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BREAKING: Is Giant Bomb's New News Editor Starting Tomorrow?

With this important change in place, Brad will finally get to focus on his seafaring video games round-up while Jeff will... also wear a hat.
With this important change in place, Brad will finally get to focus on his seafaring video games round-up while Jeff will... also wear a hat.
I'm pleased to announce that as of Monday, seasoned newsman and all-around good guy Patrick Klepek will be joining the Giant Bomb team as News Editor. We've all thought long and hard about how best to expand our focus and provide higher-quality content for you, and adding Patrick to the team will bring exactly that. In addition to bringing his expertise to our current news output, one of the things Patrick will be focusing on is honest-to-goodness original reporting, ensuring that there are even more things on Giant Bomb that you can't find anywhere else.

Why news? Why now? Well, I should probably back up a bit.

Right around the time we started Giant Bomb back in 2008, I grabbed myself an RSS reader and subscribed to almost every single full-text gaming news RSS I could find with the idea that if we were going to start a site with no dedicated news person, I was going to need to be up on what's happening out there in the world. While we focused primarily on covering the games themselves, we'd dabble in news here and there, reporting things when they came our way and, more often than not, linking out to sites that were doing the legwork that we weren't. Beyond positioning some rugged soldiers like Brad Nicholson in direct path of the press release hose, It felt like it would be crazy to get into news. Other people--like Patrick, for example--had that buttoned up.

These days, I almost wonder if everyone decided that there's no money in news reporting or something. The sites that were fully devoted to it seem a little less focused these days. Some of them broke out and got into other types of content at their news team's expense. Others branched out into so much off-topic coverage that I had to cull them from my RSS feed. Still others straight-up vanished. Point being, I'm not getting as much news from the news sites as I used to, but the post count from these sites just seems to go higher and higher. I'm left with way too much digging to get to the important stuff from the authors that matter.

Actually, this addition also grants me more time to focus on reviews. Touchdown from all angles.
Actually, this addition also grants me more time to focus on reviews. Touchdown from all angles.
So I've decided to, in my own way, do something about it. We've all known Patrick for awhile and have crazy respect for the work he's done. Everyone's pretty excited about having him here. We've been tossing around names for potential news candidates for what feels like a year now, but none of them felt quite right. Once we began talking to Patrick about coming over here, it didn't take long for all of those other names to sort of fall by the wayside. He'll be working directly out of our office and we'll all be thinking about presenting you with the most important game news out there with the level of insight and experience that you've come to expect from us.

And we'll probably manage to have a good time while we're at it. That, after all, tends to be our way.

But enough about that. What I want from you right now is two things! First, join me in welcoming Patrick to Giant Bomb. Second, I think we all have some ideas about what an ideal news organization should look like these days, but I want to know what you think about it. How do you want your news delivered? Is text the thing? Should we develop some kind of weekly news wrap-up show? Call-ins? A daily podcast where the day's headlines are delivered directly to your earholes? Should we beam our news stories into space so that aliens can know about updated release dates and the reasons behind their favorite studio's layoffs? Should we rope Patrick into some kind of heinous Tested live show segment where he's blindfolded and eating some kind of awful "food" during his first week here? Like I said, let me know.

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Posted By LordAndrew

I'm glad that hiring Patrick will give Jeff more time to write reviews.

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Posted By TheManWithNoPlan

I don't know about this Klepek fellow. Time will tell if he's a good fit for the site. The only thing that'd get me to like him is if he covered horror games, maybe even did an occasional live stream around them. We'll see...

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Posted By 49th

Awesome! Welcome Patrick, hopefully the news starts to improve from here on.

I hope no one starts to complain about a new member of the site, I'm sure that won't happen.

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Posted By Jennifyre

I thought this was announcing a new hire called Patrick. Until i got to the part where Jeff says Klepek.

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Posted By guyver0

@mb: It was linked on the gaf thread which is currently in a state of groundhogs day. couldn't help myself.

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Edited By Mike

@guyver0: Nicely done, we get several pages of responses asking why this topic was bumped after three years.

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Posted By Max_Hydrogen

Shit load of comments.

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Posted By Tofford

I would like some low production videos about news. Like when you guys made a video about Duke Nukem being cancelled or some of the Kessler Kam stuff.

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Posted By doublezeroduck
@Jinto said:
" Wow, "The" Patrick Klepek from G4? That's impressive. Wonder why he would leave G4. "
He probably got tired of Sessler. I got tired of him and I didn't have to work with his @$$ every single day. 
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Posted By chilipeppersman

Good to hear that a new dude is one the scene. A weekly video wrap-up would be much appreciated to those of us who work a lot during the week and get most of our time on the weekends. And more video reviews are always appreciated to full-text too :P Keep up the good work, GB

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Posted By natetodamax

I don't like the idea of a news podcast. Important news is covered already in the Bombcast with great commentary. No need to separate that.

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Posted By FluxWaveZ

I don't want a daily news podcast at all. Like ChickenPants above me aptly stated, it would be excessive and inconvenient. A weekly news wrap-up show, however, sounds fantastic and something that I'm sure many would look forward to every week.

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Posted By ChickenPants

Daily news podcast would be excessive and incovenient. Just give it to via text and maybe incorporate a news video at the end of the week too.

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Posted By Zelnox

You could start the Rocketboom of video game news.

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Posted By Otacon

Welcome to the site Patrick! But yeah I think a weekly news roundup video would be good and fit in with the rest of the content of the site.

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Edited By GunslingerPanda

A daily news podcast or something would be excessive. I think there should just be regular written news, kinda like there is now but with more QA and less copy-paste, a new news segment in the regular Bombcast, and a weekly video.

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Posted By MisoRonery

Great to hear!  Congrats to the Whiskey Media family and Mr. Klepek!  Everyone wins today!  I am going to stop exclaiming, I promise!

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Posted By targetrender


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Posted By Jinto

Wow, "The" Patrick Klepek from G4? That's impressive. Wonder why he would leave G4.

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Edited By Jackel2072

i like the idea of doing a weekly news show.  this sites strongest suit is its video content/podcasts. 

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Posted By wadtomaton

This is awesome, I followed Patrick (metaphorically speaking >.>;;;) since first seeing him at 1up. Looking forward to him joining the team. 

As far as content, I think doing something with text that is easy to kinda get through, see the stories I want and move on would be ideal, and maybe like Comic Vine does, have a short end of week wrap up video. 

Also definitely to the tested segment, that should be his first appearance on the live show XD 
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Posted By Baraka528

Welcome Patrick, wish you the best!

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Posted By Bub

A daily news podcast would be absolutely fantastic.

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Posted By xhaktmtjdnf

I'm glad Patrick  Klepick is a part of the GB editorial team. I look forward to seeing his work on the site. As was pointed out well by Jeff  the quality of news is often lacking. If Patrick can bring some real news and insight that is great and will be much better than the regurgitated press releases and junk posts found on other sites.

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Posted By Dryker

A weekly news wrap up would be nice. Something concise and efficient. I'd like to stay in the know, but have increasingly less time to do so. Investigative reports on industry events could be pretty cool too.

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Posted By SharpShotApollo

I'm pumped to have Patrick on the GB team now. This is awesome news.

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Posted By selfconfessedcynic

Weekly Video Games show would be amazing - l'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who has fond memories of the old Hotspot days. Definitely call-ins : )

Here's hopin, and Here's to Klepek!

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Posted By Dr_Robocop

Sweet. Klepek's a good score. Good work Giant Bomb! Next, hire me.

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Posted By Fontan

Welcome, Patrick!

I think text is always good for news. A video summary of the week's news wouldn't hurt either!

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Posted By EmuLeader

If we're getting more and more news coming to the site, it would be cool to have a news and non-news section to the front page, 2 columns: one for each.  It seems like it would make separating the two a little easier straight from the front page, as opposed to going to separate destinations or trying to decipher one from the other on the main column.

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Posted By YoMma

Go, go Magic Patrick!

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Posted By Jimbo7676

You need him on the live show for sure. I wouldn't mind him performing a Tim Tracyesque segment like in the gamespot days to deliver the news either. Whatever he does he needs to be involved in all the live stuff and other stuff whiskey media does because reading articles is fine and all but I like to be entertained as well as informed. That's why I come here.

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Posted By Reverseface

I have no idea who the heck he is but welcome, he should deliver News while in a cube made of liquid nitrogen wearing flips flops and a kind of space cowboy hat, also he should be eating a chicken sandwich at all times.
But also be in the process of a kind of martial art that involves toasted mongoose and a sort of cocktail which is blue but also kinda red.

I have no idea what the fuck i just typed but thoses are my thoughts. 

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Posted By Daroki

Wow, was worried when reading about a new staff member to the site until reading this.  Absolutely awesome pickup and the right guy in the right place to fill in one of the few weak spots of the site.

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Posted By Unmada

Patrick will be a great fit with Giant Bomb. Congratulations and welcome aboard!

I'm hoping to see him contribute to the videos. I think a weekly feature would be neat.

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Posted By GekkoMurdoc

Nice add! Congrats on both. The news should be much more awesome especially with Patrick on.

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Posted By crookedlook

 blindfolded and eating some kind of awful "food"

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Posted By cowswithguns

Welcome Patrick!  

I would say some good text news and a weekly news wrap up show would be cool.  Wouldn't have to be anything fancy.  It could complement i love mondays in a weird This is what were doin this week and this is what happened kinda deal.
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Posted By Dudacles

Patrick Klepek, nice! Also, I'm putting down a vote (of lesser importance, considering the fact that I do not subscribe [sorry!]) for a podcast. I love me some podcasts, and they allow me to listen to news and other stuff while performing various tasks at the same time. This means that I can garner the latest news items while remaining productive, and as such I'll be more up on the news of the day. So, personally, I'd like it to go that way. Not to mention that given Giantbomb's knack for creating podcasts, it'd be pretty entertaining/worthwhile to listen to as well.

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Posted By Dynamitekyle

Awesome. Welcome to Whiskey Media, Patrick. This can only be great for the site.

If a daily podcast about news wouldn't interfere with the bombcast or make things too hard on you guys I feel like that would be a cool addition to the site.
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Posted By xAbleAssassinx
@BL1TZKRI3G said:
" Welcome Patrick!

As for the way the news are delivered, I do enjoy some text-based news, but I feel like having him chime in during the News of the World segment through Skype or something along those lines would be great. I'd love to hear what all you guys think about those news, so... Maybe have a separate podcast altogether but I feel like this could end up being counter-productive for you?
He'll be in the office with the guys right? So he can just be on the podcast in general :)
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Posted By VarkhanMB

Welcome Patrick!

As for the way the news are delivered, I do enjoy some text-based news, but I feel like having him chime in during the News of the World segment through Skype or something along those lines would be great. I'd love to hear what all you guys think about those news, so... Maybe have a separate podcast altogether but I feel like this could end up being counter-productive for you?
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Posted By LadyShayne
@The_Drizzle said:
" Always been a fan of Mr. Klepek's, having him on the bombcast would be most excellent, Welcome to GB Duder! "
Same here! It's exciting news all around. Whether it's a short daily news podcast, a weekly video segment, or just straight up text, I'm all for it. Welcome Patrick! 
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Posted By DMaggot

This is awesome news, love his work. I definitely would like a weekly video or daily podcast. Those would both be perfect for how I consume my media.

And having him taste test things would also be good.

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Posted By xAbleAssassinx

Woo!! The best thing about G4 will now be part of the GB crew. I'm totally on board with this. 

As for the news, something akin to IGN's daily fix but maybe weekly would be great for getting an overview of the weeks events. It would allow for easily keeping abreast of the industry news, but it would also allow time for more in depth articles throughout the week for those who really want to know the details. Either way, the strongest aspect of Giant Bomb is the video content. The news should definitely be brought into that in it's own new format.

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Posted By dungbootle

Welcome to Giant Bomb, Patrick!

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Posted By Skunkboy72

Welcome Patrick!

I'm a big fan of video content, so I would enjoy some sort of video news wrap up.  I think it would be better if it was not part of the happy hour.  If you are planning on getting more news content could you break off previews from the news?  For some reason it always bugs me when there are previews in the news.

I also get enough podcast for my week from the bombcast, so I am not so hot on that.

Thank you for making Giantbomb awesome!

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Posted By MrMazz


I love me some Patrick Klepek