On his blog on March 5, 2008, and again on a broadcast of X-Play, Jeff Gerstmann, best known for his role in the Kane and Lynch debacle at Gamespot in 2007 (long story short — he was fired, essentially for giving an overly negative review to a game heavily featured in Gamespot advertising), revealed that he and Ryan Davis, an editor who had resigned in the aftermath of the review debacle, had joined forces to create a new gaming Web site called Giant Bomb. Vinny Caravella and Brad Shoemaker, two other resigning Gamespot editors, joined them soon afterward, with Alex Navarro (again, of Gamespot) and Patrick Klepek (not of Gamespot) having joined since, Alex as a general editor and Patrick as news editor. The site started as a simple blog while the actual layout was being constructed. It is now, in addition to featuring reviews and industry news, a wiki for anything related to gaming.Giant Bomb had several sister sites that serve similar purposes including Screened for movies, Anime Vice for anime and manga, and Comic vine for comic books. As well as Tested which is not a media site but rather a foundry for technology inclined news. These websites, including Giant Bomb, were collected under the Whiskey Media banner. In March 2012, the Whiskey Media sites were sold to various companies, with Giant Bomb and Comic Vine being sold to CBS Interactive. The staff and site stayed the same, only the ownership changed.The website can be found here.Not related to Big Bulky Bomb.Now has a character page.
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American Accents: The Bombcast notably contains a strong variety of US accents: Ryan and Jeff sport Northern California accents, Brad's legendary smooth voice is of an Appalachian accent, and Vinny carries a Long Island/New Yorker accent.
Dueling Shows: For the 2011 Podcast Awards, Giant Bomb is one of several podcast shows trying to earn the most votes for the award, particularly against ESPN Podcast, The Instance and 4PlayerPodcast.
Early-Installment Weirdness: If you're used to how the staff looks now, it can be quite shocking to see how they looked in old Gamespot reviews. Ryan with no beard and bleached blonde hair, anyone? Or how about Brad with a full beard and shaggy hair?
The first few months of Bombcasts are this, too. They're much shorter than they are now; it's just Ryan and Jeff; the pace of conversation is slower, being filled with pauses and awkward silences; the recording equipment is so poor there's an audible hiss behind each spoken word; and there's little to no profanity. It isn't until Brad and Vinny show up that the Bombcast begins to take its recognizable form.
As for the site itself, engineers Dave Snider and Drew Scanlon.
Since its origins in early 2012, the Giant Bomb Flight Club has been one, with the aforementioned Dave and Drew joining up with Vinny to mess with Track IR, joysticks, and all manner of strange Flight Simulators.
Finger Gun: Has been discussed on the Bombcast, pointing out how holding the index and middle finger out symbolizes a serious gun while the single index finger or "business guns" is more jovial.
Gender-Blender Name: Two of the guys on staff have the name Alexis- a site engineer who appears on video occasionally, and Navarro, who goes by Alex.
Gretzky Has the Ball: The guys readily admit they know little about sports, and it shows when they review sports games. In a Quick Look for NHL '12, they spent a bit of time trying to select the Hartford Whalers to play as. The Whalers moved to North Carolina in 1997 (they are now the Carolina Hurricanes).
Hidden Depths: Anything of their lives outside video games has this vibe. Specifically the vast array of Drew's activities, whatever Vinny has gotten into for the month, and at a minimum it's been hinted that they all really know their Star Trek.
Overly Long Gag: While Game Room in and of itself could be a considered an Overly Long Gag orchestrated by Microsoft to rob Jeff Gerstmann of all his money, the Game Room Quick Look for the week of 12/22/10 ends with a series of elaborate jokes about the game Venetian Blinds.
Jeff searching for "broken avatars" in Game Room. One time, there were even two at once!
For the Chrono Trigger Endurance Run, when given the chance to rename characters, Ryan simply changes the first letter of the name to B. This leads to names like Brono, Bobo and Brog.
Due to an incident while playing Daggerfall in which nearly a half-hour spent in the character creator was lost due to them forgetting that autosave hadn't been invented yet, Vinny constantly implores Dave to save the game whenever they are recording a Quick Look or a Random PC Game video.
Driving in circles when in a vehicle; Jeff does this the most, and he likes to do a mock howl while doing it.
Ever since the ill-fated Sleeping Dogs: Nightmare at North Point quick look, any time Vinny runs into a part of a game where he's stuck, the chat will inevitably advise him to "pick up the purse."
The 2013 GOTY videos add "P.S. Brad sucks at games."
In the second episode of the NintenDownload X-press, Jeff tricks Vinny and Brad into guesting by making them think they were recording a Bombcast. When they realize they've been duped, they angrily storm out of the podcast room, leaving Jeff sad and alone.
Ryan does the in-the-middle-ditching again in the quick look of the Star Trek video game, after seeing a late title card. This time, Vinny stepped out of the control room to fill in the missing spot.
Spin-Off: All aboard the NintenDownload X-press! Created when the Nintendo downloads section of the Bombcast was canceled, the NDX is the underground podcast that sticks it to the man as Jeff Gerstmann brings the thunder as he reads the descriptions of Nintendo's download only titles!
Vocal Dissonance: Jeff and Ryan, in particular, sound much different than they look.
Vocal Evolution: Ryan's voice deepened continually from his Gamespot days until his death in 2013. Compare one of his old Gamespot reviews to one of his last podcasts, and it's hard to believe it's the same guy talking.
Wham Episode: Ryan suddenly passed away on July 3rd, 2013, while on his honeymoon. He was 34.