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Hey, all. One of my favorite websites that I've read for YEARS (since like 2008) - Joystiq - is shutting down. I'm still in disbelief. I just... I don't know.

This follows along with a sentiment I shared a while ago about "Everything I love is ending..." (see here: Everything I love is ending......and I don't know how to deal with it.
So, I found out today that Adam Sessler is leaving Rev3Games (which I consider to be the best place online for video game news, reviews, etc.). Not only that, but Anthony Carboni (who I've been watching since he was doing Bytejacker) is also leaving. That leaves Tara Long as the only reason that I would watch the channel. But, it's only just one thing, right? What's the big deal?
Except it's not just one thing.
Max Scoville (who used to host on Rev3Games) left a while ago and that sucked. I thought he was really cool and was bummed to see him leave. Now this happens. Ugh. :(
To tell you the truth I really got choked up today when I found out that Adam and Anthony were leaving. So much so that it surprised me. Why was I so upset?
I think because it underscores a general sentiment I've been feeling for while now: that everything I love is ending. For years I've watched video game shows and reviews and basicall
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Joystiq seemed like the last refuge of intelligent video game conversation. IGN and Gamespot are off-putting in their presentation, Polygon is too preachy and heavy-handed to be fun to read, Kotaku is all over the place and very 'click-baity' in their approach to news. I don't like the writing of Destructoid. Weekend Confirmed is done. Rev3Games is done. Adam Sessler no longer does reviews. And now Joystiq is ending. What the crap am I supposed to read/look at? PewDiePie? (Nothing against the guy, I just don't connect with him. I'm not his demographic. LOL)

All that's left is Giant Bomb. I also watch/listen to epn.tv (Victor Lucas, Reviews on the Run and that whole crew). That's it. And even they are 'on hiatus' at the moment (I'm hoping they come back soon).

I like 'Let's Play' videos as much as the next guy. I've watched hundreds of videos and have many YouTubers that I follow. That's fine. What's NOT cool is the trend that if you're not big on YouTube then you're no longer included in the conversation. That's not cool at all.

I love you, Joystiq. I read daily articles for seven years. That's a long time. I hope that everyone there lands on their feet and I wish nothing but the best for everyone there. Much love. :heart:

NOTE: If anyone knows any other cool podcasts/sites out there, please let me know. I'm always on the hunt for intelligent conversation about video games - now more than ever.

What so you think of all this? Comment below, let me know! Much love, y'all. Talk to you soon.

Mike C

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