The system to some degree, seems to be eating its own tail. I know the situation you're talking about, and while I don't care about the personal aspects of it, the professional ones are genuinely scary. While I expect Journalists and Developers to be nice with one another, friendly, maybe things would be better if some sort of line were drawn. GB refused to review Bastion given their close relationship with Supergiant, and their special coverage. Granted, the specific situation that sparked off this topic is a lot more personal in nature than simply being chummy with someone who used to be in your field. Professional Disclosure is the most important thing here, and while the Developer in question owes nothing to anybody for this, the Journalist should really be taking a hard look at what this does to not only his career, but the trust put in his publication. The publication's EIC recently Tweeted that he finds no ethics were violated in this situation, and hopefully none indeed were, but this should be a cautionary tale to Journalists especially.
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I am not a visitor of GS, but this really sucks for them. Unfortunately this round of layoffs may be a direct result of Giant Bomb doing well. A lean, smaller staff that people connect to is probably a much sexier proposition to a company like CBS, rather than a huge staff that costs a lot more money. GS also always required huge things like big E3 booths and such, where Giant Bomb proved it can do everything it needs to do with some mics and a cardboard cutout of Joe Biden in some back room. Plus yeah, video is the way this industry is going; having so many writers probably made no sense to CBS.
The premium stuff is definitely worth it. I pay the yearly cost, and the extra content more than pays for itself. Figure for the cost of seeing three movies at a theater you get access to an ad-free version of the site with a ton of extra content. I watch a lot of the old stuff, like Jeff's jar videos and they're still great, even when time has passed.
People really have to stop with the horrible shit. I don't agree at all with Samantha Allen, or Maddy Myers, but there is no need to go off and verbally attack them for stating their opinions on things. It's a shame there has to be any controversy with the two extremely talented people hired, but it is the world we live in. People disagree with the choices, and that is their prerogative. There's no need for what is happening in response however. The people doing it really need to stop.
Dan Ryckert is probably the best choice to come into Giant Bomb. He is incredibly talented, as well as a little insane. Game Informer is a good publication, but it seems to be a more straight-laced place that could only put up with some of Dan's asshole nature...some of the time. Giant Bomb can embrace it fully and make it into a great thing. Also he is already on The Powerbombcast, just now he won't be on Skype while doing it presumably.
I have two horrible gaming habits. One is sitting down for a game like Diablo III and drinking. Another is grinding too much in a game like Final Fantasy V or Bravely Default. I always want all the options grinding offers.
Mostly RPG's of varying size. Chrono Trigger and FF6 I have yet to beat. Chrono Trigger I got really close to about two years ago. Bravely Default got in danger of being put in my "started but not finished" pile, but I just picked it back up.
I actually ended up deleting all my characters after Loot 2.0 came out, right before Reaper of Souls dropped. I really didn't like the AH, and liked even less that I was forced to use it to stay current. I salvaged all the items in my stash, but kept the gems, and obviously the money. While I may not have been able to go back to starting completely pure, I feel like I was able to wash the crap of the AH off. It felt good, and now Diablo 3 is the game I really always wanted.
Did anyone else go through a similar soft reset on their D3 account?