The world fails to realize this but for a gamer, video game news, reviews and previews are as important as understanding the economics of a country – it might be complex and filled with jargons for the noob but to a pro, those are things that influence his next decision. Around the web, like mainstream media, there are thousands of blogs and websites that follow the video game stratosphere, but a few of them simply stand apart. We have handpicked a few of them that you should definitely follow and subscribe to if you are an avid gaming fan.
Coming from a popular media network Gawker Media, this blog is THE BEST source of information when it comes to video game reviews and previews. The content is cool and engaging and served in a way that can make you a part of the large follower base this website has. The best thing about Kotaku is that it enables you to talk and share your opinion with your favorite studio, developers and game makers. The website is filled with amazing video as well as text content presented in a very disciplined yet funky manner.
Another gaming blog that is a part of a big media network that goes by the name Wired, Game Life features video game news in depth that no other website covers. Personally, GameLife is my pit stop for all the latest news and reviews for each and every gaming platform. Did I mention the high-quality screenshots they have with their content?
IGN is like an IMDB for video games. It has everything you want to know about a game before you buy it or after you buy it. Reviews, news, patch details, cheats, walkthrough, comics – you name it! What makes IGN special is its unique game ranking system which is 100% trustworthy and has never been wrong. Apart from video games, IGN has also moved into other entertainment genres like movies. Although a sweet video gaming blog, the adverts make sure you do not spend much time on it and search for a better resource.
The orgasmic video gaming blog, Gamasutra is different from all the video game websites that you are going to read about in this post. Like the inspiration behind the name of the blog (Kamasutra), the site does not focus on video game news (final thing) rather it concentrates on the stories that get created behind the scene (the art of achieving final thing). The authors are experts in their niche and provide a great insight into the gaming industry. If you are one that wants to make a career in this industry, this should be on your bookmarks tab.
Cutting edge videos, sharp bladed articles, highly armored forum and a radiant authorship, ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to a blog that celebrates the old-fashioned video gaming style, the father, and mother of Zero Punctuation review series and the brain behind March Mayhem, the mighty, the unforgiving, the coolest hangout for gamers – The Escapist. Visit the blog and you won’t be able to escape. Irony, HUH!
An initiative by AOL, Joystiq is a blog that makes you think if, as a gamer, you really are sophisticated enough to read a blog so neat and pleasant? The website covers almost all the major platforms and genres and features content that is easy to consume. The tone is mostly enthusiastic, confident and fun and the special screenshot section is a place where you will usually end your stroll.
This is the home of hardcore gamers and a place where contributors understand and know stuff about games. The difference between all the blogs we have discussed till now and Firing Squad is that that FS focuses a lot on hardware and performance and less on walkthroughs and news. These guys go into the technicalities of the hardware essential to run the latest video games and how you can tweak your existing machines for a smoother experience.
Giant Bomb is like a giant Wiki for video games. The website has Wikipedia like actions that enable users to add and modify the content of the website. Although I do not rely much on Giant Bomb due to its everybody-can-contribute-even-newbs nature, the fact that it has a huge user base and active writers and editors convince me a little to rely on some of the information they share. Anyway, they are not leaving the list!
Destructoid is a community in true sense. With its presence both online and offline, this particular website is highly active and engaging. The site writes on everything related to video games including the smallest patch release made by an unsuccessful developer. The website has pretty much everything you will ever need related to video games and the fact that they publish almost 50 pieces of content everyday makes sure you will never run out of content to consume.
N4G is a part of a big website network – NewsBoiler. The site is entirely devoted to games and has its own news ranking algorithm which ensures that you have access to the hottest news related to video games right on the website’s home page. There are dedicated sections for each gaming platform, and each of them is filled with content that matters. N4G takes its users seriously and empowers them to contribute to the website and be a part of the news and reviews.