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I'm through with Polygon. Anyone else feel that way? It used to be that Kotaku was the kinda trashy place for video game gossips 'n stuff, and Polygon this ambitious place for proper journalism. But these last few years I've seen a stunning reversal happening there. Polygon started going nuts whenever a big Pop Culture Show Or Movie Event happened. You can set your watch to it: whenever there'd be a new Marvel film or Game of Thrones episode, the front page would suddenly be awash with thinkpieces and clickbaity articles and spoiler discussions. To the point where it felt the entire editorial board must've assembled to flood the site with them. Some of these pieces were fine. Others were shit. Then there's whatever the hell Ben Kuchera would do. It kept bugging me, but I put up with it because there would also occasionally be these beautiful long-form interview-documentaries about the making of Final Fantasy VII or what have you, and that's the stuff I was there for. Also Brian David Gilbert. At the same time, Kotaku got better and better. There's hard-hitting journalism there now, exposing working conditions in the games industry and calling out stupid moves and people. Alongside the K-pop pick of the day. And I've been binging the Tim Rogers E3 videos, and they're just so delicious. Long story short, I am having a better time on Kotaku than on Polygon nowadays. By a mile. Sure, there's still a big difference in what they do. Whenever Polygon manages to be serious and devoted to doing quality stuff, I like them just fine. But I also just deleted them from my bookmarks, because I simply can't stand the desperate clickbait reporting on Marvel movies &c anymore. The breaking point came yesterday. I'd just seen the Spider-Man film (which was awesome), and then I casually visited Polygon and saw an article that said "SPOILER" in the accompanying graphic, but proceeded to spoil the very thing in the clickbaity headline. If I'd seen that shit before watching the movie, I would've been ticked off. That is some stupid bullshit, and it's a direct consequence of their insistence on milking pop culture events for clicks. So fuck 'em. I'll catch Brian on YouTube.
Polygon is a website about Video games, sponsored by New Clear Men Scalp Therapy, which is a breakthrough experience that stops dandruff at the source. Incase you don't know: a few months ago, a bunch of people who cover Video games rounded themselves up and said "We're gonna cover Video games on this new website." and I don't know exactly who they are, but I RECOGNIZE them from people who used to be at 1UP, Kotaku, IGN and other Video game websites you've heard about. The reason I'm making this thread now, is because I just started posting here. Also this happened: I don't know how far to dive into how much this whole thing turns me off from top to bottom... Here's where I go to hear about Video games: I watch the videos on GiantBomb, I listen to their podcast, and I listen to Idle Thumbs. I like people being natural and conversational, I hate reading articles, and more than anything I love levity. Levity means being serious about something, but also being aware enough to admit what's dumb, and joke around with it. Polygon feels like it's ticking the box for everything I DON'T like about Video games and the internet. Goofy 90s-sounding name, focusing on written text in 2012, using the word "gamer" as if it's a normal word that people use- I THINK they want to write serious, inside-baseball things about the industry, but I just checked out their Youtube channel and it's all corny reddit sprite animations and remixes and stuff, so now I'm not sure... but look, I could fumble around all day, I really just wanna hear a second opinion about this and see what people on this site think. People like us are the target demo, right? I think? What do you think about the stuff they've released so far? Do you read articles, or do you wait for it to come up on a podcast or video like me? Where do you go to hear about Video games? Is "Games Journalism" enough of a thing to not have quotes around it, to you?