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In the dark and listless times before the Internet, game designers were able to hide the InfinityPlusOneSword in such a way that it took [[LootDrama years to find]]. They could keep you from the end of the game [[SolveTheSoupCans in any arbitrary way they liked]], or they could be just [[LostForever plain]] [[{{Unwinnable}} mean]]. And if you wanted to scoop all the last bits of juicy goodness out of your games, you needed the [[GuideDangIt Official Guide]] (at the [[RevenueEnhancingDevices low, low price]] of [[AndNinetyNineCents $14.99]]).

Thankfully, all that's changed now. Websites have sprung up where dedicated gamers can get together and pore over every screen for the smallest clues, fight every fight a thousand times, try any [[ICantUseTheseThingsTogether combination of items]], discover as much MinMaxing methods as possible, and share the resulting knowledge with the world at large.

'''[[http://www.gamefaqs.com GameFAQs]]''', with thousands upon thousands of [=FAQ=]s, [[{{Walkthrough}} walkthroughs]], codes, tips, information, and discussion forums on just about every video game ever made, is one of the largest such sites. Merged with [[http://www.gamespot.com GameSpot]] back in 2004, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks much to the annoyance of some users]]. As of 2012, this has changed and [=GameFAQs=] is one site again.

This site is home to pretty much every type of online persona known to man, and many other fan-based tropes such as FanDumb, and UnpleasableFanbase. In addition to this, they also [[TropeNamers named]] the tropes HotSkittyOnWailordAction (after a meme on the ''[[{{VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire}} Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire]]'' board), and EightPointEight (a reaction to a [=GameSpot=] review of ''[[{{VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess}} The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess]]'').

The site is ''the'' definitive destination for any game help. If [=GameFAQs=] doesn't have anything on a game, ''the game doesn't exist''.

!!The message boards
One notable fact about the site is how basic the message boards are compared to others, although there are plugins for browsers which support them which give improved functionality. Rather than the BB code favored by many more recent forums, it still uses HTML (italics and bold text only), users can preview their message before posting (they have the option of spellchecking it at the same time), and there are no avatars. Most [=GameFAQs=] users prefer it that way. Topics automatically get locked if they reach 500 posts, and creating a 500 post topic is considered an achievement of some sorts; indeed, there is a "instant 500 post topic!" meme which is mentioned when a particularly controversial topic is brought up. To make up for this, every game and system announced has its own board, plus there are a ton of social boards, regional boards, topical boards, and private boards. The unused boards for relatively obscure old games are often located by "board hunters" and turned into unofficial social boards as well. Some of the more well known social boards include the following:

!!!Social boards
* '''Current Events''' (CE; 400): The largest of the social boards. Most people here have moved from RI because of the amount of Roleplaying, and just want to chat. They call themselves "[=CEMen=]", an innuendo to the boards, in that ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet... and the gamete for males. It's also home to some of the site's most infamous suicides (see below), such as the [[http://wikifaqs.net/index.php?title=Jediknight12345 church burning suicide]] or the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin child porn/"candy"]] suicide. {{The wiki|Rule}} can be found [[http://www.wikicedia.net/wiki/Main_Page here]].
* '''Life the Universe and Everything''' (LUE; 402): Notable in that new users can no longer access it. Only accounts which were made before a certain date are allowed to post, and even among those accounts only those that signed up for LUE access before the deadline (accounts created after this date promoted to moderator stats may view, but not post, on the board). This was an attempt to kill off the board when it got out of hand. In effect, the first private board. LUE is basically what [[ImageBoards 4chan]] would be like if it had stricter moderators trying and failing to keep the users in check.
** In the past few years, LUE has calmed down a lot due to being closed off. Now, most of the users are in college or have jobs. There are several lawyers and teachers, and LUE is not the mass of chaos it once was. Many moderators are frequent social posters on LUE, as well as many moderators were chosen from LUE specifically. LUE is now one of the most tamest and mature boards on [=GameFAQs=].
* '''Random Insanity''' (RI; 403): quickly spun into one of the largest social boards on [=GameFAQs=], and like its name implies, is chock full of nonsense and random posting focusing more on social topics and small factions of users. It could be equated to a less offensive, slightly more controlled LUE that doesn't share LUE's history of rise and downfall; RI is and was always at a constant.
* '''[=WoT=]''' (408), [[invoked]] it originated as a forum to discuss the events of 9/11 and then the war on terror. One of the two acknowledged instances of [[NetworkDecay board decay]]; it quickly devolved into a social board, and due to the topicality issues, the board was temporarily removed, then reinstated as a hidden board. In the process, it was officially renamed from "War on Terrorism" to [=WOT=]. The politics discussions were then given its own board, 261.
* '''Poll of the Day''' or [=PotD=] (3): One of the older boards. It used to have strict topicality, being about the current poll, or for users to post their own polls, but no longer has it, and is rarely used for poll talk beyond early in the morning; in fact, most regulars proclaim the first rule is not to talk about the poll.
** '''G:Other''' (825): A private board that its owner won in a contest. Its name comes from a [=PotD=] meme that lead to the current lack of topicality. Unlike the rest of the private boards, it has mostly open invitations, requiring only the nomination by a current user.
* '''[=GameFAQs=] Contests''' (8): A social board which was supposed to be [=PotD=] for contest season. It has [[http://board8.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page its very own wiki.]] Has a historic animosity against [=PotD=] because the level of traffic on each board depended on whether a contest was running.

!!!Special interest boards
* '''Paranormal/Conspiracy''' (214): as the name says, the board is for discussing conspiracy theories and the paranormal, but has a known tilt towards the latter, and is more often filled with creepypasta and outlandish conspiracy theories. Less decay than [=WoT=], but still enough for [=SBAllen=] to create a private board for more serious discussion in 2010.
* '''[[RolePlayingGame Roleplaying]] and [[FanFic Fanfiction]]''' (200115): The board for roleplaying of all sorts on [=GameFAQs=]. It is known for the high quality of writing often found there and for abrasive community. Notably, one of the [=RPs=] was almost published as a comic. It is also the only social board on the site where it is possible to mark someone for being off topic.
* '''Anime & Manga - Other Titles''' (2000121): Originally created for those miscellaneous anime that don't fit into any of the other categories (Currently Airing, {{Gundam}}, Super Robots, etc), it has become by far the most active anime discussion board, known affectionately by its members as "OT-kun". Discussion ranges over all topics of {{Otaku}} culture, and even has [[http://othertitles.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page its own wiki]], which primarily houses contest results and archived "epic topics".

!!!Dead game boards
* '''Snack Attack''' (579987): A board for a game which was used by users to spam flags for messages [[MoralGuardians its posters considered]] inappropriate. An infamous feud with 313 developed when users disrupted an attempt to create "[=GameFAQs=] fastest 500 topic". Snack Attack was closed back in 2006, and linking to violations was no longer allowed.
* '''Hellhole''' (573081): In some ways, the successor of Snack Attack, Hellhole is a board where moderators, hackers, and trolls alike come together. Officially, the unofficial purpose of it is to get a second opinion on a moderation, but it is also home to all sorts of e-drama. Some moderators are on the record as saying that Hellhole's name couldn't possibly be more appropriate.
* '''Football''' (584743): A board for the Atari 2600 version of ''TheBeautifulGame'', it is many times more active than the actual board devoted to Soccer and one of the largest sportstalk messageboards on the Internet.

!!!Regional boards
* The '''United Kingdom''' Board (313): The largest of the regional boards, in fact larger than all the other regional boards put together.

!!!Private boards
* '''funny''' (814): A board which admins randomly allow and block users from. The purpose being to keep the community on the board in flux to [[SeriousBusiness prevent it from going the same way as LUE]]. Later went through some drama, got a name change, and became a generic social board.
* '''ThatsWhatSheSaid''' (835): A recent private board that seems to be rising in popularity due to an incident making over 50 people admin of the board. Mass chaos ensued.

A full list can be found [[http://wikifaqs.net/index.php?title=Category:Boards here]].

!!Account suicides
Members who are bored or wanting to leave with a bang will try to either break every rule as much as possible until they are stopped by the moderators, or break the more serious rules like posting links to porn. Often, both will be attempted simultaneously. People may also openly joke that they are under the age of 13, which results in an instant ban since there is a federal law saying you have to be at least 13 in order to register on the forums. In fact, the whole rule of being underaged is such SeriousBusiness by the moderators that even jokingly saying you're still a fetus will get you banned ''very'' quickly (although this was changed recently). Most members usually pay no mind to someone attempting to account suicide, but there have been a few that posted in such a way that people encouraged the behavior before the user met the banhammer. In these cases, the phrase "suicide is your only option" is commonly used, in reference to a time when account suicide was, in fact, the only way to get your account deactivated (the ability to have an account closed rather than banned has since been restored). When [=LUE=] was at its height, account suicides were very prevalent and came to be known as [=LUEicide=]. When LUE was sealed off, the [=LUEicide=] phenomenon trailed off because getting a LUE-access account banned meant that you could never go back to LUE under any circumstances.

!!The Terms of Use
The site is known for having incredibly harsh rules concerning {{Spoiler}}s. SpoilAtYourOwnRisk is heavily enforced for pretty much any game that hasn't hit its release date yet (mostly due to the site's [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil strong anti-piracy stance]]). SpoilersOff is ''completely'' averted, and there is no statute of limitations for spoilers on [=GameFAQs=] and people have been punished for posting the endings of Shakespeare plays and even for saying that [[ForegoneConclusion the Titanic sinks]] at the end of [[{{Titanic}} the movie]]. There have even been cases of people being punished for "spoiling" the fact that Jesus dies and is resurrected in the Bible. Exceptions include historical events, or any plot revelations which have been used by their publishers in advertisement: for example, the fact that [[StarWars Darth Vader]] [[IAmYourFather is Luke's father]] is not considered a spoiler.

Speaking of DigitalPiracyIsEvil, the site has a ''very'' strict stance when it comes to discussing borderline legal/illegal subjects like [=ROMs=] and emulators. While it is obvious that posting links to get content illegally will get you moderated, sometimes, just ''talking'' about them without giving any links may get you moderated just for referencing it, even if the activity in question is perfectly legal. Same thing with any kind of console [=Homebrew=] (even iPhone jailbreaking after jail breaking became explicitly legal in the U.S. falls under this, as violations of the license agreement falls under "illegal activities")[[hottip:*: Much of the rules concerning "Illegal Activities" are due to pressure from the [[ExecutiveMeddling site's sponsors and from CBS Corporation and CNet, who control the site itself. Because the site is sponsored by numerous video game companies, those companies have a great deal of say in how the message boards have to be moderated, necessitating the removal of posts concerning merely shady (but not necessarily illegal) activities in addition to the blatantly illegal ones.]]

A prevalant problem on the boards are [[MeToo fad topics]]. Sometimes, someone may see a certain topic and try to recreate it in a new topic with a spin on it. This in turn can cause people to copycat and do the same thing, producing a huge chain list of similar topics filled with nonsense. The ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'' board at one point had a fad topic outbreak so bad that the moderators for just that board imposed a 10 point karma loss and a warning on the user's account if they posted a fad topic in the board.

The moderation system is infamous because its Kafka-esque rules allows the mods to be extremely inconsistent. Some mods are like robots and will mod like the [=TOU=] was the Bible; for example, it's possible to get modded for quoting a flame directed at you because the [=TOU=] says not to repost violations. On the other side of the spectrum, you have mods -- often veteran ones -- that are actually smart and look at the context of posts. A mod on this side will not mod you for quoting a flame directed at you. Because of the inconsistencies, there are many users who are confused and/or annoyed that they got modded for something and everyone else isn't for the same thing no matter how many posts they mark.

!!Reviews
Finally, reviews. Anyone with an account in good standing can submit a review as long as it meets the word count requirement (and for more detailed review types, discusses enough facets of the game). The word count requirements and inability to rate without a written review weeds out most of the obvious "this sucks: 1/10" and "this is awesome: 10/10" and SingleIssueWonk reviews, though a few infamous "troll" reviews have been accepted (such as a PSP review consisting purely of the word "crap" repeated enough to meet the word count requirement, or one for ''Mafia 2'' with blatant fake "typos" such as Graphics>Gravy), though are generally removed the next weekday after the boards have had their laugh at the administrator's mistake(s).

!!GameFAQs vs. [=GameSpot=]
[=CNet=] (home of [=GameSpot=]) purchased [=GameFAQs=] in the early 2000s and merged the two game sites' message boards. It was possible to access the same boards from either website, but the [=GameSpot=] version of the GUI is more advanced, allowing for in-thread pictures and avatars. The merger spawned a FandomRivalry that continues to this day, with the stereotype being that [=GameSpot=] users are the HowDoIShotWeb clueless newbies, and the [=GameFAQs=] users being the StopHavingFunGuys of the boards. It died down, however, with the overwhelming majority still being GameFAQs users, and as of 2012, the two sites are no longer merged.

Has its own Fan Wiki [[http://wikifaqs.net/index.php?title=Main_Page here]].
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[[caption-width-right:213:[[GuideDangIt The salvation of gamers the world over.]]]]

In the dark and listless times before the Internet, game designers were able to hide the InfinityPlusOneSword in such a way that it took [[LootDrama years to find]]. They could keep you from the end of the game [[SolveTheSoupCans in any arbitrary way they liked]], or they could be just [[LostForever plain]] [[{{Unwinnable}} mean]]. And if you wanted to scoop all the last bits of juicy goodness out of your games, you needed the [[GuideDangIt Official Guide]] (at the [[RevenueEnhancingDevices low, low price]] of [[AndNinetyNineCents $14.99]]).

Thankfully, all that's changed now. Websites have sprung up where dedicated gamers can get together and pore over every screen for the smallest clues, fight every fight a thousand times, try any [[ICantUseTheseThingsTogether combination of items]], discover as much MinMaxing methods as possible, and share the resulting knowledge with the world at large.

'''[[http://www.gamefaqs.com GameFAQs]]''', with thousands upon thousands of [=FAQ=]s, [[{{Walkthrough}} walkthroughs]], codes, tips, information, and discussion forums on just about every video game ever made, is one of the largest such sites. Merged with [[http://www.gamespot.com GameSpot]] back in 2004, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks much to the annoyance of some users]]. As of 2012, this has changed and [=GameFAQs=] is one site again.

This site is home to pretty much every type of online persona known to man, and many other fan-based tropes such as FanDumb, and UnpleasableFanbase. In addition to this, they also [[TropeNamers named]] the tropes HotSkittyOnWailordAction (after a meme on the ''[[{{VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire}} Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire]]'' board), and EightPointEight (a reaction to a [=GameSpot=] review of ''[[{{VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess}} The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess]]'').

The site is ''the'' definitive destination for any game help. If [=GameFAQs=] doesn't have anything on a game, ''the game doesn't exist''.

!!The message boards
One notable fact about the site is how basic the message boards are compared to others, although there are plugins for browsers which support them which give improved functionality. Rather than the BB code favored by many more recent forums, it still uses HTML (italics and bold text only), users can preview their message before posting (they have the option of spellchecking it at the same time), and there are no avatars. Most [=GameFAQs=] users prefer it that way. Topics automatically get locked if they reach 500 posts, and creating a 500 post topic is considered an achievement of some sorts; indeed, there is a "instant 500 post topic!" meme which is mentioned when a particularly controversial topic is brought up. To make up for this, every game and system announced has its own board, plus there are a ton of social boards, regional boards, topical boards, and private boards. The unused boards for relatively obscure old games are often located by "board hunters" and turned into unofficial social boards as well. Some of the more well known social boards include the following:

!!!Social boards
* '''Current Events''' (CE; 400): The largest of the social boards. Most people here have moved from RI because of the amount of Roleplaying, and just want to chat. They call themselves "[=CEMen=]", an innuendo to the boards, in that ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet... and the gamete for males. It's also home to some of the site's most infamous suicides (see below), such as the [[http://wikifaqs.net/index.php?title=Jediknight12345 church burning suicide]] or the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin child porn/"candy"]] suicide. {{The wiki|Rule}} can be found [[http://www.wikicedia.net/wiki/Main_Page here]].
* '''Life the Universe and Everything''' (LUE; 402): Notable in that new users can no longer access it. Only accounts which were made before a certain date are allowed to post, and even among those accounts only those that signed up for LUE access before the deadline (accounts created after this date promoted to moderator stats may view, but not post, on the board). This was an attempt to kill off the board when it got out of hand. In effect, the first private board. LUE is basically what [[ImageBoards 4chan]] would be like if it had stricter moderators trying and failing to keep the users in check.
** In the past few years, LUE has calmed down a lot due to being closed off. Now, most of the users are in college or have jobs. There are several lawyers and teachers, and LUE is not the mass of chaos it once was. Many moderators are frequent social posters on LUE, as well as many moderators were chosen from LUE specifically. LUE is now one of the most tamest and mature boards on [=GameFAQs=].
* '''Random Insanity''' (RI; 403): quickly spun into one of the largest social boards on [=GameFAQs=], and like its name implies, is chock full of nonsense and random posting focusing more on social topics and small factions of users. It could be equated to a less offensive, slightly more controlled LUE that doesn't share LUE's history of rise and downfall; RI is and was always at a constant.
* '''[=WoT=]''' (408), [[invoked]] it originated as a forum to discuss the events of 9/11 and then the war on terror. One of the two acknowledged instances of [[NetworkDecay board decay]]; it quickly devolved into a social board, and due to the topicality issues, the board was temporarily removed, then reinstated as a hidden board. In the process, it was officially renamed from "War on Terrorism" to [=WOT=]. The politics discussions were then given its own board, 261.
* '''Poll of the Day''' or [=PotD=] (3): One of the older boards. It used to have strict topicality, being about the current poll, or for users to post their own polls, but no longer has it, and is rarely used for poll talk beyond early in the morning; in fact, most regulars proclaim the first rule is not to talk about the poll.
** '''G:Other''' (825): A private board that its owner won in a contest. Its name comes from a [=PotD=] meme that lead to the current lack of topicality. Unlike the rest of the private boards, it has mostly open invitations, requiring only the nomination by a current user.
* '''[=GameFAQs=] Contests''' (8): A social board which was supposed to be [=PotD=] for contest season. It has [[http://board8.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page its very own wiki.]] Has a historic animosity against [=PotD=] because the level of traffic on each board depended on whether a contest was running.

!!!Special interest boards
* '''Paranormal/Conspiracy''' (214): as the name says, the board is for discussing conspiracy theories and the paranormal, but has a known tilt towards the latter, and is more often filled with creepypasta and outlandish conspiracy theories. Less decay than [=WoT=], but still enough for [=SBAllen=] to create a private board for more serious discussion in 2010.
* '''[[RolePlayingGame Roleplaying]] and [[FanFic Fanfiction]]''' (200115): The board for roleplaying of all sorts on [=GameFAQs=]. It is known for the high quality of writing often found there and for abrasive community. Notably, one of the [=RPs=] was almost published as a comic. It is also the only social board on the site where it is possible to mark someone for being off topic.
* '''Anime & Manga - Other Titles''' (2000121): Originally created for those miscellaneous anime that don't fit into any of the other categories (Currently Airing, {{Gundam}}, Super Robots, etc), it has become by far the most active anime discussion board, known affectionately by its members as "OT-kun". Discussion ranges over all topics of {{Otaku}} culture, and even has [[http://othertitles.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page its own wiki]], which primarily houses contest results and archived "epic topics".

!!!Dead game boards
* '''Snack Attack''' (579987): A board for a game which was used by users to spam flags for messages [[MoralGuardians its posters considered]] inappropriate. An infamous feud with 313 developed when users disrupted an attempt to create "[=GameFAQs=] fastest 500 topic". Snack Attack was closed back in 2006, and linking to violations was no longer allowed.
* '''Hellhole''' (573081): In some ways, the successor of Snack Attack, Hellhole is a board where moderators, hackers, and trolls alike come together. Officially, the unofficial purpose of it is to get a second opinion on a moderation, but it is also home to all sorts of e-drama. Some moderators are on the record as saying that Hellhole's name couldn't possibly be more appropriate.
* '''Football''' (584743): A board for the Atari 2600 version of ''TheBeautifulGame'', it is many times more active than the actual board devoted to Soccer and one of the largest sportstalk messageboards on the Internet.

!!!Regional boards
* The '''United Kingdom''' Board (313): The largest of the regional boards, in fact larger than all the other regional boards put together.

!!!Private boards
* '''funny''' (814): A board which admins randomly allow and block users from. The purpose being to keep the community on the board in flux to [[SeriousBusiness prevent it from going the same way as LUE]]. Later went through some drama, got a name change, and became a generic social board.
* '''ThatsWhatSheSaid''' (835): A recent private board that seems to be rising in popularity due to an incident making over 50 people admin of the board. Mass chaos ensued.

A full list can be found [[http://wikifaqs.net/index.php?title=Category:Boards here]].

!!Account suicides
Members who are bored or wanting to leave with a bang will try to either break every rule as much as possible until they are stopped by the moderators, or break the more serious rules like posting links to porn. Often, both will be attempted simultaneously. People may also openly joke that they are under the age of 13, which results in an instant ban since there is a federal law saying you have to be at least 13 in order to register on the forums. In fact, the whole rule of being underaged is such SeriousBusiness by the moderators that even jokingly saying you're still a fetus will get you banned ''very'' quickly (although this was changed recently). Most members usually pay no mind to someone attempting to account suicide, but there have been a few that posted in such a way that people encouraged the behavior before the user met the banhammer. In these cases, the phrase "suicide is your only option" is commonly used, in reference to a time when account suicide was, in fact, the only way to get your account deactivated (the ability to have an account closed rather than banned has since been restored). When [=LUE=] was at its height, account suicides were very prevalent and came to be known as [=LUEicide=]. When LUE was sealed off, the [=LUEicide=] phenomenon trailed off because getting a LUE-access account banned meant that you could never go back to LUE under any circumstances.

!!The Terms of Use
The site is known for having incredibly harsh rules concerning {{Spoiler}}s. SpoilAtYourOwnRisk is heavily enforced for pretty much any game that hasn't hit its release date yet (mostly due to the site's [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil strong anti-piracy stance]]). SpoilersOff is ''completely'' averted, and there is no statute of limitations for spoilers on [=GameFAQs=] and people have been punished for posting the endings of Shakespeare plays and even for saying that [[ForegoneConclusion the Titanic sinks]] at the end of [[{{Titanic}} the movie]]. There have even been cases of people being punished for "spoiling" the fact that Jesus dies and is resurrected in the Bible. Exceptions include historical events, or any plot revelations which have been used by their publishers in advertisement: for example, the fact that [[StarWars Darth Vader]] [[IAmYourFather is Luke's father]] is not considered a spoiler.

Speaking of DigitalPiracyIsEvil, the site has a ''very'' strict stance when it comes to discussing borderline legal/illegal subjects like [=ROMs=] and emulators. While it is obvious that posting links to get content illegally will get you moderated, sometimes, just ''talking'' about them without giving any links may get you moderated just for referencing it, even if the activity in question is perfectly legal. Same thing with any kind of console [=Homebrew=] (even iPhone jailbreaking after jail breaking became explicitly legal in the U.S. falls under this, as violations of the license agreement falls under "illegal activities")[[hottip:*: Much of the rules concerning "Illegal Activities" are due to pressure from the [[ExecutiveMeddling site's sponsors and from CBS Corporation and CNet, who control the site itself. Because the site is sponsored by numerous video game companies, those companies have a great deal of say in how the message boards have to be moderated, necessitating the removal of posts concerning merely shady (but not necessarily illegal) activities in addition to the blatantly illegal ones.]]

A prevalant problem on the boards are [[MeToo fad topics]]. Sometimes, someone may see a certain topic and try to recreate it in a new topic with a spin on it. This in turn can cause people to copycat and do the same thing, producing a huge chain list of similar topics filled with nonsense. The ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'' board at one point had a fad topic outbreak so bad that the moderators for just that board imposed a 10 point karma loss and a warning on the user's account if they posted a fad topic in the board.

The moderation system is infamous because its Kafka-esque rules allows the mods to be extremely inconsistent. Some mods are like robots and will mod like the [=TOU=] was the Bible; for example, it's possible to get modded for quoting a flame directed at you because the [=TOU=] says not to repost violations. On the other side of the spectrum, you have mods -- often veteran ones -- that are actually smart and look at the context of posts. A mod on this side will not mod you for quoting a flame directed at you. Because of the inconsistencies, there are many users who are confused and/or annoyed that they got modded for something and everyone else isn't for the same thing no matter how many posts they mark.

!!Reviews
Finally, reviews. Anyone with an account in good standing can submit a review as long as it meets the word count requirement (and for more detailed review types, discusses enough facets of the game). The word count requirements and inability to rate without a written review weeds out most of the obvious "this sucks: 1/10" and "this is awesome: 10/10" and SingleIssueWonk reviews, though a few infamous "troll" reviews have been accepted (such as a PSP review consisting purely of the word "crap" repeated enough to meet the word count requirement, or one for ''Mafia 2'' with blatant fake "typos" such as Graphics>Gravy), though are generally removed the next weekday after the boards have had their laugh at the administrator's mistake(s).

!!GameFAQs vs. [=GameSpot=]
[=CNet=] (home of [=GameSpot=]) purchased [=GameFAQs=] in the early 2000s and merged the two game sites' message boards. It was possible to access the same boards from either website, but the [=GameSpot=] version of the GUI is more advanced, allowing for in-thread pictures and avatars. The merger spawned a FandomRivalry that continues to this day, with the stereotype being that [=GameSpot=] users are the HowDoIShotWeb clueless newbies, and the [=GameFAQs=] users being the StopHavingFunGuys of the boards. It died down, however, with the overwhelming majority still being GameFAQs users, and as of 2012, the two sites are no longer merged.

Has its own Fan Wiki [[http://wikifaqs.net/index.php?title=Main_Page here]].
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Thankfully, all that's changed now. Websites have sprung up where dedicated gamers can get together and pore over every screen for the smallest clues, fight every fight a thousand times, try any [[ICantUseTheseThingsTogether combination of items]], and share the resulting knowledge with the world at large.

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Thankfully, all that's changed now. Websites have sprung up where dedicated gamers can get together and pore over every screen for the smallest clues, fight every fight a thousand times, try any [[ICantUseTheseThingsTogether combination of items]], discover as much MinMaxing methods as possible, and share the resulting knowledge with the world at large.
3rd Aug '12 11:17:32 AM TheMysteriousTroper
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'''[[http://www.gamefaqs.com GameFAQs]]''', with thousands upon thousands of [=FAQ=]s, [[{{Walkthrough}} walkthroughs]], codes, tips, information, and discussion forums on just about every video game ever made, is one of the largest such sites. Merged with [[http://www.gamespot.com GameSpot]] back in 2004, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks much to the annoyance of some users]]. As of 2012, this has change and [=GameFAQs=] is one site again.

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'''[[http://www.gamefaqs.com GameFAQs]]''', with thousands upon thousands of [=FAQ=]s, [[{{Walkthrough}} walkthroughs]], codes, tips, information, and discussion forums on just about every video game ever made, is one of the largest such sites. Merged with [[http://www.gamespot.com GameSpot]] back in 2004, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks much to the annoyance of some users]]. As of 2012, this has change changed and [=GameFAQs=] is one site again.
9th Jul '12 1:16:52 PM Coolman
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* '''[[RolePlayingGame Roleplaying]] and [[FanFic Fanfiction]]''' (200115): The board for roleplaying of all sorts on [=GameFAQs=]. It is known for the high quality of writing often found there and for abrasive community. Notably, one of the RPs was almost published as a comic. It is also the only social board on the site where it is possible to mark someone for being off topic.

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* '''[[RolePlayingGame Roleplaying]] and [[FanFic Fanfiction]]''' (200115): The board for roleplaying of all sorts on [=GameFAQs=]. It is known for the high quality of writing often found there and for abrasive community. Notably, one of the RPs [=RPs=] was almost published as a comic. It is also the only social board on the site where it is possible to mark someone for being off topic.
9th Jul '12 1:06:07 PM Coolman
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This site is home to pretty much every type of online persona known to man, and many other fan-based tropes such as FanDumb, and UnpleasableFanbase. In addition to this, they also [[TropeNamers named]] the tropes HotSkittyOnWailordAction (after a meme on the ''[[{{VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire''}} Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire]] board), and EightPointEight (a reaction to a [=GameSpot=] review of ''[[{{VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess}} The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess]]'').

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This site is home to pretty much every type of online persona known to man, and many other fan-based tropes such as FanDumb, and UnpleasableFanbase. In addition to this, they also [[TropeNamers named]] the tropes HotSkittyOnWailordAction (after a meme on the ''[[{{VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire''}} ''[[{{VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire}} Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire]] Sapphire]]'' board), and EightPointEight (a reaction to a [=GameSpot=] review of ''[[{{VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess}} The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess]]'').
9th Jul '12 12:57:58 PM Coolman
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'''[[http://www.gamefaqs.com GameFAQs]]''', with thousands upon thousands of [=FAQ=]s, [[{{Walkthrough}} walkthroughs]], codes, tips, information, and discussion forums on just about every video game ever made, is one of the largest such sites. Merged with [[http://www.gamespot.com GameSpot]] back in 2004, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks much to the annoyance of some users]]. As of 2012, this has change and GameFAQs is one site again.

This site is home to pretty much every type of online persona known to man, and many other fan-based tropes such as FanDumb, and UnpleasableFanbase. In addition to this, they also [[TropeNamers named]] the tropes HotSkittyOnWailordAction (after a meme on the ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' Board), and EightPointEight (a reaction to a [=GameSpot=] review of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'').

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'''[[http://www.gamefaqs.com GameFAQs]]''', with thousands upon thousands of [=FAQ=]s, [[{{Walkthrough}} walkthroughs]], codes, tips, information, and discussion forums on just about every video game ever made, is one of the largest such sites. Merged with [[http://www.gamespot.com GameSpot]] back in 2004, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks much to the annoyance of some users]]. As of 2012, this has change and GameFAQs [=GameFAQs=] is one site again.

This site is home to pretty much every type of online persona known to man, and many other fan-based tropes such as FanDumb, and UnpleasableFanbase. In addition to this, they also [[TropeNamers named]] the tropes HotSkittyOnWailordAction (after a meme on the ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' Board), ''[[{{VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire''}} Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire]] board), and EightPointEight (a reaction to a [=GameSpot=] review of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'').
''[[{{VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess}} The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess]]'').



!!The forums
One notable fact about the site is how basic the forums are compared to others, although there are plugins for browsers which support them which give improved functionality. Rather than the BB code favoured by many more recent forums, it still uses HTML (italics and bold text only), users can preview their message before posting (they have the option of spellchecking it at the same time), and there are no avatars. Most [=GameFAQs=] users prefer it that way. Topics automatically get locked if they reach 500 posts, and creating a 500 post topic is considered an achievement of some sorts; indeed, there is a "instant 500 post topic!" meme which is mentioned when a particularly controversial topic is brought up. To make up for this, every game and system announced has its own board, plus there are a ton of social boards, regional boards, topical boards, and private boards. The unused boards for relatively obscure old games are often located by "board hunters" and turned into unofficial social boards as well. Some of the more well known social boards include the following:

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!!The forums
message boards
One notable fact about the site is how basic the forums message boards are compared to others, although there are plugins for browsers which support them which give improved functionality. Rather than the BB code favoured favored by many more recent forums, it still uses HTML (italics and bold text only), users can preview their message before posting (they have the option of spellchecking it at the same time), and there are no avatars. Most [=GameFAQs=] users prefer it that way. Topics automatically get locked if they reach 500 posts, and creating a 500 post topic is considered an achievement of some sorts; indeed, there is a "instant 500 post topic!" meme which is mentioned when a particularly controversial topic is brought up. To make up for this, every game and system announced has its own board, plus there are a ton of social boards, regional boards, topical boards, and private boards. The unused boards for relatively obscure old games are often located by "board hunters" and turned into unofficial social boards as well. Some of the more well known social boards include the following:



* '''Current Events''' (CE; 400): Largest of the social boards as of June 3rd. Most People here have moved from RI because of the amount of Roleplaying, and just want to chat. They call themselves "[=CEMen=]", an innuendo to the boards, in that ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet... and the gamete for males. It's also home to some of the site's most infamous suicides (see below), such as the [[http://wikifaqs.net/index.php?title=Jediknight12345 church burning suicide]] or the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin child porn/"candy"]] suicide. {{The wiki|Rule}} can be found [[http://www.wikicedia.net/wiki/Main_Page here]].
* '''Life the Universe and Everything''' (LUE; 402): Notable in that new users can no longer access it. Only accounts which were made before a certain date are allowed to post, and even among those accounts only those that signed up for LUE access before the deadline (Accounts created after this date promoted to moderator stats may view, but not post, on the board). This was an attempt to kill off the board when it got out of hand. In effect, the first private board. LUE is basically what [[ImageBoards 4chan]] would be like if it had stricter moderators trying and failing to keep the users in check.
** In the past few years LUE has calmed down a lot due to being closed off. Now, most of the users are in college or jobs. There are several lawyers and teachers, and LUE is not the mass of chaos it once was. Many moderators are frequent social posters on LUE, as well as many moderators were chosen from LUE specifically. LUE is now one of the most tamest and mature boards on [=GameFAQs=], maybe even the internet due to being closed off and having the same user-base, many of whom know, and even date each other.

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* '''Current Events''' (CE; 400): Largest The largest of the social boards as of June 3rd. boards. Most People people here have moved from RI because of the amount of Roleplaying, and just want to chat. They call themselves "[=CEMen=]", an innuendo to the boards, in that ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet... and the gamete for males. It's also home to some of the site's most infamous suicides (see below), such as the [[http://wikifaqs.net/index.php?title=Jediknight12345 church burning suicide]] or the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin child porn/"candy"]] suicide. {{The wiki|Rule}} can be found [[http://www.wikicedia.net/wiki/Main_Page here]].
* '''Life the Universe and Everything''' (LUE; 402): Notable in that new users can no longer access it. Only accounts which were made before a certain date are allowed to post, and even among those accounts only those that signed up for LUE access before the deadline (Accounts (accounts created after this date promoted to moderator stats may view, but not post, on the board). This was an attempt to kill off the board when it got out of hand. In effect, the first private board. LUE is basically what [[ImageBoards 4chan]] would be like if it had stricter moderators trying and failing to keep the users in check.
** In the past few years years, LUE has calmed down a lot due to being closed off. Now, most of the users are in college or have jobs. There are several lawyers and teachers, and LUE is not the mass of chaos it once was. Many moderators are frequent social posters on LUE, as well as many moderators were chosen from LUE specifically. LUE is now one of the most tamest and mature boards on [=GameFAQs=], maybe even the internet due to being closed off and having the same user-base, many of whom know, and even date each other.[=GameFAQs=].



* '''Game[=FAQ=]s Contests''' (8): A social board which was supposed to be [=PotD=] for contest season. It keep [[http://board8.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page its very own wiki.]] Has a historic animosity against [=PotD=] because the level of traffic on each board depended on whether a contest was running.

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* '''Game[=FAQ=]s '''[=GameFAQs=] Contests''' (8): A social board which was supposed to be [=PotD=] for contest season. It keep has [[http://board8.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page its very own wiki.]] Has a historic animosity against [=PotD=] because the level of traffic on each board depended on whether a contest was running.



* '''Paranormal/Conspiracy''' (214): as the name says, the board is for discussing conspiracy theories and the paranormal, but has a known tilt towards the latter, and is more often filled with creepypasta and outlandish conspiracy theories. Less decay than [=WoT=], but still enough for SBAllen to create a private board for more serious discussion in 2010.
* '''[[RolePlayingGame Roleplaying]] and [[FanFic Fanfiction]]''' (200115): The board for Roleplaying of all sorts on Gamefaqs. It is known for the high quality of writing often found there and for abrasive community. Notably, one of the RPs was almost published as a comic. It is also the only Social Board on the whole site there it is possible to mark someone for being off topic.

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* '''Paranormal/Conspiracy''' (214): as the name says, the board is for discussing conspiracy theories and the paranormal, but has a known tilt towards the latter, and is more often filled with creepypasta and outlandish conspiracy theories. Less decay than [=WoT=], but still enough for SBAllen [=SBAllen=] to create a private board for more serious discussion in 2010.
* '''[[RolePlayingGame Roleplaying]] and [[FanFic Fanfiction]]''' (200115): The board for Roleplaying roleplaying of all sorts on Gamefaqs.[=GameFAQs=]. It is known for the high quality of writing often found there and for abrasive community. Notably, one of the RPs was almost published as a comic. It is also the only Social Board social board on the whole site there where it is possible to mark someone for being off topic.



* '''Hellhole''' (573081): In some ways the successor of Snack Attack, Hellhole is a board where moderators, hackers, and trolls alike come together. Officially, the unofficial purpose of it is to get a second opinion on a moderation, but it is also home to all sorts of e-drama. Some moderators are on the record as saying that Hellhole's name couldn't possibly be more appropriate.

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* '''Hellhole''' (573081): In some ways ways, the successor of Snack Attack, Hellhole is a board where moderators, hackers, and trolls alike come together. Officially, the unofficial purpose of it is to get a second opinion on a moderation, but it is also home to all sorts of e-drama. Some moderators are on the record as saying that Hellhole's name couldn't possibly be more appropriate.



Finally, reviews. Anyone with an account in good standing can submit a review as long as it meets the word count requirement (and for more detailed review types, discusses enough facets of the game). The word count requirements and inability to rate without a written review weeds out most of the obvious "this sucks:1/10" and "this is awesome:10/10" and SingleIssueWonk reviews, though a few infamous "troll" reviews have been accepted (such as a PSP review consisting purely of the word "crap" repeated enough to meet the word count requirement, or one for ''Mafia 2'' with blatant fake "typos" such as Graphics>Gravy), though are generally removed the next weekday after the forums have had their laugh at the administrator's mistake(s).

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Finally, reviews. Anyone with an account in good standing can submit a review as long as it meets the word count requirement (and for more detailed review types, discusses enough facets of the game). The word count requirements and inability to rate without a written review weeds out most of the obvious "this sucks:1/10" sucks: 1/10" and "this is awesome:10/10" awesome: 10/10" and SingleIssueWonk reviews, though a few infamous "troll" reviews have been accepted (such as a PSP review consisting purely of the word "crap" repeated enough to meet the word count requirement, or one for ''Mafia 2'' with blatant fake "typos" such as Graphics>Gravy), though are generally removed the next weekday after the forums boards have had their laugh at the administrator's mistake(s).



[=CNet=] (home of [=GameSpot=]) purchased [=GameFAQs=] in the early 2000s and merged the two game sites' messageboards. It was possible to access the same forums from either website, but the [=GameSpot=] version of the GUI is more advanced, allowing for in-thread pictures and avatars. The merger spawned a FandomRivalry that continues to this day, with the stereotype being that [=GameSpot=] users are the HowDoIShotWeb clueless newbies, and the [=GameFAQs=] users being the StopHavingFunGuys of the boards. It died down however, with the overwhelming majority still being GameFAQs users and as of 2012 the two sites are no longer merged.


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[=CNet=] (home of [=GameSpot=]) purchased [=GameFAQs=] in the early 2000s and merged the two game sites' messageboards. message boards. It was possible to access the same forums boards from either website, but the [=GameSpot=] version of the GUI is more advanced, allowing for in-thread pictures and avatars. The merger spawned a FandomRivalry that continues to this day, with the stereotype being that [=GameSpot=] users are the HowDoIShotWeb clueless newbies, and the [=GameFAQs=] users being the StopHavingFunGuys of the boards. It died down down, however, with the overwhelming majority still being GameFAQs users users, and as of 2012 2012, the two sites are no longer merged.

merged.
27th Jun '12 2:49:29 PM FELH2
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This site is home to pretty much every type of online persona known to man, and many other fan-based tropes such as FanDumb, and UnpleasableFanbase. In addition to this, they also [[TropeNamers named]] the tropes HotSkittyOnWailordAction (after a meme on the ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' Board), and EightPointEight (a reaction to a [=GameSpot=] review of ''TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'').

The site is ''the'' definitive destination for any game help. If [=GameFAQs=] doesn't have anything on a game, ''the game doesn't exist''.

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This site is home to pretty much every type of online persona known to man, and many other fan-based tropes such as FanDumb, and UnpleasableFanbase. In addition to this, they also [[TropeNamers named]] the tropes HotSkittyOnWailordAction (after a meme on the ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' Board), and EightPointEight (a reaction to a [=GameSpot=] review of ''TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'').

''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'').

The site is ''the'' definitive destination for any game help. If [=GameFAQs=] doesn't have anything on a game, ''the game doesn't exist''.
exist''.



** '''G:Other''' (825): A private board that its owner won in a contest. Its name comes from a [=PotD=] meme that lead to the current lack of topicality. Unlike the rest of the private boards, it has mostly open invitations, requiring only the nomination by a current user.

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** '''G:Other''' (825): A private board that its owner won in a contest. Its name comes from a [=PotD=] meme that lead to the current lack of topicality. Unlike the rest of the private boards, it has mostly open invitations, requiring only the nomination by a current user.



* '''ThatsWhatSheSaid''' (835): A recent private board that seems to be rising in popularity due to an incident making over 50 people admin of the board. Mass chaos ensued.

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* '''ThatsWhatSheSaid''' (835): A recent private board that seems to be rising in popularity due to an incident making over 50 people admin of the board. Mass chaos ensued.
ensued.



A prevalant problem on the boards are [[MeToo fad topics]]. Sometimes, someone may see a certain topic and try to recreate it in a new topic with a spin on it. This in turn can cause people to copycat and do the same thing, producing a huge chain list of similar topics filled with nonsense. The ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'' board at one point had a fad topic outbreak so bad that the moderators for just that board imposed a 10 point karma loss and a warning on the user's account if they posted a fad topic in the board.

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A prevalant problem on the boards are [[MeToo fad topics]]. Sometimes, someone may see a certain topic and try to recreate it in a new topic with a spin on it. This in turn can cause people to copycat and do the same thing, producing a huge chain list of similar topics filled with nonsense. The ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'' board at one point had a fad topic outbreak so bad that the moderators for just that board imposed a 10 point karma loss and a warning on the user's account if they posted a fad topic in the board.
board.



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18th Jun '12 10:19:33 AM TropeEater
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14th Jun '12 9:07:05 PM TheGameMaster
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[=CNet=] (home of [=GameSpot=]) purchased [=GameFAQs=] in the early 2000s and merged the two game sites' messageboards. It is possible to access the same forums from either website, but the [=GameSpot=] version of the GUI is more advanced, allowing for in-thread pictures and avatars. The merger spawned a FandomRivalry that continues to this day, with the stereotype being that [=GameSpot=] users are the HowDoIShotWeb clueless newbies, and the [=GameFAQs=] users being the StopHavingFunGuys of the boards.


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[=CNet=] (home of [=GameSpot=]) purchased [=GameFAQs=] in the early 2000s and merged the two game sites' messageboards. It is was possible to access the same forums from either website, but the [=GameSpot=] version of the GUI is more advanced, allowing for in-thread pictures and avatars. The merger spawned a FandomRivalry that continues to this day, with the stereotype being that [=GameSpot=] users are the HowDoIShotWeb clueless newbies, and the [=GameFAQs=] users being the StopHavingFunGuys of the boards. \n\n It died down however, with the overwhelming majority still being GameFAQs users and as of 2012 the two sites are no longer merged.

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