By Jensonb 14 Comments
We're back under the watchful eye of GameSpot.
GameSpot X Giant Bomb is not something I had even the remotest idea was a possibility.
Two years ago, I'd have probably accused you of heresy if you suggested that it would one day happen.
And yet here we are.
The Giant Bomb Staff, including the always fantastic Hardcore Dave, are in the same CBSi Offices as our old friends at GameSpot. And instead of finding it weird and intrusively corporate...
I find it totally bad fricking ass. GameSpot Cross Giant Bomb? Best idea Giant Bomb has had in a while. Seeing Jeff, Vinny, Brad & Ryan back in the old stomping grounds - complete with the strangely familiar styles of cubicles and the iconic frosted glass offices...Damn. I actually got chills. These guys, in those surroundings, just feels correct.
It doesn't feel like we used to imagine it would in the event of a corporate takeover of Whiskey - like Giant Bomb is the conquered. It feels like we're coming home. We went off on a mad little adventure and found ourselves as this slightly unhinged group of geeks who do everything crazy, and now we're home, back with our friends, and even though everything's different, everything's the same.
Giant Bomb has distilled the old GameSpot Crazy (Jeff's "GameSpot is still crazy" from the now-infamous "Crazily Small Underwhelming E3" is a standout example) into a finely aged Whiskey which we all carry in our hip-flasks. And in the meantime, GameSpot has remained a behemoth, a titan in the industry with unparalleled production values combined with industry-leading editorial quality (IGN & GameTrailers can only match for production values, 1UP for editorial quality).
And now, the BAND IS BACK TOGETHER. Alex is on drums, Jeff's on vocals, Ry Mac's got his bass out, and I think I saw KVO prepping to do the warmup act.
Damn son. Get me some Rich Gallup up in this bitch and CBSi will win the entire freaking internet.
And the wounds of the past are finally healed, because now it's all been spelled out. And I have to say, from what Jeff said it sounds like it went down pretty much the way I called it in my now very old text dramatisation of events - except for the ending, but I like this ending better.
GameSpot Cross Giant Bomb presents an amazing prospect - having the Giant Bomb fun and the GameSpot resources all under one roof. I'm totally onboard with this. Change is good. This is going to kick ass. Some of you might know I've been a bit disillusioned with some of the direction of Giant Bomb for a while. And in part, it's because I was beginning to lose the feeling I'd enjoyed so much in the early days of Giant Bomb being home. I had started to feel like Editorial was drifting in a direction which didn't include me, and there was nothing I could do about it.
And then, all of a sudden...I feel like I'm at home again.
It's good to be home. Much love Giant Bomb. Glad to be back, GameSpot.
Here's my new GameSpot Profile & everything.
PS: Tested Cross Mythbusters? Also totally rad. But we must ensure Rorie & Screened land on their feet too. Puppies FOR LIFE. Whiskey Media. RECOGNISE.