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Following in the wake of the AOL restructuring, AOL-owned blog consolidation and AOL-owned blog shutdown, it has now been confirmed that the rumors and then confirmed death of Joystiq were a bit premature.

Ben Gilbert, a former senior reporter at Joystiq who moved on to gaming coverage for the web magazine Engadget, wrote a blog entry on February 3rd, 2015 confirming that Joystiq would be reborn at Engadget. This new venture has been titled “Joystiq X Engadget.”

Gilbert elaborated on Joystiq X Engadget’s new role saying that it would be “dedicated solely to gaming coverage. Not game coverage, but gaming coverage” This new endeavor from the folks at Engadget would avoid reporting on video game-related press releases, game trailers and previews “based on carefully scripted PR events”. He defines this as basic game coverage while the Joystiq X Engadget would focus on gaming coverage or “the intersection of life and games: how the medium impacts us as human beings.”

This definition of “gaming coverage” is a bit vague. However, Ben Gilbert follows this up with a story about a “family dinner” hosted by Alexander Sliwinski every year after PAX East wherein friends come together and eat, have fun and play video games. It’s this togetherness that Gilbert attributes to his definition of gaming coverage.

Gaming coverage is not the only future focus for Joystiq X Engadget. According to the linked article, Engadget is seeking to expand into the video side of gaming through Twitch. Boasting a Twitch follower count of over seven thousand people, Joystiq x Engadget is planning on expanding the offerings of the current Joystiq Twitch channel to accommodate their first Twitch-based show.

Joystiq X Engadget is also going continue offering reviews, but the reviews will be short and devoid of scores.

As for the old blog’s offerings, the news and features will carry over and be regular additions to Joystiq X Engadget along with the Jessica Conditt, a former writer for Joystiq.

What do you think? Will the new “Joystiq X Engadget” live up to the hype or is its future already uncertain?


Jon Schear

Staff Writer

Graphic and web designer by day, amateur digital artist/illustrator and writer for Techraptor by night. When I’m not doing any of those things, you can find me getting extremely angry in WoW as I watch my Moonkin get killed multiple times in PVP or drinking scotch.



  • inquisitormcsagington

    Looking at Gaming ‘culture’ essentially.

    I am sure this will end well and not at all another hotbed of SJW’s & corruption.

  • Gertjan Van Damme

    engadget is already a hotbed of sjw’s. ironically joystiq was not nearly as bad as engadget is now

  • No Excuses VTW

    I may be paranoid, but “the intersection of life and games: how the medium impacts us as human beings” sounds like another way of saying “the intersection of tumblr and games: how the medium impacts us as oversensitive white knights, special snowflakes and social justice warriors.”

  • Anonymoose

    I’m sure they will tell us all about what terrible people we are for not buying SJW approved games and getting competitive with ‘gurrrl gamers’, because women are delicate snowflakes that should be made to feel comfortable at all times despite circumstance or their attitudes in general.

  • Tech Stegosaurus

    I looked at their site and was pleasantly surprised to see actual articles about game development rather than clickbait.

    However I must put m foot down. Until they apologise for that gaming while black farce I shall not support them.

  • Kitsunetsuki

    *Points at the word “intersection”*

    Laugh everybody. Look at these idiots and laugh.

  • 33

    “the intersection of life and games: how the medium impacts us as human beings.”
    How horrifying.

  • sickbroski

    Press F to not cringe.

  • coboney

    But the button keeps reezing up and ailing to work!

  • www

    “Not game coverage, but gaming coverage”
    Oh boy.

  • Jake Martinez

    It certainly does seem that this is the same spiel that the clowns at Kotaku and Polygon use to justify endless op-eds (read: clickbait) about how gamers are ebola and playing anything other than their friends indie-games will give you super-aids.

    Time will tell, but that’s not a particularly inspiring mission statement.

  • Kitsunetsuki

    “Sometimes dead is better” – Pet Cemetary (Stephen King)

  • Guest

    Should have just let it stay dead. It failed for a reason.

  • destroy_all_monsters

    Honestly I hoped that meant there was a huge asteroid hurtling towards Earth with their name on it.

    Or at least that’s the medium I’d like to see impact *them* as human beings.

  • destroy_all_monsters

    I really don’t get your apparent enthusiasm here Jon. Plus this reads more as a press release than it does reportage.

    Hell maybe you’re going for puckish and I am too burdened with my cold to parse your tone properly.

    Anyway I’m looking forward to them folding a second time.. As long as sjw outlets keep disappearing I’m ok with it.

  • Azo Army

    They have already started with the type of articles that make me cringe. Here is a little snip from Jess’s first article…

    “See, a lot of people think we’re assholes.

    An oddly large number of gaming narratives on mainstream news sites revolve around death threats and violent massacres. To many, gaming is synonymous with scandal and trolling.”

  • Erthwjim

    Kind of sounds like what Polygon started as, and we see where that led them.

  • Erthwjim

    I just want to see Massively come back, screw the rest of Joystiq.

  • m0r1arty

    Me too! Massively is the only site on Gaming that actually talks like it knows what games it is reporting on. I got tonnes of info from them about MMOs and events that took place within them from them 🙂

    Happy days.

  • m0r1arty

    S!

  • Erthwjim

    And I think during the whole duration of gamergate, they never once weighed in on the subject, preferring to just keep on doing what they were doing and reporting on games. Although maybe some of the writers did so on the main joystiq site, I’m not sure, someone can correct me if I’m a little off on the statement.

  • Audie Bakerson

    But will it have a bunch of white people writing articles about “gaming while black”?

  • m0r1arty

    I certainly didn’t read anything on Massively about GamerGate but I did keep up to date with a lot of the games I liked unhindered by what many other publications were focussing on.

    I’d rather Massively came back than Joystiq and I really don’t want to hear about “Gaming coverage” unless it is all about scandals breaking which I don’t think Engadget nor any of the perspicuous authors of Joystiq want to be writing about.

  • dsadsada

    Sounds like blog-tier shit.

    Pass.

  • GodHand

    Just remember, that’s how Polygon started.

    Bait and switch.

  • Ncrdrg

    Oh jeez, looks like another Polygon in the making. Joystiq wasn’t a bad site. Only their recent editorial on black culture and the behind-closed-doors dealings with the GPJ were an issue. But as gaming news go, they were a pretty fair source.

    But this statement reads as if it intends to go full social justice on its readers and that they’ll go for the controversy clicks by stirring shit up like Kotaku, Polygon and its ilk. If that’s what they’re doing, I would have rather have them stay dead.

  • Domhnall

    “the intersection of life and games: how the medium impacts us as human beings.”
    Oh. Joy. Yet another website to tell me that video games have made me an awful human being.
    At least make sure that before you accuse me of sexism and racism (as I’m sure you’re going to do) you actually hire an appreciable amount of women and non-whites so your mindless accusations don’t come off as purely hypocritical and self-serving.
    I especially look forward to the “Gaming While Asian” article, which I’m sure will be written by a white man.

  • EscapeVelocity

    Jessica Conditt of Gaming While Black infamy.

  • Sinsate Etasnis

    Today, we’re going to explore intersectionality and how it relates to games! So basically more “Gaming while Black” written by a white woman bullshit. Also full of preaching about “problematic” games, and rhetorical “haven’t we as a medium outgrown this” condescending bullshit.

  • Rogue Hitman (#6819)

    Tbh, sounds like what Polygon tried to do. And Kotaku.

    And why a lot of people avoid those sites like the plague.

  • PossiblyCthulhu

    What a name… rolls off the tongue like ‘antidisestablishmentarianism’.

    And as to the how ‘gaming intersects life’…. fair enough, but be prepared to have differing people offering differing viewpoints as their experiences are different because if you can’t deal with the fact that people can and will see things differently to you, you might as well calls yourselves ‘Polygon x Engadget’

  • Wisdomcube2000

    Two things:

    A) Name is terrible. Seriously that was the best name they came up with? lol.
    B) Also the description leads me to lean towards the “I’d rather the site died” side. I mean do we really need another Polygon/Sh!taku? (The answer is obviously YES. YES WE DO.)

  • cfStatic

    I’m trying to keep an open mind here. However like many others here in the comment section, the first thing I thought of was more of the SJW stuff. Whether or not it comes to that, only time will tell. I would be pleasently surprised if they went with esports interviews, stuff along that lines. Not holdin’ my breath though.

  • cfStatic

    Any word on if the folks at Massively are tagging along, or if they’re parting ways to fund their own site? Rumors?

  • Rydogger

    I think we might be just a bit premature yet. Sure, I would rather have the website focus on Games rather than “Gaming Culture”, but I think we should wait to give it a shot.

  • Demetirus

    I was asleep when this story broke, but a quick read of the comments shows me that at least I’m on the same page as most other folks. “Gaming Coverage”… right. I look forward to being told how much of a shitlord misogynist I am for liking a certain game or for factors of my birth that were obviously beyond my control.

    No thanks. I’ll stick to the emerging sites like this one, niche, apg etc. You know, the ones that won’t slag me for being me and liking the things I like.

  • Christopher Wyatt

    They are counting on differing viewpoints. People fighting with each other is the same thing as clicks. Everytime someone comes back to see what’s happened since they last took a poop, its another click. Having 5000 comments even though its mostly 4 people bickering back and forth, that’s awesome engagement.

    Giving actual news more of a one and done type of thing.

  • Typical

    They probably got an infusion of intelcash from fem freq as places hawking her wares were flaming out spectacularly recently. They can have Joystiq, I’ll stay here thanks.

  • sickbroski

    She just wants to help by bridging the gap!

  • GamerGate Developer

    let’s see if this is going to be another side that needs to burn or something we can support

  • SevTheBear

    Oh great. A giant bullshit double sized burger with extra SJW crap on top

  • I’m betting that like Kotaku and Polygon this is all just a marketing ploy to hit a niche demographic. It’s unfortunate that that demographic of full of SJWs.

  • Eldritch Love

    Ugh, am I being nostalgic or was GameSpy the best website there ever was?

  • DariusQ

    So more propaganda than you can swallow without any of the filler like actual news coverage. Lovely.

  • Bearpants112

    If it had a mix of writers with different perspectives, it could be interesting. If they’re all San Francisco SJWs then the site will be a boring mess. I wish them luck if they want to be bold and bring something new to the table.

  • Bearpants112

    They constantly name drop #GamerGate in every article even tangentially related to online bullying/harassment. It would be shameful but these SJWs are incapable of feeling shame.

  • I believe they are now known as “Blizzardwatch” http://blizzardwatch.com/.

    Edit: My bad this is for WoW Insider. I think the Massively rumor is still a rumor. Though, if they get a patreon following along the lines of Blizzardwatch I can’t imagine them not seeing a long life.

    Edit2: Oh snap: http://massivelyop.net/

  • culturesh0ck

    Joystiq X Endgadget? Is this a new fighting game? Who are you guys going to main? Is this coming to EVO?

  • cfStatic

    Wow. Little surprising how fast joystiq ‘n’ co have bounced back.