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FIXED: Italians now live in New York instead of California.

New York Vinny Concept Art

Imagine a train leaves San Francisco at 9:00AM. This train is carrying a bunch of content to the Internet. It arrives safely and everyone is super happy!

Now, if you will, imagine a second train leaves New York three hours earlier carrying a whole bunch of other content to the Internet.

Now imagine they let me drive that train. OK, don’t imagine that. We’ve seen how that goes. Um, imagine… uh…

What I’m trying to say is we should have more trains. It’s time to expand. It’s also pizza time.

Next week I’m going to be heading to New York to join Alex and launch this Giant Bomb East office into the stratosphere. I’ve played Kerbal. I know how this stuff works.

I’m extremely excited. Having multiple bases of operation is something we’ve talked about forever. It was actually a real plan kicking around for the last three years. We wanted to wait until we had secured resources in San Francisco before expanding out. We’ve got some new blood coming, we’ve got Patrick killing it in Chicago, and now it’s time for Giant Bomb East to throw its hat in the ring as a major contender.

Of course, there is the part where all of my family is in New York. Living out in this pretty, yet expensive, little town has always been temporary. After having a kid it became pretty obvious that my time out here was ticking down. I was headed back home regardless, and it has made us really think about what we want to do about this whole Giant Bomb thing. It became clear that lumping a bunch of new people onto the same content in the same office with the same point of view wouldn't be that interesting, and we quickly happened on the idea of creating multiple Giant Bombs. As Jeff put it:

"Like a franchise, but not one of those weird lawless 'locally owned and operated' franchise things, more like a Kentucky Fried Chicken that serves homemade burgers when no one else is looking."

Anyway, having offices recording simultaneously throughout the day hopefully lets us do a greater variety of content. We remove the issues of competing with ourselves for studio time and people. Alex and I have been spitballing a bunch of different pieces of content, and ways we can ease the load for Jeff, Brad, Drew, and Patrick so they have more time to make the content we all want to make.

Most of all, this is something different and we’ve needed some something different for a while now. All of us, the staff and the community, we’ve been through a lot over the years. Some of it fantastic, some of it terrible, but we made it here, to today. Now we have to look and say “What’s next?” Hire a bunch more people? Sure, but how does that work on a very personality driven site? Are we happy with the content we’re making? Can we do more? Can I afford to buy a house and raise a family in San Francisco? How much do I really like pizza? Some questions are easy. I really like pizza. Others are extremely hard. Hiring new faces without giving them an opportunity to shine seems like a terrible waste. We need to expand Giant Bomb, bring awesome new people into the mix, and take over the world. It seems pretty clear to me.

Is it scary? Hell yeah! Alex and I are basically starting from scratch out there, but that’s just the kind of challenge I’m looking for. I didn’t start with Giant Bomb because it would be easy, I started because I love making and building things. It’s going to be a lot of hard work to get up and running, and it might be bumpy and slow going for a bit, but crazy has always been our way. At least this time it will be on my home turf.

1514 Comments
Posted by cuevas

No.

Posted by Brenderous

But what about the bombcast!!!??? Good luck Vin-Dawg!

Posted by SpiderJerusalem

So...Jeff + Vinny is no more?

Oh god, the best QL duo is now dead. DEAD! Love is over!

Posted by Nomin

Hope they at least finish with E3 coverage before making a drastic change to the operations

Posted by MarkWahlberg

So basically this is going to be like the Giantbomb version of West Coast Avengers? Just, y'know, reversed.

In any case, good luck Vinny! Woo pizza!

Edited by shakesvoltage

I just realized -- this means more video content with Alex.

Like, Quick Looks. With Alex Navarro.

I'm way into this.

Posted by Toxin066

I am scared. Very, very scared.

Please universe, let this be amazing.

Edited by Roundlay

Exciting news, Vinny! I really hope we don't see less of you on the site, though!

Edited by graf1k

Wow. Happy for Vinny because it sounds like this is really what he wants but man, I feel like the way all the guys play off each other is what makes the Bombcast and UPF my favorite things on this site and Vinny is a huge part of that. Vinny calling in for the Bombcast could probably work but I'm not so sure UPF will ever be the same again. Good luck, Vinny. You're my favorite turd.

Posted by JAVK

No.............

I'm happy for you guys. Can't wait.

Posted by Fendermcbender

BITTERSWEET

Posted by IanYarborough

@vinny Love ya, buddy. Super happy for you. AND, if y'all need a GBNY intern, I've been looking for an excuse to flee LA. AND, AND where's my GBNY t-shirt? All the best!

Edited by defcomm

Welcome back, Vinny!

Posted by Rabid619

Hey Vinny hey Vinny hey Vinny.

Love you man.

Happy to hear that you are going back to NY to be closer to your family, even though I and everyone else will miss you being in the SF crew. Knock this out of park, duder.

Posted by Skyfire543

Best of luck to V-Bomb! Seriously you guys are gonna KILL IT on the east coast.

Edited by FinalDasa

Wow!

This is...shocking. But also amazing. But also shocking.

Lots of luck! :)

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Edited by Zelyre

This kind of answers the, "When is Pathfinder returning?" question.

I guess Small Businessman ended up flying to New York to deliver a package because the post office was on fire and he didn't use stamps.com.

Posted by Bowphat

This is some crazy news. I am looking forward to seeing all the cool new content that you guys are going to be putting together. Plus we can now have coast on coast beef inside the giantbomb family!

Good luck with the move and I can't wait to see what the next piece of news is going to be!

Edited by drew327

Wow!

Glad you get to be with your family, though I am really sad about this.

Edited by nate6858

This is astonishing and exciting news! Congrats all around!!

Posted by TheMasterDS

Huh. Wow. What does this mean for the Bombcast? Is Vinny joining Bombin the AM? Pizza!

Edited by evolvedtolive

WORLD DOMINATION IS A GO!!!!!!!!

Edited by Gloobus

I can't help but think the Bombcast is gonna suffer from this. Jeff's getting a little to jaded for his topics to be funny or interesting, Brad is pretending to be asleep most of the time(or is asleep), and Drew is awesome, but needs to be coerced a bit to chime in. Full time Danny on the podcast as a replacement would be great though.

Edited by djgoodnews

This sounds really exciting, but I hope the whole no skyping into the podcast thing gets re-evaluated.

Posted by Flacracker

So you open a position for a video producer because Vinny and Drew need help and then you lose Vinny. What does this mean for Pathfinder? Now there is now Vinny and Jeff interaction. No possible hope of another ER. No Vinny on streams.. Is Vinny going to be getting a larger crew or is it just him and Alex? We need Danny O'Dwyer to fill in for Vinny.

Edited by Giganteus

Good luck Vinny. Definitely exciting times for Giant Bomb. Also worrying. Is GB really in a position to "expand"? Lets hope the new hires will turn out excellent..

Also they're still going to be a little short on staff despite the new hires aren't they?

Edited by Giefcookie

Super happy for V-bomb, super sad about Quick looks going forward.

Also I don't envy the position of whoever joins the SF office.

Posted by nevlos

Congrats! Best of luck! Happy staff + more content = happy me!

Edited by Meepasaurus

Oh man, this is pretty shocking news. I have mixed feelings about this, but I'm sure it's for the best. Good luck, Vinny! Hope this means GBNY meetups in the near future!

Posted by vorpalparasite

Aww, my OTP is splitting. V/J

Posted by gablekevin

Man this news is actually saddening for me. Vinny is by far my favorite person on camera and microphone but if he feels that that this is the right move who am i to judge a small businessman. Best of luck Vinny

Posted by w1n5t0n

Are they still only hiring 2 people, seems like it leave the SF office in no better position now.

Edited by alwaysbebombing

Change is scary. Someone hold me.

Edited by artofwar420

Ch... ch... ch... ch.. ch.. chaaaanges. Bring it on duders.

Posted by DannyHibiki

Giant Bomb Texas can't be too far away now! C'mon ya'll!!!!

Posted by Grondoth

Welcome home, Vinny.

Posted by Derios

:'(

Posted by RetroVirus

Good luck Vinny. I seriously hope you guys have realized that Skypes gotten better in the last couple years, because if we're losing Vinny from the Bombcast then I do not know what I am going to do.

Edited by delti90

;_;

Posted by Cltuch

Happy you get to be closer to your family Vinny. And here's hoping you, Alex, and whoever joins you kick up a Bombcast East for some hot West Coast East Coast Bombcast beef.

Posted by flight815

Wow.

It'll be sad not having you on the SF crew, but I'm excited to see the first episode of V-Bomb and The Wolf!

Posted by ChrisTaran

Such conflicted feelings... Happy for you though Vinny.

Edited by ashkev

Well this fucking sucks. This is good for him but this leaves a huge gap in GBSF.

One of the things that made losing Ryan bearable was Vinnies sunshine presence and positivism to offset the general cynical attitude of Jeff. What he added to every podcast/video was amazing and I'm going to miss him :(

Having to pair him with Alex who I find to be rather grinding is kind of a bummer. I sincerely hope they re-think their remote attendance podcast stance...

Edited by bobafettjm

Lots of changes happening around Giant Bomb. At first I was kind of bummed, but the idea of two Giant Bombs creating content at the same time is exciting.

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Edited by TruthTellah

Next week I’m going to be heading to New York to join Alex and launch this Giant Bomb East office into the stratosphere.

I... I don't know how to process this.

I'm sure you all have thought this out long and hard, but it's hard to really know what to think of it. Good? Bad? Just different? I suppose the ol Bomb continues to change. Hopefully it will be for the better. I continue to believe in you guys; so, I have to believe this will somehow make Giant Bomb even more than it already is.

Having said that, I just want to tell you, @vinny... Good luck. We're all counting on you.

Posted by pekoe212

Wow. I know you're not leaving, Vinny but...I'm gonna miss you. ;_; But now my mind is shifting to all sorts of mischief Vinny and Alex could get up to in NYC. Change is good, and you guys are brave enough to keep experimenting and trying new things.

Posted by two_socks

FUCK YES GB WORLDWIDE WHEN?

Edited by Mattsniper360

good luck small business man, i mean vinny, i hope you still make appearances on the bombcast remotely! funniest part of my day is listening to you and jeff doing random skits out of the blue

Posted by jfried12

As a fellow New Yorker, I welcome you back to the east coast! Looking forward to seeing what you and Alex put together over here. Will be cool to see some more of him and on camera and how your personalities work together for some sweet content. Good luck!

Posted by Rejizzle

Holy crap, Vinny broke Loose! He's wild and majestic now... like a luchadeer.