One of the biggest myths about gamers is that they’re all anti-social. But in reality, the flipside is true. Gamers love to socialize through their preferred methods of communication. There are ways to enjoy games other than playing them watching others like watching others live stream their sessions and participating in many modern gaming forums.
Here are the top 5 Gaming Forums:
- NeoGAF: NeoGAF was launched as one of the Gaming-Age Forums back in 1999. It represented the Gaming-Age website for gaming news and reviews. Today, NeoGAF lies in the Top 1000 most-visited websites in the US, according to Alexa and is one of the greatest gaming forums on the Web. In fact, NeoGAF is regarded as a mega forum for this reason. It is really hard to find a larger gaming community than NeoGAF due to its 700,000 threads and 95 million posts.
- GameFAQs: The GameFAQs was launched back in 1995. It is one of the oldest gaming-related websites to survive on the Internet. It started as a repository of FAQs and user-written walk-throughs for all kinds of games, but ultimately expanded to include other aspects like forums and reviews. GameFAQs is somewhat unique in that it devotes a separate message board to every single video game in its database. The user can also hit the main boards if they want to discuss topics that aren’t specific to a particular game. There you’ll find system-specific boards, special interest boards, and other boards irrelevant to gaming.
- IGN Boards: However, IGN as a website incorporates all kinds of media, entertainment, but its main focus rests on gaming. Reviews and Latest News make up the focus of its content, but it also publishes sober content from time to time. Similarly, the IGN’s forums cover all kinds of topics beyond video games, including comics, anime, hardware, sports, and even current events. But gaming is the heart and soul of this forum, and there’s no lack of discussions to participate here. The IGN Boards don’t have the same level of integration like that of the GameFAQs boards, so it may feel a bit disorganized and chaotic. However, the IGN community is much nicer and more mature than other gaming communities, which is a point in its favor.
- GameSpot Boards: Once GameSpot was one of the special resources for top-notch gaming news and reviews, but has fallen a few steps down over the last decade or so. But it’s still a useful site and remains to bring in millions of viewers every month.
- Reddit: It would be hypocritical to compile a list of extensive gaming communities and skip over Reddit, which is one of the healthiest communities on the Web. In fact, Reddit is apparently the most suitable online community at this time, so you need to consider it once. With over 9.5 million members, Reddit is simply immense. It’s also quite superficial with 90% of upvoted posts consisting of image macros, memes, and fluff. But it is a great source to kill time and have a few laughs. Nothing beats it.
Which gaming forums are you using? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section!
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