I hope it returns soon. I have hardly been on Gamespot at all since the redesign, partly because the podcast seemed to have stopped. Also, tracked games are gone (dear God, why?), and from a utility point of view the news interface sucks now -- no more click to load more items on the same page, instead there are separate page breaks (again, not sure why, this seems a clear downgrade).
All in all, I've felt quite put out by the redesign. Gamespot had been my homepage, but not anymore...
@LunarEclipz: Thanks for pointing me at those.
However, for other people's reference, they unfortunately didn't really do the trick for what I was looking for.
Gamefly I discounted straight away, because I checked it and, unsurprisingly, they do not even have entries for PS1 games, nor for digital-only games.
Raptr seems reasonably complete in terms of the games it lists, but doesn't give you a nice clear list at the end of it. You can quickly sort by title or filter by genre & platform... but there is no way to view a concise list without box shots, there is no score display, there is no release date. Most of all the site seems to be focused on tracking achievements and play time, neither of which I'm interested in at all.
Then there's GameFAQs, which is laid out really great in terms of the data it stores and how you enter that data... but there's no good way to display it! You can filter the list several ways, but it is very slow... dropdowns, not checkboxes, and you have to manually hit update instead of auto-filtering. And the list displays nothing besides platform and title. Damn shame.
Honestly the only solution I've seen so far is doing a spreadsheet myself. I had no idea how great Gamespot's game collection & tracking lists were until they were gone.
Has anyone done much looking around yet to try to find who has the best games tracking feature, now that Gamespot's is effectively gone?
Is IGN's any good?
I suppose if there's nothing good out there, I may actually just start keeping my collection recorded in a spreadsheet. At least I know that can't be taken away.
The've obliterated a feature I used every single day. I had my phone setup with a custom home page with links where I could select a system to see my wishlist for that system. I'd use it in stores when hunting for deals etc. Now it's totally uselesss AND my collection list is gone.
We were told before the change that our lists would stay, but that is clearly not the case. Had I known ahead of time how crappy it was going to be, I would have done a copy/paste into a Google doc. But instead, my whole collection list has vanished. Now I get to rebuild it by hand by doing an inventory at home. That's 1800+ games. Yeah. Really excited about that :|
Between that, and the ridiculous use of Flash, I've got every reason to stay far far away from the site from now on.
1800? Oh man... I thought I had it bad with 700.
Seriously though... +1 on your comment that if I'd known they'd obliterate this feature so completely, I would've exported it to a spreadsheet.
As it is, I've got lots of time with a clipboard at home ahead of me. Thanks, Gamespot.
Agree with all the comments posted here so far. This was the feature that kept me here more than anything. Now it's effectively gone, since "Stacks" are COMPLETELY useless. You can't even sort by TITLE, let alone score, platform, or release date. "Step back" doesn't even convey it... adding insult to injury, as someone said above, a lot of my games have been randomly changed to the Japanese versions for no apparent reason.