Not sure if it’s fair to lay all the blame at one person’s feet, but given the illustrated track record, it sure seems likely…

So let’s call a spade a spade: the site has been as relevant to gaming as parent company AOL was to the internet by 1999. It’s destined to join its parent company’s “get online” CDs in the dustbin of history.  Joystiq made a song and dance about reaching its tenth anniversary in June last year, but it doesn’t look like there will be an eleventh. Re/code and its formidable editor Kara Swisher are rarely wrong about tech news; they’ve almost certainly got this scoop right.Which makes sense. Dismal comments and share metrics suggest that the site has been essentially moribund for months, at least in part thanks to questionable editorial decisions made by Susan “reverse Midas” Arendt, who has presided over a series of catastrophes throughout her editorial career. Joystiq‘s position on major ethical issues in recent years mean it will not be missed by many readers.

via Good riddance to Joystiq.