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Get out of here with that shit. This is why people hate us.
Thank you for that.

I've been following Giantbomb for a while and don't really feel as if they ever really get into the politics of a game...at least not that I can remember specifically that stands out to me. If anyone wants to point any discussions out, I'm wanting to hear that sort of talk from them and see what they have to say.

I kind of see them as a bunch of people who enjoy video games creating content and just critiquing games. There's a lot of tid bits of the more senior staffing talking about why they moved away from scores and other things that you folks may find interesting; they've even recently talked about when publishers send them things for review and they have to deal with calls from PR about a negative critique.

I see them calming down as a few issues folding into one:
They're getting older; you can't expect the senior staff to keep up that sort of energy forever.

They're calming down their shows; after Johnny V tweeting Dave Lang's phone number things kind of quieted a bit. I think Johnny V and the crews last appearance on late night E3 reflects that. Everyone was a lotttt more calm.

Likely pressure from CBSi to tone it down a bit, it's a bit of a smart move considering the current climate in multiple social areas

That being said, I think them hiring on this "millennial," staffing is a passing of the torch in a sense. They might stick with the people they have or maybe look for new people if it doesn't work out with trying to grow them with that brand.

P.S. All you peeps yelling about millennials sound like a bunch of crotechty old people ranting about young people lmao
"Back in my day, we (Insert something old school here) instead of (Insert something the youth does here)!"

I apologize if I offend anyone with that, I just always imagine a group of older people sitting around having a good time and just being confused by the youth, like every generation xD
 
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Soo just like every other gbw video? :messenger_tears_of_joy:
Their year end best of deliberations are such a chore, I stopped listening a few years ago as it seemed like they didn't even enjoy doing it. It's dumb to try and come up with a list of compromises anyway, what matters is the top ten from each person.
 

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Their year end best of deliberations are such a chore, I stopped listening a few years ago as it seemed like they didn't even enjoy doing it. It's dumb to try and come up with a list of compromises anyway, what matters is the top ten from each person.
I'm gonna listen because last year was such a shit show lmao. Hopefully Dabby didn't learn anything from last year
 

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I think Abby will be the one pushing hardest for Read Dead 2 as game of the year. She's right.
RDR2 should not win Giant Bomb's game of the year award when Jeff fucking hates it and Dan was so soured on it eventually. Seems like only Brad and Alex truly love it.

That said, last year's list was a complete farce, mostly down to Abby not knowing how to make a valid point and Vinny pushing for Dream Daddy just so that she didn't feel left out. He has such a protective daddy complex with her, it's crazy. If Dan was pushing for Dream Daddy on his own it wouldn't have made the list. Mario Odyssey should've won and it shouldn't have even been a contest, not one person on the panel disliked that game.
 

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Has there been a game that was universally loved by the GB staff this year? I would guess front runners for GOTY so far would be RDR2, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, or Tetris Effect.
Windjammers , nidhogg, and HITMAN.

Red dead 2 should not win goty (like mgsv shouldnt have won 3 years ago). But it will. I hope HITMAN 2 wins. At least that game feels better and is Consistently fun.
 

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Has there been a game that was universally loved by the GB staff this year? I would guess front runners for GOTY so far would be RDR2, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, or Tetris Effect.
As I just said, Jeff hates RDR2 and Dan says he does, even though he played it for 70 hours. Jeff lasted 4. RDR2 isn't winning GOTY under any circumstances - Jeff's influence is the strongest, which means Black Ops 4 is going to get higher than it deserves by virtue of it being more Call of Duty.

Hitman 2 hasn't really blown anyone away. I'd say Dead Cells is in with a good shot at the top 3, but honestly the game I could see being a left-field winner is Celeste. That game is making top 3 without a shadow of a doubt.
 
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Best part of last years discussions was the shafting Horizon Zero Dawn got because of the recent reeee'ing about the cultural misappropriation with the outfits the characters wore. Yeah, cause I remember learning about Native Americans wearing bungee cord beaded necklaces and shoulder pads made of parts from a robotic cow.
 
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Best part of last years discussions was the shafting Horizon Zero Dawn got because of the recent reeee'ing about the cultural misappropriation with the outfits the characters wore. Yeah, cause I remember learning about Native Americans wearing bungee cord beaded necklaces and shoulder pads made of parts from a robotic cow.
God, last years list was such a mess. So many good games were robbed of a chance.

I don’t think this year has been nearly as good in games as last year. I can’t imagine how the discussions will turn out.
 
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God, last years list was such a mess. So many good games were robbed of a chance.

I don’t think this year has been nearly as good in games as last year. I can’t imagine how the discussions will turn out.
Let this sink in.... Dream Daddy was on the GB top 10 games of 2017, Persona 5 was not.

Fuck Giant Bomb, Fuck Abby, Fuck Dream Daddy, Fuck Ben's disgusting throat booger voice, also Fuck Giant Bomb again.
 
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Has there been a game that was universally loved by the GB staff this year? I would guess front runners for GOTY so far would be RDR2, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, or Tetris Effect.
Listening to both Podcasts all year, I think the only one that they've all universally enjoyed are Tetris Effect and Hitman 2? Maybe Spiderman?

Remember that Hitman wasn't any of their GOTY during that year, but during the deliberations that was the one that they all agreed upon.

I'm really interested in seeing where Monster Hunter World falls on the list or if it makes the list. I feel somewhat confident that it's going to be Jason's GOTY and hell, Jeff put 30 hours into the game apparently.

Really hope they do another Hitsmas this year. Vinny's turn is still one of the top 10 pieces of content in GB history imo.
 
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I still enjoy their podcasts. Way less than a couple years ago, but I still listen regularly.

But to be honest, outside of their E3 reaction videos I have stopped watching their video content altogether, outside of the extra life quiet man playthrough, simply cause I find most of it pretty boring nowadays, especially the quick looks.

And thank effing jeebus that, while I loved playing gow, spider-man and red dead redemption 2 this year, there isn‘t a single title this year that I loved as much as my 2 2017 GOTYs Horizon and Nier Automata.

Which means I won‘t have a horse in the race at this years goty deliberations podcast listening, and won‘t feel like I am being kicked in the nuts constantly by listening to Abby shitting on Nier etc.
 
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So nice to not have beardy guy screaming fuck this fuck that fuck the world in here anymore :messenger_relieved:

I've found myself falling off GB in a big way lately. I'm thinking I'll stick around and see if things pick up in the new year, but boy did they ever get the short end of the stick from CBSI's web management with this site redesign. It looks like it was a case of "we gotta move you onto the new tech right now but we only have ten cents and some pocket fluff to do it with". I can't even find where the premium content is at...

Which means I won‘t have a horse in the race at this years goty deliberations podcast listening, and won‘t feel like I am being kicked in the nuts constantly by listening to Abby shitting on Nier etc.
Aye, last year's deliberations were legitimately painful to listen to. I wonder if it's going to be the same this year, or whether that stuff will be kept in check.

I wouldn't mind if she actually had solid arguments prepped to back up the various points, but the constant repetition of "but the cultural appropriation tho!" among other such surface-level takes was just noise.
 
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yeh, really enjoyed the game of the year deliberations for 2016 but couldn't even finish last year, hoping it gets better this year.

oo ... and that new website ... what were they thinking.
 
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What’s wrong with it? Sincerely curious.
I just don't like the design, the main page now shows an entire screen covered with their most recent video. Although I quess its not a big deal cause if you scroll down a bit all the content is still there, i just preferred the more 'traditional' web design they used to have.
 
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I think the new design is absolutely hideous compared to previous one.

And all I see in the comments is people praising it. So they have no incentive to improve it.
 
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honestly the only stuff I listen to is the DBZ podcast but with this out of order until next year I have not visited it once. I will also not listen to the GOTY podcast since i do nto want to get bumped out by abby
 
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What’s wrong with it? Sincerely curious.
The styling is super minimal compared to the old design, and not in the fancy-pants modern graphic design sort of way.

Take the Latest / Continue Watching / Quick Looks video carousels as an example. Each video has a thumbnail, a title and some detail text, but no background to tie those together as a single entry.

The carousel itself doesn't have a background either, relying on the position and size of the buttons to implicitly communicate its geometry to the user.

For a relevant example, what if GAF looked like this?


This reminds me, I didn't fully finish the last years goty podcasts, lol.
Save yourself, it's not too late! :messenger_fearful:
 
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Are they doing the GotY stuff differently this year? Last year they uploaded five (?) podcasts in the days leading up to Christmas right? I don't really follow GB anymore but it might be interesting to listen to their GotY trainwreck again.
 

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I just don't like the design, the main page now shows an entire screen covered with their most recent video. Although I quess its not a big deal cause if you scroll down a bit all the content is still there, i just preferred the more 'traditional' web design they used to have.
I download the podcast by going to the podcast page on their site, and it takes me more than twice the number of clicks now. The bombcast used to be linked directly from the drop down, but now it isn't, and when you finally get to the podcast page, there isn't even a link to download the audio, you need to click a separate button to even reveal the link to the mp3 lol

So many sites have been doing re-designs lately and I hate them all, more than usual
 
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What a waste of time. Not even sure what the point of this episode was. Fast forwarded whenever Abby started speaking. Someone really needs to sit her down and talk to her about cutting people off and interrupting. Good fucking lord.

Good to see Communist Alex stepping to the plate to defend Yakuza. Again.
 
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What a waste of time. Not even sure what the point of this episode was. Fast forwarded whenever Abby started speaking. Someone really needs to sit her down and talk to her about cutting people off and interrupting. Good fucking lord.

Good to see Communist Alex stepping to the plate to defend Yakuza. Again.
are abbys games really really good again or has she actual arguments this time?
 
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This is insufferable
>boo hoo this ps2 game doesn't feel like uncharted
>not enough accessibility options
>I like Celeste because of how easy it is but I didn't finish it
>only I've played this stupid visual novel where you play as a woman in a relationship doing repetitive and menial tasks
>into the breach isn't a game for me because it doesn't have an accessibility option where I can save scum
 
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Halfway through, really enjoying it so far. The format is way better imo, I like hearing them all together chatting about one game at a time.

Not having anywhere near the issues with Abby that I did last year. So far I've enjoyed listening to her, hopefully she doesn't get competitive towards the end.
 
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Oof. Oooof. Bringing up the green lantern “women in the fridge” arguement into a god of war conversation is...something.
yeah i just read it on era. This sounds fucking terrible since she was actually the whole reason this happens. The controlled this whole journey and Cory also said that we will get to see much more of her in the second game.

PS: I heard she said I fucking do not care" to vinny man she has great arguments
 
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Problem with Abby is she is gonna push the couple games only she played onto the goty list by simply having barely any arguments and talking down on the others untill they just include them. Vinny of course the first to buckle when it comes to her.

PS: I heard she said I fucking do not care" to vinny man she has great arguments
And the shitty thing is that nobody in the crew does anything against these stupid arguments.
 
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Problem with Abby is she is gonna push the couple games only she played onto the goty list by simply having barely any arguments and talking down on the others untill they just include them. Vinny of course the first to buckle when it comes to her.



And the shitty thing is that nobody in the crew does anything against these stupid arguments.
And then she even said this to Vinny.
 
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Finished day 1. I wish the conversation wasn't dominated so heavily by Abby, but she's describing things well. She's just doing so to the exclusion of other people's input at times. Could get tiring.

Oof. Just hitting the "women in GoW" stuff. At least Vinny is pushing back and being super reasonable. She's isn't harping on it for too long either, she just moved the conversation on to the other cool parts of the game. Last year was bad enough that I shut it off, but I can keep listening to this if that's as bad as it gets.