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It's PAX Prime And We've Got Something For Everyone!

A membership sale! A new T-shirt! A sale on other shirts! A panel! A subscriber event! Exclamation points!

Hey, it’s the week of PAX! As per usual, that means that the Giant Bomb crew is going to be hustling and bustling around Seattle this weekend: we're gonna be shaking hands, seeing games, and talking about them during our Saturday night panel. The games, not the hands. Unless they're really exceptional hands, I guess. But there’s also some other stuff going on this week, whether you're attending PAX or not!

the calm before the swarm
the calm before the swarm

New Membership Sale

Hey, it’s time for one of those old-fangled membership sales...with a whole new twist. This time around, we’re looking to convert some non-believers, and, as such, if you don’t have a current subscription to the site, you’ll be able to sign up for the low, low price of $35, although that price does not include a $15 credit to the store. If you’re a current subscriber, you’ll still have the usual suite of upgrade/downgrade options for your membership. Maybe that huffs your chuff; if so, send me a message at support@giantbomb.com and we’ll work something out. (Just keep in mind that I’m on vacation this week up until I leave for Seattle, so I might not get back to you until after PAX.)

In a way, though, the poor souls who don’t get a store discount are missing out, because there’s a...

New T-Shirt And (Almost) Store-Wide Sale

Thanks to the inimitable powers of designer buzz_clik you’re now able to honor the mighty GBeast with this brand-new t-shirt. It’s on sale right now, so look for those discount codes in your inbox or on your account page and get one! (If you need someone to look up your discount code for you, email me at support@giantbomb.com, but, again, it might be a few days before I get back to you.) This is a smaller run of shirts than we normally do, but don’t worry if we sell out of your size; we’ll make some more when needed. Here's a look at the design:

Peter Jackson's Giant BEAST: The Official Shirt Of the East Coast
Peter Jackson's Giant BEAST: The Official Shirt Of the East Coast

What’s more, a whole slew of other t-shirts are discounted this week to the below-stupid price of $10! Equip one of these shirts for Wind Resistance +5 and Charisma +1! Get a bunch and the effects are cumulative! I am not a dungeon master and these statements are not legally binding!

Most of these older tees will not be re-printed when we sell out, so get while the gettin’s good.

Premium PAX Party

We'll be having a little get-together on Friday the 29th at Metropole, a restaurant near the Seattle Convention Center. If you RSVPed, you should've gotten an email about this already to confirm your spot. (Subject line was "Giant Bomb Premium PAX Party - Complete your RSVP!" Check your spam filter if you missed it.) If you were on the wait list, we'll reach out to you no later than Thursday night about attendance. If you didn't get on the list or the waitlist, we'll let you know via the Giant Bomb twitter shortly before the event begins if there's any extra room, but it's a pretty tight space and it's likely we'll be full. If you can't attend, we'll be streaming the event in our chat room, starting around 9 PM Pacific on Friday night, and if you can't catch the stream, we'll have the archive up sometime in following few days.

If you're at PAX, we'll be keeping our section of the Metropole open as an all-day rest spot, with wifi and places to plug in your precious electronics. GameSpot will be doing livestreams on Saturday and Sunday at noon, so please feel free to come by and check that out, or just swing by anytime and relax for a bit. We'll be open on Saturday until 7 PM and Sunday until This is likely where I'll be spending the bulk of the show, so follow me on Twitter and I'll let you know when to join me over there for some board and card gaming.

If you're not at PAX, keep in mind that we'll probably just keep our chatroom up for most of the weekend with a variety of feeds from the main PAX theaters. Swing on in when you get a chance!

Giant Bomb Panel: The Giant Bomb Guide to eSports Victory!

Saturday the 30th at 8 PM will be the start time for our official PAX Panel: The Giant Bomb Guide to eSports Victory! If you're of a mood to attend, you'll want to find the Sasquatch Theater and get in line comfortably early. We've basically been right at capacity for the last couple of shows, so don't risk getting left out by showing up right at 8 PM! We're not entirely sure if Sasquatch is one of the rooms that has a streaming setup in it, but if it is, we will of course stream the panel directly to our chatroom. Whether it is or isn't streamed, though, we'll have the archive up shortly after everyone returns from PAX.

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Edited By nickystixx

Is sale over? I just got my paycheck. Bummer.

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Posted By chilipeppersman

that new shirt design is super duper awesome

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Posted By hrishi

Is it over? :(

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Posted By Klaimore

Thanks for the awesome sale!

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Posted By Awesome_V

So I joined. Lucky timing with the sale. Looking forward to listening to Alt F1, once I catch up with the most recent race.

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Posted By Hardtarget

well shoot, current members can't resub at the sale price? downer :(

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Posted By FLStyle

I took the opportunity this weekend to return to golden membership, which pleases me greatly!

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Posted By suprspecialawsm

@deathfromace: I've had to go from M to L, plus the American apparel shirts shrink like crazy so I'd recommend going one size up.

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Edited By Rattface

@killroycantkill: I was wondering the same thing...however I upgraded last night and it still hasn't "kicked in" Did something perhaps go awry? No rush, I just thought it was a great way to support the site I've got so much enjoyment out of and wanted to see some of the extra stuff...I can wait :-)

Weird...I refreshed the page before I posted this and it still wasn't there...posted, refreshed and now it is...spooky. What I'm really saying is Dan is looking in my window right now, but if I don't look back everything will be okay...

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Edited By Killroycantkill

I'd just thought I'd ask in here but I just signed up for the premium membership for the PAX deal. Does it just take a little bit to kick in because I noticed I can't watch the MGS vids yet. Like literally signed up a minute ago so I might be a little impatient lol.

Edit: Never mind it kicked in.

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Posted By Nomin

To only new members? How lame.

And the one three months ago was first come first serve on limited numbers I believe. Sold out before I even heard about it.

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Edited By curious_george

What I don't get is why monthly premiums can't upgrade to yearly accounts for the discounted price (surely the point of this is to increase their annual subscriber base?). I just grabbed a monthly premium account a few months ago to watch some specific premium content. I would definitely upgrade at the discounted price, however. As it is, I'll probably just cancel my monthly and wait for the next deal.

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Posted By Obsurveyor

To everyone complaining: They had a $35 sale for existing members just 3 months ago.

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Posted By Milkman

I'm disappointed that the sale is only for new members but nope, you're wrong on that one. That's not how this works. Websites owned by corporations are expected to make a certain amount of money and subscriptions are a large part of how Giant Bomb makes its money. If Giant Bomb took away the premium feature thereby taking away one of its lucrative business avenues, CBS wouldn't have much incentive to keep the site up and running.

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Posted By AMyggen

@dadud: Then maybe you need to read a little better.

I didn't diss the website, I dissed this tactic. And they're no longer Whiskey Media, they no longer need subscribers to survive because they are now owned by a major media corporation. Heck, even if they weren't a part of CBS, it's a wildly stupid thing to say because I imagine that extending the discount to all existing subscribers would've boosted sales further.

There's something to be said about calling someone else a tool and coming across as one yourself, but I'll keep the personal insults to a minimum. I still think of Giant Bomb as a very positive community overall.

Even if they're part of CBSi, they still need to make money. If they don't make money, the site dies. That's how a business works. As we all know, the traditional ad model is dying and GB has a huge advantage because they have a product people are willing to subscribe to. So yeah, subscriptions is probably what keeps the site running. CBSi isn't running a charity, as seen with GS the last few weeks.

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Posted By AMyggen

@icyeyes said:
@stimpack said:

Very disappointing to hear that the sale price is only for new members. Always hate when companies decide to ignore the loyalty of their fans while giving benefits to newcomers.

I'm more disappointed that this was one of the "special surprises" they teased for those not going to PAX. "Surprise! You get to give us more money, BUT at a discount.... Oh, and it's only for new members..." Wait, what?! Sales like these also make me a little concerned. Didn't they have a sale a short time before getting bought by CBSi? I'm also disappointed because I've only just started subscribing a few months back, after following the site almost from the beginning :( I always seem to have the worst luck.

They always have multiple sales a year.

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Posted By spraynardtatum

@dadud said:

@spraynardtatum: Tis' the internet, and i see enough of this crap already elsewhere. unless your opinion betters the site, keep it to yourself.

Yes sir, thank you sir.

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Posted By superfunhappygun

@dadud: Then maybe you need to read a little better.

I didn't diss the website, I dissed this tactic. And they're no longer Whiskey Media, they no longer need subscribers to survive because they are now owned by a major media corporation. Heck, even if they weren't a part of CBS, it's a wildly stupid thing to say because I imagine that extending the discount to all existing subscribers would've boosted sales further.

There's something to be said about calling someone else a tool and coming across as one yourself, but I'll keep the personal insults to a minimum. I still think of Giant Bomb as a very positive community overall.

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Posted By BradBrains

Hopefully I can get my premium set up soon. Really stoked to watch metal gear scanlion

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Posted By mmzOne

When my subscription ran out yesterday I thought that this is perfect, now I don't have to get that discount for a 110+ $ shirt. I guess there's always a next time. At least this gives me a backlog so I have something to watch in the future.

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Posted By superfunhappygun

Sucks that existing subscribers are left out of the resub party. Especially European subscribers who consider the forced 15 dollar store coupon useless anyway since the shipping costs negate any discount. Oh well, I had already cancelled my subscription. Runs out in September. After reading this marketing ploy (one I would've never expected Giant Bomb to stoop to, might I add) I'm happy I ended it too.

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Posted By NDN_Shadow

How did people RSVP for the Premium Party? Was there a thread on the forums? This is the first time I heard about this and feel pretty left out.

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Posted By cthomer5000

@rorie It feels a bit odd that current members (who have likely already bought t-shirts with past memberships) can't re-up for $35.

Plenty of us would tack on another year right now if that was an option.

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Posted By BTStreleckis

@siln: In the same boat. Very cool for my benefit, and my goodness that confirmation...
If I was to go to more video game-centric conventions/shows, that new shirt would be right up my alley.

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Posted By IcyEyes
@stimpack said:

Very disappointing to hear that the sale price is only for new members. Always hate when companies decide to ignore the loyalty of their fans while giving benefits to newcomers.

I'm more disappointed that this was one of the "special surprises" they teased for those not going to PAX. "Surprise! You get to give us more money, BUT at a discount.... Oh, and it's only for new members..." Wait, what?! Sales like these also make me a little concerned. Didn't they have a sale a short time before getting bought by CBSi? I'm also disappointed because I've only just started subscribing a few months back, after following the site almost from the beginning :( I always seem to have the worst luck.

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Posted By siln

Just signed up due to the promotion. I think I would pay the money I saved just to get a copy of the audio that plays when your subscription goes through.

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Posted By Arrested_Developer

Shit, I don't think GB are in one of the streaming rooms. Twitch only shows the main stage and Hedgehog as streaming, no Sasquatch -_-

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Edited By Stimpack

Very disappointing to hear that the sale price is only for new members. Always hate when companies decide to ignore the loyalty of their fans while giving benefits to newcomers.

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Posted By Mr_Skeleton

Holy fuck I am stupid, I just realised the called it GBEAST it's because it'sGB EAST.

I'm going to the cornet and cry.

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Posted By jbuchan76

Yeahhhh!

I bought 4 shirts!!!!

I do have one request, can we have some shirts in memory of Ryan? (please, if its not to painful or too early etc.)

1x Giant Bomb Throwback Tee - Black / Giant Bomb Throwback Tee / X-Large for $10.00 each

1x Giant Bomb Logo Tee - Giant Bomb Logo Tee / Black / X-Large for $20.00 each

1x VinnCo Maglift System Shirt - Navy/White Print / X-Large for $10.00 each

1x VinnCo Maglift System Shirt - Black/Yellow Print / X-Large for $10.00 each

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Posted By RomanReigndeers

Be Buyin! Be Buyin!

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Posted By Demonsoul

@tea43:

Yes this sale is ONLY available to non-subscribers. I hope rorie changes his mind on this........I want to renew right now with this sale, but I can not.

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Posted By Winsord

@tea43 said:

I just signed up and it was $50, what gives? Or is this only available for "non-subscribers" ?

The $35 deal, annoyingly enough, is only for people who don't already have premium.

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Posted By PsychONeill

I signed up for premium like a day before this announcement. I'm getting the shirt though so don't feel too burned!

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Edited By lifeisstout

Thanks guys for doing the sale, have been listening to the Bombcast and watching videos for quite awhile now, finally ponied up for a year. Also attending PAX Prime, and going to attempt to get into the live show tomorrow. First PAX as well!

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Posted By tea43

I just signed up and it was $50, what gives? Or is this only available for "non-subscribers" ?

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Edited By AMyggen

@jamin724 said:

@amyggen

@rorie said:

New T-Shirt And (Almost) Store-Wide Sale

Thanks to the inimitable powers of designer buzz_clik you’re now able to honor the mighty GBeast with this brand-new t-shirt. It’s on sale right now, so look for those discount codes in your inbox or on your account page and get one! (If you need someone to look up your discount code for you, email me at support@giantbomb.com, but, again, it might be a few days before I get back to you.) This is a smaller run of shirts than we normally do, but don’t worry if we sell out of your size; we’ll make some more when needed. Here's a look at the design:

I realize that promo is when new members sign up but I was talking about this part of the post. I signed up last December and used my discount already I am just curious are we supposed to receive another discount code or was he talking about the one that you get when you become a premium member here? Only reason I ask because in the bombcast they said new members who sign up with the sale do not get the store discount.

Oh, I assume he's talking about the discount code you got when you bought a Premium membership. We don't get a new discount code now, only the one you've already used up (wouldn't make any sense for them to release a new design and then make it "free" for every member with a new discount code!). And no, those who got a discounted Premium membership now don't get a code :)

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Posted By Jamin724

@amyggen

@rorie said:

New T-Shirt And (Almost) Store-Wide Sale

Thanks to the inimitable powers of designer buzz_clik you’re now able to honor the mighty GBeast with this brand-new t-shirt. It’s on sale right now, so look for those discount codes in your inbox or on your account page and get one! (If you need someone to look up your discount code for you, email me at support@giantbomb.com, but, again, it might be a few days before I get back to you.) This is a smaller run of shirts than we normally do, but don’t worry if we sell out of your size; we’ll make some more when needed. Here's a look at the design:

I realize that promo is when new members sign up but I was talking about this part of the post. I signed up last December and used my discount already I am just curious are we supposed to receive another discount code or was he talking about the one that you get when you become a premium member here? Only reason I ask because in the bombcast they said new members who sign up with the sale do not get the store discount.

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Edited By AMyggen

@jamin724 said:

So I am confused are members receiving a discount code for the t-shirts or is rorie talking about new members? I only see the shirts on sale for $10. If current premium members are supposed to receive codes where would I find them? I have nothing in my e-mail or my messages on here.

Thanks

All premium members recieve a discount count when they sign up. Search for "Giant Bomb" or similar in the email account you used to sign up to find the mail you got from GB, the discount code is in the confirmation email you got from GB when you signed up.

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Edited By Jamin724

So I am confused are members receiving a discount code for the t-shirts or is rorie talking about new members? I only see the shirts on sale for $10. If current premium members are supposed to receive codes where would I find them? I have nothing in my e-mail or my messages on here.

Thanks

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Posted By Forcen

@rorie can you add the upcoming livestreams to the "coming up on giant bomb"

There is the hunger games thing, the wrestling thing, the party and the panel right?

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Posted By BaconyBacon

Hmmmm, all the larges are sold out. WHY ARE YOU DUDERS ALL A LARGE SIZE!?

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Posted By AMyggen

@meatball said:

Kind of sucks that if you've been a paying customer for years you're expected to re-up at the normal price at the end of your subscription while people just jumping on board get a discount.

There'll be other discounts (Thanksgiving will be the next one I assume).

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Posted By cooljammer00

Hmm, I thought I still had a working coupon code but I guess I don't. Which is weird cause I have a email from Rorie saying the codes I sent him were legit and still good.

Maybe I'll wait till after PAX to bug him. I'm not up for renewal till the end of September