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Figured we may as well have a massive thread where everything from the Bombcast to Quick Looks get discussed. The reason I'm starting this now is because they're doing another Endurance Run, and this time it's the clusterfuck that is Deadly Premonition, the terrible $20 survival horror game. Brad and Ryan and Vinny and Jeff are doing it separately, which means twice the terribleness.

http://www.giantbomb.com/endurance-run-deadly-premonition-part-vj-01/17-2281/ (Vinny and Jeff)

http://www.giantbomb.com/endurance-run-deadly-premonition-part-br-01/17-2280/ (Brad and Ryan)

Man that game looks terrible. And who the hell is Zach?

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I wouldn't mind playing Deadly Preminition. It's like the survival horror's answer to Earth Defense Force, nothing wrong with a good B-game.

And as I understand it "Zach" is the name the lead character gives you, the player. A B-game breaking the fourth wall, awesome.

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I get the impression the game will never be released here anyways.

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Good thread! :)

There's always some quality vids to watch on GB, in fact I've barely looked ant other part of the site.

I watched the quick look for Cave Story on WiiWare the other day and by the time it was over, I'd decided I have to get it when we finally have the chance to buy it. I showed a mate the same video and he thought it looked boring. C'est la vie.

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Only watched upto the egg corridor but it seemed somewhat boring. I did laugh at the boss fight tho.

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I can't find it on the GB site but they live streamed the end of Xbox Live (even though apparently some people are still going strong) but there's edited highlights of the Halo 2 playing on the Halo Waypoint channel thing on the 360 dashboard.

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I like in the comments thread that a lot of GiantBomb readers think they are above this game humour.

I think it looks great, I liked 'Splosion man some of the time so I have faith. I didn't get into The Maw, though.

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I quite like the look of it, i watched a 10min gameplay footage of the silver age level, doesnt seem like he gets anywhere when he runs tho.

Heres the gameplay

You can also unlock 2 Splosion man levels in game. Pretty nifty idea.

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hmm looks interesting, like the visual style. Game play looks a bit bland, nothing special. Also agree with Hinn about the speed, looks like he is up to his cock in warm honey

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I'm well behind on the quicklooks, last one I saw was for Comic Jumper.

I'll have to set aside some time and watch a few that interest me, most notably DeathSpank.

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DeathSpank is an EX one. When the PR guys come round it's like the guys are on their best behavior, like a visit from their granny.

I'm not watching the Limbo one, no need, gonna keep it all unspoiled.

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I watched the Limbo one all the way through and felt like I'd spoiled some of the surprises. :(

I've been watching this over the past few days while eating my lunch, I think it's the first turn-based game in years I can get behind.

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Ive played a whole game of RISK on the trial version, it took aaages! Plus it seems i was extremely unlucky with the dice rolls.

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Giant Bomb (and other Whiskey Media sites that I don't care about) want your money. And why not?

It should come as little surprise to most of you that the engineering team here has been working on a paid membership product for Whiskey Media over the last couple of weeks. While I'm gonna wait for each of the sites to make formal announcements about what it includes I figured we're far enough along at this point to start talking roughly about our plan and get some feedback from everyone. I'll be releasing more details over the next couple weeks as we adjust with your feedback.

First, why are we doing this?

It's easier for us to build towards what our users want, than what random visitors off Google require. We can either build a better product than our competitors and rely on our small, hardcore userbase to partially support us (that's right, you're now a pie slice!), or we can go for quantity as a content farm and build everybody-eats-it-but-nobody-likes-it web sites like our competitors. We like being able to be proud of our work, so door number one it is!

What am I going to lose if I don't buy any of this?

Sorry, you must be thinking about someone else. We're in the not pissing off the Internet business. The site as you see it right now will remain largely unchanged.

What's this about unified Whiskey Media accounts?

First off, we're going to create a unified Whiskey Media account system tied to your email that will work on any of our sites. You don't need to pay for that, everyone will just get it for free on day one after jumping through a couple account-linking hoops. Yes, you'll be able to retain different usernames across sites, but you'll only be able to link one account per site to your umbrella email account. If you end up deciding to upgrade to a paid account you'll earn the benefits across the entire network so no worries about us trying to make you pay more than once.

Dude, just give me some details already.

OK, so it wasn't hard to figure out the nuts and bolts stuff you guys wanted... HD Video, mobile / iPad support and no ads. Fine. Done. So without further ado lets list out the first 3 confirmed features...

* Stream and Download HD Video at 720p (we shoot and receive most source material in 720, 1080 would just be upscale). Here are a couple tests, let me know how they look (Wargames, Portal 2). We plan on doing this for our entire back catalog, but obviously the newer stuff will look better.

* A completely redesigned mobile site built in HTML 5 with video-watching, commenting and profiles built into it from the start. It will work on any smartphone with a web browser (iphone, android...etc). The site will continue to work as is for everyone else. Our iPhone app from last year is still free.

* No ads (if you go for yearly billing). Sorry but we need to be able to make reasonable guesses against our ad inventory, and we can't do that unless we know for sure what portion of our audience is in it for the long haul.

Dude, that's it?

Nope, not even the start. That's just the stuff you could have guessed. I'll talk about the rest in the next couple weeks and I'm sure the various editorial teams will start talking about this stuff pretty soon. For now I just wanted to say... yes, this is a thing, it's happening in September and don't worry, we're trying to be smart about all this.

What definitely won't be in the plan?

* Paid message boards. I just don't like segregating audiences.

* Anything that involves the wiki. Sorry, that's something we all built together and I couldn't ask anyone to pay for premium access or features there. We'll be rebuilding/redesigning all our wiki and API tools quite soon, but that has nothing to do with this. As far as the wiki goes, everyone is equal.

* Calendars of anime chicks?

* Free games from five years ago?

* Any sort of in-your-face hard sell. I've got the feeling most of you just want to support us and could care less about the features. That's great, we'll respect you back in the same way with not trying to do anything stupid when it comes to convincing you to make that decision.

What will this cost?

We're still figuring that out. If I mentioned anything that wasn't concrete I think our BizDev guy might have a heart attack. I can say there will be a monthly and yearly option. Along with no ads we're considering giving T-Shirts to anyone who signs up for the yearly plan. Does that sound like a good idea, what would you want to see on the T-Shirt? We'd likely have to add $10 to anyone outside the US to pay for shipping if we end up going that route.

Will you support paypal?

Right now we're thinking about going only with credit / debit card processing. If there is wild outrage that paypal isn't an option I'd like to hear it.

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And they're doing a big party web stream thing.

Hey, what are you doing on September 9? Actually, wait, don't answer. I don't care what the answer is--just cancel whatever it is. Because what you should be doing on September 9 is setting up your largest computer monitoring monitor and aiming a web browser squarely at us, because at 10AM Pacific Daylight Time, we're kicking off an all-day broadcast that's going to start down here in the basement and, by the end of the day, explode into a full-on street party.

The Sites de Whiskey Grande (that's us, Tested, Screened, and Comic Vine, I think) will be coming together to present something like eight hours of delirious action, featuring game demos, interviews, something that closely resembles a world premiere, some sort of dance-off, footage of what goes on in our underground bar, the ability to ask us questions, some sort of sandwich-related fiasco, and much, much more!

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