Years ago I primarily a follower of IGN, voodoo extreme, and other pc gaming sites. I rarely visited Gamespot. I was unaware of the gang until GerstmannGate hit digg. The story caught my attention and I started following Gerstmann to arrow pointing down then to giantbomb. I was a lot more active on the site when there was quests. The quests drew me to the site daily to see how things were 6 degrees away. I really miss the quests. I joined as a premium member the second year until this March. In beginning of the shutdown I was wondering if I was going to have a job to go back to so I let my membership lapse. Over the years I’ve been a premium member who rarely used the site other than buying merch, which I’ve bought a lot of. Pins, shirts, glassware, spinners, pop sockets and anything else I liked. I have shirts I haven’t worn yet. I hate to see the site end because it’s brought me so many laughs and enjoyment. GB and the old Joystiq gang are the reason I started going to PAX EAST and PAX WEST(Unplugged too although GB wasn’t involved). As GB decreased their PAX presence I think I’m done going. There are were some incredible moments and some that I was just happy to see them live and in person and say hello. Standing/sitting in line at PAX for 2-3 hours while have PAX guards yell at use was always worth it. I will miss these presentations.
Strangely during the shutdown video games were not an escape for me although I own 22 consoles. I dug out my guitars and was going to get rid of them but the opposite happened and playing guitar became my escape. I just started catching up with the bombcast and Beastcast from earlier in the year. As a get closer to the podcasts that inspired this thread I can sense changes and I’ve started wondering about the future of the site and more importantly the gang. I hope GB is around for many more years if not I hope they all find happiness on the other side.