Giant Bomb Bomb-All

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Good grief. I still listen to and enjoy the bombcast. Kinda want it to all just end at this point. If they got rid of Jess, then I'm done.

Same. Just unsubscribed. I realised I had started skipping through the cast trying to find bits I was interested in. Unsubscribed.
Meanwhile Jeff can somehow spin subjects I'm not interested in into things I want to listen to.

If you put on both Nextlander and Jeff's show at the same time it sounds almost like the old giant bombcast.

Including them talking over each other.

For some reason, it seems relevant the EGM is still a magazine that is currently published in some form. I don't know how that relates to what is going on at Giant Bomb, but it somehow seems relevant.

So I know this thread has dealt with massive speculation on motives based on zero insider info before, but does anyone else find it beard-strokingly curious that we are closing in on 11 months of Jeff leaving Giant Bomb and neither he nor the Nextlander crew ever seem to even suggest doing anything together? The Nextlander podcast brought up his firing but other than that...

I thought they would do some kind of a fun stream when he left but when they didn't for the first couple months, I chalked it up to Jeff feeling the need to prove himself as a solo content creator. But now I wonder if there was something sour between them after the original GB exodus, because it seems like an obvious thing for them to do.

Espeically considering the fact that Nextlander has done stuff with other former GB people and even GB itself.

Jeff has not had many guests so far right? I remember him saying he wanted to set stuff up for more guests but he had to work out details.

I also got the vibe that he is enjoying one to two people podcasts rather than the large group.

Nextlander has sort of addressed this on one of their Patreon Q&As. It boiled down to two general things it seemed like to me: 1. They all basically said they are doing their thing and Jeff is doing his thing and 2. Sometimes work friends are just that, friends at work, and when you don't work at the same place anymore, you drift away. Based on a lot of the things that they all say it seemed to me that the friend lines between Jeff and those guys was really Ryan. With Ryan gone, it doesn't seem like they were all really that much friends outside of work. Just the feeling I've gotten.

Vinny especially seemed like "Hey maybe someday it could happen." But they didn't dwell on it long either.

kuddles wrote:

So I know this thread has dealt with massive speculation on motives based on zero insider info before, but does anyone else find it beard-strokingly curious that we are closing in on 11 months of Jeff leaving Giant Bomb and neither he nor the Nextlander crew ever seem to even suggest doing anything together? The Nextlander podcast brought up his firing but other than that...

I thought they would do some kind of a fun stream when he left but when they didn't for the first couple months, I chalked it up to Jeff feeling the need to prove himself as a solo content creator. But now I wonder if there was something sour between them after the original GB exodus, because it seems like an obvious thing for them to do.

Last year Nextlander did a sort of side-co-stream thing during E3 where they would cut over to either Giant Bomb or Waypoint's (can't remember which) and Jeff's feeds. That's the closest they've come to doing something together.

Otherwise, I think it's exactly as SirRockford said. Jeff was friends with Alex but wasn't all that close with Brad and Vinny outside of work. There could be some feelings to work through between them but it's always seemed way more about letting each other establish themselves.

I also feel like Jeff has an aversion to risk right now, as evidenced by his latest podcast. Having it be a one-man show means he can make do with much less than he did before. So teaming up with Nextlander kind of moves him away from that goal? I can at least understand why he isn't trying to jump right back into it again.

I don't think I was expecting a real team-up or him joining Nextlander or anything like that. Just surprised they didn't even do something simple the past year like all 4 of them watching a console direct stream or spending an hour in a co-op game or whatever.

And I don't mean to insinuate I think there was drama when I have zero clue. Just something that popped into my head recently.

Did the shutting down of Waypoint not come up in this thread as part of the wider GBU? Vice's ineptitude has led to the shutting down of Waypoint. In discussion and autopsy, it turns out that Waypoint was actually one arm of Vice that was doing quite well financially, and some elements in Vice leadership apparently were aware that the WP staff was done dirty, so somehow they arranged for that group to abscond with the subscription system. They are now Remap, and launched a few days ago.

I mentioned it over in the general gaming podcast thread, since folks had been chatting there about what to do to replace Waypoint Radio in their podcast diet.

Very grateful that the replacement is as bit of a "the king is dead, long live the king" situation.

Keep feeding me those five star runtimes as long as you make it make sense, Waypoint gang.