What do I want from CG?
I want my home back. I know it's not possible, but it is what I want. As it is, this appears to be a great new home - KD the love and hard work you and the other staffers have put in looks great.
The way you have bent over backwards to be accommodating is amazing. I can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve. I also love seeing some of the old familiar names who hadn't posted in awhile come back. All in all major props to all of the CG staff!
I am mainly a PC gaming news ho, and don't get to game as much as I'd like, but I do own an Xbox and a few games, but I do appreciate PC content more.
Regarding Ads - I'll try to remeber to click - though I'll probably spend more time in the forums, and that does make clicking Ads tougher - maybe an unobtrusive yet relevant ad on the forum index?
Back to realityGold Guide - YES!
I loved the links to all the reviews and fansites, as well as patches etc. I tend to wait to pick up games, and it was SOOOOO nice to have. I was really bummed when Andy couldn't keep it up (couldn't blame him either, but I used that thing all the time). where exactly is it here? Ah, I found it (I think) - Advanced Search - right? ONe thing from GG I did like was the way that you could view all entries and scroll through them - found some interesting games that way. As well as the new and updated blurbs.
Would love to see PC games added to the database though converting the old GG might be tough.... PC games need it more, due to the prevalence of patches, and other post-release info/updates - consoles will get like this too, in the next gen, I believe...Weekly values - YES!
I'm lazy about looking these things up, and there must be a lot more who are too. (JMdiller - I saw your post and wanted to thank you for the time and effort you put in when it got shifted to you - it was, and is, appreciated).
dunno if Rich and Bill's 'Blogging' style can fit, but I really liked the daily anecdotes with gaming references and talk. News is nice, but the personal touch was really affecting.Quick Takes - lift test, etc.
- not as important for consoles, but I think adding a 'Manual' section to a console review is nice - is backstory laid out (unlikely), is it more than a 900 number and a epileptic seizure warning? Are the various controls and menus well laid out and easy to find for reference, without having to switch between 3-5 pages (ala Madden).
All of those resources kept me coming back again and again, especially the personal touches Rich and Bill brought to the site
-- until I got sucked into the forums - then they kept me going, even after Rich, Andy, Bill and the rest of the gang couldn't provide official content. I will always thank them for that bit that brought me so many years of joy and information.
RE: the forums - don't splinter them too much - an inactive forum really bites. I'd rather have too few forum sections than too many.R & P
- boy oh boy can I believe the headache that would be for Moderators, but I really do miss it. Ran into some articles on global warming I wanted to share with the community, but couldn't, and I really felt something was missing from my life (and it really isn't that empty). However, it is sooo easy to react to an internet post in a fashion which one would never react in person, and it does tend to jack up the vitriol and gamers aren't always the best at distancing themselves from anything (why else would we be into immersive games?). I really miss it, and would love to see it back. Even if a lot of the posts end up as trash, the gems are so great that they can make it all worth it. Guido_TKP's thoughtful essay on abortion, dbt's smileys to cool things off, the periodic population debates, etc. I'll miss it if it doesn't reappear, but respect your wishes. Active mods could help to erase many of the worst offenses, but with Moderators, moderation - eh?
Major thanks once again for taking in all of us strays. Once again, kudos for a job well done!