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I think the torch was in the process of being passed to Abby, Jan, and Ben and then the world fell apart (I'm aware this thread SORTA predates that) and at this point, I think they ARE all struggling to keep their heads above water. Remember that for all the anxiety and worry that we as members of the site have, they ALSO have AND they have to put on a brave face and be entertaining for hours out of the day. That has to be EXHAUSTING, so I don't really begrudge them being 'low-energy' at times.

Also the industry is undergoing a needed change and a bunch of REALLY unpleasant shit has bubbled up to the surface, so the idea of trying to paint the industry right now as "Feelin' Fine" would be disingenuous, and exactly what companies like Ubisoft are TRYING to cultivate, so I admire GB's ability to take the room's temperature and keep it REAL.

I don't think any of them are "too jaded or cynical," I just don't think they have any responsibility to feign excitement over Ubi's new TIME SAVER MECHANICS (we make the grind, we sell you the way to skip it) or its apolitical "SHOOT LOOTERS IN THE BACK, BUT THERE'S NO MESSAGE HERE!" bullshit, EA's newest cash-grab, or Activision's newest round of highly profitable lay-offs. To say NOTHING of what's going on with the indies at the moment.

It's a HARD TIME right now, so the fact that they can be delighted or enthusiastic about ANYTHING is a fucking miracle. Go and watch Jeff mark out in Ranking of Fighters over that weird Japanese Mortal Kombat clone, go watch Vinny and Brad play Astroneer, or Abby play The Sims. Watch Jan's delight over Bloodborne's weirdness, and Ben's excitement over Fighting Herds, and TRY to remember: just because they're not looking forward to thing YOU'RE looking forward to, doesn't mean they've "lost all their passion for gaming."

Anyway, those events (the BLLSL and the GOTY skits) seemed like a TON of work. They seemed like a TON of work for how little work they felt like they were putting into it (it takes a lot of effort to LOOK low-end while actually trying very hard), and if they don't have a great idea that they're passionate about? I'd rather they just give us the ultra-long podcasts. The last thing I want is for them to look like they're going through the motions.

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The officiant at my wedding almost choked at our reception.

My wife's best friend's little sister did an EXPERT Heimleich, and no one even noticed until she told us later!

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@plan6:You are not alone in this! The first time I got on that planet, I just hid in one of those sanctuary/force fields until the cycle restarted. I have a THING about WATER in GAMES (what you find beneath the current also kinda freaked me out).

@giantrobot24:In the interests of not having you miss one of THE BEST games of the last decade: they ARE confined to one, single area, so you don't have to be brave for THAT long. That said, the infinite expanse of space can be very difficult to put into perspective on its own, so I get it.

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@humanity: They seem to hold their QLs to a higher standard of video/audio quality than their more fun/wackier videos, so I get it to an extent.

Also every other comment in the QL thread was "THIS AUDIO FUCKING SUCKS, TAKE IT DOWN!" so they're damned if they do, damned if they don't. Personally, I don't think it was unlistenable/watchable, but it was DEFINITELY noticeable. Hopefully they'll get another one out post-patch.

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Apparently SWERY and co. are patching the game and even rewriting some stuff, so they might just wait.

Maybe the game going down was a...BLESSING IN DIS-oh, DAMNIT, @bybeach!!

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The angler fish in "Outer Wilds."

I have a very odd phobia of water in-games (zero fear of going in water in real life), and things that are normally in water being in the sky/space is doubly freaky to me. The whole part in Dark Bramble NEVER GOT ANY EASIER, their fucking hissing and slow, languid movements that could turn harsh and deadly at any SECOND was always building a tightness in my chest that made the endgame especially harrowing.

@brunothethird:

Thank you for confirming for me that I will never play this game. Seems like it would have been awesome, but just that screenshot is making me feel ill.

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@gramcracker said:

No. Giant Bomb is critical. It's a no BS group of great friends who speak their mind no matter what, and I love them for it. And I hope it continues to grow and thrive. This is a special place not to be taken for granted.

This. THISTHISTHISTHISTHIS.

Every time I see a "GERSTMANN'S TOO JADED!" comment, I think about him seeing that weird Japanese Mortal Kombat game (with all the bloodspray), him reacting to Deadly Premonition 2's announcement, his reaction to that unearthed SEAMAN FMV, and I think: Jeff isn't jaded, the industry at that AAA level is literally using its record profits (not income...PROFITS) to enrich its top executives and cover malfeasance while its worker salaries stagnate and their benefits don't grow. People are working so hard, they're burning out in their 20s, and that's to say nothing of the harassment that is evidently at almost every level: from indie to community to AAA.

I'm thrilled that, even as a fine CBS Property, they're still being real and they're still being honest. Quite frankly, there are other places I can go if I want to hear about how every AAA game is either Great or The Greatest (and sometimes: I DO want to hear that! You ever look up a Kevin Smith review of a movie you already like? He's THE BEST at reinforcing that you're right for liking the thing you like!) But here? Here I know they aren't going to sugarcoat it. And I don't HAVE to agree with them! I think Persona 5 is a better game than 4 in almost every way, but I don't just throw my hands up and stop listening to the Bombcast/Beastcast whenever it comes up and they're lukewarm on it.

When we all had the "Are Games Art??" argument in a very real way several years ago, I was incredibly disappointed, and continue to be incredibly disappointed, to see how many people just wanted to hold that up as a shield, so that their parents would finally take their hobby seriously. They didn't want to actually LOOK AT GAMES and CRITICIZE GAMES as art, they just wanted to be able to wear their "I WENT TO E3 AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS BOOTH BABE'S T-SHIRT ;)" Lara Croft shirt in a bar and feel superior.

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@arcitee: Yeah, I could never put my finger on why I loved playing games like Earthbound and Chrono Trigger more than others back in the day, and I'm now realizing: it's cause they ACTUALLY RESPECT MY TIME.

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Are you telling me Gamebomb is back?!

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Crunch should be viewed as a failure of management, not a celebration of it.

If this is to facilitate LESS crunch: more power to them, and I'd love to see more devs take this tack. If not: they need to get their shit together. Being pro-consumer doesn't mean you get a pass on being anti-worker.