#1 Edited by nobledragoon (2 posts) -

Tom - you are an incredibly insightful editor and my favorite here at Gamespot.

Could you please manage to keep your personal views on geo-politics / social issues to yourself? This is a site about games - this is not CNN, MSNBC, the Huffington Post, Fox News, or The Blaze. As a long-time reader / supporter of Gamespot, I am not interested in your assertions that men dominate women or anything of the sort. Let's stick the subject matter, please.

Not to single out Tom - your latest article on the Santa Barbara killings is just the most recent example of a growing trend at Gamespot where editors feel it appropriate to post personal views on social issues.

Best Regards,

Jeremy

#2 Posted by Jimmy_Russell (765 posts) -

This site is becoming more and more like a tabloid, each day that passes.

#3 Edited by Jeager_Titan (947 posts) -

I don't even get how this personal blog even got featured in the main articles.

#4 Posted by Archangel3371 (15643 posts) -

I don't mind them posting their personal views on these kind of topics. Personally I find it interesting to read them even if I might not agree with them.

#6 Posted by Pedro (21072 posts) -

Its an issue that directly affects gaming so its relevant.

#7 Posted by Jacanuk (4508 posts) -

@nobledragoon said:

Tom - you are an incredibly insightful editor and my favorite here at Gamespot.

Could you please manage to keep your personal views on geo-politics / social issues to yourself? This is a site about games - this is not CNN, MSNBC, the Huffington Post, Fox News, or The Blaze. As a long-time reader / supporter of Gamespot, I am not interested in your assertions that men dominate women or anything of the sort. Let's stick the subject matter, please.

Not to single out Tom - your latest article on the Santa Barbara killings is just the most recent example of a growing trend at Gamespot where editors feel it appropriate to post personal views on social issues.

Best Regards,

Jeremy

If you want to send a message to Tom McShea, the worst place you can go is on the gamespot forums, no one on the paid gamespot staff uses these forums, infact you would probably have a better chance going to NeoGaf and posting it there.

But if you want my advice, i would use a private message option either here on gamespot or on twitter.

#8 Posted by speedfreak48t5p (7806 posts) -

@Archangel3371 said:

I don't mind them posting their personal views on these kind of topics. Personally I find it interesting to read them even if I might not agree with them.

#9 Posted by SovietsUnited (2302 posts) -

It's absolutely despicable and disgusting how writers handle matters after writing articles with the intention of causing comment sh*tstorms. Staying silent while clicks and traffic slowly go up, and only stepping in to replay to an eventual dumb argument. Like the meme guy above said, this is how a tabloid works.

And you really should ignore stuff like this, the only winner in the end is Gamespot.

#10 Edited by elkoldo (1110 posts) -

The OP has been around since 2005 and yet it's his very first forum post.It seems like Macshea ,again ,has pissed the hell out of people with personal views.I can't help recalling the last time.

Can anyone prove that Macshea isn't a sadist ?

#11 Posted by johnd13 (8136 posts) -

This must be really important to you to decide to post for the first time since you joined in 2005.

#12 Edited by geniobastardo (1294 posts) -

wow so much happened and I didn't even know.

..

#13 Edited by Muffin2020 (527 posts) -

@Archangel3371 said:

I don't mind them posting their personal views on these kind of topics. Personally I find it interesting to read them even if I might not agree with them.

Yer but some moron would link it to a review they disliked and try and draw some half baked conclusion.

#14 Edited by DigitalDame (4013 posts) -

@Jacanuk said:

No one on the paid gamespot staff uses these forums.

Not totally true. I just lurk a lot.

#15 Edited by 187umKILLAH (1339 posts) -

Opinions, deal with it.

#16 Posted by geniobastardo (1294 posts) -
@DigitalDame said:

@Jacanuk said:

No one on the paid gamespot staff uses these forums.

Not totally true. I just lurk a lot.

at least they pay you.

#17 Edited by Pedro (21072 posts) -

@DigitalDame said:

@Jacanuk said:

No one on the paid gamespot staff uses these forums.

Not totally true. I just lurk a lot.

Obviously you are not a gamespot stagg. :P

#18 Posted by Treflis (11555 posts) -

I really don't mind to be frank, I'd agree that the portrayal of female character in videogames should get better and will over time. I do disagree with the assailants motives being a result of the portrayal of women on the basis that he's been in therapy throughout his teenage.

But regardless whether I agree or not, I'm not going to say he can't voice his opinion.

#19 Edited by Lucky_Krystal (1730 posts) -
@Archangel3371 said:

I don't mind them posting their personal views on these kind of topics. Personally I find it interesting to read them even if I might not agree with them.

Same here. I usually like it, but if its ever on a topic I don't care about, I'll just ignore it. Its that simple.

#20 Posted by Jacanuk (4508 posts) -

@DigitalDame said:

@Jacanuk said:

No one on the paid gamespot staff uses these forums.

Not totally true. I just lurk a lot.

hehe ok you post :D but you are also the only one who ever bothers to post here once in awhile.

#21 Edited by blamix99 (1956 posts) -

this thread sounds girly,

#22 Edited by Old_Gooseberry (3667 posts) -

does CNN website have a forum? if not then i think tom is needed here to keep us all informed on politics.

#23 Posted by The_Last_Ride (71752 posts) -

@nobledragoon: I couldn't agree more, you could have added Carolyn Petit aswell tbh

#24 Edited by Metamania (12010 posts) -

I've only had one person from the staff respond to me about a game and that was Chris Watters on the Bourne videogame a long while back. That's the only interaction I've had on here with any of the staff members.

#25 Posted by El_Zo1212o (6019 posts) -

@Metamania: I actually liked the Bourne Conspiracy.

#26 Posted by The_Last_Ride (71752 posts) -

@Metamania said:

I've only had one person from the staff respond to me about a game and that was Chris Watters on the Bourne videogame a long while back. That's the only interaction I've had on here with any of the staff members.

I haven't seen anyone EVER. I've been here almost a decade now. That's saying something

#27 Edited by Jacanuk (4508 posts) -

@Metamania said:

I've only had one person from the staff respond to me about a game and that was Chris Watters on the Bourne videogame a long while back. That's the only interaction I've had on here with any of the staff members.

I have had a few more with some staff, Kevin, Carolyn, Danny and some of the old gamespot uk staff before they got put in the background.

But its always in the comments sections to their reviews or videos and of course on Twitter, you can always count on them responding there if you are sober.

Which makes it even more strange they dont even use their own forums.

#28 Posted by LoG-Sacrament (20397 posts) -

yes, because video games exist in their own bubble that is completely separate from everything else in the world.

#29 Edited by Behardy24 (4201 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Metamania said:

I've only had one person from the staff respond to me about a game and that was Chris Watters on the Bourne videogame a long while back. That's the only interaction I've had on here with any of the staff members.

I haven't seen anyone EVER. I've been here almost a decade now. That's saying something

Daniel Hines, the new AU editor of GameSpot replied to a funny Youtube comment I made on a video he did. I also got my question and my name announced on one episode of The Lobby. (The one where Kevin played ESO). It made me feel buttery inside. :D

#30 Posted by Netret0120 (2154 posts) -

@speedfreak48t5p said:

@Archangel3371 said:

I don't mind them posting their personal views on these kind of topics. Personally I find it interesting to read them even if I might not agree with them.

@johnd13 said:

This must be really important to you to decide to post for the first time since you joined in 2005.

I thought I was the only one who noticed that lol

#31 Posted by Metamania (12010 posts) -

@El_Zo1212o said:

@Metamania: I actually liked the Bourne Conspiracy.

If I ever played it, I think I would have liked it too, since I'm a fan of the movies. Saw the video review of it on Gamespot and it looked great, except for the cover system.

#32 Edited by Metamania (12010 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Metamania said:

I've only had one person from the staff respond to me about a game and that was Chris Watters on the Bourne videogame a long while back. That's the only interaction I've had on here with any of the staff members.

I haven't seen anyone EVER. I've been here almost a decade now. That's saying something

Yeah, I've been here longer than you have (twelve years) and I haven't seen much interactions from the Gamespot editors either. Most of the time they lurk (as proven earlier in this thread) or they rarely post, which is far and few between. I've yet to see people like Carolyn or Tom respond to criticism about their own reviews or anyone like Kevin or Chris respond to a question, anything like that, in a long time now. It's strange...these are their forums and they should be more talkative in order to engage with the fans. Unfortunately, they haven't done so and prefer to do it at a distance without getting involved.

#33 Posted by The_Last_Ride (71752 posts) -

@behardy24 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Metamania said:

I've only had one person from the staff respond to me about a game and that was Chris Watters on the Bourne videogame a long while back. That's the only interaction I've had on here with any of the staff members.

I haven't seen anyone EVER. I've been here almost a decade now. That's saying something

Daniel Hines, the new AU editor of GameSpot replied to a funny Youtube comment I made on a video he did. I also got my question and my name announced on one episode of The Lobby. (The one where Kevin played ESO). It made me feel buttery inside. :D

i got a question in on the main show here on gamespot during E3, but the host got the question wrong and he was a douche bag. Glad he's gone now though.

#34 Edited by johnd13 (8136 posts) -

@behardy24 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Metamania said:

I've only had one person from the staff respond to me about a game and that was Chris Watters on the Bourne videogame a long while back. That's the only interaction I've had on here with any of the staff members.

I haven't seen anyone EVER. I've been here almost a decade now. That's saying something

Daniel Hines, the new AU editor of GameSpot replied to a funny Youtube comment I made on a video he did. I also got my question and my name announced on one episode of The Lobby. (The one where Kevin played ESO). It made me feel buttery inside. :D

What's your Twitch username(assuming they announced you from the Twitch chat and not the GS one)? I frequently catch their streams and lobby episodes so we might have stumbled into each other a couple of times.

I've got no complaints in terms of communicating with the staff. They replied a few times to my comments in GS articles, videos etc over the years and answered my questions and voiced my chat posts many times in Twitch streams. When it comes to GS forums though, yeah they're pretty distant.

#35 Edited by Jimmy_Russell (765 posts) -

@Jacanuk said:

If you want to send a message to Tom McShea, the worst place you can go is on the gamespot forums, no one on the paid gamespot staff uses these forums, infact you would probably have a better chance going to NeoGaf and posting it there.

That seems like the biggest problem with this site. They constantly ignore their own users and instead prefer to have conversations with people who want nothing more than to see this site be deleted from the Internet. It might be a good idea to come talk to the people who make up your readership.

#36 Posted by Behardy24 (4201 posts) -

@johnd13 said:

@behardy24 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Metamania said:

I've only had one person from the staff respond to me about a game and that was Chris Watters on the Bourne videogame a long while back. That's the only interaction I've had on here with any of the staff members.

I haven't seen anyone EVER. I've been here almost a decade now. That's saying something

Daniel Hines, the new AU editor of GameSpot replied to a funny Youtube comment I made on a video he did. I also got my question and my name announced on one episode of The Lobby. (The one where Kevin played ESO). It made me feel buttery inside. :D

What's your Twitch username(assuming they announced you from the Twitch chat and not the GS one)? I frequently catch their streams and lobby episodes so we might have stumbled into each other a couple of times.

I've got no complaints in terms of communicating with the staff. They replied a few times to my comments in GS articles, videos etc over the years and answered my questions and voiced my chat posts many times in Twitch streams. When it comes to GS forums though, yeah they're pretty distant.

My Twitch username is Behardy. I haven't catch any of their stream in a little while because I often forget they are going on, so I just find myself watching an archive. Hopefully I'll start remembering when they stream. What's yours? If I see you during a livestream, I'll give a holler. :P

My theory on why they don't use the forums is probably a time constraint. With them working constantly getting videos and articles out there, they probably don't have time to sit down and chat through the forums. By the time they're done with work and heading home, the last thing they want to do is go on the internet. Just a guess though.

#37 Posted by johnd13 (8136 posts) -

@behardy24 said:

@johnd13 said:

@behardy24 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Metamania said:

I've only had one person from the staff respond to me about a game and that was Chris Watters on the Bourne videogame a long while back. That's the only interaction I've had on here with any of the staff members.

I haven't seen anyone EVER. I've been here almost a decade now. That's saying something

Daniel Hines, the new AU editor of GameSpot replied to a funny Youtube comment I made on a video he did. I also got my question and my name announced on one episode of The Lobby. (The one where Kevin played ESO). It made me feel buttery inside. :D

What's your Twitch username(assuming they announced you from the Twitch chat and not the GS one)? I frequently catch their streams and lobby episodes so we might have stumbled into each other a couple of times.

I've got no complaints in terms of communicating with the staff. They replied a few times to my comments in GS articles, videos etc over the years and answered my questions and voiced my chat posts many times in Twitch streams. When it comes to GS forums though, yeah they're pretty distant.

My Twitch username is Behardy. I haven't catch any of their stream in a little while because I often forget they are going on, so I just find myself watching an archive. Hopefully I'll start remembering when they stream. What's yours? If I see you during a livestream, I'll give a holler. :P

My theory on why they don't use the forums is probably a time constraint. With them working constantly getting videos and articles out there, they probably don't have time to sit down and chat through the forums. By the time they're done with work and heading home, the last thing they want to do is go on the internet. Just a guess though.

My username there is the same as here(Johnd13). Sure, c ya there sometime. :P

I can understand their limited time like you said. They're probably neck-deep in video games all the time, they must want some time off as well. But staying close to your community is very important, I don't think it's that time-consuming to post in a couple of threads in the forums once in a while.

#38 Edited by Behardy24 (4201 posts) -

@johnd13 said:

@behardy24 said:

@johnd13 said:

@behardy24 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Metamania said:

I've only had one person from the staff respond to me about a game and that was Chris Watters on the Bourne videogame a long while back. That's the only interaction I've had on here with any of the staff members.

I haven't seen anyone EVER. I've been here almost a decade now. That's saying something

Daniel Hines, the new AU editor of GameSpot replied to a funny Youtube comment I made on a video he did. I also got my question and my name announced on one episode of The Lobby. (The one where Kevin played ESO). It made me feel buttery inside. :D

What's your Twitch username(assuming they announced you from the Twitch chat and not the GS one)? I frequently catch their streams and lobby episodes so we might have stumbled into each other a couple of times.

I've got no complaints in terms of communicating with the staff. They replied a few times to my comments in GS articles, videos etc over the years and answered my questions and voiced my chat posts many times in Twitch streams. When it comes to GS forums though, yeah they're pretty distant.

My Twitch username is Behardy. I haven't catch any of their stream in a little while because I often forget they are going on, so I just find myself watching an archive. Hopefully I'll start remembering when they stream. What's yours? If I see you during a livestream, I'll give a holler. :P

My theory on why they don't use the forums is probably a time constraint. With them working constantly getting videos and articles out there, they probably don't have time to sit down and chat through the forums. By the time they're done with work and heading home, the last thing they want to do is go on the internet. Just a guess though.

My username there is the same as here(Johnd13). Sure, c ya there sometime. :P

I can understand their limited time like you said. They're probably neck-deep in video games all the time, they must want some time off as well. But staying close to your community is very important, I don't think it's that time-consuming to post in a couple of threads in the forums once in a while.

I agree that keeping up with your community is essential for keeping your website alive

On another topic, I was watching Kevin's WildStar stream and some GS people were in the Twitch chat saying that they currently developing a GameSpot Chat. Supposedly, it would work the same way GiantBomb's chat works. All details haven't been shared yet though.

http://www.giantbomb.com/chat/

http://www.gamespot.com/chat/

#39 Edited by johnd13 (8136 posts) -

@behardy24 said:

@johnd13 said:

@behardy24 said:

@johnd13 said:

@behardy24 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Metamania said:

I've only had one person from the staff respond to me about a game and that was Chris Watters on the Bourne videogame a long while back. That's the only interaction I've had on here with any of the staff members.

I haven't seen anyone EVER. I've been here almost a decade now. That's saying something

Daniel Hines, the new AU editor of GameSpot replied to a funny Youtube comment I made on a video he did. I also got my question and my name announced on one episode of The Lobby. (The one where Kevin played ESO). It made me feel buttery inside. :D

What's your Twitch username(assuming they announced you from the Twitch chat and not the GS one)? I frequently catch their streams and lobby episodes so we might have stumbled into each other a couple of times.

I've got no complaints in terms of communicating with the staff. They replied a few times to my comments in GS articles, videos etc over the years and answered my questions and voiced my chat posts many times in Twitch streams. When it comes to GS forums though, yeah they're pretty distant.

My Twitch username is Behardy. I haven't catch any of their stream in a little while because I often forget they are going on, so I just find myself watching an archive. Hopefully I'll start remembering when they stream. What's yours? If I see you during a livestream, I'll give a holler. :P

My theory on why they don't use the forums is probably a time constraint. With them working constantly getting videos and articles out there, they probably don't have time to sit down and chat through the forums. By the time they're done with work and heading home, the last thing they want to do is go on the internet. Just a guess though.

My username there is the same as here(Johnd13). Sure, c ya there sometime. :P

I can understand their limited time like you said. They're probably neck-deep in video games all the time, they must want some time off as well. But staying close to your community is very important, I don't think it's that time-consuming to post in a couple of threads in the forums once in a while.

I agree that keeping up with your community is essential for keeping your website alive

On another topic, I was watching Kevin's WildStar stream and some GS people were in the Twitch chat saying that they currently developing a GameSpot Chat. Supposedly, it would work the same way GiantBomb's chat works. All details haven't been shared yet though.

http://www.giantbomb.com/chat/

http://www.gamespot.com/chat/

Yeah they've been making tests for some time now. I wouldn't mind watching the streams on GS but they generally seem to pay more attention to the Twitch chat which was initially the reason I signed up there. We'll just have to see if that will change with the new GameSpot chat.

#40 Posted by Behardy24 (4201 posts) -

@johnd13 said:

@behardy24 said:

@johnd13 said:

@behardy24 said:

@johnd13 said:

@behardy24 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Metamania said:

I've only had one person from the staff respond to me about a game and that was Chris Watters on the Bourne videogame a long while back. That's the only interaction I've had on here with any of the staff members.

I haven't seen anyone EVER. I've been here almost a decade now. That's saying something

Daniel Hines, the new AU editor of GameSpot replied to a funny Youtube comment I made on a video he did. I also got my question and my name announced on one episode of The Lobby. (The one where Kevin played ESO). It made me feel buttery inside. :D

What's your Twitch username(assuming they announced you from the Twitch chat and not the GS one)? I frequently catch their streams and lobby episodes so we might have stumbled into each other a couple of times.

I've got no complaints in terms of communicating with the staff. They replied a few times to my comments in GS articles, videos etc over the years and answered my questions and voiced my chat posts many times in Twitch streams. When it comes to GS forums though, yeah they're pretty distant.

My Twitch username is Behardy. I haven't catch any of their stream in a little while because I often forget they are going on, so I just find myself watching an archive. Hopefully I'll start remembering when they stream. What's yours? If I see you during a livestream, I'll give a holler. :P

My theory on why they don't use the forums is probably a time constraint. With them working constantly getting videos and articles out there, they probably don't have time to sit down and chat through the forums. By the time they're done with work and heading home, the last thing they want to do is go on the internet. Just a guess though.

My username there is the same as here(Johnd13). Sure, c ya there sometime. :P

I can understand their limited time like you said. They're probably neck-deep in video games all the time, they must want some time off as well. But staying close to your community is very important, I don't think it's that time-consuming to post in a couple of threads in the forums once in a while.

I agree that keeping up with your community is essential for keeping your website alive

On another topic, I was watching Kevin's WildStar stream and some GS people were in the Twitch chat saying that they currently developing a GameSpot Chat. Supposedly, it would work the same way GiantBomb's chat works. All details haven't been shared yet though.

http://www.giantbomb.com/chat/

http://www.gamespot.com/chat/

Yeah they've been making tests for some time now. I wouldn't mind watching the streams on GS but they generally seem to pay more attention to the Twitch chat which was initially the reason I signed up there. We'll just have to see if that will change with the new GameSpot chat.

I too, wouldn't mind watching the streams on GameSpot. I would especially enjoy watching it on GS if the layout was the same as GiantBomb's since you can customize the video and chat. Also, I hope they add emoticons to their own chat. Hopefully the chat focus will shift to here on this website, or maybe GS users have first chances at winning prizes compare to Twitch users.

#41 Posted by Metamania (12010 posts) -

At least Gamespot has the decency to take questions for those Q&A sessions they have with upcoming videogames and bring them up when they talk about it in the videos.

#42 Edited by Threesixtyci (4287 posts) -

You know.... that Santa Barbara killer looked a lot like the dude in Persona 4? Wonder why Shea didn't comment on that?

http://megamitensei.wikia.com/wiki/Mitsuo_Kubo.