New boss, same as the old boss. Expecting the same EA flavored shenanigans as always in the future...
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I can't say I knew him personally, but I would be lying if I said that hearing this didn't mess me up today. I can't imagine him as anything but the awesome jovial bastard he was with the rest of the crew. It's never going to be the same without him ):
I really want to do something for the crew/his wife but I'm not sure what. I don't want to just buy subscriber status or something because I'm pretty sure that money just goes to CBS at this point. Maybe I'll find something I can send them, but if anyone is taking up a collection for his wife for the funeral or just a "beer and tacos, but mostly beer" fund for the crew, I'd like to know.
Rorie, I'm sure it sucked having to write this, but thanks for letting us know.
Ryan, I'm glad to say I'm just one of many, but I'm going to miss ya man...
This and things like this are where my concern originated from when Giant Bomb went under CBS. Everything is great, until you step outside of your box, and then corporate comes crashing down on you. CBS has a history of this crap.
E, because unfortunately I don't want to support Gamespot or CBS, so even if they DID manage to stay even remotely the same over time (which I highly HIGHLY doubt) I wouldn't be able to do so without backing those companies on some level which I don't care to do.
@Kordesh: honestly, do you really think Jeff would sign a contract that gave creative control of the site to some marketers? He has made it quite clear that he and the rest of the crew are going to remain in control. Besides, two pens will never be a marketers bitch.
I think that I've heard this all before. Many, many, many times. In a perfect world businesses would come together in beneficial partnerships to provide the best service to their customers while helping each others business grow. The cold reality is it's all a bunch of manipulation, greed, and back room deals. Regardless of what his intent was, the reality is Giant Bomb will be completely unrecognizable in the next few months to a year as their corporate culture slowly seeps in and "suggestions" or various other contract bending influences do whatever they ultimately want to do with it.
For me, it's irrelevant. I want nothing to do with Gamespot or CNET so even if I was naive enough to believe that things are going to be A-OK and it's all no big deal, I wouldn't be coming along for the ride due to the association. I don't know how people can look at the kind of websites CNET operates and think "Don't worry, these guys are legit."
So can we pay for just Giantbomb and not Gamespot? I could really care less about Gamespot.
Yeah, Jeff said that GiantBomb will still be remaining quite separate from Gamespot. They're just part of the same over-arching family of websites now, and they can share resources and stuff like that. But as far as getting your GiantBomb fix, they have basically said that you can easily just continue to come to GiantBomb and never visit Gamespot if you want to.
But, hey, if you want to checkout Gamespot, that option will be there. At the moment, this is just giving GiantBomb more financial security and greater resources to do the crazy shit we love.
Yea I don't know why people are flippin' out over this.
Because, besides the fact that some people just don't want to deal with CBS/Gamespot whatsoever, all these assurances are being prefaced with "but they said". CBS has control now. What anyone "says" is completely irrelevant unless its also in a contract somewhere, and even that is only good until that contract is up for renewal or until they find good enough reason to worm around it. Fact of the matter is, I can't think of a single god damn time the words "nothing's gonna change, everything will be fine" has even been close to remotely true in situations like this. It simply does not happen. If everything was going to stay the same, guess what? It wouldn't have changed to begin with. The reality is, this is going to be just another cesspool of marketing and flash like Gamespot in a years time.
@pancakehumper: If you have been keeping track, a large part of Whiskey Media itself was actually sold, so they had to find a new source of funding for GiantBomb. That's not actually a bad thing.
I won't be supporting CBS or Gamespot.
The same. I became a member to support the crew, but I want nothing to do with supporting CBS or Gamespot.
I, for one, do not welcome our new CBS overlords. This is only going to end poorly. You can't immerse yourself into a mass media company next to a bunch of rather crappy/sleezy websites and claim "This time, will be different!" No. Slowly but surely quality, values, and spirit will be eroded. If nothing else, the community will be destroyed as it is forced to merge with Gamespot/GameFAQs disaster of a "community". I don't know what they pitched you guys, but in the end you're just a valuable asset they will manipulate as they see fit now that the deal is done. That value is going to crash once they inevitably infect it with their corporate culture, but by then I'm sure they'll be eying up another site and the cycle will continue.
Sorry, I have zero optimism for this as in my experience there has not been one time when something like this has not ended terribly, even if it takes time to become apparent. GB had a good run, but this is where GB ended.
Valve is trying to trademark "Dota."
Blizzard is attempting to stop that from happening saying that "Dota" belongs to the community and therefore free for everyone. Blizzard is not attempting to own Dota, but keep it free.
Oh please. Don't believe for a second Blizzard is being remotely altruistic here. They profited from the interest generated in their game by this fan mod for years and did nothing for the mod creator. Now that Valve actually had the foresight to take him in to remake the game, Blizzard wants to cry fowl because someone stole their free content generator. The whole "well you made it with our stuff so its ours" thing is flimsy as hell to begin with and honestly it's obnoxious it's allowed to begin with (imagine if LEGO claimed the rights to all works of art made with their blocks...), and ultimately I'm hoping the court has their senses about them and throws this out considering the person who created the name and the game itself has nothing to do with Blizzard as a company.
I had a feeling their trouble was coming from one of the many ridiculous side projects they undergo. Who seriously thought UDraw would be worth the initial investment, let alone how much they put into it apparently. Hell, I never even heard of the stupid thing until just now, and upon doing so, could only think "what the hell would you want this for?"