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Giant Bombcast 566: Earthworm Jim = Duke Nukem

This week: strange goings on at Gearbox, Bungie's latest bid for independence, SNES on Switch, Onimusha Warlords, God Eater 3, Bloodborne, Momodora, and your emails!

The Giant Bombcast is the world's most beloved video game podcast, and now it's available in video form.

Jan. 15 2019

Posted by: Brad

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Brad is sick again

Get well soon dude

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Get well Brad!

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still on team brad. we're all pulling for ya guy, get well soon!

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Momodora is back?

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@hassun: did it ever really leave tho? :)

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Man Brad can't catch a break get well soon.

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Earthworm Jim is awesome.

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maaan- i've never felt so out-of-touch with the scene as that bit of conversation they had surrounding influencers getting a taste of game sales on epic.

i mean i get it- and i'm not against it per se. but i'd really have to reevaluate if giant bomb for instance started getting kickbacks for converting users to games. there's just something about 'covering' games (as opposed to 'entertaining' with them...like a ninja, for instance) that makes me never want an outlet to have a financial stake in a game's success. it's probably foolishly idealistic of me, but that's getting too close to the business for me to be at ease.

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I have to chime in on broader lands vr. Two weeks in a tow I held off last week but they blew the correction. You can use the move for free movement and aim your gun with your right hand. I have been playing this way for a few weeks now. Not sure how he is missing this option. Also Brad get better and come back.

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That Gearbox story is like an episode of Eastbound and Down or something.

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Poor Brad. Out again, damn.

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colors are off on this one compared to the usual.

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I was looking forward to hearing Brad's take on the Bungie/Activision split. Hope he gets well soon

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Hope Brad feels better

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Great thumbnail!

And, apparently, Brad is ill. I'll send some get-well energies out to the Universe for him.

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Where is brad!

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Fraud? Drama? Scandal? 2019 is shaping up to be good!

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I hope you get feeling better Brad, I'd love to hear your take on the Activision / Bungie split.

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Hey my thread got a mention. Noice!

Get well soon, Brad.

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All right. I'm chiming in on this one. Giant Bomb is where I find out about pretty much every game I ever buy and/or play, and have for about 12 years (I seem to increasingly buy games I never get around to playing, but that's okay because I get a lot from their existence, and that's my way of giving back for that enjoyment). Since that's the case, Giant Bomb is responsible for my buying so many games, that I wouldn't otherwise be aware of, and they should be compensated for promoting those games (far more than any ad agency developing commercials, billboards, or the like). I trust Jeff, and Giant Bomb et al. (I used it!), to keep doing things the way they do things. I strongly suspect that Giant Bomb's control over such things was in the deal when they were bought by CBSi. That said, if I could, I would buy all my video game goods in a way that would give them credit.

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Get well soon Brad.

That Randy Pitchford / Gearbox story is wild. But the whole idea of this guy throwing private parties that are fully recorded and where allegedly underage girls have seen magician's wands, tells me that there's more happening there than just magic. Especially when the subject of porn just keeps circulating around Randy. The idea that he invites people to watch all the tapes to clear his name is pretty laughable as if there's a way to verify that every party ever held there was documented.

If all this was just some 18+ porn, it would've been no big deal at all. That's one of the most viewed porn categories!

When it comes to Earthworm Jim, is it me or was he never as edgy as a Duke Nukem? I remember him flirting with the beelady & doing some cool guy stuff, but it also felt like there was a zany kind of humor involved with all the cows and anvils landing on people. Earthworm Jim falling out of his suit and his suit walking around without the worm attached to it. I feel like that part of Earthworm Jim can hold some appeal in the year 2019. I say this as a proud owner & completer of Earthworm Jim 3D :)

THQ Nordic, you know what to do. I know you're out there!

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@benpack

Sounds like you should start a Dark Souls feature to me.........

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If you can't trust Gerstmann, and by extension Giant Bomb, you're an idiot, dude was fired for his integrity.
Do i trust his opinions on music? HELL no, games? Absolutely... within reason... sometimes he's just wrong :P.

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@gypsie said:

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@benpack

Sounds like you should start a Dark Souls feature to me.........

Or a Majesty feature.

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Holy shit... get well soon Brad...

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"He was just trying to figure out her magic trick."

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"I;m thinking about thos beans" -Ben Pack

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Don't call metal screamo Jan. Just... don't.

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I'm surprised they hadn't heard Destiny is staying on B.net. It was announced the same day the deal was revealed, albeit as a twitter response.

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It is my understanding that Twitch streamers have to put something mentioning #ad or #sponsored when doing a paid stream. The few sponsored streams I happen to watch, the broadcaster mentioned it several times. I guess it just depends on the person. But at the very least they at least need to disclose the particular segment is an ad.

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Sorry to be out yet again, I was actually feeling more or less back to normal going into last weekend, then started coming down with a pretty rotten cold on Monday. Can't seem to catch a break this year.

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@brad: Come back at %110! At least you are hopefully getting it out of the way early in the year. Place isn't the saem without you

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It's too bad so many people will skim headlines and think Pitchford had underage porn when he was at least innocent of that part. If I were him, I'd go broke counter suing.

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Woowwww. I never liked Randy Pitchford, and he was always gross... but... wow.

(But the fact that the story hinges on Medieval Times is legitimately fucking hilarious)

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@dryker said:

Dryker

All right. I'm chiming in on this one. Giant Bomb is where I find out about pretty much every game I ever buy and/or play, and have for about 12 years (I seem to increasingly buy games I never get around to playing, but that's okay because I get a lot from their existence, and that's my way of giving back for that enjoyment). Since that's the case, Giant Bomb is responsible for my buying so many games, that I wouldn't otherwise be aware of, and they should be compensated for promoting those games (far more than any ad agency developing commercials, billboards, or the like). I trust Jeff, and Giant Bomb et al. (I used it!), to keep doing things the way they do things. I strongly suspect that Giant Bomb's control over such things was in the deal when they were bought by CBSi. That said, if I could, I would buy all my video game goods in a way that would give them credit.

Well that is what GB premium is for. You can pay them some money but there's no weird conflicts of interest involved.

I appreciate @jeff giving his insight over this. Was very thoughtful and really highlighted his years of wisdom and experience here. The coupling of publisher and #influencers/streamers/games media outlet with monetary compensation (no matter how indirect) just opens a can of worms that could be avoided.

Good catch about how higher paying games could influence what streamers cover and it becomes a weird race where the critical side becomes less of a factor in coverage.

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@brad said:

Brad Staff •

Sorry to be out yet again, I was actually feeling more or less back to normal going into last weekend, then started coming down with a pretty rotten cold on Monday. Can't seem to catch a break this year.

Sorry Brad, I gave all my energy to Alex over the weekend which... according to his Tweet's he got even sicker.

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Jeff saying saying the Venice area is okay makes more sense to me. My brother lives in that area so I’ve visited him a lot and it seems great to me. So anytime they would talk shit about LA it would always confuse me as modern SF sounds like an infinitely worse place to me BUT outside of the Venice area LA is definitely... a mixed bag to say the least. Jeff’s comments on this podcast at least made more sense to me.

Also, get well soon Brad. Keep those nails buddy.

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It felt like Jeff wanted to but couldn't bring himself to use the phrase "content warning" before the news this episode and, like, I dunno, just say it?

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@soybomb43: Yeah I was thinking that too. I am glad he at least said something before that story.

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Brad was on UPF and a Quick Look and now he's "out again"?! WAKE UP, SHEEPLE! THEY CLONED BRAD BACK IN 2013 (you can tell by the hair) AND THIS ONE IS MALFUNCTIONING! YOU CAN SEE IT WHEN GODEATER STARTS ON UPF, BRAD RECEIVES A DOWNLOAD FROM HIS BEE-PEOPLE MASTERS THAT DIDN'T FULLY INTEGRATE INTO HIS CLONE CYBORG BRAIN!

We are being lied to! #FollowtheEnergyDrinks

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Medieval Times is a good show with good food. Would recommend.

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Bombcast sans Brad AGAIN!? I cant deal

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Well I hope you're finally on your way to feeling better, @brad! This place isn't the same without The Shoemaker.

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I wish they stressed the fact that every part of that Gearbox story is "alleged". I feel like every games outlet (not GB) is reporting this stuff as fact; a sensational headline is too hard to resist these days. I always love GB's nuance when it comes to stuff like this but I feel like they're jumping the gun on this stuff too early. Let's see what really happened when the dust settles.

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@brad: No worries. Get Well soon.

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