Giant Bomb Bomb-All

maverickz wrote:
trueheart78 wrote:
maverickz wrote:

Is there an RSS link I could use to put it into my podcast app? I can't find one.

Edit: Dan sucks.

Top-right of the second link.

Found it. Thanks!

Added it to my post as well.

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It begins.

Do you like Jeff Grubb? I listened to a few of his podcasts and he seemed to be really smart and informed about the video game industry. But I followed him on Twitter and he was obnoxious and I ended up unfollowing, which I don’t do very often

Now THAT alignment chart is VERY wrong.

From the Bombcast:

Lucy James is joining as a creative producer, not just as talent (still part of GameSpot, not sure how that means “fulltime” but hey I’ll take it).

Tamoor Hussein is joining as a creative director (Bombcast wasn’t 100% clear?), not just as talent (still part of GameSpot, not sure how that means “fulltime” but hey I’ll also take it).

Jeff Grubb is going to be hosting a daily morning show, “The Morning Mess”, and will be driving the news section of the Bombcast on a weekly basis. “GrubbSnax” is going away as a show, but not necessarily as a bit.

Dan Ryckert is making his triumphant return as a creative director (and he’s felt limited in his WWE role that hasn’t let him do the wacky sh*t he wants to). I’m 1000% positive that you won’t get away from him being on a screen.

All other new content aside from GrubbSnax still being developed (Albummer, Arcade Pit, JeffJeff’s Bizarre Adventure, The Very Online Show).

Armed and Rangerous is getting a second season.

Bombcast, Dump Truck, and Unprofessional Fridays still totally a thing.

Jan is gonna be hosting the Bombcast.

Bakalar is gonna be hosting the Dump Truck.

Dan wants more quick looks, playthroughs, etc. More game-focused content, really.it also sounds like Tamoor would hate Mario Party, so he’s gonna try and make that happen.

Bakalar definitely seems like he may be the man-in-charge, as Dan mentioned that he’s been talking to him a lot about the things he wants to do.

Jan really wants the crew to win an Emmy. IMAGE(https://emojipedia-us.s3.amazonaws.com/source/skype/289/trophy_1f3c6.png)

New Grubb daily show is daily-except-for-Tuesday. Plans to have a rotating co-host that is from the new cast.

Premium is changing.

All existing premium shows are free, going-forward, and live viewing (when available). You’ll still get ad-free shows when viewing vods. It also makes you available to chat in some(?) of the shows where you might not otherwise be able to.

Premium members are going to get access to community q&a’s, behind-the-scenese, etc. 10% off the store for members, and exclusive access to new shop items. It will also add some Discord features (exclusive channels).

It also looks like they are adding new stuff that will be part of new levels of access, and current subs will be in the second tier.

Email [email protected] if you ever wanna get a birthday card from Rorie. Seriously. They might be late but they are available?

Everyone really wants to get back to in-person stuff, so that’s something they’re going to be pushing to do. Fully aware people have been saying, “oh it’s just going to be more GiantZoomcast”, and they aren’t loving it either.

Looks like another bit of info is coming after the second break but I gotta bounce for a bit.

Jan is doubling down on the aspect of not saying certain things to respect other's people's privacy, and with Jeff not addressing anything behind-the-scenes on his stream, I suspect there's more info we'll be privy to later.

Thanks for the updates!

Being someone that has put 700 hours into Elden Ring I am 100% in love with Tam showing up more often. Last week was the first time anyone on the Bombcast has mentioned Elden Ring since launch week other than, "Yeah I'm still playing it". I 100% agree with his comment that Elden Ring has ruined video games for me.

Yeaaaaaaah, being someone who has only grown more and more skeptical of Elden Ring the more chatter built up around it (I'd include Jess' weird grudge against Horizon's colors in this, I think she's a good presence, but that, like a lot of ER talk, really comes off as defensiveness, in this case over what sure looks like ER's basic Female Doggo dark fantasy aesthetic), I really hope Tam reveals other facets of taste--not following GameSpot, I only know him through Very Online, which is great, and From-related stuff. I'll be shocked if he doesn't, but still.

I'm glad Dan is removing himself from WWE, not to sh*t on anyone's childhood dreams, but even as an outsider it's clear that it is a terrible and exploitative organization. I guess we'll see if he has the chops as a creative director, I don't feel he exhibited much creativity before, most of what are considered his shows were very samey and largely saved by people who aren't part of the site anymore.

SpacePProtean wrote:

like ER's basic Female Doggo dark fantasy aesthetic) .

Will....hold...off....not.not.th....e...pla...ace

Jeff Gerstmann kept mentioning how the last 2 weeks have been kinda crazy - one aspect being that he hadn't had the chance to watch the State of Play, for example.

Anyone who listens to the Bombcast on a regular basis and/or pays attention to GB know what any of that might mean? Jeff himself wasn't real clear, either assuming we'd already know, or just doesn't want to say.

Well, he wasn't on last week at all. Maybe even the week previous?

A few weeks back Jeff Gerstman mentioned that he was going to be away for a bit because there were some health issues he needed to get taken care of or at least looked at. I suspect there’s more at play, especially since neither he nor the giantbomb crew are saying anything about it. In fact anything the giantbomb crew has said is simply they are respecting Jeff’s privacy so when he’s ready to say something, I think you’ll see it.

He's mentioned, mostly on twitter, that he's had very bad TMJ and it's been getting increasingly worse. So that was definitely a factor.

Tam’s reason for joining is quite… well, I’ll let him explain.

trueheart78 wrote:

Jeff is live.

I scrubbed through this a bit and accidentally stumbled at something that may explain things at roughly 3:38:00 of this stream. He mentions that he was so stressed that it was causing trouble at home and that he knew things were amiss, partly, because he wasn't dreaming. Sounds like he wasn't sleeping well.

As someone who's had to take a couple of breaks from work, because of anxiety, I feel that. Some people are wired differently or some jobs are sufficiently stressful that the only peace you can get is to walk away. I'm sure life at a content mill is never-ending, so I don't blame him.

I don't think I've ever seen him get actually emotional. Even during the aftermath of Ryan's death, he was unflappable.

DSGamer wrote:
trueheart78 wrote:

Jeff is live.

I scrubbed through this a bit and accidentally stumbled at something that may explain things at roughly 3:38:00 of this stream. He mentions that he was so stressed that it was causing trouble at home and that he knew things were amiss, partly, because he wasn't dreaming. Sounds like he wasn't sleeping well.

As someone who's had to take a couple of breaks from work, because of anxiety, I feel that. Some people are wired differently or some jobs are sufficiently stressful that the only peace you can get is to walk away. I'm sure life at a content mill is never-ending, so I don't blame him.

Nice catch. I went back and yeah, from 3:36:39 to 3:42:15. He mentions being so stressed by the day job he literally wasn’t remembering dreams unless he was on the tail end of vacations. “The sh*t you might be bringing home to your family… just how f*cking p*ssed you can be… it’s poison, and you have to get away from it.” So yeah, he’s dreaming again. He’s sleeping a lot better.

I’m so happy for him.

He wants a direct relationship with fans and wants to build cool sh*t around video games. If this is the direction he wants to go in, then I’m here for it. He wants to be able to get loose and be creative again, without those restrictions from a business perspective.

“I want to f*ck sh*t up!”

trueheart78 wrote:

Tam’s reason for joining is quite… well, I’ll let him explain.

Holy cow...I was wondering where that was going. That was amazing.

trueheart78 wrote:

Tam’s reason for joining is quite… well, I’ll let him explain.

Ha! Yes, more of this, please.

Wow! All so crazy! I'm interested in everything Giant Bomb, Jeff Gerstmann, and Nextlander are doing. They all seem to be doing what they need to.

These changes at Giant Bomb have prompted me to rethink my relationship with gaming media - print and audio.

In the UK, print is pretty much dead. GamesTM ceased publication a few years ago, leaving Edge as the only remaining independent magazine focussed on new games. Despite this (or perhaps because of the lack of competition), Edge has, well... lost its edge. Game previews feel pretty thin. Game reviews are often opaque (for example, they still don't tell the reader what genre of game is being reviewed, and often assume knowledge that readers may not have).

Edge is also increasingly relying on long in-depth 'previews' of imminent releases. This month they've dedicated at least 10 pages to an exhaustive exploration of the upcoming Warhammer game. I defy even the most ardent Warhammer fan to finish it!

I'm becoming equally jaded about podcasts.

Compared to others here, I'm a fairly new consumer of gaming podcasts. (I've been listening to the GWJ Conference Call since 2009. And I started listening to Giant Bomb, the Idle Thumbs podcasts, and Cane Rinse around 2015.) But I'm increasingly wondering what they're for.

Video is clearly a much better medium than audio for previews and reviews. Too many podcasters still don't seem to prepare themselves beforehand and therefore fail to explain the games properly. The number of times I still hear something along the lines of "Oh. I forgot to mention [X mechanic]" or "I should have begun by explaining [Y piece of backstory]."

And some of the podcast formats feel a little stale. For example, Giant Bomb and NextLander use broadly the same show structure, which leaves me less-than-excited about Jeff's new podcast. One of the great things I like most about GWJ is the fact that I will usually hear something in the show that I won't hear elsewhere; be that a new member of the panel or a discussion about an esoteric aspect of gaming.

I can probably cut my podcast listening down to two - GWJ, and NextLander - and then add an online video review to my list of gaming media.

I haven't listened to a strictly "gaming" podcast regularly in probably a decade. Even Giant Bomb. No offense to the people who run GWJ these days, but that includes the conference call.

Games coverage in one form or another usually just bores me. Which is a shame, because I can cite like, 5 games that I picked up because of Nextlander when I was trying to listen to their stuff, too - games I probably would have missed otherwise. I will pick up a stray episode of gaming podcasts when something other than games makes the news in the industry - like hearing what Waypoint have to say about the Blizzard investigations, for example.

But I can't stay interested when it's just, "Here's the game, let's talk about how it was to play it." I don't just find that uninteresting, but I often find my attention wandering when listening to these podcasts, and I end up not hearing what game they're even talking about, and they don't drop the title very often.

Back in the early days of podcasting, there was (and probably still is) a feature where they can segment them and actually added metadata to the feed about each segment. That was probably a lot of extra work that nobody wanted to do, though, and there was no return on it except making the experience better for the listeners.

trueheart78 wrote:

He wants a direct relationship with fans and wants to build cool sh*t around video games. If this is the direction he wants to go in, then I’m here for it. He wants to be able to get loose and be creative again, without those restrictions from a business perspective.

This makes sense to me. It seemed like he was really hurt by the Nextlander exodus and was also kind of jealous but felt obliged to re-work Giant Bomb. I can totally see him getting severely stressed out at the prospect of building a successful subscription-based website from nearly scratch yet again and deciding to bail.

It does feel super anti-climatic that he basically left the site behind the scenes and never had a proper goodbye on it, though.

His stream sounded like he wants to talk about older gaming stuff too instead of feeling like he needs to stay on top of current releases.

NSMike wrote:

Back in the early days of podcasting, there was (and probably still is) a feature where they can segment them and actually added metadata to the feed about each segment. That was probably a lot of extra work that nobody wanted to do, though, and there was no return on it except making the experience better for the listeners.

I can say that Nextlander specifically does segment out their podcasts allowing you to jump to different subjects and making it very easy to avoid spoilers (at least when using Pocket Casts anyway).

NSMike wrote:

But I can't stay interested when it's just, "Here's the game, let's talk about how it was to play it." I don't just find that uninteresting, but I often find my attention wandering when listening to these podcasts, and I end up not hearing what game they're even talking about, and they don't drop the title very often.

I have a lot of sympathy for this comment. The primary reasons I come to gaming podcasts are for reviews: clear and concise critical appraisals - by people whose opinions I trust - that help me decide whether or not I will enjoy playing a given game.

Too often, what I actually get a rambling streams of consciousness that wander round the actual game like drunken sailors on shore-leave. I think that part of the problem is that the people whose opinions I trust have gotten old and jaded (like me), and - instead of reviewing - spend their time reminiscing ("Ah! 'Goldeneye' on the N64...") and lamenting ("Blizzard/Bethesda/whoever aren't the studio that they were a decade ago...").

I mean, outside of a discussion specifically about 'Half Life 2', what reason is there for mentioning 'Half Life 2' in a modern podcast? And yet, I still hear those references.