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(Polygon)   Layoffs at IGN mean the end of the 1UP, UGO, and GameSpy websites. Game over, man... game over   (polygon.com) divider line 102
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2013-02-21 05:11:10 PM
And nothing of value was lost.
 
2013-02-21 05:17:25 PM
That sucks. I like GameSpy
 
2013-02-21 05:21:01 PM
Without exaggeration, my first reaction was "those sites still exist?"

I remembered some vague thing about GameSpy and Fileplanet merging at one point, but I'd seen GS's brand so little in the past years that I honestly thought it'd already been absorbed into another recognizable brand.  The only thing I remember them doing of late was providing online game connectivity for some damn game or another.
 
2013-02-21 05:21:27 PM
I've only ever heard of gamespy. Never actually went there.
 
2013-02-21 05:24:16 PM
Honestly, I thought IGN had died a long time ago. Last time I went there, it seemed as though rather than have specific content on each one of their sub-pages, they just had the same content spread over every sub-page. Their reviews and news content seemingly slowed down to a crawl as well. Oh well, no big loss.
 
2013-02-21 05:29:08 PM

spman: Honestly, I thought IGN had died a long time ago. Last time I went there, it seemed as though rather than have specific content on each one of their sub-pages, they just had the same content spread over every sub-page. Their reviews and news content seemingly slowed down to a crawl as well. Oh well, no big loss.


IGN is who I go to when I want to read a review that has a 20% chance of being useful and a 70% chance of being a less-focused version of what I've read everywhere else.  At least there's only about a 5% chance its a bought-and-paid-for review though.

Oh, and their cheats section is always half empty compared to Gamespot/GameFAQs and their site layout is garbage.
 
2013-02-21 05:36:42 PM
1up was pretty good before the UGO buyout.  Then they ended The 1up Show and the website content went to mostly crap.  I visit it from time to time, but it's really a shell of what it used to be already.
 
2013-02-21 05:40:26 PM

yukichigai: spman: Honestly, I thought IGN had died a long time ago. Last time I went there, it seemed as though rather than have specific content on each one of their sub-pages, they just had the same content spread over every sub-page. Their reviews and news content seemingly slowed down to a crawl as well. Oh well, no big loss.

IGN is who I go to when I want to read a review that has a 20% chance of being useful and a 70% chance of being a less-focused version of what I've read everywhere else.  At least there's only about a 5% chance its a bought-and-paid-for review though.

Oh, and their cheats section is always half empty compared to Gamespot/GameFAQs and their site layout is garbage.


I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that they're owned by NewsCorp.

Oh well, I haven't gone there in months.
 
2013-02-21 06:15:20 PM
Of the old game review sites that I used to visit, only GameRevolution and Gamespot are still as they were. CNet Gameceter and now Gamespy are now gone.
 
2013-02-21 06:21:27 PM
I don't spend a lot of time on gaming websites, but when I needed to look something up or get a question answered, Gamespot always took care of me.
 
2013-02-21 06:28:04 PM
The only game site I visit regularly at this point is GameTrailers. They have good reviews that usually do a good job of breaking down the game and showing it in action enough to give me an idea of whether its worth buying. They also have pretty good features like the retrospectives.
 
2013-02-21 06:43:05 PM
Wow, I thought Gamespy had been dead for years.

I can still remember the sound effects of their proprietary gaming-network software, whenever I'd get on to play Sudden Strike.
 
2013-02-21 07:05:33 PM
I only remember GameSpy as a piece of mandated malware installed with some software several machines ago.
 
2013-02-21 07:17:19 PM

ThatGuyGreg: And nothing of value was lost.

 
2013-02-21 07:18:28 PM
The only reason I'm somewhat saddened to see 1UP go is because I was a longtime reader of EGM, and more than a few of the writers for that magazine were part of 1UP.

/halcyon days
 
2013-02-21 07:21:19 PM
Ah, I remember the days when I used to read Dave "Fargo" Kosak's the Daily Victim on Gamespy. That was, what, 13 years ago?
 
2013-02-21 07:27:13 PM

NeoCortex42: 1up was pretty good before the UGO buyout.  Then they ended The 1up Show and the website content went to mostly crap.  I visit it from time to time, but it's really a shell of what it used to be already.


Pretty much this. I used to frequent 1up all the time. After the buyout.... not so much.
 
2013-02-21 07:29:46 PM
According to an internal memo from Ziff Davis CEO Vivek Shah, "Our goal is to do fewer things and to do them exceptionally well. In that vein, we want to direct all of our energy and work behind our two flagship brands: IGN and AskMen."

*snicker*
 
2013-02-21 07:32:10 PM

RexTalionis: Ah, I remember the days when I used to read Dave "Fargo" Kosak's the Daily Victim on Gamespy. That was, what, 13 years ago?


Holy shiat I had forgotten that had even existed until you said that.
 
2013-02-21 07:33:29 PM

DrgnMech: RexTalionis: Ah, I remember the days when I used to read Dave "Fargo" Kosak's the Daily Victim on Gamespy. That was, what, 13 years ago?

Holy shiat I had forgotten that had even existed until you said that.


http://crzysdrs.sytes.net/dv/

Here's an archive of the Daily Victim columns, the first one being posted in October of 2000, which is a long long time ago.
 
2013-02-21 07:36:33 PM

ThatGuyGreg: And nothing of value was lost.


This this this SO MUCH THIS
 
2013-02-21 07:40:20 PM
Need a Dispenser Here: ThatGuyGreg: And nothing of value was lost.

To reiterate.

NOTHING
 
2013-02-21 07:42:34 PM
Sad?  Why would anyone be sad by this unless they were paying you?
 
2013-02-21 07:43:03 PM
So that leaves what? IGN and Gamespot for large websites that can help me pick out a game?

But how will I know if the next Kane and Lynch game is any good?
 
2013-02-21 07:45:35 PM
Perusing the other boards today, my favorite comment on this so far has been a person arguing that "If IGN has 2.3 million YouTube followers, theres no way it could be bad"
 
zez
2013-02-21 07:48:44 PM
I'm trying to remember, was gamespy the program that helped you find Quake servers back in the day?
 
2013-02-21 07:51:25 PM

ThatGuyGreg: And nothing of value was lost.


Came here to say this.
 
2013-02-21 07:52:22 PM
Has anyone mentioned that nothing of value was lost?
 
2013-02-21 07:54:26 PM
zez: I'm trying to remember, was gamespy the program that helped you find Quake servers back in the day?

It became that at some point, but IIRC before that, it was just a site

yukichigai: I remembered some vague thing about GameSpy and Fileplanet

Don't forget that fileplanet was just a spinoff of planet[insert game name here]

And then all of those planet sites got sucked up into gamespy and became pedestrian and generic.
 
2013-02-21 07:57:48 PM
Games journalism is a joke anyway.
ZD owns 1/2 the market and CBS owns the other.

Neither has shown that they are above taking money for a good review.
 
2013-02-21 08:02:25 PM

Virtual Pariah: Games journalism is a joke anyway.
ZD owns 1/2 the market and CBS owns the other.

Neither has shown that they are above taking money for a good review.


RockPaperShotgun has proved to be endlessly entertaining and still seems independent at least according to Wikipedia. I would check it out, it is British thou and mostly PC gaming but I enjoy it.
 
2013-02-21 08:05:41 PM

Trollin4Colon: Virtual Pariah: Games journalism is a joke anyway.
ZD owns 1/2 the market and CBS owns the other.

Neither has shown that they are above taking money for a good review.

RockPaperShotgun has proved to be endlessly entertaining and still seems independent at least according to Wikipedia. I would check it out, it is British thou and mostly PC gaming but I enjoy it.


That's cool.

I had hope for Giant Bomb, but then CBS took that over so I've lost faith in that one.
And Gerstman. Why go back the the husband who beat the shiat out of you before. You are just asking for it the 2nd time. Esp after the CBS/Dish issues.
 
2013-02-21 08:09:28 PM

ArtosRC: The only reason I'm somewhat saddened to see 1UP go is because I was a longtime reader of EGM, and more than a few of the writers for that magazine were part of 1UP.

/halcyon days


Yup. One a few things I miss pre-internet was getting the month's EGM and reading through it. They turned me on to a lot of games I otherwise would've missed. Plus, that was where I first started seeing Seanbaby.
 
2013-02-21 08:13:11 PM
Could this be the harbinger for a revival of the independent video game reviewer? They never really went away (hey, even Avault is still up), but the market has been dominated for a long time by the big publishers.

Or it is just general downsizing because of changes in the market?
 
2013-02-21 08:16:47 PM

Paelian: Could this be the harbinger for a revival of the independent video game reviewer? They never really went away (hey, even Avault is still up), but the market has been dominated for a long time by the big publishers.

Or it is just general downsizing because of changes in the market?


Most likely a corporate contraction due to the over-investment in redundant businesses.

Really, why do UGO, 1UP, and Gamespy all need to exist under the same corporate umbrella. They essentially serve the same market.
All they do is dilute marketing dollars and increase overhead with the redundant personnel.
 
2013-02-21 08:17:16 PM
Hopefully they'll purchase i09 really quick so that it'll also go out of business
 
2013-02-21 08:28:53 PM
You say nothing of value is being lost, but if you're a PC gamer and you like mods, the downfall of fileplanet.com, which is part of IGN, is kind of a big deal.

Even though I don't regularly go to these websites, they are kind of a piece of internet history.
 
2013-02-21 08:32:03 PM

alwaysjaded: ArtosRC: The only reason I'm somewhat saddened to see 1UP go is because I was a longtime reader of EGM, and more than a few of the writers for that magazine were part of 1UP.

/halcyon days

Yup. One a few things I miss pre-internet was getting the month's EGM and reading through it. They turned me on to a lot of games I otherwise would've missed. Plus, that was where I first started seeing Seanbaby.


What in the wide world of sports ever happened to that rube?
 
2013-02-21 08:35:51 PM
Thanks to this article I found out Arma 3 is a steam/pc exclusive....and thanks to that article I found out 2 devs were arrested for espionage in Greece.
 
2013-02-21 08:49:57 PM
Oh no, now where will I read glowing reviews of products from advertisers?
 
2013-02-21 08:51:39 PM
Wouldn't have ever tried those sites anyway.

Between Evil Avatar, Reddit, and Metacritic, I have more than enough gaming industry news and reviews.

/really looking forward April, when G4 goes off the air, thus hastening the eventual Webb/Bailey/Underwood porn video.
 
2013-02-21 08:55:49 PM

WickerNipple: Sad?  Why would anyone be sad by this unless they were paying you?


I'll miss GameSpy without getting a check, though I have to admit I like it a whole lot more now that I've seen all the Fark hate
 
2013-02-21 09:05:08 PM
Seems like they are getting rid of redundancy. I can't say anything about how any one of those sites is better or worse, and I have no particular hate or love for any of them. I have been to all of them over the years.... but really, does one company need to host a bunch of gaming/tech "sites"? Redirect the traffic to a central site and concentrate on making it better.
 
2013-02-21 09:09:53 PM

Whiplash!!!: You say nothing of value is being lost, but if you're a PC gamer and you like mods, the downfall of fileplanet.com, which is part of IGN, is kind of a big deal.



I have a feeling most of the posts in this thread are console gamers, if gamers at all
 
2013-02-21 09:14:00 PM
Paelian: Could this be the harbinger for a revival of the independent video game reviewer?

I miss judgement day, those guys were not afraid to call a game a piece of shiat if it was a piece of shiat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnvCGfbiO3M

"The players don't look anything like any of the players, you should be ashamed of yourself."
 
2013-02-21 09:16:53 PM

RexTalionis: Of the old game review sites that I used to visit, only GameRevolution and Gamespot are still as they were. CNet Gameceter and now Gamespy are now gone.


GameRevolution is nothing like it was. It USED to be funny (worked at GameRevolution)

Also, this is terrible news. My friend who got laid off from Gamespot, then got laid of by Screened, just got a job at Gamespy :(
 
2013-02-21 09:17:09 PM
Done in one.
 
2013-02-21 09:18:01 PM
Holy shiat, AskMen is still a thing.
 
2013-02-21 09:18:43 PM
Whiplash!!!: You say nothing of value is being lost, but if you're a PC gamer and you like mods, the downfall of fileplanet.com

Fileplanet was a POS and I could always get the mod I wanted easier from the developer's site or via a google search.

// IIRC, they even tried to have a mandatory download manager at some point. But don't quote me on that.
 
2013-02-21 09:19:05 PM

Funbags: Wouldn't have ever tried those sites anyway.

Between Evil Avatar, Reddit, and Metacritic, I have more than enough gaming industry news and reviews.

/really looking forward April, when G4 goes off the air, thus hastening the eventual Webb/Bailey/Underwood porn video.


Fark, I love Ninja Warrior.
 
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