So, it finally happened.
Thanos snapped, and half of Giant Bomb disappeared. Vinny, Brad, and Alex are leaving. Godspeed all three of them, and also godspeed the future version of Giant Bomb itself. There are already a number of threads that spun up about this news, so I hope this one isn't overkill or in bad taste. But there's a lot of speculation and wishing out loud going around, and I wonder if that creative energy and imagination can't be channelled into some useful food for thought.
Granted, each one of these guys probably already has some idea about what they're going to do next, but maybe they don't. Or maybe this will serve as idea fodder. Or maybe it will help bring a sense of closure and acceptance to just openly discuss this topic. So, what's next? What do you want (not expect) to see from everyone going forward, acknowledging this is all pure fantasy? (Positive vibes only. Swipe left if you're just going to leave a "GB is ded" comment.)
From Giant Bomb, I always got a vibe similar to RedLetterMedia: industry experts who combine their abundance of wisdom and knowledge with comedy to poke fun at things while providing valuable insight to a lay audience and hobbyists alike. Jeff Gerstmann has an encyclopedic knowledge of the video game industry's history, and garage aside, the guy is basically already a museum curator. I know some people dislike "old games" content, but in a world where review scores don't matter anymore, it would be interesting to see a "Best of the Worst" style dunking on bad games with notable guests. (Of course, this would be more than ideal with the participation of Vinny, Brad, and Alex, but literally every idea would be made better by their contributions.) Giant Bomb also already has a homegrown "Ranking Of" style of retrospective, and they've proven that formula can be applied to a variety of media formats. Then again, this may lean too heavily on their current format of shows, if this is indeed something they want to change in the next version.
People are also speculating that Giant Bomb could adopt a format closer to Twitch, elevating independent streamers and content. While there are obvious risks with such an attempt, I could also see it working as more of an incubator for pilot shows, podcasts, and other content centered around teams and groups rather than individuals. Not that the world needs more Steal My Sunshine or Burgle My Bananas, but there aren't a lot of creative game shows based on video games, when you think about it. This also potentially provides Jeff with more of an opportunity to step away from the frontlines, so to speak.
The upside to tying so much of the content around individual personalities is that large portions of the community will continue to follow those personalities and whatever content they'd like to provide. Plenty of people have already said as much, and I'm right there with them, to the extent Brad, Vinny, and Alex want that as well. Vinny's YouTube channel of handyman advice and woodworking streams? Sign me up. Anything showcasing Alex's musical talent or knowledge of film and media? Sold. Brad already has a great tech podcast with a certain Will Smith, and I'm all for any expansion of his perspective as we approach this dark future dominated by NFTs, cryptocurrency, and hardware shortages. Not that I want to stereotype any of them simply based on what they've shared on this site. I'm sure they have a number of other interests, hobbies, and experience!
Again, I don't know if this is the healthiest approach to the recent news, but I'll be damned if these departures don't get a jazz funeral rather than the regular old somber variety. Please feel free to contribute, even if this becomes nothing more than an open source community chest of ideas about video game media.