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Giant Bombcast 593: Bad Gamer Dads

Noted gamer dad Will Smith drops by to talk about Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Dota Underlords, drifting Joy Cons, Tom DeLonge's alien fetish, computer cabinets, toads in the hole, and Odin's favorite household objects.

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

Jul. 23 2019

Cast: Brad, Ben, Jason, Jan

Posted by: Brad

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Yay Bombcast!

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Congratulations on dadhood @jeff !!

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AWKWARDL0SER  Online

Jefe congrats!

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Congrats Jeff!

Also goddamn this website for getting me hooked on Dota Underlords. I've spent 40 hours on it already, its addictive as Hell.

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A baby is cool and all, BUT LOOK AT JASON'S SICK GLASSES!!

(Also congrats to the Gerstmanns!)

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Holy shit....Congrats Jeff...As a dad myself, it's a lot of work but its pretty awesome.

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"Two dads in the room"

I would have sworn Ben had said he had a child, too. Guess I was wrong.

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Grats Jeff on bringing another gloriously brilliant curmudgeon-before-their-time into the world!

"Why is Microsoft like this?"

Why is EVERYTHING like that now? That level of low respect for the user, with the associated lack of usable information to troubleshoot a crash its low traveler, and general vapid smarminess annoys me to no end. Its like computer interfacing is regressing to the 80s and the intellect of the whole thing is regressing to childlike levels.

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Congrats, Jeff!

Jeff's absence will be felt in coming months but I'm thrilled at the potential of more guests. Please bring back Peter Brown and, of course, Drew!

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"Two dads in the room"

I would have sworn Ben had said he had a child, too. Guess I was wrong.

Please don't tell Pusha-T

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Congratulations Jeff!

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Now that I heard them talk about iNcontrol, I am really salty that they didn't even acknowledged that TotalBiscuit passed away. Still, iNcontrol passing is a massive loss to the world.

Good episode otherwise.

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Will: “really, is he older than us?”

Brad: “uhh, maybe not older than you...”

???

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Congrats Jeff!

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I only use a DS4 with my Switch, thanks to an 8bitdo dongle (the brick looking one). Can't use my Joycons at all, between drifting and Bluetooth dropouts, my Switch is close to unplayable. Its actually pretty infuriating.

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Congrats Jeff!!!???

Now just name the baby Garfield and your destiny will be complete.

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Will Smith is a delight! This is known!

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bofa deez nuts :D

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Whoa! I feel like a bomb just got dropped. Congratulations to Jeff and his lovely wife.

Oh hey, and new bombcast is here.

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Congratulations Jeff!

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Congrats Jeff. I've got a 7 week old myself. I hope you are all healthy and things are great

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1st level - MGS2 Tanker!!!!

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Congratulations Jeff.

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I like Dragon Quest Builders 2, but that game is like 50% mashing the button waiting for it to let you skip a dialogue box. I've finished the farm island and the mine island and it just never stops.

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Congratulations to Jeff and his wife.

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Holy shit ... Jeff is a father? What a bomb to casually drop. Congratulations to Mrs. and Mr. Gerstmann.

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Congratulations Jeff and family! Hoping for all the best for you.

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Okay... Jason sounds excited about MUA... we need to interrupt this regularly scheduled Bombcast to go checkout the MUA Quicklook before finishing this...

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@thefizz: Him and Ben are the ultimate power couple.

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Congratulations Jeff!

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Gratz Jeff!

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Congratulations Jeff!

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As I understood it growing up, it was tradition to put coins into the batter of a Christmas cake. The unsanitary nature of putting money into food didn't strike me until I was older.

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I'm not sure, but they may just want you buy new switch because old one had some security problems. I think they patched out it in a newer models, but the early ones were very easy to hack and you couldn't fix it, because it was a hardware problem.

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Anyone know where the Get On My Level forum post is?

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@fatmanpalmer17: https://www.giantbomb.com/forums/general-discussion-30/get-on-my-level-1869696/

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The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online is totally a video game! I went to a Unified Minds pre-release tournament this past weekend. Unfortunately I didn't get a Giant Bomb card, did get a Cherish Ball card though, that's nice.

And while working in a restaurant in Canada a toad in the hole was always 2 large sausages inside a crispy pastry bowl with beef gravy.

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If you're going to use a Neti-pot or some sort of sinus rinse thing, also make sure that everything is clean, clean, clean - unless you want the sinus infection from hell.

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@kwad_rat: Uhh, hackable doesn't mean "oh man, hackers gonna break into my switch". Hackable means, "hey, I can install custom firmware and play pirated games and not funnel money into a terrible company like Nintendo". Definitely only an issue for Nintendo. With the way Nintendo conducts business, I'm all for people pirating their games. Their business model is gross.

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@108 said:

@kwad_rat: Uhh, hackable doesn't mean "oh man, hackers gonna break into my switch". Hackable means, "hey, I can install custom firmware and play pirated games and not funnel money into a terrible company like Nintendo". Definitely only an issue for Nintendo. With the way Nintendo conducts business, I'm all for people pirating their games. Their business model is gross.

Yes, I meant that it's easy to pirate on an old Switch. That's why I think that they are definitely wan't you to buy a new one and they don't care much for an old model. I should be more precise.

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I haven't listened to the podcast, but I just want to say that Toad in the Hole is a glorious food, especially with some gravy, maybe some English mustard too

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Jan was probably thinking of MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network. DeLonge isn't associated with them, though.

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JEFF DAD!

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I like hearing about the Bombcrews' wives and girlfriends and children, mostly, so it always sounds weird when Ben says, "my partner," and "they did such and such," when everyone else seems much more personal. Could just be a Millenial thing, too, I guess.

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Holy crap, Jeff's a father now??? Congrats to him and his wife!

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@blisf: I know right, GB as a whole lost a lot of my respect when they decided to just barely mention TB's passing. Like I didn't expect any of them to cry, but the whole business just hammered home how uncomfortable You Tube and Twitch make them, and how they really don't take them seriously. Weird because it hasn't been that long since GB was a scrappy upstart :(

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Congrats to Jeff & his family!

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@beathor said:

@blisf: I know right, GB as a whole lost a lot of my respect when they decided to just barely mention TB's passing. Like I didn't expect any of them to cry, but the whole business just hammered home how uncomfortable You Tube and Twitch make them, and how they really don't take them seriously. Weird because it hasn't been that long since GB was a scrappy upstart :(

There's an elephant in the room with that topic. I think the crew felt it hard to address his passing without getting into that stuff and their feelings, so they chose to not cover it at all which I think is the right choice.

The shows never pretend to be all the news that is fit to print (or read aloud). So, yeah, it can be frustrating when they are out of touch especially when it comes to celebrating some game personalities over others. I think Etika not being covered by Beastcast was of note. The dude had a massive following, was trending on Twitter for weeks (before/after his passing), and now you see his logo all over Twitter profiles in memory. He also meant a great deal to POC in the Nintendo community and YouTube/Twitch community, as he was one of the bigger and more positive voices.

It's easy to be glib and say this highlights how white and out of touch the Beastcast is and that kind of is the truth of why they didn't cover it, but it is what it is. I much rather the site be honest to what they can talk to and react with real interest and emotion then become some boring newsfeed. That all said, in these slow news months I sure do miss the old days of Jeff reading off ds eShop releases.