I don't really have all that much to add since you put it very eloquently and i agree with most of it.
What i do have to say though, is that Dan Ryckert is the single best thing that has happened to Giant Bomb, ever. You just can't dislike that guy even with all the questionable stuff he say and do. The bombcast becomes even better the second he goes on a tangent about stupid stuff he's been up to. Also he is responsible for Metal Gear Scanlon.
Really disagree with all of this, worshipping walmart and having the same conversations over stupid things is grating and alarming if you value his opinion. I'm all for laughing about dumb stuff but the fact his ignorance is treated like some sort of genius stroke says a lot about how things have changed.