Well, this has gotten to be pretty sad. The community here had been slowly dying for about three years before the redesign but I always thought that things would just continue to go slowly downhill or that they would try to make things better eventually, I thought that was the plan when the redesign was announced, in the 12 years I've used the site I never thought they would go out of the way to kill their own community. This is surprising since anyone who really follows gaming news and cares about the industry knows that sites like this really no loner serve any kind of purpose, save for bringing people together in a community. I can find better shows on youtube, I can get news faster on twitter and smaller sites run by only a few people, I can find longer video reviews and gameplay clips from multiple youtube people, I can't use sites like this to find reviews on smaller indie titles. The only person making any kind of interesting content for the site is Danny. The rest is either garbage or just kind of pointless I don't really see much use in watching a show with some guy making stupid comments on the stupid comments other videos and articles get, that just reminds me how little creativity we have here and how poor the community has gotten, if anything that show probably makes the site worse by encouraging people to make stupid comments to get featured.
I've seen comments from moderators saying they no longer visit the forums, I've seen a poll advocating the death of those who made this site change up for over a day on the forums without being locked or removed, I think when you reach that point it's time to just consider the site dead. When I said how disappointed I was in the redesign and that clearly people were just fucking around instead of trying to make something new and great with the site that could have improved the community and made it a great place for the gaming community on twitter, I had Kevin respond to that with a ? and then unfollow me. I can understand not saying anything against the place where you work but when I see multiple site admin praise the new site and question those with problems I find that disgusting behavior and it gives me even less reason to support the site .
In the time since the redesign I have become a moderator on Angry Joe's new community forums which actually works betters than this site was even before the update. On the few days under a month since the community was started I have met multiple people to play games with on a lot of different systems, I have seen a lot of people gifting out game codes they won't need or just giving stuff to other community members, I've found multiple tabletop roleplaying groups, I won a signed copy of the script for the Kickstarter game The Mandate (signed by David Bradley), I was trusted to become a moderator for our forums and teamspeak (and I assume twitch streams in the future). Seems to be a great new community that is likely to keep growing and one where they plan to do a lot of tournaments, events, giveaways, form professional teams in a variety of games and genres, etc. NeonNinja (who has also completely stopped using this site) can also be found there. They have some work to do, community is only a month old and it's not something they have done before but I believe it can become something great.
It's been a great 12 years, more than half my life here. Was involved in some live streams, on a live show to demo Halo Wars, I lead and was an officer in quite a few active unions. I've had a lot of great times here and I've met a lot of great people, all who either left a long time ago or have left after the redesign. It's time for me to join them.
Some places I can be found Angry Joe's community I have the same name there as I do here, I can also be found on twitter under this name where I tend to just post my thoughts on recent games I've played and talk to old Gamespot members who have long since left, and on the website boardgamegeek.com (or rpggeek or videogamegeek) under the same name.
Also, Ys Memories of Celceta, buy it.