Giant Bomb Bomb-All

I really really like Alex.

He's fun to drink with, and I identify with his brain weasels.

Also, Jeff Bakalar is the best. Really, the whole cast is great, with the possible exception of Dan, and even he's more tolerable on the Beastcast than he was on the Bombcast.

I find it difficult to listen to because there's a whole lot of people talking over each other. It's incredibly annoying.

Valmorian wrote:

Just listened to some of the Beastcast. Is this where they sent all the most annoying casting hosts?

Sure. Let's go with that.

Pretty great moment in the Spring Semester video, where the obvious joke blows up in their faces and becomes something much better.

I hope Ben is back soon. I find Matt Rorie insufferable.

I'm the opposite. Rorie is my kind of single player nerd.

Rorie is a special type of crazy. I love his insistence to not pay attention at what is going on AT ALL.

Vrikk wrote:

Rorie is a special type of crazy. I love his insistence to not pay attention at what is going on AT ALL.

Ditto. I now find it endearing. Helps that he’s not a regular.

“I’m sorry what game are you talking about.” On a podcast where he does nothing but partake in conversation.

Vrikk wrote:

Rorie is a special type of crazy. I love his insistence to not pay attention at what is going on AT ALL.

He’s uninformed but talks like he knows things and the other guys are like uhhhh...no. When he walks through his logic process it’s baffling. On the latest episode they were talking about Xbox’s decision to included new 1st party games in their $10 a month games service. He said he thought Xbox timed the decision to release that news now because Netflix sent out notice that they are raising subscription fees buy $1, so Xbox is hoping to get the people who cancel their Netflix because of the price hike to sign up for the Xbox games service. I’m like wtf?

Dan is ignorant, but knows it and is fun and charming about it. Rorie seems like someone’s younger brother trying to hang with the cool older kids and talking out his ass to impress them.

fun + charming imo

Yes, Rorie is an idiot. But 80% of the time it's hilarious. There's a lot of clip compilations of him on YT just rambling on about things and the rest of the cast is trying not to burst into laughter. He's a magical little shut-in nerd that I adore dearly.

I liken it to his type of idiocy is innocent and endearing, while with Dan it's just grating and incessant.

Rorie isn’t even a shut-in. Seems to get out a lot and is very social. I think he just, honestly, doesn’t care at all and I find it very funny. I get why he’s grating for some but it’s endearing to me. Too much of him can get on my nerves, though.

I just don't like his mumbling and his tendency to trail off after he makes a point. Maybe that's something he'd figure out if he was on a microphone all the time but I doubt it.

MMA Jeff looks hilariously like the old Mulder head on child Mulder body from last night's X-Files.

I've said this before but it frustrates me to no end that Rorie can't make a statement without immediately walking it back at the first sign of resistance.

He's a great community manager though.

Grubber788 wrote:

I've said this before but it frustrates me to no end that Rorie can't make a statement without immediately walking it back at the first sign of resistance.

He's a great community manager though.

Perhaps these two things are related. Being strident and opinionated doesn't always lead to good moderation.

I miss the podcast that Rorie and Alex used to do together when they were at Screened.

Danny's on this week's Beastcast, so I'm looking forward to listening to that.

JeremyK wrote:

I miss the podcast that Rorie and Alex used to do together when they were at Screened.

Yeah, that movie podcast was actually the reason I first subscribed to Giant Bomb. Rorie and Alex worked really well together and I didn't have to worry about haters because most of them would never listen to a podcast with Rorie and Alex. :p

LarryC wrote:

I find it difficult to listen to because there's a whole lot of people talking over each other. It's incredibly annoying.

Yeah, I am a new listener and considering just dropping it because I am used to people actually taking turns and not just trying to talk over each other. Its probably not my thing.

In the 13 Deadly Sims vid, Alex claimed he had never owned cargo shorts...

Buuuuullsh*t, Alex was into metal deep in the Nu period, the most cargo shorty of all musical forms.

Apparently Jeff Gerstman and Dan Ryckert are starting a Dragon Ball Kai discussion podcast. First episode drops Monday. This should be interesting.

I just hope it's worthwhile, and just not them nitpicking it to death since anime is 100% not their thing (so far in their lives... maybe this is their turning point). I also don't know how well DBZ holds up, but to be honest I've not watched Kai. Cutting out a lot of fluff may have helped it.

I've noticed that whether or not they like the subject dictates if they will nitpick a thing to death or just ignore all the flaws.

I've never watched any DBZ. I'm on the fence between not caring about a podcast about DBZ, and being curious to see their reaction to something that I know nothing about.

As someone whose general feeling on DBZ historically has probably been aligned much with Jeff's, but also found myself borrowing Kai from a friend and starting it just after playing 20 hours or so of FighterZ...

I think they did a pretty good job on the first episode of All Systems Goku.

It's far more measured a conversation than I think some seem to be expecting.

On the other hand... The Exquisite Corps contains a moment now that made me say "WHAT? NO WHY WOULD YOU" to the screen before trailing off and realizing that it is just another in a long line of examples of GB folks straight up not reading the words that the game is putting on the screen for them.

The only time in enjoy The Exquisite Corps is when Alex is playing. Abby's refusal to read or accept randomness and Dan's...exact same qualities plus arrogance makes it really tough to watch 2/3s of the time.

I know Kai is where they removed all the filler episodes but I think my greatest problem with the original anime was always the dragged out bs even in the main plot. Seemed like the last 5-10 minutes of an episode was always replayed in the first 5-10 minutes of the next episode.

Plus it just generally dragged out everything even in the stuff that wasn't replayed. I was really irritated by it all then again I was 16 or so when I watched Dragonball Z so part of it could have been my general ADD at the time. I wonder if I should give Kai a chance at some point. Where is it available to stream?

Edit: Regarding Giantbomb not reading prompts and explanations I think it's a really tough thing to do when you're actively streaming gameplay while trying to create good content. I've noticed this a lot with streamers in general and it always drove me nuts. Then I tried playing a game as a friend was watching me stream while asking questions in chat and I felt like I missed everything the game was trying to tell me.

All Systems Goku is exactly what I want. I know more Dragon Ball minutia than is probably good for me-- I run a new media company with deep roots in the DB fandom so it's kind of non-optional-- so hearing the perspective of a couple guys whose only knowledge is having played a bunch of the games and whatever they could osmose from friends whose only knowledge is dim memories of the original Toonami run is amazing.

The highlight of the hour was hearing Jeff say that he always assumed it was pronounced "sigh-an" (the correct Japanese pronunciation), but they're clearly saying "Say-an" (a persistent dub-ism that won't go away) so he must have been getting it wrong all these years.

There's something in my cold black heart that derives no end of joy from hearing people be good-naturedly wrong but being able to do nothing about it. It's freeing somehow to know that, yes, I COULD hunt them up on Twitter and correct them, but I would just get ignored along with the flood of people who are no doubt already doing it even as I think this, and that moreover, none of it matters.

I gotta say, Jeff playing a PS2 Garfield game is just mesmerizing. Most of it is I know just how bad and frustrating that type of crap 3D platformer can be. It's just some damn entertaining self-torture.