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As I sit here listening to my favourite gaming podcast, dreading the coming days before final exams tackle and pound me into submission, I think about something that perhaps many gamers haven't before. Maybe I shouldn't say that, I can't just assume I'm the only one thinking about the oddities of the gaming community. Perhaps many of you who read this will have already thought about it at length. For conversation sake, I hope you have. If you haven't, then hopefully this will make you take a step back and look at things a little differently. Am I getting too deep already? Humor me a little more than usual if you can, it's getting late.

I've been thinking about the celebrity that game reviewers have built up around themselves, as well as blog writers and those who defy classification. Specifically, I've been thinking about how many of them are now getting older, and how the cycle of the next generation of celebrities will come to be.

It probably won't surprise many of you if I bring up Jeff Gerstmann. I've followed him since nearly the dawn of his career on Gamespot. He has perhaps unintentionally become one of the most famous game reviewers on the internet (yes, even before Gerstmann-gate). His popularity allowed him so much that upon starting up his own website it exploded and has quickly become a hub for a huge community that grows continuously. Of course Ryan Davis, and Brad Shoemaker carry their own celebrity as well, albeit perhaps not on the grandiose scale of Mr. Gerstmann. What gets me thinking is that these guys (and others, don't think I'm forgetting about anyone) are getting older. They've grown up (as much as a gamer can). They aren't grandparents or anything, but they're not youngsters anymore either. I wonder how long they will continue their careers as reviewers. Can we expect to see a Siskel and Ebert-esque band of hyper-popular reviewers 15 years from now? 25 years from now? How will the generation who grew up and followed these guys closely for their whole careers react to a new generation of reviewers coming up? Will those reviewers even be able to reach the celebrity that we see in many today? I've pondered these questions for a long time, and to be honest I'm not sure if there is a real answer to any of them as of yet.

But we're seeing other things crop up in the community now. People who have been part of the out-group are creating their own celebrity. The name that instantly comes to mind is Michael Pachter. If you don't know who he is, he's an analyst for Wedbush Morgan that has been a regular guest on Gametrailer's Bonus Round for a long time now. He's slowly become popular, and now has his own show on Gametrailer's that's become wildly popular. It almost pulls in as many views as Bonus Round itself, which he still appears on regularly. It's great to see things like this happening within the community. We're not exactly known for accepting great change, which is part of why I'm so interested in this topic to begin with.

As much of a jumbled mess this all might seem, it has interested me a great deal for some time. Watching people rise in popularity to almost legend status (Greg Kasavin, anyone?) has been fun to watch. It makes me think about what the hardcore gaming community will sit 10 or 20 years from now. Will the older generation of gamers tell their kids stories about favourite videos, reviewers and podcasts? Will we compare future reviewers and gaming celebrities to the new groups that will inevitably rise in the ranks as the older group moves on or out? It excites me and scares me at the same time. It's hard to imagine not having the mainstays around down the road. I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm not a fan of change myself. I'll suck it up, but I'll be damned if someone ever replaces Jeff as my most respected reviewer.

What do you think about all of this? Has this stuff ever crossed your mind on a boring, rainy day?

Have a good one,

CP1

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As I sit here listening to my favourite gaming podcast, dreading the coming days before final exams tackle and pound me into submission, I think about something that perhaps many gamers haven't before. Maybe I shouldn't say that, I can't just assume I'm the only one thinking about the oddities of the gaming community. Perhaps many of you who read this will have already thought about it at length. For conversation sake, I hope you have. If you haven't, then hopefully this will make you take a step back and look at things a little differently. Am I getting too deep already? Humor me a little more than usual if you can, it's getting late.

I've been thinking about the celebrity that game reviewers have built up around themselves, as well as blog writers and those who defy classification. Specifically, I've been thinking about how many of them are now getting older, and how the cycle of the next generation of celebrities will come to be.

It probably won't surprise many of you if I bring up Jeff Gerstmann. I've followed him since nearly the dawn of his career on Gamespot. He has perhaps unintentionally become one of the most famous game reviewers on the internet (yes, even before Gerstmann-gate). His popularity allowed him so much that upon starting up his own website it exploded and has quickly become a hub for a huge community that grows continuously. Of course Ryan Davis, and Brad Shoemaker carry their own celebrity as well, albeit perhaps not on the grandiose scale of Mr. Gerstmann. What gets me thinking is that these guys (and others, don't think I'm forgetting about anyone) are getting older. They've grown up (as much as a gamer can). They aren't grandparents or anything, but they're not youngsters anymore either. I wonder how long they will continue their careers as reviewers. Can we expect to see a Siskel and Ebert-esque band of hyper-popular reviewers 15 years from now? 25 years from now? How will the generation who grew up and followed these guys closely for their whole careers react to a new generation of reviewers coming up? Will those reviewers even be able to reach the celebrity that we see in many today? I've pondered these questions for a long time, and to be honest I'm not sure if there is a real answer to any of them as of yet.

But we're seeing other things crop up in the community now. People who have been part of the out-group are creating their own celebrity. The name that instantly comes to mind is Michael Pachter. If you don't know who he is, he's an analyst for Wedbush Morgan that has been a regular guest on Gametrailer's Bonus Round for a long time now. He's slowly become popular, and now has his own show on Gametrailer's that's become wildly popular. It almost pulls in as many views as Bonus Round itself, which he still appears on regularly. It's great to see things like this happening within the community. We're not exactly known for accepting great change, which is part of why I'm so interested in this topic to begin with.

As much of a jumbled mess this all might seem, it has interested me a great deal for some time. Watching people rise in popularity to almost legend status (Greg Kasavin, anyone?) has been fun to watch. It makes me think about what the hardcore gaming community will sit 10 or 20 years from now. Will the older generation of gamers tell their kids stories about favourite videos, reviewers and podcasts? Will we compare future reviewers and gaming celebrities to the new groups that will inevitably rise in the ranks as the older group moves on or out? It excites me and scares me at the same time. It's hard to imagine not having the mainstays around down the road. I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm not a fan of change myself. I'll suck it up, but I'll be damned if someone ever replaces Jeff as my most respected reviewer.

What do you think about all of this? Has this stuff ever crossed your mind on a boring, rainy day?

Have a good one,

CP1

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@Computerplayer1 said:

Will the older generation of gamers tell their kids stories about favourite videos, reviewers and podcasts?

No, but

@Computerplayer1

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What gets me thinking is that these guys (and others, don't think I'm forgetting about anyone) are getting older. They've grown up (as much as a gamer can). They aren't grandparents or anything, but they're not youngsters anymore either. I wonder how long they will continue their careers as reviewers. Can we expect to see a Siskel and Ebert-esque band of hyper-popular reviewers 15 years from now? 25 years from now? 


I often think about this. Like, I think about what will happen is Jeff or Ryan or Vinny or Brad leave and go into another part of the gaming profession. Imagine never reading another review or hearing them on podcasts again. I literally cannot imagine it. It would suck, right? Then again, they can't do this forever. I can't imagine Jeff still reviewing games when he's 50. What happens then, you know? Who takes over Giant Bomb? The next generation of game reviewers?

From what I've seen, dude, they're... not as good. Let's leave it at that. Now youze got me all sad bro. I'll have to turn to Right Thurr robot to cheer me up.
 
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They're only big to us internet video game turds. My wife could not care less, she's too busy watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

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@ZanzibarBreeze:  Haha I apologize for saddening you. I've noticed that the new reviewers are definitely not great. I definitely haven't seen a lot of personality like we get here. I have some faith in the future of Giantbomb at the very least. The guys seem to have a knack for picking up duders who have their own thoughts, and have an interesting personality. Hiring a game reviewer based on writing ability alone may be the downfall on other websites.
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@Claude:  Well I'm definitely only playing to us hardcore gamers who keep up with this stuff. It's like someone who's hell of into wrestling and watch their favourite wrestler retire (Hulk Hogan for example). Most people couldn't care less, but the hardcore are shedding tears left and right :P
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@The_Laughing_Man said:

" This guy posted about patcher as well   I stopped listening to patcher LONG ago.  "

Not quite talking about him in the same light, but yes I saw the two or three threads on Pachter mentioning Giant Bomb.
 
I give him props for having his own views, even when every single neogaf user alive flames him to hell.
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@Computerplayer1 said:
" @The_Laughing_Man said:
" This guy posted about patcher as well   I stopped listening to patcher LONG ago.  "
Not quite talking about him in the same light, but yes I saw the two or three threads on Pachter mentioning Giant Bomb.  I give him props for having his own views, even when every single neogaf user alive flames him to hell. "
O I just thought you would like to see the other views.  
 
I just dont listen to him. Not sure why. 
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@The_Laughing_Man:  Haha yah, people either love him or absolutely hate him with a passion. 
 
Ironically, there's a similar split on our own Jeff G.
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@Claude said:
" They're only big to us internet video game turds. My wife could not care less, she's too busy watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians. "
Please never change
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@Computerplayer1 said:
" @The_Laughing_Man:  Haha yah, people either love him or absolutely hate him with a passion.   Ironically, there's a similar split on our own Jeff G. "
Its more of " ehh..he talks to much..and I lose focus if It does not have to do with a analog stick. 
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" @Claude said:

" They're only big to us internet video game turds. My wife could not care less, she's too busy watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians. "

Please never change "
Needless to say, I will always remember Greg Kasavin's The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion live show of the game being played. My wife might not care, but dammit the whole thing brought a tear to my eye. Better than anything Lifetime ever brought to the table.
 
This is a highlight, but damn, was it cool as hell.
 
 
  Never forget.
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@Claude:  I totally watched that live, it was kick ass. I almost died laughing when he had to evacuate during the fire alarm hahaha
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Doesn't really matter to me