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Joystiq Podcast - PAX East 2011 [1080p HD]
Joystiq Podcast - PAX East 2011 [1080p HD]
Published: 2011/04/10
Channel: TheMediaCows
Joystiq Shutdown Signals End of Video Game Journalism?!
Joystiq Shutdown Signals End of Video Game Journalism?!
Published: 2015/02/05
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Joystiq’s Racism, SJW’s vs FGC, Last Year /Friday The 13th Debacle, Hatred Gets AO Rating + More!
Joystiq’s Racism, SJW’s vs FGC, Last Year /Friday The 13th Debacle, Hatred Gets AO Rating + More!
Published: 2015/01/21
Channel: EventStatus
Joystiq editor ragequits Nier
Joystiq editor ragequits Nier
Published: 2010/05/04
Channel: NukemFudge
Joystiq Podcast X Space Ghost - There
Joystiq Podcast X Space Ghost - There's My Steed
Published: 2010/02/23
Channel: Blue Danny
Joystiq Shutting Down & Will Gametrailers Follow? - #CUPodcast
Joystiq Shutting Down & Will Gametrailers Follow? - #CUPodcast
Published: 2015/02/01
Channel: Pat the NES Punk
Joystiq.com: OBS and El Gato Game Capture HD tutorial
Joystiq.com: OBS and El Gato Game Capture HD tutorial
Published: 2014/07/22
Channel: Joystiq
Justin McElroy, Joystiq Reviews Editor, talks iPhone games with FTWApps.com - PAX East 2010
Justin McElroy, Joystiq Reviews Editor, talks iPhone games with FTWApps.com - PAX East 2010
Published: 2010/03/26
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Super Joystiq Podcast Live: Best of 2014 Roundtable
Super Joystiq Podcast Live: Best of 2014 Roundtable
Published: 2015/01/09
Channel: Joystiq
Joystiq Podcast - The Tip of Eternity
Joystiq Podcast - The Tip of Eternity
Published: 2009/08/08
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AOL May Shut Down Joystiq - The Know
AOL May Shut Down Joystiq - The Know
Published: 2015/01/27
Channel: The Know
Super Joystiq Podcast 039 Live: Aliens Colonial Marines, Dead Space 3 and more
Super Joystiq Podcast 039 Live: Aliens Colonial Marines, Dead Space 3 and more
Published: 2013/02/14
Channel: Joystiq
Joystiq (Full Set)
Joystiq (Full Set)
Published: 2014/03/24
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Chaos Reborn: XCOM creator Julian Gollop vs. Joystiq
Chaos Reborn: XCOM creator Julian Gollop vs. Joystiq
Published: 2014/12/11
Channel: Joystiq
Joystiq, WoW Insider, and Massively Will Shut Down - The Know
Joystiq, WoW Insider, and Massively Will Shut Down - The Know
Published: 2015/02/03
Channel: The Know
The Joystiq Podcast: Episode 128 - The Trouble with Cheevo
The Joystiq Podcast: Episode 128 - The Trouble with Cheevo's
Published: 2010/02/21
Channel: technoKyle
The Smash 4 Invitational - Crew Battle - Team Salty Joystiq vs Team SYE
The Smash 4 Invitational - Crew Battle - Team Salty Joystiq vs Team SYE
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: Salty Joystiq
Joystiq Podcast X Space Ghost - Nintendo: Real or Fake?  Part 1 of 2
Joystiq Podcast X Space Ghost - Nintendo: Real or Fake? Part 1 of 2
Published: 2010/03/12
Channel: chrisswiss83
Joystiq Podcast x Space Ghost - Spot the Real Wii or DS Game 2: The Lightning Round
Joystiq Podcast x Space Ghost - Spot the Real Wii or DS Game 2: The Lightning Round
Published: 2010/03/15
Channel: Blue Danny
► No Man
► No Man's Sky | JOYSTIQ Interview with Sean Murray | Twitch
Published: 2015/06/21
Channel: Elca
[GAMING] Is Joystiq gaming journalism
[GAMING] Is Joystiq gaming journalism's first casualty in 2015? (Rumor)
Published: 2015/01/27
Channel: MundaneMatt
Food Practice Shooter (Joystiq TGS 2013 Hands On)
Food Practice Shooter (Joystiq TGS 2013 Hands On)
Published: 2013/09/23
Channel: Joystiq
Civilization: Beyond Earth (Announcement)
Civilization: Beyond Earth (Announcement)
Published: 2014/04/12
Channel: Joystiq
Video preview: The Order 1886
Video preview: The Order 1886
Published: 2014/05/27
Channel: Joystiq
Dragon Age: Inquisition Video Preview
Dragon Age: Inquisition Video Preview
Published: 2014/07/25
Channel: Joystiq
Joystiq Podcast X Space Ghost - BBMT
Joystiq Podcast X Space Ghost - BBMT
Published: 2012/01/06
Channel: Blue Danny
SJ (salty joystiq) VS OTG (on tilt gaming)
SJ (salty joystiq) VS OTG (on tilt gaming)
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: Crowdingmovie
Joystiq Podcast X Space Ghost - Eff Off Dad
Joystiq Podcast X Space Ghost - Eff Off Dad
Published: 2010/02/25
Channel: RaxDakkar
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Joystiq's Halloween Horror – Day 6: Condemned: Criminal Origins
Published: 2014/10/29
Channel: Joystiq
The Joystiq Podcast: Episode 127 - Ludwig
The Joystiq Podcast: Episode 127 - Ludwig's MAG Pun
Published: 2010/02/15
Channel: technoKyle
Super Joystiq Podcast 037: Splinter Cell Blacklist, SimCity, Skulls of the Shogun
Super Joystiq Podcast 037: Splinter Cell Blacklist, SimCity, Skulls of the Shogun
Published: 2013/01/31
Channel: Joystiq
Joystiq Podcast X Space Ghost - Justin
Joystiq Podcast X Space Ghost - Justin's TV
Published: 2011/01/30
Channel: Blue Danny
Joystiq Reacts: Microsoft
Joystiq Reacts: Microsoft's Gamescom 2014 Press Conference
Published: 2014/08/12
Channel: Joystiq
Super Joystiq Podcast 035 Live! Devil May Cry, GTA 5 Wishlist and more
Super Joystiq Podcast 035 Live! Devil May Cry, GTA 5 Wishlist and more
Published: 2013/01/17
Channel: Joystiq
Palmer Luckey on Oculus VR
Palmer Luckey on Oculus VR's Content-Focused Future
Published: 2014/08/16
Channel: Joystiq
Joystiq Presents: RiffTrax takes on Mega Man, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy X, and Sonic
Joystiq Presents: RiffTrax takes on Mega Man, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy X, and Sonic
Published: 2012/06/20
Channel: Joystiq
Joystiq Check-In: Sony
Joystiq Check-In: Sony's Project Morpheus
Published: 2014/03/19
Channel: Joystiq
Alexander
Alexander's Favorite Game of the Last Decade: Civilization 5 (Joystiq's 10th Anniversary)
Published: 2014/07/09
Channel: Joystiq
Joystiq Best of 2013 LIVE Show!
Joystiq Best of 2013 LIVE Show!
Published: 2014/01/03
Channel: Joystiq
Joystiq Destiny Beta Roundtable Discussion
Joystiq Destiny Beta Roundtable Discussion
Published: 2014/07/23
Channel: Joystiq
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Joystiq's Halloween Horror – Day 5: Resident Evil 2
Published: 2014/10/28
Channel: Joystiq
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Joystiq's Justin McElroy - Rockband Performance
Published: 2010/03/30
Channel: GameGamePOW
Super Joystiq Podcast 038 Live: The Last of Us, Castlevania, DMC, Antichamber
Super Joystiq Podcast 038 Live: The Last of Us, Castlevania, DMC, Antichamber
Published: 2013/02/07
Channel: Joystiq
Joystiq Remembers: Some of our best Xbox 360 Memories
Joystiq Remembers: Some of our best Xbox 360 Memories
Published: 2013/11/23
Channel: Joystiq
Joystiq Live Review: The Playroom on PS4
Joystiq Live Review: The Playroom on PS4
Published: 2013/11/14
Channel: Joystiq
Joystiq on Gamescom and the globe
Joystiq on Gamescom and the globe
Published: 2014/08/12
Channel: Joystiq
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Joystiq's Halloween Horror – Day 1: Clock Tower 3
Published: 2014/10/22
Channel: Joystiq
Joystiq Podcast X Space Ghost - The Ludwig Show
Joystiq Podcast X Space Ghost - The Ludwig Show
Published: 2010/03/07
Channel: Blue Danny
Sims 4 Real World: Joystiq Episode 1 - Stop being polite
Sims 4 Real World: Joystiq Episode 1 - Stop being polite
Published: 2014/09/02
Channel: Joystiq
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Joystiq video: candles replace Wii sensor bar
Published: 2006/11/25
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Joystiq
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Type of site
Computer and video game blog
Owner AOL
Website joystiq.com
Launched June 16, 2004; 13 years ago (2004-06-16)
Current status Replaced by Engadget Games

Joystiq was a video gaming blog founded in June 2004 as part of the Weblogs, Inc. family of weblogs, now owned by AOL. It was AOL's primary video game blog, with sister blogs dealing with MMORPG gaming in general and the popular MMORPG World of Warcraft in particular.[1][2][3]

After declining readership, it was announced that Joystiq would be shut down on February 3, 2015, as part of moves to downsize AOL's operations by shuttering its "underperforming" properties.

History[edit]

Joystiq's E3 2006 crew

Predecessors[edit]

As of early 2004, Weblogs, Inc. was seeking to add a blog to its repertoire for the sole purpose of covering news related to video games, as evidenced by the now-defunct The Video Games Weblog, founded February 27, 2004. On March 12, Weblogs, Inc. CEO Jason Calacanis announced two spinoff projects: The Unofficial Playstation 3 Weblog and The Unofficial Xbox 2, both of which are now similarly retired, though they would set a precedent for the launching of Joystiq's Fanboy blogs in 2005. However, none of these three initial weblogs were ever aggressively marketed,[citation needed] and The Video Games Weblog made its final post on May 18, 2005, amassing 175 blog entries in total (a rather scant amount by Weblogs, Inc. standards). All three blogs are now listed as "On Hiatus/Retired" in the Weblogs, Inc. directory. David Touve, the primary contributor to these early blogs, would later act as Joystiq's features editor for a short time in late 2005 before resigning due to the birth of his child.

Formation[edit]

Later that year, following 2004's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Peter Rojas, the founder of and lead contributor to the company's flagship blog Engadget, formally introduced[4] Joystiq to the masses, positioning the blog as an extension to Engadget's Gaming subdomain. However, being a separate and wholly video game-related entity, Joystiq allowed for much more in-depth analysis of the video game industry than the primarily consumer electronics-oriented Engadget. While Joystiq had featured content as early as April 2, the blog is not officially considered to have been launched until Rojas's public revelation on Engadget on Wednesday, June 16, 2004.

Changes in site format[edit]

The first major shakeup in Joystiq's history occurred in June 2005, when senior editor Ben Zackheim, after being offered a position at America Online's Games division, announced his resignation[5] due to a conflict of interest. He was succeeded by Vladimir Cole, a blogger who had been hired February 2005 and who held the position of Editor-in-Chief until February 2007, when Christopher Grant took over after Cole took a job with Microsoft's Xbox division. Weblogs, Inc. was acquired in October 2005 by America Online.

On November 21, 2005, coinciding with the North American launch of the Xbox 360, Joystiq welcomed its first spinoff project: Xbox 360 Fanboy, a blog devoted solely to the in-depth coverage of its namesake hardware. For the next three weeks this trend would continue, with PSP Fanboy launching on November 28, WoW Insider on December 6, and DS Fanboy on December 12. On February 15, 2006, a sixth blog was introduced: Revolution Fanboy, (which was later renamed to Nintendo Wii Fanboy), while March 29 heralded the arrival of PS3 Fanboy, completing Joystiq's trifecta of specialized next-gen coverage. While some have criticized the practice of splintering off Joystiq's primary areas of expertise as nothing more than a thinly veiled bid to increase traffic, Jason Calacanis has justified these actions by asserting that as Joystiq grows so too does its potential audience, and thus separate blogs are necessary to fulfill these specialized niches.

On January 26, 2006, Joystiq coined the phrase "DS phat",[6] a nickname for the old-style Nintendo DS that helps differentiate between the old DS and the DS Lite.

On November 2, 2007, Massively was launched to cover MMOs in general.[7]

On January 27, 2009, the Fanboy sites were rebranded and integrated directly into the main Joystiq site. DS and Wii Fanboy were merged into Joystiq Nintendo, as were PSP and PS3 Fanboy merged into Joystiq PlayStation, and Xbox 360 Fanboy became Joystiq Xbox. Until 2010, these sites continued to feature specialized posts in addition to relevant content from the main Joystiq site.

On June 11, 2010, as part of the new "Futurestiq" iteration of the site, the three platform-specific sites shut down, with staff folded into Joystiq full-time.[8]

In January 2012, Ludwig Kietzmann became the editor-in-chief after Grant left to form a new video game news website with Vox Media, owners of The Verge, known as Polygon.[9]

Shutdown[edit]

In January 2015, co-owned blog TechCrunch reported that AOL was planning to shutter underperforming content properties, particularly in the technology and lifestyle verticals, to focus on its stronger properties, video, and advertising sales.[10] On January 27, 2015, Re/code reported that Joystiq was among the sites that were "likely" to be shut down as part of this restructuring plan.[11] Readership of Joystiq had seen sharp declines, falling by at least 18% over the previous year.[10]

On January 30, 2015, various Joystiq staff members, and eventually the site itself, confirmed that the site, along with its spin-offs Massively and WoW Insider, and fellow AOL property TUAW, would cease operations after February 3, 2015. It is expected that future gaming-oriented coverage will be assumed by Engadget.[12][13][14] After the shutdown, on February 10, 2015, the staff of Massively launched a successor site, Massively Overpowered, dedicated to the continuation of their MMO coverage.[15]

Editors[edit]

The Joystiq staff before the closure included editor-in-chief Ludwig Kietzmann, managing editor Susan Arendt, feature content director Xav de Matos, reviews content director Richard Mitchell, news content director Alexander Sliwinski, senior reporter Jess Conditt, and contributing editors Sinan Kubba, Danny Cowan, Mike Suszek and Earnest Cavalli. Thomas Schulenberg and Sam Prell maintain the blog on the weekends as the weekend editors and Anthony John Agnello serves as community manager.[16]

Previous Joystiq staff members include editor-in-chief Chris Grant, managing editor James Ransom-Wiley, features editor Kevin Kelly, reviews editor Justin McElroy, editors Griffin McElroy, J.C. Fletcher, and Mike Schramm, East Coast Editor Andrew Yoon, and West Coast Editor Randy Nelson.

Podcast[edit]

Super Joystiq Podcast
Presentation
Hosted by Xav de Matos
Genre Podcast
Updates Weekly
Publication
Original release May 4, 2012 – present
Website http://www.joystiq.com/tag/super-joystiq-podcast

The original format for the Joystiq Podcast was hosted by Chris Grant, Ludwig Kietzmann and Justin "Hoops" McElroy. The three would discuss various gaming-related news stories. Segments included, 'What Have you Been Playing?', 'Brush With Fame', 'The Big Three', 'The Do It Line!' and 'Reader Mail'. Various podcasts have included guests from other gaming websites such as CheapyD, Chris Remo, Stephen Totilo,[17] Rocco Botte, Tom Chick and Shawn Andrich[18] but they stopped doing them.

The first episode of the subsequent Joystiq Show, posted on June 17, 2011,[19] promised a more serious, academic format, with a multifaceted examination of Duke Nukem Forever including an interview with voice actor Jon St. John and a review roundtable. Over time, the show's format evolved to include more off-the-cuff discussion, while maintaining the topical nature.

The latest iteration of the podcast, the Super Joystiq Podcast, was announced at Joystiq's PAX East 2012 panel and officially released on May 4, 2012. This podcast features every editor, grouped together in a different configuration every week, each participating in an intro, news, preview, or "Joystiq Research Institute" segment.

Awards[edit]

While Joystiq has been nominated for several awards in the category of technology-related weblogs, it has consistently been overshadowed in this regard by blogs representing a far wider spectrum of technology, including Slashdot, Gizmodo, and its ubiquitous sibling Engadget. Joystiq has, however, been included in a number of listings of outstanding weblogs, including Forbes.com's Best of the Web[citation needed] and the Feedster 500.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Game trailers prompt pixel wars". BBC News. July 17, 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  2. ^ "What Press Pass? At E3, a Convergence of Card-Carrying Bloggers". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  3. ^ "Xbox 360 game marketing gone wild". CNET. CNET Networks. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  4. ^ "Introducing Joystiq". Engadget. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  5. ^ Zackheim, Ben (2005-06-03). "If a game blog fell in the forest would anyone listen?". Joystiq. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  6. ^ Quilty, Conrad (2006-01-26). "DS lite vs. DS comparison". Joystiq. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  7. ^ "Joysitq presents: Massively". 
  8. ^ Grant, Christopher (2010-06-11). "Welcome to the latest Joystiq (we call it 'Futurestiq')". Joystiq. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  9. ^ Solomon, Brian (October 24, 2012). "The Inside Story Of Polygon, The Verge's New Gaming Sister-Site". Forbes. Archived from the original on August 3, 2014. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Aol Is Restructuring, Layoffs And Site Closures Likely". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "AOL Likely to Shutter Gaming Site Joystiq in Larger Content Cleanup". Re/code. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "AOL Closes Gaming Site Joystiq". Game Informer. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Farewell to TUAW - And To A Whole Era of Tech Blogging". Fast Company. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Joystiq and Massively shut down amid AOL downsizing". Gamasutra. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "About". Massively Overpowered. Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  16. ^ "About". Joystiq. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  17. ^ "MTV Multiplayer". Multiplayerblog.mtv.com. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  18. ^ "Gamers With Jobs". Gamers With Jobs. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  19. ^ Downin, Jonathan (2011-06-17). "The Joystiq Show - 001: Duke Nukem Forever". Joystiq. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 

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