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Posted by ArbitraryWater

Wait? Are you saying they didn't hire the winning tag-team of Cara Ellison and Greg Miller like they did in my dreams and instead hired the guys we've known they've been hiring for like 2 weeks? I HATE THEM ALREADY.

Actually, Dan Rykert is alright by me.

Posted by Rejizzle

Hey everybody, it's... Tuesday?

Posted by GiantLizardKing

Totally fucking amped, I don't care what planets you heathens hail from. Congrats duders, one and all.

Posted by Fawkes

Is that the butt tumblr guy? Am I going to be thinking of him as the butt tumblr guy for the rest of his career on giant bomb?

Edited by HerbieBug

Daniel, I will expect your father to make regular guest appearances. :D

Posted by AlKusanagi

@sammo21: Vinny's presence adds an hour and a half to everything. The earth's rotation is actually 22 and 1/2 hours, but Vinny's keeping it in check so we don't have to get new clocks.

Posted by mrshmearo

@conmulligan: Don't know these guys and I'm excited to get to know them, but I can't help but feel the same, hmm.

Posted by bleatingheart

@conmulligan: Agreed. I love GB and I appreciate that they're pretty willing to tackle a lot of social issues, but when you raise your voice about how you want to see more diversity in the industry, then time and time again fail to model that yourself... Nothing against Dan and Jason at all, I'm sure they'll do well, it's just disappointing.

I always fall back on Jenn Frank's article about The Rolodex in these situations, so if anyone doesn't get why some people are unhappy about this news or think that people just want GB to hire to meet some sort of diversity quota I really recommend reading it.

Edited by kerse

Bombast on a monday? What is the world coming to.

Posted by csl316

Of course Dan brought up Guinness World Records. Of course.

Posted by ogto

next on the list: danny o'dwyer john drake

Edited by enoteware

One of the new guys sounds like Brian Posehn.

Posted by Sammo21

@w1n5t0n: I agree. I find it far more insulting to claim that since they are all caucasians (which is a word rooted in racism) that they are somehow all coming from the exact same perspective. If that were the case why does anyone, who doesn't want "that", come to a website that doesn't have one person for each demographic.

Like another user said, defining their opinions based on their skin color is perhaps the most ignorant thing. Jeff wants opinionated people who the community is somewhat familiar with, who have experience in the industry, can handle being on camera and putting tons of content out, and who also fit in tonally with the site. To think that people want Jeff to ignore all of those things and simply look for someone who fits their checkbox blows my mind. Jeff picked who he thought was the best for the job: that's all that matters.

Posted by Autechresaint

Don't know if anyone has posted it yet, but you can totally walk around that Kevin Costner Casino on google maps (click the x to enter):

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Posted by Quarters

Dan Ryckert's going to lock this place DOWN.

Posted by GiantLizardKing

@conmulligan: have you been to USGamer? It's a pretty great site. The content reminds me a lot of what EGM used to do and has a bit more of a Japan focus than most sites. It also has a pretty diverse staff for such a small site.

Posted by Chicken008

Yeah! Duders!

Edited by Skillface

I agree with the sentiment that more diversity is necessary, but I also think after losing Vinny (and of course Ryan last year) this was more of a "OH GOD WE NEED HIGHLY EXPERIENCED PEOPLE NOW" hire, and I think that Jeff and the crew do want to expand much more in the future. Jeff consistently talks about wanting to make Giant Bomb bigger than it is, and they're working on it after facing some huge setbacks.

If there's anyone I can trust out there to want this stuff, it's the people running this website.

Posted by DjDonFrancisco

Guys! Guys! Please drop all of your site diversity talk into this alternate dimension Giant Bomb suggestion box. Thank you.

Posted by Tagyhag

Guys! Guys! Please drop all of your site diversity talk into this alternate dimension Giant Bomb suggestion box. Thank you.

Haha nice.

I will say that hires should be based on experience, ability to do their job right, and ability to sync with the GB staff. It should NOT be based on gender or skin color, people saying that while calling others hypocrites is the absolute ultimate form of irony.

Edited by Sammo21

@djdonfrancisco: I don't go to sites that have official representation by Geico in the forums.

Edited by mrsmiley

I don’t want to completely derail this thread because I really, really like Dan and Jason seems cool, but I can’t help but be profoundly disappointed that they didn’t take this opportunity to try and diversify the staff even a little bit. Giant Bomb now consists of 8 editors and producers, every one of them a white dude (9 if you count Rorie). I can’t think of a single other significant games site with such a homogenous staff. I really hope that concerns them and they keep it in mind for the next round of hiring because it’s beyond embarrassing at this point.

Anyway, I wish Dan and Jason the best and I’m positive they'll do a great job, but this still feels like a gigantic missed opportunity.

I was just having this conversation with my wife - not about race (I couldn't care less what race they are. They hired people for their skills and personalities, not the color of their skin.) but about hiring a woman. I'll be honest, this site has always had the theme of "a bunch of dorky bros hanging around having fun". When they have had women on various live shows in the past, it's usually great, but is also changes the dynamic of the shows. For the record, my wife is the one that mentioned this. I know that everyone wants to add women to everything, and I think that for the most part that's a great idea, but I also love the dynamic this crew has had since the beginning, and I feel like having a woman on board would break that "immature male friends" thing GB has going on, which is so damn endearing.

Of course, it could also change for good, so who knows. I just can see why the didn't try to "force" a woman into the situation. Then again, maybe women interviewed, and just weren't as qualified as these guys! It would be an interesting jar question for Jeff!

Posted by JeffGoldblum

So excited for the new guys.

Edited by darkest4

Great choice. Dan is the man and has an upbeat, energetic personality that was lacking after Vinny left. Really likeable bloke. Don't know the other guy but I'm sure he's cool too. Excited, please do more okcupid pranks Dan! Oh and, now Giantbomb needs to hire DadRyckert.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88sRCUcNR7A&feature=youtu.be what you can look forward to for those not familiar with Dan

Posted by TimesHero

I LOVE YOU DAN RYCKERT

I WANT YOUR BABY

ALSO, PLEASE DO AN ENDURANCE RUN OF SOMETHING

I think the new guys need to PROVE that they have it in them. The main five duders did them, it's the new guys turn now.

Posted by Stonyman65

@authenticm said:

I LOVE YOU DAN RYCKERT

I WANT YOUR BABY

ALSO, PLEASE DO AN ENDURANCE RUN OF SOMETHING

I think the new guys need to PROVE that they have it in them. The main five duders did them, it's the new guys turn now.

Yeah! An Endurance Run trial-by-fire. I like the sound of that!

HAVE THEM PLAY SHENMUE! LMFAO!

Posted by DeadeyeMcCoy

IT'S EVERYTHING I DREAMED AND MORE

Posted by MakeWitheFunny

hey this is a monday

Edited by Excast

Jason and Dan seem cool. I look forward to seeing what they bring to the site.

People going out of their way to complain about lack of diversity in such a small team as this? Eh, I just feel as if it is complaining for the sake of complaining. Some people always need to be upset about something.

Posted by dirtytea

Welcome to the new hires! Exciting!

Posted by SgtSphynx

I am happy for Dan and Jason, but still kind of upset that this was posted on a Monday. It will take me a bit to return to my usual temperament.

Edited by 1101101

@tagyhag: After some time that excuse is just lame …

Giant Bomb is the least diverse of all large gaming sites. That’s just a reality. Do you really want me to believe that that’s just some weird coincidence? No, I don’t think anyone is intentionally malicious, but no one is making an effort, either.

Of course everyone working at Giant Bomb knows people very much like them. Of course many of those people are already great friends and of course everyone at Giant Bomb knows very well that they would work well with them. Of course that’s the safe choice. Of course that is how it works out and in the end everyone is completely innocent and didn’t do anything. They just did what they always do and that’s that.

I can only implore Giant Bomb to expand that rolodex and find people who are not so very much like them. Please do that much more often in the future. It already worked very well in the past (those very few times you did it). I know that all three times you did it during the last year or so I discovered new and cool people who I’m still following today, reading their articles, listening to their podcasts, playing their games. And yeah, those people actually have things to say that are markedly different to what any of you usually says.

Good luck and congratulations to Dan Ryckert and Jason Oestreicher. I’m sure they will both do an outstanding job. Dan, I really hope your awesome series with your dad continues here.

Edited by mrcraggle

So I'm aware that both Dan and Jason are from GI but why is everyone so hyped for Dan? I feel like I'm missing something.

Posted by SpoogeMcduck

2 minutes into the podcast and its a total sausagefest, oh and they hired two new guys too, cool

Posted by bloodsoul5

awesome new hires, Looking forward to the content this week.

Posted by Dan_CiTi

His name is X, and what he is is a Mega Man.

Posted by FoxMulder

Would have preferred an article about the new hires, but this works out too I guess.

Edited by bboymaestro

And now, like Argos to Odysseus at his return, I can sleep eternal. What a wild ride.

Posted by SM5240

Super excited to have both Jason and Dan on the site, as their work over at Game Informer was fucking fantastic. The future of Giant Bomb West is in good hands.

Edited by cannedstingray

@conmulligan: I've been following these guys for years now, and they've all proven to be stand up dudes with stand up ethics, and are personal friends with many in the industry who are not white, women, or both, and frankly are the best in the business, as far as I'm concerned. But they also don't seem to be guys who would be into diversity for the sake of diversity.

Whatever may be extrapolated out of pure statistics, I have full faith that these guys simply picked the best new hires for their needs and atmosphere. I'm certain that it easily COULD HAVE been a woman or someone who wasn't white, it just happened to not be. They didn't hire based on WHAT the person is, but WHO they are.

And until things point otherwise, I will continue to stand by their staffing decisions.

Regardless, it's a new day for GB! Excited to see what's in store!

I agree with this statement wholeheartedly, I have also followed these gents for multiple years, and I believe that they chose the folks that meshed the best for their needs, regardless of race, gender, size color shape or whatever metric or way you wish to categorize people. diversity simply for the sake of diversity is not the right answer. finding personalities that mesh well into this atmosphere is clutch, especially since they are such a small group who are expected to have a pretty specific toolset.

Posted by jouhn

IT'S NOT TUESDAY (BibleThump)

Posted by ch3burashka

WHAT IS THIS DEVIL SORCERY?

Posted by SteadyingMeat

Just get a hot dog toaster. All your dreams will come true.

Edited by w1n5t0n

@1101101 said:

@tagyhag: After some time that excuse is just lame …

Giant Bomb is the least diverse of all large gaming sites. That’s just a reality. Do you really want me to believe that that’s just some weird coincidence? No, I don’t think anyone is intentionally malicious, but no one is making an effort, either.

Of course everyone working at Giant Bomb knows people very much like them. Of course many of those people are already great friends and of course everyone at Giant Bomb knows very well that they would work well with them. Of course that’s the safe choice. Of course that is how it works out and in the end everyone is completely innocent and didn’t do anything. They just did what they always do and that’s that.

I can only implore Giant Bomb to expand that rolodex and find people who are not so very much like them. Please do that much more often in the future. It already worked very well in the past (those very few times you did it). I know that all three times you did it during the last year or so I discovered new and cool people who I’m still following today, reading their articles, listening to their podcasts, playing their games. And yeah, those people actually have things to say that are markedly different to what any of you usually says.

Good luck and congratulations to Dan Ryckert and Jason Oestreicher. I’m sure they will both do an outstanding job. Dan, I really hope your awesome series with your dad continues here.

I'm not saying diversity as a whole isn't a good thing, although no one seems to be demanding more female garbage collectors, but demanding it on an individual level seems weird. It makes your opinion sound like fact, you don't know GB's hiring practices or that a women would automatically be better.

I also think it's a little insulting to say their life experiences are all the same because their men.

Posted by Excast

@darkest4 said:

@hour_glass: " "Not for me," I decided, and I was confident that they would choose one of the many qualified women who had applied. But Giant Bomb will probably announce which dude they picked in the next few weeks. “Next time,” right?"

Wow, this woman is a professional? What a snarky asshat. What did Giantbomb crew do to her? Nothing. Yea let's hire a woman just because she was born with a different set of sex organs rather than hiring the most qualified person for the job whoever it happens to be. This hiring for the sake of diversity argument is seriously melting my brain. Hire the best person for the job, not just the person with the ideal "diverse" skin color or sex to appease this crazy, misguided, hypocritical social justice warrior squad.

I can understand wishing for more diversity in the industry in general, but some of the female "journalists" I have seen complaining about the site obviously have such contempt for it that I wonder why they would want the job in the first place.