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#1 Edited by penINC (136 posts) -

Seriously. It's dumb, and makes the site feel cheap. I get that you guys have bills to pay, but can't you get better shit than this? I thought one of the things WM was aiming for was better, smarter online advertising. This clearly is not what's happening. Stuff like this is what I would expect from a ghetto-ass blog in some obscure corner of the internet, not on a proper online business. I like these sites and want them to do well, but not in this manner.

10/12/11 Update

In the past few days I've encountered far less shitty ads, in fact I want to say I've seen none, so I assume you guys made good. Great that Whiskey will actually respond to stuff like this. Thanks!

#2 Posted by AjayRaz (12390 posts) -

i only get dead island ads

#3 Posted by shadows_kill (3165 posts) -

I only get Dead Island and Lady Purse ads.....

#4 Posted by EuanDewar (4513 posts) -

What, you don't like ass?

#5 Posted by Jimbo (9710 posts) -

So, whose ass is it?

#6 Posted by penINC (136 posts) -

Ok, I just got one that played a super loud audio alert tone. Now that's some bullshit.

#7 Edited by KarmaPoliceman (143 posts) -

Yeah, these are the types of ads that make me turn on ad block.

#8 Posted by 71Ranchero (2580 posts) -

@Jimbo said:

So, whose ass is it?

Vinny's

#9 Posted by Darkraven (171 posts) -

I dont even get ads :o

#10 Edited by shadows_kill (3165 posts) -

Did you accept Vicky's friend request?

Did you click there for music?

Do you know whose ass that is?

Why don't you update your download manager?!

These are the questions we want answered!

#11 Posted by Clubvodka (410 posts) -

This sucks. Naturally I don't see these but still it sucks.

I'm sure Top Men are on it though but dude FREE MUSIC!!!

#12 Posted by KarlPilkington (2655 posts) -

But Vicky wants to meet you!

#13 Posted by Jimbo (9710 posts) -

@Atramentous said:

@Jimbo said:

So, whose ass is it?

Vinny's

HOT

#14 Posted by penINC (136 posts) -

Ok, now this one's just odd.

Also, Vicky's a whore. You don't want none of that.

#15 Edited by EuanDewar (4513 posts) -

@penINC said:

Ok, now this one's just odd.

Also, Vicky's a whore. You don't want none of that.

WE ARE THE PREMIUM EARLY EDUCATION

INVENT, TIME, READ, AGE, 5

THE CRACKLE OF PIGSKIN, THE DUST AND THE SCREAMING, THE YUPPIES NETWORKING

They found you son.

#16 Posted by Chadster (326 posts) -

After doing some... research... I can confirm that it's Kim Kardashian's ass.

#17 Posted by Azteck (7447 posts) -

I don't get ads. Hooray Europe!

#18 Posted by mylifeforAiur (3479 posts) -

Vicky's hot, bro.

#19 Posted by onarum (1946 posts) -

Yeah I have to agree those are some seriously bad ads... the sort you see in very bad places...

#20 Posted by oatz (1103 posts) -

Vicky wants the D, man.

#21 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2780 posts) -

Who's we?

#22 Posted by AlisterCat (5398 posts) -

They have two types of ad deals. One, where they have ads directly from a company that has approached them. The obvious example is the Dead Island ones. The second type is that they have a relationship with a 3rd party ad provider, that has lists of ad providers and feeds them through the site. This second type Whiskey has very little control over, and they have been working with the ad provider to provide the best experience they can but from what I know this is a very difficult thing for them to do and must be worked out over time.

The idea behind the subscription model is so that Whiskey Media can be funded by the userbase and not have to get in deep with advertisers. I don't know if you know this, but Giantbomb has a history with ad revenue interfering with the job, and they want to prevent that kind of future.

#23 Posted by Codeacious (957 posts) -

I thought they said a while ago that they didn't ever want to get into showing these sorts of ads? It makes me sort of sad that they caved, but I suppose whatever keeps the lights on.

#24 Posted by confinedbread (98 posts) -

These are the kind of ads that bug me. I'm sick of the stereotype of gamers as overweight losers.

#25 Posted by KarlPilkington (2655 posts) -

@isnipeyoudie said:

I thought they said a while ago that they didn't ever want to get into showing these sorts of ads? It makes me sort of sad that they caved, but I suppose whatever keeps the lights on.

I wouldn't say they caved, just that a mistake has been made.

#26 Posted by Delta_Ass (3230 posts) -

@KarlPilkington said:

@isnipeyoudie said:

I thought they said a while ago that they didn't ever want to get into showing these sorts of ads? It makes me sort of sad that they caved, but I suppose whatever keeps the lights on.

I wouldn't say they caved, just that a mistake has been made.

I had to kill Bob Morton because he made a mistake. Now it's time to erase that mistake.

#27 Posted by Kyreo (4600 posts) -

Don't like what you see?  Don't look.

#28 Posted by karatetron (689 posts) -

@penINC said:

Ok, now this one's just odd.

Also, Vicky's a whore. You don't want none of that.

DON'T YOU WANT TO INVENT A COUNTRY?!

#29 Edited by Village_Guy (2409 posts) -

@Azteck said:

I don't get ads. Hooray Europe!

Rock on Europe! Ad free since... ads were added and before...

Also I -fucking- hate those kinds of ads, glad I don't get 'em.

#30 Posted by EnchantedEcho (729 posts) -

@Jimbo said:

So, whose ass is it?

#31 Posted by onarum (1946 posts) -
@Kyreo said:
Don't like what you see?  Don't look.
Whatever, it still makes the site look like a warez/porn blog, I'm pretty sure no self respecting company would ever want it's ads in the same place as those.
#32 Posted by ThePickle (4149 posts) -

Since when did Giant Bomb become a torrent site?

#33 Posted by TeflonBilly (4722 posts) -

I thought this was going to be dealt with awhile ago? It really is some beneath the site to have shady ads of that caliber.

I mean, it's like a step above "FREE WAREZ!" pop-ups and a step below Fleshlight or Suicide Girls ads.

#34 Posted by Undeadpool (4868 posts) -

@Delta_Ass said:

@KarlPilkington said:

@isnipeyoudie said:

I thought they said a while ago that they didn't ever want to get into showing these sorts of ads? It makes me sort of sad that they caved, but I suppose whatever keeps the lights on.

I wouldn't say they caved, just that a mistake has been made.

I had to kill Bob Morton because he made a mistake. Now it's time to erase that mistake.

I WORK FOR JEFF GERSTMANN! JEFF GERSTMANN OWNS GIANT BOMB! GIANT BOMB OWNS THE COPS!!!

#35 Posted by sugetipula (98 posts) -

No ads where I live

#36 Posted by clstirens (846 posts) -

These may be bad, but I was having ads that were either flash games that broke the formatting on GB/Tested, or videos that autoplayed with audio.

I have adblock disabled on all sites I frequent (so they can stay afloat), but I've just recently re-enabled it on Giantbomb for the time being. It's frustrating for me because I REALLY don't want to do that to the crew, but these ads are pretty bad.

#37 Posted by GunslingerPanda (4480 posts) -

Wow, I don't get these ads but if I did I probably wouldn't use the site any more. This shit will totally turn new users, potential subscribers away.

But isn't this exactly the kind of shit they said they were avoiding with subscriptions anyway!?

#38 Posted by PhatSeeJay (3321 posts) -

@Jimbo said:

@Atramentous said:

@Jimbo said:

So, whose ass is it?

Vinny's

HOT

Everything is starting to make sense.

#39 Posted by penINC (136 posts) -

@AlisterCat said:

The second type is that they have a relationship with a 3rd party ad provider, that has lists of ad providers and feeds them through the site. This second type Whiskey has very little control over, and they have been working with the ad provider to provide the best experience they can but from what I know this is a very difficult thing for them to do and must be worked out over time.

If this is the quality of ads provided by the third-party, they should be dropped. Not worked with, just straight dropped. It's unacceptable for a professionally run site to run such utter bullshit.

#40 Posted by onarum (1946 posts) -
@penINC said:

@AlisterCat said:

The second type is that they have a relationship with a 3rd party ad provider, that has lists of ad providers and feeds them through the site. This second type Whiskey has very little control over, and they have been working with the ad provider to provide the best experience they can but from what I know this is a very difficult thing for them to do and must be worked out over time.

If this is the quality of ads provided by the third-party, they should be dropped. Not worked with, just straight dropped. It's unacceptable for a professionally run site to run such utter bullshit.

I agree.
#41 Posted by nohthink (1222 posts) -

@Jimbo: Kim Kardashian. Duh!

#42 Posted by MAN_FLANNEL (2460 posts) -

Remember when Jeff said they would be selective about the site's adds, only having ones that "pertained to our interests"?. Well that surely went down the drain. I turned ad block back on months ago because of this shit.

#43 Posted by Slaker117 (4835 posts) -

That is pretty gross. I don't see them, but I don't like the idea of that being on the site at all.

#44 Posted by Dauragon (554 posts) -

Ahh, feels good to look down a this from my premium ivory tower.

From here, the cries of the proletariat are but whispers in the wind.

Also yeah those ads look like stuff you'd see on a shady torrent site. Oh well.

#45 Edited by Hector (3346 posts) -

@penINC said:

Ok, now this one's just odd.

Also, Vicky's a whore. You don't want none of that.

"Build a Machine...Invent a Country." lol!!!

#46 Posted by MooseyMcMan (9761 posts) -

The only ones I really hate are the ones that make noise. I hate that. Especially when I'm trying to listen to something whilst on GB.

#47 Posted by onarum (1946 posts) -
@Dauragon said:

Also yeah those ads look like stuff you'd see on a shady torrent site. Oh well.

But that's the problem, anyone can turn ad block on and have a ad free browsing experience, the problem is that those are so effin low quality that, like I said before, no self respecting company would ever consider making a ad deal with WM upon seeing that, and that's not good for the site.
#48 Posted by DeanoXD (607 posts) -

@MAN_FLANNEL said:

Remember when Jeff said they would be selective about the site's adds, only having ones that "pertained to our interests"?. Well that surely went down the drain. I turned ad block back on months ago because of this shit.

also remember that Jeff has said on many occasions about game publishers, they are businesses and they need to get paid, its the cold hard truth. So as much as i would like to think Jeff does disapprove of these ad's i am sure there is someone above him that looks at as dollars and cents nothing more. And thats why these kinds of ad's might always be around in some form.

#49 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

Wow seriously? Giant Bomb has those torrent-site ads? shit.

#50 Posted by countinhallways (632 posts) -

@TrippinBungalow said:

@penINC said:

Ok, now this one's just odd.

Also, Vicky's a whore. You don't want none of that.

DON'T YOU WANT TO INVENT A COUNTRY?!

I particularly enjoy the fact that all these tasks are seen as urgent. What kind of an emergency calls for such things?