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best gaming news site? one with respect for readers

DeusfauxDeusfaux Registered User regular
edited May 2011 in Games and Technology
I stopped reading Kotaku, in addition to the data breach, hentai and japanese porn content, horrible site redesign, because of the frequency of spoilers in the headlines and article images before the jump.

I moved to Joystiq for the past few weeks, and realized they're really no better, at least with the last thing.

I don't want to trawl some forum for my news, and liked the daily blog scroll means of digestion, so is there a decent replacement I can go to for that?

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  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    For general news aggregation? probably not. Maybe eurogamer.

    Rock paper shotgun is great, but they don't get a lot of the console centric news

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  • lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Giantbomb's news tab is now worth reading but they don't really aspire to be a kotaku replacement.

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  • Linespider5Linespider5 Agent of Etc.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I don't know if you can get the newsflow you're looking for without the added shit. It kinda tends to always creep in after a while.

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  • BrymBrym Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Joystiq and Kotaku are pretty much the only games in town if you want comprehensive coverage. I personally find Joystiq to be only about 10% as annoying as Kotaku, but that's me.

  • LowlanderLowlander Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    The Kotaku redesign was horrible. Only because of that did I start looking at other news sites, and as has been mentioned, none of them are as all encompassing as Kotaku. It's pretty unfortunate that one design decision pushed me from liking it, to hating it. I mean, it always had overly biased reporting, and a healthy ratio of crap to news, but the new site is just horrible.

    I'm sure they're getting more ad revenue, but as soon as there's an up and comer that can get what they used to do right, they're going to leave like rats off a sinking ship.

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  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I mean, if you're going to not even bother filtering crap anyway, you might as well just go straight to neoGAF. 99% of the stuff on kotaku is traight off there anyway, and at least there's less random non-game related news.

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  • BrymBrym Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    What would be ideal is to somehow just get on the industry press release mailing list. That's really all the "news" sites are anyways, but with added flash ads and asinine commentary.

  • Tim JamesTim James Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Blue's News (lawl it's the 90s baby) for PC news. RPS for tedious puns and a little more in-depth PC coverage, including indie games so I don't have to read the indie games blogs.

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  • Shady3011Shady3011 they cant troll you if there dead Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Yep. Even with all the shit Kotaku has done and will continue to do they are still probably the best place for all encompassing news. My favorite thing is when they write editorials and act all high brow about video games. It's fucking video games. Also, they can't write for jack shit. At least their latest redesign is somewhat more tolerable than before.

  • ZxerolZxerol The fullest, most luscious beard. Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I don't even know what Brian Ashcroft does 90% of the time he writes something for Kotaku, but it sure as fuck isn't related to video games. Also, although I understand that the death of Osama bin Laden is a Real Big Thing™, that's not under your purview to report.

    I knew that I didn't ever want to visit them ever again after the redesign when they decided it'll be a good idea to sell Flash ads that covers up the fucking first entry on the blogroll for like ten seconds. Fuck that shit.

  • Masquerade78Masquerade78 Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I stream Destructoid for major news, but prefer more independent player review blogs like Silicon Sasquatch, Gamer Melodico, etc for smart and interesting video game conversations.

  • DeusfauxDeusfaux Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Brian Ashcraft writes about obscure Japanese game glitches that possibly reveal digitized underaged schoolgirl underwear, for a living.

    Don't they understand this alienates just as many or more readers than it supposedly attracts?

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  • bigwillchbigwillch Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Over here in the uk one of the best games reviews / news sites is http://www.metro.co.uk/tech/games/

    It used to be a highly respected teletext service called game central before teletext got shut down

    http://uk.kotaku.com/ still has the old style layout if that's of use

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  • Alfred J. KwakAlfred J. Kwak Registered User
    edited May 2011
    I like Eurogamer and RPS

  • Gaspode_TGaspode_T Registered User
    edited May 2011
    I'm super lazy and just look at http://www.gametab.com sometimes to see what the top headlines across aggregated sites are. I used to like 1up.com a lot but don't visit it regularly these days. Wired's Game|Life is a great column to bookmark.

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  • DusdaDusda is ashamed of this post Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Honestly? Most of the time I just flick through the first two pages of G&T and skim the industry thread.

    and this sig. and this blog..
  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I'd stick with Joystiq. You're just seeing what you've expected to see from horrible, horrible Kotaku. Give it a bit longer and it'll staedy out. I did the exact same thing.

  • Zilla360Zilla360 Spaaaace! In Space.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I read The Escapist quite a bit, they post some esoteric stuff along with the regular 'big news' items.

  • BrenderousBrenderous Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I would also vote for giantbomb.com's news feed, but it's not gonna cover everything.

  • InitialDKInitialDK Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I echo the statement that forums are probably the first place I check for any news because people will most likely be checking it and linking to relevant articles, though you may have to dig a little.

    I too stopped checking Kotaku's website. I still get their tweets which send out the "big stories".

    I love Giant Bomb (member) and Patrick's stories are good but no where near comprehensive. That's pretty much their mission statement.

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  • PsiberianPsiberian Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I have recently started enjoying http://nohighscores.com/
    decent writers that actually play the games. The strike through edits can be funny...

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  • DirtyboyDirtyboy Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I pretty much get most of my game news links from Twitter of all places (when it's not fail whaling like right now). Industry people generally post links to the hot articles and don't have to wade through all the websites crap. I think there is going to be a big shakeup before the end of the year with Kotaku losing half its readership over redesign, Joystiq and its affiliated websites in limbo with the AOL merger with HuffPo, and website(s) that keep on sucking, IGN/UGO/1up. Hopefully the decent writers that are left from those sites leave and create new ones like Giant Bomb did.

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  • manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?! Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Deusfaux wrote: »
    I stopped reading Kotaku, in addition to the data breach, hentai and japanese porn content, horrible site redesign, because of the frequency of spoilers in the headlines and article images before the jump.

    I moved to Joystiq for the past few weeks, and realized they're really no better, at least with the last thing.

    I don't want to trawl some forum for my news, and liked the daily blog scroll means of digestion, so is there a decent replacement I can go to for that?

    1up is pretty decent and has a lot of game coverage. I started going there after IGN got waaaay to overcrowded and commercial.

  • splashsplash Registered User
    edited May 2011
    I like Giant Bomb for console and general gaming news and PC Gamer for PC news.

    But that's if I feel like it after listening to a few weekly podcasts: Giant Bombcast, PC Gamer Podcast, 8-4 Play, and Player One Podcast. These podcasts cover the news pretty well and it's fun to listen to their news segments for basically all your gaming news.

  • EvaDeltaEvaDelta The Green Dragon Alchemist Brooklyn, NYRegistered User new member
    edited May 2011
    bigwillch wrote: »
    http://uk.kotaku.com/ still has the old style layout if that's of use

    I've been using that too since the redesign, because I was never really able to find anyplace better to go than the gawker network, as much as I dislike some of the things that have happened there in the last six months. But has anyone else who's been using the uk. or ca. addresses had the issue where occasionally the front page is filled with posts from like, January? I swear I've seen the post about sneaking guns through TSA checkpoints at airports on Lifehacker like, fifty times now.

    Also, on an unrelated note, hello PAForums. First post.

  • BartholamueBartholamue Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    http://ca.kotaku.com/ still has the old layout as well.

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  • finnithfinnith Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I use Google Reader to aggregate a bunch of feeds and combine that with the Penny Arcade Forums to get my fill of coverage.

    I read:
    Spoiler:

    Obviously I don't read all the stories I see on my feed but I don't think I miss much either. Google Reader also gives you additional options regarding what you want to see on the feed. I use a Chrome extension that let's me prefetch the entire article instead of just a small preview.

  • korodullinkorodullin What. Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Zilla360 wrote: »
    I read The Escapist quite a bit, they post some esoteric stuff along with the regular 'big news' items.

    The Escapist drives me up a fucking wall. It tries to present itself as some kind of artsy high-brow news magazine, but it's really just Kotaku with a better art director. Its original articles are usually extremely poorly-researched, its reviews frequently smack of payola and repurposed press releases, and you can't throw a rock at its forums without hitting a member of their power-trippy moderation staff.

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