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Welcome to the Party, Pals

We've got some new faces on the news beat. Beat that news!


We originally tapped Shaq to do a little freelance work for us, but his continuing affiliation with Shaq-Fu proved to be a conflict of interest.
Hey friends! I don't know if you've noticed, but this whole "video games" business is getting crazy again. That's largely because we're three weeks away from the start of the Electronics Entertainment Expo. E3 will once again be the place where announcements are made and fanboy hearts are broken as the real-life announcements so rarely match up with the fake lineups and other goofball rumors that crop up before the start of the show. Either way, it's where we'll all get a look at the games we'll be playing later this year and beyond.

That means there's a lot more to do around here. There are more games to review, there's more news to report on, and so on. As such, we've enlisted a bit of external help, and you'll be seeing some more names around here.

The first name you've probably already noticed. Matt "MattBodega" Kessler has been doing it up real big on the trailer posting front, and we're breaking in our intern on some news, now, too. Actually, I have him working on a review, too, but you'll primarily be seeing his name on news and video stuff. Matt's working with us here at the office, which is great because it means we no longer have to walk up the street to check the mailbox. And Vinny's shoes have never been shinier!

The other name will be popping up shortly, and it's Brad Nicholson. You may remember him from his work on MTV Multiplayer, Destructoid, or TouchArcade. He'll be continuing to do some writing for some of those outlets, but we've also tapped him to handle some additional news coverage. He also claims that he can bench 230 pounds, which sounds like a lot to me. I... don't even have a bench, let alone weights to put on a bench, so he could have said that he benches a million pounds and I'd be equally impressed. Either way, this will probably make the inevitable Brad vs. Brad showdown a bit harsher than I had originally envisioned.

So what does that leave for the five of us living our lives down here in the basement? Well, you may have noticed that we're doing one weekly live broadcast on Thursdays, appropriately titled Thursday Night Throwdown. You can expect to see more live things like that from us here in the basement, along with more reviews and Quick Looks, the eventual return of T.A.N.G., and "wacky fun." I'll let you decide what "wacky fun" means, provided that you don't think it means "a third Endurance Run." The other big news is that we're moving to a bigger basement in the near future, which comes with some exciting new studio space that we'll be sure to use for totally ridiculous live broadcasts and all sorts of other stuff. This means "the guys upstairs" will become "the guys over there." That doesn't quite have the same ring to it, though.

Before most of that goes down, we need to get through E3. We're still making some plans for that, which will involve podcasts and perhaps the occasional live show, in addition to floor videos and write-ups about the future of video games. Hmm. Speaking of which, I should probably finish my write-ups. I've really got no excuse not to. So join me in welcoming these guys to our list of freelance contributors, and I hope you're as excited about the idea of more stuff going up on Giant Bomb as I am. It's called growth, people! Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff

We originally tapped Shaq to do a little freelance work for us, but his continuing affiliation with Shaq-Fu proved to be a conflict of interest.
Hey friends! I don't know if you've noticed, but this whole "video games" business is getting crazy again. That's largely because we're three weeks away from the start of the Electronics Entertainment Expo. E3 will once again be the place where announcements are made and fanboy hearts are broken as the real-life announcements so rarely match up with the fake lineups and other goofball rumors that crop up before the start of the show. Either way, it's where we'll all get a look at the games we'll be playing later this year and beyond.

That means there's a lot more to do around here. There are more games to review, there's more news to report on, and so on. As such, we've enlisted a bit of external help, and you'll be seeing some more names around here.

The first name you've probably already noticed. Matt "MattBodega" Kessler has been doing it up real big on the trailer posting front, and we're breaking in our intern on some news, now, too. Actually, I have him working on a review, too, but you'll primarily be seeing his name on news and video stuff. Matt's working with us here at the office, which is great because it means we no longer have to walk up the street to check the mailbox. And Vinny's shoes have never been shinier!

The other name will be popping up shortly, and it's Brad Nicholson. You may remember him from his work on MTV Multiplayer, Destructoid, or TouchArcade. He'll be continuing to do some writing for some of those outlets, but we've also tapped him to handle some additional news coverage. He also claims that he can bench 230 pounds, which sounds like a lot to me. I... don't even have a bench, let alone weights to put on a bench, so he could have said that he benches a million pounds and I'd be equally impressed. Either way, this will probably make the inevitable Brad vs. Brad showdown a bit harsher than I had originally envisioned.

So what does that leave for the five of us living our lives down here in the basement? Well, you may have noticed that we're doing one weekly live broadcast on Thursdays, appropriately titled Thursday Night Throwdown. You can expect to see more live things like that from us here in the basement, along with more reviews and Quick Looks, the eventual return of T.A.N.G., and "wacky fun." I'll let you decide what "wacky fun" means, provided that you don't think it means "a third Endurance Run." The other big news is that we're moving to a bigger basement in the near future, which comes with some exciting new studio space that we'll be sure to use for totally ridiculous live broadcasts and all sorts of other stuff. This means "the guys upstairs" will become "the guys over there." That doesn't quite have the same ring to it, though.

Before most of that goes down, we need to get through E3. We're still making some plans for that, which will involve podcasts and perhaps the occasional live show, in addition to floor videos and write-ups about the future of video games. Hmm. Speaking of which, I should probably finish my write-ups. I've really got no excuse not to. So join me in welcoming these guys to our list of freelance contributors, and I hope you're as excited about the idea of more stuff going up on Giant Bomb as I am. It's called growth, people!
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Posted by Darko

Welcome to the team.

Edited by RipTheVeins

Wait, why isn't Star doing his work?!
 
Any article with Shaq head is automatically amazing, and I don't think the us users would mind if you continued referring to "them" as "the guys upstairs."

Edited by cap123

cannot wait!
 
i already enjoy matt's writing

Edited by adoggz

what, you guys are hiring Shaq?
 
AND A THIRD ENDURANCE RUN!!! you guys are totes spoiling us.

Posted by RelentlessKnight

Sweet new TANG!

Posted by AjayRaz

i am pleased to see more dudes here 
 
oh, and shaq

Posted by ribeye

good to know and glad to hear it guys, our appetite is nigh on insatiable
Posted by wolf_blitzer85

More stuff is good stuff!

Posted by TheHT

Looking forward to MattBodega's review, and the basement hop.
 
E3 IN THREE WEEKS HECK YEAAAHHH!!!

Posted by TadThuggish

AWWWWWW SHIT SON

Posted by DonutFever

No third Endurance Run during E3? What!?

Edited by Xeiphyer
@adoggz said:

" what, you guys are hiring Shaq? "

You have never seen Shaq around the office? He shows up on the wall in a LOT of videos.
 
ALSO: E3 YEAH!!!!!!!
Posted by plop1920

yay more tang!
Posted by Brendan

Duhhhh Endurance Run?

Posted by Hamz

Thanks for keeping us informed, great to hear the site expanding into new areas with freelance writers and a new office.
 
Just remember not to feed Bodega after midnight or bad things will happen!

Posted by Derios

TWO BRADS?!?!?
Edited by Sil3n7

You should just start calling Shoemaker "BS" for short so no one is mixed up.

Posted by Sweep

THE FUTURE!!

 
 
 
 
Mattbodega should be a guest on the bombcast, provided you don't let him talk about Path Of Neo...
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Posted by Dontlooknow

Congratulations on expanding! The Giantbomb is getting gianter!

Posted by Ace829

Brad Nicolson!? Awesome!

Posted by evanbrau

Sounds like great things in the future.

Posted by fatbologna

Nicholson's suitably Bombin' for this site!

Posted by PlasmaMachine

See Ryan? Don't be afraid to press the "More Fun" button.

Posted by Rhaknar

welcome peeps

Posted by adoggz
@Xeiphyer said:
" @adoggz said:

" what, you guys are hiring Shaq? "

You have never seen Shaq around the office? He shows up on the wall in a LOT of videos.
well, I know he freelances for GB but i had no clue they were hiring him on full time. I cant wait for the Shaq/Dave endurance run.
Posted by Quarterplay

Congrats, new guys and existing guys! I look forward to seeing what the new folks have to add to the (apparently growing) GB content. 

Posted by AlexAlterisio

Wait you guys are bringing Brad Nicholson onto Giant Bomb?  Nice
So are the new team members staying on long term?  I'd have no problems with seeing Giant Bomb expand

Posted by Jazz
@adoggz said:
" what, you guys are hiring Shaq?  AND A THIRD ENDURANCE RUN!!! you guys are totes spoiling us. "
I'm pretty sure you shouldn't hold your breath for another one any time soon. 
They need at least 4 months between them, otherwise we'll get a burn out and that won't make anyone happy...apart from the guys who hate endurance runs..or watching brad play..or both. 
Posted by JJOR64

:)

Posted by dvdhaus

Looking forward to more "wacky fun"

Posted by trophyhunter

I'm all for some no name guys handling the boring text stuff if that means there will be more videos featuring jeff, ryan, brad, vinny and hopefully dave

Posted by Marz

sounds good

Posted by Death_Burnout

God damnit Kessler...

Posted by Sweep
@Sil3n7 said:
" You should just start calling Shoemaker "BS" for short so no one is mixed up. "
WE ARE NOT AMUSED!!!
 

BRAD DEFENSE FORCE, ASSEMBLE!!

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Posted by DarkFury

Thanks for the news update, guys! :D Love it.

Posted by Titl
 the eventual return of T.A.N.G
 
Dude, this is the best news in a long time. (not that long actually, but still)
Posted by Myomoto

Woah, awesome. Still don't get how you guys can make any money.

Posted by JellyFish_Gsus

 Exciting times ahead for Giantbomb.

Posted by wonderhare

mind is blown

Posted by BRG9000

I still don't get how your site is making money, let alone growing. Is it all really a front for something? Is VInny a mob boss?

Edited by buzz_killington

I haven't read a word of the article, but a big ass pic of Shaq is always good news. 
 
[minutes later, after I read the article] But if you guys work in the same space as the "guys upstairs", how can you keep fucking around all day, and pretending to work as soon as someone comes down? That means you have to actually work now. Madness.

Posted by drowsap

the site will get better the more help there is

Posted by Daveyo520

Our little site is growning up. tear.
Posted by Slayer

Great job everyone @ BG great job !!!
Hopefully we get a full tour of the new place soon + welcome to all the newcomers here at GB.
Let us celebrate this great site to many more years to come!

Posted by TepidShark

I am surprised he didn't say "a new challenger has arrived" given Jeff's love of fighting games.

Posted by C2C

Cool, Brad Nicholson is awesome on Destructoid.  

Posted by A_Dog

So who's Mike? 
 
I like him. :D

Posted by Tordah

Sounds great!

Posted by TheYear20XX

Forwards, not backwards, upwards, not forwards, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!