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Thread: RPS aside...
05-06-2011, 06:58 PM #1
... 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 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.)
- 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.
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05-06-2011, 07:11 PM #2
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.
05-06-2011, 07:11 PM #3
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.Guild Wars 2: Cutthroat Dan / Bladehand Dan / Arcane Dan / Hypnotic Dan / Zealous Dan
05-06-2011, 07:16 PM #4
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.
05-06-2011, 07:20 PM #5
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.
Gamers With Jobs
The Married Gamers (Full disclosure: I write here sometimes.)
Boing Boing's Offworld
Play the Past
05-06-2011, 07:26 PM #6
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05-06-2011, 07:27 PM #7
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.
05-06-2011, 07:29 PM #8
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: -
Gamers with jobs
Being the main ones. For daily web visits I tend to stick with RPS, Giantbomb (quick looks are great) and halflife2.net.
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05-06-2011, 08:15 PM #11
Eurogamer, r/gaming, and maybe Joystiq when I am commuting and bored. Also hl2.net like Kadayi mentioned.
05-06-2011, 08:52 PM #12
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.
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05-06-2011, 08:52 PM #13
Ars Technica, Gamasutra, Something Awful, Quarter to Three
05-06-2011, 09:00 PM #14
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.
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05-06-2011, 09:43 PM #16
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.
05-06-2011, 09:50 PM #17
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.
05-06-2011, 09:54 PM #18
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 and Tom Chick's site are always interesting to me as well.
Since I love indies, I'm also a fan of sites like the Indie Games blog (even if Michael Rose harbors contempt for PC gamers), TIGSource, Play This Thing, Jay is Games, IndieRPGs, and Pixel Prospector.
05-06-2011, 11:35 PM #19
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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.
05-06-2011, 11:45 PM #20
Surprisingly, I get most good links to game news via Twitter.