By TrashMustache 4 Comments
Watching The GiantBomb Crew sign posters for three hours was actually entertaining, the guys we love and look up to just talking about stuff, with each flick of the pen a focused stare at the paper...these unique shows make Giantbomb the warm, embracing site we've come to know and love. I'd watch something like this over The Big Live Live Show any time. Last year's pax panel was disastrous and this year's was literally incomprehensible, but all of that stops mattering if we were to discuss the essence of the site. I was enjoying their conversation, like all of us do, about everything and nothing, the wits, the cracks, the insights, the truths, the puns, the list goes on, but my right eye kept catching the chat ahead of me : "Steve jobs is dead" it said. I didn't pay attention.
"steve jobs died" "no it's a joke" "it's not a joke" etc. Knowing the answer was just a click away I decided not to check the net and just keep watching the stream. The show kept going and I think I wasn't the only one watching in slightly unsettled anticipation, until Dave finally broke the news to the guys. A few sighs and faint sounds, riddled by confrontation. They tried to keep a normal conversation going for a brief moment but it suddenly stopped like the air was sucked out of the room. Vinny cracked nervous jokes as he finished up the last batch of posters, Brad's mind started to race with thoughts and Jeff just pondered deeply, his eyes staring into nothingness. Someone on the chat even joked "Jeff just thought about his own mortality, now he's thinking about Trackmania 2 again". It was a good joke, but I couldn't laugh. Ryan in this respect, stayed true to his role of host.
It was touching, weird. Not special, no because death is anything but special, it's natural. When the news breaks everyone is an equal, a morbid balance is restored, things put in perspective. For years now I have felt close to this site because these people open up to us, we know parts of them that aren't falsified, we've seen them share actual thoughts and emotions in very human ways, there's no make up. This is what makes this site so damn important, that and of course they're actual knowledge of games and the industry. That's what makes this the bomb. About twenty minutes before the news broke, Dave signed a single poster with what said "Live Long and Prosper". Well, may you all do just that here at Giantbomb.