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Wow! What a Response!

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Having advertised for new writers for CriticalHit, we’ve been inundated from loyal CriticalHit fans wanting to contribute to the website – some of which you will have noticed have began writing articles already, which is great to see!

For those of you that haven’t heard the news, CriticalHit is now under new ownership. To me, Kevin Macpherson. That’s me and my dog in the photo – my hairy daughter. I have been involved in the web industry since I was 18 – a full 15 years already. I specialize in taking on struggling websites, with the aim of giving them a new lease of life and restoring websites to their former glory.

When I first saw that CriticalHit was for sale, it was clear CriticalHit was on its knees. Google “hated” the site, it was losing visitors, and the content was stale for regular readers, who had become very disillusioned. That’s why I decided to breath new life into the site, by encouraging gamers to come and write for CriticalHit, offer up their views, generate discussion, and give CriticalHit some clout in the gaming industry once more.

I’ve found since I acquired the site just how important CriticalHit is to many of you, and it’s my aim to keep it going. But I need your help! The more writers we have writing interesting content about topics they are passionate about, the bigger community we can build, and the greater success we can make of CriticalHit.

I’ll be working hard behind the scenes to rejuventate the site – the geeky SEO stuff. You’ll notice a few sponsored articles here and there – which are needed to pay the bills (yes, the now infamous 3d printing article was one of those articles- be kind!), but other than that, it’s business as usual. Wait, it won’t be business as usual. It will be the rebirth of CriticalHit…

Last Updated: January 4, 2022

135 Comments

  1. HvR

    July 8, 2021 at 11:13

    HI Kevin, coming one the first to thinking and voicing the opinions that CH is completely dead.

    I will one of the first to say I’m glad for the resurgence; good luck on the future I think you are steering the ship into the right direction.

    I know zero about how to fund or generate income from a site but understand it is a business; just maybe a request/hint/suggestion just state somewhere on an article that it is sponsored because some it of it had lots of us going WTF?

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    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 8, 2021 at 12:09

      I have to agree with HvR, I don’t think any of us mind sponsored articles (they’re like the ads on the site – it pays for the upkeep, and the running of the site) but I think it should be made clear when we have sponsored content.

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  2. R1ker

    July 8, 2021 at 11:23

    Hi Kevin. Don’t worry – I think we will all forgive you for the 3d printing one. 🙂 Besides – looks like the old gang is now finally at it again and it is all thanks to you in trying to straighten this ship’s path again.

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    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 8, 2021 at 14:55

      In hindsight, that 3d printing one was incredibly informative…. 😛

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  3. Kromas

    July 8, 2021 at 11:48

    Yep I think a lot of people are happy that the site is being revived.

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  4. Grant Nicol

    July 8, 2021 at 11:50

    So down on its knees that it was the only website on the African continent with Metacritic panel status……

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    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 8, 2021 at 12:01

      There was a time when it was doing extremely well. There’s a reason why lazygamer managed to get Metacritic panel and then by default Criticalhit, but that growth didn’t continue, and as much as the wizard behind the curtain was trying to make it seem that the site was doing well it wasn’t.

      The analytics were horrible, especially the last three years, with last year showing some of the most dismal numbers you could ever imagine (and that during a time when the vast majority of us were at home and under lockdown).

      Kevin could easily post the graphs, but he reallly doesn’t need to, because Gavin sold the site. It wasn’t making enough to pay the salary of the one (or two) actual salaried staff member(s). I won’t divulge who they were, but the rest actually worked for free. They contributed content for years… for FREE! Think about that for a while. A lot of people assumed that people were being paid for contributing content, but nope…

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      • Mandalorian Jim

        July 8, 2021 at 12:14

        But also, a lot of people seem to forget the amount of sacrifice Geoff did. The guy was literally the glue that held this place together, from being a moderating force between a difficult and demanding staff and an evergrowing antagonistic readership; and then also the work he did on the industry side, getting review copies, dealing with publishers or the local suppliers etc. One of the biggest shames is that Geoff didn’t get his farewell post. It would have been well-deserved because the guy literally bled this website, and there are many of us, who are aware of how much he sacrificed.

        So Geoff, if you ever read this! Brother, you’re a legend!

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    • Umar

      July 8, 2021 at 12:45

      Naa. Doesn’t fit the narrative that some of the commenters perpetuate.

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      • Mandalorian Jim

        July 8, 2021 at 13:05

        It’s actually not a “narrative”, it is definitely true that Lazygamer was a trailblazer especially for South Africa and African gaming websites. It overtook NAG (which had an actual publishing side). NAG was the king, but it didn’t evolve with the times. It didn’t value its online presence (or most likely realised far too late that print media was on its way out).

        But, lazygamer’s success wasn’t a fluke, it was because of the work that Geoff and Nick d B put into it, Lazygamer went from a small xbox-nutty website into one of the best gaming sites on this continent. It took work and it took dedication.

        Criticalhit benefited from that, and remember when they did the rebranding (and combined lazygamer with their movies website), a lot of us were very happy, but that doesn’t change the fact that the site went into decline – and heavily so.

        I still think they didn’t take note of the fact that their audience was mostly gamers and that the movies site was the smaller site (with the smaller audience), and yet the content that followed via Criticalhit became less gamer-centric. There was more of a focus on other parts of entertainment, presumably to attract a new audience or to grow the audience, but it also meant that there was a push towards adding politics into almost every article (because that was happening at most of the other big entertainment sites across the world, from polygon, IGN to Gamespot on the gaming side to Variety etc. on the entertainment side).

        Then, around the same time, gamergate exploded… and faded soon thereafter, but this site like many others became ideological battlegrounds (among groups and individuals – who actually shared a lot more in common than how they differed).

        I still believe strongly that the situation was allowed to escalate, purely because it was easy clicks, and as we all know, google’s search analytics love to throw what you hate at you, to keep you clicking, but it all backfired across the board, and now you have big sites closing their doors across the globe. Their readerships moving on to Youtube, Twitch or just giving up on gaming websites all together.

        The same thing happened to Criticalhit.

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        • Umar

          July 8, 2021 at 14:23

          People have been moving over to video content for a while now regardless of the actual content that video game sites post. It’s easy to attribute any loss in viewership to “inserting politics into video game news” but the fact of the matter is is that it’s hard for any site to generate clicks. But despite that Criticalhit still managed to be a prominent site that pushed out quality content.

          But saying that means it goes against what you believe, right? That this site screwed itself because it screwed you over. You’ve given yourself a level of self importance where you see yourself and few other people as a central element to this site’s success. So please, spare me the long winded posts about how politics “destroyed” this site.

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          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 8, 2021 at 14:38

            No, on the contrary, it screwed itself over, you forget I wasn’t one of the first to be banned, and during the height of its decline, I wasn’t even here. You seem to forget, I only recently returned from nearly a year and a half away from this site, and the day I returned a certain staff member lost their jellies on Twitter because of it. I think I left round about the time, Geoff stopped being editor, and the mantle went to Darryn.

            So, no, I am not integral to the site’s success. I don’t see myself as some grand important figure. I don’t even carry around a badge of seniority because I’m one of only a handful of members still on this site from when Lazygamer was first started.

            But ,I do know a lot about the site, the people behind it, the stories that occured behind the scenes. It’s not because I’m some super sleuth or a spy, or have super powers but rather that I had conversations with people, I listened, and took note of what was happening in WhatsApp groups (some which actually featured staff members). But, I’m not here to convince you of what actually happened, you are free to believe whatever you want.

          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 8, 2021 at 14:41

            And, you know what else is amazing, you and I can disagree about what caused the decline of Criticalhit without the fear of some tinpot dictator and his little court jester sweeping in and banning one of us.

            Imagine that! https://media1.giphy.com/media/IeXo8uIbYdAozoDkNc/giphy.gif

    • RinceThis

      July 8, 2021 at 18:25

      Which it will soon lose due to shit seo and equally terrible writing! What a laugh.

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      • Mandalorian Jim

        July 9, 2021 at 02:51

        Wow, You’ve turned into a very nice person… so joyful and accomodating. I would have thought you would see this as an opportunity to grow your Youtube channel. To finally be able to use this website, to post not only your writing but your video reviews as well.

        But, hey, you do you! Draw those imaginary lines in the sand. But, I think I’m done interacting with you. I’m just going to add you to my own personal block list on Disqus because you add nothing of value to me. So, cheers buddy. Continue being a grump! Have a nice life!

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        • RinceThis

          July 9, 2021 at 05:06

          LOL grow it on a platform that would make a Trump supporter feel welcome? I think frigging not.

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  5. Mandalorian Jim

    July 8, 2021 at 12:17

    Hi Kevin, Welcome and thank you for giving the community the chance to be a part of the rejuvenation of this site, especially members of this site who were cast aside as if they were nothing but dirt and garbage. It’s clear that your heart is in the right place, and you’re eager to see this site grow, alongside its community. And it’s also true that we need some new blood.

    But for now, all I can say is “thank you”

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  6. MaSeKind

    July 8, 2021 at 12:19

    Hello there! Thanks for taking charge. We look forward to the rebirthing video XD

    And as for things like sponsored content, I doubt anyone would really mind if it fits in and clearly labelled.

    Looking forward to seeing what the future holds and reading weird cheese or banana flavoured articles XD

    EDIT: Kevin, also, thanks for giving the community a chance to contribute. Not sure if anyone else would think this is a good idea, but maybe you could look at something like Patreon for the site for other people to help that aren’t really writers or interested in that. I realise it kinda feels like asking for donations, but it might be worth looking into. Don’t want anything to be behind a paywall thing or whatever. Just been thinking how I could contribute and this was the laziest way I could think of XD

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    • BradeLunner

      July 8, 2021 at 17:03

      Maybe not even for the money, we’re all gamers here, it’s about the highest score. I like the Patreon idea, it’s motivational

      Edit: I also don’t mean paywall stuff, and clearly geek journalism in S.A. isn’t a living, that’s all I meant by patreon being a way to keep score.

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  7. MonsterCheddar

    July 8, 2021 at 12:00

    Hi Kevin. Welcome to the CH family and thanks for giving the community a chance to contribute. It means a lot to us.
    The comment section looks alive again with most of the old guard returning.
    I look forward to make you shake your head with my demented scriblings for a long time still.

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  8. hilton

    July 8, 2021 at 12:08

    Google “hated” the site, it was losing visitors, and the content was
    stale for regular readers, who had become very disillusioned. That’s why
    I decided to breath new life into the site, by encouraging gamers to
    come and write for CriticalHit, offer up their views, generate
    discussion, and give CriticalHit some clout in the gaming industry once
    more.

    you remind me of mars from pc format back in the day.

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    • RinceThis

      July 8, 2021 at 18:31

      Agreed. What a load of utter bollocks.

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  9. setzor

    July 8, 2021 at 12:10

  10. Michael Matusowsky

    July 8, 2021 at 13:03

    It rubs me the wrong way that this post flames the past ownership when they were incredible. I’ve never really commented, always just lurked and read articles but if the new ownership is hellbent on blasting the old ownership, I’ll go find a new avenue of gamer news. As my Afrikaans friends tell people in online games: “Don’t be a poes, be lekker”.

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    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 8, 2021 at 13:06

      Honestly, if you lurked even harder, you would have known what was happening, and you would understand exactly why people were upset with the past ownership.

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      • BradeLunner

        July 8, 2021 at 17:20

        No need to dance around it though right Mando? Not anymore. Scribble one nice but fair article or comment there and educate us.

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        • Pastor Jim

          July 9, 2021 at 04:36

          He hates that the site went “woke”. So basically, he’s just happy that “the lefties” are gone so that he can go back to living in a bubble.

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    • MaSeKind

      July 8, 2021 at 13:33

      Don’t really agree there is any flaming going on. It’s pretty normal for a new owner to give their opinion on where things stand from their point of view and what they’d like to do to change and/or improve things. I don’t see that as a personal attack on anyone specifically.

      I understand perfectly what you are saying and how you feel. It’s sad so many people that I enjoyed reading articles from for years are gone, and I respect their work and what they’ve done over all the years. But no matter how you feel about those people, things weren’t going well.

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  11. Raptor Rants

    July 8, 2021 at 15:35

    okay. I said earlier when someone pointed me to an article telling me to come see some old faces that I was no longer in the business of ranting. And that’s pretty much true, but this, this is not okay. Was the site doing badly? Well who knows. Stats and traffic and income can attest to that and there may be many factors to this. I refuse to comment one way or the other.

    But the way the article was written here seems to make light of the monstrous effort and work that the original owners and writers put in to the site to build it up to where it was. Making Lazygamer, then Critical Hit in to one of the biggest names in the South African gaming circles was no small feat from them. Did I agree with them all the time? No. Did I agree with some of the choices made around content that was put up? Again no. But does that diminish the massive effort they put in and continued to put in, even during Covid and management changes and all the other issues around all that? Again no! It absolutely does not.

    To take over the site and then to throw the original owners under the bus and make them out to have done a bad job of it shows that there was very little thought in to the history of the site or just how rough a year Covid was. Stale articles? Have you not noticed how stale MANY international sites have become? Or how irrelevant so many articles in the gaming industry are?

    Have you noticed youtube channels around tech struggling because of GPU shortages? Unsure of what to put up to gain viewership?

    I have. I have seen the struggles not just from local sites like Critical Hit or SA Gamer but from big international sites and names. As someone who forms part of the original readers from when Lazygamer was born out of News24 gaming who did leave mostly due to some disagreements with some of the writers and community I should feel happy to see someone trying to build it up again. But not like this. Not by making it sound like the work that came before was poor. That’s not okay. Regardless of how anyone feels.

    Huh. Guess I can still rant. But I rant now for making sure that folk aren’t hurt or fed to the wolves. It’s not okay.

    Naturally I will end by saying this. Even though this has been a rocky start, I truly hope you can make a success as I’d not like to see yet another local gaming site falter and crumble under what is incredibly difficult times. I truly wish you the best of luck and that the site grows again. And anyone reading this post, don’t allow my message to divide but rather see it as a call to not forget the good that was done and can be done. People will not always see eye to eye, but we can all be kind to each other and watch how our words could affect others. Be kind. It’s a tough world out there at the moment.

    /rant

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    • Raptor Rants

      July 8, 2021 at 17:14

      Ps: one clarifying point.
      The work the previous owners and staff put in was immense. Not stale. Not poor quality work. They put in more work than most of us put in to our full time jobs. Just thought I’d make it clear that I think it’s very poor taste and factually incorrect to try state otherwise.

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      • RinceThis

        July 8, 2021 at 18:29

        Yup. And the worst part is these dumb phucks like Jim never EVER had access to the Google analytics that showed the site was doing bloody well. You know how I know? Because I DID.

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        • Mandalorian Jim

          July 9, 2021 at 02:46

          The funny thing is, I had access to someone who had access to not just the Google analytics, but those generated by paid services. And, please don’t be a jerk, calling someone a “dumb phuck”, that isn’t very nice. We’re really trying hard to not turn this comment section into a dumpsterfire.

          And, you know, it’s really interesting that YOU were one of the first people to highlight the decline to me. YOU posted some of the first graphs which then made me contact someone else to have a closer look. Also, don’t forget that I was in your whatsapp group, I also know how you really felt about some of the staffers, and I’m also well aware of how absolutely fake your “nice guy, I’m your friend” act is. Dude, I was behind the curtain. You can just drop the fake outrage.

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          • RinceThis

            July 9, 2021 at 05:06

            Just giving back what you have given plenty of

          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 9, 2021 at 06:04

            Hate to break it to you buddy, but I was serious about not being interested in your low-level baiting.

            Go forth and write what you want about me, I honestly don’t care. I’m going to focus on those who want to see this site succeed. Other people can experience your vitriol, but I’m defnitely not going to engage with you.

            You’re clearly going through some stuff, but I’m not interested.

            Maybe, speak to Weanerdog on WhatsApp about it. Hopefully, he can guide you back to some sense of normalcy and calmness. He always had a level-head and enough empathy to carry anyone through the darkest of nights.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/52b611adb9b09239481a21431efedec57abdffe4971af34df744842d95465a4b.png

          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 9, 2021 at 06:04

            Hate to break it to you buddy, but I was serious about not being interested in your low-level baiting.

            Go forth and write what you want about me, I honestly don’t care. I’m going to focus on those who want to see this site succeed. Other people can experience your vitriol, but I’m defnitely not going to engage with you.

            You’re clearly going through some stuff, but I’m not interested.

            Maybe, speak to Weanerdog on WhatsApp about it. Hopefully, he can guide you back to some sense of normalcy and calmness. He always had a level-head and enough empathy to carry anyone through the darkest of nights.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/52b611adb9b09239481a21431efedec57abdffe4971af34df744842d95465a4b.png

      • Gareth Runnalls

        July 9, 2021 at 04:33

        Yeah, I think Kevin is going to eat his words when he starts spending MONTHS on end trying to get his clients to pay their bills. Because thats the real problem.

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    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 8, 2021 at 15:50

      See, I knew you still had one good rant in you. And, for the record, I did read it, and I’m not just going to post TL;DR like we used to. 😛

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    • Dutch Matrix

      July 8, 2021 at 16:02

      TL;DR

      Ranted like a pro…

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      • Mandalorian Jim

        July 8, 2021 at 16:04

        DUTCH MATRIX!!!! IS THIS REALLY YOU??? Dude, don’t you dare not be the original Dutch.

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        • Dutch Matrix

          July 9, 2021 at 01:27

          Dude!!!! Just. No.

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          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 9, 2021 at 02:46

            So you’re not the real Dutch Matrix?

    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 8, 2021 at 16:03

      I think, you’re right on a number of points, but we should also acknowledge that something horrible went wrong in the running of the site (the last few years), and the lagz that you and I remember may never return.

      The closest we’ll ever come is an approximation of those glory days, but I think this site is worth the effort. I honestly think, it’s worth salvaging this community, because as we saw earlier, it was such an amazing feeling to see some of the old faces again.

      I mean, I genuinely missed your insanely long rants…

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      • Raptor Rants

        July 9, 2021 at 03:24

        Unfortunately the fact still stands that this article trampled over people’s hard work. I can’t be happy about that. And I’m not looking for “the glory days”.
        People change. Sites evolve. The world shifts and changes.

        Don’t try and copy what once was. Be unique. But don’t do it by standing on the shoulders of others and then stating those shoulders are no good. Here’s some honest advice: be kind to those who came before, acknowledge their work and acknowledge their skill.

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        • Mandalorian Jim

          July 9, 2021 at 03:37

          Oh of course, I don’t think any one will disagree that Darryn has a talent for comedic writing. He put together some of the funniest posts, things that rival websites that specialise in that sort of thing, like pre-2014 Cracked (not the current version… I don’t know what 2021 Cracked is trying to be these days) or even the pre-2014 the Onion and that Kervyn was without a doubt their best writer. For some reason, Tauriq went on to be noticed for his writing (although I think his allure has faded in recent years), but between the two of them, Kervyn is without a doubt the superior wordsmith. Tauriq is probably better at constructing arguments, but that was what he studied, but from a pure writing perspective, Kerv is the man.

          I really hope he continues to write even if it means doing short stories, non-fiction or even fiction. He clearly has a talent, and he needs to continue with it. And, he’s had plenty of practice, he’s had 12 years of experience writing content for a website.

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          • Raptor Rants

            July 9, 2021 at 04:09

            you see, unfortunately none of this add up to what was said in the article. You say folk were wordsmiths. Article says the work was stale. And the article is using blanket statements. So it covers each and every staff member. And regardless of whether some folk liked or disliked the direction the site took, it’s still 100% inaccurate to call the work stale. Not okay to trivialise the hard work and dedication so many people put in here.

            And remember this is coming from someone who quietly stopped partaking in community discussions because I had my fair share of differences with some of the writers. Yet here I am still stating that even though I may have disagreed on certain topics with some of the staff, I still recognise their incredible talent and dedication they had. I’m trying to say that the article itself made a major blunder making it sound as though so little was thought of the efforts that came before. I’m not trying to argue whether people were wrong or right in their personal opinions. I’m talking straight to the work put in.

            I see a lot of comments flying on some of the other articles about how some ex-staff wouldn’t listen to the community. Well let’s see if the community will be listened to now. The article drew a black mark on the work of those that came before and it’s not okay.

          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 9, 2021 at 04:19

            I’d say, write an article about it for Kevin, like a counterpoint article. Remember, he doesn’t know the whole story, he doesn’t know the good, where the site came from, how the community got together, how it fractured. All he has access to is the analytics, and what he’s been reading in the comment section.

            I don’t think it’s fair to blame him for his article, he can only judge things on how the numbers declined, and that generally means that the readers weren’t interested in the articles. Maybe the quality was still top-notch, but those articles were “stale” because no one was reading them.

          • Raptor Rants

            July 9, 2021 at 04:26

            no, I cannot do that. I can’t write an article to try and rally viewership off the back of something like this. It wouldn’t be okay. I have far too much respect for the old staff. The new owner points out he wants to build the community. For that I trust he’s reading the comments, seeing ones like mine calling out the blunder and then learning from that. As much as I’ve always dreamed of writing opinion pieces I can say with conviction: Not like this.

          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 9, 2021 at 04:48

            Point taken, but I also think we should allow mistakes to be made, and to understand that the transition won’t be smooth. But, I’m still hoping for a Raptor Rant weekly column…. We’re all ready for it. The world needs it. This site needs it.

        • Mandalorian Jim

          July 9, 2021 at 04:22

          I think trying to recapture the glory days would be a huge mistake, there’s no way we’ll ever be able to do that, and you’re right people have changed. We’re older now, some of us have families now, some of us aren’t even in SA any more (PS: I heard you’re in Ireland now?). And the site also needs new blood, we need a younger readership, and that in itself could cause issue because the generational divide is huge…

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    • BradeLunner

      July 8, 2021 at 17:17

      Aye bruv, you have nailed my sentiments exactly. Do I want CH and a rabid community to thrive? Yes. Do I want to shit on the past? No.

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    • RinceThis

      July 8, 2021 at 18:28

      Yup. The new owner can go wreck himself.

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      • Paraiyar

        July 9, 2021 at 04:56

        You’re becoming that guy, aren’t you? https://media3.giphy.com/media/12KiBIJMSjQKB2/giphy.gif

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        • RinceThis

          July 9, 2021 at 05:05

          I believe that is what Jim et al did for the last few years? I am just making them feel welcome.

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          • Paraiyar

            July 9, 2021 at 05:39

            So why are you so butthurt and obsessed with Jimbo and the others? Why do you feel the need to troll in the comment section? Did they troll your articles? I can’t even find anything you’ve written on this site, and someone told me you were a regular writer.

            Or are you just here looking for some attention? I don’t know you, and I still think you’re just a sockpuppet of Gavin, but apparently you’re not, and since no one has said anything bad about you. What’s your deal? Where’s all this anger coming from? Or are you just that guy?

          • RinceThis

            July 9, 2021 at 07:34

            Obsessed? LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL Jim has LITERALLY created tens of accounts so he can come back and stalk people here.

          • Paraiyar

            July 9, 2021 at 11:18

            And yet here you are stalking them. Why is it that noone replies to your posts? Or even upvote you? I’m the only one that seems to be taking the time to talk to you. Why do you think that is? Has it occured to you that maybe you’re not liked at all? LMAO I see Jimbo has blocked you. The guy you’re trying to stalk has turned his back on you and everyone else don’t seem to even notice your here. I wonder what will happen when I stop replying to you?

          • Paraiyar

            July 9, 2021 at 11:18

            And yet here you are stalking them. Why is it that noone replies to your posts? Or even upvote you? I’m the only one that seems to be taking the time to talk to you. Why do you think that is? Has it occured to you that maybe you’re not liked at all? LMAO I see Jimbo has blocked you. The guy you’re trying to stalk has turned his back on you and everyone else don’t seem to even notice your here. I wonder what will happen when I stop replying to you?

    • Yozzie

      July 9, 2021 at 01:42

      tl;dr

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  12. Caveshen Rajman

    July 8, 2021 at 14:37

    > “it was clear CriticalHit was on its knees”

    Okay, prove it. Show the numbers.

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    • resurrected jimbob

      July 8, 2021 at 15:40

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/096c3c5a32adb77cf1d1599eb8782db5b85a3098a8ce4d31e71aed2ac8ab8816.jpg

      Not exactly a rosy picture.. 200k monthly visitors for a site that’s traffic volume based is piss poor. Also that 82% bounce rate says hi. Add that to the fact that the previous owner literally said “I sold the company for so little..” in his goodbye article.

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      • Mandalorian Jim

        July 8, 2021 at 15:53

        My only question… why “resurrected jimbob”? Why don’t you use your real account? There can only be one Jimbob….

        https://media4.giphy.com/media/jTSyAnw0Np0WuE9YsA/giphy.gif

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        • resurrected jimbob

          July 8, 2021 at 15:57

          Jim! I remember you dude… I lost access to my OG account, so had to create a new one. Fun to see some of the old names from the Lazygamer days in the comments again. I always enjoyed your chatter!

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          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 8, 2021 at 15:59

            By the way, if you go back about 5 years, and then look at the analytics, it’s even more interesting.

      • Hadlee Simons

        July 9, 2021 at 06:02

        lol that’s really not bad for a niche gaming/tech/entertainment website. Even the bounce rate isn’t awful (it’s not great, but it’s not as bad as you make it out to be).

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        • Jonah Cash

          July 9, 2021 at 06:17

          Look I don’t know much about these things as I don’t work in this space, but a 100 000+ drop from August to June is a pretty big drop in my eyes. And June is supposed to be a big month in gaming isn’t it?! Maybe most of the old crew was already gone, don’t know as I wasn’t here. But even May is a big drop from August last year. Can’t be good for incoming cash stream if your reader count drops by a third?

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          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 9, 2021 at 06:25

            Jonah if you look at the analytics from the last 5 years, the decline is even more pronounced, and last year was absolutely devastating to the site.

          • resurrected jimbob

            July 9, 2021 at 07:06

            That’s the part that blows my mind… most people in the internet game will attest to the fact that the last year has been VERY good for their sites, the covid bump in traffic has been real. I know Darryn keeps saying 2020 was their best year ever… I assume he means traffic when he says that, but then it must mean that their the business was not really focused on traffic volume to begin with, and they weren’t able to find a way to monetize it outside whatever deals they had with publishers.

          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 9, 2021 at 07:20

            Sadly, I didn’t bother with Criticalhit last year or even part of the year before, so I don’t know what kind of articles they posted, whether they had review copies, or who was writing articles. I just remember the hard lockdown, Oom Cyril ruining most Thursday evenings, mostly just watching nonsense on Youtube and Prime, playing games, keeping the kids occupied with crafts, reading and just trying to make it through the year.

            Websites like Criticalhit didn’t feature in my mind, but then by then I had already cut ties with them.

          • resurrected jimbob

            July 9, 2021 at 07:35

            Same really.. I lost interest around the time when they re-branded it. For no reason other than just lack of interest in what they had to say. Became overwhelming all about the news churn, and considerably less fun.

          • Hadlee Simons

            July 9, 2021 at 06:32

            I mean, there are a number of factors involved that I’m not privy to. Can be as a result of staff shortages, lack of funds due to pandemic impacting the former (which is what caused the sale), or something else. Also, the obvious seasonal stuff. Same reason you don’t compare Q3 to Q4 in the smartphone space in terms of sales etc.

            Given that SAGamer was also struggling (and a ton of websites around the world also shuttered or laid off people last year, like Engadget in the latter case), that says a lot. The lack of money can directly affect views.

          • Jonah Cash

            July 9, 2021 at 06:39

            Agreed. But from a proper noobs point of view then I guess saying the site was on its knees is not that misleading?! Also can’t image this site from 3-4 years ago being sold for pittance, I am sure back then it was worth a pretty penny. And for the new owner to even push his own money at it to try and resurrect its glory days should be lauded even though this article does come over a bit “bitchy”. And if I were in his shoes I would to a rewrite of this article and apologise, but again this isn’t my money so I don’t really have a say either way. I just want gaming news on a site where I can share my thoughts with mostly like minded people, and even people that think differently to me but we respect each others view points.

          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 9, 2021 at 06:49

            Yep, 4 – 5 years ago, this site would not have gone for a pittance. It was going extremely strong, but in 2021, a lot had changed – and I absolutely agree with you about returning to being a gaming news site, and being able to share our thoughts with fellow gaming enthusiasts – regardless of their political views. The latter shouldn’t even matter, same with skin colour, ethnicity, race, religious views etc..

          • Hadlee Simons

            July 9, 2021 at 06:51

            A constant downward slide isn’t great, but it doesn’t automatically mean that the site is on its knees. And like I said, IMO the numbers were still respectable compared to some local tech/gaming websites.

          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 9, 2021 at 06:56

            A sharp drop is however (and that happened about 3 – 4 years ago), and that had a huge influence on a number of things, for instance this site had two staff members that recieved salaries, and because of that incredible drop, they couldn’t be paid any more – and presumably took pay cuts. It also meant that the editor at the time, decided to seek work elsewhere. And the decline didn’t stop, it escalated.

            I wish I could post a few of the graphs from one of the paid sites, but unfortunately that’s not allowed.

          • R1ker

            July 9, 2021 at 08:35

            If the numbers go downwards surely a company must try to correct itself and try to get the numbers back up – as any business do. But the last 2 years it seems like they were more content on chasing people away. I myself abandoned ship a while ago already. At one stage I could not wait to come to this site and see what was new for the day but later I just could not care less. Maybe popped in every 2 weeks or so to see what was happening and then i was gone again.

          • Hadlee Simons

            July 9, 2021 at 09:40

            Of course that’s what companies need to do. But there’s a difference between pivoting slightly (covering more tech etc to court tech advertisers/affiliate revenue. And improving SEO of said content) and doing what seems to be a switch to SEO spam completely.

            The new owner’s track record seems to suggest the latter. And what’s the point of making money when the content will be awful and likely not catering to South Africans? I hope this isn’t the case because we need more local websites on the gaming/tech front, but I’m not optimistic.

          • R1ker

            July 9, 2021 at 10:11

            Yeah, you make a good point. Guess we have to wait and see where all is going.

          • R1ker

            July 9, 2021 at 10:11

            Yeah, you make a good point. Guess we have to wait and see where all is going.

          • Hadlee Simons

            July 9, 2021 at 09:40

            Of course that’s what companies need to do. But there’s a difference between pivoting slightly (covering more tech etc to court tech advertisers/affiliate revenue. And improving SEO of said content) and doing what seems to be a switch to SEO spam completely.

            The new owner’s track record seems to suggest the latter. And what’s the point of making money when the content will be awful and likely not catering to South Africans? I hope this isn’t the case because we need more local websites on the gaming/tech front, but I’m not optimistic.

          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 9, 2021 at 07:01

            Isn’t it strange that at a time, where the vast majority of the world were at home, and presumably could be consuming the content on these websites, the decline in readership increased, whereas the viewership on Twitch and Youtube increased. But, even cable TV suffered, the NFL lost massive amounts of viewers, and recently we saw the Oscars posting the lowest numbers EVER!!!! Historically low numbers!!!!

        • resurrected jimbob

          July 9, 2021 at 06:56

          I get what you’re saying, and agree in the sense that relatively speaking, for a niche market the traffic seems to have been decent, however only in the context of their business model, which was doomed to fail IMO. In the ever changing landscape of gaming and the internet specifically, they needed to pivot the business model at some point. I’ve been through it with one of my own web ventures. It’s tough to do and I can see how their options are very limited.

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  13. Aussious

    July 8, 2021 at 15:42

    New Owner: “I choose violence!”

    Reply

    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 8, 2021 at 16:05

      Aussious, my boi… it’s good to see you’re back as well. 😀 I know you came back a while back, but still…

      Reply

      • Aussious

        July 9, 2021 at 07:28

        Yeah I drop in and out occasionally, but I definitely didn’t want to miss this one, I wasn’t aware that things had gotten this sour on this page, what happened for things to become this bitter?

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    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 9, 2021 at 04:02

      “Blood for the blood god, Skulls for the Skull Throne”! I hope you return as a regular commentator Aussious. Our battles about which was better PS3 or xbox 360 were legendary – silly fluff, but it made my working day better, and at the end of the day, it put a smile on my face.

      What are you gaming on these days? Please say PC.. Please say PC? ;P

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      • Aussious

        July 9, 2021 at 07:36

        Heheh Yeah the console wars are back baby! I mean last gen was a white wash but this is Microsoft’s Empire Strikes Back/Infinity War moment, so mos def looking forward to it. I’m still Xbox lol, which is essentially PC light, I just don’t have the time and patience to build a PC too lazy I just want plug in and play. Currently on my playlist is Mass Effect: LE, CP2077, Valhalla and Doom Eternal. You Jim what’s on your playlist these days?

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  14. pansyfaust

    July 8, 2021 at 17:57

    I for one am excited and ready to read all the content farming articles that get published with little editing, little consideration and, based on the few articles I’ve read that were released recently, far lower craftsmanship than the writers you done dirty. As a first article by the new owner, this “new direction” does not seem to be a win for SA gaming media.

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  15. RinceThis

    July 8, 2021 at 18:24

    Write a pice declaring I have no clue about Google analytics or writing without saying it…. And well done. You did!

    Reply

  16. Jonah Cash

    July 8, 2021 at 22:04

    Don’t think it became stale as much as went off the rails every now and then for what you would expect to come out of a gaming site. I always enjoyed the writing when it was focused on games and not personal political points of views. I left 2-3 years ago because the attitude towards the community that help built this site changed for the worse and I could see that the site would either die or be sold sooner or later. It took longer than what I expected back then, but here we are now.
    Just look after the community and you will do fine. Keep the focus on games, entertainment and the like. We honestly don’t care how you lean politically, that is not why we come to this site.
    Good luck to all in this new venture, I hope this works.

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      July 9, 2021 at 02:45

      It sure felt like things shifted after Lagz. But so did culture in general. Being woke and embracing stunning and brave people as well as celebrating diversity in popular culture was all the rage on Twitter and in the media. I don’t think many of us old Quake 2, System Shock 2 or even Duke Nukem 3D veterans liked or understood what was happening. I still feel uncomfortable watching the 2016 Ghostbusters or Batwoman trailer and struggle to understand why there are people that love it. I watched season 1 of Piccard and and handful of Discovery episodes and it’s horrible.

      It felt like there was an expectation that we were supposed to fall in line with this new era of PC and some people didn’t care to. Don’t be a jerk? Whose idea was that? Sure the comment section got out of hands at times but overnight people were being banned or staff were openly arguing with people in the comments. It left a sour taste in one’s mouth. Yet I’m not saying they started leaving because of that but I am saying if Lagz was still around and things went on as they did they probably wouldn’t have left. But then you have to ask yourself how would Lagz be received today? Probably not to well bu the Twitter mob, or maybe people would have flocked to it because it was an escape from clickbait articles like “The State Of Diversity In Big Budget Video Games”

      Or maybe we’re just getting too old for the new generation of geek culture.

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      • Mandalorian Jim

        July 9, 2021 at 03:03

        That’s actually a good point, if Lagz had remained in a sort of bubble, and continued without being influenced by what was happening on other sites and how those sites were changing (with the increased wokeness), would it be stronger now or weaker?

        I think it would have weathered the storm, and it may have grown because other sites that didn’t adopt the woke mindset grew and their are some that are currently flourishing, while the big ones are on the verge of collapse. The age of the venture capitalist ploughing cash into gamespot, IGN or others are long gone, and we’ve seen how many of those sites have had to drop staff. And not just one or two writers but whole divisions have been shut down, because their readership bailed on them.

        It’s a fun thought experiment. It really makes you wonder.

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      • Jonah Cash

        July 9, 2021 at 06:08

        Nice to hear from you again Hammer. I fully agree, the PC bullshit really wore me out. I actually don’t have any of the original crew left on Twitter as they all could see from my posts that I will never fall in line. I am very much straight down the middle politically, I follow left, right and center people and companies on Twitter and agree with some of every one of the sides views and disagree with most of all sides views most of the time. But I am open minded and can take information from different sides and work out my own side to it, and on this site it became very left leaning and everything to the right of far left didn’t work for the crew. I can also let other people be whatever they want to politically as it doesn’t affect me one little bit.
        I honestly believe if Lagz had stayed what it was and kept on putting out the great content that it did I am 100% sure they would have been the only big site left in 10 years when this madness surely will come to an end. There is already big push back against what to me is bullshit in the world and I think the push back will just intensify from here.
        I am here to see if this experiment of just giving out gaming news will win, as that is all I need from my gaming site of choice. The last 2 years I haven’t had one though as they all went a little “crazy”.

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  17. Admiral Chief

    July 9, 2021 at 00:55

    At a time when the world is even more messed up than it normally is, and where there is already a lot of isolation, fear, uncertainty and doubt, an article and statements like these are not what we need.

    You have not just burned bridges, you have napalmed them.

    While I’ve taken my leave of CH for more than a year for different reasons, and having been a staunch supporter over the years since the times of Lazygamer, I’ve made some excellent friendships, I’ve even met my best friend through Lazygamer. Friendships I maintain to this very day.

    People whom I respect for the blood, sweat and tears they have poured into this site, for their writing skills, wit and general good-human-being-ness.

    You had a chance to do something good, you might still. I’d chalk it up to inexperience but as you stated, you have a lot. Nevertheless, this is eather a teachable scenario for you, or something you will disregard.

    I’m not only directing this to the writer, but also to the regulars, new readers, infrequent readers, and those who have left. We all need to be better humans in every scenario.

    I wish no one ill, and although there are some “friendships” that have ended, and where I didn’t see eye to eye with some, not all, writers and views of the new (now old) CH, I still will not say something ill of them or the site.

    To quote an epic song:
    “It’s times like these you learn to live again
    It’s times like these you give and give again
    It’s times like these you learn to love again
    It’s times like these time and time again”

    I hope you all stay safe and healthy, and if you are going through a rough time, or if you had, I sincerely hope today, tomorrow, and your future, is blessed beyond measure

    Reply

    • Raptor Rants

      July 9, 2021 at 03:10

      Wait… wait… you made a long post. I need to savor this moment…

      TL;DR…

      Dude you are right! Feels good :p

      Reply

    • Raptor Rants

      July 9, 2021 at 03:12

      But on a serious note.
      Agreed, don’t burn bridges and don’t undermine the hard work someone put in to something.

      Reply

    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 9, 2021 at 03:52

      Why is this like a Raptor Rants post? Is this like that episode where Goku and Vegeta merges and becomes Gogeta?

      Reply

  18. Morne Nell

    July 9, 2021 at 03:14

    Based on the amount and type of comments it seems this site needs a Truth and reconciliation commission. It is clear that there is old wounds that will either never heal or need Time to heal.

    No matter what we think or do, remember it is already silly season with Corona fatigue, rather treat one another with respect and the way you want to be treated than attacking someone personal.

    This is suppose to be a gaming site, our entertainment, the thing we go away to when we escape normal live

    Reply

    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 9, 2021 at 03:41

      Honestly, and this is after three days of posting about this stuff, I really think we should just let it all go. I’ve had my chance to rant, and it was carthatic, but ultimately, I don’t think it really served any real purpose because if you aren’t aware of what happened in the background, or you don’t particularly care, then all of this bickering is just inconsequential fluff. It just turns the comment section into this endless void of negativity – and then you have the sockpuppets trying to bait, and others try to troll to get reactions out of others.

      And, for a gaming/entertainment website – does it even matter? I think we should acknowledge the good that was Critical hit before. There was talent there. There was also some extremely lazy writing, and sometimes articles that really left you shaking your head, but ultimately we should focus on the future; there is a chance of growth! There is even opportunity for a new crop of young would-be writers and content creators to come in and make this place their own, to find their own voice, and hone their skills as writers (not me… or Kasie – we’re old grumpy bastards – our time is passed).

      Also, shouldn’t we rather be fighting about which is better PC or Console gaming? Like real gamers?

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      • Gareth Runnalls

        July 9, 2021 at 05:54

        “Also, shouldn’t we rather be fighting about which is better PC or Console gaming? Like real gamers?”
        Yes! Lets discuss and push a toxic narrative/topic that puts gamers at each others throats instead of at each others side… This bullshit doesnt help, even heavily steeped in sarcasm.

        Reply

        • Mandalorian Jim

          July 9, 2021 at 06:20

          That was actually meant as a joke to deflect from the more serious drama that has occupied discussion on this site for far too long, but I guess that’s the limitation of Disqus, that the intention is sometimes lost or something meant in jest can be misconstrued.

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          • Gareth Runnalls

            July 9, 2021 at 09:49

            I am aware. What you seem to be unaware of is that, even as a joke, its a shitty joke and you are part of the problem. If you dont see that, you have more than just this one problem to deal with. Even as a joke, it drives a wedge between gamers instead of uniting them. Games are games and we should REALLY be past judging or even joking about what you play on at this point.

          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 9, 2021 at 14:22

            Wow! You’re really coming out swinging that battle axe, and I’m not even sure what exactly you’re angry about.

            I know with autistic children it’s hard for them to moderate their emotions or to pick up simple social cues – like when a joke is made. They struggle to realise that it’s a joke, and that it was intended to difuse a situation.

            And yet, here you are, trying your hardest to escalate something that actually has no need to become a fight or a battle. The joke was simple, and I can’t believe that I need to explain it. For as long as video games have been a thing, there have been fanboys, and battles have raged over which piece of plastic is the best for decades. It’s a silly battle. If you don’t know that it’s a silly battle then you do now. But, it’s still funny because regardless of what you or I say, it will pop up from time to time, and someone will insist that their piece of plastic is the most superior, but that is gaming as we know it.

            It wasn’t supposed to inflame you and leave you ranting. It wasn’t supposed to leave you raging about how we should be uniting gamerdom or that it was a dumb joke. The point was that everyone is fighting over a post by the new owner, which has ended up sparking one massive Twitter debacle, involving god knows how many of SA’s gaming media, with wagons being circled, muskets being drawn, cannons being unleashed and yet…

            At the core of it all, is the games. That’s where the focus should be.

            Now, I don’t get why you’re being overly antagonistic, maybe you’re having a bad day, maybe you’ve spend too much time on Twitter, but my honest advice to you would be to chill. Take a breather. Don’t automatically go for the nuclear option, because it’s not necessary. Not every discussion with another person has to be a fight.

            Chill!

            As for SA’s gaming media, I’m really starting to think that the vast majority of those in the industry (particularly on the marketing and enthusiast side) are just happy not to be bored and this new bit of drama has everyone fuming at their mouths, because we’ve actually had a pretty dry spell of late. Not much has happened in gaming (especially locally) and now everyone can all have a nice little circle jerk on Twitter (gods, I’m so glad I’m off that platform – I really don’t know how the rest of you can stand it.).

      • Pastor Jim

        July 9, 2021 at 04:56

        Thanks for the unbiased opinion, dude who got unbanned. I can’t think of any reason why you’d want us to stop talking about this.

        Reply

  19. Morne Nell

    July 9, 2021 at 03:14

    Based on the amount and type of comments it seems this site needs a Truth and reconciliation commission. It is clear that there is old wounds that will either never heal or need Time to heal.

    No matter what we think or do, remember it is already silly season with Corona fatigue, rather treat one another with respect and the way you want to be treated than attacking someone personal.

    This is suppose to be a gaming site, our entertainment, the thing we go away to when we escape normal live

    Reply

  20. Morne Nell

    July 9, 2021 at 02:31

    The proof is in the pudding, is all I can say.

    You can start by removing the stupid content that sometimes look like Porn before you get to the comment section,

    The so called content that is suppose to be advertising, but has nothing to do with Gaming is killing the site for me.

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      July 9, 2021 at 02:47

      my ads are filled with snakes and a dog staring at a wall, so the owner installed a camera 🤷‍♂️

      Reply

      • Mandalorian Jim

        July 9, 2021 at 02:55

        Let me guess, you’re not getting the weird add about belly fat?

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          July 9, 2021 at 02:56

          Nope. Would like some beer as though

          Reply

          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 9, 2021 at 03:04

            So, if google is merely dumping ads at me based on what I’ve been searching for, what’s the deal with this belly fat one?

    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 9, 2021 at 02:54

      Aren’t those generated automatically by google, based on the websites you look at or the searches you make? The one that’s annoying me is this strange little article about belly fat.

      Reply

      • Morne Nell

        July 9, 2021 at 03:06

        It can be removed from any site, I never searched for snakes or belly fat, or Princess Di.

        Reply

        • Paraiyar

          July 9, 2021 at 04:53

          I get one for hair plugs. I don’t need hair plugs. https://media2.giphy.com/media/ytJ7u4V0N4EKgJzOIc/giphy.gif

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          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 9, 2021 at 06:21

            Have you considered that maybe… you…uhm.. need them…? 😛

        • Mandalorian Jim

          July 9, 2021 at 04:06

          Maybe send a suggestion to Kevin? Maybe there’s a different way to monetise the site? I honestly don’t know. Someone mentioned patreon, but last time, I couldn’t even open a patreon account as a South African. Kevin mentioned sponsored articles, but I really don’t know anything about site management or how to turn this into a business. It’s not my field and I’m not even going to pretend that I know anything about it.

          Reply

  21. Gareth Runnalls

    July 9, 2021 at 04:32

    Wow! Imagine being such a huge GAPING a**hole that you decide to take a steaming dump on all the people that put so much talent and passion into this site over the years, just so that you can feel better about your web site acquisition give your ego its own bukkake party.

    Reply

  22. resurrected jimbob

    July 9, 2021 at 07:16

    There are lots of people coming in here who are tight with the old crew who ran this site, and are heavily on the defensive about this situation. I personally don’t agree with Kevin’s approach in this article, and have nothing against any of the old guard specifically.. in fact I would say I really liked Geoff, he seemed like a cool dude. Having said that, all these people in their feels about this article need to consider that a business acquisition is a mutual undertaking by both parties. The CH guys had a responsibility to put this website in the hands of the right person, if they even cared about a good transition and succession. I’ve been involved in an acquisition myself and can tell you that building trust and a good relationship with the new owner is massively important. So if ya’ll are pissed at Kevin, maybe also direct a bit of that energy towards the people who agreed to hand the business over to him.

    Reply

    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 9, 2021 at 07:34

      Yeah, I don’t get the animosity towards Kevin. It takes two to tango, and it’s not like he held Gavin to the ground and stole the keys to the site. The sale involved two parties. But, I also think there is a romanticised notion of what CH was, especially when it comes to some of the old staff.

      What we all know for certain is that A LOT of people left the site (for a multitude of reasons) and some are returning now, because they’ve heard that there’s a change in management. Some are merely curious to see what’s going to change, others are remembering the good times, but because they left early enough they might not be aware of the bad or some were completely oblivious, and merely read specific articles, and barely bothered to read the comment section.

      So, I think it’s natural to feel defensive towards the old staff, but what I don’t think is right is to attack the new guy.

      It’s one thing to disagree with him, and maybe make a case for why you think he’s wrong about “the articles becoming increasingly stale“, but then you also have to ask yourself? “Why did I leave the site?”, “What made me stop posting or reading the articles” or “Why were their articles with zero comments?”. If that’s not the definition of a site going stale, then what is? Or maybe you left because the community was at war? And it that’s the case, did you try to understand why there was animosity between members of the community and the staff? Or did you just merely think there were a couple troublemakers who just wanted to troll for the sake of trolling (which from what I read so far seems to be another common viewpoint).

      I wrote earlier that I really don’t want to discuss this stuff any more, but I sometimes think that there’s so much to clarify, and there so much history, but on the other hand, we won’t be able to move forward, if all we’re doing is looking back.

      Reply

      • ZoopyDE

        July 9, 2021 at 07:36

        kevinmacphersonDOTcoDOTuk/blog/
        domainsherpaDOTcom/kevin-macpherson-buyshares-interview/

        He’s a domain flipper. You really think he’s here because he cares about Critical Hit?

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        • Mandalorian Jim

          July 9, 2021 at 07:37

          Cool, does that mean I can buy CriticalHit?

          Reply

          • ZoopyDE

            July 9, 2021 at 07:40

            You should ask him. Though I’m not sure you’d want the clickbait farm he’s going to sell you once he’s through with it.

          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 9, 2021 at 07:41

            Eh, can’t be worse than Kotaku.

  23. ZoopyDE

    July 9, 2021 at 07:29

    Wishing you the best of luck, Kevin! Hope you manage to flip CH for a big profit!

    Also, for all the people who believe this is a great thing. Have you done research into Kevin? He’s a professional domain flipper. kevinmacphersonDOTcoDOTuk/blog/

    Are the pieces starting to fall into place for you yet? Why there are so many ads all of a sudden? Why he’s getting people from the comments to write for free?

    Reply

    • Hadlee Simons

      July 9, 2021 at 10:21

      This is exactly why I don’t buy the “stale” content nonsense. Like the content is going to get better.

      Reply

    • Hadlee Simons

      July 9, 2021 at 10:21

      This is exactly why I don’t buy the “stale” content nonsense. Like the content is going to get better.

      Reply

  24. Matewis Jubilai

    July 9, 2021 at 08:00

    Wow ok, it’s incredibly surreal to see all the familiar names again. I thought everyone just kind of slipped through the cracks and disappeared into the aether. If this could become the awesome hangout spot it once was, it’d be amazing.

    Reply

  25. RideBoks

    July 9, 2021 at 09:03

    Good Luck man!

    Reply

  26. Hyperstorm

    July 9, 2021 at 09:47

    The 3D thingy was an ad? I just thought it was an article on a topic I am clueless about. Don’t think I won’t be watching y’all now that I know that.

    Oh yes, and the requisite good luck although it ain’t luck, but rather elbow grease, that keeps things going so reap as ye sow.

    Reply

  27. RideBoks

    July 9, 2021 at 09:03

    Good Luck man!

    Reply

  28. Ruhan Van Niekerk

    July 9, 2021 at 17:35

    New “Owner” thanks for helping me lighten my reading load! One less site to browse! Next time you call regular readers disillusioned… Remember this lonely regular, that buy ink by the barrel! No more free advertising for you!

    Reply

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