The original GB crew was lightning in a bottle - they were all colleagues and friends, creating a startup that at times felt like it was held together with string and duct tape, yet it had heart. As Jeff G has said it's a wonder it's even still around after all these years. I mean think of all the changes that have gone in 14 years:
- A sale to CBS
- Ryan's passing
- New hires
- ANOTHER sale to RV
- A good chunk of the staff leaving
- COVID/ going remote
That's not even counting the massive changes in the games industry over those years. I also rarely come to GB anymore aside from the podcast and UPF. I find the site and its content almost unrecognizable now. But I also understand things change and it's not really anyone's fault. It's just not for me anymore, and that's fine. To me Nextlander has that "early days of GB" energy even though I don't watch 100% of their stuff (I am a patron though). That's life, I guess.
Um, no. Not in the slightest. Travel isn't just about "here's the Eiffel Tower, now go home." Not to sound cliche but it's not only about experiencing new cultures, people, food, etc. It's also about experiencing all of the unique and spontaneous moments along the way.
@shindig: It's fine, and VoidBurger seems cool - but like Albummer the concept of talking about the Super Mario Bros. movie has been done to DEATH on YouTube, bad movie podcasts, etc. It's not original and has almost nothing to do with Giant Bomb.
@styx971: That's good, and I'm appreciative of the transparency. However having 11 shows going at once means that the vast majority will be all or mostly run by contracted people with no connection with GB. Bringing in new personalities is fine, the question still remains as to what makes these shows distinct enough to be siloed into Giant Bomb and not just a collection of random game-related YouTube videos.
@digitaldisco: I mean I get it - he has a 2-year-old, another kid on the way and is the process of moving. He has a lot going on and I TOTALLY understand why he’s stepped back a bit. But even with all of that it seems like he’s been pretty checked out for a while now. Especially since Vinny, Brad, and Alex left.
@peezmachine: The problem with the “Netflix model” is that Netflix has become big enough and has so much content coming out all the time that their algorithm can suggest something to anyone. GB is never going to be that big - like other people have said, GB doesn’t live in some vacuum where Twitch and YouTube are impossible to access.
Here’s the thing too - even Netflix needs hits to keep most of its audience; that’s why they’ll tease a new Stranger Things season a year or so in advance. I don’t see how GB can survive if they don’t cater to their video game enthusiast fan base.