Gametrailers has shut down after 13 years

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It used to be that if you ever wanted to watch the flashiest video game trailers around and maybe something else with a bit more content injected into it, you’d hit up Gametrailers. Or locally, you’d wait for the monthly NAG magazine and scope out a few hours of content from all the collated videos downloaded and burnt onto that cover disc.

Gametrailers is a hub of great video game press assets, documentaries and roundtable discussions. It’s also pretty much dead right now, as the site has announced that after 13 years, it’s throwing in the towel.

Gametrailers boss and founder Brandon Jones confirmed the depressing news on Twitter as well:

That’s just bloody depressing. While Gametrailers’ value as a video game trailer distribution channel for the masses has been severely diminished following the rise of YouTube and Twitch, it’s their original content that always had me glued to my monitor. Gametrailers reviews were top notch productions that filled the void in my heart left over by the cancellation of Cybernet many moons ago, while their retrospectives were a particular delight.

Seriously, if you’ve got a few hours to spare, go sit down and watch those trips down memory lane. Beautifully researched and presented. I’m absolutely jealous of the fact that I don’t have the skills to make that kind of content. The death-knell of Gametrailers probably started back when Viacom had sold Gametrailers to Defy Media in 2014, resulting in a massive round of layoffs.

It’s a sad day, but one that we’ve all been expecting to see for a while now. I’m going to really miss those retrospectives.

Last Updated: February 9, 2016

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  • Umar

    Gosh, this makes me sick to my stomach. They were really one of the good gaming sites that focused on GAMING and good times…So sad to see them go, their content was superb…

    • shyguy_2046

      Ties a sad day today …. I also enjoyed there spectacular content…

      • Umar

        Yup….So many good shows on the site.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      I have to agree, one of the few mainstream gaming sites that I actually respected. 🙁

  • Captain JJ ‘saurus

    Damn

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    Things of my childhood are disappearing.

    Dave Mirra

    Gametrailers

    Well, fek

    • Umar

      Yup, been watching them for many years now..sigh.

    • Captain JJ ‘saurus

      So is your youth!

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        I still have my six-pack though!

        It is hidden underneath a protective cover of belleh

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I like to call that my “cooler box”.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Indeed, it is cooler than having a six pack

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            ….says the fat people! 😛

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I’m not fat, I just have belleh-armour

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Well I know how much work & discipline it takes to have one, and couldn’t be bothered to do all that. I wants to eat all the bad foodses.

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            I cannot imagine a life without pizza, burgers and wine (sometimes at the same time)…so yes. Agreed.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Pizza and burgers are an either/or situation for me. Cannot have both at the same time. They are uniquely different, and must be appreciated thusly

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Then you are yet to enjoy a feast.
            We had a braai last weekend. So we lit up the braai and the pizza oven and had some focaccia, then steak, then steak pizza. 😀

          • Unavengedavo

            Unless it’s a Debonairs burger pizza? O_o

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            I should’ve known you’d mention something disgusting 😉

          • Unavengedavo

            I haven’t done this in a while, so I need to warm up to it again.

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            XD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Or, you could choose life. 😉

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            You say this like you’re pro-life.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I am. Mine.

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Haha. True.

          • Jan Prins

            VOMIT! VOMIT EVERYWHERE! OVER MY DESK, MY SHIRT, IN MY COFFEE CUP! THE DOG!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            At least the vomit in your coffee cup isn’t wasted. And you don’t have to feed the dog especially. Always look on the bright side!

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            *shivers*

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Avo inspired me. I’m sure he has a gif for that too.

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            He outspires most ;P

          • Unavengedavo

            Like this?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            lol

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Hahaha

          • Jan Prins

            There is no bright side to Debonairs food. Just darkness, and the wailing of people and gnashing of teeth.

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Agreed

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Science!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Yip. As long as I can still see my toes when I look down I’m doing okay.

        • Captain JJ ‘saurus

          That’s called a snack pack!

        • Unavengedavo

          Who needs a six pack when you have a Keg? O_o

    • iusedtobe(a)regular

      Gametrailers was part of your childhood??? Damn, Im feeling really old right now.

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        The little kid inside me refuses to die, I still get excited about toys

  • Chris Bradshaw

    Frankly, it was a low energy website. Once it lost it’s groove with Spike etc it was bound to happen.

    Personally, I think it’s good timing- that chapter of my life is over. There are better YouTube shows with higher standards

  • miaau

    Funny, I remember that logo from offline only. I suppose NAG and all that

  • Peter Pan

    Man, now I am sad. GT was my go to source for everything. As mentioned in the story, their journalism was topshelf stuff, and I loved their original videos. Youtube is so full of n00btubers – the good stuff is hard to come by. Lazygamer journos, how about doing an article on good Youtubers for gaming media now that GT has closed its doors?

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      *their

      Also, have you seen the Lazygamer staff’s faces? Not a face for youtube I’m afraid…

      • Unavengedavo

        Not even for radio O_o

      • Peter Pan

        I am not suggesting Lazygamer become Youtubers – I’m suggesting an article on good Youtubers. I can name a few, so what about getting the community involved as well in suggesting Youtubers they utilise as THEIR goto source. Use the idea – or not!

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          I’ll run it by the writers and see if they will bite
          😀

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            If anything, Sandy might bite you.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I’ve got non-stick spray handy

  • Prrrtipap

    Man I miss Cybernet.

  • iusedtobe(a)regular

    I guess Im going to have to get rid of there app on my phone then.

  • atomicjuicer

    this is so sad :((((

    they could have just put some ads on their YouTube videos

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