I'm a big Gamespot fan. I visit the site every day, just about, along with this site. For me, the reviews and previews there usually strike a good balance between professionalism and entertainment. Meanwhile, sites like IGN seem to lean towards the sleazy entertainment side of things a bit too much. IGN feels more like a crappy tabloid. Gamespot isn't "high culture" or anything, but at least it feels more like a TIME magazine or Newsweek. Gamespot also threw an event here in San Francisco that was fun. I got to see all the Gamespot staff walking around which was cool. It's embarrasing to say but I consider those guys bigger celebs than most of the regular celebs that are admired on TV. I guess I'm that much of a gamer nerd.
That being said, my #1 complaint with Gamespot was the frequent military recruitment ads showing up on the site. I thought it was extremely unethical to have those ads there, where they were often alongside pictures of Pikachu and his various Pokemon friends. "Hey kids, Pikachu's latest adventure is great! By the way, DEFEND AMERICA WITH YOUR LIFE!"
Ironically, I've been long banned from Gamespot because of some comment I made on a racially-charged news story there.
I'm pretty dang sure there's no way my post, whatever it was, could be interpreted as racist, but somehow I got banned. I never got an explanation. WAH!
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