Bombathon bump! (this was originally posted the week before The Ritual, unexpectedly)
I wanted to start a Jan appreciation thread after listening to this week's Bombcast. Commented on there but I always like to see a bunch of people come together to give the staff some love. And it's been determined that Jess should be added here, so let's go.
Jan's been great, and he keeps getting better. At this point he's become a vital part of the site's identity. Early on, he had the task of dealing with dumb criticism like "well, he's not Vinny," and I include myself in that thinking.
But GB in 2022 has been putting out some cool shit, and Jan's been part of much of that. After 2021's departures, the crew had to scramble and it seemed like a tough year from the outside. Hell, listen to Jan's impassioned GOTY speech and take what you will from there. But they came out of that doing solid work and I feel good about neo GB nowadays.
And Jess, she's been a wonderful addition. Her first Hot Takeouts video had me going "hey, this person is neat." And soon after she came on board and my reaction was "oh, fuck yeah." She's been awesome on basically every video she's been in, and I find that some of her recent Arcade Pits resulted in my favorite GB videos of the year (give the guests some credit, but as the GB representative she sort of directs the vibe). Plus, she tends to speak out on the Bombcast and has no problems challenging a statement or an opinion if it's flimsy. So she changes the dynamic of the site a lot, I think, but in a positive way. I remember wondering what would happen if the site lost some core members and we'd have to adjust to new people that were just doing an imitation of what's expected here. But Jess came on, being entirely herself, and it's been fantastic.
Also, it was nice to hear that someone in Illinois was joining the site. GB Midwest has been understaffed since Patrick left.
So yeah, give Jan and Jess some props for their hard work!
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