UPDATE: WE ARE STILL ALIVE (2016)
We just don't often do the scheduling thing anymore. We had some great moments with it and established a lovely little community of Giant Bomb friends on our Mumble server through doing so. Hell, I and several others travelled across the Atlantic to hang out with some of them. But in recent years, event nights have proven to be a somewhat fruitless format. However, the Mumble is still actively used and I encourage any Giant Bomb duders to join us on it! It's always nice to talk to new people.
The following below remains relatively unedited for posterity.
The PC hub is reforming, and aside from a few changes, we’re simply aiming to be bigger and better than ever.
We've also changed mumble servers - the new one is right here (direct connect).
What is the PC hub ye ask? It’s a place on the internet where you can chat with, play with, and connect with your fellow Giant Bombers, all via your personal computer. Every hour, across the globe, we get together and play games, and it’s fun! Do you like fun? I bet you do!
We hold scheduled events every week where everyone jumps on and we play the hell out of a video-game. Aside from that, there are always tons of duders hanging out that are either lookin’ for some hawt video-game action, or already playing something that they’d love for you to join in on.
We get this done a few different ways -
- A Mumble for your voice-box,
- A chatroom for your fingers,
- A Steam group to keep track of it all.
Is our center for everything mentioned below. So much thanks to @WilltheMagicAsian for designing and lending us his site!
Our Steam Group
If you’re a PC duder, you already know what Steam is. You can join our Hub with just a few clicks. Through that, you can find out about upcoming events, any content we post on the forums, and basically everything else we’re doing. Be sure to give the calendar a look to see ahead of time what is coming up. We’re always improving our schedule and playing new games each week!
Note: There is a bug that if you view the steam group through a browser while not signed in, it'll say the group is invite only. That is untrue. Just sign in and you'll be able to join, or find the group on your Steam client and sign up from there.
If you’re interested in finding a couple of duders to play games with, or just talk about said video-games, you best be going to our chatroom at http://giantbombing.com/chat/. Just type in your nickname and you’re in!
Our Voice Room
And last but not least, we have our Mumble server, where you can chat vocally with other friendly duders. As far as the magic of hearing the voices of the world over the internet goes, it’s a pretty simple setup:
- Download the stable version of mumble at http://mumble.sourceforge.net/
- Open the program, you’ll get a window called ‘mumble server connect’
- Click ‘Add New...’ and fill out the box like so:
4. Click OK and connect. You’ll be prompted for Certificate Failure - just click yes.
@WilltheMagicAsian has truly worked some magic and has figured out a one-click solution. Just have the program installed, and click this:
Once you’re in, all you need to know is that double clicking a channel will put you in it.
Once again, this is a new address. If you've logged on previously, you'll need to make a brand new entry with the settings above.
So What do We Play?
Well darn near every game under the sun! Things like Arma2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Battlefield 3, Starcraft II, Diablo III, , Company of Heroes, Shogun 2, Men of War, Red Orchestra 2, Minecraft, IL-2 Sturmovik, DayZ, Just Cause 2, All the MOBAs . . . Sometimes we even go for games of the non-video variety, with card games like Dominion or Cards Against Humanity! I’m sure you get the idea. We like the games.
We also have a fair amount of duders who happen to have their PS3's hooked up to their monitors, so console games aren't necessarily out of the question! See? We're not elitist!
This group operates on an officer system - that is to say, if you find you want to host an event of your own, you’re totally free to do so.
We have a youtube channel where we’ve posted many of our forays - http://www.youtube.com/user/GiantBombSquad/videos
We’ve got a ton of things coming up, so keep an eye on the Steam group as well as this space!