PSA: RPS is now owned by Gamer Network

Kieron and Jim, yesterday.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun began in 2007 with a modest goal and in the ten years since has grown and grown, from that first post to a glistening archive of over 33,000, and from four founders working in their spare time to a hugely successful enterprise with seven full-time staff. We achieved our goal, but our ambitions have grown bigger.

We want to keep growing and to build a better, more entertaining website about PC games, and we can do that better with help. To that end, we’re excited to announce that RPS is now owned by Gamer Network.

What does this actually mean?

Don’t panic. It’s good things. Gamer Network have been providing the adverts on RPS for the past seven years, and have been an increasingly helpful partner in recent years. Becoming a part of the same network as Eurogamer, ModDB, and VG247 means that we’ll benefit from the company’s larger resources. This includes the opportunity to do exciting things like hire new people, branch out into new areas such as video, and to modernise the site’s appearance and tech. In an increasingly fierce world, RPS now has big boys to hang with in the playground. That’s going to help us out. We’ll be able to do more, and do it better.

It does mean that Jim and Kieron (remember them?) have exited the RPS treehouse for the final time to continue spending their lives grappling with videogame robots and comic book superheroes. Otherwise, everything will remain the same. John and Alec aren’t going anywhere and will continue as writers for the site exactly as before, as will Adam, Alice, Brendan, Graham and Pip. We have the exact same separation between editorial and advertising as before. We still do only what Horace’s commandments allow.

We’re excited about the future of RPS and we hope you are, too. If you have any questions, drop them in the comments below or in an email to


Top comments

  1. John Walker says:

    An official statement from John Walker:

    "There comes a point in everyone's career when they must abandon all their principles and beliefs, and sell out to The Man. It was simply our time. I want to assure readers that while RPS will be irreparably damaged by this sale, and that everything they love and hold dear about the site is lost, my mortgage has been significantly reduced."
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    Matchstick says:

    Any chance this means the end of the horrific Taboola/Revcontent/whatever ad infestation ?

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      DuncUK says:

      Good question. You will not believe what happens next!

      • Sound says:

        I did this one weird trick that’ll shock you, and muted Ad-Block on this site a while back. Wanna support muh peeps. But it’s been… unpleasant.

        If a larger corporate entity now supports RPS, is it okay to finally block out the zits and tattoos and celebrities and flag-wielding rural man? I mean, my god, it’s pretty awful.

        • Don Reba says:

          You’re not really supporting them unless you click the ads.

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            Graham Smith says:

            That’s not exactly true: seeing the ads helps as well.

          • Sakkura says:

            So that’s explicit confirmation that you’re hacking into our webcams and tracking whether our eyeballs are pointed at the ads.


          • unacom says:

            Good luck scanning the yellow post-it, then.

          • ButteringSundays says:

            Outside of PPC pretty much all online advertising is driven by impressions. Modern ad networks are smart enough to not include users blocking ads in their metrics. Therefore blocking ads on a website like RPS is likely to have a direct negative impact on their bottom line.

            People are so ready to steal content from websites under the justification that ‘ads are bad!’, seemingly never considering the option of not consuming the content they’re unwilling to pay for in the first place. You’re not entitled to it.

          • Don Reba says:

            We have a thing for mediating exchange of goods and services. It’s called money. If you want to be reimbursed for your work, put a price on it — it’s no good going back to a barter economy.

        • baseless_drivel says:

          You could always consider an RPS supporter account for the cost of about 3 USD per month. Then you could just block all the ads you want without much guilt, in addition to getting a bunch of other perks.

          • ButteringSundays says:

            But that would mean they’re not getting their cake and eating it too.

          • Tartrazine says:

            Supporter benefits are few, beyond some stuff you probably aren’t interested on joining and reading various occasional ramblings that didn’t fit squarely into being ‘general site worthy’ so ended as supporter posts.

            I did wonder if that was because the supporter thing never really took off, anyhoo given the site no longer needs my miserly support I’ll be dropping my sub come renewal time. S’pect they’ll be dropping it – or massively changing it now this is ‘officially’ a business – in the new world anyway

          • John Walker says:

            You get a unique post *every weekday*, which we consider absolutely top quality, written specifically for the supporter programme. Mine for today is already at 1200 words and I’m nowhere near done.

          • dontnormally says:

            John: Any news on how or if the supporter program can/will/could/would/might change given the shift in management?

          • WombatDeath says:

            That’s what I do. However, I’d prefer to have RPS recognise me to be a supporter and refrain from showing ads to me as a result. I’m more than happy to pay for the privilege but it’s not one that RPS currently offers me.

            I understand from a forum post that contractual issues prevent this option from being offered. Perhaps with the change of ownership this can be explored properly – the Escapist manages to offer an ad-free experience to its subscribers so it’s clearly not impossible. Regardless, I’d appreciate some info from RPS on what these contractual problems are.

          • battles_atlas says:

            Why not be a supporter with ad block installed?

    • Jackablade says:

      Pretty please.

    • sonofsanta says:

      Given how frequently NSFW they are, yes please.

      Alternatively, if anyone knows a way of blocking just that section through uBlock without also blocking everything else–I want RPS to get paid–I’m all ears. I can easily block them with uBlock on, but I can’t have everything but them. For now, I suffer them.

      • BlueTemplar says:

        uMatrix allows for more granularity.

        I always prefer to block all ads and to provide support by directly paying, like with the RPS supporter system.

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        DelrueOfDetroit says:

        Using the “hide this ad” feature will work eventually. If you keep at it for a couple of weeks you can get it to stop showing you ads you’d rather not see.

    • Otterley says:

      “Gamer Network have been providing the adverts on RPS for the past seven years […]”. Probably not :/

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      Graham Smith says:

      We’re aware of the problems and it’s actively being worked on, yes. Stay tuned.

      In the meantime, if there are ads in there you don’t like, email me a screenshot and the URL of where it links and I can maybe help. Address is

      • Ben says:

        Thanks Graham, I’ve emailed you. Not sure if the links I sent are helpful – I’m not clicking through to find out which url they end up at!
        I had emailed the general RPS address about these before when they got particularly egregious. I definitely appreciate the site not having intrusive ads, as John mentions below, but these Revcontent ones are always really gross. I’d prefer (muted, tasteful) video adverts over these.

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        Matchstick says:

        The problem comes that complaining about individual Taboola/Revcontent/Whatever ads is literally the worlds most pointless game of Whack-a-mole because even if you block that one there are 10s of thousands that are just as bad waiting to fill that space.

        The only effective solution is to stop taking any content from these providers.

      • wackazoa says:

        Im gonna be honest with you. I dont block your ads because I disagree with you or them. The work computer Im using is a 2006 Dell computer with a Celeron 420 single core processor and just under 1 GB of ram. DDR2 ram that is like 677mhz or something. All on beautiful Windows XP. My PC doesnt do anything that moves without trying to crash and rebooting. So I have to block any and all moving pictures or “cycling” ads.

        I dont block you on my home PC, just my work one, which is usually the one Im surfing the web on. Sorry, we keep talking about upgrading eventually though, so in the future we should be golden.

    • Shiloh says:

      Every day’s a school day with the Revcontent stuff though… in the past 3 days I’ve:

      – Learnt 33 Facts About The Amish That Made My Skin Crawl (as promised)
      – Waited Until I Saw What He Looked Like Now!
      – Got Official Tickets For The $130 Million Powerball Lottery in United
      – Owned A Computer and Had To Try That Game

      etc etc

    • Eater Of Cheese says:

      I suspect this is act 2 of the end of RPS, but I’ll keep reading until the sellout is complete, then go back to re-reading Old Man Murray ad infinitum

    • thenevernow says:

      It probably means comments will switch to Disqus and Taboola will stay.

      • Optimaximal says:

        EG don’t use Disqus.

        • thenevernow says:

          I know. But PCGamer does and RPS probably needs (or will receive anyway) a code refresh and to depart from its WordPress roots; this might be a tempting occasion to introduce Disqus.

          • Malcolm says:

            My impression is that Eurogamer (and presumably therefore the whole Gamer network) invest in their own content platform, therefore I see no reason why they would bother with something like Disqus? What would the benefit be?

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            DelrueOfDetroit says:

            Please don’t. Disqus will just increase the number of trolls while killing the community because a lot of people will be unable to get their old usernames back (grizzly for example).

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            Grizzly says:

            Disqus allows both an unique username and a non-unique displayname, just like WordPress does. My username here isn’t actually Grizzly, for instance, and I show up as a Grizzly on Disqus over at CoolGhosts. That’ll be fine :-)

            I am not sure being named in a comment means an appreciation for my words or a statement on how utterly generic my name is :-P

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            DelrueOfDetroit says:

            You’re just a cool dude who I know has been around the site for a long time and your name is a good example.

    • keefybabe says:

      Aw man, those adverts are like a constant goatse in my eyes.

  2. Sakkura says:

    Not sure I agree their ad serving has been that great (there are forum threads with various complaints). But at least the kinds of other sites they run fit with RPS.

    BTW there’s a typo in the 4th paragraph. “Becom” seems to have moved from the third line to the end of the paragraph.

    Edit: That typo disappeared quickly :)

    • John Walker says:

      There will be complaints about *any* advertising, and we complain about them too. But it’s essential to recognise that RPS has had and will have by FAR the least dreadful advertising compared with any other rivals.

      We do not allow ads that play sound, we do not allow ads that obscure the screen (good grief, I swear it’s literally impossible to actually read PCG for the ads stopping me), and we keep video to a tiny minimum if at all. In doing so, we’ve sacrificed *vast amounts* of money. For real.

      It’s certainly extremely galling to have people bellowing about RPS’s evils (not directed specifically at this comment, just in general) when we know that our ads are so, so much less intrusive than our competition’s, especially when we know how much richer we could be if we didn’t have principles about these things.

      Yes, there are still ads that appear that merit complaint, and we deal with them as best we can.

      • Babymech says:

        Ironically, most other gaming sites are much less offensive and intrusive in their advertising in my experience… because in my experience those sites just get ad blocked. I think that’s part of the reason why readers react to RPS ads, which they presumably choose not to block – when I come here the site just seems garish by comparison, through no fault of yours… or at least through no virtue of the competition.

        • Sound says:

          This is a great point. I’ll block the other sites with no guilt. But I don’t block RPS.
          What a frustrating, no-win dilemma.

          I’m willing to place my bets in favor of the RPS staff making good choices down in this arena they’re fighting in. But I’d still caution against a “Can’t Please Everyone” stance. The lack of a better alternative doesn’t make the present options good.

          I promise that if you fine folks find a marginal improvement over the One Weird Trick Zit Goo That I Won’t Believe Happens Next, I’ll never, ever say anything about the ads again.

        • April March says:

          I also don’t see ads on other gaming websites, because I don’t go to other gaming websites.

      • benjamin says:

        I have always appreciated the RPS adverts as being the least worst out there. Faint praise, but it’s meant sincerely.

        As long as the top quality writing continues, I’m happy.

      • Arathorn says:

        Sorry John, but it is hard to be worse than Tamboola, or whatever it’s called. Hell, I’d even prefer porn ads. Just as offensive and NSFW, but at least they can occasionally be humorous in their grotesqueness.

        Almost every takeover comes with claims that nothing will change, especially in the games industry. We all know that these promises last a few years at best. I’m not complaining out of entitlement, you owe me nothing, and I’ll keep reading unless the quality goes downhill, and I sincerely hope it doesn’t. I’m just a bit sceptical about all this that’s all.

        • John Walker says:

          Being skeptical is completely reasonable.

          My suggestion is to be wary of attributing inevitable “Not as good as it used to be” thinking that everyone has about everything to the change.

      • Ben says:

        As I said to Graham above, I definitely appreciate the site not having intrusive ads, but these Revcontent ones are always really gross. I’d prefer (muted, tasteful) video adverts over these.

        Anyway, congrats on the merging of the hive-minds!

      • Deano2099 says:

        Part of it is your readers adapting the RPS attitude though. If you’re covering a game you’re not going to give it points for having boob armor that isn’t quite as exploitative as boob armor in other games. You’re going to insist it does better and remove it entirely. (Even if that stuff helps sell games)

        • ButteringSundays says:

          I think that’s part of it – it sometimes feels like RPS’ moral outlook stops at the dollar the sign – because a lot of the ads here are for things the writers absolutely hate.

          You don’t have to be cynical to see the problem with that.

      • darkath says:

        You’re not really “losing” money when you refuse to display invasive advertising :
        1. You’re losing an opportunity to make money. Which is not quite the same
        2. You’re preserving your readership, that would sooner turn on adblock or migrate to another site than suffer invasive advertising. I’ve seen popular websites kick the bucket because their userbase plummeted as the ads became more and more nightmarish. More ads = More money is not true in the slightest.

        • MajorLag says:

          Actually, you do get money for views in many ad networks. Not nearly as much as click-throughs of course, but the volume is significantly higher.

          • Optimaximal says:

            Indeed, and the pay per view/load/whatever for these junk ad networks is significantly higher than legit adverts via Adsense or other more legit sources.

          • ButteringSundays says:

            Exactly, and on the flip-side grotesque advertising can potentially reduce the number of visitors over time, therefore reducing (all) ad income, click or impression.

            As they said, more advertising != more money. If it were that easy…

      • Baines says:

        I’ve said several times before that RPS ran both more ads in general as well as more problematic ads specifically than other gaming news sites that I frequented.

        I even did a side-by-side comparison once with another gaming news site that was fairly ad-heavy. (It wasn’t a rigged test either. I honestly didn’t know whether RPS would win or lose.) RPS lost.

        I’ve also had much more trouble with RPS ads than pretty much any other site that isn’t a scam site or a free download service. Autoplaying ads, ads that gobble CPU and RAM like no tomorrow, hijack links, and various other issues.

        I used to complain on the forums about RPS’s ads, but quit because it did no good. Complaints about the number of ads was met with denial. Complaints about objectionable content was met with the response that RPS didn’t feel responsible for personally policing the ads that were run, and that it was instead the users’ responsibility to police them. Complaints about problem ads were largely met with silence (as the ads guy only posted every few months), and such ads often seemed to just run their regular course. Some problem ads even returned later. Sometimes such complaints were met with the defense that they weren’t technically against the specific standards that RPS promised to apply. It was all just shouting from inside a sound-proofed booth.

        Though when I did say that RPS’s ad situation specifically is the reason I reinstalled an ad-blocker, I did receive an insult from a member of the RPS staff.

        • malkav11 says:

          Yeah, I have had ads break RPS quite regularly, among other objectionable traits. It’s conceivable that RPS’s ad scheme is genuinely better than most other gaming sites but if so that’s more of a criticism of the general state of web advertising than a virtue of RPS’s.

          But frankly I don’t know what the solution would be.

        • Don Reba says:

          I moved from ABP to uBlock specifically because of RPS. Though, I can’t really compare it to other gaming sites because I don’t regularly visit any.

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        Phasma Felis says:

        I love you guys and I want to support you, and RPS is the only site where I pay for a subscription, but Taboola (or Revcontent or whatever it is now) is the reason I switched to scorched-earth adblocking. Specifically, the time it started showing “TOP 5 MOST PAINFUL TORTURES” with illustration on every RPS article.

        As Matchstick said, blowing the whistle on individual ads is pointless because whatever replaces them will be just as awful. I appreciate that it’s really hard to survive off of inoffensive ads, and I’ll keep my subscription regardless, but I really hope you can find a less open-sewer-ish ad provider in all this.

      • Halcyon says:

        For the record there Grumpy, I have experienced your adverts blasting audio from auto-playing videos ads on numerous occasions. Usually it happens at 3am after my computer wakes itself after an update. It is super fun.

        In other words, your shit does in fact stink after all.

      • April March says:

        Yeah, for me the response was “oh, the people for the exploitative ads that often show gross stuff are now running the entire website? What excellent news

        Of course people will complain no matter what ads there are, but RPS’ ads are bad enough to warrant these complaints. I know this because I remember the time before Taboola ads came on, and I, personally, had no complaint about the ads then. I do now.

        I’m not going to throw these at RPS’ metaphorical face. I know they need money and I know that, most likely, without Taboola ads they probably couldn’t have afforded to get Alice and Pip. This doesn’t mean I like or make excuses for the ads.

        The idea that these ads are better than the competition is ridiculous. By that logic if my government went to my house and took everything I own they could say that at least they’re better than whatever dictators are actively comitting genocide right now. More importantly, and less abstractedly: I don’t give a single shit about how ads are in other gaming websites, because I don’t visit them. RPS is the only gaming website I visit, and taken on its own, its ad experience is excruciating. I know that I must be within the top percentile of ‘ad cleanness’ if RPS is the website I visit regularly with literally the worst ads; but it’s still the website I visit regularly with literally the worst ads.

        Also, I’m in Brazil. I doubt RPS has a substantial reader base in Brazil. This means that, no matter how valiantly Graham fights against bad ads, I am much more likely to see them, because the bad ads need to be 1) seen by someone else in my geographic region who 2) knows how to contact RPS about removing ads and 3) cares to do so, for each individual bad ad.

        If whoever serves ads to RPS could work with it and be willing to enforce RPS’ restrictions, I could be browsing from the atmosphere of Venus and I could be sure not to get bad ads. They don’t – they apparently need to be activated manually – and the end result is that when I tried to watch the videos about Prey I had to stop because of an auto-looping video ad trying to sell me diapers.

      • Siimon says:

        > We do not allow ads that play sound,

        Thats a pretty low standard. FYI the crappy taboolie “you wont believe what this celebrity did with their armpit fat” crap ads were what made me start adblocking on RPS (after many years of not doing it, and being a subscription donor back in the day)

  3. Babymech says:

    Proposed rule changes to streamline the site for the Gamer Network family:
    1) No more sarcasm, puns, or content that might to lead to confusion, or as it is properly known Suboptimized User Messaging and Mindshare Utilization. Articles should be press releases, purchasing links, OR objective numeric game scores.

    2) Rock, Paper, Zhotgun

    3) More gambling. Not news about gambling, or gambling games, but actual gambling, where users bet on articles, number of comments, lateness of news, etc.

    • RedViv says:

      FIFTY QUID ON JOHN BEING GRUMPY what do you mean the payout is only a single penny

    • Eater Of Cheese says:

      + Please create a RPS client I can install on my computer to track my behaviour and deliver telemetry back to your corporate overlords

      + Please also gameify all interactions on the site so I feel like a real PC gamerrrrrrrrrrrr

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    • April March says:

      Rock, Paper, Zhtogun dot biz (this is important)

  4. Shiloh says:

    I sincerely hope the fact that Sir Tim of Stone’s name isn’t on the list of made guys doesn’t mean bad things for him and the Flare Path?

    • Styxie says:

      RPS could go out of business and Tim would still probably keep posting Flare Path every week; like one of those Japanese guerrillaS who didn’t find out that WW2 ended until the 60s.

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        phuzz says:

        I assume you meant guerrilla, but actually I prefer your version of apes hiding on islands behind enemy lines.

      • Grumpy Trooper says:

        wait….the Japanese used large hairy beasts in world war II ? Well I suppose as they live in the jungles they would help out the guerrillas who are still there :)

      • a1ml3ss says:

        RPS is the only place I read the bottom half of the Internet as avidly as the top and observations like this is why.

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          Phasma Felis says:

          “The bottom half of the internet” is my favorite phrase of the day.

    • John Walker says:

      That’s a list of full-time employees. Tim is a freelancer, and we cling onto him with talons buried into his shoulders.

      • Shiloh says:

        Good to hear. Make sure your new overlords pay him lots of money, please – I’m a freelance writer too and I know how precarious it can be without a regular paying gig.

        • unacom says:

          As a part-time freelancer and full-time flare-pather, I second this motion.

        • frymaster says:

          I suspect Mr Walker would be more likely to turn the website into a Trump fansite before he’d be willing to undervalue writers

      • Otterley says:

        Keep your talons in your talent!

      • Hydrogene says:

        Great news. You need sharp talons to hold on to talent as sharp as Mr Stone’s.

      • Stugle says:

        I feel the need to throw in another endorsement for the peerless Mr Stone. The reason I even have a username here is because of the Flare Path. And it’s not just that I enjoy the topics of the Flare Path: Tim can make a real-time playthrough of an overnight route in OMSI bus simulator the most riveting thing I’ve read all week. The man takes words and turns them into gold.

    • Gothnak says:

      Tim better not be going anywhere… Unless he is thinking of starting his own website.. Do it Tim!

      • SpiceTheCat says:

        Were I to win a substantial lottery, one of my plans would be to establish a Tim Stone foundation, dedicated to supplying him with all the Airfix kits and proper tea needed to provide a daily Flare Path. It would be a service to mankind, really.

  5. sonofsanta says:

    Even though it has been such a very long time, it still makes me curiously sad to see Kieron and Jim disconnected from the hivemind fully at last :(

    • RedViv says:

      Nobody ever leaves the hivemind. This merely finishes the uncoupling from the digestive branches.

    • Otterley says:

      And while they truly believed they’d carry on with the own careers, we all know that their bodies flopped lifelessly to the ground the moment the connection was severed. Quite possibly in the most embarrassing situations.

      • Stompywitch says:

        It’s been literally days since Kieron’s last comic, he’s clearly utterly failed.

        (Phonogram was, and remains, fantastic.)

  6. VelvetFistIronGlove says:

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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    • Jeremy says:

      I always abandon things that I love when they become successful. How dare they.

      • April March says:

        Giving the site to your admasters is not success. It might not be failure, but at best it’s a move sideways.

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    Ninja Dodo says:

    Interesting. I am generally wary of companies getting bought, but if this means a nicer looking/working-website and more cool videos (like Fail Forward) in addition to the consistently excellent writing that works for me.

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      The Almighty Moo says:

      I would love to see Fail Forward brought back. Or video versions of The Mechanic.

  8. gbrading says:

    Sounds ok to me so long as RPS continues to be run as a separate site and doesn’t get merged into Eurogamer at some point. Maybe now is a good time to abandon this old-fashioned commenting system and move to something like Disqus?

    • RedViv says:

      Because everyone just loves a system that introduces spammy ads completely unannounced and needs subscription to remove them.

      • Sound says:

        Oof, good point. Another dilemma.

      • Don Reba says:

        Unfortunately, RPS subscription does not remove the ads. uBlock does, though, so it’s fine.

        • RedViv says:

          Ah, that was a take on disqus, who recently just had the brilliant idea to switch to an ad-based system without telling those who use it for their comments sections.

          • anevilyak says:

            “recently”? Every site I visit that uses disqus for comments has had those obnoxious ads for literally years (one of the single biggest things I bless ublock origin for).

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      Graham Smith says:

      No chance of merging, that’s for sure.

      There are plans to improve everything about the site in the long-term, comments included. Some stuff will happen quicker than others though.

      • BlueTemplar says:

        A way to see and search our previous comments (similar to phpBB forum or Disqus functionality) would be much appreciated!

        Also the (WordPress?) notifications about answers to our comments seem to be wonky – I think there’s no way to separate subscription to articles from subscription to comments?

      • demicanadian says:

        Hehe… as if RPS had anything to say in that matter from now on :D

      • Jay Load says:

        I’m interested in seeing RPS thrive. It’s a genuinely wonderful thing in this day and age, despite the rampant eye-cancer that is the poorer advertising it uses.

        I’ve been thinking for a year or two now that the blog-ish format was becoming a bit stale, and needed some kind of upgrade. Here’s hoping you now get the chance to explode your ideas out onto the web, Graham.

  9. radian says:

    Oh no not videos.

    PS: I left the “Prove your humanity” bit blank and it let me log in anyway, beep boop.

    • alphager says:

      I agree on the “oh no, not videos” sentiment.

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        Grizzly says:

        I vehemently disagree. My words are backed with Fail Forward videos.

      • MajorLag says:

        Thirded. Fuck videos. Can’t skim them, can’t search them, and too damn slow.

        • Jay Load says:

          Videos done properly could be good – but only if done properly! If you’re imparting several paragraphs of information out across an hour long session you’ve lost me for sure – I won’t even click on it. Videos can do some things well but too often rely on the charisma of their presenters, which not everybody has even if they’ve fully-magnetic written ‘voices’.

      • Thulsa Hex says:

        My initial reaction was also “oh no, videos,” but then remembered that any vid series I’ve seen here have been great. Quinns’ Cogwatch and Marsh Davies’ Fail Forward were both smart and interesting, and Rab’s File System Aging was incredibly touching. More of this kind of thing would make me happy.

        • April March says:

          RPS videos are great indeed, but that’s not how I usually consume RPS. I’m pretty sure I’ve still got installments of Cogwatch on my watchlist (that’s… that’s how you call a list of videos you want to watch later, isn’t it? Because it feels right) because I’ve always got time to read a few words on videogames – and, thanks to Pocket, I’ve got a lot of cool RPS articles on my ereader as well – but it takes me a long time to think “well, I have a half hour now, maybe I’ll choose to spend that half hour watching videos”.

          (That is, of course, completely separate from the realization that I spent the last two hours watching Nick and Griffin battling an inflatable matress or watching a tool-assisted Mario flinging himself to the stratosphere or what have you.)

    • RedViv says:

      Yes please videos.
      Finally we can get the Adventure Game Olympian series we always needed.

    • quijote3000 says:

      I agree. Fuck videos

    • rustic says:

      Yes, RPS, no need to bother with videos for my sake either. When you have so succulent words, why ever do anything else?

    • Sigh says:

      Apparently you have never seen John eat a pie with a ladle to improve his APM. For shame. The best gaming video to ever grace our hobby.

    • tigerfort says:

      Videos are like video games – they’re not the right medium for everything, but there are also things you simply can’t do any other way. Others have mentioned Cogwatch and Fail Forward, and I’d certainly like to see more of those. But also more of Pip’s delightfully soothing tours of her homes-from-home in a range of games, or the amazing emotion-soaked videos that Rab Florence made (with occasional delightful help from his daughter:).

      Mostly what I want from RPS is text (and pictures, with their vital alt-text), but if there’s something that works best as a video, I’d rather have a fantastic video than an OK article. So far, I’d say the team’s judgement has been pretty good.

      • caff says:

        Yeah more Pip and Alice meandering round strange alien spaceports please.

    • Dynamique says:

      If this was the beginning of RPS turning into yet another site filled with daily “interesting fact” or “best XXX moments” videos and clickthrough galleries, I too say please not!

  10. distantlurker says:


    also. are there any plans to change the supporter system (*totes* asking for a friend).

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      Graham Smith says:

      In the short term, there are plans to make it so the premium codes actually successfully upgrade people’s accounts and that the existence of the system doesn’t slow down our server horribly. Beyond that, we’ll see.

      • distantlurker says:

        Copy. Thanks for getting back to me.

      • MajorLag says:

        I use an ad blocker, so I can’t verify, but I get the impression that supporters still see ads. Will that be going away? Because it’s kinda bullshit.

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        Nauallis says:

        Actually, could you look at changing the steam key rewards? I have about six codes for magicka and other things, and at this point it’s somewhat of a disincentive to resubscribing as a supporter, after having done so for the better part of two years. I’d kinda rather get nothing except supporter articles, the comment tag, and good feelings rather than more codes I can’t use and can’t gift. I probably should email that to you.

        • caff says:

          Yeah, otherwise we will have Horace Hats coming out of our collective TF2 arses.

    • shocked says:

      It is known that change is always bad, because everything always goes to shit. No hope for Horace. Those RPS billionaires sold him out.

  11. dangermouse76 says:

    Cool. So does this mean you guys dont own RPS at all anymore. Your are employes ? That would feel weird if I suddenly had a boss after all these years being self employed.
    Either way I hope this leads to greater investment in your site to grow it even more.

    • Alec Meer says:

      Yep. Weird indeed, but the bigwigs at GN know far more about tech and biz than we ever did, so makes sense to give ’em the keys, really.

      • dangermouse76 says:

        Well congrats you’ve built something great here. Long may it last.

      • milligna says:

        Cut to a year from now.


  12. Tafdolphin says:

    This is…hmm. One of the main reasons (besides the writing) that RPS was so attractive as a source of news and reviews was its, I don’t want to say ‘outsider’ but ‘alternative’ position within the industry press. It was gaming’s The Fly, or Little White Lies. It felt like a group of people had come together to write about an activity they adored, not to create content for hits. But this…this feels very NME. You can’t maintain the indie feel of a zine and be owned by a conglomerate. Not that’s this is the site’s aim or anything. Long story short I’m sad, and I’m not quite sure why.

    This article though. It’s all a bit “greater good” isn’t it?

    • John Walker says:

      I really don’t think there’s a reason to worry. And I complete understand where you’re coming from.

      The reality is, GN has been the corporate side of RPS for many years anyway, and they do not intend to have editorial influence over the content of the site. What made the deal so attractive was it intends to let RPS carry on being RPS, only with better resources to do so.

      I think my main goal now is to constantly annoy our new owners as much as I possibly can – if anything, having something to kick against is likely to be good for our rebellious side.

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        keithzg says:

        Certainly hard to rail against The Man when you’re him!

      • Josh W says:

        You’ve done it already, but still “doesn’t intend”? And how are they owned? What if their owners decide to change things around here? Once you get into a chain like that, you should hopefully have some kind of clause so you can buy yourselves back out again if something goes wrong. Or you’ve sacrificed a guarantee of editorial independence for generalised goodwill.

      • caff says:

        So when Alice jokingly says “John is fired” every Saturday, should we treat this a little more seriously than before?

    • Shiloh says:

      Heh, it does read a little like the “town hall meeting” your cool and trendy artisan ad agency employer holds on the morning the news breaks that you’ve just been bought by WPP.

      “On the bright side, Toby and I are now hugely wealthy.”

      • Jeremy says:

        I can imagine these things are hard to position well, and what are they supposed to say? “We sold ourselves out, and everything is burning, save yourselves! (also please still read our site?).” Actually.. that might have been a funny angle. Although, judging from yesterday, everyone’s sarcasm meter (sarcameter?)is broken, so maybe it wouldn’t have gone over well.

    • Someoldguy says:

      As long as the articles stay the same, I’m happy. If the bulk of reviews turn into video links then I won’t be here because I need minimally invasive content I can read quickly, not something I have to have good wifi and audio for.

    • MajorLag says:

      I kinda feel the same way. It’s one of the things I loved most about Gamer’s Quarter, when that was a thing. If RPS goes down the tubes because of this, we can kickstart a new one maybe.

    • TheApologist says:

      I feel the same sense of sadness that I can’t quite put my finger on. I guess read RPS from the earliest days. It connected me to my hobby in new ways, but more than that I felt like I was in the room when the in-jokes started. It’s the nearest to an online community I think I’ve had. So, Jim and Kieron officially severing ties is sad. That I know it isn’t indie any more is sad, somehow.

      But sad isn’t bad. It’s been great as an independent venture, and I am excited for what happens now.

      Also resurrect the Shotcast, you knobs.

  13. haldolium says:

    I hope this means a change for the comment system as well, preferably integrated into the forums.

  14. Baltech says:

    How will this impact the supporter program, if at all?

  15. Puppaz says:

    I find it kind of sad that a site that so proactively encourages positive attitudes towards women in games and gaming also supports ads that have a very… different sort of view.
    “This Politician Had No Idea Why People Were Staring” etc.

    Saying it’s ok because our rivals are worse isn’t really a very good argument. What would you say of a developer that put some sexist nonsense in a game saying “Oh but look at x… they’re much worse than us.”

    • John Walker says:

      That is absolutely not what I said. I was referring to the presence of adverts at all.

      And when we see those ads, we have them removed. It’s a battle, certainly. As Graham has said above, when you see an advert you don’t think is appropriate, email him a screenshot and to URL to which it links and we’ll deal with it.

      I maintain, that we give a shit about this absolutely DOES mark us out in the industry.

      • MajorLag says:

        As others have noted, though, that’s a game of Whack-a-Mole you’ll never win, or even get ahead on. It’d be better to approve ads for being not shit than to try and swat all the shitty ones. Of course, that’s not nearly as easy since you have to spend time doing it instead of just tying into an ad network, but it’s the kind of thing users appreciate.

      • Puppaz says:

        You’re right, I probably got too annoyed by the ads and misread what you said. Sorry.

    • dangermouse76 says:

      Quote:” I find it kind of sad that a site that so proactively encourages positive attitudes towards women in games and gaming also supports ads that have a very… different sort of view.”

      “Saying it’s ok because our rivals are worse isn’t really a very good argument.”

      Your claiming that against an opinion he was not expressing to your statement about women in gaming though.
      That’s unfair and disingenuous to apply your post against his statement as he was clearly addressing something else.

  16. John Walker says:

    An official statement from John Walker:

    “There comes a point in everyone’s career when they must abandon all their principles and beliefs, and sell out to The Man. It was simply our time. I want to assure readers that while RPS will be irreparably damaged by this sale, and that everything they love and hold dear about the site is lost, my mortgage has been significantly reduced.”

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      Grizzly says:

      In the end that is all that matters! <3

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      Graham Smith says:


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        particlese says:

        You know that doesn’t actually work, though, right? He’ll be back.


        Oh, no.

        Please, no.

        The new overlords don’t require actual paperwork for ritual firings, do they? That would make it actually stick, which could make things messy for literally everybody. You’ve seen John’s weekend gaming mugshot. You know what he’s capable of.

    • TormDK says:

      Only reduced? You’re not going to expand the swimming pool so that the yacht can fit in it as well?

    • xfstef says:

      So John, are you a pathological sellout?

    • Ignorant Texan says:

      Mr Walker, it is all good, as the kids used to say.

      After all, the only way to sell is out.

    • comic knight says:

      1873-2017 You guys had a great run. Best of luck on the transition!

    • Minsc_N_Boo says:

      Congrats RPS! Can we look forward to savage 8/10 reviews, and early access pay to win articles?

    • Vandelay says:

      This is effectively season 5 of Angel. I fully expect it to end with the apocalypse.

    • melnificent says:

      When you sell out to the man, you’re supposed to get all of your mortgage paid.

      Or is it for the second house?

    • rusty says:

      John, I love your work.

    • damnsalvation says:

      I’d love to lower my mortgage! Can I sell out too? How much will Gamer Network pay to advertise on my body? It’s pretty sweet if that helps. It’s not very new, had it for almost 40 years, but it’s still worth looking at. I’ll send you some pictures.

  17. thenevernow says:

    You have to spin it and it’s understandable, but we all know this is not good news. Just a quick reminder: not everyone wants content in video form; some of us prefer text to read and videos as a companion.

    • John Walker says:

      Heh, text isn’t going anywhere!

      But to apply your own reasoning, some people want video too. It won’t replace any writing, just be more on top if we get it worked out.

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      Graham Smith says:

      I am genuinely excited about this – I think it’s a good thing, that’s not spin.

      And if all goes to plan, you’ll have more text to read than before, too. You definitely won’t have less.

      • thenevernow says:

        I believe you and I genuinely wish RPS all the best. To be clear, I like Eurogamer and I read it regularly, I just like corporate and “indie” sites to stay separated and not conglomerated. And I think all these deals start with optimism on the “indie” side, but… they don’t always end well (MySQL-Sun-Oracle, Whatsapp-Facebook, Ocuculs-Facebook and a myriam of game dev studios).

        On the matter of videos, I’m not against them by principle and the usual objection to worries and complaints is that they’re additional content and they don’t replace written words, but… I have a feeling that’s not always true. On the other hand, visual communication is proving itself stronger than the written word and I understand content creators have to play along in some way.

    • dangermouse76 says:

      Just to chime in here I have always been up for video content here. But not for it to become the majority of what they do. I am also aware there is a vocal – majority/minority ? – who don’t.

      It’s personal preference how you consume media of course. And video is not ( not suggesting your claiming this ) inherently bad because some people dont want it. But I do want it and think these guys and gals are capable of producing something interesting in that regard.

      I certainly don’t think it would ruin my enjoyment of the site.
      Depending on the video content of course…….. i.e video replacing written reviews would be a negative for me.

  18. Sound says:

    Wanna chime in on what I love about RPS….Just in case.

    I love it’s linear chronological format – no branching paths, no menu, just a timeline. #1 love. Keepin it clean and tight, fast and easy.

    I love that I don’t need to click videos to get the goods. Reading is all I need. Not that videos are bad, but I’m not missing out via video-only content. Nor do I have to suffer someone’s “host announcer voice.”

    I love the niche writing that sometimes I don’t understand. As a result, it feels more driven by passion, rather than incentive or obligation.

    I love that writers can, and do, blast something that they don’t like for reasons unique to their personality. I recognize that I might feel different than they do, and I also recognize that the devs on the receiving end might be less than happy. I appreciate this. Especially when it’s aimed at developers other publications would be hesitant to criticize. Particularly, early in a big title’s life-cycle, before the broader community has bandwagoned and cleared the way.

    I love the community interaction that’s focused on our appreciation, even while critical or challenging. I love that the community is rarely ragefully antagonistic and sour, as gaming discussion so, so often falls into. By extension I love whatever means which RPS uses to foster this vibe.

    And I love that RPS is willing to stake their claim on what they consider good and bad, not just in games, but in how they interact with the larger world. AKA games as art, and inevitably politics. It’s folly and deluded to think that games are, were, or should be, shielded from the storms of the real world. I’m glad RPS realizes that and writes accordingly, as far as I’ve seen.

    Towards the horizon!

    • LearningToSmile says:

      >”I love it’s linear chronological format – no branching paths, no menu, just a timeline. #1 love. Keepin it clean and tight, fast and easy.”

      Yes, this, this one’s important. I have stopped reading so many websites over the years because instead of the newest story being in the top spot, now it’s reserved for the story the advertising algorithms determined to be the one that would bring in the most clicks. The ability to quickly browse through all of the website’s new output and read what I’m interested in is crucially important to me.

      At the very least, if you do decide to ruin the layout, please leave the old chronological option for people interested enough to look for it – maybe something like boingboing’s /blog?(but please do not copy any of the other ways boingboing destroyed their site over the years).

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        Graham Smith says:

        This is tricky. There are some readers that disagree with you, for example: link to

        My issue is similarly that we post much more than we used to and a purely chronological site means that good articles that took a long time to make get flushed into the archive faster than people can read them. We need better ways to highlight that stuff and help it to stick around, especially as we continue to grow and post more of all kinds of work.

        That said, I’m aware of the advantages and love for chronology too, so we’ll try to find a solution that satisfies both/everyone/is perfect in every way.

        • keefybabe says:

          Yeah it’s be-careful-oclock though. Pcgamesn has deteriorated so badly since they edit “TEH WURLDS BESTEST BUMS IN GAMING” articles to put an extra full stop in and it pops up like a new article. I used to like that site but it’s seriously prolapsed over the last couple of years.

        • Czrly says:

          There’s a solution: do it exactly as it is done, now, but with filters. Let me filter out MMORPG and MOBA related articles, for instance. Still simple. Still reverse-chronological. Just filtered.

          Bonus: you can see what your loyalists do NOT want to read. I’m not just talking clicks, here, but if everyone filters out Kickstarter announcements, for instance, you know to save your best writing for other stuff.

          Of course, leave all filters off for anonymous users and people who have no preferences.

          • Czrly says:

            (Before someone comes along and tells me I am “wrong”: I am not wrong. I do not like MOBAs. I know I do not like MOBAs. I have never liked MOBAs. No amount of articles about them is going to change this – it’s a game-play style that does not make fun for me. On the other hand, plenty of people DO like MOBAs and I’m happy for them. I’d be happier if I didn’t have to wade through articles tailored to them and I’m sure many of them probably feel the same way towards IF and point-and-clicks. Anyone who likes everything doesn’t need to filter anything out – optional features are the very best, like that, aren’t they?)

          • Siimon says:

            This, please.

        • anon459 says:

          I notice you’re trying not to promise a chronological option, which is a shame for people like me who read at least the title of every article posted. Generally, not having such an option makes it hard for me to use a site as much as I would like to, and has historically been the beginning of the end of my usage of a site, though that may be simply because drastic interface changes often come hand-in-hand with changes in a site’s focus, atmosphere, and eventually community, which perhaps are really the things that drive me away.

          I haven’t been the most supportive reader, often using adblockers, but I intend to soon(ish?) make a modest donation to hopefully pay for the years I’ve used the site and clear my pesky conscience. I’ll also become a supporter and remain such until the site’s quality deteriorates too much for me, which I assume will happen eventually considering this sellout. Until then though, thanks for being the best gaming website with the best community.

        • Steed says:

          Please keep an option for chronological format! I can’t understand and no longer use PCG since their update. No idea what’s going on.

      • dangermouse76 says:

        I get the chronological thing actually. I like arstechinca’s site and for ages stayed with the chronological order as I thought it was “better.”
        As did many others, and they still do in fact.

        But it turns out for me chronological was handy only if I used the site on a daily basis which happens often but not all the time.

        On ars when I switched to there – I guess digest layout – I found I actually read more articles on differing subjects from a range of dates that I may not have seen otherwise. It became easier to arbitrarily find new and old articles from a wider range of subjects.

        So I definitely have seen benefits in moving from chronological order. Aesthetically I now prefer “digest” to chronological.

        But ars preserves choice to list chronologically as well and many use it.

        • Sleepymatt says:

          I actually prefer chronological for just this reason.. missed a few days? Just flip back to find the article you read last and work forwards from there. So much easier than working through ‘favoured’ article systems.

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        Gnarl says:

        When the next/previous article links went away I read less articles. If the chronological style also went away I would read significantly less. I’d also not be able to keep a week of RPS banked to catch up on if I need to, which would be disappointing.

    • Skabooga says:

      I once missed out on reading RPS for something like 2 months. I then proceeded to methodically work my way up from some 50-odd pages of articles until I arrived at the latest article and was completely caught up. I can be a little obsessive, though, so I’m not saying the site should be kept one way or the other.

      I just wanted you to know.

      • Moorkh says:

        I do that after every vacation, and even though it can take several sittings, I love catching up. Don’t change.

  19. ZippyLemon says:

    As media conglomerates go, Gamer Network seems to be a goodie. That’s a bunch of respectable gaming websites they have in their stable.

    I’ve always loved RPS. Anything that brings you all a step up in terms of prosperity and security is a good thing in my eyes. You’re rocking an often thankless job and deserve all the moolah sent your way.

    As long as you remain sceptical of the business side of this cynical-ass industry, I will keep reading.

    • Czrly says:

      Actually, if this new found money-tree makes RPS wealthy enough to write actually interesting stuff and not chase clicks to survive, I’m all for this acquisition. I know what they were doing, during the launch, and I am sure it worked but NMS was a game better to write off as crap and ignore and I think RPS knew that. How cool would it be if RPS turned into a site that was so rich they could simply write “It’s shit and we’re not going to bother covering it any more” instead of playing the analytics game?

      Horrors! Niche press! We can only dream.

  20. Zorgulon says:

    I, for one, welcome our new corporate overlords.

    In all honesty though, just keep doing what you’re doing. If there’s any site I feel won’t be made worse by such a move, it’s RPS.

    Just let’s don’t make the site too slick, eh?

  21. StevieW says:

    You know what, I read RPS for the articles, the distinct writing style, and the thoughts and opinions of the writers. Based on the above article, that won’t be changing, so it’s all good.

    I’ve never had a problem with the ads, and I’ve been reading for a good 8 years now.

    If the site changes for the better (aesthetically), I’m all for that, so long as the quality of writing remains.

    If it changes, I’ll stop reading, it will be a shame, but I won’t be getting my knickers in such a twist.

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    phuzz says:

    Is this really because Kieron wanted the money to buy a suit made of vantablack?

    • Harlander says:

      He should make it from Better Black instead. It might not be as good but it does contain 10000% more inter-artist spite.

  23. Gothnak says:

    I come here for:

    1. The articles about games i have never heard of.
    2. The fact that ‘most’ of the community aren’t angry children.
    3. Tim Stone

    If these three things are consistent, then you are stuck with me.

  24. Neurotic says:

    Personally, I’m very excited to see how you embrace the new opportunities while retaining the core team dynamic that was nurtured back in Bath all those eons ago. How shall the tension between the two manifest, and how will our plucky adventurers deal with it? Shame to see Sausageroll and KG sever final ties, but the thing I love most about RPS — that it’s essentially a sort of golden age PCG — is still intact. Alice and Phillipa and Adam and Brendy et al. are brilliant ‘Next Generation’ crew members on what I hope is a life-long voyage through our shared hobby, and Tim Stone is as much a part of my gaming life as breathing is part of my, err, living life. All good stuff, RPS, carry on!

    • oyog says:

      I concur, your excellency.

    • gwop_the_derailer says:

      This isn’t said enough. Every baby writer RPS has had – Adam, Alice, Cara, Brendy, Marsh, Richard, Pip, Porp, Nathan (who am I missing?) – are nothing short of excellent.

  25. Benratha says:

    Who gets to keep the treehouse?
    Or does this mean enough money to build the aquarium add-odd for Alice & Pip?

  26. Butler says:

    Congrats RPS. Been reading weekly (often daily) since the very early days.

    Re adverts (which this comment thread appears basically dedicated to), you see a lot of the same complaints on Eurogamer.

    Rauper said he’s on it. If I had to call it: new responsive websites for RPS and EG, then monthly subscription fees for an advert-free experience (potentially even a cross-network one that allows access to all Gamer properties).

    Hopefully not too much gated content, and the ‘open’ / free experience nice and user friendly — preferably on the back of EG’s great work with AMP.


    link to

  27. lowenz says:

    “Rock, Paper, Shotgun began in 2007”

    This is so fake, we all know that RPS began in 1873 or 1738 or 1387.

    • Scott says:

      When that was still the subtitle, it guaranteed at least five threads a week on the Steam group pointing out that PC gaming wasn’t around in 1873. Those geniuses.

      • Jay Load says:

        What, seriously? Hahahahahaha! That’s just made my day. :)

  28. Ben Damage says:

    I wish all of you Wordfolk the very best with this.

    I only see positives: this could go sour but I believe the right people are involved from the beginning, so the deal is hopefully at the mercy of the diabolical whims of the RPS staff. If it were a smaller, burgeoning game blog then I could foresee a carnival of bastards hanging the indies out to dry for clicks, but again, I reckon with this team making the decisions things will be just fine.

    I welcome the boost to get more words out of you and into my eyes.


  29. AbyssUK says:

    I hope for the best! but..I for one hope the contact of sale gave RPS’s founding fathers, first rights at a buy back. Am sure you had it looked over by a decent enough lawyer, who was hopefully also a friend/reader of the site.

    If things do start being forced downhill, make sure you let us know where we sign up to join the resistance :)

  30. sirdavies says:

    happy for all of your mortgages, but I’m not going to pretend this is good news. bigger and owned by a media conglomerate is almost never better. still, i wish you the best of luck.

  31. Deano2099 says:

    On the one hand it’s sad news but on the other hand this is going to make for a fun episode of Rum Doings…

  32. JiminyJickers says:

    Sweet, I’m happy as long as the site keeps going and keeping up the same attitude and values as current. Good luck.

  33. Palimpsest says:

    That’s my cue, bye folks.

  34. ColonelFlanders says:

    I hope to God and Sunny fucking Jesus that you dont lose ANY of your editorial control, RPS. I know I’ve openly disagreed with some of your policy before, and I’m sure I’ve had more than one go at John for being a Grumpy Bastard ™, but you lot are OUR grumpy bastards and I don’t want any of you to change how you do things on this site. Please hold on to what makes you you, guys, and don’t let those bigwigs up at HQ tell you what to do.

  35. savagegump says:

    Good for you guys, I hope it works out well! As long as the quality of the content is the same I can’t see any real problem with it.

    I am also one of the people for whom this is only site which I disable my adblocker, it’s token effort to aid your monetisation but personally I don’t find your ads too intrusive (and generally the banner ads etc are game related so actually are of more interest to me than most) and appreciate the fine service you provide.

    Keep up the good work!

  36. ts061282 says:

    Congrats to John and the staff. A well deserved conclusion to a hell of an indie run.

  37. ansionnach says:

    The end is nigh! Repent and be punished… or just that last bit!

    Hope this works out well for all in RPS. Keep up the good work! Now I’ll get back to grumbling…

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    Drib says:

    I guess it’s fine to sell to a corporation.

    However that does make the ‘support’ thing a little silly. What, support the huge gamer network group? Supporting a small, independent site is one thing, throwing money at a ‘network’ is quite different.

    Also I’m concerned that despite them telling you they won’t exercise editorial control, that they will in fact do so once they are able. Every corporate buyout starts off with “oh, we won’t change anything” before they promptly go and do so.

    But good luck with it. I’ll keep reading while I’m at work all day.

    Though I can’t watch video here. So thbbt to that.

  39. malkav11 says:

    I reserve judgment on other stuff, but guys: I read you because you use your words. Please consider very very carefully before you do anything in video as to whether it actually needs to be in that format and thus massively slower to enjoy, more data hungry, less referenceable, and available in a much smaller set of circumstances.

    • bill says:

      I posted the exact same thing a year or two back, but actually the video series that RPS did do were great, and I don’t think they’d have worked half as well in words.
      (and this is from someone who mainly reads RPS on a work PC that has no sound, so videos aren’t ideal for me either).

      I wouldn’t want them to replace the written word, but they do have their place as an extra.

      • malkav11 says:

        I’ll take your word for it – I think I maybe watched one once and that’s about it. It’s just not how I enjoy engaging with games journalism or criticism. But I agree, the mere presence of the occasional video wouldn’t be cause for alarm. Just, like I say…they should be used only when the video medium is necessary to purpose and no other format would do.

  40. Biggus_Dikkus says:

    oh why gods, WHY?!!

    • Ghostwise says:

      Because you need money to make things. If you don’t, it’s because you’re rich.

  41. Diziet Sma says:

    Congratulations all I think. I’ll remain optimistic about this until proven otherwise. I read EG as well, and therefore can’t see RPS changing for the worse over this. If it brings financial stability to carry on doing what you’re doing that has to be a good thing. I’m not one for watching videos though, I’d much rather read.

    Second on getting rid of those horrendous content farm ads though.

  42. Mungrul says:

    Really hope it works out for you guys.

    I’m going through a similar thing at the moment, where a large UK company has bought our comparatively small one, because they found they couldn’t break our hold on our customer base.

    Ostensibly, they bought us for our expertise, but we’ve already suffered some redundancies, long term employees and good friends, and we’re beginning to notice that the reason they couldn’t break our hold on the market is because they really don’t understand it.
    They also rolled out the redundancies before fully understanding what those people actually did for the company.
    Subsequently, they’re having to replace one of the people made redundant with three of their drones because they underestimated the work she did.

    We’re overwhelmingly a London based company, as it’s very important to be close to our customers. But the new overlords have got a monomaniacal obsession with moving chunks of the business up north and away from London, and it’s quickly proving to be stupidly impractical.

    Let alone which, while they may be substantially larger, their profit margins are rather embarrassingly small, and because figures tend to come out at times like this, we’ve learned that just our department was more profitable than their entire company last year.

    Just sayin’.
    Corporate legal speak is all touchy-feely prior to mergers, but things can get nasty for employees once papers are signed.

    Take care!

    • Shiloh says:

      A sadly familiar tale, hope it works out for you and your colleagues.

      I’ve often wondered – in the history of corporate takeovers and “mergers”, is it pretty much a given that the smaller company, despite reassurances that nothing is changing, eventually disappears? Or has a smaller company ever been left to just get on with it?

      • bill says:

        Yahoo and Flickr… no, wait…

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        Ninja Dodo says:

        Blizzard, I guess.

      • Robertej92 says:

        The most encouraging example I can provide you is giantbomb which has continued in very much the same vein after being bought out by CBS as it had prior to that. I think when it comes to websites like this and GB the corporate entity is buying them in part for the personalities running things and the community they’ve built up so there’s more incentive for them to leave them to it.

        • AngoraFish says:

          Most companies don’t buy with the expectation of things dribbling on more or less as they are, they buy with the expectation that they can grow sales and therefore profits of the new entity or else it’s not worth doing. We know this is the case in this instance because we’re being told of all the extras that will now be possible, like video… all of which will be paid for by either more eyeballs (meaning a different mix of commentators and likely a dumbing down of content to widen the appeal) or more ads, or more likely, both. And we already know what “advertiser friendly content” means from our recent experience with YouTube.

      • teije says:

        My software company is one. Got bought by a “buy and hold” company that acquires business software companies and lets them alone (so long as they’re making good profit for the parent company, which we are). We make all our own software dev/marketing decisions, so actually been better being owned by them then before. Been 11 years and still pretty much run our own show. I suspect we’re an exception to the rule though…

      • unacom says:

        VW and Porsche, for example.
        I am deliberately mean, right now.
        Yes it is possible, as stated by teije, for example.
        Some companies are even set up that way and thrive on this structure. Bosch-group comes to mind.

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      Phasma Felis says:

      My sympathies.

      Don’t mean to poke at you personally, but I hate that we’ve absorbed enough corporate bullshit to use saccharine euphemisms like “made redundant” in regular speech. A person who has to be replaced with three other people was clearly the opposite of “redundant”.

      • Mungrul says:

        Oh gods, don’t sweat it. I was on the verge of physical violence when the consultant handling the merger started referring to my friends and colleagues as fucking “Resources”. Like so much meat to be allocated to the right growth vat.
        Dehumanising people seems to be de rigueur in these circumstances.

        Needless to say, it hasn’t been great for morale, with even people whose jobs are secure leaving or considering it.
        But the new guys in charge really need to watch it, as they may end up losing what made our company an attractive acquisition in the first place: the people.

        I sincerely hope that doesn’t happen with the RPS sale though.

  43. edwardoka says:

    Good luck and brave travels, glorious writers.

    Given that RPS started when four PCG alumni struck out on their own in the distant past of 1873, if things go south with the new corporate overlords there’s nothing stopping Stone Vellum RocketLauncher from becoming a thing. It’s the journalism and writing wot brings us back, after all.

    P.S. Use your vast newfound wealth to poach Chris Livingston. You know it makes sense.

  44. GameOverMan says:

    It’s just a flesh wound.

  45. NetharSpinos says:

    *reads article*

    *reads comments*

    *nods, carries on*

  46. erkenkripes says:

    I too am saddened by this news. Hope it works out for y’all, and I hope The Man doesn’t make any changes to the great content and writing that keeps us all here.
    Good luck!

  47. bill says:

    I’m suspicious it’ll work out in the long run, but fingers crossed.

    While you have the option to get more resources:
    Digest style site redesign.
    Buy Marsh back from Mojang and get him to do more Fail Forward. (you have more money than them now, right?)
    PODCAST! (it’s like video, but without the drawbacks!)

  48. Bobtree says:

    RPS had three great years. Shame about the rest.

  49. DantronLesotho says:

    GN seems like a good network to be in, so congrats! I look forward to what the changes bring!

  50. Scott says:

    Congratulations everyone. :D