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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.

Dave Snider on Google+
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Posted by CosmicQueso

Bastards. You got me.

Posted by Gnorbooth

Woooooo. Thanks for the update Dave! And as usual, re-upped for another year.

Posted by hakunin

@freakin9 said:

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

I'm guessing you're a pretty rare beast in that regard :)

Posted by dvdwalker8

It's a good deal. I will definitely do this on Friday when I get paid.

Posted by louiedog

@NicolasVH said:

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

As long as you're interested in ordering something from the store you did just fine.

Posted by Kerned

You'd have to be a turkey to pass up this offer!

Sorry, I'll be going now...

Posted by Ben_H

Already used this last year and another time to subscribe so I'm good til November like 2 years from now. I'll wait until next year.

Posted by CornBREDX

finally had the cash to get in on one of these again. So I'm good up to end of next year now. Yay

Posted by TurboMan

I love you, Dave.

Online
Posted by laserbolts

Wish I could afford it Dave. Keep up the good work duder.

Posted by gaminghooligan

sweet. Looks like I know what I'm spending some of my bonus on ;)

Posted by MorkaiTheWolf

As sad as it may be, the reduced price and just cashing my paycheck made me splurge and buy a membership. I don't regret a second of it. Love the content so I figured I should try to give back.

Posted by MarkWahlberg

Beta site that will disappear after a month? LET'S BURN THIS FUCKER DOWN.

Not me, though. Can't afford it. You guys go ahead though.

Edited by MookieFL

Cartoon Brad really, really, really looks like a monkey in that image.

Posted by ChrisHarris

@louiedog said:

@NicolasVH said:

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

As long as you're interested in ordering something from the store you did just fine.

I re-subscribed three days ago and I don't plan on purchasing anything from the store. Fortunately, I was treating it more as a donation than buying the premium content. From that perspective, I don't really feel screwed for sending an extra $15 their way.

Posted by DeathTrap

oh man, I want to get that sound file as a ringtone...

Posted by IsenTorr

Just subbed for the first time. The site feels strange without ads, but I suspect I will get used to it. Now off to watch all the subscriber videos while I can.

Posted by BBQBram

Can't wait for the new site, very curious to see what y'all cooked up. It's the content and website together that make Giant Bomb the only sited I've ever been truly invested in.

Posted by Undeadpool

@GanbowKi said:

Just subbed for the first time. The site feels strange without ads, but I suspect I will get used to it. Now off to watch all the subscriber videos while I can.

Start with Random PC Game. The other stuff is REAL REAL good, don't get me wrong, but that feature is golden (especially SWAT and Fantasmagoria)

Posted by Robaota

A reference to the Survivor Series 1993 VHS front cover by chance? If so, fucking glorious.

Posted by mrfluke

@Undeadpool said:

@GanbowKi said:

Just subbed for the first time. The site feels strange without ads, but I suspect I will get used to it. Now off to watch all the subscriber videos while I can.

Start with Random PC Game. The other stuff is REAL REAL good, don't get me wrong, but that feature is golden (especially SWAT and Fantasmagoria)

yea random pc game is the best first stop, then id suggest outcast on random pc game, and drew goes to north korea

Posted by NaDannMaGoGo

Awesome, finally a premium member \o/

Edited by BSw

As GB went from a game review website to my main source of media entertainment over the last year, $35,- for another year full of hours of dumb relaxation sounds like a good idea. I think I've seen more hours of GB videos than tv in 2012.

Btw

Posted by jwryan

@hakunin said:

@freakin9 said:

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

I'm guessing you're a pretty rare beast in that regard :)

While it's far from the only reason I have a sub, living in the UK and working means I really appreciate the TNT archive.

Posted by PhilESkyline

@snide said:

@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.

Thanks Dave. I remember using Skype to ask a MMO question to Jeff and Ryan during a Star Wars beta test some time ago. Great addition.

Posted by Slaegar

I signed up last sale (I'm not a t-shirt guy) and I was hoping this would happen again.

Posted by Adrian79

I have a pay monthly account, is that the same thing as a premium?

Posted by PollySMPS

Since it's giftable, I have a friend I think I'll hook up.

Edited by Itwastuesday

AHHHHHHhhhhh I was hoping they'd do this again! GIANT BOMBS AND TURKEYS FOR EVERYONE

I MEAN FOR MYSELF

Posted by Wikitoups

@JuMP said:

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.

Same here I'm Canadian and just got a Roku for my self and was disappointed that I could not the the giant bomb app :(

Posted by Gorehorn

Happy Thanksgiving GB Staff Duders!

Posted by dOm_CaTz

break ALL the things

Posted by JSwan13

I hope these don't sell out till I get some money.

Posted by Fattony12000
Posted by DjCmeP

I don't have the money for a renewal right now(I'm good til next summer) and I'm not even sure if I can justify a renewal anyway(cause there was a huge lack of content for sometime). But why isn't there an option for paypal?

Posted by BD_Mr_Bubbles

@BBQBram said:

Can't wait for the new site, very curious to see what y'all cooked up. It's the content and website together that make Giant Bomb the only sited I've ever been truly invested in.

Posted by jagehtso

What about us yokels, who don't own a credit card?

Posted by NFXFSX

Awesome. All signed up. Thanks guys.

Posted by Garrador

I was waiting for this deal to renew my membership so it goes through all of 2013 (was set to expire in June). This site is the only place that has made me break my internet rule of paying for memberships. Keep up the great work, and I will keep giving you guys money.

Posted by AlexanderHC

@DeathTrap said:

oh man, I want to get that sound file as a ringtone...

Oh god yes!! +1 for that!

Posted by Mumrik

I still don't get these "sales".

50 bucks minus a 15 buck T-shirt doesn't actually make 35 a sale. It's more like the same thing as before, isn't it?

Posted by AlexanderHC

@BSw said:

Btw

Yes please! Paypal Option!

Posted by iamian

@Mumrik said:

I still don't get these "sales".

50 bucks minus a 15 buck T-shirt doesn't actually make 35 a sale. It's more like the same thing as before, isn't it?

I consider it a sale because I don't care about getting a a T-Shirt.

Posted by MetalGearSunny

An enhanced AJAX UI that removes clicks from your browsing.

....wait what?
Posted by Nightriff

Haha, I just renewed my membership this morning, that's ok, I'll take the 15 dollar coupon and get some swag

Posted by Rhythm

@Wikitoups said:

@JuMP said:

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.

Same here I'm Canadian and just got a Roku for my self and was disappointed that I could not the the giant bomb app :(

Ditto - UK member here

Posted by FCDRandy

I will probably renew at this tryptoPhantastic price when I get paid on Friday! Hooray for websites!

Posted by hydrotherion

Yes. Was curious if this deal would return.:) Going to renew,guys! Happy thanksgiving.

Posted by CaptPaulBlues

Great, my bank's VISA system is messed up today so fingers crossed everyone doesn't snap up the memberships in the next few hours

Posted by Crono

I love bomb.

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