The folks over at Giant Bomb dot com
(it’s a website about video games) announced their plans for the future this week, with industry stalwarts Vinny Caravella, Brad Shoemaker, and Alex Navarro all leaving the company today.
Giant Bomb is one of the most influential websites in this industry, with such an incredible roster of current employees and alums that have been there for a generation of fans of this medium. I started listening to the Bombcast in 2015 and until I started working at Fanbyte, I watched and listened to basically everything that those folks did. That website is a huge part of why I look at this industry the way I do, and has directly inspired the ways that I think it can and should be better.
I mentioned this on Twitter, but when I was college thinking about what I wanted to do when I grew up, I told myself that I would’ve “made it” when I got invited to the Giant Bomb E3 party. It was an institution to me, and I know it was important to a lot of other people too. So when I actually ended up there at E3 2019, it was surreal! I was at my second ever real job, a year separated from graduation, and I had somehow finessed my way into a space that I had only dreamed of.
That was good and bad, I think. Good because, like, holy shit, I did it, you know? After years of having my mom drive me past the Los Angeles Convention Center every E3 so I could just see the big Call of Duty banner on the front of the building, I’d become a credentialed member of the press and was there covering the event for work. I’d gotten to the mountaintop that I didn’t think was possible. But like, lol, I’m 25. I was 23 at E3 2019. I did the thing I was expecting to do at 30 seven years early. What am I supposed to do now?
I have no real resolution for this part of the newsletter, really. This thought was also not particularly cogent. It feels weird to mourn a website, especially when the folks involved are still around. But that mourning has made me think about what I want to do in this space while I have the chance. It is so strange to go from a fan of this space to a person in it. There is no rulebook for that, no template to really follow. Even in a collaborative environment like this one, no one can prepare you for the unique void you feel when you begin monetizing your hobby. So I at least want to make sure the stuff I make matters, and I want to make sure I am putting as much energy and care into it as the folks that inspired me to be here.
Have a good weekend, y'all. <>