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Thank you for rewording the Kickstarter portion. I really hated the way it was worded before. It's much better now.
Although now you've changed the wording of the Greenlight similarly to the way the Kickstarter one used to be. It's not as bad, though. Maybe something along the lines of "These Games on Greenlight Look Cool."
The way you disapprove of a certain service but then direct people to that service really rubs me the wrong way. We're not going to blame you if Kickstarter or Greenlight turn out bad, so you don't need to cover your tracks like that.
I laugh every time Vinny does his ironic, condescending "What!?" When the guys are making a story up.
Ryan: "What if the bear wore roller skates?"
I don't think this was a "bad" year for video games, just not a great one. I've played most of the major releases this year and they have mostly been a little disappointing, if not majorly disappointing. Sequels to games that I love (Borderlands 2, Diablo III, Mass Effect III, Darksiders II, New Super Mario Bros. 2), which should have been some of my top favorites this year, didn't even make my list. I don't even know if I could come up with a list, because I would be making a list of 10 where 5 of them I don't even like that much. Spec Ops: The Line and The Walking Dead, games that would have been near the bottom of my top 10 in a normal year, are not my top two. XCom is up there, too.
And I think the original poster has a valid point. It is pretty much a choose-your-own-adventure book. I think it's awesome, but it's a valid criticism. I also think text adventures have more interactivity. There are way more choices in text adventures than there are in The Walking Dead. There are also puzzles and obstacles, of which there are very few in The Walking Dead. I think it's great, but I think he brings up a good point.
It makes sense. They've said a few times that the Bombcast is the most popular portion of the sight and they hate that it's not earning them money. I don't think it would be that annoying if it was just a short premade ad that played at the beginning, half-way through, and at the end. If they stop conversations and read us a pitch, that might suck.
In terms of how they could make it so subscribers don't hear it, they could put up a separate MP3 like people say. Or they could have it so that the podcast page pauses the podcast to play a short ad and then resume. I don't know.
Giant Bomb has kind of been about the high moral standard, so if they use ads, that's a shame for that reason. But I don't think hearing the ads would bother me.
For me, listening to the Bombcast gives me a clear picture of what Vinny (and pretty much everyone else) thinks of most games and kind of eliminates the need to read most reviews. The problem is that he's been too busy to play as many games as he used to, so you don't hear his thoughts on a lot of games.
Sometimes I'll turn it off depending on who's in it. Patrick, Ryan, and Jeff are kind of shockingly cynical. Their negativity kind of bums me out sometimes. I'm not someone who loves everything, either, but they are just so cynical. If Brad and Vinny are in it, they usually give things the benefit of the doubt and make it a decent balance.
I do try to watch them all, though. I do turn them off if it's boring or it's 60-90 minutes long. It also depends on the game.
Regardless of my feelings on it, I think when and if it does become legal in the rest of the country, it won't be as big of a revelation as most people think it will be. Once the excitement of being able to legally do it wears off, people will just go back to doing what they were doing before the law was passed. So I don't really expect things to be that different in the long term.
It's like how women are legally allowed to walk around topless now, but no one ever does it. They just wanted the right to do it. They never had any interest in actually doing it, they just wanted to be allowed to do it. Maybe that's a bad example, but whatever.