Regarding the GOTY discussion:
It was really encouraging to hear you guys talk about games with flaws and discount Mortal Kombat off the GOTY list because of its broken state.
Then when the conversation turns to Skyrim, Brad literally pulls every reason he can out of his ass to make excuses for Skyrim's broken state.
He discounts every single example Jeff states from his own personal experience from the game as untrue. (Tired of fighting ice guys)
He literally makes a comparison that one bug he found in Saints Row are comparable to Skyrim's massive, documented list of bugs.
Choice Brad quotes: (These are verbatim)
"Let's be honest - the game is not destroyed".
"If we were waiting to play that game, it's because we valued the experience so much that we were waiting for it to be optimal".
"One internal QA dept. versus ten million people testing your game".
The PS3 version remains unplayable. No one. Not one single person. Nobody was waiting because they valued the experience. Nobody is waiting now.
The stuff Brad is pulling out of his ass to make excuses for Bethesda is unbelievable.
Is Brad seriously suggesting it's the consumer's job to bugtest Bethesda's games for them?
I can't fault Brad and Patrick for their personal preferences, but it's extremely hypocritical to take MK off the list and then turn around and just ignore the PS3 version of Skyrim for the GOTY.
The issues are inseparable. You can't just remove one and talk about the other.
Also, where was Vinny's rage about the online pass for Batman AC during the GOTY discussion? This is another issue that is inseparable from the game.
We've reached a point with gaming "journalism" where we need to see something other than sites happily shilling for game companies in return for early access. And to be fair, it's hardly just Giant Bomb. It is industry wide.
But I think we've reached a point where you have to bring up these kinds of issues when talking about games. Come on guys, take the moral high ground and look out for your readers, instead of recommending broken games to them and then defending them.