Trying to Branch Out on the Web
March 26, 2011 1:08 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for new forums and online communities where people talk intelligently about art, the internet, and video games (preferably all three). Not looking for general, all-purpose sites like Reddit or subsections of those sites, individual blogs, or twitter feeds.

I don't even know if I really have a good example, but I'm looking for stuff that's less link-blog and more traditional BBCode forum. I'd also like the place to be intelligent, but still retain some fun and wildness. Free would be nice, but if there's an open archive for me to browse that would be cool too.
posted by codacorolla to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
How about Talking Time or NeoGAF (or, really, Off-Topic NeoGAF)? Both video gaming forums, where people talk about non-video game stuff on the side.
posted by yeoz at 1:17 PM on March 26, 2011

posted by SollosQ at 1:23 PM on March 26, 2011

The Something Awful forums sound right up your alley. Not free, though, but worth it.
posted by reductiondesign at 1:31 PM on March 26, 2011

Response by poster: I'm already familiar with the SomethingAwful forums as a lurker. I'm trying to branch out from them a little bit.
posted by codacorolla at 1:33 PM on March 26, 2011

Response by poster: Maybe I should've clarified a bit in the OP. I like SomethingAwful, but often find the locked down nature of the moderation, and the huge, huge userbase to be a turnoff. I'm looking for something that's a bit like SA but maybe more grown up and less restricted.
posted by codacorolla at 1:56 PM on March 26, 2011

How about I love everything?
posted by carsonb at 2:11 PM on March 26, 2011

The GameFAQs boards are still very active. I used to post there quite a lot, and there are a variety of board sections other than video games.
posted by mrbob14 at 2:56 PM on March 26, 2011

For gaming: Gamers With Jobs forum or Idle Thumbs forum? GWJ is the higher traffic of the two.
posted by juv3nal at 4:06 PM on March 26, 2011

GameFilter is a game-centric MetaFilter clone that started up just a few weeks ago. It's not a large site by any means, but it has a lot of Mefites there already. There's also the read-only Kill Screen (started by a Mefite) and the group blog Full Glass, Empty Clip (ditto).
posted by Rhaomi at 4:59 PM on March 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

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