End of an era: Goodbye Giantbomb Premium

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First of all this is not a "Giantbomb now sucks" blog. No way. Was it better back in the day? Yes. BUT it still is one of my favorite places to get entertained. I love every single member of both the Beast and West teams. I will always support them in any way I can. What I tune in almost religiously is the podcasts but I like using the podcast app on my iphone to consume them. I might switch to YouTube since its something Ive always wanted them to have: video podcasts.

So what has changed? Well the biggest thing is this whole COVID19 thing thats going on and a whole lot of personal things like my house needing some remodling due to humity. Bottom line: I'm kinda broke. Not MC Hammer broke more like Martha Stuard broke (If you know that movie quote we are best friends btw).

Another factor that has slowly made watching and listening to the Giantbomb crew is that my best friend who I wont get into many details because I already wrote a blog about it, passed away a few years ago. He was my only friend who shared the love of this site. We used to go to PAX just to say hi to not only Jeff and the gang but also the community. It was so awesome. So now thats kinda gone for me. This feels like when Ryan died. At some point the forum thread had to be unpinned. This is me unpinning Giantbomb from my life. Its still there and I will always love everything about this site till the day that I die just like my best friend @gunrock

So yeah, Duder, its over.

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I did indeed suspect this may have been a "GB sucks now" thread, but I am glad I was wrong and came by and read what you're feeling about the old place right now in relation to your current headspace.

I'm really sorry you're in a financial position that made you decide to finally jack in the premium, but I'm more sorry everything combined -- especially your buddy not being a cornerstone of the site experience for you anymore -- has embiggened that feeling into a decision of closing the door on an aspect of your life, ya know? Even if you secretly leave it open a crack for right now with the podcasts...

I hope you have something to enrich you in a similar way in its absence. If the money thing was the biggest factor in cancelling and you find yourself really desperate to digest some juicy premium content at any point during this unique situation, I'd be more than happy to gift you a subscription to scratch that itch.

For now, I wish you good luck, and hope the podcasts continue to stand you in good stead. Update us if anything changes!

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#2  Edited By chaser324  Moderator

Good luck, duder. Times are certainly tough right now for a lot of people.

I'm glad you've got some good memories of the site and community, and (hopefully) GB will continue to be here if you ever feel like coming back to it.

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I’m sorry about your friend and your money problems.

Much to the credit of the GB crew, it’s worth noting that there is a ton of non-premium content being produced every week (more than ever in the past). GB understands that now is the time to be there for people, including those who can no longer afford premium.

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@brunothethird: lol yeah I have been here since the beginning (hence how I was able to get my real name as a username) so I have seen all of the GB sucks topics and it got real dumb and yeah I hate them to.

Yeah money is the biggest factor and it’s more of a focus thing. I’m going around canceling subscriptions to things I just don’t have the time to enjoy really. I’m old and don’t have the time I used to. I even wanna go 1 console only next gen. I think I’ll go only Nintendo since I love their 1st party the most. I have all the current consoles and a good enough PC but I feel like I’m not really using them all at their max.

@chaser324: thanks man yeah I will never stop enjoying and supporting the GB crew.

@htr10: don’t you dare!! But thank you so much for the offer this is why I love this community it’s full of awesome people and I will always remember when I was in line to so many PAX panels and being able to be face to face with likeminded fans it is honestly some of the best moments of my life. Again thank you for offering that man it is super nice.

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That’s really depressing to read, hope all the best for you!

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That was tough to read. I hope you manage to make your way through this current situation and get back on solid ground soon.

The site will always be here (hopefully) so you can come back whenever you want too. Sometimes it's good to dip into old memories, even if the memories of happier times make us sad.

Take care.

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Best of luck duder. I hope you land on your feet and things get better soon.