I also find that my opinion on games align with the writers of RPS more often than not, so there opinion means a lot more to me than the writers of other sites. Reviews of Tomb Raider were almost unanimously very positive across the board, but the RPS review highlighted the areas that I knew would bother. Based on other sites, I probably would have put a pre-order in, but I held off for RPS and decided it was a bargain buy. Footage I've seen since and player comments makes me believe this was the right choice.
So, I want RPS to cover as many games as I am likely to play as possible. I'm probably not going to play Indie Platformer 34. As someone else says though, I think there is just a drought on AAA games news at the moment. We have had a couple of pretty big releases (the aforementioned Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite,) and those have received plenty of coverage. I don't feel as if I am missing out on anything by sticking to RPS as my main source of gaming news.
I can't think of [m]any big releases that have not been given coverage here this year. The hive mind is obviously rather fond of indie games too but I do not think that the ratio of posts is disproportionate. There is some leeway given to smaller indie games compared to big budget AAA games but I think that is due to the relatively modest scale of scope and or budget.
I think that all games are covered optimistically and enthusiastically, whether indie or not. I remember some pretty optimistic articles about all the CoD games for instance - and if there is ever a series of games the receives negativity....
yes, there are a lot of posts about political aspects of gaming because the hive mind do and have always believed such things are important. Sexism may be a recent bugbear but it is not the first. The fact that it has proved so divisive compared to others may be quite telling.
Looking through their archives I actually don't think that the subject matter has shifted much at all. With the passing of old writers there have been shifts in particular focusses and tastes but the only real area where I feel like there has been a significant tonal shift is with us, the audience.
The politcal and indie stuff is one of the main reasons I frequent this site.
I personally find the here's a video posts to be the ones that I have no interest in and could find on every gaming website under the sun.
And how about Thi4f, Doom 4 / Rage 2 (?), Elderscrolls online, GTA V, Rome Total War II, Splintercell Blacklist, Arma III, Company of Heroes II, Metro; Last light, Neverwinter and more? Not too shabby me thinks
I feel there’s less critical engagement than there used to be. It’s basically “This thing is coming out” WIT’s and “we talked to some people in fairly tightly controlled circumstances”. The things such as Gaming Made Me, Game Diaries and essays seem to have died off a bit. Not complaining that this is the case as they can do as they wish, but I would prefer more of the latter and a lot less of the former personally.
The Mental Health stuff this year has been my personal highlight, excellent stuff, and it’s that sort of thing which still makes RPS stand out in my experience, you wouldn’t get it anywhere else. I’d just like more of it is all.
But me wanting something is no more than that, and should have no bearing on what some blokes want to do with the site they own basically.
They can't report on what doesn't exist. Look at the Amazon PC Game releases for the past month, there's nothing there. It's a slow period, not helped by the fact that many big publishers have ignored the PC platform for years, or that they still tend to shove them in a pile on specific dates, or that the consoles are on the way out so less AAA games are being made. I feel sorry for you if at this stage you don't even dabble in the Indi scene, because all signs point to it being the face of PC gaming this year, perhaps even gaming in general.
We never found out what happened to Ian Football.
The problem with the WITs though is that they're starting to become fairly light on "What they think" and are starting to sound like advertisements or rants. The Papo and Yo article is a good example - the first half is a bunch of anecdotes which aren't particularly informative, the actual WIT doesn't really start until the last bit. I get the connection but I don't think it was necessary. Also although the review admits it has many flaws and is effectively a boring puzzler, it ends with "But it's still good and worth getting!" which is becoming the punchline to way too many indie reviews, not just on RPS but elsewhere. It's almost like "Well the execution is boring and if it was anything else we'd skip it, but it's indie and it's got art and style so it's great really go buy."
Then again, as you say we're not running the site, they can write however they like. Doesn't mean we can't offer opinions though!
It's more about what the writers write about rather than the usual gaming news that made me frequent RPS. They always shell out such brilliant stuff even when their just basically ranting about it but I do really miss some stuff that they haven't made for a while like Gaming Made Me or this
RPS's main thing is that they write about indie games on the same level as AAA games. It's basically their reason for existing and it's what they've always done. It's very odd to complain about it, or suggest it's a new thing.
It's true that the increase in 'news posts' that just report an announcement or trailer has buried some of the better content. But essentially RPS is the same as it's always been.
I would like to see RPS do a bit more actual REPORTING. You know, investigating and stuff, rather than just posting opinion pieces. (Recently sites like PA Reports and Polygon seem to have started doing that a lot more). But then again, RPS is just a blog and maybe that's not what they want to do.