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Here is another question, for those who go to other gaming sites.

How do they fair compared to VGChartz?



 

 

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I’m still here, just don’t post much anymore. Honestly got bored of the whole forums thing and haven’t even played games much lately. Guess we’re just getting old. It happens.



mZuzek said:
(All of that said, I am going to sleep now. Good night.)

Yeah, I'm doing that again now. I just wanna say, regardless of whether we do or don't get a long-term increase in activity, actively or passively, it was pretty nice discussing these subjects here all day. 100 posts, and all. Good stuff. I spent a lot of this day here, posting long and drawn out thoughts and opinions, discussing at length with other users, making little jokes, and just having fun... it felt like a long time ago that I'd had spent a day like that on VGC, and I'm happy for it. At the end of the day, that's why someone like me ends up creating these threads - I was sad about my interactions here recently, or lack thereof, and wanted to have a good time. It's really a personal thing, but if I can be helping everyone have a better time by doing so then it's all good. I hope I did that.

But there's no need to be done with this just yet, of course. Keep it coming, guys! As for me, I am going to sleep now.
(edit: @AngryLittleAlchemist, for the record, thanks for turning that into a catchphrase of sorts I'm not forgetting you, don't worry.)



I would have joined vgchartz ealier. I was lurking around since 2011. But somehow I could not create an account. So it took me until 2017 to give it another try and succeed.

In my opinion there are two things that the site and we as a community could improve:

1. The published news article often are posted too late. When they appear on vgchartz I often already know about it since a half a day. Therefore vgchartz is not my primary source where I get my newest video game news.

2. Back when I was lurking an vgchartz the activity on the forum was amazing. I often wished I would be able to participate since there were a lot of really exciting topics discussed. Additionally there was a big variety of threads. Currently many of them feel lackluster and boring. Sometimes I would love to have a discussion about a good topic in the forum, but when I look at the Hot Topics I am turned off to participate (this would have never happened five or six years ago). I wished that I would be able to not only complain about it, but I am not creative enough to start threads that are interesting enough for a wide audience.



mZuzek said:

Yeah, I'm doing that again now. I just wanna say, regardless of whether we do or don't get a long-term increase in activity, actively or passively, it was pretty nice discussing these subjects here all day. 100 posts, and all. Good stuff. I spent a lot of this day here, posting long and drawn out thoughts and opinions, discussing at length with other users, making little jokes, and just having fun... it felt like a long time ago that I'd had spent a day like that on VGC, and I'm happy for it. At the end of the day, that's why someone like me ends up creating these threads - I was sad about my interactions here recently, or lack thereof, and wanted to have a good time. It's really a personal thing, but if I can be helping everyone have a better time by doing so then it's all good. I hope I did that.

But there's no need to be done with this just yet, of course. Keep it coming, guys! As for me, I am going to sleep now.
(edit: @AngryLittleAlchemist, for the record, thanks for turning that into a catchphrase of sorts I'm not forgetting you, don't worry.)

Thank you for creating this thread.



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mZuzek said:

But there's no need to be done with this just yet, of course. Keep it coming, guys! As for me, I am going to sleep now.
(edit: @AngryLittleAlchemist, for the record, thanks for turning that into a catchphrase of sorts I'm not forgetting you, don't worry.)

Hehe, glad to get credit where it is deserved! And what a unique catchphrase it is! 



I've been here since 2015 and I still view the site regularly but I can also say that my posting has also dropped a bit, at least compared to what it used to be. There's just not much interesting on this site currently, especially after the sales charts went away, but in that case I fully understand why that happened and how it's better for the site ultimately.

As others have mentioned though:

1) Attempting to use this site on mobile is literally pointless as it's a nightmare that has still not been fixed. The site shows up as unsafe on desktop/mobile and the amount of ads make it unusable, at one point I was honestly worried that it might have put a malware/adware on my phone because one of the ads got selected by mistake because of how messy the site is so I don't ever bother trying to view it there anymore.

2) For as much improvements there have been made to the site the past few months, there are still some things that make no sense for what should be a modern website. A while back I was trying to look up what were considered "classic" threads on this site for a good laugh and wanted to find the "Are you a virgin" thread since I remembered that one and you would think a simple google search or website search would find it but nope, it's like it doesn't even exist anymore no matter what I typed. Why is even trying to find something as simple as a single thread here still so complicated/impossible?

3) I think overall the mod team does a good job and doesn't really restrict conversation, outside of super extreme situations, but there have been times in the past where I remembered seeing people get banned/warned/moderated for such simple posts that I ended up thinking "Wow, they got banned just for that?" to myself. It happened so often that at one point I remember making a post thinking I would probably be banned for it despite not even saying anything really bad in said post, just because someone or a mod might take it that way. I'm not sure how often this happens now, or if it's even an issue anymore, but I do think that probably contributed to some leaving as well over the years.

4) I do think the sales charts, which should have been the differentiating feature that brought people into the site, ultimately might have hurt it more in the long run. A lot of the time they were incorrect, to the point where it got the reputation of being super inaccurate and not to be used seriously, etc. Even for people who used this site it became that same thing of not even using them because who knows if they are correct or not, which is why I say while it sucks since they were fun to look at, I think it's ultimately better for the site that it goes with actual shipping data instead. 

Ever since 2015 this is really the only site I use for talking about video games outside of reddit, so hopefully things can get better, and the amount of site improvements over the past few months are definitely a good start. With next-gen around the corner hopefully that can be a fresher start. :P 

Last edited by FloatingWaffles - on 05 May 2019

Cobretti2 said:
Here is another question, for those who go to other gaming sites.

How do they fair compared to VGChartz?

Way more activity from posters

Way more information and discussion posted (News articles, announcements, game OTs, platform OTs, etc)

No signatures, no intrusive ads, a great mobile version of the site, 2FA support, user block ability, easy to use UI, watch thread ability, dark theme.

Two main sections with two sub sections to each other - not too cluttered and nothing too flashy - gets the job done.

Last edited by BasilZero - on 05 May 2019

    

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Megiddo said:

I'm mostly on my tablet these days and VGchartz is one of the worst sites I've come across when it comes to browsing on a tablet. The site takes ages to load and the very last thing that loads is some random video advertisement in the bottom right. This loading last causes the whole page to move and whatever I thought I clicked on becomes something else due to the page movement. At least half of the time I click something on the front page what ends up loading is something completely different.

As is, I only browse here on my PC but that's very seldom these days.

Agreed, the mobile experience is very rough.  It’s pretty hard to navigate.  I have obviously been here for a long time.... but I barely check the site anymore because of how long it takes to load.  With mobile being the primary way a lot of people browse the Internet... it isn’t really surprising that our traffic is down...



BasilZero said:
Cobretti2 said:
Here is another question, for those who go to other gaming sites.

How do they fair compared to VGChartz?

Way more activity from posters

Way more information and discussion posted (News articles, announcements, game OTs, platform OTs, etc)

No signatures, no intrusive ads, a great mobile version of the site, 2FA support, user block ability, easy to use UI, watch thread ability, dark theme.

Two main sections with two sub sections to each other - not too cluttered and nothing too flashy - gets the job done.

You can hide signatures here too, you can also block users albeit that feature is exclusive to supporters. There's also the ability to watch threads (Click "subscribe" at the top of a thread and it'll appear in your buddy) and there's a dark theme available to everyone and a classic blue theme available to supporters.