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1. When did you join the site, and what were your reasons for joining?
I joined for the game statistics and sales, including weekly and overall lifetimes sales of both games and consoles. I love the way I can see what amounts are sold in which countries too. Also as an 'old skool' 3rd/4th gen gamer I love the ways I can customize my profile especially adding games to my profile and seeing them on shelves as a collection (I would love it even more if I could re-arrange the positions of games, and have shelves that automatically re-arranges them in order of consoles/date added/date released/alphabetical/user-edited/reviewed, and the user-edited one should be default). A Console Collection would be really good idea too ;)

2. How has your interest in VGChartz evolved as your time here has passed?
I love the more badges I get the more years pass, I't makes me feel wise and powerful XD. I'll have my 10th anniversary next year... and I can't wait for my FFX's X badge :)

3. How often do you frequent/check VGC? Which sections of the site do you visit most frequently?
The main page with the game/console charts. Also the game and console databases. I also check the news and forum posts daily, but I haven't logged in much till recently but I've always been here everyday, just about ;).

4. How do you feel about the community here? Is it better/poorer than when you first joined?
Everyone is always up to date and industry savvy as usual. The news and forms are constantly updating with fresh information everyday. I love all you users, especially 'old skool' Nintendo Fanboys like me :D

5. How do you feel about the current changes/fixes/updates being made on VGC?
I've noticed a change in graphics and news over the past years, and thats great. I remember when this site was just bars that measured the 360, PS3 and Wii. I witnessed the Wii sales take off from day 1 then created my account a year and a half later.

6. Fill in any other information/thoughts/feedback/reception here
Some of the box art to recent games need to be added in my games collection (the box-art in the game database part of the site is all up to date (I think) but not in the user's game collection part). I don't know if uses can add their own or if they can only add game box art to the games database part of the site.

Also, one last thing, it's difficult and sometimes impossible to add new games to my game collection because when I search for a game to add (For example 'Worms' for the PS), and 5 different Worms games come up and I can't find the exact version cos it only displays a maximum of 5 games.

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VGPolyglot said:

Now, this is mainly a thread of personal interest, rather than an official VGC survey. However, after having discussions with others I am wondering what the state of VGC is according to the community here, and thus I have a few questions that I'd like to ask:

 

  1. When did you join the site, and what were your reasons for joining?
  2. How has your interest in VGChartz evolved as your time here has passed?
  3. How often do you frequent/check VGC? Which sections of the site do you visit most frequently?
  4. How do you feel about the community here? Is it better/poorer than when you first joined?
  5. How do you feel about the current changes/fixes/updates being made on VGC?
  6. Fill in any other information/thoughts/feedback/reception here
Thanks to all who post!! I'm curious to see what the results will be.

 

1. Lurked in 2012, joined in 2013 - I was thinking of getting a Wii U for the kids, and after reading a few shaky reviews, wanted to get a deeper feel from the gaming community as to whether or not it was worth it.

2. Initially, I got fascinated with the numbers and the way they were calculated. There was a huge debate about them going on at the time, and I remember ioi actively posting on one of the threads about it (and wiping the floor with some of his critics). Secondarily, some of the trolls posting at the time became a source of amusement for me (I'm not proud of that, btw  ) My interest in the site waned as the databases and numbers were being updated less and less, and the gaming related discussions were becoming less relevant to me. Political threads seemed to be on the rise but I can only take so much of that. Now that the numbers are being updated more regularly, once more I'm looking forward to checking out the latest figures, especially with the Switch, and the discussions are starting to interest me more.

3. I check VGC on an almost daily basis, but I only look at the home page for the stats and hot topics. I rarely go into the forum section, but now that the numbers are being updated, I am looking at them again.

4. As some are aware, I don't represent the demographic here, not by a long way. I haven't really connected with anyone here, so from my perspective I don't think the community is any better or worse than when I joined, just different. It was livlier and more anarchic back then, a bit quieter now, but that's not necessarily a bad thing IMO.

5. Just the fact that someone is doing something about the site can only be a good thing! Feeling the enthusiasm coming from the team about getting the site working properly again with current sales info is just great.

6. See all of the above.

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VGPolyglot said:

 

  1. When did you join the site, and what were your reasons for joining?
  2. How has your interest in VGChartz evolved as your time here has passed?
  3. How often do you frequent/check VGC? Which sections of the site do you visit most frequently?
  4. How do you feel about the community here? Is it better/poorer than when you first joined?
  5. How do you feel about the current changes/fixes/updates being made on VGC?
  6. Fill in any other information/thoughts/feedback/reception here

 

1) 2012. Mainly to see sales numbers and follow the discussions about it.

2) It surely increased. The numbers are quite decent (acceptable error margin in most cases).

3) Daily. Main page, just check the hot topics and news.

4) It's a great community and allows more open discussions than competitors like Gaf. Other forums also are normally full of people that are absolutely clueless about sales form anywhere outside of NPD. The community feels more active as years pass by.

5) About time. Numbers were way too late, site was a mess. It's now slowly improving and numbers are kind of back in track.

6) I know ads pay the bills, but they really should tone it down. The site would be more respected if the ads did not looked like The Pirate Bay or a porn site. Also, Chrome will start to automatically block intrusive ads, so I don't even think these aggressive advertisement will be profitable anymore.



1 - June 2007, after several months of lurking. I finally joined up because it was frustrating reading threads and sometimes wanting to respond to a post but never being able to do so because I didn't have an account.

2 - Way too much to even begin to answer that question.

3 - Several hours every day. Staff sections mostly, then the front page, and a little bit of the forums (via hot topics).

4 - I like it so long as I stay away from political threads and threads that are prime console war bait. The friends I've made here are what really kept me around and give me the drive to keep working on the sales when I'm feeling bored or burnt out by it all.

I feel the community is slightly worse nowadays, but I can happily admit that may just be personal nostalgia talking (some of my favourite users no longer post). In recent months I've been interacting a lot with users I'd never really talked to before (including the OP) and that's given me a new appreciation for the community here.

5 - With TalonMan's return, us rebuilding the GameDB team, and generally having a more organised and communicative staff, this is the most excited I've been for the future of the site in years. Things have improved dramatically, stuff is actually getting fixed, and for the first time in years there are plans to bring major improvements to the site. It reminds me of the old days. There's a sense of drive and activity on the various staff teams that hasn't been there for years.


monocle_layton said:
mZuzek said:

Why do you hate me?

 

COKTOE said:

You seem pretty down on yourself. You feel you would be better off being permabanned? And that not only is the community is worse, but this in part because of you? Ha. One of my favorite posts in recent memory, just because it's so bizarre. See? You're not so bad.

In all seriousness I think I'm one of several users who probably aren't for the best of VGChartz. Not a big deal to say it honestly.

Do I think I'm the worst? No, I'm positive there are worse. However, I do believe I put posts on here that probably won't be appealing to outsiders.

I think that you're just fine. Every side of something needs someone to defend it. I like actual discussion and sometimes that involves butting heads. 



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Thanks guys for the feedback



  1. When did you join the site, and what were your reasons for joining?
    I started visiting the site a few years ago because of the sales. In 2016 I joined the forums to rant about Trump.
  2. How has your interest in VGChartz evolved as your time here has passed?
    I didn't post much until the What's your favorite Pokémon competition. In December-January began posting frequently in other threads too.
  3. How often do you frequent/check VGC? Which sections of the site do you visit most frequently?
    Several times a day. Way too much actually. I usually just visit the front page to see if there are any interesting new threads, articles or sales data.
  4. How do you feel about the community here? Is it better/poorer than when you first joined?
    It's only been a year, so it's still pretty much the same.
  5. How do you feel about the current changes/fixes/updates being made on VGC?
    Most of them have been pretty minor. Some are good, others I don't really care about. I still don't like that the threads I've read don't turn orange though.
  6. Fill in any other information/thoughts/feedback/reception here
    Although I don't care much about most of the changes that have been made so far, I appreciate it that you guys are trying to imrove this site. Hopefully VGChartz will have a bright future.


  1. August of 2007 primarily because I was interested in sales data at the time and the community seemed pretty cool.
  2. My interest has changed quite a bit as I matured and realized while sales data is interesting to look at it doesn't matter to the extent that I previously believed. Consoles and games can be fun even if they have only sold 10 million/100k respectively lifetime or what not.  Also, I realized while being part of an online community is interesting, I personally have found other uses of my time as I have gotten older. Gym/relationships/family/actually playing games as opposed to discussing them. I'll still read through some threads, but have less will to actually post in them.
  3. I'll check the site maybe once a month now. Looks at some sales data and view the hot topics.
  4. I honestly cannot give my thoughts on the current community. The community was great when I first joined, but I have not kept with who the new users are too much these past few years. Seems like the community is still going strong though from what I can tell?
  5. I'm all for more fixes/updates. Sounds good to me.
  6. This site has so much nostalgia for me, many good conversations and topics over the years. Soriku vs Leo-j post wars, the whole section 8 discovery, all those mafia games, ioi's drunk banning spree, and so on and so forth.



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1) Joined in 2011 but lurked for a while before that. Solid initial community and joined whilst I was banned on gametrailers.

2) Interest has dwindled as my gaming interest has dwindled I think the community and mods have always been bias. Community is still an issue but the mods seem fine now that the notorious ones have retired, so to speak.

3) 5-7 times a week. General & xbox.

4) community seems fine, its been far far worse in the past, the previous mods did a piss poor job. Some of the main offenders were given perma bans far too late.

5) The site looks dated, but thats perfectly fine in terms of its forums. Perhaps the front page could be updated.

6) I doubt I visit this site enough for my opinion to count.



VGPolyglot said:

Now, this is mainly a thread of personal interest, rather than an official VGC survey. However, after having discussions with others I am wondering what the state of VGC is according to the community here, and thus I have a few questions that I'd like to ask:

 

  1. When did you join the site, and what were your reasons for joining?
  2. How has your interest in VGChartz evolved as your time here has passed?
  3. How often do you frequent/check VGC? Which sections of the site do you visit most frequently?
  4. How do you feel about the community here? Is it better/poorer than when you first joined?
  5. How do you feel about the current changes/fixes/updates being made on VGC?
  6. Fill in any other information/thoughts/feedback/reception here
Thanks to all who post!! I'm curious to see what the results will be.

 

1. You can see on my profile, i decided to sign up one day because it was the only gaming site i kept vising, to see sales and the database for past games

2. I dont know its my only gaming forum, but sometimes i lose massive interest in vgc and gaming

3. Everyday. Usually I check the PS section , unfourtainly often times it isnt as active as it used to be, and the discussions arent interesting to me so i have to contribute my self. Its mostly about sales when it comes to PS4, you dont see people arguing much about PS series for example like on Nintendo. Like their wishes for certain games.

4. It is worse, the community was a lot bigger back then but many people were banned or arent posting anymore. I also dont like this tendency now of scapegoating other users, and constantly going on a personal level. Some people arent arguing about the subject of a post anymore but against user X or Y who wrote it. 

5. Yeah the site got a lot better when it comes to technical aspects, even the sales colors were fixed, PS is blue, Nintendo Red how it should have been. But there are still issues like the broken Game data base for profiles etc.