Back when arrow's pointed down and energy drinks were reviewed and not games.
The first GB related thing I remember was my college roommate watching the Second Annual Big Live Live Show Live, but I didn't actually join the site until the day after Christmas, 2011. I think it was Jeff, Ryan, Vinny, Brad, Drew and Patrick back then. In the first few years I listened to a lot of the older podcasts, but there's still a lot I haven't heard. I also watched a ton of Quick Looks and the Chrono Trigger ER in the first few months after joining the site. I'm not super active in the forums and it's difficult to keep up with both podcasts and all the videos, but I still visit the site several times a week and am glad to see it stronger than ever.
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I had vaguely heard of the site before but hadn't actively seeked it out until the passing of Ryan. So many people had so many good things to say about this guy that it made me upset despite having no actual idea who he was. I figured he must have been such an awesome dude so I decided to go on a binge of watching/listening to old content and realised "Hey, this Ryan Davis was really fucking cool. But you know what, so are all these other guys. I signed up for a premium account a week later and- again, binged on a bunch of old content, and have been following ever since.
The cast was obviously comprised of Vinny, Jeff, Drew and Brad; and it was so awesome how they all pulled together and got through what I know was such a terrible time for them. I also loved the relatively short-lived side-cast; Bombin' the AM!
That's tough. I read Gamespot around 98-00 because for some reason it wasn't blocked on my school's internet network, unlike most fun websites, but none of the people really stood out, they weren't names I'd come to and trust, was just something I'd browse instead of learning about CPU cycles. And then I just stopped following the video game media outside of Edge magazine for most of the '00s.
I guess I found Giant Bomb during 2009, my flatmate was listening to the Bombcast or watching Persona 4 Endurance Run & I wanted to know about it. I couldn't tell you exactly when but it was during that Endurance Run, so it was when the team was Jeff, Ryan, Vinny, Brad & Drew.
Since beginning. I worked at GameSpot for a couple years (97-00), so naturally was curious what Jeff and Co would do off on their own. Was not disappointed.
Bombcast has always reminded me of daily office conversions/arguments from GameSpot's early days on Clement St in SF.
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