Giant Bomb Bomb-All

My brain is a repository for various video games I love, the NHL, and Giant Bomb. It is useless yet entertaining.

Blind_Evil wrote:

What do you mean by run out of steam? Just curious.

I don't want to poison this thread with too much negativity, but since you asked:

At times it seem like they don't have much interest to actually keep doing what they're doing, Brad always sounds tired to me and Jeff has become quite the cynic. Now that Dan left I find that the site lacks the creative energy it had in the beginning. The east coast side fares a little better. To mention something concrete, they used to re-record the Bombcast theme every so often, just to switch it up, now they haven't for years and years. That's not an actual problem of course, but it is perhaps a bit symbolic.

The few other gaming podcasts I listen to have hosts who come off as much more enthusiastic about games, expanding their tastes, evangelising hidden gems etc. I have enough cynicism myself, I don't need to inject more, so I prefer listening to people who are enthusiastic. It's weird though because I've been listening to them since the hotspot, in what, 2006? So it's a habit at this point.

Jeff has become a cynic? Pretty sure that happened at least prior to 2006 or so when I first started listening to him! In general, though, I feel like they've had some fun experimenting with new stuff lately, and the only exhaustion I've detected is the whole exhaustion with the world stuff that most of us are experiencing, but, to each their own. I've thought the new episodes of The Hotspot have been a fun idea, it's been surprising to me how memorable the rhythms of that old intro still remain to me.

Since East became a thing they’ve really focused on the “show” format and when Dan got there it became very gimmicky. West tends to focus more on playthroughs, short series, infrequent shows, and one-offs. I enjoy both coasts a whole bunch.

One really positive is Jan getting a lot of practice talking through a game on stream. He’s fantastic and brings a genuine enthusiasm that isn’t always there.

Vector wrote:

One really positive is Jan getting a lot of practice talking through a game on stream. He’s fantastic and brings a genuine enthusiasm that isn’t always there.

Jan is cool, I've been enjoying his Bloodborne videos

I am normally an East over West kind of guy, but it seems no matter what I am interested in game-wise they all dislike it and think it's crap.

Maybe I now have bad taste in games or something, but geez East is negative a lot to me anyways.

The "Let's Minecraft Together!" videos are cross-studio and some of the best and most enjoyable content the site has put out in years. Everyone is having a blast just playing a game together that they want to be playing and it's so apparent.

Dang, it's June... I kept meaning to subscribe... mostly for the minecraft and mass alex. I might try a free trial to see if I look through the material and then just pay full price.

I watched Jeff, Vinny, Alex, Brad, and Ben watch the PS5 reveal yesterday. It was nice to see everyone overwhelmingly positive on things. The usual negativity from Jeff is too much for me.

Garth wrote:

The usual negativity from Jeff is too much for me.

He's been strangely positive this year, and I like it! Maybe it's because of the baby or maybe it's just the lack of commuting. I'm streaming the Hotspot right now, and it's fun to hear Jeff talk super positive about Minecraft.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Garth wrote:

The usual negativity from Jeff is too much for me.

He's been strangely positive this year, and I like it! Maybe it's because of the baby or maybe it's just the lack of commuting. I'm streaming the Hotspot right now, and it's fun to hear Jeff talk super positive about Minecraft.

I've definitely noticed an improvement. And he actually has been doing better about just realizing certain things aren't for him and how that is okay. But man, that guy loves Mortal Kombat.

I was minding my own business with some Giant Bomb Minecraft in the background. But I got distracted when the crew started touring what I guess is the Giant Bomb community server, and had to chastise someone named MightyMooquack for their unethical estate. I believe the term "veal farm" was tossed around.

Man, Austin Walker loves to talk. Hardly anyone can get a word in when he is on.

Garth wrote:

Man, Austin Walker loves to talk. Hardly anyone can get a word in when he is on.

He is physically exhausting to listen to. Even when he's saying something interesting. It makes me tired hearing him go on and on in painful, descriptive detail.

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I love Austin. Have a hard time fathom not enjoying him. But here we are.

TBH, the multi-hour Giant Bomb podcasts are the reason I stopped listening, and it has nothing to do with the personalities.

Also, Austin is objectively great and anyone who disagrees with me is wrong.

I have a legitimate complaint about Austin Walker:

I am upset that he doesn't do more podcasts every week, because I wish I could spend more time listening to him.

Austin is a national treasure.

FridgeGremlin wrote:

Austin is a national treasure.

It really can't be overstated how much this is true, and as I say every chance I get, his powers combined with the rest of the outstanding, interesting, thoughtful crew he has assembled over at Waypoint have made Waypoint Radio literally the best thing in video game related podcasting since the 1up days, and if I take off my rose tinted classes, it's probably better than all the long gone classics as well.

I regularly find myself recommending episodes to friends who have zero interest in games (or at least not enough interest that they'd ever consider listening a podcast about games) because the wide ranging scope of the conversations they have week after week touch on so much that is worth hearing and thinking about with respect to art, entertainment, and politics, and how they all intersect in the pursuit of leading a good and worthwhile life.

I can understand the criticism that he talks too much but I always find his input really insightful. He's very good at taking a concept or topic I'm not interested in and helping me understand and appreciate it.

Oh I really wasn't trying to be mean-spirited, just to be clear. And knowing that other people really enjoy him makes me like his enthusiasm quite a bit more.

NSMike wrote:

TBH, the multi-hour Giant Bomb podcasts are the reason I stopped listening, and it has nothing to do with the personalities.

Also, Austin is objectively great and anyone who disagrees with me is wrong.

Personally I never really understood this. I just listen until I want/need to stop then start listening again later.

He's not bad. I never said that he was bad or not insightful or anything of that sort. But he is tiring to listen to. There's a constant urgency or energy that he projects when he talks and it is full of information, and it requires effort to digest it all. This is why it is exhausting to listen to for long periods of time.

strangederby wrote:

Personally I never really understood this. I just listen until I want/need to stop then start listening again later.

My usual Giant Bomb podcast listening experience ultimately ends up being defined by listening intently for a little while, then generally losing interest in what they're talking about when they go on and on about a game I absolutely could not possibly care about, then hearing something that piques my interest, but being hopelessly lost because I haven't been intently listening for the last 45 minutes, so while what they're talking about sounds interesting, I have no idea what game they're talking about.

Really the big problem is the extremely long podcast, filled with content that I don't actually want, with a few smatterings of things that I am interested in. I just can't sit and listen to them relentlessly discuss minor mechanical oddities of so many games that I don't care about.

There was a trend, back in like '07 and '08, where podcasts and podcast aggregators could pick up on segments, with timestamps and annotated topics within a podcast, and if they could do that for each game they were talking about, where I could skip the 40+ minutes of Red Dead 2 discussion, for example, I might consume their podcast more often. As it is, a greater percentage of their multi-hour podcast does not interest me than does. As such, unless I have burned through literally all of the podcast content that I would prefer otherwise, I skip their shows.

And as far as why length factors into the first reason I gave - if they were shorter, like 80 minutes or less, I could live with some talk about games I don't care about. As it is, it's a marathon that I mostly don't want to run.

I listen pretty closely to all their podcasts. I find it insightful into games and perspectives that aren't my own. I also have some dead time to kill on commutes and during chores. I don't listen to music so the long podcasts fills that nicely. I'll even run into the problem that I'll be done all three (four?!) before Saturday afternoon.

zeroKFE wrote:

I have a legitimate complaint about Austin Walker:

I am upset that he doesn't do more podcasts every week, because I wish I could spend more time listening to him.

First episode of Branching Narratives features Austin! It's a great episode.

Fair points all around. Sometimes I want an in depth talk (Austin's great at that), but other times I just want to listen when I can and space out when I can't.

I do miss Austin and Vinny riffing on a subject, though. I always enjoyed their banter.

Waypoint's podcasts usually have a timestamped breakdown of what they're discussing, which is great. It really helps when they go into an hour-long discussion of Animal Crossing or something. I can absolutely understand what you mean about Austin's urgency sometimes. If he's talking about something he's passionate about, he definitely builds up a head of steam. He seems to realize he does that, because at the end, he'll frequently make a comment about it.

The one thing I have to be careful about when listening to Austin is that he does a fantastic job of creating a narrative to describe what's going on in a game, and then relates that in a really exciting way. He'll get done telling a story about something that happened in a game of Stellaris or something, and I immediately go "That sounds amazing, I want to play that!" Then I get into the game and realize that a lot of what he's doing is filling in the blanks around abstracted gameplay elements, and compressing them together into a coherent story. What he tells as a gripping story actually plays out as...well, Stellaris. I don't have the creativity or memory to weave a narrative together based on small things that happen hours apart. I still enjoy listening to him tell stories, I've just had to teach myself that he's experiencing the game in a very different way than I will. Which isn't on him, and mostly makes me sad about me.

With how big my podcast backlog is since quarantine, I've gotten really aggressive about deleting a podcast partway through if they hit a long stretch I'm not actually interested in. It's kind of liberating.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
zeroKFE wrote:

I have a legitimate complaint about Austin Walker:

I am upset that he doesn't do more podcasts every week, because I wish I could spend more time listening to him.

First episode of Branching Narratives features Austin! It's a great episode.

I listened and it was amazing!

Side note, did they just change the name of the podcast after the first episode? It DEFINITELY was called "The Dialogue Box" when i subscribed a week or two ago.

zeroKFE wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
zeroKFE wrote:

I have a legitimate complaint about Austin Walker:

I am upset that he doesn't do more podcasts every week, because I wish I could spend more time listening to him.

First episode of Branching Narratives features Austin! It's a great episode.

I listened and it was amazing!

Side note, did they just change the name of the podcast after the first episode? It DEFINITELY was called "The Dialogue Box" when i subscribed a week or two ago.

Oops, I got the link wrong. Here was the link: https://www.usgamer.net/articles/int...

I think they were going for Branching Narratives but that ended up being taken. There was a little bit in the intro about that if I recall correctly. Or, it might have been mentioned on Axe of the Bloodgod. I don't know what the permanent name will end up being.