Giant Bomb Bomb-All

kuddles wrote:

Jeff was on TWIT again last week. Haven't listened to it yet, but I imagine it will lead to interesting discussion. (A TWIT episode that talks about video games with the regular members always ends up sounding like clueless old people talking about them.)

Hunh, that's interesting. I thought TWIT and Giant Bomb kind of didn't get along any more due to the jabs they took at Leo over his dislike of Cards Against Humanity. Jeff being on that show isn't enough to make me give Leo Laporte any more traffic but it's cool they seem to have made peace.

Parallax Abstraction wrote:
kuddles wrote:

Jeff was on TWIT again last week. Haven't listened to it yet, but I imagine it will lead to interesting discussion. (A TWIT episode that talks about video games with the regular members always ends up sounding like clueless old people talking about them.)

Hunh, that's interesting. I thought TWIT and Giant Bomb kind of didn't get along any more due to the jabs they took at Leo over his dislike of Cards Against Humanity. Jeff being on that show isn't enough to make me give Leo Laporte any more traffic but it's cool they seem to have made peace.

Y'know, I love Jeff and will normally listen to a podcast if he's on it, but I could barely make it through half an hour of the other people on this one. They just kept talking over one another and ignoring the another guest's point only to reiterate what they already said a few minutes previous.

bnpederson wrote:
Parallax Abstraction wrote:
kuddles wrote:

Jeff was on TWIT again last week. Haven't listened to it yet, but I imagine it will lead to interesting discussion. (A TWIT episode that talks about video games with the regular members always ends up sounding like clueless old people talking about them.)

Hunh, that's interesting. I thought TWIT and Giant Bomb kind of didn't get along any more due to the jabs they took at Leo over his dislike of Cards Against Humanity. Jeff being on that show isn't enough to make me give Leo Laporte any more traffic but it's cool they seem to have made peace.

Y'know, I love Jeff and will normally listen to a podcast if he's on it, but I could barely make it through half an hour of the other people on this one. They just kept talking over one another and ignoring the another guest's point only to reiterate what they already said a few minutes previous.

I found the same thing, but I find all the Leo Laporte shows hard to listen to...

That's generally most TWIT shows I find. Between Leo's continued employment and promotion of people with questionable expertise and how TWIT itself seemed to become the all Apple, Facebook and Twitter show for quite some time, I gave up on his netwoirk. Leo Laporte's also shown himself to be kind of a vindictive douchebag the last couple of years but that's a personal preference thing on my part.

AP Erebus wrote:
bnpederson wrote:
Parallax Abstraction wrote:
kuddles wrote:

Jeff was on TWIT again last week. Haven't listened to it yet, but I imagine it will lead to interesting discussion. (A TWIT episode that talks about video games with the regular members always ends up sounding like clueless old people talking about them.)

Hunh, that's interesting. I thought TWIT and Giant Bomb kind of didn't get along any more due to the jabs they took at Leo over his dislike of Cards Against Humanity. Jeff being on that show isn't enough to make me give Leo Laporte any more traffic but it's cool they seem to have made peace.

Y'know, I love Jeff and will normally listen to a podcast if he's on it, but I could barely make it through half an hour of the other people on this one. They just kept talking over one another and ignoring the another guest's point only to reiterate what they already said a few minutes previous.

I found the same thing, but I find all the Leo Laporte shows hard to listen to...

The breaking point for me with TWiT was the non-stop Apple talk. The tested.com podcast was also veering that way, until the buyout happened and they switched focus completely.

Parallax Abstraction wrote:
kuddles wrote:

Ryan Davis was on Idle Thumbs last week, which was like peanut butter and chocolate put together.

I know, he taught them how to be funny again! /trollface

I laughed out loud during an Idle Thumbs podcast for the first time in the fifteen or so shows I've heard.

avggeek wrote:

The breaking point for me with TWiT was the non-stop Apple talk. The tested.com podcast was also veering that way, until the buyout happened and they switched focus completely.

So since Tested was bought, has their podcast become just more not-tech focused or have they just learned to lay off the constant Apple gushing? I gave up on that show because of that and how frankly dickish Will got any time someone said "It would be nice if you guys didn't talk about Apple 5x as much as anything else." I know the site in general is covering a lot more science type stuff. If the show's become a lot more sciencey (kind of like a constant fake outtakes), that really interests me. Even if it's just more focused on tech overall, that would be great because I haven't found another tech podcast I like since quitting that one.

Parallax Abstraction wrote:
avggeek wrote:

The breaking point for me with TWiT was the non-stop Apple talk. The tested.com podcast was also veering that way, until the buyout happened and they switched focus completely.

So since Tested was bought, has their podcast become just more not-tech focused or have they just learned to lay off the constant Apple gushing? I gave up on that show because of that and how frankly dickish Will got any time someone said "It would be nice if you guys didn't talk about Apple 5x as much as anything else." I know the site in general is covering a lot more science type stuff. If the show's become a lot more sciencey (kind of like a constant fake outtakes), that really interests me. Even if it's just more focused on tech overall, that would be great because I haven't found another tech podcast I like since quitting that one.

I haven't listened in a while either, but they seemed to move a bit past the apple worship when they stopped primarily focusing on cell phones and tablets. I still haven't gone back, but that's just more because of time constraints.

There was a "daddycast" where all the new and prospective dads from the former Whiskey Media got together to talk dad stuff. That was genuinely interesting.

I'm very behind on episodes (almost to 2013), but it's a more general tech show, still mostly about electronics. They tend to cover Apple more when they're talking in that realm, but that's just a product of culture, and not really the overemphasis and gloating I think you had a problem with in the show's earlier days.

bnpederson wrote:
Parallax Abstraction wrote:
avggeek wrote:

The breaking point for me with TWiT was the non-stop Apple talk. The tested.com podcast was also veering that way, until the buyout happened and they switched focus completely.

So since Tested was bought, has their podcast become just more not-tech focused or have they just learned to lay off the constant Apple gushing? I gave up on that show because of that and how frankly dickish Will got any time someone said "It would be nice if you guys didn't talk about Apple 5x as much as anything else." I know the site in general is covering a lot more science type stuff. If the show's become a lot more sciencey (kind of like a constant fake outtakes), that really interests me. Even if it's just more focused on tech overall, that would be great because I haven't found another tech podcast I like since quitting that one.

I haven't listened in a while either, but they seemed to move a bit past the apple worship when they stopped primarily focusing on cell phones and tablets. I still haven't gone back, but that's just more because of time constraints.

There was a "daddycast" where all the new and prospective dads from the former Whiskey Media got together to talk dad stuff. That was genuinely interesting.

The Dadcasts are interesting (and equally terrifying), it's the only podcast thing my girlfriend will listen to other than occasional Bombcast bits--she really enjoys Vinnie's humor.

This is Only a Test has been okay, there is definitely less Apple talk and a lot more science talk. The science talk has been interesting, but only somewhat entertaining. Gary Whitta has been pretty much AWOL since March, due to his working on projects (After Earth and others), so it's been the Will and Norm show (with the occasional Joey or Wes appearance). I'd argue that for me, the lack of Gary has decreased the quality of the show overall, especially the humor.

I still listen, but there are times where their lack of fact checking, Norm's immature reactions to discussions of Will's new daughter/family life, and Will's occasional dickish/know-it-all statements about various things give me less guilt for skipping an episode when I am short for time or behind on other podcasts.

Frequent visitor to the Giant Bomb set, Brad Muir is the project lead for DoubleFine's new kickstarter: MASSIVE CHALICE. Brad antics are on display in their amusing pitch video for what is shaping up to be a fantasy turn-based tactics game.

Apollo0507 wrote:
bnpederson wrote:
Parallax Abstraction wrote:
avggeek wrote:

The breaking point for me with TWiT was the non-stop Apple talk. The tested.com podcast was also veering that way, until the buyout happened and they switched focus completely.

So since Tested was bought, has their podcast become just more not-tech focused or have they just learned to lay off the constant Apple gushing? I gave up on that show because of that and how frankly dickish Will got any time someone said "It would be nice if you guys didn't talk about Apple 5x as much as anything else." I know the site in general is covering a lot more science type stuff. If the show's become a lot more sciencey (kind of like a constant fake outtakes), that really interests me. Even if it's just more focused on tech overall, that would be great because I haven't found another tech podcast I like since quitting that one.

I haven't listened in a while either, but they seemed to move a bit past the apple worship when they stopped primarily focusing on cell phones and tablets. I still haven't gone back, but that's just more because of time constraints.

There was a "daddycast" where all the new and prospective dads from the former Whiskey Media got together to talk dad stuff. That was genuinely interesting.

The Dadcasts are interesting (and equally terrifying), it's the only podcast thing my girlfriend will listen to other than occasional Bombcast bits--she really enjoys Vinnie's humor.

This is Only a Test has been okay, there is definitely less Apple talk and a lot more science talk. The science talk has been interesting, but only somewhat entertaining. Gary Whitta has been pretty much AWOL since March, due to his working on projects (After Earth and others), so it's been the Will and Norm show (with the occasional Joey or Wes appearance). I'd argue that for me, the lack of Gary has decreased the quality of the show overall, especially the humor.

I still listen, but there are times where their lack of fact checking, Norm's immature reactions to discussions of Will's new daughter/family life, and Will's occasional dickish/know-it-all statements about various things give me less guilt for skipping an episode when I am short for time or behind on other podcasts.

Yeah, Norm needs to grow the f*ck up.

I like the tested podcast, but not when it's the Will/Norm show only, they really need a 3rd every time.

AP Erebus wrote:

Yeah, Norm needs to grow the f*ck up.

I like the tested podcast, but not when it's the Will/Norm show only, they really need a 3rd every time.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who agrees. On the other hand, I will miss Patrick on the Bombcast. *ducks*

Shame they don't have any desire to get their act together - could be so much better.

Apollo0507 wrote:
AP Erebus wrote:

Yeah, Norm needs to grow the f*ck up.

I like the tested podcast, but not when it's the Will/Norm show only, they really need a 3rd every time.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who agrees. On the other hand, I will miss Patrick on the Bombcast. *ducks*

I will miss Patrick, too. He brings an element that is otherwise lacking.

TheCounselor wrote:
Apollo0507 wrote:
AP Erebus wrote:

Yeah, Norm needs to grow the f*ck up.

I like the tested podcast, but not when it's the Will/Norm show only, they really need a 3rd every time.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who agrees. On the other hand, I will miss Patrick on the Bombcast. *ducks*

I will miss Patrick, too. He brings an element that is otherwise lacking.

I won't mind that he's off the regular podcast. I like what he brings but I don't think they lose a needed dimension. He absolutely has to be on the GotY deliberations, though. I may disagree with him and have different tastes but his perspective is vital to those. Brings attention to and promotes discussion of some games that the others would have ignored or would have been lost in the shuffle.

I'm worried that with Patrick gone, Quick Looks of non-AAA titles will dry up again.

He'll do plenty from his bedroom or whatevs, I'm sure. Which actually works out for me, I find him quite tolerable when he's by himself. Those two videos of him just answering questions were alright.

kuddles wrote:

I'm worried that with Patrick gone, Quick Looks of non-AAA titles will dry up again.

He said in a recent Q&A premium video he did that he will eventually have a setup to do quick looks in Chicago. Interestingly, he won't be working from home but they'll be co-renting an office with the Cards Against Humanity guys and he says the space will let him do a bunch of stuff from there similar to what they can do in the main office. It's going to be very interesting to see Giant Bomb becoming more of a "virtual" setup.

Curious just because I don't want to listen to a 2+ hour Tested podcast to find out but what's Norm do with Will's family stuff that's so immature? I was never the greatest fan of Norm to begin with but I'm curious what he does that makes this so grating for people.

Parallax Abstraction wrote:

Curious just because I don't want to listen to a 2+ hour Tested podcast to find out but what's Norm do with Will's family stuff that's so immature? I was never the greatest fan of Norm to begin with but I'm curious what he does that makes this so grating for people.

It became a thing where Will/Gary would show Norm pictures of the birthing process and he would freak out, because he apparently he can't stand biology. I haven't been listening for a few weeks now due to study commitments, so I don't know if something else came up.

Put me in the camp of people who will miss "Scoops" Klepek. He was a necessary counterweight to the usual tilt of the Bombcast in my opinion.

Parallax Abstraction wrote:
kuddles wrote:

I'm worried that with Patrick gone, Quick Looks of non-AAA titles will dry up again.

He said in a recent Q&A premium video he did that he will eventually have a setup to do quick looks in Chicago. Interestingly, he won't be working from home but they'll be co-renting an office with the Cards Against Humanity guys and he says the space will let him do a bunch of stuff from there similar to what they can do in the main office. It's going to be very interesting to see Giant Bomb becoming more of a "virtual" setup.

What's stopping him from being on the podcast, then?

He also said that part of what makes the bombcast special is being in the same room, so they're not going to make that a regular thing. I know the guys have a general disdain skype podcasts.

I want to re-iterated the distaste for long doses of Rorie. He seems like a nice guy, but on TNT and Unprofessional Fridays, he will ask a question, answer it himself and then nervously dismiss his own opinion before one of the other guys even has the opportunity to speak.

I totally didn't know about Patrick though. I have no strong opinion. Wish him luck back in Chicago.

Where'd Dave go? I haven't seen him on any videos lately...

Grubber788 wrote:

Where'd Dave go? I haven't seen him on any videos lately...

He left them about a month ago to spend time with his new family. He made an appearance on a second round of "dadcast" on Tested and was talking about plans for a big cross-country camping trip with his infant, so I'm sure he's having a blast. He's promised to come back an do guest appearances on occasion.

It kinda bugged me this week, how hung up Klepek was about Arrested Development not mocking their bad compositing, when they did, albeit in a way that was easy to miss.

Spoiler:

George to Oscar: "Ok, but sit opposite from me, it'll look better that way."

Dude sucks at analysis, regardless of medium.

Blind_Evil wrote:

Dude sucks at analysis, regardless of medium.

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Reviewing is completely congruent with analysis, right?

It's a demonstration thereof. This is all totally subjective, of course. Enjoy his take on things if you like. I'll continue to poke holes in the nonsense, make little jabs in this thread, and be smugly satisfied that this is working out just as I'd hoped.