The death of a gaming news website is a terrible thing.
It weakens the video game industry. It weakens video game journalism in what are still important, formative times. It hurts gamers and, of course, those talented writers who write about games.
Every time a gaming website downsizes, every time a bean-counter closes a home to gaming journalism, we all lose a little.
Joystiq's closure is by no means the first of its kind; news of sites shutting down, downsizing, staff moving have been at a steady beat for years now.
But this particular closure is important. Important, perhaps if only because it is a good time to reflect on just how far game journalism has come.