Characters: Giant Bomb

Character page for the video game website Giant Bomb.

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    Editors 

Jeff Gerstmann

The co-founder of the site alongside Ryan and Giant Bomb's head dude. He reviews games, is a weekly guest on the Giant Bombcast, the site's weekly podcast, and co-hosts the Powerbombcast, the site's professional wrestling podcast, with Alex, Dan, and Giancarlo Varanini.

Brad Shoemaker

A reviewer who joined the site in June 2008. He is the current host of the Giant Bombcast.

Alex Navarro

A reviewer who worked for a movie site called Screened and also contributed to Giant Bomb part-time. After Giant Bomb's acquisition by CBS Interactive, he joined the site as a full-time employee. As of 2012, he lives in New York City and serves as one half of "Giant Bomb East", working with Vinny separate from the site's main office in California. He reviews many games, writes his own column on the site called The Guns of Navarro, and also writes some news. Alex was an infrequent guest on the Giant Bombcast before moving, and currently is a regular on the Giant Beastcast, as well as co-hosting the Powerbombcast with Jeff, Dan, and Giancarlo Varanini, and Box Office Bomb, the site's movie podcast, with Rorie.

  • Deadpan Snarker
  • In-Series Nickname: When deciding on a name for Patrick and Alex's two-man video feature, Jeff insisted on ending every suggestion with "with Scoops and the Wolf". Alex does not fully understand why he is "The Wolf".
  • Straight Man: Is this to Vinny in many Giant Bomb East videos.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Very apparent when looking at his GameSpot days, especially after taking on a more prominent role at Giant Bomb after Vinny moved to New York.

Dan Ryckert

Formerly of Game Informer, Dan joined Giant Bomb as a Senior Editor in mid 2014. He is a weekly guest on the Giant Bombcast, and currently co-hosts the Powerbombcast with Jeff, Alex, and Giancarlo Varanini, and Danswers, a life advice podcast, with Danny O'Dwyer.

Austin Walker

Formerly a freelance games writer who has done articles for Paste, the New Statesman, and his own blog at clockworkworlds.com, Austin Walker was announced as the new News Editor at the end of the 5/29 Giant Beastcast. In addition to writing news articles for the site, he is a regular on the Giant Beastcast.

    Video Producers 

Vincent "Vinny" Caravella

The lead video producer who is as prominent a personality as the editors. Vinny wrote a few reviews in the early days, but producing and managing video seems to eat up most of his time now. Moved back to his home state of New York in mid-2014 to join Alex in establishing a Giant Bomb office on the east coast. He was a weekly guest on the Giant Bombcast until his relocation, and currently hosts the Giant Beastcast.

  • Author Appeal: Games with a heavy focus on story. Will read companion novels (no matter how bad) and complete any sidequest promising to reveal even the tiniest amount of background information or lore. He also likes (more compelled) to complete collectables if a game has them.
  • Adorkable
  • Constantly Curious
  • The Big Guy
  • Happily Married: As well as a father to two kids.
  • Mean Video Game Player, Nice Video Producer: In most cases, he comes across as a genuinely nice and happy guy. But get him in front of a game with a lot of Video Game Cruelty Potential (especially Sleeping Dogs), and watch him turn into a total sociopath.
    • In his GTAV video he stated that it was mostly for the show, and that he will regularly follow the rules of traffic for several hours in games.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's the same age as Brad but he used to look older than the rest of Giantbomb due to his shaved hair. Recently though time seems to have caught up to the crew and at this point Vinny might look like the youngest besides Drew.

Drew Scanlon

Another video producer who shows up often in video features and live shows. Drew is a weekly guest on the Giant Bombcast as of 2013, and co-hosts Alt+F1, a podcast about Formula-1 racing, with Danny O'Dwyer.

  • Ascended Extra: Unlike much of the Giant Bomb staff, he was not a former GameSpot editor but was originally hired as an intern. After being hired full time, he occasionally made guest appearances in Quick Looks and on the Bombcast when there was an empty seat. In the summer of 2013 he became a permanent member of the Bombcast and was included in the Game of the Year deliberations for the first time later that year.
  • Author Appeal: Extremely realistic and realistically complicated military/vehicle simulators. He's a bit of a military/outdoors nut in general. Also loves world travelling, which is probably half the reason he's the one who tends to go on the crew's crazy adventures (like to Iceland for Eve Online's Fanfest)
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Commonly compared with Michael C. Hall.
    • With his beard and longish hair, he has recently been compared with Troy Baker.
  • Even the Guys Want Him
  • Formerly Fat: Once mentioned that he was "kind of a fat kid" in high school.
  • Morality Pet: If the 2014 GOTY deliberations were anything to go by, Drew's this for Alex Navarro. Navarro repeatedly pointed out how his decisions were influenced by if a game negatively affected Drew.
  • Odd Friendship: With Dan Ryckert. As listed in Dan's character section, they have done a lot of videos together.
  • The Quiet One
  • The Stoic: The most calm and emotionally reserved of the duders. Seeing him truly angry is extremely uncommon, and he has rarely, if ever, cursed on camera. However...
    • Not So Stoic: He has his moments, such as in Metal Gear Scanlon and the Mario Party videos, especially Mario Party 3.
  • Those Two Guys: Hosts Alt+F1, an F1 podcast, with Danny O'Dwyer.
  • Up Through the Ranks

Jason Oestreicher

Formerly of Game Informer, Jason joined as the site's new video guy alongside Dan in July 2014. He is an infrequent guest on the Giant Bombcast (usually subbing in for Drew).

     Other Employees 

Matt Rorie

A site engineer and community manager, usually the one who monitors the chat during livestreams. Co-hosts Box Office Bomb with Alex.

     Former Employees 

Ryan Davis

The other co-founder of the site alongside Jeff. He was the former host of the Giant Bombcast, as well as live shows. In addition, he reviewed games infrequently. Ryan passed away on July 3, 2013, at the age of 34.

  • Ac CENT Uponthe Wrong Syl LA Ble: Liked to mispronounce words, but also liked to get overly angry at Will Smith for mispronouncing words...
  • Big Fun
  • Catchphrase: "Hey everybody, it's Tuesday [[insert date]] and you're listening to the Giant Bombcast!"
  • Happily Married: Unfortunately, Ryan passed only a few days after the ceremony.
  • In-Series Nickname: 'Taswell', which he used for his online aliases and in games. It was his great-grandfather's middle name that was also meant to be his, though Ryan's father mistakenly believed it to be 'Thomas', which Ryan's middle name ended up being.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: The sound of a fist pounding the table, then "God-DAMNIT!"
  • The Lancer

Dave Snider

The former lead site engineer who often appeared in video features and left the site in 2013 to spend time with his family. Dave was an infrequent guest on the Giant Bombcast and wrote a few reviews. He still makes an occasional appearance on the Bombcast and Premium videos.

Ian Kelly

Behind-the-scenes tech guy who was sometimes heard in the background, and almost never seen. The guy that the Bomb Crew were talking to when they say "Can we get a little more game audio/big knob out here, Ian?"

Alexis Gallisá

Another site engineer who sometimes appeared in video features. Alexis left the site in October 2014 for a position at Twitch.

Patrick Klepek

The main news editor who joined in April 2011. Patrick wrote many news and opinion columns for the site and also reviewed games. After several years in the main office, he moved back to his hometown of Chicago in the summer of 2013. He was a weekly guest on the Giant Bombcast during his time in California, and co-hosted Bombin' the AM with Scoops and the Wolf with Alex. After some foreshadowing with the announcement of a News Editor position opening up at GBeast earlier in the year, Patrick left the site in December 2014, becoming a senior reporter for Kotaku.

     Friends of the Site 

Jeff Bakalar

From CNET Gaming, a semi-regular guest on the Giant Beastcast.

  • Fake Guest Star: Despite Vinny and Alex claiming that there would be "rotating guests" for the Beastcast, Jeff has been the guest on all of the initial episodes.
  • Running Gag: Vinny coming up with incredibly bad puns for Jeff's last name.

Ed Boon

Co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series, and the Creative Director of Netherrealm Studios, formerly of Midway Games.

Adam Boyes

VP of Publisher & Developer Relations at PlayStation, formerly of Midway Games

Norman Chan

Of Tested.com, previously part of Whiskey Media.

John Drake

Director of Portfolio Strategy at PlayStation, formerly of Harmonix.

Cara Ellison

Freelance writer.

  • Walking the Earth: Spent 2013-14 traveling the world doing embedded reports on various game developers.

Rich Gallup

Producer at Disruptor Beam. Used to work at GameSpot with the guys.

Jeff Green

A consultant for Hit Detection. Former editor-in-chief of Computer Gaming World.

  • Fan Nickname: At some point while working at CGW he picked up the nickname "Dad" for reasons below. Internet osmosis has made it widely used.
  • Team Dad: He's garnered this image as one of the few prominent middle aged people in the video game journalism field.

Samantha Kalman

Game developer.

Greg Kasavin

Creative Director of Supergiant Games. Formerly a game journalist at GameSpot with the guys.

Matt Kessler

Account relations rep at Sony and a former Giant Bomb intern.

Mary Kish

Video producer for GameSpot.

Dave Lang

CEO of Iron Galaxy Studios, formerly of Midway Games. History’s greatest monster.

Brad Muir

Of Double Fine, lead designer of Iron Brigade.

Danny O’Dwyer

A host and producer at GameSpot.

  • Ascended Fanboy
  • Cluster F-Bomb: He's not afraid to swear in the slightest.
  • Those Two Guys: Does Alt+F1, an F1 podcast, with Drew Scanlon. He and Dan Ryckert also host Danswers, a podcast where both Dans answer questions pertaining to real life problems.

Eric Pope

Part of the Community team at Harmonix. Used to occasionally contribute content to Screened during Alex and Rorie's tenure.

Paul Ryckert

Dan's dad, who has appeared in several features when he or Dan visit each other.

Will Smith

Of Tested.com, previously part of Whiskey Media.

Giancarlo Varanini

Formerly of GameSpot. Co-hosts the Powerbombcast with Jeff, Alex and Dan.

John Vignocchi

Vice President of Production for Disney Interactive Studios (primarily of Disney Infinity), formerly of Midway Games.

  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Johnny V. is a very nice guy with a terrible habit of saying things around the Giant Bomb crew that embarrass him or get him in trouble.
    • Perhaps the worst one being the time he accidentally tweeted out Dave Lang's phone number during an E3 2015 livestream.

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