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The State of the Bomb? Uh... The Giant of the Union Address? Nah...

Jeff Gerstmann gives you an update on Giant Bomb's status and immediate plans.

Until all are one!
Until all are one!
Hello everyone, and thanks for being here. It's been an amazing few days here at Giant Bomb. When we launched the site early on Monday morning, we knew that a sizable chunk of people would really enjoy the site. But we had no idea that we'd attract this many of you this quickly. It's been amazing to watch you use the site in a variety of ways, and you're growing in numbers every moment.

We're getting a ton of submissions from you, from full-text changes to basic info to images. My favorite thing has been seeing all of the different crazy little niches that people are filling in. Sure, the big games get their share of edits, too, but seeing someone go hogwild on a Tetris Attack article or seeing someone fill in as many games with Fog of War in them as possible made us all realize that the ideas we've been building from for the last several months are actually viable and interesting.

Of course, the overwhelming response has led to some interesting issues. Actually, they're really good problems to have. So many of you are submitting things that it's been tough to keep up. We've brought on a handful of volunteer moderators to help with the load, and we'll probably find a few more over the next week or so. We also have some interesting plans in the works that will let all of you have a say in the content moderation process. More on that soon. Just know that we're doing what we can to keep up with you, and we won't stop improving until we're well within the 24-hour turnaround time for all submissions--that's our goal.

Let's talk about the forums a bit. I want Giant Bomb to be a respectable site. Something that we--the people that run the site and the people that use it--can be proud of. When I see people posting threads full of nearly naked women "because they can," it sort of makes me sad. The Internet is a big place, and 95 percent of it is already devoted to women in various states of undress. Let's all try to keep that sort of stuff off of our boards and continue to make this a web site that no one feels embarrassed by or ashamed of.

For the record, the other five percent of the Internet is devoted to online poker sites and Sean Connery screaming catch phrases on a loop. I'll leave it to you to decide where this site falls.

If we all pay attention to this and keep ourselves in check, we could actually manage to have a respectful community going on. If it goes nuts, we're going to have to go and develop a bunch of tools to prevent users from acting like a bunch of tools. I'd really rather maintain that open spirit that the site has right now for as long as we can. And yes, I know how crazy that actually sounds. But hey, so far, most of the posts have been just fine. So, for the most part, keep on enjoying yourselves and keep on doing what you're doing.

OK, I'll close with a few submission things to help get everyone on the right track. We have some ideas on how to make robots solve this problem for us in the future, but in the meantime, here are a few specific examples that should help guide most of your page submissions and writing.

- Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) is a Warcraft III mod. It is not a game and doesn't get its own game page. We have some good ideas for handling mods and add-on content that we'll be rolling out in the future, but in the meantime, DOTA info can live as a subsection of the WC3 page.

- Tagging Portal or Team Fortress 2 to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is incorrect. Both of those games were only released on consoles as part of The Orange Box. Only the PC received separate versions of these games.

-Games of the same franchise don't need to be attached to each other, only to their collective franchise. Don't attach Guitar Hero III to Guitar Hero: World Tour; just stick them on the Guitar Hero franchise page. However, Guitar Hero to Rock Band is cool. They're similar games, right?

-Characters only go with games they're featured in. Big Boss should not be attached to every single Metal Gear Solid game ever, only the ones he physically appears in (MGS3, Portable Ops, etc.). He's mentioned in 1 and 2, for instance, but he ain't actually rolling around in those games, so he doesn't go there.

- Be sure to use search before suggesting a new page. It's been funny, seeing people try to add games like Halo 2 or Assassin's Creed to the site. Trust us, we have both of those already, just try to look a little harder if you're running into trouble.

Minor stuff, I know, but hopefully all of this info will give you a little better idea about where we're at. Mostly, Brad, Vinny, Ryan, and myself are spending our days working on your submissions. As we start to catch up with the submissions, you can expect us to shift back into full-on fun mode, where we'll be making videos, reviewing and previewing games, busting out the weekly podcast on Tuesdays, and so on. But you and your submissions are important to us, and we feel like we'd be doing you a disservice if we weren't giving you our full attention in these early days.

Thanks a lot for visiting the site and I hope you find multiple reasons to join us on a regular basis.

Jeff Gerstmann
Giant Bomb
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Posted by Jeff
Until all are one!
Until all are one!
Hello everyone, and thanks for being here. It's been an amazing few days here at Giant Bomb. When we launched the site early on Monday morning, we knew that a sizable chunk of people would really enjoy the site. But we had no idea that we'd attract this many of you this quickly. It's been amazing to watch you use the site in a variety of ways, and you're growing in numbers every moment.

We're getting a ton of submissions from you, from full-text changes to basic info to images. My favorite thing has been seeing all of the different crazy little niches that people are filling in. Sure, the big games get their share of edits, too, but seeing someone go hogwild on a Tetris Attack article or seeing someone fill in as many games with Fog of War in them as possible made us all realize that the ideas we've been building from for the last several months are actually viable and interesting.

Of course, the overwhelming response has led to some interesting issues. Actually, they're really good problems to have. So many of you are submitting things that it's been tough to keep up. We've brought on a handful of volunteer moderators to help with the load, and we'll probably find a few more over the next week or so. We also have some interesting plans in the works that will let all of you have a say in the content moderation process. More on that soon. Just know that we're doing what we can to keep up with you, and we won't stop improving until we're well within the 24-hour turnaround time for all submissions--that's our goal.

Let's talk about the forums a bit. I want Giant Bomb to be a respectable site. Something that we--the people that run the site and the people that use it--can be proud of. When I see people posting threads full of nearly naked women "because they can," it sort of makes me sad. The Internet is a big place, and 95 percent of it is already devoted to women in various states of undress. Let's all try to keep that sort of stuff off of our boards and continue to make this a web site that no one feels embarrassed by or ashamed of.

For the record, the other five percent of the Internet is devoted to online poker sites and Sean Connery screaming catch phrases on a loop. I'll leave it to you to decide where this site falls.

If we all pay attention to this and keep ourselves in check, we could actually manage to have a respectful community going on. If it goes nuts, we're going to have to go and develop a bunch of tools to prevent users from acting like a bunch of tools. I'd really rather maintain that open spirit that the site has right now for as long as we can. And yes, I know how crazy that actually sounds. But hey, so far, most of the posts have been just fine. So, for the most part, keep on enjoying yourselves and keep on doing what you're doing.

OK, I'll close with a few submission things to help get everyone on the right track. We have some ideas on how to make robots solve this problem for us in the future, but in the meantime, here are a few specific examples that should help guide most of your page submissions and writing.

- Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) is a Warcraft III mod. It is not a game and doesn't get its own game page. We have some good ideas for handling mods and add-on content that we'll be rolling out in the future, but in the meantime, DOTA info can live as a subsection of the WC3 page.

- Tagging Portal or Team Fortress 2 to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is incorrect. Both of those games were only released on consoles as part of The Orange Box. Only the PC received separate versions of these games.

-Games of the same franchise don't need to be attached to each other, only to their collective franchise. Don't attach Guitar Hero III to Guitar Hero: World Tour; just stick them on the Guitar Hero franchise page. However, Guitar Hero to Rock Band is cool. They're similar games, right?

-Characters only go with games they're featured in. Big Boss should not be attached to every single Metal Gear Solid game ever, only the ones he physically appears in (MGS3, Portable Ops, etc.). He's mentioned in 1 and 2, for instance, but he ain't actually rolling around in those games, so he doesn't go there.

- Be sure to use search before suggesting a new page. It's been funny, seeing people try to add games like Halo 2 or Assassin's Creed to the site. Trust us, we have both of those already, just try to look a little harder if you're running into trouble.

Minor stuff, I know, but hopefully all of this info will give you a little better idea about where we're at. Mostly, Brad, Vinny, Ryan, and myself are spending our days working on your submissions. As we start to catch up with the submissions, you can expect us to shift back into full-on fun mode, where we'll be making videos, reviewing and previewing games, busting out the weekly podcast on Tuesdays, and so on. But you and your submissions are important to us, and we feel like we'd be doing you a disservice if we weren't giving you our full attention in these early days.

Thanks a lot for visiting the site and I hope you find multiple reasons to join us on a regular basis.

Jeff Gerstmann
Giant Bomb
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Posted by Vinchenzo

Haha a YTMND reference. I love you Jeff, in a manly sort of way.

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Posted by SoulEdgeSlayer

  Thanks for the update, Jeff!

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Posted by Fosssil

Glad to get an update from you guys. Hopefully those new moderators will help tackle the mountain of submissions you've been getting.

The site has been awesome so far; keep up the great work!

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Posted by JCrothers--defunct

sick

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Posted by xplodedd

i hope the forums do get cleaned up ;/

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Posted by GamespotNoMore

Thank you Jeff!!!

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Posted by Wei12do

thank you very much! I think that this is really needed if your are gonna keep the community controlled!

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Posted by Mourne

Glad to hear everything's going well on your guys' end, even after 20,000+ submissions.

Giant Bomb. For life.

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Posted by Foil_Charizard

The site is amazing and I'm really happy to see you addressing the forum situation. Good luck on the subs and thanks for keeping us posted =)

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Posted by Commando47

The site looks awesome, hope for your success...

Imagine in a years time we will all see GiantBomb.com number 1 on Alexa....but then again it has to face some serious competition from 180 different porn sites and that website that puts captions on cats...

ANyway...good luck guys!!

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Posted by AtomicEdge

Good stuff Guys. I'm really glad that intrest in the site has met, and exceded, expectations, and that you are all reading the feedback from the community.

I'm off to submit some more entrys I think!

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Posted by Pepsiman

It's been one hell of a ride so far, Jeff, and I'm glad to be a part of it. For the record, though, I think the Fire Pro Wrestling Returns article is even more insane than the Tetris Attack article. The dude knows his stuff for that game.

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Posted by Mazyx

I simply love the concept of this site. Can't wait to see it grow.

Congratulations!

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Posted by Twitchy

Keep up the good work jeff we all are 100% behind you well most of us anyway. GB for life

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Posted by effjay

Great work, guys! I am really digging the concept of this site and I hope to see you all succeed by doing what you love. That's just awesome. I am standing at the ready to help build this amazing place.

Sally forth!

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Posted by JordanNE

I really do hope some of the morons who are causing issues would just go back to whatever forum they came from..

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Posted by tariqari

I think the site falls more into the online poker sites. Why? Because 1. Its way too fun and addicting, in fact Im surprised the internet police havn't arrived yet to "fix" that. 2. Uh, I forgot.

Anyway keep up the good work Jeff.

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Posted by Fats

Keep plugging away, gallant Bombers!

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Posted by UnlivedPhalanx

Jeff the site is amazing so far, I feel like we're back 3-4 years ago on Gamespot already! It's that same awesome vibe, and I love that it's back.

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Posted by Smersh


GTA Vice City
TO GB, I LOVE THIS SITE...

THANK YOU.

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Posted by Aska

Thanks for the update, let's us know you care about the users of this site!

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Posted by Mike
Moderator
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Posted by cassular

So where could one find these posts with scantily clad women :D

Love ya work GB

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Posted by calf_exercises

Jeff, you rock, aswell as Ryan, Brad and Vinny. Ow and especially the guys up stars!

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Posted by sizu

thanks for the update!

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Posted by Dante_the_Jedi

The site is really coming a long, I think that us as a community we can keep the darker side of the internet out of the forums.

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Posted by mrfluke

man i love this site and i love this community but if u do see that 2% of the community acting like a bunch of idiots i say just bann them why must the other 98% pay for the 2% mistakes think about it

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Posted by HeathCharnock

I really hope the site can develop the way you wish Jeff, keep up the good work and great to see you all develop such a great concept post GS days! All I want to know is where is the energy bar section dude!

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Posted by logical

Jeff is one bad mutha. Ya'll better listen to him.

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Posted by spoa

GiantBomb has and will continue to be an amazing experience. Jeff, Ryan, Brad, and Vinny, I can't thank you guys enough!

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Posted by Anders

It must be craaazy now with all the subs, but the site is awesome =)

I'd like to add a feature request for you to consider:

- Make it possible to see changes and additions made by other users, not straight up on the page, but via some sub tab or something, to avoid us submitting dupes, I'd imagine that happens quite a lot and can be quite a burden on the admins.

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Posted by BurningStarIV

Agreed. You guys have been doing a splendid job on the site so far. In an industry has been plagued by obscene marketing and disconnect from the public, its refreshing to see just a group of guys who are trying to give back to the community. Thank you so much for giving us that is the gift of GiantBomb.

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Posted by zeus_gb

Thanks for the update Jeff.

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Posted by SuperMooseman

Thanks, Jeff and team. I'm finding myself spending all my time here... it's addiciting!

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Posted by loki50187

Giantbomb.com....One site to rule them all.

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Posted by Carlos

Thanks a bunch, hope you guys catch up and get started on the fun :D

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Posted by TWODOGSz

Well said Jeff!

GB - a home away from home for gamers everywhere. [perverts and fanboys need not apply! ;)]

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Posted by darthincredible25

Thanks Giantbomb for making me feel special, I will truly respect this site and honor it. :)

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Posted by Zeromus1337

Thanks for the update!

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Posted by MasterSplinter

Thank you Jeff!

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Posted by Standing_Gopher

"Let my armiesh be the rocksh and the treesh and the birdsh in the shky" - Sean Connery

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Posted by Sanj

Nice one Jeff, i hope things get easier for you guys!

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Posted by phoenyx9

It's been a lot of fun so far. Thanks Jeff, keep up the good work!

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Posted by Leon31

Great site and execution guys. Loving everything that comes out of here.

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Posted by Quint

Cheers for the update Jeff, the site is amazing and it seems to be becoming a decent community, I just hope people can chill out on the nekkid lady's and we can keep it as open as it is.

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Posted by Freakboy

Thank you for a great place to call home!

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Posted by Jeremy

Thanks for this Jeff, very classy, and it's good to have a bit of formality to the craziness - to directly express Giant Bomb's M.O once in a while just to be sure we're all on the same page.

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Posted by Scarabus

In my experience, asking people not to abuse something has the opposite effect.
I'm sure you can expect a moderate level of civility from the adult visitors. But the truth of the matter is that 90% of all the dicks on the internet are 12-15 year old males. I recently read that kids that young are neurologically incapable of predicting the consequences of their actions or feel empathy as those parts of the brain aren't fully developed until years later. That's a nice piece of trivia for you that could be read as "never depend on tweens to act civil".
Just a heads up. Good luck with the site. I'm enjoying it a lot so far.

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Posted by Kenzo287

I've only seen a handful of questionable forums so we're not in too bad shape