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13 Big Gaming Forums to Talk About Video Games

Joe Keeley Updated 31-03-2020

It’s fun to discuss the latest gaming news with others or share your thoughts on a game you’re playing. However, if your friends aren’t gamers, it can be hard to have decent discussions. That’s where gaming forums come in.

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Gaming forums bring together people across the globe who want to talk about video games. Some of them encompass all games, while others focus on a specific genre or company.

In this article, we round up the biggest gaming forums where you can talk about video games to your heart’s content.

1. Steam Discussions

Steam forums

Steam is the largest digital distribution platform for PC games (though Steam sells more than just games Did You Know Steam Sells More Than Just Games? Did you know that you can buy more than just games on Steam? You can get software, too! Here's what you should know. Read More .) Steam also has its own forum, where you can discuss specific Steam features (like SteamVR or Trading Cards) or just chat generally about games.

Every game sold on Steam has its own forum, so you don’t have to worry about your post getting lost in the sea. You can easily chat to others who are playing the same games as you.

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2. GameFAQs

GameFAQs forum

GameFAQs began in 1995, making it one of the oldest gaming-related sites on the web. It started as a repository of user-written walkthroughs and FAQs for all kinds of games, but eventually expanded to include other aspects like reviews and a forum.

GameFAQs dedicates a separate message board to every single video game in its database. Alternatively, you can visit the main boards if you want to discuss topics that aren’t specific to a single game (like a console or genre).

3. IGN Boards

IGN Boards

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IGN publishes news, previews, and reviews on all the latest and greatest games, alongside a bit of comic and movie news too. It also has its own wiki where people can share walkthroughs and guides.

IGN’s forum spans all kinds of topics beyond video games, including anime, sports, and current events. But gaming is its heart and soul, and there’s no shortage of discussions to take part in here.

4. GameSpot Boards

GameSpot Boards

GameSpot is one of the premier resources for top-notch gaming news and reviews. The site has been around since 1996, which means there are lots of old posts on its forum.

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It still remains an active spot for gamers to chat, especially in the System Wars section for fans of a specific platform to battle it out amongst one another.

5. /r/gaming

/r/gaming

Reddit is one of the largest communities on the internet What Is Reddit and How Does It Work? What is Reddit and how does it work? How do you start using Reddit as a beginner? We'll walk you through it. Read More , gaming aside. Since /r/gaming is one of the default subreddits, it has millions of members. It’s quite shallow, with most upvoted posts consisting of memes and fluff. But as a way to kill time and have a few laughs, nothing beats it.

If you’re looking for more serious and thoughtful discussions, consider a different gaming subreddit instead such as /r/truegaming or /r/games.

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6. NeoGAF

NeoGAF

NeoGAF launched way back in 1999 as the message boards for Gaming-Age, a website for gaming news and reviews. Over the years, the forum went through various iterations and has since separated from Gaming-Age.

NeoGAF suffered controversy in 2007 due to its owner’s behavior and lost many members and moderators as a result. Nonetheless, it still remains a very popular gaming forum.

7. ResetEra

ResetEra

ResetEra is a forum founded by former NeoGAF users, following the controversy surrounding NeoGAF’s owner. It has a tough registration screening policy to try to prevent trolls signing up.

The forum is very active—it’s definitely one of the most popular gaming forums, based on the regularity of posts. However, it does have a reputation for overzealously banning people.

8. Giant Bomb

Giant Bomb

Giant Bomb was founded in 2008 by Jeff Gerstmann and friends after he was fired from GameSpot. The site has come a long way since then and is well-known for its fun and relaxed videos.

The Giant Bomb forums are a great place to chat at a chilled pace. Also, because the site has a wiki alongside its editorial content, there are separate discussion areas not only for games, but also for things like characters and concepts.

9. Eurogamer

Eurogamer

Although Eurogamer targets its news stories at Europeans, its forum can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter your location in the world.

The forum has a very simple layout and isn’t bogged down with unnecessary features. As such, it’s very easy to switch between the different categories and jump right into the discussion.

10. Rock Paper Shotgun

Rock Paper Shotgun

Rock Paper Shotgun is a site targeted at PC gamers and its forum is a reflection of that. Although you can discuss other formats, the majority of chat is about PC games.

This makes it the perfect destination if you don’t play console games. You can also chat about PC hardware and accessories too, or join a game club to link up for some multiplayer action.

11. Nintendo Life

Nintendo Life

As you might expect, Nintendo Life is dedicated to the company behind such beloved franchises as Mario and Zelda. It also has a forum for Nintendo fans to mingle in.

You will find places to discuss all current Nintendo releases, along with consoles from the past. There’s even a section for discussing—whisper it—games not made by Nintendo.

12. MMORPG.com

MMORPG.com

MMORPGs exploded in popularity thanks to World of Warcraft and became one of the largest video game genres. Today, there are so many great MMORPGs you can play, and what’s funny is that sometimes it’s more fun to talk about them than actually play them.

While you could have these discussions on any gaming forum, you’d be better off with a community that’s dedicated to the genre. That’s where MMORPG.com comes in, which is home to the largest MMORPG community on the web.

13. Minecraft Forum

Minecraft Forum

Minecraft is one of the best-selling video games of all time, which is amazing considering its humble origins. The game still boasts many players, with people discovering and building new things all the time.

As such, it’s no surprise that Minecraft Forum is one of the largest gaming communities, period, not just compared to those dedicated to a single game. If you love Minecraft, this is the place for you.

Chat With Others on Discord Too

These are some of the biggest gaming forums for you to join and get chatting with like-minded people. Hopefully you’ll get to engage in some interesting discussions.

Forums aren’t the only place where you can chat with fellow gamers. You can also use chat applications like Discord. To help you get started, we have previously detailed how to find the best Discord servers How to Find the Best Discord Servers Here are all the best ways you can find the best Discord servers that match your interests. Read More .

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    November 11, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Game FAQ's was cool in 1999. IGN has way better walkthroughs and community. https://estnn.com/ is also great if you're looking for esports content.

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    October 26, 2018 at 1:56 am

    I agree with Benja Man 64 and Woozle Wuzzle. Take gamefaqs off. Mods don't even know the rules to their own website. You get modded and banned for the dumbest shit ever. And then somebody else goes and posts the same exact thing and nothing happens. Pro democrat topics stay up forever and pro republican topics get taken down within minutes. Terribad shitty website. Don't support it! All the other websites are cool.

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  6. Fran Able
    August 4, 2018 at 6:47 am

    Being a gamer it is really important to vent out your thoughts and opinions with like minded people, and this post really helped me. Thank you

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  13. www.ManiacGamers.com
    August 26, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I think they're all great forums, I frequent a couple of them.

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  15. BenjaMan64
    April 14, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Please take GameFAQs off the list. I searched for an article like this so I'd find a new gaming message board website. GameFAQs's PS4 Message Board, the one I know the best, is so toxic that it should be declared a health hazard. It's full of people that:

    > Whine endlessly about SJWs and/or Alt-Rights, and about Weebs and Dudebros.
    > Complain nonstop that X game got bad reviews, or that it's getting too many good reviews.
    > Derail topics into talking about politics and/or religion.
    > Insult people for saying they like a certain game or genre.

    Screw that site. Is any other of the other websites mentioned in this article a better, healthier place for sane conversations about gaming?

  16. IntoxNitram
    March 16, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Hi, nice article. I'd just like to say that whilst those forums themselves offer some great benefits. Sometimes these big forums can be off-putting for some members who'd actually like to get to know the people they are on the forums with. I'd just like to say, if you will allow it, that a forum I co-admin (Gaming Latest - I won't leave a link as I assume you'd not allow the comment, so please Google if interested) is a long established forum (since 2007) which is less busy but still has a nice level of activity for those looking for that sort of thing.

    Thanks!

  17. Woozle Wuzzle
    December 3, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Gamefaqs is full of idiots. It's also riddled with pathetic fanboys that shill for whatever they love. Also, the mods are complete trash, a bunch of neckbeard virgin losers that will mod you over simply not liking what you posted even though you broke no rules. Most users there even post about the mods being useless or stupid all the time. This mods are a pathetic bunch of little snowflakes that can't handle posts that get their panties in a bunch. Losers. XD

  18. Jaoe
    October 20, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Screw gamefaqs just too many trolls and the mods are dicks. Get modded for something the clearly is not against the rules and yet they upheld their mod against my appel.

  19. devnotch
    September 9, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Azing

  20. Ryan D
    March 8, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Tidbits.io has some of the most advanced functionality I have seen in a gaming forum...anywhere. It has a SUPER small community right now, but they are integrated with GiantBomb.com so you can search for anygame, if a topic doesn't already exist for it, you can select it from the dropdwon list and it will pull in all the game information, artwork, links, etc... They are also using Discourse, which is the most cutting edge forum software available today, with the ability to easily embed visual links, track your exact progress in a topic, as well as a super advanced notification system. For anyone that's not afraid to contribute to a small community, or just wants to check out the future of forum technology, I would HIGHLY suggest checking out tidbits.io

  21. JackB
    March 8, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Nexusmods.com This one has been around since about 2001 when it first started as Morowind Chronicles. The name has changed several times to keep up with changes - now supports forums for about 240 PC games and has over 10 million registered members. Each game has it's own forums, and popular games may have several dedicated to things like troubleshooting or just discussion about the game. Along with the forums - free mods for PC (No console mods yet as the console makers don't yet allow them). Bethesda games (Morowind, Oblivion, Fallout and Skyrim) are their biggest userbase, but any game that allows mods is welcome. Pirates and trolls are not welcome there and are banned immediately. It is ad supported, but offers ad free premium very inexpensively. - Once you pay for any subscription, ( Premium starts at under US$5 for a one month non recurring payment) you never see an ad again, even after the subscription expires.