My account is fast approaching the 20 year anniversary, time to recollect 😮
I started going to GameSpot back when it was videogames.com At the time, the internet was new, yada yada.. one could only wonder where to find a website about video games LOL. Back then, I used to go to GameRevolution as well, they’re still around. Well anyway, I officially created my account in 2003... username was inspired by Metal Gear Solid (was supposed to be SolidGamer) but GameSpot chopped it off and added the _basic tag. At that time, they had paid and free accounts. The paid accounts got fancy colors and didn’t have the _basic tag and I guess you got exclusive content, I forget. This guy @Yama made one of my sigs, back then he made a ton for people... I’m pretty sure he was the one haha.
I was originally an OT guy. Back then it was awesome, great community and the forums were a bit lenient. They were using the Lithium forums back then. There was a user called @RyanTheGod.. we were all convinced he was a 12 year old masquerading as a man 🤣 He would do this thing where he would post something ridiculous, but then delete it. There were also an English user who went by @Egonga who was really funny. So many users I still remember and are still on my friends list. I used to do an interview segment called Solid’s Hot Seat (ripped off ESPN lol) and would interview a forum user every week or so as a way for people to get to know each other. I also created a Union before they were actual features of the website. And someone created a rival Union, it was funny.
I remember Systems Wars being pretty nuts back then. You didn’t go there unless you wanted to get flamed (also, there was an obsession with Llamas for some reason). GameSpot started to crackdown on users and the SW regulars started calling it NaziSpot. A bunch of people created a System Wars website to get away from it. Looks like it’s still up? During the 2008 360 / PS3 wars, I got banned! GS got so strict they rewarded people for flagging you, which resulted in people getting unfairly flagged. At that point I left the forums!
Fast forward 2013.. the Vita came around LOL I saw people trashing it and that compelled me to defend it 😆 I also found out that my account was unbanned. That was back when the forums were still not bad actually. Then they decided to kill the site with a total revamp. It wasn’t quite the same since then. Still had some good users but slowly every year it’s been dying off since. But still here with the few dedicated few ☺️ I guess I’ll be here until GS pulls the plug haha.
How about you, OT? What was your origin story for how you joined GameSpot?