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GameTap Gives Editorial the Axe 25

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the so-long-and-thanks-for-all-the-fish dept.
GameTap has announced that it will be giving their editorial section the axe and concentrating solely on the distribution business. "We have had a lot of successes over the last year and the move to the web has been a good one for us. While we have been very happy with the work done by our editorial and video teams, we've made a decision to focus the business on our biggest strength, which is our game catalog. As a result, we will be restructuring the site to focus exclusively on gameplay."
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GameTap Gives Editorial the Axe

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  • While I'm sure their non-gameplay related stuff was decent, really... i just logged in via the GameTap client, look for games to play... and play. So, I won't miss it.
  • Translation? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Serenissima (1210562) on Thursday May 29, 2008 @03:01PM (#23590347)
    The companies who pay us lots of money told us they didn't want bad reviews of their games displayed.
  • Not a big loss (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ckotchey (184135) on Thursday May 29, 2008 @03:13PM (#23590515)
    I first tried GameTap after reading some article online in which the author talked about the rather pleasant experience that GameTap could be - browse a few games, start a download, watch some of their vids, etc., while waiting for your download to finish, etc. After subscribing, I too enjoyed this aspect of it - particularly seeing the "A Day in the Extra Life" vids ("Rick Allen Rocks! Doozh Doozh Doozh!")
    Then, one day, the client updated itself and all of the built-in, integrated "browsing" features disappeared, and instead of viewing the vids, news, etc., within the client, it simply launched the web browser and took you to their website.
    For me, this was a prime example of an application "upgrading" in such a way that it totally ruined the "eXPerience" of the application itself. No longer was it a single integrated gaming and news "world", it was now a nice game launching application with a pathetic hook into your web browser. That marked the day that I never did anything with GameTap again - other than simply to play the games.
    So, as I said - this isn't a big loss - they already shot themselves in the foot by making it harder to reach their news & editorials, so no wonder they are finally dropping it anyway.

    Now, if they could only add more games, and return the great games that they once had on their service but then later removed.
    • by Arccot (1115809)

      I first tried GameTap after reading some article online in which the author talked about the rather pleasant experience that GameTap could be - browse a few games, start a download, watch some of their vids, etc., while waiting for your download to finish, etc. After subscribing, I too enjoyed this aspect of it - particularly seeing the "A Day in the Extra Life" vids ("Rick Allen Rocks! Doozh Doozh Doozh!") Then, one day, the client updated itself and all of the built-in, integrated "browsing" features disappeared, and instead of viewing the vids, news, etc., within the client, it simply launched the web browser and took you to their website. For me, this was a prime example of an application "upgrading" in such a way that it totally ruined the "eXPerience" of the application itself. No longer was it a single integrated gaming and news "world", it was now a nice game launching application with a pathetic hook into your web browser. That marked the day that I never did anything with GameTap again - other than simply to play the games. So, as I said - this isn't a big loss - they already shot themselves in the foot by making it harder to reach their news & editorials, so no wonder they are finally dropping it anyway. Now, if they could only add more games, and return the great games that they once had on their service but then later removed.

      Agreed on all points. It was better/easier/more likely to be viewed when it was integrated into the games app, and Extra Life rocks.

      They really do seem to be focusing on the games lately. They're bringing back some of the publishers they lost, and introducing some good or at least popular games. And you can't beat the price.

      I also like the idea that they're now really supporting independent gaming companies, which is where some of the most interesting gaming is at. Hopefully Sam and Max will continue

  • "What this means to our visitors is that instead of having a separate 'READ' and 'WATCH' section of the site we will be incorporating written and video content directly into the game pages. Doing this will allow us to improve and expand the gaming library and community aspects of our business.
    So they are going to have the reviews and videos on each games page? Doesn't sound like a mass firing to me...

    Jonah HEX
    • Yeah this article is a little confusing.

      Apparently, those who are not involved with actually running the games service will be let go in mid-June.

      They seem to be assuming this, and they dont provide any sort of a source. This doesn't really surprise me that much, but I dont fully understand why they assume this. As the parent pointed out, they are restructuring the site to have video and written articles on the games page. Some one still has to write dont they? Unless they are going to get web designers and programmers to write editorials they still need their editors.

      Like I said, I could be wrong, but re

    • http://blog.wired.com/games/2008/05/turner-shuts-do.html [wired.com]

      A Wired blog article says "several sources" have confirmed everyone not in charge of running the game services will be laid off. It doesn't sound like they're just making that up, nothing in the forum post mentions mid-june as a turning point of any kind, for example.
  • GameTap? Do we, like, care?

    I mean, when the San Jose Mercury News laid off half of their editorial staff, it really hurt the paper, which went from a top-tier newspaper to almost an advertising throwaway. The Washington Post editorial staff was recently cut to 80% of its peak size, including layoffs of three Pulitzer Prize winners. When the Wall Street Journal was taken over by Murdoch, and key editors were replaced, that was a loss. These are the people who dig into what the Government and business ar

    • by nomadic (141991)
      But editorial for a second-tier (if that) gamer web site? Who cares? Worst case, somebody spends a few bucks on a crap game and has a boring evening.

      Second-tier? Are you on crack? They have old infocom games, Civilization, Deus Ex, Planescape Torment, Sam and Max, etc...have you actually looked at the catalog?
      • So they resell old games. Some of which are actually abandon ware and thus free. Yeah, go look it up while you're paying 10$ for a game that is legally free to download and 0$ goes to the actual creators of it.
        • by revlayle (964221)
          Abandonware != free

          Such software still has copyright and can holders still persecute people for distributing without permission (not counting titles that have been put into free distribution)
          Abandonware just means no on really cares to prosecute so people do it anyways.
        • by nomadic (141991)
          So they resell old games. Some of which are actually abandon ware and thus free. Yeah, go look it up while you're paying 10$ for a game that is legally free to download and 0$ goes to the actual creators of it.

          First of all, abandonware is piracy. It's not legal to download, never has been, probably never will.

          Secondly, if they're actively selling the games by definition they're not abandonware.

          Thirdly, I am unaware of royalty agreements between the developers, the publishers, and gaemetap. I am, h
        • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward
          "abandon ware and thus free. Yeah, go look it up while you're paying 10$ for a game that is legally free"

          There is no such thing as 'abandonware'; just because a game is no longer in production does not mean you can scream yarr and let slip the dogs of copyright infringement.

          That said, most companies don't care, but try not to suffer any delusions that what you're doing is legal.
        • by Arccot (1115809)

          So they resell old games. Some of which are actually abandon ware and thus free. Yeah, go look it up while you're paying 10$ for a game that is legally free to download and 0$ goes to the actual creators of it.

          Actually, many of their games are still being published and sold, and some are brand-spanking new. Sam and Max is still being produced and is especially selling well. Uru Online was exclusive and development paid for by GT. Grimm is going to be exclusive for awhile. As far as abandonware, it's still not legal to download it for free, even if you're not going to be busted for it.

          The rights holders get paid for the content through their GameTap contracts, so yes, the actual creators see that money. More t

  • I dig it (Score:2, Informative)

    by fat_mike (71855)
    I signed up when I heard that the Sam & Max games would be available and I was was shocked at the amount of games they had. Maybe it was nostalgia but I still think it is worth every penny of the $12.95 a month I spend on it.

    I have never experienced any spam or other crap from them. I get an email telling me new games have been released and that's about it. I forgot my password once and had to call support and a real human answered the phone, fixed it for me and was pleasant to work with.

    The only thin
  • It actually makes me happy to see them drop this feature. Web sites who sell games rarely give objective points of view, whether it be due to staff pressures or the person writing it wanting to fit in with his gamer friends by assuming a group opinion instead of an honest one.

    Think of how people spew exaggerated claims about Linux and piss on Windows in a semi-anonymous environment for nothing more than mod points on here. Imagine if money and reputation were on the line.

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