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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.

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The thing I would like back is QUESTS. I spent a lot more time reading, and occasionally updating wiki information on GB with the quest system.

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#3  Edited By James_ex_machina

I never understood that belief that you should root for your local teams in professional sports. The players aren’t necessarily born into your local community. They are employees of a corporation. You are essentially rooting for a logo. I get rooting for local high school teams but even on that level there are parents will get their kids into a private or another public school if it results in more exposure as a star athlete. I grew up in Virginia as a Washington Redskins fan but after high I started jumping on the bandwagon of players. When Kurt Warner has his breakout season with the Rams I was a fan. Grocery store stocker to super bowl hero was a story I could get behind. Tom Brady stepping in for a injured Drew Bledsoe is another story I can get behind. Nowadays I could care less. Occasionally I’ll glance at scores of football games otherwise I don’t care.

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Beer like anything is personal preference. It's ok to not like microbrews. Having said that if you sample enough beers I can't imagine anyone not finding a type of microbrew you wouldn't like better than one of those standard American brews.

I started my love of microbrews in 2000 and I'm still into trying them all. I do see my "I quit drinking" day coming but until then...

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I really enjoyed Alan Wake. If I can’t have a sequel then I’ll take a tv show.

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Other than fanboys... cut scenes you can't skip especially the ones before a big battle that you keep dying in. My XboxOne came with a copy of a Forza game (played it twice don't recall which version it was) that had this long drive along intro that annoyed me because I just wanted to get into the game. The intro was so long and boring. The slow introduction of weapons to your arsenal in sequels. Each game you starts with you being treated like your character hasn't fired a weapon before.

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Sort of on topic…

My girlfriend’s mom has become a huge NJPW fan. For her 80th birthday we gave her a cake with the young bucks on it and the YB funko pop figures. She screamed when she saw the cake.

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I can’t wait for this. Love the artwork.

Speaking of Streets of Rage, is anyone else backing Streets of Steel on Kickstarter?