TL;DR My First E3 is great because it shows the new staff evolving, improving and opening up.
So if you guys have been savvy, you've listened to every episode of "My First E3" by Ben Pack and Abby Russell.
Now this 'podcast' is interesting. The shows rarely go beyond 20 minutes, they sound like they were recorded on an Iphone, and there is little to no structure. I can't criticize any of those things, as this podcast isn't meant to be a finely produced piece of journalism, it's meant to highlight two people that just got new jobs and are spending time in Los Angeles doing probably what they have dreamed of doing for a long long time.
That's one layer of the show that I love, the second layer is twofold. First is seeing Abby Russel finally open up with her personality. As we all know this is a personality driven website, even if all you do is run video, you have to have a personality that the audience enjoys. In many jobs, the video person just does video or the sound engineer just does his work and says something here and there. Look at Joe Rogan's podcast, his engineer rarely talks at all, but at Giant Bomb the engineers are expected to join in the chat just like any other. Even Drew, who had probably the most muted and calm personality out of all the staff, got over with us fans because of his personality (and his obsession with flight simulators). Abby seems like she's been very shy on the Beastcast and at first I was disappointed in her taciturnity. In the podcast she reveals that at seeing Brad at Walgreen's she was kind of afraid to even say hi to him. She might be a shy person (and that's fine), but as the My First E3 Episodes continue, in every episode she opens up more and more and more to the point where she is being absolutely wacky and hilarious in episode 4, a side of her I have certainly never heard on The Beast Cast.
Finally, listening to Ben and Abby connect as friends is quite fun. As each shows goes by they seem to read off each other more and have better chemistry. By the fourth episode I felt like it was just Ben and Abby talking the whole time even though Will Smith was there. They really dominated the show in a good way. It's a bit sad that these two work on different parts of America since they are so funny together. I would love a 'Scoops and the Wolf" type of short form weekly.
These are the two new hires. I consider them the 'Young Lions' of Giant Bomb, and I think the future is bright. I have already made a post here about how awesome Ben Pack is, but I never made that post about Abby. Now I can say that these are both funny people and I think if they keep doing what they are doing, the "My Second E3" podcast is going to be fucking great.
5/5 would listen again