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Posted by Ravenlight

@Alex said:

That statement is a lot funnier if you imagine...

It totally is!

Posted by Maajin

@Alex:

Don't ever change, Alex.

Posted by TekZero

I was going to post the Alex tweet, but I thought that was going to be a little too much.

Posted by TheKing

@Rolyatkcinmai said:

I had GameFly for a year and a half and it was a horrible pile of shit. Maybe this will increase competition and quality.

Really? I've had GameFly for a year now and I think it's fine personally. Sure, I may not get the AAA title I want right away but I get to play plenty of games I wouldn't buy otherwise.

Posted by kerse

@Alex said:

@Pessimisten: I think you're super special too. Thanks, guy.

He's got pessimist in his name, what do you expect.

Posted by Rolyatkcinmai

@TheKing said:

@Rolyatkcinmai said:

I had GameFly for a year and a half and it was a horrible pile of shit. Maybe this will increase competition and quality.

Really? I've had GameFly for a year now and I think it's fine personally. Sure, I may not get the AAA title I want right away but I get to play plenty of games I wouldn't buy otherwise.

I live in one of the most populated sections of the country, and I had weeks upon weeks where my Q would just sit there dormant. 10+ new releases, loads of other six to twelve month old games in the Q as well, and they would send me nothing. When they DID get around to sending me something (usually after two weeks or so) it would take four or five days to arrive.

It was terrible. It may have gotten better since then, but it was a horrible horrible scam of a service.

Posted by Nitrium

Great read indeed, thanks Alex.

Edited by jasondesante

@LiquidSwords said:

@Pessimisten said:

Just fucking fire Alex already..

God fucking damn it but is there a shittier writer on any of the most shittiest look-at-this-fucking-headline-now-give-me-a-quick-click-because-i'm-a-filthy-whore-blogs? Fuck sake Alex, all you do is pick useless stories or stuff that should just be a short heads up, then spend an awful lot of effort on conveying just how little you care. Do you also sit down and stare at wall for long periods of time just so that you can bemoan how boring it is all the while?

Alex,

Look at your own headlines for once? Do you see how absolutely and to an enormous fault they are exactly the same boring attempt to catch the attention of the hoards of 15-25 year old internet whiners that are just foaming at the mouth to bitch about the next big thing while using the oh so splendid, clever and humorous form of expression called sarcasm?(<- see, its not funny or witty) And at the same time conveying next to nothing in form of information?

In your next article, add a poll and ask how many people actually read your walls of tired, dull and mean spirited text and how many just click to look at your silly captions or any other "shenanigans" you might conjure up?

Grow up and take some pride in your work or relocate to another site Alex, it seriously just annoys me and makes me less likely to come to the site when i see your headlines pop up. And I've seen that same opinion expressed by others any time I've actually bothered to click on your articles and then scrolled over the comments.

Cry more, you bitch made douche

@Alex:

Love you Alex!

He is completely right. I have posted comments about my dissatisfaction with Alex's writing as well.

It is not professional. He writes things that the comments section is supposed to provide. He should just write the article and then write in the comments section personally himself, for all those emotionally charged opinionated statements.

Even though the user's name is Pessimisten, the user is right.

Its MY JOB to be an angry troll on the internet ("my job" referring to myself as a random Giant Bomb User, and not staff and friends of Jeff Gerstmann like Alex)

read Pessimisten's last paragraph.....Take pride in your work is a statement that I don't think Alex lives by. Calling his posts annoying is something I can agree with, for it doesn't treat the reader with respect. Saying it makes him less likely to come to the site when he sees alex's headlines is also something I can agree with. and he also has seen others express the same opinion every time he bothers to click on your article and read the comments.

He's right. A consumer of Giant Bomb content has the right to voice their concerns of the quality of the content, paying user or non paying user.

My main problem with paying for this site is that I would have a bigger problem with ignorant statements going to tape on a podcast and never being brought up in the future. Paying for this site would turn me into an EVEN MORE ANGRY TROLL. I would expect the Staff to at least error check and not write whiny threads.

Lots of people are "fans" of Alex's unique style of writing. Their opinion is they like him because....they like him. Other people don't like him because of a lack of professionalism and a tone of writing than is not enjoyable to read for some people. You like him because you like him, and we don't like him for specific reasons. Respect that.

Posted by Airickson

If people are concerned about the amount of time it takes to ship games now, just wait until the USPS eliminates Saturday delivery. Don't think this won't happen -- it's coming. Yeah, it's just one day, but, well, it's ONE extra day.

For Alex haters: is it that hard to just not read his articles? Wow. I purposely read this article BECAUSE Alex wrote it.

Posted by LiquidSwords

@jasondesante said:

@LiquidSwords said:

@Pessimisten said:

Just fucking fire Alex already..

God fucking damn it but is there a shittier writer on any of the most shittiest look-at-this-fucking-headline-now-give-me-a-quick-click-because-i'm-a-filthy-whore-blogs? Fuck sake Alex, all you do is pick useless stories or stuff that should just be a short heads up, then spend an awful lot of effort on conveying just how little you care. Do you also sit down and stare at wall for long periods of time just so that you can bemoan how boring it is all the while?

Alex,

Look at your own headlines for once? Do you see how absolutely and to an enormous fault they are exactly the same boring attempt to catch the attention of the hoards of 15-25 year old internet whiners that are just foaming at the mouth to bitch about the next big thing while using the oh so splendid, clever and humorous form of expression called sarcasm?(<- see, its not funny or witty) And at the same time conveying next to nothing in form of information?

In your next article, add a poll and ask how many people actually read your walls of tired, dull and mean spirited text and how many just click to look at your silly captions or any other "shenanigans" you might conjure up?

Grow up and take some pride in your work or relocate to another site Alex, it seriously just annoys me and makes me less likely to come to the site when i see your headlines pop up. And I've seen that same opinion expressed by others any time I've actually bothered to click on your articles and then scrolled over the comments.

Cry more, you bitch made douche

@Alex:

Love you Alex!

He is completely right. I have posted comments about my dissatisfaction with Alex's writing as well.

It is not professional. He writes things that the comments section is supposed to provide. He should just write the article and then write in the comments section personally himself, for all those emotionally charged opinionated statements.

Even though the user's name is Pessimisten, the user is right.

Its MY JOB to be an angry troll on the internet ("my job" referring to myself as a random Giant Bomb User, and not staff and friends of Jeff Gerstmann like Alex)

Posted by TheInsider

I like my game news with some spin on it! Plus, i like knowing who wrote it by reading the headline.

Posted by Alex

@jasondesante: I don't think the word "job" means what you think it means.

Posted by Enigma777

The last sentence was the clincher. Great article, Alex!

Posted by Drace

@SmithCommaJohn said:

On the plus side, they seem to have slightly improved the Photoshop job in the placeholder image on the Qwikster has improved slightly.

Hey, you're right! Looks like they using video game box art for the background too. Guess they aren't going to have a huge selection; they used the Dead Space 2 art twice. :-P

Edited by Absolute_Zero

@Pessimisten said:

In your next article, add a poll and ask how many people actually read your walls of tired, dull and mean spirited text [...]

Irony.

But back to the article at hand. All I hope for is that Qwikster (lol) combines the release day availability and extensive catalog of GameFly, with the delivery speeds of Blockbuster.

Posted by ReyGitano

Is Alex not suppose to be opinionated in his articles? Why not just read press releases then? They'll give you all the facts you want. The entire game press, apart from Patrick, never goes out of their way to dig up more information because the entire industry is just built up around being the first site to release a news story. Every article out there is just a press release with some commentary, either positive or sarcastic; Alex is just more upfront about it which I find pretty honest.

Posted by Phished0ne

....wow... i wish CGW/GFW still existed so i could submit this comment thread to 'heros of the web'.

Posted by Wholemeal

Still appreciate the write-up Alex, try not to listen to the others. I'm sure you've developed a thick-skin already, for you are a public servant of the inter-webs. But none-the-less thought i'd say good job. I found i read the article even though none of it relates to me because the style was so engaging.

Posted by GiveUpNed

@Cyrisaurus said:

I've had GameFly for 4 years now. I can essentially buy new games for $40 or less (even if I'm the first person to receive that copy of a game, I still get the used price) with the bonuses I've gotten after being a member for a year.

It sucks that I can't just drop the service for one month every now and then and then get back on board without losing my rewards.

GameFly should buy, or create a competitor to OnLive. GameFly owns Shacknews, but Shacknews hasn't sold out, because GameFly just wants you to rent games, not hawk you ads.

Posted by Subjugation

@Pessimisten: If I wanted to read a bland, flavorless press release, there are dozens of other sites for that. You probably know that as well. If that is what you want then this is not the place for you. No amount of your whining is going to change this. Alex has always been Alex, and Alex will continue to always be Alex. He doesn't write these articles to seek your approval or that of the parties that are addressed in them. He is honest to a fault, says the things that people are thinking but are too diplomatic to actually say, and actually writes quite well in case you failed to notice in your fit of blind rage. Keep it up though, posts like yours keep things entertaining.

@Alex: Great article. Haters gonna hate!

I just stream my movies through Amazon's service anyway. Sorry Netflix!

Posted by MegaMagick

Been a member of gamefly for the longest time now. I just used to keep it feature to buy LA Noire 30 bucks, i got the game box in pristine condition a few days afterwards. A few years back i remember buying Fallout 3 for 40 dollars on it's release week by using the keep it feature. I don't think this Qwikster service will be anything like that and not having Handheld options could be a deal breaker.

Only thing i can hope from this is that a bunch of overzealous members jump ship to try Qwikster and force Gamefly to bring their prices down. Netflix has been slowly swirling down the tubes for a while now, so i'm wary of any new service they put out. Instant streaming still doesn't have the type of selection i would like.

Posted by NickyDubz
@Pessimisten u mad bro? If ur jealous don't read it its that simple........br0
Posted by apoloimagod

For me, it will all come down to availability. I've been a Gamefly subscriber for several years now, and the one thing that's really anything is that unless a game is several years old, it's availability is always, at best, "low". So you can easily spend several days with nothing shipped, sometimes even a week. That's just disgraceful. If Netflix improves on this, Gamefly is done for...

Posted by Tim_the_Corsair

You out did yourself this time, Alex!

Posted by MetalGearSunny

I love you, Alex.

Posted by aceofspudz

As far as quality of Alex's writing, I haven't really thought about it. The people claiming he is overly snarky may have a point.

I don't really pay attention to subheadlines, where Alex does his real yeoman's work, so I'm usually deep into an article before I read something that could only be written by Alex and scroll to the top to check the byline. I've yet to be wrong.

Posted by ZombiePie

Quoting trolls will get you comments deleted as well guys. If you must just @comment.

Moderator
Posted by Asmundergunderson

@Milkman said:

@Pessimisten said:

Just fucking fire Alex already..

God fucking damn it but is there a shittier writer on any of the most shittiest look-at-this-fucking-headline-now-give-me-a-quick-click-because-i'm-a-filthy-whore-blogs? Fuck sake Alex, all you do is pick useless stories or stuff that should just be a short heads up, then spend an awful lot of effort on conveying just how little you care. Do you also sit down and stare at wall for long periods of time just so that you can bemoan how boring it is all the while?

Alex,

Look at your own headlines for once? Do you see how absolutely and to an enormous fault they are exactly the same boring attempt to catch the attention of the hoards of 15-25 year old internet whiners that are just foaming at the mouth to bitch about the next big thing while using the oh so splendid, clever and humorous form of expression called sarcasm?(<- see, its not funny or witty) And at the same time conveying next to nothing in form of information?

In your next article, add a poll and ask how many people actually read your walls of tired, dull and mean spirited text and how many just click to look at your silly captions or any other "shenanigans" you might conjure up?

Grow up and take some pride in your work or relocate to another site Alex, it seriously just annoys me and makes me less likely to come to the site when i see your headlines pop up. And I've seen that same opinion expressed by others any time I've actually bothered to click on your articles and then scrolled over the comments.

Somebody get this freak a tissue. And a gun.

Seriously, speaking of hyperventilating into a paper bag. You want another boring-as-dishwater news service there's thousands out there. I'm sure CNN or Forbes could accommodate your need for "serious journalism." Have fun with that.

Posted by Cynical_Gamer

Gamefly needs to lower their prices.

Posted by sup909

How do we really expect them to respond though. At this point we know nothing of Netflix's (ahem, Qwickster's) video game service. How comprehensive will it be? Will it be an additional $3 a month or an additional $15 a month to subscribers. None of those questions are answered so can you really expect Gamefly to be afraid yet?

Posted by ShinjiEx

Maybe Qwikster will actually meet the game demand for rentals new or not unlike GameFly.

Posted by Undeadpool

@BlatantNinja23: Oh trust me, I do. I do aaaall the little tricks: Sending back a game RIGHT before another comes out so it arrives a day before release, "keeping" my game the day before release so that it immediately opens a slot, back when I had more money, I used to actually upgrade to 2 games at once the day before a big release and besides that last one, NONE of them work. And if I'm off by even a day I'm screwed because somehow they don't have enough supply to keep up with demand.

Posted by ArclightBorealis

Not sure why this article is associated with Disaster Day of Crisis, but okay.

And Alex, keep doing what you do. You're the best.

Edited by jasondesante

@Alex: Job, role, position. You understood what I meant.

It is the role of the comments section to provide the emotionally charged provocative opinions. My opinion of journalism is that I expect it to go beyond the scope of Fox News style in your face emotional manipulation, sorry.

Is that proper enough english? or am I just writing pointless banter?

I like Giant Bomb and I want more people to come to this site, but this type of writing is not something I want to read. It's like limiting the most appealing videos to only the paid subscribers (people who already know how cool giant bomb is). You want to attract new users by showing off what makes Giant Bomb unique , but you can't because all the unique stuff is fenced off to subscribers!

Alex writes his articles because it is apparently his career or something. I write this comment because I want someone to seriously reconsider the professionalism and pride this man takes in his work.

I know you are not an asshole Alex, but first impressions go a long way and if you are basically encouraging users to visit the site less often from your work, there is a problem. Bottom line my opinion is you will not attract as many new users to continue reading Giant Bomb with an average Alex Navarro article as you will with any random Jeff, Patrick, Vinny, or Brad written article.

I'm only voicing such a strong opinion right now because every time I have stopped myself from reading an article because I can't stand the tone it was written in, it was also coincidentally written by Alex.

At the end of the day this is a bigger deal to Alex than it is to me. It is what he has chosen to do for his life, and a noticable amount of people have developed a distaste for his work, have reasons to back it up, and thats gotta hurt. Having to lie to your boss, or cover up fans trying to voice their opinions has got to suck. Lets see what happens. You can use your magical admin powers and secretly delete my comments in an effort to make sure your boss doesn't see the genuine concerns of fans. I encourage it, why dont you just delete my whole account Alex? It will ensure you won't hear from me ever again. Then you can enjoy the benefits of a wonderful job someone else deserves.

Posted by CornBREDX

I think Quickflix is a better name. You need to get royalties for that idea.

Great article, btw. While there appears to be whiners about it in these comments I find the whole thing asinine too and I can't wait to see how this all plays out.

It will either be Netflix changes it mind, or Gamefly suddenly has a DEAL YOU CANT LIVE WITHOUT. It will be entertaining either way.

Posted by YukoAsho

@jasondesante: Agreed entirely. I wanna like Giant Bomb, I do. However, with more and more of the good stuff hidden behind the paywall and the text on the site becoming increasingly unbearable to read (especially by Alex "Immature Douche" Navarro), it makes me wonder why I even come to the site, and makes the concept of $50/year a bitter pill.

Posted by Puck

I've never seen a brand go to shit faster than Netflix.

A decade building the brand, and a matter of weeks to drag it through the mud.

Posted by Owlright

If Netflix ends up with a good game library and the fees aren't too much, I'm on board. GameFly is painfully slow.

But hey, hopefully competition will do them some good.

Posted by Grilledcheez

I remember paying for 2 months of Gamefly...not a good decision, they have a shipping center about 45 minutes from here yet it takes at least a week to get a game.

Posted by Mr402

Never had a problem with Gamefly. In fact I just bougtht Gears 3 from them for 40 bucks with a used price discount and a coupon. I look at Gamefly more as a buyers club then a rental service. If Qwikster cant match those deals I'm not going any where.

Edited by Hellstrom

@Mr402 said:

Never had a problem with Gamefly. In fact I just bougtht Gears 3 from them for 40 bucks with a used price discount and a coupon. I look at Gamefly more as a buyers club then a rental service. If Qwikster cant match those deals I'm not going any where.

^ This, ive had Gamefly for 2 years. I keep the games i want in my Q. Every single new title that has released was shipped days before its release date. So i either get it in the mail on release or a day after release. Dead Island did not release until the 6th in America. Gamefly shipped out Dead Island to me on the 3rd. Gears of War 3 was shipped out to me a day before its actual release. It has been like this for every release for me. Its silly for people to think they're going to get their game adding it in the Q on release date. When hundreds upon hundreds of other people (Like me) had it in their Q for months far before release.

Posted by iam3green

we will see how it is. gamefly shouldn't be that nervous about a new service. i've heard some good and bad thing about gamefly.

Posted by demonknightinuyasha

I had gamefly for a while, my issue with them was I would always get something 13 down my list, and it almost always would be a DS or Wii game. The only way for me to actually get PS3 games from them was to take everything that wasn't a PS3 game off my list completely. Then the bastards almost charged me for a game when I canceled. Magically after writing an angry email saying that my cancellation was temporary because of school the missing game was "found". ( I ended up never going back to them, though it was unintentional).

Posted by Jnorman

I have had gamefly three times now, and every time I cancel for the same reason (Waiting ages for games on my Q, or settling for something I put up there to fill the space). I guess I'm just stupid for continuing to sign up.

Posted by vinsanityv22

I'm happy with my Gamefly account and my Netflix Streaming-only service. I will never be interested in Quickster. So, for me at least, Gamefly wins.

Edited by Alex

@jasondesante: The people who run this website are well aware of the way I write articles. If they had an issue with it, I'm fairly certain it would have been brought to my attention long ago. As it is, nothing of the sort has been said to me.

And while you can sit here and point to some people who simply don't dig my style--I won't sit here and pretend they don't exist--I can point to as many, if not more who happen to enjoy what I do. Sorry you don't enjoy it, but I'm actually quite fond of the way I do things, and it seems like many of our users are as well. I do, in fact, take pride in my work. I'm quite proud of my writings, this article included. I'm not going anywhere, and I'm not going to completely change the way I do things because a few people opt to bitch up a storm. So, hey, that's pretty much that.

Edited by jasondesante

@Alex:

Alex, I want to voice my concern with as much respect as possible, and trying as hard as I can to be factual and only point out specifics. You in response say I am bitching up a storm.

"I'm not going anywhere, and I'm not going to completely change the way I do things because a few people opt to bitch up a storm."

You are rubbing it in my face the fact you are "not going anywhere". keep up the good work.

To the @ replies above:

LOL at the guy 2 comments above. Ever watch the movie Idiocracy?

My "bitching" in this comment is the exact same type of "bitching" the main character in the movie Idiocracy was doing. Calm rational english trying to get a point across, and the response is stupid fag stop bitching.

The end of the day I'm voicing my concern because I care about GB, to show disrespect to that is what..reverse psychology, what do you want from me? I used to love a site called 1up, but it slowly became crappy I don't know how but there were noticable mistakes in the writing all the time, and when I would ask in the comments to please edit their stuff properly or at least get me to fix the grammar and spelling errors, I would get non stop reply comments of people calling me an idiot and telling me to stop bitching.

as time passed 1up turned into crap . There was also a guy named Scott Sharkey who worked there who was just as much as a black hole of personality as Alex is, he ended up getting fired. But theres also Yahtzee that fast talking opinion filled one sided dude who says nothing but provocative statements meant to get a reaction. So I guess at the end of it all there is a place for that style of writing. 1up ended up turning to crap and I don't even bother going to the site anymore, all because of the quality of writing slowly becoming worse and worse, and the community slowly becoming worse and worse. I couldn't say an honest concern about how I wanted 1up to be more professional without getting 5 replies telling me to STFU. 1up ended up getting bought out twice over a few years and now remains a hollow shell of what used to be there.

I don't want GB's community to turn into a bunch of people that don't care about quality and just yell STFU FAG STOP BITCHIN. I especially don't want the staff of GB to be participating in the ridiculing of people who simply want the professionals to act like professionals.

Maybe I'm wrong for voicing any concern at all whether or not I believed it to matter, but you took that bait and you decided to reply back.

This started with me writing many comments on many articles saying the same thing about how I thought you were not professional at all with your writing over the period of months from me discovering the site up until now, and it ended with you saying a few regular users of your website were bitching up a storm.

Posted by Red

Well, I like Alex.

And I don't like Gamefly. I don't have a long list of games I want to play, and when I had Gamefly, it would only send me games on the bottom of that list. While I only use the streaming part of Netflix, if Qwikster can offer me games quickly, I may give it a try.

Posted by TwistedGamer

@jasondesante said:

@Alex:

Alex, I want to voice my concern with as much respect as possible, and trying as hard as I can to be factual and only point out specifics. You in response say I am bitching up a storm.

"I'm not going anywhere, and I'm not going to completely change the way I do things because a few people opt to bitch up a storm."

You are rubbing it in my face the fact you are "not going anywhere". keep up the good work.

well you kinda are "bitching up a storm"

Posted by Hero_Swe

@TwistedGamer said:

@jasondesante said:

@Alex:

Alex, I want to voice my concern with as much respect as possible, and trying as hard as I can to be factual and only point out specifics. You in response say I am bitching up a storm.

"I'm not going anywhere, and I'm not going to completely change the way I do things because a few people opt to bitch up a storm."

You are rubbing it in my face the fact you are "not going anywhere". keep up the good work.

well you kinda are "bitching up a storm"

Ain't no understatement too either. Drama Llama's up in here.

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