Posted by zpa (22 posts) -

So I am thinking that once I get some more money I'm going to become a premium member here.

Worth it?

#1 Posted by zpa (22 posts) -

So I am thinking that once I get some more money I'm going to become a premium member here.

Worth it?

#2 Posted by UlquioKani (1118 posts) -

Yes

#3 Posted by _Chad (962 posts) -

Yeah, there's a great backlog of premium content.

#4 Posted by Winternet (8025 posts) -

Fo' sho'.

#5 Posted by DjCmeP (1148 posts) -

If the staff keeps bumping the same amount of content per week like the past two months then sure. There were 2-3 months a while ago when there really wasn't much new premium content. Go for it.

#6 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

You should totally premium your membership. Then you can premium your content and get on the Jar Train.

#7 Posted by BeachThunder (12082 posts) -

No, it might cause you to start making PDFs of everything.

#8 Posted by hermes (1533 posts) -

Yes. Besides the premium content (that I admit is not so great or often), the possibility to download any video on the site is worth the price of admission alone.

#9 Posted by SomeJerk (3296 posts) -

The backlog is freaking amazing.. even though I've forgotten what they called that Friday live show you need to check those out from start to finish

#10 Posted by dungbootle (2458 posts) -

It's pretty kickin'

#11 Posted by natetodamax (19212 posts) -

There's a lot of really good premium content, and I like being able to watch archives of TNT and other live shows in HD, since I don't watch them live.

#12 Posted by Mister_V (1371 posts) -

It's worth it just for Drew's holiday photos. But yeah premium is worth it.

#13 Posted by BBAlpert (1526 posts) -

If nothing else, I'd say that the new "Unprofessional Friday" segment looks like it'll be worth it.

#14 Posted by villainy (564 posts) -

There are currently two things making me consider not resubscribing later this year:

  1. A not-insignificant portion of users (myself included) have been having serious issues with the video player and overall video performance for quite a while now making it difficult to partake of the premium content. The bug reporting forum is full of reports. If you watch everything on YouTube now you may not be aware and I suggest testing the site player during peak hours to see if you are currently affected. This will hopefully be resolved with the impending site redesign and change in video hosting.
  2. Since the Whiskey breakup there has been a serious lack of customer support. Again, there are multiple bug reporting threads from users with billing problems who go weeks without any response from the official support channels. I haven't been affected by this personally and it's unlikely you will be but I can't support a company who doesn't support its customers. My hope is that when the dust clears from the redesign the crew can step back and bust some balls at CBSi to get some support staff allocated to handle this stuff. It shouldn't be the crew's job to take care of customer support like that, that's why they're backed by a corporation.

The crew themselves and the content both regular and premium are totally worth supporting. Sure sometimes Jeff is overly cynical, Ryan is an asshole, Brad is too indecisive, Patrick is too long winded, and Vinny... well Vinny and Drew are perfect human beings and should represent the species when we make first contact. The community here is surprisingly respectful overall as well. I really like it here and I hope those two problems get sorted out so I can continue feeling good about throwing money at the site.

My 2 cents.

#15 Posted by Nightriff (5141 posts) -

Yes for the backlog alone it is worth it

#16 Edited by gkhan (462 posts) -

@villainy said:

There are currently two things making me consider not resubscribing later this year:

  1. A not-insignificant portion of users (myself included) have been having serious issues with the video player and overall video performance for quite a while now making it difficult to partake of the premium content. The bug reporting forum is full of reports. If you watch everything on YouTube now you may not be aware and I suggest testing the site player during peak hours to see if you are currently affected. This will hopefully be resolved with the impending site redesign and change in video hosting.

Here's what I do: hover your mouse over the "Download" icon under a video, right click "HD" (or whatever quality you want) and copy the link, open VLC, press Ctrl+N (i.e. open network stream), paste it, and then BAM!, you favorite Giant Bomb video, playing in VLC. I only wish all internet videos could play in VLC (thankfully you can do it with YouTube, just copy the YouTube URL into VLC).

Describing it makes it sound more complicated than it is, it takes two seconds, and then you have the best possible media experience.

EDIT: Also: yes, totally subscribe! The content is so worth it, you haven't lived until you've seen Vinny and Dave play through Phantasmagoria.