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Posted by Jeff (5578 posts) -

We originally tapped Shaq to do a little freelance work for us, but his continuing affiliation with Shaq-Fu proved to be a conflict of interest.
We originally tapped Shaq to do a little freelance work for us, but his continuing affiliation with Shaq-Fu proved to be a conflict of interest.
Hey friends! I don't know if you've noticed, but this whole "video games" business is getting crazy again. That's largely because we're three weeks away from the start of the Electronics Entertainment Expo. E3 will once again be the place where announcements are made and fanboy hearts are broken as the real-life announcements so rarely match up with the fake lineups and other goofball rumors that crop up before the start of the show. Either way, it's where we'll all get a look at the games we'll be playing later this year and beyond.

That means there's a lot more to do around here. There are more games to review, there's more news to report on, and so on. As such, we've enlisted a bit of external help, and you'll be seeing some more names around here.

The first name you've probably already noticed. Matt "MattBodega" Kessler has been doing it up real big on the trailer posting front, and we're breaking in our intern on some news, now, too. Actually, I have him working on a review, too, but you'll primarily be seeing his name on news and video stuff. Matt's working with us here at the office, which is great because it means we no longer have to walk up the street to check the mailbox. And Vinny's shoes have never been shinier!

The other name will be popping up shortly, and it's Brad Nicholson. You may remember him from his work on MTV Multiplayer, Destructoid, or TouchArcade. He'll be continuing to do some writing for some of those outlets, but we've also tapped him to handle some additional news coverage. He also claims that he can bench 230 pounds, which sounds like a lot to me. I... don't even have a bench, let alone weights to put on a bench, so he could have said that he benches a million pounds and I'd be equally impressed. Either way, this will probably make the inevitable Brad vs. Brad showdown a bit harsher than I had originally envisioned.

So what does that leave for the five of us living our lives down here in the basement? Well, you may have noticed that we're doing one weekly live broadcast on Thursdays, appropriately titled Thursday Night Throwdown. You can expect to see more live things like that from us here in the basement, along with more reviews and Quick Looks, the eventual return of T.A.N.G., and "wacky fun." I'll let you decide what "wacky fun" means, provided that you don't think it means "a third Endurance Run." The other big news is that we're moving to a bigger basement in the near future, which comes with some exciting new studio space that we'll be sure to use for totally ridiculous live broadcasts and all sorts of other stuff. This means "the guys upstairs" will become "the guys over there." That doesn't quite have the same ring to it, though.

Before most of that goes down, we need to get through E3. We're still making some plans for that, which will involve podcasts and perhaps the occasional live show, in addition to floor videos and write-ups about the future of video games. Hmm. Speaking of which, I should probably finish my write-ups. I've really got no excuse not to. So join me in welcoming these guys to our list of freelance contributors, and I hope you're as excited about the idea of more stuff going up on Giant Bomb as I am. It's called growth, people!
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#1 Posted by Jeff (5578 posts) -

We originally tapped Shaq to do a little freelance work for us, but his continuing affiliation with Shaq-Fu proved to be a conflict of interest.
We originally tapped Shaq to do a little freelance work for us, but his continuing affiliation with Shaq-Fu proved to be a conflict of interest.
Hey friends! I don't know if you've noticed, but this whole "video games" business is getting crazy again. That's largely because we're three weeks away from the start of the Electronics Entertainment Expo. E3 will once again be the place where announcements are made and fanboy hearts are broken as the real-life announcements so rarely match up with the fake lineups and other goofball rumors that crop up before the start of the show. Either way, it's where we'll all get a look at the games we'll be playing later this year and beyond.

That means there's a lot more to do around here. There are more games to review, there's more news to report on, and so on. As such, we've enlisted a bit of external help, and you'll be seeing some more names around here.

The first name you've probably already noticed. Matt "MattBodega" Kessler has been doing it up real big on the trailer posting front, and we're breaking in our intern on some news, now, too. Actually, I have him working on a review, too, but you'll primarily be seeing his name on news and video stuff. Matt's working with us here at the office, which is great because it means we no longer have to walk up the street to check the mailbox. And Vinny's shoes have never been shinier!

The other name will be popping up shortly, and it's Brad Nicholson. You may remember him from his work on MTV Multiplayer, Destructoid, or TouchArcade. He'll be continuing to do some writing for some of those outlets, but we've also tapped him to handle some additional news coverage. He also claims that he can bench 230 pounds, which sounds like a lot to me. I... don't even have a bench, let alone weights to put on a bench, so he could have said that he benches a million pounds and I'd be equally impressed. Either way, this will probably make the inevitable Brad vs. Brad showdown a bit harsher than I had originally envisioned.

So what does that leave for the five of us living our lives down here in the basement? Well, you may have noticed that we're doing one weekly live broadcast on Thursdays, appropriately titled Thursday Night Throwdown. You can expect to see more live things like that from us here in the basement, along with more reviews and Quick Looks, the eventual return of T.A.N.G., and "wacky fun." I'll let you decide what "wacky fun" means, provided that you don't think it means "a third Endurance Run." The other big news is that we're moving to a bigger basement in the near future, which comes with some exciting new studio space that we'll be sure to use for totally ridiculous live broadcasts and all sorts of other stuff. This means "the guys upstairs" will become "the guys over there." That doesn't quite have the same ring to it, though.

Before most of that goes down, we need to get through E3. We're still making some plans for that, which will involve podcasts and perhaps the occasional live show, in addition to floor videos and write-ups about the future of video games. Hmm. Speaking of which, I should probably finish my write-ups. I've really got no excuse not to. So join me in welcoming these guys to our list of freelance contributors, and I hope you're as excited about the idea of more stuff going up on Giant Bomb as I am. It's called growth, people!
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#2 Posted by Darko (141 posts) -

Welcome to the team.

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#3 Edited by RipTheVeins (1705 posts) -

Wait, why isn't Star doing his work?!
 
Any article with Shaq head is automatically amazing, and I don't think the us users would mind if you continued referring to "them" as "the guys upstairs."

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#4 Edited by cap123 (2467 posts) -

cannot wait!
 
i already enjoy matt's writing

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#5 Edited by adoggz (2081 posts) -

what, you guys are hiring Shaq?
 
AND A THIRD ENDURANCE RUN!!! you guys are totes spoiling us.

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#6 Posted by RelentlessKnight (1132 posts) -

Sweet new TANG!

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#7 Posted by AjayRaz (12803 posts) -

i am pleased to see more dudes here 
 
oh, and shaq

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#8 Posted by ribeye (479 posts) -

good to know and glad to hear it guys, our appetite is nigh on insatiable
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#9 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5441 posts) -

More stuff is good stuff!

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#10 Posted by TheHT (14302 posts) -

Looking forward to MattBodega's review, and the basement hop.
 
E3 IN THREE WEEKS HECK YEAAAHHH!!!

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#11 Posted by TadThuggish (990 posts) -

AWWWWWW SHIT SON

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#12 Posted by DonutFever (4033 posts) -

No third Endurance Run during E3? What!?

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#13 Edited by Xeiphyer (5837 posts) -
@adoggz said:

" what, you guys are hiring Shaq? "

You have never seen Shaq around the office? He shows up on the wall in a LOT of videos.
 
ALSO: E3 YEAH!!!!!!!
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#14 Posted by plop1920 (531 posts) -

yay more tang!
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#15 Posted by Brendan (9035 posts) -

Duhhhh Endurance Run?

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#16 Posted by Hamz (6899 posts) -

Thanks for keeping us informed, great to hear the site expanding into new areas with freelance writers and a new office.
 
Just remember not to feed Bodega after midnight or bad things will happen!

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#17 Posted by Derios (435 posts) -

TWO BRADS?!?!?
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#18 Edited by Sil3n7 (1435 posts) -

You should just start calling Shoemaker "BS" for short so no one is mixed up.

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#19 Posted by Sweep (10171 posts) -

THE FUTURE!!

 
 
 
 
Mattbodega should be a guest on the bombcast, provided you don't let him talk about Path Of Neo...
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#20 Posted by Dontlooknow (32 posts) -

Congratulations on expanding! The Giantbomb is getting gianter!

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#21 Posted by Ace829 (2106 posts) -

Brad Nicolson!? Awesome!

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#22 Posted by evanbrau (1178 posts) -

Sounds like great things in the future.

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#23 Posted by fatbologna (4 posts) -

Nicholson's suitably Bombin' for this site!

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#24 Posted by PlasmaMachine (260 posts) -

See Ryan? Don't be afraid to press the "More Fun" button.

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#25 Posted by Rhaknar (6299 posts) -

welcome peeps

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#26 Posted by adoggz (2081 posts) -
@Xeiphyer said:
" @adoggz said:

" what, you guys are hiring Shaq? "

You have never seen Shaq around the office? He shows up on the wall in a LOT of videos.
well, I know he freelances for GB but i had no clue they were hiring him on full time. I cant wait for the Shaq/Dave endurance run.
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#27 Posted by Quarterplay (6 posts) -

Congrats, new guys and existing guys! I look forward to seeing what the new folks have to add to the (apparently growing) GB content. 

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#28 Posted by AlexAlterisio (107 posts) -

Wait you guys are bringing Brad Nicholson onto Giant Bomb?  Nice
So are the new team members staying on long term?  I'd have no problems with seeing Giant Bomb expand

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#29 Posted by Jazz (2351 posts) -
@adoggz said:
" what, you guys are hiring Shaq?  AND A THIRD ENDURANCE RUN!!! you guys are totes spoiling us. "
I'm pretty sure you shouldn't hold your breath for another one any time soon. 
They need at least 4 months between them, otherwise we'll get a burn out and that won't make anyone happy...apart from the guys who hate endurance runs..or watching brad play..or both. 
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#30 Posted by JJOR64 (19685 posts) -

:)

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#31 Posted by dvdhaus (373 posts) -

Looking forward to more "wacky fun"

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#32 Posted by trophyhunter (6038 posts) -

I'm all for some no name guys handling the boring text stuff if that means there will be more videos featuring jeff, ryan, brad, vinny and hopefully dave

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#33 Posted by Marz (6016 posts) -

sounds good

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#34 Posted by Death_Burnout (3848 posts) -

God damnit Kessler...

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#35 Posted by Sweep (10171 posts) -
@Sil3n7 said:
" You should just start calling Shoemaker "BS" for short so no one is mixed up. "
WE ARE NOT AMUSED!!!
 

BRAD DEFENSE FORCE, ASSEMBLE!!

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#36 Posted by DarkFury (451 posts) -

Thanks for the news update, guys! :D Love it.

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#37 Posted by Titl (541 posts) -
 the eventual return of T.A.N.G
 
Dude, this is the best news in a long time. (not that long actually, but still)
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#38 Posted by Myomoto (300 posts) -

Woah, awesome. Still don't get how you guys can make any money.

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#39 Posted by JellyFish_Gsus (771 posts) -

 Exciting times ahead for Giantbomb.

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#40 Posted by wonderhare (354 posts) -

mind is blown

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#41 Posted by BRG9000 (118 posts) -

I still don't get how your site is making money, let alone growing. Is it all really a front for something? Is VInny a mob boss?

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#42 Edited by buzz_killington (3655 posts) -

I haven't read a word of the article, but a big ass pic of Shaq is always good news. 
 
[minutes later, after I read the article] But if you guys work in the same space as the "guys upstairs", how can you keep fucking around all day, and pretending to work as soon as someone comes down? That means you have to actually work now. Madness.

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#43 Posted by drowsap (720 posts) -

the site will get better the more help there is

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#44 Posted by Daveyo520 (7747 posts) -

Our little site is growning up. tear.
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#45 Posted by Slayer (98 posts) -

Great job everyone @ BG great job !!!
Hopefully we get a full tour of the new place soon + welcome to all the newcomers here at GB.
Let us celebrate this great site to many more years to come!

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#46 Posted by TepidShark (1407 posts) -

I am surprised he didn't say "a new challenger has arrived" given Jeff's love of fighting games.

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#47 Posted by C2C (899 posts) -

Cool, Brad Nicholson is awesome on Destructoid.  

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#48 Posted by A_Dog (760 posts) -

So who's Mike? 
 
I like him. :D

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#49 Posted by Tordah (2584 posts) -

Sounds great!

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#50 Posted by TheYear20XX (440 posts) -

Forwards, not backwards, upwards, not forwards, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!

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