Vinny's forum posts

#1 Posted by Vinny (1706 posts) -

@vinny said:

@conmulligan said:

@vinny said:

To see people try and burn it down because they see it as exclusionary is a real shame.

I really appreciate you chiming in and agree with 99% of what you're saying, but I don't think the above describes most the criticism I've seen. I can't speak for everyone, but any issues I've raised comes from wanting the site to grow and get even better. I know it can't be easy for you guys to be on the receiving end of it, but I hope you're able to take the constructive stuff to heart.

What kind of stuff are you most concerned about, maybe I can be more specific?

I'm mostly concerned about the general lack of diversity amongst the staff and the guest roster at large. In particular, I think only having dudes writing pieces and appearing on camera is ultimately limiting, and doesn't reflect how broad and inclusive games are in 2014. I should point out that I'm not suggesting that anybody at GB — new or old — is undeserving of their position or that there was a conscious decision to only have dudes on staff. I also recognise that, intentional or not, there's been a lot of fresh, interesting and diverse voices on the site lately, which is terrific to see and makes me really optimistic for the future.

Of course we want more diversity. That being said, diversity also comes from a lot of different places. We can't hire based on religion, sex, or race. It's just not going to happen. I'm not a lawyer, but I'm pretty sure for CBSi (and Title VII) it's not possible. It's discrimination. I would never want to do it anyway. Can you imagine if someone told you that you got your job because of something other than pure merit? We choose candidates to work with us that are the most qualified. I know for the production hire, Drew and I looked over plenty of resumes, had phone interviews, and made our choice based on the best match for the skills we required. We have always had an open door for anyone who wants to contribute content. By that same token, we try to have as many people on our shows and live forums as possible. There are many interesting contributors in this industry and I don't think any of them should be replaced with someone else because they don't fit a profile.

As we grow we get to bring on more people. We'll be able to appeal to more people. Hopefully, we'll attract the best and brightest out there and they will want to come work for us. I don't think it's fair to say our track record is poor when we've only taken two steps. We're just getting started.

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#2 Edited by Vinny (1706 posts) -

@julius said:

@vinny: what he's saying is what I disagree with, that this loudness in the most public parts of the community is helping Giant Bomb improve, as opposed to simply increasing hostility, as it appears to have done.

Man, well. Like most things it's more complicated than that, right? Discussion is needed and often wanted. The internet is a tough place for discourse though and it can quickly turn into shouting and ignoring.

I remember when Rich and I did our production panel at PAX. He was telling the story of how we would walk into a meeting that had been going on for too long and tell everyone who was not currently involved that they are relieved and could go. We all knew exactly what he was talking about.

When a few people begin discussing something at the expense of the rest of the site it can be really tough. You begin drowning out all other conversation and discourage people from participating. It may not be as satisfying to continue a discussion privately, or in another more relevant spot, but it might be the most selfless. I'm not saying to give up a point, but be graceful and considerate to everyone else who might not be here for the same reason.

Does that make sense?

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#3 Posted by Vinny (1706 posts) -

@vinny said:

To see people try and burn it down because they see it as exclusionary is a real shame.

I really appreciate you chiming in and agree with 99% of what you're saying, but I don't think the above describes most the criticism I've seen. I can't speak for everyone, but any issues I've raised comes from wanting the site to grow and get even better. I know it can't be easy for you guys to be on the receiving end of it, but I hope you're able to take the constructive stuff to heart.

What kind of stuff are you most concerned about, maybe I can be more specific?

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#4 Edited by Vinny (1706 posts) -

We'll continue following our interests. As we grow, both in scale and as people, our interets diversify. We are still a very small site. We are still trying to forge our path. We are still very interested in growing. I can't think of a better place to fight for honesty, integrity, and creative freedom than Giant Bomb. To see people try and burn it down because they see it as exclusionary is a real shame. We are fighting, and it may not look like it, but we're punching above our weight. It has taken us over a year to account for a fallen team member. That was a fight. It took me three years alone to try and replace the production personnel that didn't come with us during the move. That was a fight. We have had to work so hard to hold on as this industry shifts and moves. We do not have a strong foundation and we have only gotten this far by grasping hands with each other and the community.

I have seen some people argue or float that we are currently pandering. This site has been built on a belief, for better or worse, of pursuing areas that we find interesting. We have been lucky to connect with an audience that shares those interests and they have come along with us. We do not discriminate. We seek out the most interesting, talented, and entertaining people in the industry. We will never dismiss them because they do not fit your idea of casting. We will also never bring someone on because of that reason. We've found the best way to uncover greatness is to respect and listen to the person. Period.

Giant Bomb will continue to talk with and connect with people from all around the community. We've always been a site not just about video games, but about culture and people. We'll continue, and we encourage others, to discuss topics we all find relevant. Again, as we grow we hope those interests expand and grow with us. As we welcome new people, new topics, and new opportunities we're going to do what we have always done and give it our best. And, as always, cruelty will never be tolerated. We are here to have a good time and maybe learn a thing or two. You never know where that is going to come from unless you explore every opportunity.

Also, don't be a jerk!

Vinny

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#6 Posted by Vinny (1706 posts) -

@fredchuckdave: @novadth: I only pray that you haven't experienced the true hell that lies beyond that place.

Black Gulch Is the truest of hells.

POISONED!

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#7 Edited by Vinny (1706 posts) -

I want an apology too!

EDIT: Also, let's go watch some DBZ!

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#8 Posted by Vinny (1706 posts) -

@damodar said:

Isn't Metroid Prime already the Citizen Kane of video games?

We continue to have the best community on the internet.

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#9 Posted by Vinny (1706 posts) -

Haha, this one was path 2 since we had to stop the stream because of an aspect ratio problem. File just finished compressing locally and is uploading now to the offsite compression. It will still be a while, but it's on its way. I'll check again when I get home, but with any luck it will already be up!

--Vinny

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#10 Posted by Vinny (1706 posts) -

Pretty sure this is on the calendar to shoot tomorrow. Think Brad was wrapping it up today.

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