For me I think the pressing matter is making sure none of the content slips through the cracks. We can mourn later once we're all sure the videos have been preserved. I once tried to go back to the unofficial commentary stuff and they didn't seem to work on their Twitch page and now with the announced shut down the pressure is on to be on top of what can get lost.
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I watched his previous eggplant solo run and I don't know, he's got the talent and skills to run games like Spelunky into their limits but as an onscreen presence I find him somewhat acerbic. He reminds me of an athlete who isn't much of a personality on the microphone even though he or she can play ball.
Great for him if he can make it work out there full time doing this kind of stuff.
I think Zoe Quinn's point and Brad's response on twitter both make a lot of sense. She basically says why fire the rest of the studio to keep 15 when it's easier, and better, to just leave with that 15 and Brad says it's probably not Ken's decision. What we're seeing here is the distorted version from Ken himself as far as he could tell it.
Obviously nothing of this is truly confirmed yet but I wouldn't be surprised if Take Two mandate plays into it big time. It's famously happened before when Take Two mismanaged the three teams involved with BioShock 2 and subsequently when they decided to just dissolve 2K Marin after the dev nightmare that was The Bureau.
If you want to hear Jeff and Dave just talk a bunch of whatever, they've been carpooling together during Jeff's mixlr streams a few times a week after these:
If you go to the whole archive, Dave is featured in an ongoing basis a few days a week.
It's one of those characters where I don't care enough to feel strongly about people's conclusions one way or another. If people agree he's racist, eh so be it. If not, that's cool too. In the end I think it comes with enough uncomfortable connotations that wearing a yellow shirt with Speedy's face on it has been fun.
This has been interesting so far to read through and I'm actually surprised how many different little differences there are between posts. In general I think the old legacy gets have expressed their contentment with their situation and simultaneously recognize a sort of fan demand for their return: Rich Gallup, Carrie Gouskos, Jeff Green etc. Basically they're a no go. I think the best personality get immediately is Danny but it would be both disruptive to his current aspirations and if he's the only hire, another white dude on the site. It's awesome the uncanny way they keep bringing in the coolest white guys, as evidenced by their clout around the industry, but I think a new hire that brings in both a refreshing demographic change while also being a great personality/contributor is the ideal. Kinda same goes for Jared although I'm sure he's not about to announce a position at GB. Cool if he is but I doubt it.
I think, as others have said, the best situation is for a relatively young person who either knows about the site or loves it too but isn't here all the time on the forums and is ready and willing to bring in that freshness. Actually, would it be too much to posit for an awesome female producer? Think about it, what if she pulled some amazing hilarious shit with that tricaster? Instant hit. The weird thing though is that the position most in need of replacing is one that allows Jeff and Brad to do more editorial but that would probably lean more in the hosting/personality/bigger get end than a younger person who's gonna take the reins on the Bombcast and live shows. Patrick was a success but even he didn't do that and instead opted to do his own thing (which has been great).
Oh and if we are just going to suggest community members, I put in my lot with @fobwashed. I have no idea what he's like in front of a camera but I'm most interested to know out of anyone on this site.
This has been something I pondered a bit since the New Year and a bit after Patrick moved and Ryan tragically passed away. The work that Drew and others have done to become regulars on stuff like the Bombcast has been a delight but I think they and we all realize that this site needs to grow. This was even true when Ryan was still with us and it's an even more important question now.
With that said, we all know how important the roster is to the site and while trepidation and friction is inevitable (however unfortunate it's become over the years since Alex and Patrick have become more and more prominent), it's not a decision that should be made lightly. In almost complete contradiction, I actually want this to be somewhat of a springboard for lighthearted suggestions alongside serious ones.
So, who do you think would be a good new hire for Giant Bomb Dot Com?