I thoroughly enjoyed following the Retro VGS/ Coleco Chameleon threads on Atari Age, and it got me thinking about the ways that we talk about video games in the gamer community. Atari Age appears to be one of the only gaming forums from the "golden age" of forums (the early 2000s) that is still active. I kind of lament about this, because I think that message forums are an ideal way to share experiences and information about video games, in a troll free environment. Anyways, I have written an essay on the changing nature of video game communications, I hope that people find it interesting. Writing it was inspired in part by the Coleco Chameleon debacle, so I thought people here might be interested.
As I mention in the article, I don't really have any focus on pre-crash era communications, as this happened before I was old enough to know about video games. I apologize in advance if people think this is a major oversight, the article was already quite long!