Today, it's been 10 years since I joined the site, and probably over 11 since I started using it.
I joined the site back in 2003 where I occasionally posted on the forum and continued to use the site for news. Once unions were introduced I became I much more active member when I started the Brothers in Arms (also used to talk about WWII history and films) and the Fire Emblem Union, I also became an officer in a lot of other unions, the only one still around (until the site update at least) being The Emblems Union. Both of my unions were very active for awhile, everyone running the Fire Emblem Union even ran an RPG style game of Fire Emblem with people using maps and playing like they would in the game on the forums.
Early 2005 was also the time that I started to post blogs and when I became more active in trying to get emblems and watching the different shows Gamespot has done over the years, looks like I now have 175 emblems (Good Taste emblem looks like it disapeared recently).
Most of the unions died around 2008-2009 and many of the people I met through them have left the site in recent years, but I continued to use the site for news, forums, blogs, and shows. Sadly, I think the first Gamespot Live show that I watched was the Hour of Victory Live Demo. I don't think I've ever seen a show played since then where the Gamespot staff had a constant look of, "my God, this is horrible," or where I've seen so many comments agreeing that the game and its developers were horrible and crazy for actually showing the game to people. Not the best way to start, but certainly memorable.
Met a lot of great people here over the years, many have left but the ones whos names I remember and whos profiles I can find include
Have both been good friends for years and I've always enjoyed talking to them be it here, on Steam, or on twitter.
Always loved his posts on the forums and was sad to see him go
Started following him not to long after he joined the site, long before he was a staff member. I believe me, him, and another guy got into a car during the GTA 4 Game Night near the games launch and ended up destroying just about everyone else in that game. He's gone on to make some excellent shows for Gamespot since working here and I always look forward to seeing whatever he does.
Not around much now but I always loved his blog editorials.
Was a great community manager, got some of the community together for gamenights, and I've gotten some cool things from her blog giveaways.
Made my banner here and the other one I have on my backloggery account.
I think he either deleted or made his account private but I used to enjoy reading his blogs and talking to him. I told him about the Halo Wars Live Show Gamespot was getting some members to play with before the release. We both ended up being on that. Made his own website that I was visiting for awhile.
Others who posts and blogs I've enjoyed reading
There have certainly been more, many aren't around anymore or not much, but having to look for people with fuse is kind of annoying.
That said, onto the other point of this blog.
THE SITE IS GOING TO CHANGE AND EVERYTHING WILL BE HORRIBLE! I'M LEAVING! I"LL GO TO OTHER STIES, BETTER SITES THAT CARE ABOUT USERS!
......Nah, not really. What they are/were removing is all bad news but the site is long overdue for a big update.
This was the tipping point for me, why in the hell are they going from .5 increments down to .0? Meaning 9.0, 8.0, 7.0..etc. Absolutely a stupid decision and it does not help gamers make decisions on whether to buy a game or not. It makes the reviews less precise and that's the end of it.
Because when I'm seriously considering what to buy, all I do is look at the score and not the written review. I'm really happy that a lot of people that say they are leaving are leaving, makes it really easy to stay, and if I was going to leave, I certainly wouldn't want to end up where they do.