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#1 Edited by BackpackKat (518 posts) -

I hardly ever post but when it comes to Jeff I really feel the need to say something. I honestly wouldnt be the person I am today without Jeff Gerstmann. That sounds kind of insane (it even feels a little insane to write it out) but its true. I started following game coverage when I was 7 years old in 2000. The only reason I started following games was because I accidentally put instead of and im so fucking happy I made that mistake. I've always had a tough family life and games were the first of many hobbies I delved super hard into. The whole idea that people that were older and wiser (at least in terms of games... Im happy my culinary palette goes beyond domino's haha) people that understood this hobby that most people dismissed was amazing and really helped me get through some tough times. But Jeff's game coverage is completely secondary to who he is as a person, and that is truly what I love about him.

Jeff was the first to show me that you could be whoever you wanted and still love games. That sounds like a super small thing but considering we still see bullshit like gamergate today and the toxic culture that existed (and still does exist in many circles) in forums and other game discussions; the fact that Jeff was always Jeff and didnt sink to those levels had an impact on me. I could play games all the time and hang out with people who didn't like games. I didn't need to argue if sega or nintendo or sony was better because none of that stuff really matters; it was all about playing awesome games. I've always had lots of friends and barely any of them were "gamers" but still awesome people.

Finally Jeff has always stood up for what he believes in and been upfront about it. The whole Kane and Lynch debacle in the grand scheme of human history is ridiculously minor. Hardly anyone in the world will know what you are talking about when you if you try to mention it. To me though, it showed me something that has been invaluable to me as a person and I still take what it taught me to heart. You should stand up for your beliefs and sacrifice basically everything in order to do it. Jeff believes in the sanctity of game reviews and telling the consumer what he believes. He never sacrificed that and that is super inspiring.

The best part of all is that through his struggle, which undoubtedly a very tough period in his life, he created Giant Bomb. Now I don't need to tell you that GB is the greatest gaming site ever... but it really is. If Jeff didn't stay true to who he is it never would of existed. He got his best friends to join him and changed the world. I don't think that is even hyperbole because to Jeff games are definitely one of the most important thing in the world to him. They have the possibility to be to the 21st century what film was to the 20th century. Think how much coverage has changed since GB has launched. How much video coverage out there emulates what GB does? Its everything from what "traditional" games coverage has done to the whole communities dedicated to Let's Plays on youtube (there are surely earlier examples but at least to me GB introduced to me thing like this). Its all the people that have emanated and filled my life with joy and knowledge that I have been introduced to because of Jeff. Its more things than I can even articulate because the more I think about this the more I come up with.

So thanks Jeff for everything you have done. I wouldn't be the person I am today without you. Its easy for people that don't understand to say you just write about games but let me assure you that through that you have had an influence on my life that goes so far beyond games. I hope I can have 10% the impact on the things I love. Im really really proud of you Jeff and the rest of the GB crew just as a stranger following you since I was 7. I can't even begin to imagine the love and respect your father had for you in his life. Im so sorry you have had to go through so much Jeff but all I can say is im so happy you have been around for me and so many others. I still keep in contact with people I met on GB from the early days. I owe a lot of who I am and the awesome life I've lived so far to you. Im definitely a very different person than you are, but you taught me so many lessons such as people that play games include all sorts. So Jeff if you read this, I just want to say thanks for everything. These words I write cannot possibly convey how much I appreciate you. I have never written anything for a stranger like this in my life but just always remember im one of many who share this love for you.

#2 Posted by BackpackKat (518 posts) -

As someone who like Dan thought anime was ridiculously dumb up until about a year ago, here are my suggestions. My biggest problem with anime was because (like Dan) I was convinced all anime was ridiculously long, badly paced, filled with fan service, filled with fan service, and generally annoying tropes (hard to explain but i guess stupid naked cartoon chicks and ridiculous emotes all the time). So I guess that stuff is true for some (most?) anime but one show convinced me anime wasn't complete garbage.

Angel Beats

First off its super representative of all types of anime since it changes tones so much while still being quality throughout. It made me laugh and cry which blew my fucking mind because its still 100% super fucking anime. It has amazing ridiculous action (Angel could easily be an MGS boss she is basically like a bunch of them combined). Its only 14 episodes so super short commitment. Also Dan would fucking love TK! He randomly shouts out nonsense English phrases in the sub like "I Kiss You!" before shooting someone in the face and then dances alone in the cafeteria.

I know it isn't just like MGS but Dan did go to school for film and loves wrestling. Im sure he has at least some range in tastes. I'd throw my support behind Death Note as well.

#3 Edited by BackpackKat (518 posts) -

Just got my 3ds today! Can't wait to mess with this

#4 Posted by BackpackKat (518 posts) -

Ill be sure to donate some money! the game looks like a lot of fun!

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Cant Wait!

GT: BackpackKat

#7 Posted by BackpackKat (518 posts) -

I can't believe it has been a year since you first started doing this contest! It feels like just yesterday I got my copy of Alan Wake. Also while I am here I guess I should play along. I don't keep track but I remember which games I have and have not beaten. also Renegade Ops

#8 Posted by BackpackKat (518 posts) -

Oh this is what Will Smith was tweeting about the other day. I'll kick some bucks to you duders for the holidays!

#9 Posted by BackpackKat (518 posts) -

I speak for everyone in the GB community when I say that you were an amazing performer and brought lots of joy to us all. RIP

#10 Posted by BackpackKat (518 posts) -

I could see Mass Effect in that list. It has made most Western RPG's (that are not of the bethesda style) way more action based, for better or worse.