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Ping from the Radar - A letter from the Editor

Dear GR readers,

Hello! My name is Sophia Tong and I’m the new Editor in Chief of GamesRadar.com. If you haven’t stumbled across my bio somewhere, here’s a quick summary: I grew up in the frigid white north known as "Canada," have worked at GameSpot and IGN, love games (especially point-and-click adventures), love to eat, take embarrassing photos of my dog (as you can tell), and take long, extended naps on weekends. When I’m not busy doing any of the above, I’m at work, leading a talented group of individuals from all over the world (US, UK and AU) who are dedicated to making GamesRadar the only place on the internet you want to visit! Well, maybe one of the two.

As you may have noticed, GamesRadar has been evolving, and we’re entering another exciting phase that’s going to be bursting with fun new content and a new look. You may already be aware of the new star-system review scale and the spiffy new game summary pages. But wait - there’s more! The hard-working engineers who do their thing behind the scenes are looking to make sure that GamesRadar looks its best, so be prepared for some homepage and site improvements.

Now before anybody freaks out at the thought of "change," I want to make sure you know that we welcome your feedback. GamesRadar is your site just as much as it is ours, and we want to hear what you want out of the site as we’re evolving. You can leave your thoughts here in the comments, or you can contact me on Twitter (@sophiatong). I am more than happy to address any questions or concerns you might have, and it would be nice to hear from you guys once in a while. 

In the meantime, I wanted to highlight some of the exciting new content we have in store for you. We recently introduced a great new feature called GamesRadar's Game Club, similar to a Book Club, where we pick a game in our backlog and play through it in digestible chunks, then get together to talk about it. We encourage you come join in on the discussion.

Besides working on all-new content, we’re still keeping up to date with our weekly Top 7s on Mondays, and on Wednesdays we’ll be making our way through our 100 best games of all time to show you why each game made it onto our carefully curated list. You’ll also be able to find news, reviews, previews and other fun features to share, so please, chime in and take part in the discussion. We're even doing some debates on gaming's toughest issues.

And yes, we're going to be doing some podcasts. You like podcasts, right?

We're happy to see that you share our love of games, and we hope we'll be able to give you the kind of content you want alongside some new stuff that'll pleasantly surprise you! These days, gamers have a ton of things competing for their attention, so we'll be trying to sift through all the white noise and showcase the games that are worth a look. We figure, if it's on our radar, it should be on yours.

Happy gaming!

Sophia Tong
Editor in Chief

P.S. Bailey (pictured below) says hi.

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106 comments

  • Apastron - August 6, 2012 3:41 p.m.

    I forgot perhaps the most important thing: Is B. Buttercup still working for GamesRadar? I've not seen one of his articles since the GR team building trip to the glue factory a little while ago.
  • Yokosuka046 - August 6, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    So I'll word this to the best of my ability, and I mean no disrespect to anyone who works here. This website used to be a very important part of my day, especially when I was having a bad day. As a matter of fact this website was a way for me to escape some of the rougher things I've been through over the past few years. GamesRadar had a soul, a personality, and a uniqueness to it that made me come here every day, several times a day and most of the time laugh my butt off. The talent this place had was nothing short of amazing. Chris, Brett, Mikel, Henry, Tyler, Grimm, Carolyn to name a few. The articles written were hilarious and creative, and I can't say enough about TalkRadar that everyone else commenting before me hasn't already said. TalkRadar was the heart of this site. The magic the hosts created has yet to be repeated( I love the **other** show, but it's just not the same). That being said, this place is now just a shell. It's a ghost. It's whats left over when you remove the soul. The forums literally vanished over night, after the promise of something better. TalkRadar was brushed under the carpet like it never existed, and several very talented people lost their jobs. Please don't tell me this site belongs to us as much as it belongs to you guys. It's kind of insulting. That statement comes off as hollow as this site is now given all the reasons many of us have already stated. How are we supposed to be feel like were part of this place if the things we all loved as fans were just taken away? It also seems that when we speak up about it, we get ignored. I seem to remember a survey that was posted here some time ago, and then that too vanished, after what looked like 200+ comments worth of US telling YOU exactly how we felt. I carried the GamesRadar flag so proudly at one point I made my gaming friends read articles and listen to Talkradar whenever I could. I LOVED this place. I may have loved this place more than any other website I frequented, and when I say love, I mean I had a very real connection to this place. This website at one point made me consider becoming a journalist, just so I could one day attempt to work here. Sadly, any and all connection I had to this place is gone. The "improvements" don't seem to improve much at all. Now, GamesRadar is just another video game page. I won't expect overnight change and I don't think anyone else will either. But I think someone, somewhere needs to retrace the steps of Gamesradar and remember what made you guys great in the first place. Because it's just not here anymore. I don't know if this will get read by anyone, let alone if someone will make the effort to care. One voice among hundreds probably won't do a thing, but I had to get that off my chest. I wish nothing but the best for GamesRadar, and everyone involved. Peace.
  • rxb - August 6, 2012 12:28 p.m.

    Good post.
  • Yokosuka046 - August 6, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    Thanks dude. It was wordy so at the very least I hope it was a good read.
  • Apastron - August 6, 2012 3:39 p.m.

    So what are you/we saying? That GamesRadar hit upon a magic formula that was going to be a victim to the unbeatable boss known as "Time"? That the genius ideas that produced masterpieces such as "8 things about life that you can learn from tetris" and "Shark Week" were bound to dry up? The site does seem to have taken more of a professional line recently, which I can't help but feel down about. I remember when the zany Digitiser was replaced by the more straight-laced GameCentral; GC was still well produced and everything, but it did lack soul and still does.
  • GR_SophiaTong - August 6, 2012 5:09 p.m.

    We do care, and we value your opinion. But please understand that it's going to be difficult to please everyone, and there are situations that are going to be beyond on our control. I hope that you will find something you enjoy in the months to come.
  • GR_SophiaTong - August 19, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    Have you checked out our new content lately?
  • Apastron - August 20, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    Why has David Houghton's name disappeared from the 'About GamesRadar' page?
  • Panda Scout - August 6, 2012 7:18 a.m.

    I would echo a lot of the same comments as below. We don't want just any podcast - there are tons of those available already. We want Talk Radar - with NO change in format and with as many of the hosts previously attributed to the show as you can possibly get. This show was not only great because of the video games discussion, it was the unique humor, personalities, and the feel of hanging out with your friends that made it great. Future had something really special with that podcast and to throw that away was an incredibly bad decision. Please understand, I mean no disrespect to you as its not your fault that this happened -- but simply thinking we are just thirsty for a podcast overlooks the core issue -- we want THE Talk Radar not just another podcast with the same name that's different.
  • PanzerDSS - August 5, 2012 8:48 p.m.

    Congratulations to you, Sophia. I would echo what several people said. I don't come to Gamesradar for the hard hitting news. I come to Gamesradar for T-dar, the personalities, and the viewpoints. The podcast was integral to that. Also, Chris is unemployed, so maybe you could give him a job? At reduced pay, of course. :-p
  • GR_SophiaTong - August 6, 2012 5:10 p.m.

    He has a job! And he's still in the industry so who knows, he may make an appearance at some point.
  • Lando81 - August 5, 2012 1:54 p.m.

    I once considered myself a GamesRadar superfan. Checking the site constantly, listening to TDar religiously. Over the past year, the site took a major dip in quality. Partly because the personality that drew me here in the first place was being drained and partly because the personalities started jumping the ship. The only explaination I can come up with that makes any sense is that Future management wanted GR to be taken more seriously, and as such, transformed it into the faux-GameSpot, IGN clone it is today. The reason I came here (And continue to frequent GiantBomb) in the first place was because of the personality. It's a shame to see that go and be replaced with something I can get literally anywhere else. I'll miss stopping by here for some frankly quite stupid but amazingly funny articles, podcasts, etc. Best of luck to the current staff but what you're producing isn't what made me a GR fan to begin with. I'm not even beginning to touch on the whole forums debacle (not to mention the silent murder of TDar). This will likely be my last post on GR ever. Thanks to Chris, Brett, Tyler, Mikel, Charlie, Hank, and the rest of the Ol' Gang for making me proud to be a gamer again and for introducing me to a bunch of people I'd gladly call my friends. PEACE!
  • TheCakeIsaPie - August 7, 2012 3:46 p.m.

    Right, because it's not like Hank, Hollander, and the entire UK staff are still here, or anything.
  • Lando81 - August 12, 2012 6:48 p.m.

    Never really found the UK staff's work was all that interesting and Hank is hit or miss as far as articles. I checked out before Hollander started writing for GR.
  • rxb - August 5, 2012 7:12 a.m.

    Gotta agree with everybody else, lack of Talkradar means reading the articles seems less important. I liked the super reviews especially the comparisons at the end.
  • shnazzyone - August 4, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    BRING BACK THE FORUMS YO!
  • comaqi - August 4, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    Just don't take yourself to seriously. Remember this is the website that wrote the absolutely amazing feature, "What if a nuke went off in Superman's ass". Never forget.
  • J-Fid - August 5, 2012 1:15 p.m.

    Oh my gosh, I remember that.
  • Apastron - August 4, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    I'm only here for the comedy (provided nearly exclusively courtesy of Matt Cundy nowadays) and the stinging truth (David Houghton, keep at it). I stopped trusting your reviews a long time ago and no longer even bother to look at them now that you have introduced the childish 'star' system; you do know that 4 stars is the same as an 8/10, yes? Who are you trying to attract/impress? Since the moving on of the likes of Carolyn Gudmundson, Charlie Barratt, Chris Antista and others I've become a lot more disinterested. I used to visit once a week on a Saturday, and it would take me about three hours to read through just the articles that interested me from the previous week. I now do it in less than 20 minutes.
  • Billiam101 - August 4, 2012 1:21 p.m.

    I agree with you so much, I have almost stopped coming to this site altogether from lack of comedy and good reviews. This is my first time here in about 2 weeks.

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