#1 Posted by DrSwank (444 posts) -


#2 Posted by FinalDasa (2045 posts) -

It would be great. Something like what 2 player production did/does with Penny Arcade would be awesome.

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#3 Posted by Gaff (1883 posts) -

As video game journalism is becoming more "personality driven", something like a documentary would be interesting.

Would this be a good time to mention my idea for a video game journalism family tree?

#4 Posted by Equal_Opportunity_Destroyer497 (560 posts) -

I would definitely like to see something like that but only if it goes deep into things like advertising, publisher relationships, review processes, PR and such. Some real nitty gritty type of shit.

#5 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

It would have to be more about the people then about the company.

#6 Posted by WMWA (1162 posts) -

Do any of these companies have anything in common or do you just mean separate documentaries for each site listed? Uhh...I'd like to see a Giantbomb one of course. I'd also like to see a GameSpot and IGN one if it focused on their early days when they first started. Miss me with the polygon crap. Their story is a known quantity and not terribly interesting this far

#7 Posted by notdavid (842 posts) -

I'd love to see one about GB specifically, but I'd also like to know some more about the early days of GameSpot. Actually, I'd like someone to write a book about it, kind of like Masters of Doom but from the journalism side instead of the development side.

#8 Posted by DrSwank (444 posts) -

@wmaustin55 said:

Do any of these companies have anything in common or do you just mean separate documentaries for each site listed? Uhh...I'd like to see a Giantbomb one of course. I'd also like to see a GameSpot and IGN one if it focused on their early days when they first started. Miss me with the polygon crap. Their story is a known quantity and not terribly interesting this far

I mean, more like an all-inclusive documentary about video game journalism across the board.

#9 Posted by Little_Socrates (5715 posts) -

I don't care to know anything about IGN or post-Giant Bomb GameSpot, so reduce the scope to Bomb Crew, Polygon.com's formation, and RPS and I'd be very, very interested.

#10 Posted by zombie2011 (5048 posts) -

whats RPS?

#11 Posted by FLStyle (4918 posts) -

RPS?

#12 Posted by Gaff (1883 posts) -

Rock Paper Shotgun @zombie2011 @FLStyle

#13 Posted by WMWA (1162 posts) -
@drewmaw Ahh, okay. Then yeah, that'd actually be kind of cool to see the intricacies of the business. And also compare/contrast how the different sites operate
#14 Edited by I_smell (3925 posts) -

Most of us already know pretty much everything about GiantBomb... We've seen Vinny's baby, Drew's trip to Korea, Dave's wedding's comin up, I mean; what more could you possibly want? A documentary would probably be LESS information than we get in a regular week.

@zombie2011: @FLStyle: RockPaperShotgun is a blog site.

#15 Posted by WMWA (1162 posts) -
@FLStyle

RPS?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
#16 Posted by TheSpartanDon (158 posts) -

I think we get our fill of Behind the Scenes content through the different videos Giant Bomb puts up, especially if you are a subscriber. I think those types of videos essentially serve the same purpose that any documentary based on the GB crew would.

I think the idea of having a documentary that focuses on Games 'Journalism' that covers all Press sites, including Giant Bomb is a stronger idea. Similarly to how 'Indie Game: The Movie' focused on different Indie Developers.

But even then, basing a whole documentary around people who simply review games and report news off of press releases doesn't make for the most engaging, interesting documentary. It'd have to go into deeper issues that Games press have to deal with.

#17 Posted by FLStyle (4918 posts) -

@Gaff: @I_smell: @wmaustin55: Is there something significant about it/whoever runs it/whoever owns it that puts them in the same company as the other listed sites?

#18 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

I'm pretty sure that the last 7 years of my life have been a documentary about The Bombcrew. It would be like watching a documentary about myself.

#19 Posted by Apathylad (3067 posts) -

The only way that would be interesting is if the people involved are entertaining on camera. I'm not convinced most websites have kind of staff.

#20 Posted by Bribo (605 posts) -

@Gaff said:

Would this be a good time to mention my idea for a video game journalism family tree?

Yes it would. You should do that. Do it now!

#21 Edited by I_smell (3925 posts) -

@FLStyle:I think it's just cos the guy likes that site.

#22 Edited by believer258 (12186 posts) -

Strangely enough, I'd like to see how other sites are run compared to GB. I know, or at least have a fairly good idea of, what goes on in the GB office (well, not on a personal level, but you know what I mean). What goes on in the IGN and Gamespot offices? Are they as full of shit as we think they are? Or are they actually good people that just don't get the same limelight that the GB crew does?

Don't get me wrong, I'd like to see the GB crew make an appearance as well, but not just them.

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#23 Posted by Gaff (1883 posts) -
@Bribo

@Gaff said:

Would this be a good time to mention my idea for a video game journalism family tree?

Yes it would. You should do that. Do it now!

Going through it in my head, it's starting to become eerily like Seven Degrees of Patrick Klepek...
#24 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

Not at all.

#25 Posted by natetodamax (19219 posts) -

A lot of users like myself who have been here since the day the site launched already kinda know the whole story. The staff certainly wasn't quiet or discrete about anything significant that happened, and they documented the creation of the site themselves. A professional documentary would undoubtedly be really cool, but I don't think there's a whole lot left to be discovered, you know?

#26 Posted by NegativeCero (3039 posts) -

Zero interest.

#27 Posted by Clonedzero (4196 posts) -

no. not really.

#28 Posted by Brendan (8136 posts) -

I wouldn't be too interested in other sites because I don't visit other sites (unlike games, which I play a lot of) and I already know a lot about Giant Bomb so there doesn't seem to be much interesting material that would draw me in.

#29 Posted by RagingLion (1368 posts) -

@Little_Socrates said:

I don't care to know anything about IGN or post-Giant Bomb GameSpot, so reduce the scope to Bomb Crew, Polygon.com's formation, and RPS and I'd be very, very interested.

This probably describes my own interests too. Regarding GB though, I wonder if I actually know most of what there is to know already given there general transparency about things over the years. I do like a well-produced documentary though.

#30 Posted by MaxxS (206 posts) -

Apparently a lot of users of video game journalism websites aren't at all interested in video game journalism. I think it'd be neat having five different viewpoints on the whole video game journalism business and the video game industry as a whole.

#31 Posted by jjnen (661 posts) -
@Dagbiker

It would have to be more about the people then about the company.

Sorry for a totally unrelated question but is it "then" and not "than"? I've always used "than" but now I'm not sure when you're supposed to use it.
#32 Posted by crusader8463 (14428 posts) -

Would be neat to see something based around 1up.com back when that site was in its prime. So many legendary folks over there at one point.

#33 Posted by BombcastGoldthwait (250 posts) -

Love the idea, who's gonna make it happen? Somebody?

#34 Posted by Pop (2651 posts) -

I kind of already know how it went. I would like an action movie about making the website with like drug money and hookers and shoot-outs and video games.

#35 Posted by Arker101 (1472 posts) -

@Equal_Opportunity_Destroyer497 said:

I would definitely like to see something like that but only if it goes deep into things like advertising, publisher relationships, review processes, PR and such. Some real nitty gritty type of shit.

@Dagbiker said:

It would have to be more about the people then about the company.

It'd be nice to have it be about the people and the intricacies of their jobs.

#36 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

@Rappelsiini said:

@Dagbiker

It would have to be more about the people then about the company.

Sorry for a totally unrelated question but is it "then" and not "than"? I've always used "than" but now I'm not sure when you're supposed to use it.

It probably is than, Im very bad at knowing what word to use.

#37 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

When does it air? Do they even call it that anymore on the internet?

#38 Posted by RazielCuts (2987 posts) -

@drewmaw:

#39 Edited by DrSwank (444 posts) -

@Dagbiker said:

@Rappelsiini said:

@Dagbiker

It would have to be more about the people then about the company.

Sorry for a totally unrelated question but is it "then" and not "than"? I've always used "than" but now I'm not sure when you're supposed to use it.

It probably is than, Im very bad at knowing what word to use.

I was always taught that it went like this:

"than" is used for comparison

"then" is used when time/chronology is referenced.

I liked Sally more than Jenny. (comparison)

It was then, that I knew I loved her. (time/chronos)

#40 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

@drewmaw: Ok, thanks

#41 Posted by ch3burashka (5247 posts) -

The other option should be "Yes, but only about ______". I want all the documentaries, not a "video game website general" documentary.

Also, it should be a mockumentary.

#42 Posted by DrSwank (444 posts) -

@CH3BURASHKA said:

The other option should be "Yes, but only about ______". I want all the documentaries, not a "video game website general" documentary.

Also, it should be a mockumentary.

haha! I think you may be on to something here :P There aren't enough mockumentaries in this world, that's for sure.

#43 Posted by Pepsiman (2491 posts) -

@Rappelsiini said:

@Dagbiker

It would have to be more about the people then about the company.

Sorry for a totally unrelated question but is it "then" and not "than"? I've always used "than" but now I'm not sure when you're supposed to use it.

I'll contribute to the madness and momentarily derail the thread. "Than" is used only in comparative situations. Usually it's used quantitatively to describe an amount of something being lesser or greater than something else, but it can also be used qualitatively. For example, "Those apples cost less than those oranges," is a simple example, while something like "My English fluency is less than that of my Japanese" demonstrates the same principle in a more abstract sense. Without exception, "than" is used only to make a comparison between two or more things. "Then," on the other hand, is used only when expressing statements about the passage of time. For example, first I wrote about how use "than" and then I explained how to use "then" just now. Technically, the two words are supposed to have slightly different pronunciations to make the difference more apparent verbally, but because most English dialects either slur "than" or just outright use the same pronunciation as "then," that's why it's normal to be confused.

Hence, to be a grammar Nazi, Dagbiker should have technically used "than" in his post, but I personally don't care all that much either way, but since I already went to the trouble of explaining the semantic differences, I thought I'd just go ahead and clear that up.

Anyway, to actually contribute to this thread, I agree that I'd be interested in more of a personality-driven piece rather than a purely historical/organizational one, if only because the stories become a lot more relatable when the stories of overarching phenomena are told in terms of individual actions. As the online community in general becomes more and more tight-knit across sites, everybody is kind of influencing the way everyone else acts both professionally and personally and it would be interesting to see how that's reflected in the antics of modern game journalists.

#44 Posted by Patman99 (1620 posts) -

I would love to watch it, be it either Giant Bomb alone or in tandem with other gaming websites. I love documentaries, they really show how much people care about a certain subject.

#45 Posted by selbie (1968 posts) -

A documentary on games journalism across all media would be good.

#46 Posted by Otacon (2209 posts) -

The more video game documentaries that aren't marketing practices, the better.

#47 Posted by DjCmeP (1148 posts) -

I thought the "How to build a bomb" series was a documentary and I'm sure if you have listened to the bombcast you probably know a lot of about the Bombcrew.

I don't think there is a need for one.