I've been a subscriber to Giant Bomb for awhile, but I don't really interact much. I just love listening to the Bombcast and watching the Quick Looks or watching Jeff play old games and I wanted to support. It got me through some tough times when my mom passed away and I just love hearing the team talk about gaming.
I was looking forward to watching the livestream today, but when I hit the page, I just felt the tears coming down. I know how much the subscriptions mean to you guys and I know that you don't want to involve politics into what you do. After all, everyone has different ideas and ultimately it's about the games. But this just made me stop and appreciate you all in a way that's so much greater.
This isn't about me and I'm just a regular guy like everyone else. But I've been stopped by law enforcement before. I'm a loner so I usually just drive alone. One time I did think my life was going to be threatened. The officer asked me what I was doing in Bayonne (NJ). I told him I was driving to visit a friend. (I was). He asked "Oh yeah? Where?" I told him the street. He asked me if I think I should be here. I was scrambling in my mind to think of what to say. I was facing forward and had my hands open on the steering wheel. He poked me in the arm and said, "I asked you a question". Eventually his partner on the other side of the car said something like, "easy on this one." (I think that's what he said. I was shaking and afraid so I couldn't really tell.) Then the main officer said, "You be careful around here" and they left and I was never so relieved.
I know this comes at the risk of alienating some folks because everyone loves the Bombcast and people have different views. But I hope people understand. I would have loved to hear the Bombcast today also -- just as an escape from everything. But as a subscriber who is of African American heritage, I thank you for this gesture and I almost don't want to subscribe during the discount period anymore - I'm paying the full price. You guys already were awesome and now you're that much more awesome.