Welcome to other websites.
Here's a typical list of a selection of sites I've found at least somewhat interesting, or possibly of interest to somebody without being horribly illegal. This list will be updated sporadically with no real notice as to what specifically changed, due to the evolving and inconsistent nature of websites, but I'll try to keep a note of anything that becomes recommended or not recommended with a suitable reason. To keep this page from becoming a list of suggestions of things to buy or people to follow on social media, I'm making some rules as to what can't be on here.
- No social media profiles (sites here can link to those, but profiles themselves won't be linked here)
- No major storefronts (sites may have a store, link to stores, or aggregate prices across stores, but the site itself won't just be a store)
- No sites already linked on the main page (it would be redundant, whether or not they'd actually end up on this list)
As always, be cautious when browsing random websites. Adblock has been recommended in a general safety and convenience case, but I also try to recommend sites here that aren't utterly obnoxious with ads, so the less paranoid or annoyed browsers may feel as if they could disable it for a site or two.
Live, Hot Links
No, not in that way, these are recommended links that, last I've checked, are still active and may regularly get content updates, or are at least still existing without needing to access the archives.
Also known as that one webcomic that uses the same pictures of dinosaurs every time, except only the text changes. Such a concept has been done before (see The Angriest Dog in the World, which was referenced in this), but this take on it is still novel.
The Insidious Bogleech
I've found this site to be an interesting read in my aimless web browsing, covering a wide appreciation for the creepy and crawly that many others would have for the adorable and fluffy, and sometimes those all get mixed together for a wonderful whole. I, too, have liked the creepy cute in many forms. This site has a lot of content stretching back years, from articles covering creatures both from fiction and real life, to a webcomic that's still going. It's the kind of website-y website that I'd like to have that level of dedication for my own.
The Internet Archive
A force in digital preservation, regardless of what some overly litigious publishers may think, with all kinds of archived media of various rarity. Also features the Wayback Machine, an interface for browsing past versions of websites in the face of constantly-changing content where it might otherwise be lost, for whatever important reasons. Maybe not the definitive archive, but it's a significant one, and I don't know if any could be definitive. The Wayback Machine runs archived links below as well as those elsewhere on this site.
A nice aggregate of PC game prices across several stores, including tracking all-time lows. It's a good thing to keep in mind if you're open to getting games across other stores for the best prices, provided the key sellers are legitimate (which they generally seem to be here). This isn't a store in itself, though, it's just good to do some research and have some patience possibly before buying games. There are random streams embedded in some game pages, but fortunately they don't seem to autoplay anymore. The only ads I've seen are generally kept in the page margins as a sort of background, so watch out clicking there if you don't mean to open one.
A wiki based around Animal Crossing, from the current games to the history of the series. Very few ads from what I've seen, it's a fairly chill experience that should tell you all about villagers with no problem, including charts for when creatures show up as well. Some pages could use work, but that's what a wiki generally has anyway.
This site is not only a good source of figuring out how to assemble a PC build with certain parts in mind, but it also does its best to track prices across several stores to determine the likely cost before shipping and taxes. Of course you can also look elsewhere for parts if you want to try to hunt down a deal, but overall it helps with compatibility most of all, and buying parts through their links provides the site with affiliate kickback for running the site. There don't seem to be ads anywhere on the site and they prefer that donations go to a charity instead, so this seems to be the main way running costs are handled. Really makes it feel like a passion project to help others with their own.
Being one of the lead sources for Pokémon information for decades now, if you want to know something really specific about a very specific Pokémon-related subject, it's likely here. Though the focus is more with the games than the anime, both are still covered in detail, in addition to the card games. It's comparatively light on ads, at least compared to the likes of Bulbapedia (which is still useful, but holy hell hold back on the ads a tiny bit), and is generally fact-checked before things are posted (though not always spell-checked, particularly during live updates).
The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages
With knowledge of the Elder Scrolls series and mythology that runs deep, even into the technical workings of some otherwise forgotten games, and not an excessive amount of ads, this is where to look to figure out how to do things in Elder Scrolls games, or try to understand the bizarre happenings. Also a good reference if you need to get into the developer console in the PC version to fix things when they don't just work.
Also known as that one stick figure comic with all the science stuff and also the one people link to because something related came up. Or maybe just "that stick figure comic".
The original version here uses Flash which has been phased out, so the above link is an HTML5 reconstruction. Regardless of the format, anything is possible at ZomboCom.
These sites have either gone completely defunct, or have morphed so much they're no longer recommended at all, but were once a great source of whatever the site was a source of. These links are archived or mirrored in some way and may take some time to load or have a lot of broken links within.
If you're looking for mostly accurate cheat codes and weird tricks that may be less accurate, this is the site I would always go to since it had so many games with so many cheats and not too many ads. The site closed around 2017, but this snapshot I've linked starts around 2011. This chosen snapshot may link to the "new" format for the most recent consoles on the list as well as the PC platform, which can be difficult to navigate between pages (hint: use the letter index links at the top instead of the previous/next page links), but the older console pages should work without much issue as those follow a static format. You can try to jump forward to squeeze what few cheats there are in games from the time of the eighth generation of game consoles, but success may vary.
These sites are active ones I'd consider recommending up top, but there's a significant enough issue with them, possibly user-resolvable at the moment, that I'm not including them in the list above. However, it's not a major enough issue that they're excluded from this page entirely. The issue is usually related to ad saturation. Be cautious browsing these, and have adblock ready if the screen starts getting too saturated with nonsense. If a site wants to block access to itself for anyone who even looks like they have adblock installed, even if it's inactive on that site, they're probably not going to be on this list.
Problem: Significant ad saturation, including content breaks, sticky autoplaying video players promoting community Let's Plays also sandwiched by video ads
Suggestion: Stop promoting unrelated LPs on every page except maybe the front, no autoplaying video, and remove large ad content breaks from articles
This site works better in tandem with Serebii to get the most Pokémon knowledge that you might want for whatever reason you'd want it for. It seems to go more in-depth for subjects such as the anime and manga, but also has a decent summary per monster of all that they've been in.
Fallout Wiki (Nukapedia + The Vault)
Problem: An almost nuclear bombardment of ads, thanks to this being hosted on Fandom (formerly Wikia)
Suggestion: If it was at all possible, host this somewhere else (though the initial move to Wikia was a result of hosting problems to begin with)
A good site for finding out all about the Fallout series, from the original games in the Interplay days to whatever the hell Bethesda's doing to it now, and a bunch of behind-the-scenes stuff as well as cancelled projects. However, adblock is recommended here due to it being a Fandom site, and even though this particular wiki stood up against Fandom's need to insert a bunch of random unrelated crap into every page, which did result in a reduction of said crap compared to other Fandom wikis, there's still excessive ads that will take up over half of the screen at times. At some point, the wiki duplicated itself over this and another host, possibly initially due to the Fandom crap, but they re-merged after several wiki networks were purchased and merged, which is why it's referred to "Nukapedia + The Vault" instead of just "The Vault" as it was before.
Mod The Sims
Problem: Unrelated autoplaying videos now showing up
Suggestion: Curb the autoplaying video/ad problem before it gets out of hand like all the other sites
A site with a lot of good mods for Sims games, from Sims 2 to Sims 4. It has a few ads but those are usually out of the way, and no logins are needed to download or even search, making this a much more pleasant experience than some Sims mod sites. See my Sims page for mod suggestions in general.
Problem: Ad saturation including popover videos
Suggestion: Remove at least popover video ads
A one-stop site that holds fixes, or links to fixes, to get PC games running on more hardware than would be normally possible with stock configurations. As well, it can also have tips to boost performance, and even links or hosts the occasional patch or mod to make a game run more smoothly.
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