Joystiq  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Joystiq  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network WoW Insider Will Shut Down in Less Than 12 Hours Mon, 02 Feb 2015 09:45:37 -0500 Akeem Favor

In less than 24 hours WoW Insider, the go-to source for World of Warcraft news and information, will be shut down for good. 

WoW Insider is part of Joystiq, an AOL-owned news site focusing on gaming and video game culture. 

"In our final hours, however, I want this to be about us. Not just us, the staff. You, too. Our readers. We did what we did, and what we do, for all of you and with all of you."

What initially began as a rumor, soon became an unwelcome reality when it was announced that AOL was officially shutting down Joystiq in an effort to eliminate what the company considered to be "underperforming" sites. 

Alex Ziebart, Editor-in-Chief at WoW Insider, posted a final goodbye to the site's readers that chronicled the history of the site and thanked them for their support. 

In our final hours, however, I want this to be about us. Not just us, the staff. You, too. Our readers. We did what we did, and what we do, for all of you and with all of you. We've always done our very best to embrace the World of Warcraft community. We worked to ensure all were welcome. It didn't matter who you were or how you played, how casual or hardcore, we wanted you to know you had a place. It wasn't about being first to the news -- it was about ensuring everyone had the context and information necessary to understand it. 

Even with the site's end approaching, Ziebart had this to say to the community:

"In the end, we were friends. I can think of no other way to put it. Staff, audience, community. We were friends."

Recappers: Last Week of January Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:23:53 -0500 TumsST

It's the end of another week so it must be time for another installment of Recappers, the article series where you get just what it sounds like, a recap of events that happened during the week. Nintendo was at it again this week so I don't have the time to mention that my Pitt Amiibo arrived in the mail so forget I just said that and let's get on with it.

Somber news needs to be reported first as someone that I had worked with passed away, Andrew Yoon. I was only at Shacknews for a brief period but he was very nice and patient with me in terms of material and teaching me computer coding, which I wanted no part of. I got a feeling that he knew that I didn't want to code and he made it as simple as possible for me and I appreciated that. He was a good guy and will be missed.

This week also saw gaming website Joystiq shut down as well as Sega cutting about 300 jobs. It just shows that gaming is a business and companies can't afford to take a hit, like Sega did with Sonic Boom for example. It was reported that Joystiq views were down and we all know how poor Sonic Boom was perceived by the media/public. In laments terms, if you can't get people to see your work/play your game, you're not going to last long.

Nintendo revealed their "Nintendo Creators Program" to allow Youtubers to get money from their videos that contain Nintendo properties. If you make a video that has Nintendo IP in it, now you can get some of the advertising proceeds. This is being met with negativity from popular Youtubers, saying that Nintendo should be glad they're getting the boost in publicity from said Youtubers.

It appears that in the eyes of Youtubers, Nintendo should be happy with whatever they can get and move on. Who's to say that isn't the right opinion to have? It could be the other way around where Nintendo doesn't have to give Youtubers anything. They are already seen in a negative light so how would that change the perception of Nintendo?

That's gonna do it for this weeks Recappers. Stay tuned next week for the week that was in video games!

Joystiq Shutting Down Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:14:08 -0500 TumsST

You never like to see people lose their jobs but unfortunately this has been happening more often in the gaming/game journalism business. The most recent casualty appear to be gaming web-site Joystiq, with AOL at the helm. AOL will be cutting about 150 people, mostly from their sales division, and re-organising and what I mean by re-organising is that sites will be getting cut or consolidated. Joystiq appears to be the odd man out and good people will be out of work.

It was reported that view numbers were down at Joystiq but they had been a games journalism mainstay for years. It was originally thought that Joystiq would be added to Engadget but that doesn't appear to be the case and Joystiq will be shut down.

It's always tough to see one of the bigger game sites go away but I guess it goes to show gaming is a business. Tweets are going around of some of the people who are out at Joystiq, trying to get them their next break in some capacity and it shows how much of a tight group game journalists are. Like I said before, it's never easy to see people who have put so much effort and time into something they care about lose their jobs.

AOL May Shut Down Joystiq Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:50:46 -0500 Akeem Favor

According to tech news website Re/code, AOL is likely to shut down its gaming news site Joystiq as part of a larger content overhaul.  Joystiq has reported on the video game industry for over ten years and is a respected member of the video game news industry. 

Originally thought to just be a rumor, Joystiq's News Content Director Alexander Sliwinski has confirmed that staffers "were aware of the closure" but have not yet received an official announcement. 

The news fits a recent TechCrunch article, which claims AOL is in the process of closing down underperforming sites in a restructuring effort to focus on ad tech, content, and video. One of TechCrunch's sources was quoted as saying that the changes were about "stopping things that are not moving the needle while investing in things that are.”


The hashtag #SaveJoystiq was trending on Twitter earlier today, an outpouring of public response to the news that Joystiq was shutting down. 

Sliwinski took to Twitter today to thank readers and others in the industry for their support. 

But he's not the only Joystiq writer to do so:

As a reader of Joystiq since I was in college, I can honestly say there's no doubt that the site will be missed. 

5 Gamer Sites for the Non-Redditor Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:12:17 -0400 Lui Galletto

Here at GameSkinny, we get our news from around the web. There are literally tens of  thousands of different sites that specialize in certain games/genres/systems. But here, we take a little bit of everything, weed out the unimportant bits, and deliver you a package that gives you the biggest headlines.

One of the biggest news aggregation sites around is Reddit (yeah it's not all cute puppies and advice animals), and for gamers, /r/games and to a lesser extent, /r/gaming is their hub for game related news.

But why would you ever want to leave the safety of GameSkinny's level system or Reddit's karma. Well the simple answer is you don't. You're in a Hotel California type situation now. But if you are ever in a GTA style car chase, and the only way the cops will let you go is to name 5 different game sites, you can thank me later by sending me a Chili's gift card.

You think this is a joke? I never joke about food. Some things are sacred.


Personally one of my favorite sites, and one of the biggest and oldest names in the industry (been around since 1996!). Not even counting the 11.5 million views they get from their GameFAQs site, they have so much influence on gamers, that an editorial director was fired over a deserving negative review of a game when it was feared that it would drastically harm sales. Yes, they have so much clout, companies fear them. Despite that hiccup about 15,900,000 unique visitors per month make this site one best and active sites around.


Another one of the big dogs. I personally feel that their journalism is a little stronger than Gamespot, and they bring in more unique visitors per month than the previous entry with 17,500,000. Their reviewing scores have changed over the years, but this is the best site to get accurate reviews. Arguably one of the best sites on the web for games.


It's been around since 2004, and brings in 2,600,000 visitors per month. It deals with more tech related issues with video games, so if you want a focus on those ideas than just new screenshots of an upcoming game, this is the site for you.



Part of Gawker's web of sites, Kotaku is an interesting entry on this list. While they are often overshadowed with their 4,100,000 visitors, they still bring very credible articles and news pieces to gamers.


Rounding off the list is the notable GameTrailers. More than what their name implies, this site brings great content  to its 6,450,000 visitors that is not solely devoted to watching segments of gameplay and game trailers. Some of the most notable podcasts and editorial hosts can be found at this site, giving it a more personal touch.

But why?

While you could find any amount of different sites such as 1up or Gamespy, these are where you will find recent news, good articles, and most interesting features. While I am not advocating choosing them over another site such as here or Reddit, diversity is the spice of life. Speaking of spicy, I could go for some Chili's....