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Posted by JeanLuc (3883 posts) -

Hello fellow duders. So it's pretty much all in the title but today I am flying out to San Francisco where on Monday I will become a Video Producer for GameSpot. While Giant Bomb has been my gaming home for 8 years now, and of course will continue to be as I love this community, I do actually owe GameSpot for inspiring me to pursue this dream in the first place.

Look at these bright-eyed young fellows.
Look at these bright-eyed young fellows.

Way back in 2006 I discovered On the Spot, the old GameSpot live show. This was when Rich Gallup was hosting and I was instantly hooked. It had this perfect internet feel of being slickly produced but also live and messy. I was just getting into video editing at the time and also even deeper into the world of video games, and it was then I knew that was what I wanted to do. This was gonna be my dream. And I never really stopped having that dream. It grew as a discovered stuff like the 1up Show and eventually Giant Bomb. Hell I bought my own $200 dollar capture card in 2008 so I could record gameplay footage, the first game being Dead Space. I learned film equipment, started a relatively unsuccess YouTube channel, and did a public access show. I’ve gone to PAX East for the last 6 years straight where I have meet people in the industry and gotten advice, the highlight being several years ago when I sat front row for a video producer panel put on by Rich and Vinny.

And now I’m here, somehow about to go do what I’ve always wanted to do, only a year out of college at the age of 23. I would say lucky doesn’t even begin to describe it.

So I’m not keeping this too long because I’m not much of a writer (The job is Video Producer after all), but I just want to thank everyone. I want to thank GameSpot for giving me this opportunity. I want to thank all the people in my life for supporting me, even though they probably aren’t reading this here. And I want to thank you the Giant Bomb community for being a fantastic group of internet people for the last 8 years, and many many more because I’m still gonna be on this stupid website all the time.

And now, a short fun list of goals I have.

  1. Go to Taco Bell with Dan

  2. Play Street Fighter V with Jason (I’ve been attempting to learn recently)

  3. My PAX buddy and fellow duder Chris says he expects me to be on an Unprofessional Fridays within a year’s time so I have to figure that out somehow.

  4. Immediately fuck up and say “GameStop” instead the first time I’m on camera.

Please feel free to suggest more dumb goals and I will attempt to do them.

P.S. Massive shout out to Matt Rorie. It was his twitter post about the job position that I saw and then applied for, using him as a recommendation. Pretty sure I owe you several drinks.

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#1 Posted by chaser324 (8659 posts) -

Congrats, duder. That's awesome. Good luck with the new position.

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#2 Posted by RikiGuitarist (234 posts) -

Congrats on the gig!

I'm guessing you're filling in for the video production duty shifts that Dan Mihoerck left? Also, if you could convince Erick Tay to bring back Torture Chamber, you'll make about 5 people very happy.

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#3 Posted by JeanLuc (3883 posts) -

@chaser324: Thanks!

@rikiguitarist: Not 100% sure who I'm replacing but I know I'll be operating a lot of the live stuff. It pays to learn how to use a Tricaster kids.

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#4 Posted by Darth_Navster (886 posts) -

Congrats man. As a guy that got talked out of going into games writing and pursued a "sensible" career, I respect you for going out and achieving your dream. Good luck and I can't wait to see what awesome stuff you produce. Also, when you get out there, please report back as to what Danny smells like. I suspect Irish Spring soap, but need confirmation. ;-)

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#5 Posted by WalkerTR77 (1811 posts) -

Good job man, well done.

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#6 Posted by FinalDasa (3207 posts) -

Oh shit! Congrats duder!

You don't mind if I email you my resume and you make copies and start dropping them around the office do you? Thanks :D

Seriously though, you're living the dream, have fun out there!

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#7 Posted by brandondryrock (890 posts) -

Congrats! That's awesome. You've given me some inspiration to start producing videos again.

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#8 Posted by two_socks (516 posts) -

Congrats duder!

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#9 Posted by TehBuLL (819 posts) -

So awesome that Rorie's twitter got the gears in motion for you to snag a job. Good luck bro.

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#10 Posted by probablytuna (5008 posts) -

Congrats duder!

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#11 Posted by GnaTSoL (875 posts) -

You knew Matt Rorie before hand or did he just extend a helping hand with the recommendation?

Regardless, congrats man. Hopefully it's more fun than stressful. :D

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#12 Posted by gatehouse (933 posts) -

Congrats duder, that's amazing. Extra goal for you, discovery Drew's activation phrase and use it with great prejudice on that monster Dan Ryckert before he rules the world.

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#13 Posted by JeanLuc (3883 posts) -

@gnatsol said:

You knew Matt Rorie before hand or did he just extend a helping hand with the recommendation?

Regardless, congrats man. Hopefully it's more fun than stressful. :D

I don't know Rorie personally. In the tweet he made he said to use him as a recommendation because I guess you get some extra money when you do that?

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#15 Posted by Maluvin (750 posts) -

Huge congrats!

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#16 Posted by turboman (9893 posts) -

More duders-turned-workers! Congrats!

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#17 Posted by Slab64 (1149 posts) -

Whoa! That's exciting as hell. Seems like you've got your head on straight as far as appreciating your luck, of course you have also worked hard to learn everything you know. And you are young enough that there are a lot of possibilities for you going forward. Anyway congrats, duder! Go live the dream!

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#18 Posted by inevpatoria (7442 posts) -

Super exciting! Good luck and congratulations!

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#19 Posted by azulot (272 posts) -

That's awesome, Congratulations!

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#20 Edited by deactivated-5a00c029ab7c1 (1777 posts) -

Nothing beats old school Gamespot man I miss it congrats!

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#21 Posted by thelastgunslinger (592 posts) -

Congrats duder! Sounds like a dream come true.

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#22 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (7587 posts) -
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Nice. But take it slow with relationships, don't get into new guy mode.

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#23 Posted by SkullPanda1 (1625 posts) -


Hide you Amiibo

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#24 Posted by JeanLuc (3883 posts) -

@monkeyking1969: I hear you man. I'm always so self-conscious of that stuff like that.

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#25 Posted by ArbitraryWater (15716 posts) -

Congrats! I'm looking forward to all of the Game of Thrones recaps you'll be editing.

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#26 Posted by generic_username (943 posts) -

Congratulations! Way to go, this is super awesome to hear about.

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#27 Posted by jakob187 (22957 posts) -

HOLY SHIT! That's awesome, man! Massive congratulations. It's always cool to see someone from the Giant Bomb community getting more deeply involved in the wider gaming industry as a whole, and especially with something where we'll still see you around!

Have a safe trip and lots of fun!

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#29 Posted by TheHT (15859 posts) -

Congrats duder!

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#30 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (7587 posts) -

@jeanluc said:

@monkeyking1969: I hear you man. I'm always so self-conscious of that stuff like that.

Well don't go that far...you earned this...enjoy it.

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#31 Posted by fatalbanana (1106 posts) -

Awesome news! Congrats man and good luck!

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#32 Posted by blackblade500 (701 posts) -

Thats awesome man!!! As someone who is a senior in college, going for media production this gives me hope that you can get your dream video job!!

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#33 Posted by JBG4 (711 posts) -

Huge congrats to you... best of luck!

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#34 Posted by Humanity (18797 posts) -

Congrats it's awesome that for some people dreams still do happen!

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#35 Posted by Y2Ken (2953 posts) -

That's super rad! Congrats on the gig and best of luck! Gamespot do some great video content so you'll be working with top peeps.

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#36 Posted by TheWildCard (694 posts) -

Awesome dude!

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#37 Posted by wrecks (2680 posts) -

Very cool! Good luck!

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#38 Posted by jimeject (14 posts) -

Thats incredible. Well done!

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#39 Posted by Szlifier (1496 posts) -

@jeanluc: Where did you get to use a TriCaster?

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#40 Posted by hassun (9966 posts) -

Achieve those dreams!

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#41 Posted by alwaysbebombing (2708 posts) -


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#42 Posted by Jeust (11739 posts) -

Good luck! And good work!

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#43 Posted by csl316 (14968 posts) -

I hear that Mary Kish is a real taskmaster, but congrats and good luck!

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#44 Posted by KillEm_Dafoe (2636 posts) -

Holy hell! Huge congrats to you, man! I hope that I, too, will one day know what that feels like.

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#45 Posted by ClairvoyantVibrations (1616 posts) -

Hey duder! Congratulations and good luck. Hope to see you on a live show one of these days. Then you can tell us what the crew is really like.

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#46 Posted by Jellybones (329 posts) -

Congrats, duder! I'm jealous.

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#47 Posted by audioBusting (2558 posts) -

Congratulations! Always great to see someone getting the jobs they want =D

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#48 Edited by JeanLuc (3883 posts) -

@szlifier said:

@jeanluc: Where did you get to use a TriCaster?

My local public access station actually. Started up a video game live show there.

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#49 Posted by bhizzy (92 posts) -

Nicely done! Congratulations. Say hi to the wily video intern Jake D when you get out there.

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#50 Posted by Fobwashed (2783 posts) -

Go forth and produce! Congrats =]