The Webby Awards have been around since 1996 and award "Excellence on the Internet". This includes online film, websites, and other media. For those that don't know, GameSpot has been nominated once again for the prestigious Webby Award in the Games-Related category. GameSpot has been nominated before and won recently back in 2009 (some of you, like myself, have the emblem for voting). Instead of just blindly telling you to vote, I figure I would list the reasons why I'm going to vote for GameSpot this year.
1.) The Community
I have made many great friends on this website and this is partly due to the user-friendly interface. I've seen my fair share of glitches that pop up from time to time but overall I personally like the look and feel of the community. User blogs and reviews are readily accessible, the new comment features are really nice, and helpful Community Managers (Jody and Synthia) are always bringing some fun activities for us to enjoy.
2.) The Live Events
Another feature that really shines on this website are the coverage of live events. Whether its E3, Comic-Con, GDC, PAX, etc., GameSpot does an excellent job in bringing all the news, videos, and other information right to our fingertips. One notable event is E3. I've been watching E3 via GameSpot since 2007 and every year keeps getting better and better. Last year not only did we get all the conference and game coverage but we were even getting other inside coverage around the event like the Zombie Apocalypse obstacle course, which the GameSpot staff participated in, located nearby to the convention center. Every year it just makes me feel like I'm right there too enjoying in on all the fun things E3 has to offer.
3.) The Reviews
Now I know for some people this is a very touchy subject. For me, GameSpot is the first place I go for gaming reviews. As a user reviewer on this site I enjoy reading other user reviews but I wanted to talk about the official GameSpot reviews. In my opinion, most of the GameSpot reviewers do a very good job. My favorite reviewer has been Kevin VanOrd for quite sometime now. GameSpot doesn't sugarcoat games and give them lofty scores for nothing, which I see a lot with other critics like Game Informer and IGN. I know that if a game gets a high score on GameSpot that I know it's going to be a excellent game and vice versa with not so good games. Now I know that reviews are personal opinion and all that but I just wanted to express my opinion for the reviews on GameSpot.
Well that's my plug for GameSpot getting my vote for a 2013 Webby Award. These Webby Awards are a big deal and I encourage those out there to get out and vote. Hopefully, our very own GameSpot can take home the crown once more! If you would like to vote in the Webby's click here.