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Websites That Every Gamer Should Bookmark

To this day, I still remember the first time I used the Internet. It was a time before even ADSL was a thing, and I was being really anxious about how slowly the site was loading because I did not want to waste too many of my prepaid dial-up hours. How times have changed, eh?

Back then, you could count all the noteworthy gaming-related sites on your fingers, and now there are too many to keep track of. But of course, more is not always better. Having so many gaming websites around can actually be confusing, especially when figuring out which of them you should follow regularly.

In order to lend a helping hand, we have compiled a short list of some of the most important sites that every gamer who wants reliable and up-to-date info should most definitely bookmark and keep up with. Here are the best gaming websites that we could find.

News and Reviews

These two inevitably end up in the same category since the territories of news and reviews so commonly overlap. All the sites listed here will provide a steady stream of up-to-date news on various gaming topics or offer in-depth and detailed reviews – usually both.

MetaCritic

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About the Site

For a long time, MetaCritic has been my go-to site for finding game reviews. Apart from games, they also aggregate movie, TV show, and music reviews. But of course, it has become as popular as it is not solely because it functions as a gateway to numerous professional reviews, but also because users can register and write their own reviews themselves.

How Does It Work?

The site forms an overall “metascore” based on aggregated critic reviews, as well as an overall “user score” based on ratings and reviews left by registered users. This way, you get the first initial impression of how well a game is received by critics and users alike, and then you get to read more in-depth reviews if you are interested.

Why Should You Care?

Reviews are inevitably biased, but aggregation is the most reliable way to mitigate the effect that biases have on reviews. On top of that, you can also see how regular people feel about a certain game, although user reviews tend to be, much more biased than the ones written by professionals.

But all in all, you look at a metascore for a general impression, and you look through all the aggregated reviews to find the ones you want to read. MetaCritic is just the gateway to it all.

Noteworthy Sites

Seeing as there are countless authority sites to turn to when looking for news and reviews on the latest games and hardware, it would be a quite a read if I were to go and describe them all in greater detail. As such, here’s a bare-bones lineup of what I feel to be the most reliable sites in this category, listed in no particular order.

Hardware News & Reviews:

Game News & Reviews:

Now, some of these inevitably deal with both games and hardware, but I took the liberty of separating them based on which of those two areas they “excel” at.

Game Stores

To start off, we have Steam, and everyone knows what Steam is – the most popular PC gaming platform with the widest selection of games that is known for its frequent discounts and for stabilizing the PC gaming scene.

But did you know that there are online stores just as good, if not better, than Steam? Indeed, you can often find much better deals elsewhere, be it for Steam games or non-Steam games. This section will be devoted entirely to such game stores.

HumbleBundle

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About the Site

HumbleBundle is one of those extremely popular stores that some people still inexplicably don’t know about. When it was founded in 2010, it was merely a low-profile storefront for indie games, but as time went on, the project expanded exponentially and has come to be the favorite of many a gamer.

There are several factors that contributed to the rise of HumbleBundle: favorable pricing, good customer relations, charity contributions, and of course, the amazing game bundles.

How Does It Work?

Today, HumbleBundle consists of three layers.

  1. Humble Bundle
  2. Humble Monthly
  3. Humble Store

The namesake Humble Bundle was the very first collection of products sold on the site. Today, a new bundle is released roughly every one or two weeks, and they are further split into game bundles, software bundles, and eBook bundles. They mostly include PC games, although bundles of console games have also been released from time to time. Customers are allowed to pay any amount that they wish, although bundles are split into three tiers and a certain minimum amount must be paid to access the second two tiers.

Humble Monthly is similar to the Humble Bundle, although it differs in several ways. It is focused exclusively on games and a new bundle is announced at the beginning of each month, as the name obviously implies. However, only the highest-priced AAA titles are revealed at the very beginning, with the rest of the games being hidden until the end of the month. And unlike the Humble Bundles, it comes with a fixed price of $12.

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However, Humble Monthly is more than just a game bundle. It is actually more of a service, seeing as it is a month-to-month subscription with an optional long-term commitment. Humble Monthly subscribers enjoy benefits such as additional discounts, extra store credit, as well as access to the Humble Trove, a selection of various DRM-free games.

And last but definitely not least, we have the Humble Store. Here, you can find a large number of Steam games, although some are available as direct DRM-free downloads as well. The discounts are pretty much as frequent and as deep as the ones you’d find on Steam, but HumbleBundle does offer customers an optional 5% cashback in the form of store credit on every purchase as part of the Humble Rewards program.

Why Should You Care?

HumbleBundle’s biggest strength is, of course, the bundles. They are a unique opportunity to get a batch of excellent titles at a very good price, and Humble Monthly is not even a mandatory long-term commitment.

And while their store may not be that much more wallet-friendly than Steam itself, they certainly do reward loyal customers. Not to mention that you’d be supporting charity with every purchase! Why not help those in need while helping yourself to some quality games, eh?

GoG

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About the Site

Good Old Games, best known by the acronym “GoG”, is a subsidiary of the Polish publisher CD Projekt, a name that did not quite get any worldwide renown up until the release of the Witcher 3. It is an entirely independent store, meaning that all of the games sold there are DRM-free and not activated on Steam or anywhere else.

How Does It Work?

The system is quite simple and customer-friendly. Any games that you buy on GoG are listed in your online library which can be accessed either through the site or through GoG’s own client – GoG Galaxy. From there, you can download all your games whenever you wish.

Why Should You Care?

First and most importantly, there are numerous old-school titles which can be found here that are not available on Steam or in any other store. Other than that, the store itself has good customer support and a very convenient 30-day refund policy. Ultimately, if you want to get good deals on old and new titles that are DRM-free to boot, or just want to be a hipster and not use Steam, GoG is an excellent choice either way.

G2A

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About the Site

When G2A was first launched, the founders had an ambition for it to become a regular retail game store, but after this original vision did not come to pass, the company had switched its priorities and became an open marketplace instead. Today, it is a go-to destination for those who want to get their games as cheap as possible.

It has been the source of some controversy over the years, though, mainly because of its nature as a “grey market”, meaning that the transactions taking place are not exactly illegal but are nonetheless bypassing some official regulations.

How Does It Work?

I will be honest here, it seems like the brains behind G2A are taking extra measures to make the site as needlessly complicated as possible. You are guaranteed to get a headache trying to figure out how to navigate the site’s many layers, at least if you want to make use of the features other than the marketplace itself.

Transactions take place on a peer-to-peer basis, with G2A acting as an intermediary and ensuring that the aforementioned transactions are carried out to the satisfaction of both of the involved parties. Customer support on G2A has proven to be first-class time and time again, even if you don’t pay for the premium G2A Shield service which guarantees customers a refund with no questions asked.

Why Should You Care?

If the prospect of incredibly cheap games all-year-round doesn’t appeal to you, then perhaps superb customer support and the possibility of selling game keys yourself will. Just do yourself a favor and steer clear of any of the extra services apart from G2A Shield, since they are mostly just a waste of money (looking at you, G2A Loot!).

In the end, we would still urge you to go through a 100% legit game store if you want to make sure you’re supporting the developers.

Honorable Mentions

There are dozens of online stores and numerous marketplaces such as G2A, too many to describe in greater detail. As such, here are some “honorable mentions”, sites that may not be as big nor as popular as those listed above but that are still worth checking out.

  • Gamivo – Another reliable store with frequent discounts and regular giveaways.
  • Fanatical – Similar to HumbleBundle, includes both a store and regular game bundles, although they are rarely as good as what you’d find on HB.
  • IndieGala – A popular indie game store that also offers bundles. The bundles follow a similar “pay what you want” philosophy seen with HumbleBundle.
  • Amazon – Best choice if you actually want to own actual physical copies of your games
  • Kinguin – A marketplace similar to G2A, although they tend to be a little more straightforward.

Miscellaneous

In this section, we have a couple of diverse sites which don’t fit into the former two categories but that can be of great help nonetheless.

Reddit

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It must be surprising to see the “front page of the Internet here”, right? After all, Reddit is not a site you’d associate with gaming right away. However, it is home to numerous thriving gaming communities, something that you are bound to appreciate if you’re playing games with near-dead multiplayer. With a little help from one such community, a years-old game’s multiplayer can suddenly feel just like it dead on launch day.

UserBenchmark

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About the Site

UserBenchmark is just what the name implies – it uses a simple benchmarking tool to collect data from countless user computers around the world, data which is subsequently uploaded to the UserBenchmark database.

How Does It Work?

All that you need to do is search for a component you want information on. This can be a CPU, a GPU, an SSD, an HDD, or RAM. The site will provide you with some of the most important performance data on that component, while also allowing you to easily compare it to another one of your choice. If you want to contribute to the UserBenchmark database yourself, simply download their program, run it, and give it a few minutes to complete.

Why Should You Care?

The site is extremely useful when building a new gaming PC or when you just need to upgrade your hardware. It is an easy way to get and cross-reference almost any component’s performance in order to make a better-informed choice. On top of that, it is also a good way to see how your PC performs as a whole when compared to others.

IsThereAnyDeal

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About the Site

I have only recently discovered this site, and once again, the name is pretty much self-explanatory. IsThereAnyDeal is there to give you updates on sales and discounts taking place at over 30 completely legitimate online stores.

How Does It Work?

After registering on the site, you can import wishlists from any of the tracked stores to form the unique “waitlist” on IsThereAnyDeal. From there on, you can modify exactly what you want to be notified about – discounts, price cuts, bundles, special releases etc. – and you will be receiving regular notifications in your inbox.

Why Should You Care?

There are almost always deeper discounts to be found in stores other than Steam, but keeping track of all of them is impossible without the help of a site such as this one. With IsThereAnyDeal, you will receive constant updates on all the titles you’re interested in, and you’ll be able to get them as cheap as possible.

The Final Word

And that would be it, all the important sites that a gamer would want to bookmark… along with GamingScan, of course.

Naturally, there are many more out there that I didn’t mention, so if you know of any more useful sites that aren’t listed here, feel free to drop a comment below!

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