The Giant Bomb Xtreme Girl Advice Line

This is the official thread for the Giant Bomb Xtreme Girl Advice Line, hosted by users @wrighteous86 and @duskvamp! You've got relationship questions, we've got relationship answers.

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Write us or send an audio message to GiantBombXGAL@gmail.com or send either of us a PM on Giant Bomb with XGAL as the subject line.

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Latest Episode:

July 2013

In this episode, John and Dawn delve into bachelor parties, strippers, Bioshock: Infinite, Tomb Raider, The Walking Dead, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Guacamelee!

Then, they answer questions about how to approach women, dealing with an ex with mutual friends, and how to kiss. Click here to play in your browser.

Special thanks to @myketuna and A B for writing in.

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Posted by Video_Game_King

@daveyo520:

Then my advice in that regard is to enter every room with this music blaring. The girls will forget their fear.

Edited by OfficeGamer

A first, completely subject-to-change impression of you: You really like to advertise on here that you have a Giant Bomb girlfriend don't you?

I'll listen but my prediction is that it will be you discussing relationships and giving 'advice.' Again, impression subject to change.

I am aware that this post sounds mean

Edited by Wrighteous86

@officegamer said:

A first, completely subject-to-change impression of you: You really like to advertise on here that you have a Giant Bomb girlfriend don't you?

I'll listen but my prediction is that it will be you discussing relationships and giving 'advice.' Again, impression subject to change.

I am aware that this post sounds mean

Actually, that's probably a fair criticism. I know I talk about us a lot, and I can see why that would come off as braggy or be irritating.

The reasons are more because I think it's probably what I'm most known for, so I refer to it a lot, and because my friends only really play Madden and CoD, so she's the only person in my life that plays most games, and she's someone the forums knows. In a different situation, like if I were best friends with @video_game_king, (which for now is only in my dreams), I'd be talking about how WE played Catherine this weekend or something, or how he and I were talking about this or doing that. But since she's my girlfriend I see why it comes off differently. I'll try to do that less.

In this case though, I like the girl advice threads. I used to host a talk radio show in college. I wanted to do both, so I came up with this idea, and I figured our relationship gives us a unique perspective that is directly related to the theme of the show. So it was a marketing thing, really. I'm actually interested in getting other people from the forums on too with their own unique perspectives depending on their relationships. So this wasn't meant to advertise that I have a GB girlfriend, the opposite actually. I used that to advertise this.

Sorry if it gets irritating to you, and I'll be more cognizant of that perception in the future, but I hope you see where I'm coming from.

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Posted by Wrighteous86
Posted by Video_Game_King

@wrighteous86:

I have a microphone and Skype (even if not a capture card, livestreaming equipment or a copy of Catherine).

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@wrighteous86:

I have a microphone and Skype (even if not a capture card, livestreaming equipment or a copy of Catherine).

Find a way. Even if it is hard to stream from the moon I want to see this. Tell me about video game girls and dating them you two.

Edited by Red12b

oh god...no, nah, no way.

sorry.

Posted by JasonR86

The podcast for those with more than 99 problems.

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Posted by TheHT

I'm going to put on some headphones and let you both come in my ears.

This comment exists. IT'S RIGHT THERE I QUOTED IT. WHY DOTH IT EXISTETH?!?

Posted by ch3burashka

When I download the file, it doesn't work. Is it supposed to be 29kb?

Posted by RPGee

I am here to announce that this podcast is pretty rad.

Posted by Carryboy

I may be mistaken but I do believe no one has answered my question.

Edited by Max_Cherry

Wrighteous1 through 85 were taken, right? If you tell me "No, it's because I was born in 1986!", I will burn you at the stake for poor taste. This lame trend has to stop!

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@wrighteous86 said:

@alexandersheen: Thanks, it's an oldie but a goodie from the Giant Bomb forums.

Yeah, we'll probably always include Watcha Been Playing, discussing what we're up to individually and together. Probably get a bit more in depth in the future too, since we won't have to do intros or explain who we are.

Thanks for the comment!

Now those are memories. I think this was around the time Kessler was putting up community stuff on the front page. Or maybe that was later. Still, great song, great video.

EDIT: This also reminds me how crazy things used to be on Giantbomb. Not that I don't love the content now but all these marriages and children and stuff are making the guys a little too mature. That and having corporate overlords who don't let them do whatever they want. Is Jeff now the last one to not be married or is Brad still a bachelor as well? Not that I think Jeff will ever get married. At least to anything other than an old Arcade machine.

See, bringing it back on topic there. Eh?

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@ch3burashka said:

When I download the file, it doesn't work. Is it supposed to be 29kb?

It should be 97 MB. Try again I guess?

@max_cherry said:

Wrighteous1 through 85 were taken, right? If you tell me "No, it's because I was born in 1986!", I will burn you at the stake for poor taste. This lame trend has to stop!

I wanted a universal Username for pretty much everything I do. Wrighteous and Wrighteous1 were taken on some sites, so I said fuck it and gave in to my laziness. Wrighteous86 kinda rolls off the tongue, though, you have to admit.

I've been thinking of changing it to xxWrighteous420xx. Thoughts?

@raven10 said:

EDIT: This also reminds me how crazy things used to be on Giantbomb. Not that I don't love the content now but all these marriages and children and stuff are making the guys a little too mature. That and having corporate overlords who don't let them do whatever they want. Is Jeff now the last one to not be married or is Brad still a bachelor as well? Not that I think Jeff will ever get married. At least to anything other than an old Arcade machine.

See, bringing it back on topic there. Eh?

To be fair, they still do some crazy shit, it just seems fewer and farther between (less mailbags and energy drinks--for good reason). They just flushed a pie or something (I haven't seen it yet). Hell, Drew was shooting a bow and arrow in their office last fall that I'm surprised they weren't fired for. So it might be toned down a bit, but I don't think it's gone.

Brad has a girlfriend that I think he lives with, and Jeff is presumably single, to keep it on topic, haha. Oh, and Alex lives with his girlfriend in New York. Drew? International man of mystery.

Posted by Sweep

If this means people will stop making those stupid threads then hey, I'm all for it.

They won't, though. They never do. Sadface.

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@sweep said:

If this means people will stop making those stupid threads then hey, I'm all for it.

They won't, though. They never do. Sadface.

Aww... nobody likes to see a sad hamburger. :(

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@wrighteous86 yeah, tried again, still 29.1kb. Can you re-upload it or another copy to your Dropbox?

Posted by big_jon

No thank you.

Edited by Wrighteous86

@ch3burashka: Sorry, tried reuploading it but it seems like Dropbox is having problems. Not sure why you can't download it though, I don't think anyone else has had any problems. Anyway, we're prepping up to record a new one, I've got my new Turtle Beach headset, we've got some plans on cleaning things up a bit to flow more naturally, and we're gonna set up a proper RSS feed, so maybe you'll be able to give us a shot once we get that all set up with the next episode. We've even got an email question or two, so we're excited!

Oh, wait. Try this, it'll play in your browser!

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Posted by dudeglove

Well I suppose it's one of the more interesting things this forum has produced.

Edited by Arkasai

I like this podcast, it reminds me how lucky I am/have been. I'm sure you two feel the same being from different countries and meeting on, of all places, a video game site. Those stories were pretty amusing, though some seemed pretty typical run of the mill "I like this girl...what should I do? does she even like me?" The real winners are those posts that provide context and highlight the person's quirks and odd misconceptions. Here's an extreme case of both lots of context and severe misconceptions.

Posted by Wrighteous86

@arkasai said:

I like this podcast, it reminds me how lucky I am/have been. I'm sure you two feel the same being from different countries and meeting on, of all places, a video game site. Those stories were pretty amusing, though some seemed pretty typical run of the mill "I like this girl...what should I do? does she even like me?" The real winners are those posts that provide context and highlight the person's quirks and odd misconceptions. Here's an extreme case of both lots of context and severe misconceptions.

Hmm, that's a crazy long post, but maybe we'll try that out on the next podcast. Thanks!

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@arkasai said:

I like this podcast, it reminds me how lucky I am/have been. I'm sure you two feel the same being from different countries and meeting on, of all places, a video game site. Those stories were pretty amusing, though some seemed pretty typical run of the mill "I like this girl...what should I do? does she even like me?" The real winners are those posts that provide context and highlight the person's quirks and odd misconceptions. Here's an extreme case of both lots of context and severe misconceptions.

Hmm, that's a crazy long post, but maybe we'll try that out on the next podcast. Thanks!

Speaking of next podcast, any idea on when that might happen?

Posted by Wrighteous86

@subjugation: I have to figure out the whole iTunes and/or RSS feed thingy. Once I do that, we'll probably do it monthly or bi-weekly (depending on how many submissions we start getting--already have one or two). Already got my new headset. If I had to guess, we'll do the podcast on the... 2nd (and 4th?) Sunday of each month. Maybe the 14th of April for the next one? Once we get the RSS feed set up and have recorded the next episode, we'll start a new "official" thread for the RSS feed, so you'll know if you're still interested and on the lookout. Thanks man!

Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG

Hey do you guys remember that month or two last year where there was a big influx of relationship threads? It seems like we dont get that anymore......

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Nice show! I think both of you found your groove midway through. Besides the things that have already been mentioned (giggles, mic etc.), the two of you pulled off a good first episode.

I think the show would benefit from a third party, even if it were just a 15-min guest appearance, just to shake things up a bit.

Also, as much as I like the human drama, I enjoyed hearing about Facebook games because they're something I normally have nothing to do with. If you're having a slow week/fortnight, perhaps you could expand the gaming segment and talk about games you're passionate about - it's enjoyable to hear your opinions, and gives the audience some points of reference when it comes to your tastes.

Posted by FesteringNeon

Nice work! I'm sure alot of guys are jealous of you man, she sounds like a great catch. As for the podcast, it's an interesting idea.

I'm curious to see how the people who started the threads react to the exposure and what, if anything, changes.

Bravo on the courage to etch a voice onto the internets.

Edited by Aterons

I saw this about 6 hours ago and I am still i wondering why it's a thing... but I guess it is.

Posted by Colourful_Hippie

Where exactly on the shoulder do I touch the lady?

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Where exactly on the shoulder do I touch the lady?

The shoulder dood, the shoulder.

You can apparently touch a lady on the shoulder over vast distances using the interwebs now.

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@humanity said:

@colourful_hippie said:

Where exactly on the shoulder do I touch the lady?

The shoulder dood, the shoulder.

You can apparently touch a lady on the shoulder over vast distances using the interwebs now.

but do I approach the shoulder from the rear or the front...or perhaps the side?

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@humanity said:

@colourful_hippie said:

Where exactly on the shoulder do I touch the lady?

The shoulder dood, the shoulder.

You can apparently touch a lady on the shoulder over vast distances using the interwebs now.

but do I approach the shoulder from the rear or the front...or perhaps the side?

We'll probably have to have a 5-part series dedicated to shoulder-touching etiquette and techniques. We need to do a little research first though. That'll be a big one!

Posted by IrrelevantJohn

@subjugation: I have to figure out the whole iTunes and/or RSS feed thingy. Once I do that, we'll probably do it monthly or bi-weekly (depending on how many submissions we start getting--already have one or two). Already got my new headset. If I had to guess, we'll do the podcast on the... 2nd (and 4th?) Sunday of each month. Maybe the 14th of April for the next one? Once we get the RSS feed set up and have recorded the next episode, we'll start a new "official" thread for the RSS feed, so you'll know if you're still interested and on the lookout. Thanks man!

I'm using http://www.podomatic.com/ for the Giant Bomb Community podcast RSS feed and it seems to be working quite well. If you guys are doing a monthly podcast then the free option from podomatic is perfect. Well I should note that it only gives you an RSS feed link, so that means you are gonna have to input it manually into your favorite podcast player.

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Posted by Slax

I listened to this a couple of days ago. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. You guys keep the conversation moving pretty well and the content was enjoyable. I'm definitely in for more.

Posted by Tireyo

Quite glad actually that I don't have to worry about relationship advice. It's one of the perks on being an asexual. The bad thing about being one is that loneliness is definitely a factor, but it's a situation that definitely can be handled.

I can say that it's interesting to see that someone decided to start a podcast and thread on this subject matter, and it's no matter that people here do in fact like it. I won't be listening to it, but I'd say that it's interesting to those who have or desire relationships.

Posted by Allison

Oh my god. The dead air is actively hurting my ears. Do something to cut it out please.

Also the bitrate on this is way too high, like double what it should be easily.

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How do you seduce a girl who has no shoulders?

Posted by Wrighteous86

@jimbo said:

How do you seduce a girl who has no shoulders?

Very, very carefully.

I've set up the podcast page and the RSS feed so you guys can get this on your iPods or what have you and automatically get new episodes.. New links are in the original post. Thanks for listening!

Posted by SexyToad

I've set up the podcast page and the RSS feed so you guys can get this on your iPods or what have you and automatically get new episodes.. New links are in the original post. Thanks for listening!

That page is pretty cool, but the formatting of the picture is off. It stretches it across the page.

Posted by Wrighteous86

@sexytoad: Switched it to the Giant Bomb logo for now. But at least people can listen on their mobile devices now. Thanks for the heads up!

Posted by Pop

I'm listening to this and I'm like "WHAT?" dogs pooping from anxiety and other kinds of poops. Keep up the talks and stop being nervous just relax, don't think about what you're saying too much.

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