This site is amazing, the people who run this site are amazing, the mods are amazing; I love this site. Is it perfect? No, but that shouldn't diminish what it has accomplished and what it can accomplish. So I'm making this thread for everyone to share their giant bomb experience, what this site/community means to you and what it has done for you.
I used to hate this site. I couldn't understand what it was about, and I had a hard time agreeing with the views expressed by it's creators. But something clicked, I realized that beyond the silly videos, the strong opinions, the debates is a community that, at the end of the day, can come back together and singularly and evenly rejoice in this crazy thing we love and believe in so much. We can look past our differences and become one of the strongest communities out there.
We've laughed together, we've cringed together, we've raised more money than reddit, gamespot, huge gaming communities during Extra Life, we watched the site go from Whiskey to CBSi, we've seen the tricaster antics of Vinny, we've endured the questionable gaming skills of Brad (#teambrad), we've seen Jeff get worked up about a green dinosaur that shoots eggs, we've seen people come and go, and we've mourned the loss of a friend. We've taken a site run by a handful of people and turned it into a fucking contender.
Can we still be better? Yes. Have we faltered along the way? Yes. Has the worst been brought out of us? Yes. We are imperfect and it's impossible not to be, but the best this site and this community has to offer is the best there is. I've become a more understanding person because of this site. I went from hating Jeff and his dumb opinions (no bean more meat chili? what the heck jeff?) to loving the man regardless of them. If you're reading this there's a good chance you like this site for one reason or another. I implore you to do the best that you can and make this community even better than it already is. No hate allowed, only love and understanding! It doesn't take anything to inject a little bit of respect into the way you discuss your feelings/opinions, and it makes you feel better (trust me, I've been on both ends of the love/hate train. Love is better every single time).
And to put a bow on this thread...
Thank you Giant Bomb! I love you and will stand by you through the good and the bad.