It's a huge effort, and there are a few huge efforts that have to happen before it can get done. For instance this forum software needs to GO, and that's a HUGE thing to push it over to something new. We know exactly what we want to do, but time, money, and life have all gotten in the way for some time.
It WILL get done eventually. Dammit.
And to correct the record, the focus of the site has ALWAYS been about providing news, reviews, etc. It has been FAR more than just a financial burden for some time (if anything, the forums have been more of a financial burden than the front page for the better part of the last decade). From the staff's point of view, we love the forum and the community here, but our focus is on the rest of the site. At this point we probably interact more with the communities on Facebook and Twitter. <shrug>
It is very likely that the changes we have in mind may not find favor with some of the original GG/CG folks from way back. I remember when we rebranded to Gaming Trend some forum-goers still had us pegged as a console only site and turned their nose up at the notion of us expanding our coverage (or at least turned their nose up at talking PC games in these forums).
The bottom line is, we will keep on doing what we're doing, and we still want more integration into the forums and eventually that will happen. In the meantime, we'd love it if you guys read our work and talked about it, but no matter how hard it is now or how easy we try to make it, that's still up to all of you