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Thanksgiving Premium Membership Sale

Get in on the Giant Bomb beta next month at a lower price.

Hey all. It's that time of year again. Till Monday the 26th at midnight PST we're dropping the price of premium memberships to $35. You can grab a code over on this page, and then redeem the code it generates over here. Note that these generate gift subscription codes that you must redeem. So while it's totally OK to use that code on yourself, they're also quite easy to pass along to a friend for the holidays.

For those new to the program, premium members enjoy the following:

  • HD video on our Boxee, Roku, Plex and XMBC apps.
  • Protected RSS feeds so you can directly download our videos at home.
  • Exclusive video content including Jar Time, Random PC Game, Spookin with Scoops, Breaking Brad and monthly call-in shows.
  • A dedicated mobile version of the site.
  • Zero advertising.
  • An enhanced AJAX UI that removes clicks from your browsing.

What this sale membership does not include:

As we mentioned in last week's design chat, the development team here at CBSi is getting close to finishing up the rebuild of the site and we'll be opening up a limited beta in mid-December. That beta will be open to subscribers only. Firstly, because although I'm excited for everyone to see the new site, I do believe there should be some perks for that membership fee. Secondly, and likely more important, is that I'd like to keep things manageable for our dev team and ramp up the numbers as we go. Limiting to a smaller subset of users makes sure the developers can provide at least some level of personal support on the boards as we watch you guys break things!

So again, here's the scoop. Beta site for subs next month, followed by a month of hell for the developers and myself as we fix bugs and shore up the ship. Then in January hopefully a full site launch to everyone. The beta site will be a snapshot and not a mirrored copy of the live site, so any content added during that month to the beta stuff will be wiped away in January. That gives you guys a good opportunity to mess around and gives the editorial team a good trial of our new CMS tools. In the usual Giant Bomb way I imagine Vinny, Jeff and crew will utilize that tissue-paper database for some one-off trial content while we scramble.

In any case, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone (especially our International audience who puts up with these Americanisms). It's been a crazy year for the team here and although I've had to answer "Just what is Giant Bomb?" about twice a week since we've made the move, I'm thankful I can say "A real, god-damned website -- not just someplace you land on" most of the time. Thats a you, not us thing. So thanks, hopefully the long cook time will be worth it.

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Posted by snide

Hey all. It's that time of year again. Till Monday the 26th at midnight PST we're dropping the price of premium memberships to $35. You can grab a code over on this page, and then redeem the code it generates over here. Note that these generate gift subscription codes that you must redeem. So while it's totally OK to use that code on yourself, they're also quite easy to pass along to a friend for the holidays.

For those new to the program, premium members enjoy the following:

  • HD video on our Boxee, Roku, Plex and XMBC apps.
  • Protected RSS feeds so you can directly download our videos at home.
  • Exclusive video content including Jar Time, Random PC Game, Spookin with Scoops, Breaking Brad and monthly call-in shows.
  • A dedicated mobile version of the site.
  • Zero advertising.
  • An enhanced AJAX UI that removes clicks from your browsing.

What this sale membership does not include:

As we mentioned in last week's design chat, the development team here at CBSi is getting close to finishing up the rebuild of the site and we'll be opening up a limited beta in mid-December. That beta will be open to subscribers only. Firstly, because although I'm excited for everyone to see the new site, I do believe there should be some perks for that membership fee. Secondly, and likely more important, is that I'd like to keep things manageable for our dev team and ramp up the numbers as we go. Limiting to a smaller subset of users makes sure the developers can provide at least some level of personal support on the boards as we watch you guys break things!

So again, here's the scoop. Beta site for subs next month, followed by a month of hell for the developers and myself as we fix bugs and shore up the ship. Then in January hopefully a full site launch to everyone. The beta site will be a snapshot and not a mirrored copy of the live site, so any content added during that month to the beta stuff will be wiped away in January. That gives you guys a good opportunity to mess around and gives the editorial team a good trial of our new CMS tools. In the usual Giant Bomb way I imagine Vinny, Jeff and crew will utilize that tissue-paper database for some one-off trial content while we scramble.

In any case, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone (especially our International audience who puts up with these Americanisms). It's been a crazy year for the team here and although I've had to answer "Just what is Giant Bomb?" about twice a week since we've made the move, I'm thankful I can say "A real, god-damned website -- not just someplace you land on" most of the time. Thats a you, not us thing. So thanks, hopefully the long cook time will be worth it.

Posted by JacDG

Feast on these low, low prices!

Posted by scalpel

Cool beans

Posted by Draxyle

Sweet! Been waiting for this. I don't think I spent my money better than I did here last year.

Posted by Rirse

Shame you guys couldn't make a soundbyte for the page.

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Posted by jonnyboy

Vinny tastes like Marscarpone and Olives. Mmmmm.

Posted by kidman

Thanks! I'm good till Dec 5th 2013.

Posted by Sooty

Nah I'm good, great for those who still want to pay for the content though, eh.

Posted by civid

Where the hell is Brads beard!

Posted by nail1080

If you're trying to sell memberships you should probably give more details of what the consumer is getting other than....ummm access to a beta of a website about videogames. Just a bit of constructive criticism as anyone new to the site will certainly not find your proposition very appealing without some concrete details.

Posted by KFJ

I got it without the discount and I'm happy as a clam! Definitely recommend it for everyone who is even mildly attracted to Vinny's biceps. Which is like everyone.

Posted by radioactivez0r

The best part about the code page is hearing Jeff say "Saints Row".

Posted by avidwriter

These are for a year? I'm tempted.

Posted by Terrellism

Awesome, just bought it!

Posted by CosmicBatman

@Rirse said:

Shame you guys couldn't make a soundbyte for the page.

Sounds like turkeys to me. Unless I'm going crazy.

Posted by Mezmero

Oh man, granny Scoops is a little creepy.

Posted by dr_mantas

Has anyone on this website even heard a turkey before?

Posted by snide

@nail1080 said:

If you're trying to sell memberships you should probably give more details of what the consumer is getting other than....ummm access to a beta of a website about videogames. Just a bit of constructive criticism as anyone new to the site will certainly not find your proposition very appealing without some concrete details.

A valid criticism. Corrected! Thanks.

Posted by JerichoBlyth

I thought the last sentence read;

"So thanks, hopefully the long cock time will be worth it."

Just thought I would share that.

As for the premium membership. I need to see more features listed before I even consider it guys, sorry. Love ya n' all.

Posted by bassman2112

Thanks, Dave!

Looking forward to see the fruits of your guys' labor, should be really cool with everything you've been talking about.

Posted by Aeterna

Sort of sour after having "just" refreshed my membership before this. Would've been nice to benefit from that price-drop.

Posted by BeachThunder

I totally read that in Dave's voice :o

Also, I'm not quite sure what this means:

An enhanced AJAX UI that removes clicks from your browsing.

Posted by snide

@loyalroyal1989 said:

The code i got is not working for me does it take some time to work??

Checking into it.

Posted by snide

@loyalroyal1989: k, you're all good.

Posted by CaLe

Set until 2014 now. Not that I'll need it considering the world is gonna end next month.

Posted by the_korben

Do these memberships stack? For example, if I already have a membership until September 2013, can I extend it to September 2014 using the special offer?

Posted by snide

@the_korben said:

Do these memberships stack? For example, if I already have a membership until September 2013, can I extend it to September 2014 using the special offer?

Yes.

Posted by fugie7

I'll do it if that image goes on a shirt!

Posted by the_korben

@snide said:

@the_korben said:

Do these memberships stack? For example, if I already have a membership until September 2013, can I extend it to September 2014 using the special offer?

Yes.

Thanks. Cool. Will do! :)

Posted by BagronkeN

I'm now good through Sept. 18, 2014 :)

If the world ends December 31st 2012, I demand a refund!

Posted by Gnubberen

@snide: Just wanted to let you know, that I'm having a very hard time reading the text at the bottom of that page.

Posted by LumpOfCole

Yes but where can we download the Giant Bomb Crew Turkey Noises ringtone?

Posted by NicolasVH

Now I feel screwed having bought my first time premium year yesterday. :(

Posted by Saganomics

@JerichoBlyth said:

As for the premium membership. I need to see more features listed before I even consider it guys, sorry. Love ya n' all.

Flight Club. What else do you need?

(The world needs more Flight Club, Dave.)

Edited by JuMP

Question about the Roku app. It's still not showing as available in Canada, and when I called Roku, they said that the app has to be resubmitted by the developer as being available for all regions. As a premium member, I would like access to this feature, but currently because of where I live I cannot. Thanks for checking it out, Dave.

Posted by NicolasVH

@Saganomics said:

@JerichoBlyth said:

As for the premium membership. I need to see more features listed before I even consider it guys, sorry. Love ya n' all.

Flight Club. What else do you need?

(The world needs more Flight Club, Dave.)

Flight Club Quick Looks are for everybody no?

Posted by InsidiousTuna

My membership's good through April, and I'm currently saving up for a cross-country move in January. I'm good for now, but know that I love you all.

Posted by Winternet

I think I am just F5ing that page for the next hour or so.

Posted by HatKing

YES! I knew that you guys would run a promotion like this. So glad I only renewed for a month when my year ran out. Totally going to jump in again.

Posted by Wondeboy

It also doesn't include the $15 store discount code, so essentially for 1st timers, its the regular price for premium!

Posted by milsco

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Posted by Saganomics

@NicolasVH said:

@Saganomics said:

@JerichoBlyth said:

As for the premium membership. I need to see more features listed before I even consider it guys, sorry. Love ya n' all.

Flight Club. What else do you need?

(The world needs more Flight Club, Dave.)

Flight Club Quick Looks are for everybody no?

Are they? I always lump them in with the subscriber content for some reason. My second point still stands, though.

Posted by Video_Game_King

Hooray! Now I have no excuse not to be gifted a membership!

Posted by Linkster7

Came in here to complain about just buying mine last month, read actual article, slip quietly out again.

Posted by RetroVirus

Again, you guys prove time and time again why I continue to subscribe. The content here is better than almost anything else on any other sites!

Posted by Xeirus

I will only re-up my sub when they provide a new track, this is last years sound clip :(

Posted by PhilESkyline

Can someone explain what monthly call-in shows are?

Posted by Fireburst

Bought. Thanks Dave!

Posted by snide

@PhilESkyline said:

Can someone explain what monthly call-in shows are?

Basically we do a combination podcast / member call-in show where we open up a Skype line and take questions about the site in general. These rarely have to do with gaming, but instead focus on the business, technology and personel aspects of building Giant Bomb.

Last week were we demoed the upcoming beta site and let people ask questions of our design team.

Posted by freakin9

Interesting that they don't mention TNT, since it's the only reason I have a sub.

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