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Top 5 best games sites of 2010

Top 5 best games sites of 2010

Every games website is full of top 5, top 10 and top 100 lists right now. Whether ranking the best or the worst of the previous or coming year, lists like this are a great way to generate controversy and discussion as well as page views. For every well written list that’s considered and original there’s a great many lists that are made up of old copy with one entry on each page to maximise site traffic and advertiser revenue.

This list is a little different. Its a list of the best performing games websites over the past year. For this completely subjective list my judging criteria will be the web sites that have improved the most, created thriving communities, released the most interesting and regularly updated content and have been unbiased, honest and fearless in their opinions pieces and editorials. Oh, and bonus points if they were writing good lists.

5. Kotaku
Although it periodically gets in trouble for stealing articles and failing to attribute sources, Kotaku generally does a good job of aggregating anything interesting, relevant or funny to gamers. While it has peculiar fascinations that probably say more about the contributors than the readers (someone there is really into cosplay), it has a unique personality and as a result its sometimes overly-quirky writing style is more forgiveable.

4. Gametrailers
While they still feature the embarrassingly awful “Girls of Gaming” section, Gametrailers nonetheless remains the best place to get new media for upcoming games. As well as trailers, they also host Screwattacks content which is infantile and amusing videos by passionate idiots and the AVGN‘s videos which are an acquired taste but which I can’t get enough of due to the endearing mania of main man James Rolfe. Of note is the particularly strong video reviews which have provided the most objective and detailed looks at gameplay for 2010 of any of the games review sites.

3. Penny Arcade
The two patron saints of gamers, Gabe and Tycho entertain and amuse us for another year. While Tycho turns pretentious prose into an art-form with increasingly dense and ridiculous posts, Gabe has created some of his best and funniest comic strips this year. As well as their reliably amusing site content, their real world alter-egos Mike and Jerry do great work for charity and as a result make all gamers look good by association.

2. Eurogamer
Every website needs to refresh its content and design regularly to stay fresh, and most of Eurogamer’s additions this year have been a little disappointing. The “first 15 minutes” section have been a mixed blessing as they often showcase interesting games, but contain no commentary and are often played by laughably inept players making them a frustrating viewing experience. The screenshot viewer is frustrating and badly designed, dimming your whole screen and only allowing you to scroll through images rather than having a more intuitive, gallery style interface. Finally, the Face-offs in the Digital Foundry take pedantry to new levels and have become completely redundant in that they almost all provide the same information, rephrased in slightly different ways almost thirty times. The strengths of Eurogamer remain though. The contributors are likeable, the podcast is funny, the reviews are still amongst the best on-line and the Digital Foundry is unmatched in technical rigour. Finally, the comments are full of as many sarcastic pretend-idiots as actual idiots.

1. GiantBomb
Not much needs to be said about these guys. The reviews are short, succinct and fair. The quick looks are interesting, informal and useful. The podcast is the best thing on the internet. Another good year for Brad, Ryan, Jeff and Vinnie. Go there when you’re not here!

MOAR FROM CALMDOWNTOM!

  • vilkit

    I remember watching the review for front mission on GT, just as the review score was presented (it was like a 7.0 or something). I glanced up and saw a banner ad for Front Mission. Surprisingly objective.

  • http://pixfall.wordpress.com/ pixfall

    What about destructoid? I really enjoy that site, their articles, and the independence of their opinions.

  • http://calmdowntom.com/members/admin/ Tom

    Cheers for the comments Kortne, you make some good points….and with such rage! I love it!

    Glad you like the banner!

  • Kortne

    Actually what I’m talking about! http://goo.gl/OlWWP Ashcraft writes an article that tells us nothing new, other the “Olivia Munn is Popular”. No Shit? Really? The entire reason he wrote the damn thing is so he could post a pic of Munn in a bikini. And leave it to Ashcraft to bring up Japan in an article were its not even really relevant.

    Does nobody else see that Kotaku is complete trash? At least you didn’t rank them number 1. Good God, I thing I’d go insane. Giant bomb is a good site, but I don’t visit there all that often. To much of there content is video. I prefer reading my previews. Growing up with Magazines, I guess I just prefer reading.

    Oh and by the way, Love the new banner. You guys + Monkey Island, Awesome.

  • Kortne

    WHAT?!? Kotaku? The Fuck? Have you been to their site?

    Brian Ashcraft, the guy in charge of Kotaku, is a stupid, stupid man. And they call themselves “The gamers guide” yet yesterday I went there and on the front page there were 4 articles that had nothing to do with games! Kotaku is immature and unprofessional. The other day they posted the headline “Scientist Plan Probe To Study Uranus”. WHY? It had nothing remotely to do with video-games. And Uranus? Really? We all stopped laughing at that when we were 7. And every time there is a story that allows the posting of titties, Kotaku is there. They epitomize everything that is wrong with so called “game journalism”. Avoid their site, and all Gawker Media sites, please. Joystiq and Destructoid are lightyears better then Kotaku.