GameSpot Fireside Chat: Big Changes, New Home Page, Reviews

Join us for our first weekly fireside chat to find out about some big changes to GameSpot, see our new home page, and hear how reviews are evolving!

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Greetings, GameSpotters! We're starting up a series of weekly fireside chats to discuss the future of GameSpot, show off what we're working on, and give you all a chance to ask us questions. And to prove that WE DELIVER, we're here, right now, delivering. So, without further ado, welcome to our first weekly fireside chat. Stay awhile, and listen!

What you missed last week

Just kidding! You didn't miss anything since this is the first. BUT! You may have missed that on Tuesday, we announced some pretty big changes. So go check that out if you like, or you could watch this week's fireside chat, since we're going to go over it there as well.

Also, if you're freaking out, DON'T WORRY! That last post was meant to be the bad news--there's plenty of GOOD NEWS to share as well, and we'll be doing some of that today!

Watch our first fireside chat!

Due to a technical issue, this was broken up into two separate broadcasts:

Today's agenda included…

  • Our Tuesday announcement
  • The new GameSpot home page
  • GameSpot reviews
  • Q & A

Check back for more details on the new GameSpot!

Discussion

771 comments
foxhound_fox
foxhound_fox

Not doing very much to make me want to stick around after the change.


Well done guys.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

 The change to the scoring system fucking sucks.

Garrison_Ford
Garrison_Ford

So, what will happen to existing user reviews?  Will they get converted over to the new system or remain on legacy web pages (kind of like how unions are now)?

Taffy872
Taffy872

I loved the 20 point system. I hope there is some reconsidering in this field, because the .5 made a difference in in my book. I also loved the review emblems PLEASe keep them in. It gives you a quick look at what made the game good or bad before the review. If you were to keep the 20 point system or the emblems I would prefer the emblems.

J-007
J-007

Website: Keep console color links associated as it is but maybe enforce it as an option theme for the entire background display and the media updates in it's own block in front. Gamespot name should enhanced for sure, the 'O' in gamespot should have a 3D effect in bulk size alongside the other characters lightly golden in bigger font size and I think it will look appealing on the shirts the Gamespot team wears sometimes in black OR white t-shirts. I'd like a Gamespot t-shirt as a fan...really, hehe.

Profiles: Keep upgrading us to make us feel close to the Gamespot heart and team and unite us better as an option and lessen the complexity of posts etc with profiles.

As much as media goes, keep it a little more together to keep the applause for a new improved website Good luck and thank you Gamespot 


TheKungFool
TheKungFool

extremely disappointed that GS chose to dishonor and disband it's unions. 
my union (hurrah to the TEMPLE, love you guys!) was really my only reason for keeping GS as my most frequented gaming site. 
as GS forums got worse and worse with trolls and riffraff, the union was the one place where the community was powerful and could maintain integrity. 

you just lost me GS.

Carnikoid85
Carnikoid85

Lark got influenced by Jeff Guldblum 

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

Just make sure the list goes PC > Playstation > Wii > XBone

cell_dweller
cell_dweller moderator moderator

Anyone listen to see if the site will be scalable, or a fixed width??  I didn't hear anything mentioned about that, but I didn't listen to every word either.

Ovirew
Ovirew

The way you earn points now and the way you will earn points for emblems really doesn't sound all that different, the way you described it.  Maybe it's something you have to see in action though.

Also not sure what I think of the new front page already.  I guess I'm used to everything being sorted by game device.  It seems like there is less user-created content on the main page for sure now.

I'm also curious about how ya'll went about choosing those 100 people who got beta invites.  I don't think you ever mentioned if there was a method for that, or if it was randomized.

Spinnerweb
Spinnerweb

I don't like the idea of Fuse merging, basically being shut down. Fuse was the reason I kept coming back to the site, since the active forums were full of idiots. 

I'll probably stick around if the people I liked on Fuse do, but if they don't, then I don't really see much reason in doing so.


Oh, I miss Fuse in September 2011.

Gamesfetch
Gamesfetch

Do whatever you like but remember you guys are worsening

smoothyplum26
smoothyplum26

Shutting Fuse down, WTF!!! I've been a member for years and lately that's been the only reason I've come to site as the reviews have become very poor and my favorite shows have been gone for a while.  Not happy at all about this.

coight30
coight30

Please keep your top 10 ratings on the home page!


Diegoctba
Diegoctba

I have another question, sorry to bother, who is the big boss of Gamespot?

halBU
halBU

Please, for the love of god, stop beginning every other sentence with the word "So".

twnturbo
twnturbo

Do you think we could have the option to link our Raptr accounts over to GameSpot to display our achievements on our profiles? That would be a neat feature.

Longini
Longini

Haven't read a thing or watched any of the videos, but when I saw the 2nd thumbnail I thought it was Giant Bomb's site. I'm not sure if I like that :/ (I love Giant Bomb).

hystavito
hystavito

Something just occured to me only minutes from the end of the video, this might be the first time I have ever seen a GS person wearing a proper shirt, tie, and even a vest! :)

The_Deepblue
The_Deepblue

Regardless of the rating scale, the same arguments will continue. "That game got an eight, but it's no way as good as this game that got an eight!" That said, multiple reviews is good. It makes it seem as if gaming opinions are truly opinions instead of one guy or gal punctuating it with no further say, with additional perspectives simply being agreements with the reviewer or putting up a flame shield for them due to backlash.

c_rakestraw
c_rakestraw moderator moderator

Well, definitely feeling better about the new site now. The focus on user content is definitely encouraging.

hystavito
hystavito

It just happens to be that I almost always browse GS and my other daily gaming sites on an older machine, an E5200 with 4GB RAM.  I have loads of tabs open and it gets a little slow.  Giantbomb after the last makeover runs pretty bad for me, so I guess GS will as well, and I usually load up lots of GS pages in tabs and then work through them.

Guess I'll need to setup a better box for browsing Gamespot :).

benleslie5
benleslie5 moderator

@Garrison_Ford I was going to ask the same question too, I don't want to lose my reviews or blogs

Elk
Elk

@cell_dweller It wasn't mentioned, but I'd be shocked if it wasn't built to scale all the way down to mobile size.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@Ovirew Yeah, I was curious about the 'selection process', too. I mean, it based on the moste active users, whether someone has 'Ranger' status, or longevity? Or like you said, if it's just random. Though I would venture to say (and I mean someone like Lark can verify or deny how off I am), I would think that maybe it have to be a bit less random and maybe held on some sort of criteria.

Now as for the main page, I had to say not to take the actual content w/ too many grains of salt b/c if you recall like Lark said in the video--this was just a rough outline how the foundation of the home page will be shaping up. But I'm sure between now and launch (I think he said end of Sept./early Oct.) anything can be tweaked.

At any rate, I guess all we can hope is either 1) we get invites (*hint, hint*, GS...lol) or 2) that we hopefully have the brightest of the bright in our fellow GS comrades that are already in there that are championing those important aspects and concerns for us. 

Time will tell......

Toplinkar
Toplinkar

@Spinnerweb Wait, I can't watch the video (slow internet, can't load it) What is happening to our beloved Fuse?!?!?!?!?!

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@Spinnerweb "Fuse was the reason I kept coming back to the site, since the active forums were full of idiots."

You know I just have to ask this, and please don't take this as putting you on blast or anything (I've actually been hearing multiple people say this in the past few days since the announcement), but why do some of you FUSE or Union users seem to always make this kind of blanketed statement when it comes to why you don't go/come to regular Forums sections?

I mean, what or which forums or jaded experiences in them that you all could have had that instantly makes you think every single active forum overrun by idiots? Honest questions. Because to be blunt (and again, please take no offense), I find it a bit of slap in face and insult to those of us mature intelligent users and to forums that have awesomely cool and level-headed users, to be grouped w/ the numbnuts, fanboys/girls, and weirdos. And if you basing you findings off of forums like SW or OT, then for the love all that's gamey.....please stop. As cesspoolly (yeah, I made that word up...and what. lol) as those areas of the forum are they do serve a beneficial purpose: to KEEP those idiots from polluting the more civil forums.

And don't get me wrong, I liked the concept of FUSE too and Unions (been/are in a couple; though admittedly not as active as I should/used to be in them). But honestly the problem why I didn't do either as much as I'd like is b/c of the disjointed treatment both areas respectively got--FUSE being the biggest offender. But the regular forums just flowed better within GS, itself, so I usually popped in a lot there more often. 

tl;dr--Stop judging the rest of the forums and its intelligent users w/ the weirdos, trolls & fanboys/girls. Not all places & people in forums are like that.  :)

Danyawesomsauce
Danyawesomsauce

@Spinnerweb I'd prefer if it stayed as it's own site, as well. I like Fuse because you can actually have an intelligent, civil conversation with other users on there. Unlike the comment section of most articles, where all it is people insulting each other or using their opinions as facts.

Elk
Elk

@Spinnerweb I'm sure many will stick around. Everyone you're following should persist with the new system if I understand correctly, so you'll still be able to follow your favourite fusers :)

neroist
neroist

CBS and Leslie Moonves

nate1222
nate1222

@twnturbo Agreed. Through Raptr friends can see you XBLA, PSN, and Steam stats.

galerian86
galerian86

@hystavito Well, that's the part that you can see. You don't wanna know what he's wearing below the viewable area.

Jerell_rast
Jerell_rast moderator

@hystavito It's all about presentation. When you're introducing a new product to your consumers, presentation is everything :P.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@c_rake Agreed. I'm at least moderately pleased that those of us that had some sort decently modest (or really high) level ranks won't at least get put back at '0'; so that commendable to say the least. And it's definitely cool they are geniunely trying to have some common grounds of compromise w/ those that really cared about the unions they created (joined or frequented). That way at least if they can't migrate everything over from the unions on the old site (this one); they know they'll at least have good start point by given special forum considerations. 

kkee
kkee

@benleslie5 @Garrison_Ford I would recommend, regardless of whether Gamespot say they are or aren't keeping the reviews/blogs, you back them up. There is always the chance that some of the data may be lost when he new site is updated.

Spinnerweb
Spinnerweb

@Toplinkar @Spinnerweb It's being integrated into user profiles kind of like the 'wall' system of Facebook. So Fuse as we know it is shutting down.

Spinnerweb
Spinnerweb

@PumpkinBoogie @Spinnerweb I'm sorry. When I said, 'active forums' I meant System Wars and Off-Topic, which are the only active forums to be honest. The others have only a handful of regular users doing all the posting. If you were offended, then I reiterate that I'm sorry. I use the Legacy Platforms forum reguarly myself, but I don't regard it as active to be honest.

darkspineslayer
darkspineslayer

> is insulted by blanket statements regarding forum users.

>Makes insulting blanket statement about SW and OT users.

Mkay.

hystavito
hystavito

@galerian86 @hystavito First thing that popped into my head was like the top part was just a cutout section like you see in a movie at a funeral home on a dead body.  The rest, naked heh.

c_rakestraw
c_rakestraw moderator moderator

@PumpkinBoogie Yeah. Good to see they're actually taking feedback seriously. It's one thing to hear them say it, another to see it truly matter.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@darkspineslayer Ok, fiiine.....fair enough about that. <_< 

Of course, there maybe some that aren't like that.....some. But from what I see from popping in there every now-and-then it's 'those ones' that I'm referring to that drowns out any of the ones that may not be like that. 

My point I was trying to make to OP stands: whatever or where they experienced this form of idiocy DOES NOT represent ALL boards/forums and ALL users. 

neroist
neroist

@Diegoctba I don't know silly, I just googled CBS and posted the media conglomerate's president and chairman name that I got from wiki =p