Jeff Gerstmann has finally announced the next big thing: Brock Lesnar. No, that doesn’t sound right.
Giant Bomb. Yea, That’s it.
Even with his termination from a large gaming website last November, it seemed pretty obvious that Jeff wasn’t done with the gaming industry. He started a personal blog to post a few game reviews, talk about Tiger Gatorade, let us know when he’d be doing a tv, podcast or webshow, and of course, keep us primed for the announcement. Giant Bomb is a new gaming website where people can go to get their dose of gaming related information. This first stage of Giant Bomb is merely lighting the fuse to a greater grand opening explosion later on this summer. As of now, it’s in a blog-style format while they finish designing and implementing the full site.
There is another man behind the bombness, fellow former-large-gaming-websiter, Ryan Davis. He’s been keeping his own personal blog, including a fairly-weekly podcast featuring Jeff and Alex Navarro. The podcast will morph itself into a round ball with gunpowder inside sometime soon, featuring the same wacky conversation about games, drinks, movies and whatever else happens to be brought up. They probably already have a title in mind, but here’s my recommendation: The Bombcast. I don’t know if it’s in public-domain or not, but they need to secure that famous sample of some guy in a deep voice saying “The Bomb” over some of RyDeezy’s synthesized beats.
It looks like they’ll be using a new rating system for games, and I am sure it isn’t totally finalized. The reviews of Burnout Paradise and Poker Smash have a five-star system to keep it simple. There are a lot of different dimensions to score a game on, however an overall rating pounds and pummels all that down into a one dimensional meterstick. You can never know what part of it either bumped the score or dragged it down, so there isn’t much of a point in using a stick with infinite tickmarks. That only invites people to nit-pick over a scoring detail (8.8, anyone?). A five-star system can help you decide which games were properly executed at a glance (or should be executed) and then the review will tell you why. Depending on your own likes and dislikes, you can make your own decision. The review is, afterall, just an opinion, and everyone puts different values on each of those different gaming dimensions.
As Jeff said in his announcement, they’ve been listening to the feedback from their site visitors and podcast listeners and have been using that to help form the ideals of the final site. It sounds really interesting and I can’t wait to see what they are going to do with the site to help video game players make their purchasing decisions while at the same time showing us an entertaining product. So add it to your RSS list!