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I occasionally get recommendations from the Giant Bomb channel on YouTube and it's so fucking depressing.

 

The bombast is total dirge. I'm getting grubsnax (?) crap showing up. Bad album discussions. I had a peek at some "reel layers" video they are doing.

 

It feels like the final nail in the coffin for me but I've just unsubscribed from their free YouTube channel. Life is too short for this rubbish :( 

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They do seem to be turning things round, but the bad album show and Reel Layers are just dreadful.

 

Hopefully the “throw everything at the wall” approach is ending.

 

I used to listen to the Bombcast twice a week because it was so good, now I struggle to even watch a couple of Quick Looks a month.

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Even the usually sympathetic GB subreddit is full of negative comments so they must be in trouble! Danny is on hiatus and so is his Demon Souls stream. They’ve also announced they are going to be permanently home streaming. 
 

There was less of the talking over each other mess this week which is something of an improvement at least. 

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I just don't understand what's holding them back from producing actual videogame content involving the main staff. They used to pump out hella quick looks, add a few retro streams and regular endurance runs in the mix and presto. But for some reason they always seem to be extremely busy with *something* and for some reason have no time to much besides the bombcast and UPF - but even those feel like a bother because they're so busy with *something*. And every time they build something new, improve the studio or whatever, you feel like ah this is what they were complaining about for ages so NOW we're going to see a lot of content. But no, because immediately after they start building towards *something else* and again they're oh so busy. Or they finally hire new staff after complaining for a year that 6 in front of the camera people isn't enough to film more than 2 quick looks a week - and again you expect more quick looks to appear but no, now they have to work on *something else* so we're winding down to 1 quick look a week with 8 main staff. All the new non-videogame stuff wouldn't be half as annoying if it was presented alongside the same volume of videogame content they used to pump out back when they presumably had a far lower budget and no big professional company backing them. 

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I've given up on Giant Bomb for a while now, but I get the same thing from Nextlander (which I do still sub to and enjoy).

 

There's three of them, they don't need to play loads of games for review or anything that might keep them hugely busy behind the scenes, and because they're self employed they can stream whatever they want: they don't have to produce Quick Looks or shitty album shows or whatever the overlords dictate.

 

If I was in that position I'd do at least one stream a day. But you get three streams a week from them if you're lucky, and two podcasts (which should really be one podcast).

 

It's not like they do much editing of their streams after the fact, either. The only thing that seems to happen with their YouTube videos is that you get the 'starting in 5:00' timer cut down. Other than that they go up unedited. Okay, the podcasts need editing, but that's only going to be one of them doing it, even if that takes a day per podcast there's still three days a week where all of them are available for streaming, and two days when two of them are.

 

Still, for me that's a good problem to be complaining about: I enjoy Nextlander's content and wish there was more of it. For you guys who are still GB fans, it's different in that you don't think they're putting out good stuff, and there's not much of it.

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11 hours ago, Scribblor said:

I've given up on Giant Bomb for a while now, but I get the same thing from Nextlander (which I do still sub to and enjoy).

 

There's three of them, they don't need to play loads of games for review or anything that might keep them hugely busy behind the scenes, and because they're self employed they can stream whatever they want: they don't have to produce Quick Looks or shitty album shows or whatever the overlords dictate.

 

If I was in that position I'd do at least one stream a day. But you get three streams a week from them if you're lucky, and two podcasts (which should really be one podcast).

 

It's not like they do much editing of their streams after the fact, either. The only thing that seems to happen with their YouTube videos is that you get the 'starting in 5:00' timer cut down. Other than that they go up unedited. Okay, the podcasts need editing, but that's only going to be one of them doing it, even if that takes a day per podcast there's still three days a week where all of them are available for streaming, and two days when two of them are.

 

Still, for me that's a good problem to be complaining about: I enjoy Nextlander's content and wish there was more of it. For you guys who are still GB fans, it's different in that you don't think they're putting out good stuff, and there's not much of it.

 Can you recommend anything to watch from Nextlander?

 

I saw they are doing the old FMV games just wondered if you had a recommendation.

 

And when you say subscribed, you mean on YouTube?

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2 hours ago, Simmy said:

 Can you recommend anything to watch from Nextlander?

 

I saw they are doing the old FMV games just wondered if you had a recommendation.

 

And when you say subscribed, you mean on YouTube?

 

They did a decent Hitman series where Brad and Vinnie were doing the same mission in real time and seeing who got the fastest time with Alex doing all the vision mixing. Was pretty funny. 

 

I think I was watching that on Twitch rather than YT.

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On 06/01/2022 at 23:23, Simmy said:

I occasionally get recommendations from the Giant Bomb channel on YouTube and it's so fucking depressing.

 

The bombast is total dirge. I'm getting grubsnax (?) crap showing up. Bad album discussions. I had a peek at some "reel layers" video they are doing.

 

It feels like the final nail in the coffin for me but I've just unsubscribed from their free YouTube channel. Life is too short for this rubbish :(

 

I'm in the same boat with Giantbomb at the moment.

 

It doesn't help that this past year I've discovered a bunch of cool Twitch streamers that I've been watching more of lately. 

 

I used to be engrossed in GB content, but at the moment it's just something I have on in the background while I do other things. Even now as I'm working on my laptop I habve UPF on and I'm barely taking it in. The site will be dead this year, I'm calling it.

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They probably should have called it quits around the time they bought that (likely) expensive Family Feud-like stage set. In hindsight it's clear from this moment that they would never be able to make the site as good as it used to be. Note that I don't mean "the same" but "of a similar entertainment quality".

 

After teasing a great new studio for ages, that was what they triumphantly presented. A stage set that they did the one joke video with that they had in mind before it became fairly useless and a step back. Sure, maybe the couch was too small - but that they opted to replace it with that ghastly newscaster type desks says a lot about how they completely lost sight of the appeal of the site.

 

They began as a personality driven site. The appeal was the staff themselves and the informal feeling the site had: you weren't just consuming content, but checking it with old friends. That newscaster desk is the complete opposite of that informal feeling, if anything it creates a distance between them and their audience by wanting to look all professional and shit. Instead of looking like a bunch of old friends chilling on the couch, they looked like idiot influencers. Big Jeff was unable to see and understand this.

 

 

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16 hours ago, Simmy said:

 Can you recommend anything to watch from Nextlander?

 

I saw they are doing the old FMV games just wondered if you had a recommendation.

 

And when you say subscribed, you mean on YouTube?

I mean their Patreon, but I believe the only thing that gets you is an extra podcast. All their videos are free as far as I can tell.

 

I generally watch them on Twitch, but almost all their stuff gets on YouTube eventually.

 

For recommendations, Alex's Lost Judgment stream was really good (but it was a one shot thing), the Hitman race series was great, Brad playing Resi 7 in VR I really enjoyed, Life is Strange True Colours was awesome, any FMV stuff has been worth watching, Brad playing the original Metroid was fun, I'm liking Vinny's streams of Guardians of the Galaxy... 

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I've enjoyed Nextlander's Game of the Year discussions.  Their retrospectives on previous years was interesting.  I wonder how Jeff feels about them drawing so directly from Bombcasts past (which I do care about, because I like Jeff).

 

I still like the Bombcast if only for Jeff and Jan and Danny.  But I've only ever listened to the podcast.

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I get the whole working from home thing isn’t easy but I’ve just tuned into the Bombcast for the first time in ages and Grubb talking to someone off screen, Jan’s partner working in the background and Jeff looking like he just rolled out of bed are distracting and make it all just feel like a bunch of Twitch streamers, rather than something professional. 

 

And this new lady is a bit odd. In the first few minutes she’s started smiling in an unsettling way at the camera while other people were talking.

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35 minutes ago, HarryBizzle said:

I get the whole working from home thing isn’t easy but I’ve just tuned into the Bombcast for the first time in ages and Grubb talking to someone off screen, Jan’s partner working in the background and Jeff looking like he just rolled out of bed are distracting and make it all just feel like a bunch of Twitch streamers, rather than something professional. 

 

And this new lady is a bit odd. In the first few minutes she’s started smiling in an unsettling way at the camera while other people were talking.

 

Individually they seem nice enough but yes the Bombcast in visual form is utterly, utterly depressing :(

 

Also, Jeff Grubb - what's the deal with this guy? I'm yet to be convinced he's not just making it all up on the spot. 

 

Fuck, Giant Bomb. I gave up on it a while ago but it's still sad to see.

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Things were looking grim for the site IMO 3 years ago or so - the period where they started cutting back on game coverage, delaying QLs, not doing them at all, clearly doing them with 5 minutes play under their belt, throwing reviews in the bin, cutting back on creative stuff like the elaborate Christmas videos, Ben... Now I can only assume it's barely alive.

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9 minutes ago, Flub said:

Abby seems to be doing well now she's at G4

 

 

It's pretty funny

 

I was going to joke that I bet you think Friday Night Dinners is also funny and then I saw on IMDB it's scored 8.1 by users and now I don't know anything anymore.

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7 minutes ago, rafaqat said:

 

I was going to joke that I bet you think Friday Night Dinners is also funny and then I saw on IMDB it's scored 8.1 by users and now I don't know anything anymore.

 

To be fair we are living in the darkest timeline. I've also never heard of Friday Night Dinners

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Lasted two minutes of that video. Last I heard of this G4 reboot was everyone kicking it because they have a segment each week praising bitcoin and NFT's.

 

On 19/01/2022 at 22:05, Simmy said:

 Jeff Grubb - what's the deal with this guy? I'm yet to be convinced he's not just making it all up on the spot. :(

 

He's like a Patrick Klepek but instead of doing investigative journalism ending with a cracking article to read, he just regurgitates shit he's heard from his mates in the industry.

 

On 19/01/2022 at 21:23, HarryBizzle said:

 this new lady is a bit odd. In the first few minutes she’s started smiling in an unsettling way at the camera while other people were talking.

 

Yeah that's her thing. Big Michael McIntyre energy.

 

Anyway, GOTY podcasts start this week. :lol:

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Day 1 of GOTY is up.

If you start listening to the first category and wonder how long they’re going to keep going with the “letter of the year” bit, skip to an astonishing 18 minutes in before you get to the next one.

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2 hours ago, MrHendo said:

Day 1 of GOTY is up.

If you start listening to the first category and wonder how long they’re going to keep going with the “letter of the year” bit, skip to an astonishing 18 minutes in before you get to the next one.

 

I thought this would be "letter" as in email written in by a viewer.

 

Just wow at what it really was.

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