@bowlisimo First off, I’m on your side.

In regards to shenanigans, the Brodeo and Idle Thumbs pulled it off wonderfully. I can’t say the same thing for the Bombcast. While they sometimes knock one out of the park, I’m mostly zoning out during the initial “warm up” portion of the show. I can’t count how many times I’ve unscribed/re-subscribed to the show because of that. I only listen because of Gerstmann who, in my opinion, has always been funny and has something interesting to say. He’s got “it”, that spark of personality that people gravitate toward.

The gaming media will thrive or continue to dwindle based solely on its ability to retain personalities that make content worth consuming. I’m pretty sure we’re all in agreement that people follow the people, not name brands. It’s the “soul” of the product/brand that’s important and what makes people connect with it. In a click-based, ad-driven business model, having a “soul” is fucking worthless. It’s all about volume, commodity-priced writing, “top 10” lists, and having your users write “blogs” (aka free content) in order to build traffic. I’m sick of that shit because that’s why we have no more 1UP Yours or Brodeo.