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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 DizzyMedal

@radioactivez0r said:

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

I think that's Patrick.

Posted by Sharpless

You know, this is great, but I was really hoping it would happen in December, like last year. Money's real tight and I won't be able to afford this until next month. No sale for me, I guess. :\

Posted by Parsnip

Oh, it's one of these "deals" again. Is it really a deal if it's actually the same price, since it doesn't include the t-shirt coupon?
I mean, it's great and all that you give the option to buy a premium access without the code, but that seems like something that should be available all the time anyway, considering that maybe some of us don't care for the t-shirt designs anyways.

Posted by billyhoush

Thank you!

Posted by Stubee

I love you guys but charging for a mobile version of your site makes no sense to me.

Posted by is343

'til

Edited by billyhoush

Did you guys get your email with the code instantly or did it take a few hours? I'm still waiting to get mine.

edit: nm you gotta use the same email address linked to your giantbomb account. w00t nov. 26, 2013!

Posted by barberforce

How do you pay via Paypal again?

Posted by ch3burashka

Luchaturkey.

Posted by Kordesh

Query: Now that Giant Bomb is owned by CBS, where does the sub money go? Does it still become beer money/the fund to keep Vinny's hair looking fabulous, or does it all just go into the CBS money pit and they decide to grumble slightly less that quarter if your numbers look good?

Posted by Phished0ne

What is Giant Bomb?

Edited by Hudlommen

Why the hell would you lower prices just before payday? Yes let me find 35$ in my budget 3 days before i get paid.

Morons..

Posted by Phished0ne

@Kordesh said:

Query: Now that Giant Bomb is owned by CBS, where does the sub money go? Does it still become beer money/the fund to keep Vinny's hair looking fabulous, or does it all just go into the CBS money pit and they decide to grumble slightly less that quarter if your numbers look good?

My guess would be that the money still goes directly to them, but it still counts toward a quarterly "look how much money we bring in" number during quarterly.

Posted by GaspoweR

@barberforce said:

How do you pay via Paypal again?

Unfortunately you cant purchase the discount via PayPal as of now. Here's the tweet reply for that same query from Dave.

Posted by munnyman5

There will still be Twitch TV ads before I can watch streams, right? The ads that "directly support GiantBomb?" If you've already got rid of those, disregard this comment.

They're not bothersome at all, but... *I* directly support GiantBomb, you motherfuckers. ME. I do it because I want to see these guys keep doing what they do, but that last nail in the ad-coffin would be a nice perk to have on those live streams.

But I think you would have already done away with those ads for subscribers if it was possible. Are they under Twitch TV's control or something?

Posted by MackGyver

@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.the details are in this same exact article:

Actually the details are listed in the article, besides access to the Beta:

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:

If all that doesn't appeal to you, then that's fine. But they clearly do give specifics about what the subscription includes.

Posted by Sveppi

...And now I'm premium through September 9th, 2015.

Posted by Longevitous

Is the dedicated mobile site going away when the new responsive site launches?

Posted by nail1080

@MackGyver said:

@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.the details are in this same exact article:

Actually the details are listed in the article, besides access to the Beta:

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:

If all that doesn't appeal to you, then that's fine. But they clearly do give specifics about what the subscription includes.

Cool dude I know, check out the first page of comments, snide saw my post and acknowledged it, then he updated the post with these details.

Posted by bvilleneuve

@DizzyMedal said:

@radioactivez0r said:

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

I think that's Patrick.

Yeah, that's Patrick saying "Play Saints Row," as one always said at this time last year.

Anyway, yeah, I'm thinking I'm going to make my renewal at this time of year a tradition. I like the t-shirts, but I wouldn't really wear them just because I don't really wear t-shirts anymore. And I understand people's hesitance to pay for online stuff, but Giant Bomb is a fantastic website and I love being able to perpetuate it in a way that doesn't depend on advertising.

Posted by Nomin

Damn, I wish I could have learned about this sooner, but I blew all my disposable income on Star Citizen.

Posted by Pop

cool you guys.

Posted by Suits

Cheers. Not able to buy without a card, but I'll keep supporting through ads i guess.

Edited by louiedog

@Suits said:

Cheers. Not able to buy without a card, but I'll keep supporting through ads i guess.

I don't know where you live, but in the US you can get cards from American Express Serve or PayPal that should work for this. There are usually no fees associated when using them with your bank account. If you live elsewhere you may have similar options from other financial institutions.

@Stubee said:

I love you guys but charging for a mobile version of your site makes no sense to me.

Agreed. As a paying member (For the moment, soon a gift from Dave will take over. Thanks, duder!) I wouldn't mind if they opened up the mobile site for all. At this point that should be a standard feature of any serious website. I'm not sure that I'd classify this website as serious, but you know what I mean.

Posted by Divina_Rex

How do we access the mobile site?

Posted by Homeslice

@Divina_Rex: m.giantbomb.com i believe?

Posted by Boopie

who the fuck is dave snider

Posted by jakob187

WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA!

Lucha...TURKEY?!

I don't know whether to be offended or excited.

Posted by SgtSphynx

I'm not sure how I feel about Luchaturkey carving Vinny.

Posted by louiedog

@Boopie said:

who the fuck is dave snider

You just wrote the cliffhanger last line from chapter 1 of the Giant Bomb thriller tie-in novel.

Posted by big_jon

@Boopie said:

who the fuck is dave snider

lol wut....

Posted by Fleckle

How much does the Boxee, Roku, Plex and XMBC developers get out of this?

Edited by Rox360
@louiedog said:

@Boopie said:

who the fuck is dave snider

You just wrote the cliffhanger last line from chapter 1 of the Giant Bomb thriller tie-in novel.

Hah, that made me laugh.
 
Um... So I'm actually kinda broke right now, but this site's been putting out some legitimately exciting premium stuff during the past year or so... and thanksgiving is, I guess, about giving thanks, and it's also cheaper to do so right now? So... What the hell. Sold.
 
Edit: Vinny says, "I'm not chicken, you're a turkey."
Posted by Hardywells

Just switched from monthly to annual with this, mother of god the gobbling in my headphones haha.

Posted by andygazi

@Divina_Rex:

m.giantbomb.com

Posted by hollitz

Turkey Vinny is very upsetting.

Posted by gzl5000

Buy'd!

Posted by VibratingDonkey

I gobbled up one of them codes! I stuffed money right into it!

Posted by lamzor

i was about to refresh my account this/next month. love this sale. since i found gb.com i watch/listen games more than i play them :)

Premium Annual Member through Jan. 8, 2014.

thanks!

Posted by Will_M

I just re-upped. I'll be expecting my Vinny-flavored turkey to be here by Christmas, thanks.

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Posted by Nintendude

@Suits: I believe you can try a pre-paid card. Seen lots of people using and recommending that option.

Alternatively pay by cash to a friend to get a code for you =P

Posted by snide

@Fleckle said:

How much does the Boxee, Roku, Plex and XMBC developers get out of this?

Nothing? I guess they get people who buy their devices? I've got a boxee at home, and although it's likely a little bit unnecessary for people with gaming devices who already have access to netflix / amazon instant..etc, it's pretty rad.

Posted by Nihilius

I just snatched one of those babys. GIVE ME THE POWER.

Posted by Theocore

Aaaand, i'm in!

Posted by creiij

Didn't work for me last time I tried so I guess I'll go without again.

Edited by CircleNine

With a price this low, you can't afford to not subscribe!

e: Hey Dave, thanks for the sweet .ogg on the turkey page, I've got a cool new ringtone.

Posted by Glottery

Oh shit...my card totally worked this time, unlike with previous three or four attempts over the last two years. Guess this means I'm a member...OMYGOD I GOT SO MUCH PREMIUM VIDEOS TO CATCH UP ON!1

P.S. Do I get a jacket out of all this?

Posted by Melos

I might finally stack my subscription this way. I've accrued enough GB shirts over the years that all I want now is to stay premium. Not being able to see everything on Giant Bomb would be a nightmare for me.

Also, I can't believe that I'm only just now learning there's a GB Plex app. I've been saving the videos and streaming those files from my computer like a caveman.

Posted by Morridin

Been looking at the premium for a while now due to ads (every now and then video feeds just cut out, probably due to my router, and I have to refresh the page and rewatch the ads) and of course the premium vids.

The gobbling is what finally pulled me over the line.

Posted by leoaucar

Great deal! Now I'm a premmium!

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