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The Giant Bombcast is a gaming podcast, but the games aren't really important. Jeff and Ryan lament the state of franchise pizza restaurants in Petaluma. Vinny develops an interest in ham radio and becomes a father. Brad needs a new bed. Patrick does jukebox trolling at a bar. Above all that, Jeff tunes into clandestine radio broadcasts. Make no mistake, there's talk about games—namely, the hate some of the cast has for NiGHTS into Dreams and Jak 2—but there's also talk about jumping into swimming pools full of food, Storage Wars, Antiques Roadshow, space catapults, parking, and men named Chris that drive white cars. This is the Giant Bombcast: an eclectic and unbeatable grab bag of talk that never fails to entertain. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the buzzer buzzes...
Pre-What'cha Been Playin'? begins at 0:05:00
0:29:30 - The state of Petaluma's pizza chains
1:21:00 - The Olympics
1:46:20 - Vinny's ham radio aspirations
What'cha Been Playin'? begins at 2:02:00
2:17:20 - Planetside 2 and bed talk
3:08:20 - Ryan didn't play anything but he watched reality television
News begins at 3:27:10
3:29:40 - Space catapults
4:17:55 - EVE Online
0:03:50 - 38 Studios shut down
0:26:50 - Bigotry in the fighting game community
0:55:40 - Video game journalism controversy
New releases begins at 1:33:50
1:46:50 - Jeff dislikes Nights
Emails begin at 1:51:10
3:04:10 - GameSpot and Giant Bomb announcement
The Giant Bombcast was a production of Giant Bomb and CBS Interactive. All clips in this episode are the property of those parties. The percentage of the original show in this episode is approximately 5% (7hr 56min/163h 21min). This episode has been mastered at 56kbp/s, below the original audio quality of the shows available to us. Compression is used to reduce file sizes. The difference in audio quality is negligible if not unrecognizable. Timestamp notes are available here. The cover image is by Dominos Pizza.
Flim - Aphex Twin
Wah Wah - Polly SMPS (Giant Bomb user)
Bitch Get Hunked - The RAP Man
Everybody Wants Something - Headboard
Gong Station Chimes - The Conet Project
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
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Davis joined GameSpot in 2000 as a reviewer. During his time at the site he co-hosted On the Spot with Rich Gallup. After Gallup's departure he became a staple on The HotSpot, GameSpot’s pioneer gaming podcast, but his spell on the show lasted only a few months. He left the site a few weeks after senior editor Jeff Gerstmann's dismissal. The two began Giant Bomb and the Giant Bombcast together.
Gerstmann's media career began at GameSpot in 1996. He stayed with the site during its expansion while simultaneously working his musical talents. Gerstmann made several appearances in the mainstream media, including a showing on Good Morning America. He was dismissed from GameSpot in 2007. His departure triggered a wave of resignations from the site by his close compatriots; with Ryan Davis he launched Giant Bomb, and both Vinny Caravella and Brad Shoemaker joined him shortly thereafter.
Vinny Caravella began his career in journalism by specializing in video, initially working as a freelance producer in New York. In 2006 he joined GameSpot as a video editor and producer. After Rich Gallup left the site Caravella took over the job of hosting The HotSpot. He departed GameSpot following the exit of Gerstmann and joined Giant Bomb a week later. He has produced some of the gaming media’s best video content in the years since.
Shoemaker joined GameSpot as an intern in 2000. He later became a feature editor, and then an associate editor. Shoemaker was a regular on GameSpot's weekly shows, On the Spot and The HotSpot. He left GameSpot soon after Gerstmann’s departure, and after a short time as a freelancer he joined Giant Bomb.
Patrick Klepek joined 1UP as a news editor after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism. He moved over to the MTV Multiplayer blog following his time at 1UP, and worked for a number of other sites including Gamespy and Gamasutra. He also wrote for G4 and the online incarnation of Electronic Gaming Monthly before joining Giant Bomb and appearing on the Bombcast in the show’s permanent fifth chair.
(Left to right): Alex Navarro, Drew Scanlon, Dave Snider
Row A (Left to right): Paul Barnett, John Davison, Will Smith, Giancarlo Varanini
Row B: John Vignocchi