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Next week marks three years of Giant Bomb since it was officially lunched in beta. For me, and I assume it is for many others, this is the best video game website in this world. Now, I am not a premium member or take an active part in the community here. I know for a forum post here, or there, but my biggest contributions must be the creation of the heroes concept (it is still cool to see the original image I posted there in use) and my awesome user review of The Sims 3. Still, I take pride it the fact, that I can be a part of this great experience, even if there are thousands like me.
For me, it all started back in spring 2007, when I had finished Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. I liked that game quite a lot, to the point where I searched for videos of it on YouTube. One such video was a review of the game by one Greg Kasavin, who worked at GameSpot at the time of its filming. This led me to registering on the site and being exposed to people as Jeff, Ryan, Vinny, Brad, Rich, Kevin, Greg himself and many others. After watching my first episode of On The Spot and some video reviews, I soon started to dig through on some of the back catalog of the site. I viewed almost every video review and almost every Button Mashing and Tournament TV episodes there was. And what was my joy when I found the old archives of GameSpoting Live. And it was all because of these people and there sense of humor and unbreakable integrity. After couple of months I learned that Greg has already left by the time I got to the site and Rich was also leaving that summer. But it was still awesome and funny. And then, at November that year, while I was hoping to watch a new episode of On The Spot, I learned that Jeff was fired from reading some comments.
That event there was a shocker for me, as it was for the rest of the people there. I just could not believe that a man with such history as game reviewer could get fired over a review of one game. Now, I am sure there is more than that, but we may never know how it all actually came down. Following Jeff's blog on GameSpot, I saw a post about his off-site blog and that is how I learned about www.giantbomb.com. I have been visited it form day one, back when it was still a blog and was happy to see these guys back on track. Then, when the beta version lunched, I was exited to register my user name here (without any number or crap like that) and again be part of a site, that is runed by people, whose opinion I value and trust.
And here we are, three years later. Much has changed since then, but this is still the same site I was so exited to visit back, when it all started. I guess, that with this post all I am trying to say, that the hard working staff and of Giant Bomb and Whiskey Media in general are some of the most awesome people one could find on the internet. Because of them, my knowledge of video games has grown immensely and that helped me to grow an opinion of them, that has some basis. I have followed these guys from the day I learned about them and I regret not a second of it. I am greatly happy that they get to work the job they like and provide people like with quality content. It had been fantastic three years and lets hope for even better year to come. This was my early Happy Birth Day Giant Bomb.