" Is it just me or do others feel that some of the magic might be lost from videos like Mailbag with others around? Maybe I'm just being too possessive of my Ryan, Jeff, Vinny, Brad and Drew. "I kinda agree. It was always funny seeing what other Giant Bomb staff were doing during those random videos and it gave great stuff like the Brad photobomb, but I'm sure it'll also be cool to have the rest of the Whiskey Media family around in the same place for those kinds of things.
I wouldn't want to work in an office with no natural light - but I guess if you play games and shoot video for a living it could have it's advantages.
As to the exposed ducting and the bare walls. That is pretty much how you rent office space, just corps with money have the forward team make it look nice before you move in. Small crews and start ups have to make it nice as they go along.