ive been watching/ listening to pretty much all of the gb e3 coverage, and damn if it doesnt seem like jeff is sick of this stuff. the very end of giant bomb at nite, night 2, directly addresses this, and i cant help but wonder if this will be jeff's last e3.
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I would say he has probably become more conscious about his future. The site is having it's 10 year anniversary this year, he's past 40 at this point and recently gotten married (and some more depressing stuff has happened). It's just natural to start thinking about permanent solutions for your life as the idea of jumping from job to job and home to home becomes less and less viable. The idea of still participating in the E3 rat race in your 50s and 60s probably doesn't sound very appealing.
Jeff has had that level of scepticism for a while. I quite appreciate it. He doesn't cover video game news in a way that is blinded by hype.
Obviously I don't know him personally and I've not been a GB follower since the beginning, so I have no idea what he was like more than about 4 years ago.
He must absolutely be thinking about his future as are all of the staff I'm sure. It's a weird one. We've never had this kind of situation before. Does Jeff still see himself in this job at 50? 60? Would people still care about his opinion? I do not follow anything gaming related outside of Giantbomb..... ARE there 50-60 year olds doing this kind of thing?
he asked one of the older guys from game informer "how much longer?? (will we be doing this)"
not to mention throughout the coverage he has said stuff like "what am i doing here" "day 34 of e3" ect.
hope hes not leaving, for the record.
Jeff jokes about this stuff all the time. "What am I even doing here?" "Fuck all video games!" etc. Would I be surprised if he sometimes gets weary of what he does? No, I wouldn't be. He's been doing it for a long time. I also don't think he's going anywhere - he's spent too much time and focus building this site into what it is today. And it's still growing, from what I understand. Jeff is jaded and cynical in some ways, but the guy definitely still gets excited enough about games sometimes for me to believe he's still got a lot of interest in this industry.
Also, sitting around and talking for five or six hours takes quite a bit out of you. I know, it's just "sitting and talking", but he's doing it after spending several days working on E3 stuff already. E3 has been the GB crew's life for a couple of days now and it's probably starting to get a little old by this point.
Curious - how long have you been around the site? "Brad's leaving" has been a running joke for a long time. I haven't seen it in a while, however. I haven't seen a lot of old Giantbomb memes in while.
First thing that came to my mind too.
Jeff’s always saying E3 is tiring and after a full day demoing games, talking to developers and walking around LA, he hosts a 5/6 hour long show. It’s got to take its toll, but it’s only a couple of weeks a year, he’ll recover.
Video games and games journalism are still relatively new. If there is a market for what he wants to do and this sort of coverage when he is 60, then why wouldn't he do it? He clearly loves video games. There's nothing wrong with covering games for as long as he wants to. And for those of us who have grown up with games like he has, there will be an audience of 60 year old gamers glad to hear from a 60 year old gamer that grew up with games like he did. This thread is kinda shit. You dont' even provide quotes or anything of the sort, just speculation.
I don't see jeff leaving this industry or GB, but I can eventually see him taking up a full managerial role as more and more younger folks continue to join the site.
This is the most likely outcome. I swear this thread pops up at least every few months. The dude is just tired.
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