#151 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (2037 posts) -

@ArbitraryWater said:

I'm totally fine with them doing that, assuming they spend lengthy amounts of time talking about how awesome Extreme Restraints is.

@MariachiMacabre said:

As long as it's only Extreme Restraints.


#152 Posted by Soap (3743 posts) -

Fuck no, I'm actually strongly against this. I'm already paying a subscription fee to be here, I don't want to have to listen to how amazing Comcasts new gaming internet service is, one because adverts aimed at gamers are usually downright insulting and two because living in the UK literally none of the adverts would be even remotely relevant.

#153 Posted by Fattony12000 (7917 posts) -
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#154 Posted by RazielCuts (3057 posts) -

Ha! Having ad's in the podcast would mean Ryan has to do some actual editing...

#155 Posted by Little_Socrates (5834 posts) -

I would be fine with this, though I'm not sure it's an effective long-term strategy. Again, ad revenue is probably going to start sinking in all media.

You guys know that the reason they're thinking about doing this is because the podcast currently receives waaaaay less site traffic than it does downloads because a ridiculous number of podcast subbers don't ever look at the site, right? They just download through iTunes every time and never visit.

What I'm saying is that premium content and, well, site content in general is a completely separate issue from monetizing the podcast in some way. It's not a matter of "ooh, they need more money." It's more "Well, this thing that takes, like, a combined 15+ manhours is earning us almost zero money. That's like three more Quick Look-sized features per week, and those get us ad revenue and/or site traffic. We really like it, so obviously we want to keep doing it, but we are a business. How do we make the podcast reasonably profitable, or at least self-sufficient?"

Also, as many people have pointed out, well-integrated or inoffensive ad sections (the beginning or end of a podcast, MBMBAM's "Money Zone") are totally cool.

#156 Posted by StarvingGamer (8984 posts) -

GB is a personality-driven site, which means if you like the content you should also like the people. And if you like the people, wouldn't you want the people to be more successful? Of course no one wants to sit through 3-6 minutes of ads, but getting indignant and self righteous about it makes people come off as incredibly selfish. "Hey man, you want to give me a thousand hours of free content every year? Thanks, you're pretty great. Oh wait, you want me to have to actually pay attention to the road for five hours every year in return so you can eat? Well, fuck you man!"

#157 Posted by muralbat (157 posts) -

Only if its like WWE/WWF start of broadcast ads

#158 Posted by solidwolf52 (339 posts) -

Ads during the podcast would bum me out. Rooster Teeth started doing this in the past year and it's fucking awful. They shill for some of the shittiest stuff, and act like they use it multiple times throughout the show. When you interrupt the middle of a conversation for the sake of reading an ad...you aren't doing it right. The SMOD network also does ads to the point that it's overwhelming, it typically turns into 10 minutes of Kevin Smith rambling to himself.

I'm sure GB would at least try to make it good, but I'm not gonna be able to take Ryan telling me to go to audible.com to download a free audiobook seriously.

#159 Posted by Swoxx (3015 posts) -

If that's what it takes to justify keeping 3hour + podcasts?

Then hell yeah bring it on.

#160 Edited by AndrewB (7782 posts) -

@MariachiMacabre said:

As long as it's only Extreme Restraints.

I was thinking Sub-Shop, but that's fine.

Hey, I listen to plenty of adverts in other podcasts; most for products I'm okay with (audible are podcast ad whores), but I've heard the same stuff so many times that I tend to skip right over it. It's the Hulu conundrum.

But I mean, if they're just ad breaks and not integrated into the actual discussion, there's no saying they can't put out an ad-free version for those of us paying them already. It's really the podcatcher crowd which doesn't visit the site that they're targeting.

#161 Posted by Warchief (670 posts) -

If they put ads in the bombcast then there is no reason for me to be a subscriber any longer.

#162 Posted by fox01313 (5172 posts) -

Guessing that if this happens it will be like the videos on the site where the 30 second ad is before it but this will be an audio version of the ads on the site. Would be better if the gb crew just traded off on reading the ads instead but whatever, as long as the ads on the site are short (for videos or podcasts), I can just wait a minute or mute it if it's annoying.

#163 Posted by Cronus42 (298 posts) -

If they did them, I would be ok with something like the MBMBaM money zone advert block. For anyone not familiar with it they pimp the product but just ad lib the actual advertisement for the most part. The advert block for the 3 months or so they were sponsored by extreme restraints was some of the funniest stuff they have done all year. MBMBaM found a way to turn advertisements into actual content, didn't make it annoying, and never try to hide it into natural conversation like other hilarious T.V. based attempts. I'd be ok with something like that.

#164 Posted by Dallas_Raines (2269 posts) -

If it's funny and integrated into the show like MBMBAM, then cool, if it's shit like How Did This Get Made where they interrupt a conversation to play a long ad, then I'll be a little annoyed.

#165 Edited by CornBREDX (6422 posts) -

I would be fine with it, several podcasts I listen to already seem to do it and somehow get away with making fun of sponsors still (I'm not even actually sure if that hurts sponsorships or not though).
I think the problem with the Bombcast, if they did it, it would have to be for serious, it would force breaks (or a break) in the conversation, and also they have done the podcast so long if they start doing ads now some (which have posted in this thread) would see it as "selling out". I don't think people understand what selling out is anymore, but whatever. 
They sometimes have breaks anyway, so that part is probably fine and they could insert it there (although the break music would be missed =P) but getting the audience to be ok with it would be difficult. For some reason the internet hates advertising. I can see why, I guess. It was a blight on the internet (and arguably can still be) and is such an insidious thing on the internet as opposed to other mediums. Having it on the podcast, though, is no different to me then advertisements on the radio. I don't see the big deal, and people gotta make money. That's not a cop out, either, that's life. 
The nice thing about ads on the bombcast would be that the guys could actually pick and choose, so they could be more decisive about what is advertised. I'm not sure what is appropriate, but I'm sure they could figure that out. 
Ya, I don't have a problem with it, but other people might.

#166 Posted by BlatantNinja23 (928 posts) -

what do I care? it's a free podcast that lasts for multiple hours, surprised it doesn't already

#167 Posted by Labman (295 posts) -

I honestly have no problems with ads in podcasts, or at the start of videos for that matter.

#168 Posted by Wikitoups (992 posts) -

Only if its sponsered by wendeys!

#169 Posted by LikeaSsur (1673 posts) -

@Labman said:

I honestly have no problems with ads in podcasts, or at the start of videos for that matter.

Same here. I usually just tab out for 30 seconds. For podcasts, it's even shorter, and I'm usually driving when I'm listening to them.

#170 Posted by Twisted_Scot (1193 posts) -

Seems like a bad idea especially for paying members considering there constant trashing of ads on XBL.

#171 Posted by bchampnd (111 posts) -

I don't see anything wrong with there being advertising on the Bombcast as long as it's implemented well and doesn't lead to conflicts of interest. This basically means that they say straight up, this episode or segment is sponsored by ________ and read off a 30-60 second blurb. If the ad starts leaking into the discussion and you're not sure where the ad ends and the discussion begins, that's when I have a problem. And for the Bombcast, which is a pretty organic podcast, I could see it becoming an issue because they may using the ad as a way of launching into a tangent. To get around this, they should have someone pre-record the ads and then insert them into the podcast when it is being produced and edited instead of having someone read the ad during the recording of the podcast itself.

Part of the reason I listen to the Bombcast is to find out the crew's honest opinions on games so I don't want specific games, publishers and console manufacturers advertising. While I have the utmost respect for the honesty and integrity of the crew, it opens them up to criticism if they praise Game A or rip Game B during a segment sponsored by Game A, or Game A's publisher, or the console manufacturer if Game A is an exclusive. I know some people don't want to hear any more ads for Gamefly, Audible, Netflix or the other regular web advertisers but those companies are the ones I would find least objectionable because they don't create cause for concern that the crew or the content of the show are being influenced to talk about certain topics or praise/blast certain games because of ad money. With all that said, I'm pretty sure Jeff won't let something like this happen but the decision on whether to add advertising and selection of advertisers may come from someone higher up at CBSi and he and the Giant Bomb guys won't have much say.

To those talking about how this affects them as a premium member: the Bombcast is and has been free to everyone so it's not like some subscriber perk is being stripped away. If the crew can make an ad-free subscriber version, great. If not, I won't complain as long as there aren't too many ads and they don't run into the issues I mentioned above.

#172 Posted by Rafaelfc (1762 posts) -

I would not appreciate that one bit.

But hey, still it would be better than splitting the podcast.

#173 Posted by BigBoss1911 (2650 posts) -

They did it with "The Hotspot" dident bother me then.

#174 Posted by Jumbs (299 posts) -

Jesus, what a bunch of entitled people in this thread.

This may surprise you, but this website is a business. I'm assuming if they DID add advertising to the podcast, subscribers would get an ad-free version, and non-subscribers would have to put up with ads.

#175 Posted by kerse (2187 posts) -

Only if the ads are all read by Jeff.

#176 Posted by TheManiacsGnome (288 posts) -

@Jumbs said:

Jesus, what a bunch of entitled people in this thread.

This may surprise you, but this website is a business. I'm assuming if they DID add advertising to the podcast, subscribers would get an ad-free version, and non-subscribers would have to put up with ads.

No, sites run entirely on goodwill and pleasant thoughts. It's also how you pay for mortgages, bills and food.

#177 Posted by M_Shini (561 posts) -

I think i would rather have them personally advertise them in the cast since it would probably end up just being a funny mess around anyway and is what they would end up doing if it was in the actual Bombcast anyway, Christ have a 10 min segment just fowith them shouting out advertisements that would be awesome.

#178 Edited by MachoFantastico (5440 posts) -

As long as they can do it in their own way I wouldn't mind, it can be a bit jarring though.

That said, as people have pointed out they already give enough publicity to certain brands when they chat about them, why not get paid to.

#179 Posted by AnxiousTube (219 posts) -

@Nightriff: Totally Agree

#180 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5195 posts) -

I don't mind, I always skip the ads in podcasts.

#181 Posted by Hunkulese (2968 posts) -

@Warchief said:

If they put ads in the bombcast then there is no reason for me to be a subscriber any longer.

The only reason you're a subscriber is so you don't have to hear a couple minutes of ads on a three hour podcast? That seems like an enormous waste of money to me.

#182 Edited by bartok (2638 posts) -

The worst part of every podcast is hearing the host try to seem excited about stamps.com, go to meeting, audible.com, Adam and Eve, or whatever other shitty companies guys like Adam Carolla, Marc Maron, or Jay Mohr pretend to love.

Once you charge people for a membership to premium content or go on live tours you are not allowed to advertise.

#183 Posted by Vampir (146 posts) -

Not something I would look forward to, but as long as it's handled with sufficient transparency and the volume on the ad bits isn't jacked up like it so often is on video ads, it seems reasonable.

#184 Posted by ProfessorEss (7669 posts) -


#185 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4311 posts) -

It could be funny.  It could be like the NDX if Jeff reads it.

#186 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2761 posts) -

I have no problems with ads in the podcast as long as it's not the guys being disingenuous and reading pre-written crap. The local radio station does bits where they talk about how great Dunkin Donuts coffee is, and it's painful to listen to.

#187 Posted by Bobafeet (72 posts) -

Two minutes of an advert in a three hour podcast wouldn't bother me.

#188 Posted by Farbelowaverage (57 posts) -

As long as it wasn't "candid" endorsements of a sponsor's products, then it'd be fine (ex: "I just with the codex in Mass Effect 4 could be more convenient, like the new Kindle En-Fuego.") A blocked out segment with clear "Thar be ads here" signs would be preferred.

This comment was brought to you with support from Audible.com, an Amazon company.

#189 Posted by Butler (399 posts) -

Moving away from the hypocrisy where the majority of the podcast is talking about retail products, I don't want any more ads than I have. Which is none. Honestly they bug and irritate the hell out of me. For some, a fun jingle or catchprase can be fun to use like back in the day the popularity of "Wassssuuuup" for me it is essentially the darkest of magics and mind manipulation.

#190 Edited by vikingdeath1 (1078 posts) -

Ad-free for premium members and we're golden. A good chunk of time is put into those podcasts when it's all said and done, they deserve to make money off em i guess?

Edit: actually wait, i don't know how ads on a podcast would work. I assumed like radio ads or something but people would just skip past that so it'd be pretty worthless. I guess i'd be fine with them just saying "hey here's this product" so.... my answer's the same!

#191 Posted by Kidavenger (3859 posts) -

Most every other podcast I listen to has ads, so I guess it wouldn't bother me provided it has no other effect on the content, i.e. the guys stop swearing or feel limited in anyway about what they can say or do.

No 10 minute ads like the start of SMOD network podcasts, that shit is atrocious specifically because of how unbelievably long it is.

#192 Posted by PokeIkzai (399 posts) -

@Rolyatkcinmai said:

I have no problems with ads in the podcast as long as it's not the guys being disingenuous and reading pre-written crap. The local radio station does bits where they talk about how great Dunkin Donuts coffee is, and it's painful to listen to.

To be fair every Dunkin Donuts I've ever been to has had great ass coffee. Too bad about the donuts, though.

#193 Posted by neoepoch (1317 posts) -

@Marokai: ...I remember the old days too... :(

#194 Posted by Sackmanjones (5179 posts) -

It's fine. I mean if they can creatively weave it in like they do in their "jokingly" ads I'm cool with it. And if it's not still not a big issue

#195 Posted by chilibean_3 (1807 posts) -

I think it would be a complete waste of time for them to try and find a way to release a members only podcast version without the ads. Just put in some ad clips.

#196 Posted by ki11tank (734 posts) -

i pay premium to support them in their bombcast and some quicklook efforts, i'd be kinda pissed if i still got ads on the thing i care for most. supporters better not get adds.

#197 Posted by triple07 (1238 posts) -

I'm fine with it since a bunch of podcasts I listen to have ads in them. Then again I'm not paying so my opinion might be different if I was a premium subscriber.

#198 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (3567 posts) -

only this commercial... 

#199 Posted by LOTR_Dan (86 posts) -

Whatever. They wanna make money, they make some money. MBMBAM has ads and it's still one of the best podcasts out there. And yeah, something like Comedy Bang Bang takes a few too many ad breaks, but hey, I get it. They want money. And when you produce that much content essentially for free, it must be nice to get some money out of the deal.

And to be honest, Stamps.com saved my small business $48 a month! And Extrerestraints.com got me some pretty great products too. Thanks podcast ads.

#200 Posted by sissylion (677 posts) -

MBMBaM has their advertisement game on lock. If the Bombcast could parallel them in any sense, let's get this ad train rolling.