesting games than I could ever actually hope to play, so I suppose it's sufficient.

I do occasionally pop over to Wargamer to updates on that particular niche, which RPS doesn't cover quite enough IMO (Tim Stone's lovely articles notwithstanding), but for the most part this place is my one-stop.

dsi1
06-06-2011, 07:51 AM
Besides RPS I get my gaming news mostly trough Word of Mouth, usually via Twitter, IRC, or Steam Friends. I also check PC Gamer and dev blogs of games I'm interested in as well. Something I'm really liking right now is this (http://bf3.immersedcode.org/), it aggregates everything posted by BF3 developers through multiple sources, very awesome. (There is also a Brink version, not sure about any others though)

Ravenger
06-06-2011, 08:05 AM
Blues News has always been my primary PC gaming news site. RPS I prefer for comment and in-depth coverage, but Blues is nearly always first with the PC gaming news.

lunarplasma
06-06-2011, 09:08 AM
Kotaku is my only other main source of gaming info. They're usually more on top of more things than RPS is, but I find their new layout fiendish. Besides, RPS has far far more personality (and britishsms).

Jockie
06-06-2011, 09:40 AM
Kind of suprised no-one has mentioned VG247, they seem to have the quickest newshounds out of any gaming site, I read PCgamer and Eurogamer too.

Jams O'Donnell
06-06-2011, 09:40 AM
RPS is where I come for PC news, but if I want console news I go to gaming's 4chan, Destructoid. Jim Sterling is usually a prick, but every now and then he makes a good argument passionately, and most of the other writers are decent enough. The presenters of their TV/YouTube show are decent too.

Edawan
06-06-2011, 10:30 AM
Eurogamer for the generally good writing and features.
Kotaku for the broader subjects on gaming culture. (also they update the most often, so that keeps me busy when I'm bored)
Gamasutra for some good interviews and opinion pieces (sometimes republished from a blog, but it's easier to find that way)
Gametrailers for seeing the games in motion.
WowInsider and MMO-Champion for WoW news and articles.

El_MUERkO
06-06-2011, 10:44 AM
http://www.vg247.com/ - Fast unbiased gaming news blog
http://www.eurogamer.net/ - Great community, good features, occasional 'drama' review
http://www.allaboutthegames.co.uk/ - Independent, unafraid, accepts content submissions
http://www.kotaku.com/ - Very popular so it can get exclusives
http://www.pcgamer.com/ - Much improved in the last few years
http://www.gameboar.com/ - All the news from dozens of gaming sites on one page, in permanent beta

thegooseking
06-06-2011, 11:41 AM
Kotaku is my only other main source of gaming info. They're usually more on top of more things than RPS is, but I find their new layout fiendish. Besides, RPS has far far more personality (and britishsms).

I didn't mind the redesign, but have they stopped with the articles calculated to inflame the trolls yet? I'm not going back until they do.

arienette
06-06-2011, 11:46 AM
Are there any *good* ideologically-driven, well-written and content-rich sites out there? I'm thinking of feminist writings in particular, but other perspectives could be interesting too. Just not Parents Television Council-esque stuff.


borderhouseblog.com and then follow links for more.

Tei
06-06-2011, 12:52 PM
I use google.

Then google sends me to a lot of sites, and consistently to quality articles from Eurogamer. It seems the people of eurogamer are good. But I don't follow the site (reading it daily or similar), It just pop in my google searchs.

Edawan
06-06-2011, 02:33 PM
I didn't mind the redesign, but have they stopped with the articles calculated to inflame the trolls yet? I'm not going back until they do.
I honnestly don't know what you're talking about.

TychoCelchuuu
06-06-2011, 05:51 PM
I honnestly don't know what you're talking about.

Kotaku writers get paid per pageview, so they write controversial articles or articles with controversial headlines. That way people read it and get angry or inflamed or whatever and click on the article so that they can post their opinion. It makes it a very annoying website to read but it drives their views through the roof.

Henke
06-06-2011, 07:38 PM
TTLG (http://www.ttlg.com/forums/forum.php) is my main online hangout. Besides that(and RPS) I've started to check in on killscreen (http://www.killscreendaily.com/) once a day lately. Yeah their reviews sometimes miss the mark and sometimes I think they just go against the grain to make some waves and get attention(LA Noire 5/10, really, guys?), but at least the writing is always interesting and they have cool interviews and articles you don't see in many other places.

mbp
06-06-2011, 08:09 PM
I only have RPS left on my daily reading list. I used to have sites like GWJ and The Escapist but those guys are too erudite for me, half the time I couldn't understand what they were talking about.

RPS speaks to my level and even though it is never the first with any news I probably prefer it that way.

Plus, RPS has a great community of commenters ranging from Joe Soaps like myself to heavy hitters of the gaming industry. Mind you I can't help noticing that most of us who comment on RPS have somewhat old fashioned tastes in gaming and tend to look down on any game released in the last decade (unless it's an indie).

Rii
07-06-2011, 09:22 PM
borderhouseblog.com and then follow links for more.

Awesome, thanks. I've lost hours of my life already! I particularly like chemicalalia's work on female TF2 models.

Mihkel
07-06-2011, 09:25 PM
Besides RPS I have GameInformer, Eurogamer, Gametrailers and Joystiq.com in the favourites list.

KRVeale
07-06-2011, 10:30 PM
One I've run into over just the last few days is NightmareMode.net (http://nightmaremode.net/), which seems to be taking the RPS approach to things. There's interesting articles up there, they've put me onto some indie titles I hadn't heard of - like Infested Planet (http://nightmaremode.net/?p=5097)* - and there's a fun tone to their writing.

There's an article with ongoing impressions of Space Pirates and Zombies which includes the writer essentially saying "I've done unspeakable things to survive, things which would have been unthinkable just hours ago. They will haunt me forever..." before proceeding to explain the atrocity they committed and why.

They're definitely holding my interest.

* Battle report linked on bottom of page worth reading, IMHO.

dhex
08-06-2011, 01:12 AM
i only read rps because i only care about a small subset of pc games, and they do that bit very well. i don't believe there are any other pc-only sites out there worth reading. (i may be wrong, as the internet is large)

ashpanic
08-06-2011, 03:46 AM
One I've run into over just the last few days is NightmareMode.net (http://nightmaremode.net/), which seems to be taking the RPS approach to things. There's interesting articles up there, they've put me onto some indie titles I hadn't heard of - like Infested Planet (http://nightmaremode.net/?p=5097)* - and there's a fun tone to their writing.

There's an article with ongoing impressions of Space Pirates and Zombies which includes the writer essentially saying "I've done unspeakable things to survive, things which would have been unthinkable just hours ago. They will haunt me forever..." before proceeding to explain the atrocity they committed and why.

They're definitely holding my interest.

* Battle report linked on bottom of page worth reading, IMHO.
Oi, thanks. That happens to be my site! Though, all of the good material, we're holding off on until E3 is over..we don't want our writer's stuff to get lost in the mix. So, if you can suffer through this week's fluff...we'll be having some great stuff in just a few days.

On topic: any blog mentioned on Critical Distance.

KRVeale
08-06-2011, 04:13 AM
Oi, thanks. That happens to be my site! Though, all of the good material, we're holding off on until E3 is over..we don't want our writer's stuff to get lost in the mix. So, if you can suffer through this week's fluff...we'll be having some great stuff in just a few days.

On topic: any blog mentioned on Critical Distance.

Hah, very cool! I'll bear that in mind. The June Omnitopic is interesting, too...