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And Now... The Rest Of The Story

Jeff and John sit down on GameSpot's weird wrap-around green screen and address some issues that were long overdue.

Hey guys. So, in case you missed it, this is the video we broadcast at 4PM yesterday, where we discussed the business side of business, my past history with GameSpot, and some of your questions.

Tomorrow, with any luck, we'll start getting back to actually recording Quick Looks and, like, covering video games. Well, part of the time, anyway. The rest of the time will be spent getting lost on the 3rd floor of that building over and over again because everyone moved desks while we were gone. Thanks for watching.

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Posted by Jeff

Hey guys. So, in case you missed it, this is the video we broadcast at 4PM yesterday, where we discussed the business side of business, my past history with GameSpot, and some of your questions.

Tomorrow, with any luck, we'll start getting back to actually recording Quick Looks and, like, covering video games. Well, part of the time, anyway. The rest of the time will be spent getting lost on the 3rd floor of that building over and over again because everyone moved desks while we were gone. Thanks for watching.

Posted by Willin

Good to see! 

Posted by shway

and this is the singularity

Posted by Kiro_LeMark

Why can't they lift the NDAs on all the other crazy shit that goes on behind the scenes.

Call it a 5 year spoiler-free zone? :D

Posted by Fruitcocoa

If you guys are happy, then I'm happy.

Posted by DukesT3

Its been a long road!!!!!

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Posted by ErisRon

woohoo!

Posted by MistaSparkle

Giantbomb!

Posted by caska

The only thing I'm upset about so far is the fact that Brad said he was uploading a video of a walkaround the new office featuring Vinny and it's not up yet :( but otherwise I'm with Giantbomb every step of the way!

Posted by UnrealDP

Yay for change! Duders, you've got my full confidence 'n all that! It's not like some corporation's gonna change my faith in your guys's judgment. Hell, If I had any doubts, I probably would've bailed a while ago. In it to win it, amigos!

Posted by Grimluck343

I was ready to be angry and call them sellouts. Then I saw the hardcore Dave t-shirt. All is forgiven. Good luck.

Posted by rjayb89

DEATH TO RORIE

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Posted by Suigyoken

Follow you guys to the depths of Gamespot.

Posted by lolwut

Bottom line: Jeff got fired because of higher-ups panicking over advertisers wanting to pull money due to a bad review of Kane and Lynch. How anyone thought this WASN'T the case any time in the past four and a half years is beyond me.

Posted by KidA

Jeff Ive been with you since day 1 and Ill be there for you and your crew wherever you land. Best of luck!

Posted by Stealthmaster86

@caska said:

The only thing I'm upset about so far is the fact that Brad said he was uploading a video of a walkaround the new office featuring Vinny and it's not up yet :( but otherwise I'm with Giantbomb every step of the way!

I would expect that to be posted tomorrow. Give it time.

Posted by Chris2KLee

I need to see that video of Vinny getting a bunch of old phone messages.

Posted by brassmarsh

When people said someone should put a giant bomb in the Gamespot offices I'm not sure this is what they meant...

Posted by Jackel2072

We are with you Commander 

Edited by Capt_Ventris

More SSX for Coonce.

edit : I should have elaborated. I meant as a parting gesture to Coonce.

Posted by Ventilaator

So you remember everyone overreacting when Jeff got fired? Everyone thought he got fired because of a review score?

Yup, that's pretty much what actually happened. Yay for credibility!

Posted by DarkbeatDK

Posted by Grimluck343

@Ventilaator said:

So you remember everyone overreacting when Jeff got fired? Everyone thought he got fired because of a review score?

Yup, that's pretty much what actually happened. Yay for credibility!

And yet, here we are right back where we started. Which is great, I guess? Maybe?

Posted by jonnyboy

Gamespot users: "What the fuck is on his shirt?"

Posted by yoshimitz707

@Capt_Ventris said:

More SSX for Coonce.

Coonce went with the Tested/Screened/Anime Vice side of the split.

Posted by crusader8463

I want my Will and Norm back! GB won't be the same without them hanging around in the background.

Posted by Khalis

Giant Spot! ...wait

Posted by ShaunassNZ

Fuck this, all of these arseholes selling out for money... I'm going to GameSpot.

Posted by Ben_H

  

Posted by selbie

LOL at all the pessimists saying this is the end of Giantbomb. Let's remember Jeff and the rest of them made Gamespot what it is. Then they made Giantbomb what it is, and now BOTH of them are back together!

I always thought the Gamespot staff could use some decent humor once in a while. Those guys have gone stale as fuck since Jeff and the others left.

Posted by benson

@Khalis said:

Giant Spot! ...wait

More like Game Bomb. Dot ru

Posted by anbumakura

Seeing the news of what was going on 5 minutes before leaving for work today, I was really confused and scared about it, but after watching all the video they've done today and pouring over Twitter all day, I'm actually pretty excited about this. I trust the crew enough to believe them when they say this won't change Giant Bomb's tone or credibility. I'm sad to see them and Comic Vine parting ways with the rest of Whiskey Media, but this seems like it could really be good for them. I really feel they wouldn't do this if they didn't feel it was the best course of action for them, the site, and the users. I'm excited to see what this will bring.

Posted by monkeystick

Thanks for making this!

Posted by Funkydupe

Nice to see Jeff trying to be funny in this "interview/conversation" keeping the GameSpot person on edge there at the end. :D

GameSpot seems to be taking the professional aka. boring approach to video game coverage in general with a few exceptions of course, so maybe I won't fear a merge of the sites in a couple of years, but the risk and I guess temptation to do so will lurk for as long this "partnership/co-op game" lasts.

Good luck to Giant Bomb and I actually think this is going to be okay.

Posted by ParaParaKing

Are all videos on Gamespot awkward like this one?

Posted by SpicyRichter

I enjoyed this site because it is unleashed and the guys will say anything they feel because there's no 'big brother' paying the bills.

This has now changed. There is NO WAY this will continue under the heavy hands of a company like CBS. No matter what anyone says, the bombcast will change tone, quick looks will change tone, etc. Whenever management gets involved, creativity gets stifled. This always happens no matter WHAT people 'expect'.

When you get bigger you are expected to cater to a larger audience. This isn't really what giantbomb is about now is it?

I knew something bad was going on this week :( The changes at tested really excite me though!!

Posted by Milkman

Second highest rated comment on this video:

"This is proof why we can't trust big gaming sites. Payed Reviews."

DERP

Posted by Tebbit

Needs more Rorie.

Posted by SpicyRichter

@selbie said:

I always thought the Gamespot staff could use some decent humor once in a while. Those guys have gone stale as fuck since Jeff and the others left.

Just what we need... gamespot guys diluting the pool

Posted by BD_Mr_Bubbles

@monkeystick said:

Thanks for making this!

Posted by RecSpec

Haha, when did John Davison let his hair grow out?

Posted by Milkman

@SpicyRichter said:

I enjoyed this site because it is unleashed and the guys will say anything they feel because there's no 'big brother' paying the bills.

This has now changed. There is NO WAY this will continue under the heavy hands of a company like CBS. No matter what anyone says, the bombcast will change tone, quick looks will change tone, etc. Whenever management gets involved, creativity gets stifled. This always happens no matter WHAT people 'expect'.

When you get bigger you are expected to cater to a larger audience. This isn't really what giantbomb is about now is it?

I knew something bad was going on this week :( The changes at tested really excite me though!!

Oh, you know all this huh? It's good thing we have Giant Bomb's resident soothsayer to break this news to us.

Seriously, just shut the hell up. They haven't even been in the office for a day. The sky isn't falling. Not everything on the internet has to be some corporate conspiracy keeping the little guys down. Nothing is changing.

Posted by Deusx

I just wished you guys would actually do some kind of video to explain EVERYTHING. The answers to many questions have been all over the place. For example what is going to happen to screened and anime vice? What are the new offices like? Why didn't you guys make a goodbye video? What do you guys get from all this? Money and tech? New editorial staff? Is someone going to join Vinny and Drew on the editing side of things? Why exactly did you do this? What do WE get from this? What do the Gamespot guys get from all this besides a way of making more ads money? What do Gamespot users and community gain from all of this? What is going to happen to Rorie? Aren't you sad the Whiskey Media family is splitting up? Are you actually happy to be on cubicles again? I can keep going...

Edited by Xymox

Kane & Lynch 3, 10/10 GOTY! Sweet!

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Omfg, the background is a greenscreen. Mind blown.

Posted by EmuLeader

@selbie said:

LOL at all the pessimists saying this is the end of Giantbomb. Let's remember Jeff and the rest of them made Gamespot what it is. Then they made Giantbomb what it is, and now BOTH of them are back together!

I always thought the Gamespot staff could use some decent humor once in a while. Those guys have gone stale as fuck since Jeff and the others left.

The sites aren't mixing. They said there might be some very little collaborations on things that make sense, but for the most part they will be completely separate. GameSpot isn't gaining them. Collaboration can be great, but they would forfeit the integrity of what makes each site different. I'm sure everyone involved is glad to be working around friends they haven't been around in so long.

Posted by Brackynews

@jonnyboy said:

Gamespot users: "What the fuck is on his shirt?"

I swear I didn't know this would happen...

I don't care if it's just a coincidence. My toes are dipped in Giant Bomb history.
Posted by artgarcrunkle

@Deusx said:

I just wished you guys would actually do some kind of video to explain EVERYTHING. The answers to many questions have been all over the place. For example what is going to happen to screened and anime vice? What are the new offices like? Why didn't you guys make a goodbye video? What do you guys get from all this? Money and tech? New editorial staff? Is someone going to join Vinny and Drew on the editing side of things? Why exactly did you do this? What do WE get from this? What do the Gamespot guys get from all this besides a way of making more ads money? What do Gamespot users and community gain from all of this? What is going to happen to Rorie? Aren't you sad the Whiskey Media family is splitting up? Are you actually happy to be on cubicles again? I can keep going...

Posted by clumsyninja1

The only thing missing in this merger is the Sass...it ain't GS without Sass

Posted by SpicyRichter

@Milkman said:

@SpicyRichter said:

I enjoyed this site because it is unleashed and the guys will say anything they feel because there's no 'big brother' paying the bills.

This has now changed. There is NO WAY this will continue under the heavy hands of a company like CBS. No matter what anyone says, the bombcast will change tone, quick looks will change tone, etc. Whenever management gets involved, creativity gets stifled. This always happens no matter WHAT people 'expect'.

When you get bigger you are expected to cater to a larger audience. This isn't really what giantbomb is about now is it?

I knew something bad was going on this week :( The changes at tested really excite me though!!

Oh, you know all this huh? It's good thing we have Giant Bomb's resident soothsayer to break this news to us.

Seriously, just shut the hell up. They haven't even been in the office for a day. The sky isn't falling. Not everything on the internet has to be some corporate conspiracy keeping the little guys down. Nothing is changing.

I'm a business man, I've seen entrepreneurs bought by conglomerates and have seen them lose their charm.