#101 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

@NickyDubz said:

Follow the money

Well Ryan just bought a fully loaded car and Jeff's talking about buying one that costs $100,000. So follow them!

#102 Posted by YoThatLimp (1895 posts) -

I will keep subbing until there is no more Giantbomb. I get that there has been fewer pieces of content that last 4 months because of the move, so shame on CBSi for not having the forethought to get these guys what they need ASAP to continue what they love doing, as this thread proves, it is really going to hurt the subscriber numbers which is bad for Giantbomb and Giantbomb's budget.

#103 Posted by PillClinton (3291 posts) -

Gonna resub, but change to monthly probably.

#104 Posted by SgtSphynx (1329 posts) -

I'm good until 2014, so I guess neither.

#105 Posted by Daveyo520 (6674 posts) -

Sadly I won't have the money to resubscribe, but if I did I would.

#106 Posted by MikkaQ (10276 posts) -

Resubbing cause it's cheap and it's been worth the value.

#107 Posted by Cameron (596 posts) -

I haven't decided yet. I really think they should lower the price now that the membership is only for one site. $50 is insane for a single membership, especially when competing memberships from IGN and other companies are about half of that and often include tangible rewards. Those sites aren't as good, but it's still crazy that Giant Bomb costs more and only offers a small amount of extra content.

#108 Posted by SockemJetpack (408 posts) -

I am subbed until next spring. I'll see what happens after the site redesign is finished. From what I've heard though it seems like the premium subs are one of the things that allow the guys to keep their independence from the larger company when it comes to content. Less premium subs means less decisions fall to the guys. I don't know if it's that cut and dried but from what I heard on a Radio Dave a couple months back that seems to be the case.

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. The site hasn't been as good as it was since the renaissance that followed the all day SNES-travaganza but if they were able to do it once I'm confident (and hopeful) that they'll be able to do it again.

#109 Posted by George_Hukas (1317 posts) -

Unsubbed.. getting a Polygon tattoo

#110 Posted by The_Nubster (2084 posts) -

We just got like 8 hours of premium content the past two weeks, plus the Radio Show the week before that, TNT every week, and there've been Quick Looks out the asshole for the past month, plus the Bombcast every week (and they've been longer than usual, too). Are we still complaining about lack of content? At this point, it's just remembering the past better than it was. I'm subbed until New Years 2013 and I don't regret it at all.

As for everyone complaining that their money is just a salary now, the subs are a good indicator of the budget they get allowed. More subs, more budget for GB. I'm all for that.

#111 Posted by Seastalk (123 posts) -

I'm on the fence; so until I can convince myself either way there I shall stay.

#112 Posted by StarvingGamer (8123 posts) -

Resub, they still provide me with a majority of my something-in-the-background-while-I-play-games entertainment.

#113 Posted by Jace (1092 posts) -

My sub used to be a feel-good payment. I felt like my money was going almost directly to the guys. Now, it's just going to a big CBSi pool. Also, the content has taken a pretty solid dive, regardless of whether it's their fault or the season.

#114 Posted by RecSpec (3798 posts) -

Not sure, I subscribed because I wanted to support all of the sites, not just Giant Bomb.

#115 Posted by Nux (2320 posts) -

I'm going to resubscribe.

#116 Posted by MAGZine (436 posts) -

@The_Nubster: CBSi is going to get their money one way or another. It's subscriptions or invasive advertisement, GB's choice.

#117 Posted by Kill (298 posts) -

Already unsubbed. Not got the money to spare and not a fan of TNT or the retirement of Happy Hour.

#118 Posted by IrrelevantJohn (1052 posts) -

I was thinking about this too a few days ago since the subscription is ending soon. I think I might just re-sub but a part of me is telling me to wait until they have the studio completed to almost 100%.

I dunno... I will miss those awesome random crap they do though...

#119 Posted by Special_K (104 posts) -

I just let my old credit card information do the unsubscribin' for me yesterday. I'll come back if we get a nice push of premium content. A new endurance run, or a return to the consistency of the premium stuff they were rolling before.

#120 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6135 posts) -

@Cameron said:

I haven't decided yet. I really think they should lower the price now that the membership is only for one site. $50 is insane for a single membership, especially when competing memberships from IGN and other companies are about half of that and often include tangible rewards. Those sites aren't as good, but it's still crazy that Giant Bomb costs more and only offers a small amount of extra content.

Pretty much this. Unless the site redesign brings about a lot more content or that $50 goes towards both a Gamespot and a Giant Bomb membership, then I can't justify paying $50 a year for a subscription. I'll wait it out until the spring when my subscription ends to be certain, but at this point, I just don't see the cost meeting the rewards.

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#121 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Sub twice. Cancel out somebody else.

#122 Posted by Zekhariah (697 posts) -

Planning to re-subscribe.

Some of the subscriber features are nice, but to some extent it is just to show support for bombcast and their overall coverage. It presents the same sort of absurd value preposition as Netflix.

#123 Posted by PandaBear (1344 posts) -

I pay only because I like the site. I don't need premium content (it is nice though). Really, I just want to pay to avoid ads and give money to a group of guys who are doing great work. Seriously, $49.95 a year is fuck all for what we get I think. It's 13 cents a day.

#124 Posted by Driam (159 posts) -

I might, if they offer a 35$ alternative. Getting real tired of all the trailers, though.

#125 Edited by TruthTellah (8714 posts) -

I am definitely planning on resubscribing, but as others have said, $50 for not having premium access to all the sites we used to have just isn't the same value proposition. I'd say Giant Bomb is probably worth it on its own, but it definitely seems a bit iffier than ever before. Hopefully they can perhaps modify the subscription model a bit.

I'll keep supporting them as long as they keep saying it actually helps. It's my favorite website, and I'll gladly support it. More options and reduced cost in response to how things have changed would definitely be appreciated though.

#126 Posted by Hailinel (24255 posts) -

I'm resubscribing. I'm not concerned about the amount of premium content being posted to the site at the moment.

#127 Posted by DarthOrange (3857 posts) -

Hearing this always breaks my heart :(

I am not all that old to this site (a little over a year at this point), and I was really close to subscribing this year as soon as I came into some money to help support my two favorite sites on earth, Giant Bomb and Screened. The video content for Tested was always hilarious as well and I enjoyed reading the Comic Vine articles. I also enjoyed the weirdness that was Anime Vice. I liked all the intern shenanigans and content that came out last summer. All that changed since the CBSi change. My heart still hearts.

#128 Posted by Breadfan (6589 posts) -

Kinda bummed on the inconsistency of premium content being put out, but I'll most likely resubscribe. Plus the shirts are usually dope.

#129 Posted by AlwaysBeClothing (1455 posts) -

I'm subbed up till 2013 so we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. (I'm probably going to resub.)

#130 Posted by Hunter5024 (5598 posts) -

I really wanted to subscribe last year but I didn't have the money, and now that I do have the money i just cant find any reason to do it. I was a monthly subscriber for a bit, and after watching the initial videos that I never got to see before, they didn't post anything new that I wanted to watch the whole time I was subscribed. If it was about supporting them then I guess I could get behind it, but with the way the advertisements have been I just don't really feel like getting behind the site like I used to. I still love the site, but I just don't see any reason to give them my money right now, unless the site was in some kind of jeopardy.

#131 Posted by Viking_Funeral (1757 posts) -

This thread is surprisingly more civil than I thought it was going to be.

@Brodehouse said:

The best period in Giant Bomb history was the last 6 months of the Whiskey Media office. October to March, I would've given 70, 80 dollars to keep that up. But I can't say I'm ready to pay 50 dollars a year for one video a week.

So much great content. It was the busiest time of the year, and yet they still found time to do multiple Jar Times, Breaking Brads, Load Our Last Save, Random PC Game, they did a Happy Hour, Nostalgiafest, SNES Party, Tricaster Party, Brad grinding through the Darkness, they did an Endurance Run of Chrono Trigger, they played through Phantasmagoria, the Vita launch stream remember the 3D0 TNT? I know they're capable of that and it just makes me feel like a crazy person that Jeff's time is being used on meetings (for WHAT?) instead of the content that has built them this loyal following.

I've thought about this a lot recently. That period of time it seemed like a great deal to only pay $50 for a subscription. Now... well, we'll see. I had reservations about the change of the site, and I'm still on the fence. I just hope that the ducks can be put in order soon, so we can start the return to glory.

Of course, if you want to see how it could have all gone much worse, just check out Tested. Will said that they were getting there during his Bombcast visit, but I'm still in no mood to check.

#132 Posted by Athadam (684 posts) -

@Tim_the_Corsair said:

Just got the prompt that my CC had expired, so I immediately entered my new details to let it automatically resubscribe. I subscribe to support the site and would continue to do so even if there was no such thing as premium content. This is my favourite place on the net.
#133 Posted by Hizang (8533 posts) -

Last year I bought two year memberships in the sale, so I'm good for another year.

#134 Posted by Icemo (642 posts) -

I'm resubscribing. Although I'm quite surprised at how confident the bomb crew has been at trusting that premium members keep paying them. I would have been so nervous after the transfer that I would have done anything to make more content for premium members.

#135 Posted by Jimbo (9796 posts) -

Ahm oot. I tried to unsub last year tbh with you, but the re-up was charged a few days before my subscription ran out iirc so I just let it slide. Fuck giving Gamespot any more of my money though - that's the opposite of what I signed up for, like GB is now the opposite of what it was intended to be.

#136 Posted by Turambar (6707 posts) -

I spend 5 dollars a month on more worthless stuff (looking at you, office vending machine), so I'll keeping the sub.

#137 Posted by Cincaid (2955 posts) -

My account runs out September 14th, and right now it's not set to auto-renew. This is only because I have no idea how rich/poor I am when the 14th comes around. If I can afford it, I'll renew my subscription in a heartbeat.

#138 Posted by JayDee (439 posts) -

probably unsubscribe and then resubscribe 6 months later. i dont need to see premium stuff live, i rarely do. so going back through a bunch will be fine.

#139 Posted by spilledmilkfactory (1861 posts) -

I will absolutely subscribe. I go through enough down time at work and around home that I end up carving through all of the regular member stuff in no time and still craving more. And it just so happens that I've found a lot of the premium stuff they've been doing lately to be fantastic (the Olympiad and recent TNT archives, for example.)

#140 Edited by BelligerentEngine (344 posts) -

@DarthOrange said:

Hearing this always breaks my heart :(

I am not all that old to this site (a little over a year at this point), and I was really close to subscribing this year as soon as I came into some money to help support my two favorite sites on earth, Giant Bomb and Screened. The video content for Tested was always hilarious as well and I enjoyed reading the Comic Vine articles. I also enjoyed the weirdness that was Anime Vice. I liked all the intern shenanigans and content that came out last summer. All that changed since the CBSi change. My heart still hearts.

Haha yeah... Sigh, listening to that pitch again yikes, I probably used Screened as much/more than Giantbomb. I'm not sure the "value proposition" is here anymore especially since it was more of a, "Hey lets support the guys" kind of contribution from me, rather than a customer/service provider relationship. The problem is currently I have way too much disposable income so I'll probably just let it renew for the hell of it. However if I had any preclusion to start cutting costs this would probably be one of the first straps to get tightened on the proverbial boot.

Edit: I think a better question for me personally, is if I'm going to buy another subscription for that motherf*#king toaster!

#141 Posted by Athadam (684 posts) -

@Wrighteous86 said:

They've done a lot for me personally that I will always be a subscriber.

Despite what you may have heard, these guys truly love their community.

What have they personally done for you, if you don't mind me asking?

After reading through all of the responses here, although I agree with you guys that content has been very light recently, I suggest you frame your reason for subbing this way; Is Giantbomb one of your most visited sites? Do you spend a lot of time here? How much would you any for the content here if ALL of it was made premium?

My answer is yes and a lot. I'm subscribed for the next 2-3 years. Guys, the only reason why Giantbomb was acquired by CBSi was because CBSi were interested in their high subscription numbers. If these drop then Giantbomb drops as well. This site is still small and still pretty much a website run by dudes in a basement. Giantbomb does not nearly come close to Gamespot in ad revenue. However at the same time, I also believe that you can vote with your money and low subscription numbers means that the staff will work harder to push more content out.

But hopefully, it doesn't come to that. I hope that they read through this thread and understand that the overwhelming majority believe that they've been lacking in content.

#142 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

@Turambar said:

I spend 5 dollars a month on more worthless stuff (looking at you, office vending machine), so I'll keeping the sub.

Saaaame *glares at hot chocolate machine*.

#143 Posted by BelligerentEngine (344 posts) -

@Cloudenvy said:

@Turambar said:

I spend 5 dollars a month on more worthless stuff (looking at you, office vending machine), so I'll keeping the sub.

Saaaame *glares at hot chocolate machine*.

Saaame *shakes fist at moderately priced local prostitutes*.

#144 Posted by HistoryInRust (6287 posts) -

Been thinking about this a lot lately.

I don't think I'll re-up this year. It's partly because I find myself watching less and less of what they make and partly because they've cleaved out most of the stuff I really like. Random PC Game pops up rarely. Load My Last Save hasn't existed in months. TNT is a shell of itself. Happy Hour is gone.

I might buy a Silver subscription for the purpose of watching the Big Live Live Show, but will probably let it expire after that.

It feels raunchy to say that. Almost like a betrayal. But I miss the whole of the Whiskey Crew together and it's not been particularly riveting since the buy-out.

#145 Posted by Dethfish (3636 posts) -

If I have the spare money I'll resub, but I don't have to worry about that till next August.

#146 Posted by grimmspectre18 (70 posts) -

@RPGee: ^What you said. Completely agree. I'm not buying just the premium content. I'm thanking them for everything they have done and supporting the Bomb Squad for the 17.10 Gbs of podcast that is sitting in my itunes right now. I love the site and I want to show it.

#147 Posted by zipperface (74 posts) -

If I can support my alcoholism, I can support a site I truly enjoy with interesting personalities that entertain me endlessly. Though looking at those unopened bottles between Jeff and Ryan's desks does cause me some anxiety.

#148 Posted by Dogma (945 posts) -

Because of my economic situation I have chosen to support the guys for these years as a silver member. It's true that the premuium content have dropped a bit but I believe it's because logistic problems and that they still have to adjust to the new place. That may seem insane since it half a year since the move but I still love this site and will continue to support my number one game site that I visit ont the Internet. I have faith in the Bomb crew.

And to be honest. It does not help us in getting more or cooler content with people saying "Nah, I'm fine with those simple low budget I Love Mondays" and stuff like that. We should hold them to make cool content that actually has some polish instead of gamevideos with voiceover. That kind of stuff makes them lazy and I don't want that. This gang has a big focus on video so I think they should produce a bit more nicer looking things. We know they are capable of it.

But no matter that I will still continue to pay them through my silver membership that I have had since the start. 5 bucks is not a lot of money to pay each month, even for someone like me without a proper fulltime job. As someone else said, they give me more entertainment than television. Why not support that?

#149 Posted by HarlechQuinn (447 posts) -

"Premium Annual Member through May 7, 2015." So ask me again in two years...

Concerning the current content, sure they are not on the height of their game and I still miss "Random PC Game"...

But judging by the amount of GB of Giant Bomb on my hard drives and the hours of entertainment they provided for me I think that they still deserve my support!

Giant Bomb fo' Lyfe :)

#150 Edited by Ley_Lines (252 posts) -

Hopefully, there will be a sale, because I don't want a members t-shirt. If there isn't a sale, I'll wait till there is one. I agree though, premium content has been down. We need a return of "load up our last save" and "Random PC game".

EDIT: Oh wait, hire Rorie, then I'll sub instantly.