Been following the giant bomb guys for about 3 years now. Those lunatics managed to build my favorite website on the internet. They provide insightful comment on the gaming industry, great videos reviews and podcasts.
But here's the thing: no one and I mean NO ONE on the staff cares about JRPGs and other related types of games. I haven't heard a single intelligent comment about JRPGs from the crew aside from
- Japan, you sooo crazy. Going back to not playing this game then...
- I didn't play game X but the formula for these games is old, they should change it
- Yep I played that... I think it's meh, can I drop the review? The game came out 2 weeks ago anyway.
- you know what game was great: Final Fantasy 6 (3)
The last point sums up the general feeling of the GB squad. They dropped the genre with FF6 and haven't cared since. Sure they can play and like what they want but GB fans are left unsatisfied in the process.
Every type of game is covered on the site. Even annualized sports franchises get reviews, 5 stars reviews(http://www.giantbomb.com/nba-2k12/61-35564/). Time to show the JRPG the same level of respect has roster updates on a disc.
They could hire someone full time or contract a freelancer(I know the whiskey media budget is tight, just an idea) who played and would have neat stuff to say about
and upcoming games
I don't care if the new guy(or gall) has bad things to say about the genre, just intelligent commentary would be great.
What do you think?
Edit: I read your comments and my opinion is now clearer I guess... So here's my point: when or if they hire a new GB employee in the future, if that person is into JRPG as well as other genres (FPS, TPS, action games, WRPGs, and JRPGs for example) it would be great.
I'm not looking for an JRPG focused dude or even more JRPG reviews. I'm looking for a counter point to all the ''Japan, you so crazy and out of touch'' that goes on in the office.
I know the GB community has been picking up the slack for a long time and I know I can find information elsewhere. The thing is, I don't need information, I need entertainment and insightful commentary and no one provide those 2 better than Giant Bomb. So when the crew is dismissive about genuinely good games and no one is there to bring a counter argument I feel let down.
Finally, if you need an example to illustrate my point of view here's one: when Brad said he'd stop playing FF13-2 because the main characters weren't interesting(yes there pretty bad in the first half of the game) and the gameplay was largely lifted from FF13, it's as if Ryan said the same thing about the first few hours of AC:Brotherhood(I guess you'll agree only if you played both to complition). It woulden't have been fair to the game or the fans with AC:B, why is for FF13-2? It is fair only in the sens that the staff does care about open world action game and not about JRPGs.
In the end, I'm just looking for someone who's going to respond to the question: Whatcha been playing? with: well Ryan I played FF13-2 over the week-end, it was pretty great. or with: Eternal Sonata... that game is not good...