So I recently came in possession of a stack of old issues of Game Informer. Started reading them today. Maybe its because I'm reading the E3 issues, but it really makes me feel like something has been lost in the post social media internet age. Modern gaming sites aren't about journalism or previews as much as they are about news, and click-bait. A lot of sites still do long form reviews, which is good, but that's usually the only vestigial part of what were once great websites.
I really like Destructoid, but most of their content is just the same recycled news that I see on here. Their reviews are great thanks to Chris Carter and crew though. Occasionally they'll have a unique or insightful article to read. (The comments section of Destructoid is hilarious though.)
Eurogamer's digital foundry often puts up good articles. But their taste in games is... bad. https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-05-30-best-ps4-games-playstation-4-games-2026
Notice the lack of God Of War, Persona 5, Horizon, etc. And the inclusion of virtual unknown games like Hohokum. I get that games are subjective, but jeez.
I read PC gamer daily, but I sort of have a love/hate affair with them. Occasionally they'll cover something that no other site bothers to cover, because they are damned near the last standing PC gaming site (that doesn't have a skeleton crew working for it). Most of their content is pretty bad though. They constantly cover Fortnite, or PUBG. They write jealousy articles like "When will RDR2 come to PC?" I love them for their occasional unique content, but hate them for their awful taste in games. They are called PC Gamer, yet almost never put up articles about 4X games.
IGN has a revolving door that spins so fast it could serve as a prop engine for a helicopter. In the last decade they've expanded to covering every aspect of pop culture possible, and it just feels like they are spread too thin.
Gamespot died in 2007 with the Kain and Lynch review fiasco.
Anyway, right now I'm sitting here reading up on how the NX will be released in 2017, how Nintendo only had BotW for E3, and how God of War has a "Son Button". Good times.
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