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In response to "Bad MotherFAQers" from The Escapist Forum: I remember when the internet first started becoming a big deal, and gaming started to take off. I constantly hit up these FAQ's for little secrets, bits I missed, or the occasional challenge I just couldn't surpass. It truly amazed me how in depth a lot of these were, how massively large they were, and all contained within a notepad document. Of course, there were a ton of garbage walkthroughs and the such, but the good ones were truly impressive.
Oddly enough, I really can't remember the last time I've had to look up such a document. It truly does say something for the state of gaming when I can't remember looking up a single clue to a game in at least the past 3-4 years. I certainly can't be getting any smarter, hell if anything age is taking its toll.
But yes, these people truly do deserve some sort of recognition, and at the very least, quite a bit of appreciation. Their hard work has saved me many a headache in the past.
Game guides and FAQs are very useful and all, but I find myself turning more and more to the various gaming wikis available, rather than GameFAQs. For the linear single-player games like Painkiller, a guide is still a must for most people to find every secret available, but for branching or open-world games like Dragon Age or Fallout, using (and contributing to, while you're at it) one of the gaming wikis is much more practical. When you look at a site like gaming.wikia.com, the guides for individual games made by one person can pale in comparison when you see the masses of information these wikis contain. You can't really do it any other way, when you look at a game like Dragon Age: It's near impossible for one person to cover every aspect of the game. How many people would it take? One person for each combination of sex, race, class and specialization? Not gonna happen.
So you could say that gaming wikis are an evolution of the game guide, much like wikipedia can be considered an evolution of the encyclopedia. They both have their strong and weak points regarding quality and quantity of information, and both are suited to different types of games. You're probably going to turn to GameFAQs in order to find every landmark collectible in Prototype, and you might do the same for every bobblehead in Fallout 3. But where do you go to find the best possible weapon in STALKER? Or the most powerful build in Mass Effect?
GameFAQs are old, Escapist. Can we get more on gaming wikis? You'd be amazed at how many of them exist, they already do for every game I mentioned.