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#1 Edited by Dudacles (1467 posts) -

I'm guessing they'll do one episode this week. I'm in the same boat as you guys; these last few weeks, Giant Bomb has basically become the "site where I can watch Metal Gear Scanlon", with very little other content that has grabbed me. I hope Drew and Dan will find the time to do two episodes again from next week on.

#2 Posted by Dudacles (1467 posts) -

Don't shake the baby! Congratulations Vinny! :)

#3 Posted by Dudacles (1467 posts) -

The lengths of the videos have already been mentioned, so I have nothing to add to that, but in regards to resubscribing for this series, I'd like to put in my two cents; they're only four episodes in, but already this content has established itself as my favourite format since the original Endurance Run. It helps that I absolutely love the MGS series, but Drew and Dan also have fantastic chemistry. Drew has seriously struggled with two parts in the game thus far, but it is not at all frustrating or boring to watch, thanks to the way Dan laughs his ass off every time Drew fucks up, and Drew attempts to take it all in stride. Episode 4 has already delivered multiple moments that are going to end up on the inevitable fan-made Metal Gear Scanlon highlight reel.

Dan seems to be making a point of mentioning frequently that he'd really like to go all the way to the end of the series with Drew (I take this to mean they'll try to play 2 - 4 as well -- Peace Walker and the MSX games are probably a bridge too far, though I'd love for them to give those a try as well.) I really hope they get around to it. The prospect of at least 2 - 3 months more of this series to look forward to, excites me greatly. Unless you distinctly dislike MGS, I would daresay this is the best reason to subscribe Giant Bomb has ever offered.

#4 Posted by Dudacles (1467 posts) -

@do_the_manta_ray said:
@beefygrandmole said:

Dan and drew are gonna play through metal gear solid. So I don't think there'll be a Dan Jeff playthrough of anything for a while

Has this been confirmed? Be still, my beating heart, be still, don't invite disappointment.

Yeah, Drew and Dan said it on last weeks bombcast. They said they'd definitely do 1 and Dan said he wanted to do all of them.

To me last week's Bombcast didn't necessarily sound like them confirming it was definitely going to happen, but rather like them saying they were (merely) considering playing the first one. Maybe I misheard though, I don't know.

In any case, I really hope they do it, and I really want them to play all of the games if it ends up happening. I adore the MGS series, and seeing Drew discover it (and find out that he loves them too, ideally) has the potential to be one of my all-time favourite pieces of content here on Giant Bomb. Basically, ever since they made those remarks on the Bombcast, I've found myself looking at the "Coming Up" section every time I'm on the front page, hoping to see an MGS feature there.

#5 Edited by Dudacles (1467 posts) -

I thing mustard is absolutely horrible, so no.

#6 Posted by Dudacles (1467 posts) -

I too am Belgian, and was very pleased to finally see our team performing at the level that they, on paper, should easily be capable of. We lacked the ability to finish (which nearly cost us dearly, with that one chance in the 91st minute for USA that could well have cost us the game) but other than that, we played great football. Tim Howard had a great match, and as such I went into full-on nailbiting mode from the second half on, when every consequent missed opportunity seemed to increases the chances of us letting in a goal from those crosses that just kept on coming.

For the Belgian side, I feel De Bruyne in particular played spectacularly. He may not look the part, with his almost comically red-faced appearance, but if he keeps on playing like this, he could go very far indeed. As for next Saturday... Argentina supposedly looked relatively bleak against a strong Swiss side, so anything's possible. We have to believe in our chances, though I've no doubt that Messi inc. will cause us a lot of trouble as well. Here's hoping our finishing will be much better then.

#7 Posted by Dudacles (1467 posts) -

Oh lord, that Akinfeev mistake is going to go down as this world cup's Robert Green moment.

#8 Posted by Dudacles (1467 posts) -

Well, I'm Belgian so I'm really pleased that we managed to pull through against an Algerian side that played incredibly negative football, but we'll need to step up our game. Vertonghen gave away a penalty incredibly foolishly (though I suppose he must've panicked as he realised he was caught out of position when that cross came off the winger's foot). Our buildup was far too slow during the first half, though we did come out of the dressing rooms with a more audacious attitude, it seems. Ultimately, we were saved by two great substitutes, Fellaini and Mertens, though. I think both of them deserve to start against Russia next Sunday after this performance. After this win, I'd say we stand a fair chance of making it out of our group, but the passes will have to be far better, more imaginative and thus a bit more risky if we are to create good chances against the Russian side. During the first half, the amount of safe back passes was maddening. I suppose our squad being in a weird dark horse position has put intense pressure on the players. I hope they'll be able to relax some after this; if they loosen up, they might end up displaying very decent bouts of football in the matches to follow. Fingers crossed, I'd say.

I wonder what Brazil will be able to do against Mexico. They're still favourites in this match, as far as I'm concerned -- I expect them to grow as this tournament goes on -- but Mexico is a very good side. Should be a nice match, though I'll not be able to watch it.

#9 Posted by Dudacles (1467 posts) -

Man, Pirlo is just the sexiest man alive, isn't he? The way he strolled about on that pitch, in that heat, giving out masterful passes to teammates and making it look easy in the process... A draw would not have been out of place here, but I was still sad when his final free kick hit the bar. That was a thing of beauty.

#10 Edited by Dudacles (1467 posts) -

I understand that you have a small staff, but people love you guys AND you are well-respected, which is an extremely coveted position to be in. So did you really need to capitalize on that by adding Premium content? I'll admit that I almost subscribed a couple of times, but never did simply for the fact that the kind of stuff I now have to pay for is the kind of stuff that made me love the site in the first place, back when it was just there to enjoy.

Yes, they do want to capitalize on that. I'm not privy to Giant Bomb's business plans, obviously, but to me, it came as no surprise at all that they eventually introduced a paywall, and would then go on to focus on stuff that people are actually paying them for. Those early years, when all of the site's content was free, were simply a way to bind as many users to them as they could before bringing up the whole "hey, we're trying to make this into a profitable thing now, so please pay us if you want us to continue" bit. It's nothing unusual, as far as I know, for a business to market themselves in this way. There are periods of content drought, but personally, I'm pretty satisfied with what Giantbomb offers me in return for the 3 or 4 euros that constitute the monthly fee. Giantbomb is here to make money for those guys (and CBSi, at this point) and to that end, it only makes sense that the crew caters to paying members above all. If you want in on that content, you are supposed to subscribe. That does not strike me as particularly immoral, truth be told.