How long have you been an ally?

  • I realize this is an essay, but I'm very passionate about this group, so if you can handle it, please bear with me!

    Back in the day, I Went to GT for reviews and trailers from the late PS2 era (2005-2010) and (like Kyle) I mostly followed 1-UP. When 1-UP finally went under, I felt pretty bummed out and largely stopped gaming. I was also getting older and gaining more responsibilities like trying to figure out what I wanted to really do as a career! Anyway, I did continue to follow the industry through NeoGAF and roughly 3 years later I stumbled upon a thread then titled, "Likable GT guy gets his own show". Through that, I first saw that awesome Playstation meeting do's and dont's vid, aka, the first unofficial Final Bosman.

    It was such a breath of fresh air!! What this guy was saying was sensible, insightful, creative, funny, but most of all, devoid of all the negative nagging pessimism and or loud ignorance just for the hits that now seemed to pervade the industry. I thought to myself, "my god, I agree with everything this fellow says because he's not an annoying disingenuous douche!!" Upon seeing this episode I was hooked as a casual fan. And this also helped re-kindle my interest in gaming and the upcoming PS4.

    Somewhere around E3 2015, I watched an episode that had some sort of in-show reference and I realized I had not really payed that much attention to the lore though! So, I revisited the (now titled) Final Bosman thread, and noticed I had missed more than I had thought! Shortly after E3, and my elation and reeling from the Sony conference had subsided, I went all the way back to the beginning and binge-watched the entire show.

    By doing this, I realized that GT had developed a lot of other personality driven content besides TFB, and, delighted at this discovery, I endeavored to catch up on as much of the other shows as well! I was in heaven having realized GT had become a spiritual successor of sorts to 1UP...However, as I caught up on the old episodes and other old shows, learned about the Defy acqisition and horrible downsizing that they inflicted, and then the move to that tiny studio even after the god-tier amazing E3 coverage..I began to really worry that GT wasn't just similar to 1-UP it was following exactly the same trajectory as well.... it WAS 1-UP, and seeing that tiny studio, Ian and others making (half)joking comments that Defy would fire them, and subsequently Elyse leaving drove that home in an increasingly alarming fashion.

    A lot of me still really wanted to believe that it was going to get better though, and by late January I was basically caught up on all the shows (except Tabletop) so I was finally watching most stuff as it was produced! I decided I was going to make an account in hopes I could actually get involved in the community and maybe even have the opportunity to interact with the actual crew on a stream or something.. Sadly, I had decided this the night before the closure in February. I came home from work, checked the GAF thread as always to see if any interesting comments had been made. Someone mentioned that Defy had decided to pull the plug a few hours ago and was letting everyone go.

    I didn't believe it at first, thought it was some sick troll, but I went on twitter and saw the message from Brandon that the final stream would happen that evening. I was just numb, for lack of a better word. It was so sudden, and I couldn't imagine how the team felt. It seemed like such an injustice had been commited, I had grown so attached to these guys due to their incredible chemistry and unique passionate genuine enthusiasm, that I felt like I knew them in real life-though of course-I had never met even one of them! That is how special this team is. So, I watched the stream, and then immediately reached out to the team on Twitter, expressing my sadness and regret that I had not been more active on the site, and I wished everyone luck in landing future endeavors. Over the next week, I noticed that Mr Michael Huber was streaming all on his own, and so I opened a twich account just to reach out and interract with him and the GT community. That definitely helped temporarily.

    When EZA was born though, I was so unbelievably excited I stayed up way too late, just watching the Patreon number rise rapidly and reading the new EZA GAF thread as everyone posted their amazement. When I finally got up the next day during the launch stream I immediately became a patron and subscribed on twitch. I couldn't be happier as we close in on three months later :grin: All the EZA content is fantastic, and I couldn't be happier as we are now barelling towards the sequel to the E3 of Dreams!

    I'm still catching up on TTA and refuse to watch TTE until Ive completed that other behemoth (Hogger and crew are hilarious, and love you Ben, you are a great DM!!)

    @Bosman never change :P , but that is one of the silliest statements you have ever made. It is obvious you are an integral and irreplaceable part of EZA! :D

    tl, dr version
    I'm an old codger now, having followed the industry and GT since early adulthood, and I am elated that due to the existence of Patreon, we fans were given (and took) the opportunity to save the ex-GT staff from 1-UP's fate. Lets keep it that way, and get them to that studio before E3 2017!!

  • I'm with GT ever since e3 2004! Dat Zelda Twilight Princess trailer...
    Never been active on the forums, though. I'll change that now, only 12 years late ;-)

    Here's to hoping this e3 will bring many new people and patreons to EZA!!

  • @Bosman Bro you are a national treasure. I would argue that you extended the lifeblood of GT, not run it to its death.

  • Discovered the site thanks to the nerd around 2007 I think, but back then I didn't like the style or focus of the content -winks- that GT was producing, so I didn't watch that many videos back in the day and stopped visiting.

    Then in 2013 I watched that PS4 presentation Do's and dont's video, and I was in. Started watching Final Bosman a few weeks later along with the countdowns and the Not Funny, GT videos and I saw a bunch of people wanting to do things in a different way, without that angry about everything attitude that was reigning on the media back then, with positivity and some humor so I felt that it was the perfect site for me, and it has been for 3 years now.

    I really like the group's energy and after all this time I feel that I have a connection with them beacuse of the many great things I have seen with them, all those amazing improvised moments on stream or some show and also because they have accompanied me in some really bad moments, and they always have been able to cheer me up, and for that I'm really thankful for finding them, for all the great things they've made over the years, and of course for creating EZA so we all can enjoy all their amazing personalities for a long long time.

  • I was pretty much always aware of GameTrailers, but I think I started visiting more regularly back in 2012 around the time of E3, mostly paying attention to Invisible Walls and reviews, but when Bosman did his first video in early 2013, I got properly hooked. Been watching as much as I can from these guys ever since.

  • Been an Easy Allies member since day 1 :D
    Following Gametrailers from real late 2014 early 2015, accidentally ran into a show called Final Bosman!

  • I visited GT a lot a long time ago, but only for trailers and occasionally for reviews. It was not until after E3 2014 I stumbled across The Final Bosman when visiting GT after a long period of "not needing to go there". Bosman got me hooked on all of their original content and been here since.

  • Seven years for me too. I remember telling my cousin about this game that I wanted, but I wasn't sure if it was good. He told me about this site called Gametrailers and their reviews. He knew about it because he use to watch AVGN there. I need to thank him for bringing me to this great community!!

  • @Ruaidhri18 said in How long have you been an ally?:

    Seven years for me too. I remember telling my cousin about this game that I wanted, but I wasn't sure if it was good. He told me about this site called Gametrailers and their reviews. He knew about it because he use to watch AVGN there. I need to thank him for bringing me to this great community!!

    This is the How Long Have You Been an Ally thread, not how long have you been an edgelord. :p

  • @Minamik Edge lord for life!!

  • I don't remember a date but I remember watching AVGN on GT so I've been watching them for awhile but it wasn't until around 2010 that GT became my go to for video game content

  • I discovered GT in about 2008/9 through Bonus Round. After a while I started to make a point to seek out the other content on the site like IW and Pach Attack I also remember GT hosting the first series of Penny Arcade TV

  • I discovered Gametrailers in my first year of college! So that would be... counts on fingers 12 years!!.... holy moley!
    Watched the show grow and I honestly felt like a piece of myself died when GT announced closure.

    BUT EASY ALLIES IS NOW HERE!! And I am a very proud Patron. Just wish I could give more, but I need to adult =/

  • I guess I started going to GT when I was 15 in 2006. The first video I can remember watching was the review of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter on Xbox 360. I waited well over an hour for the video to buffer in HD, but it was the first time I watched an HD video online and it blew me away. I left that window open for days (it was a terrible time before tabs existed) and would watch it over and over. A few weeks later I got a 360 and spent countless hours with that game and Oblivion. At the time I thought they were the most amazing looking games I'd ever seen. I remember exclaiming to my friends on occasion that "Xbox 360 looks better than real life!" That review and the other videos coming out at that time got me more hyped for the future of games than I ever thought was possible. I went to GT practically everyday from that point on, watching all the reviews and shows. And while the business side of things obviously didn't agree, I thought the Final Bosman era and onward was when the most enjoyable content was coming out of GT. I was thrilled when EZA was announced and will continue to support this crew as long as they are around. Even as I get older and have less time for games, these guys still manage to make me feel the same joy and hype for games as I felt back then. God bless you Allies, every one.

  • 5 years!

  • Though I'd encountered GT before, I didn't go hard until, sadly, December before the collapse. YouTube recommended an episode of Final Bosman (I wish I could remember which one) and I was hooked. I started watching every upload that came out and followed both Final Bosman and GT Time back to their beginnings. The intensity of the binge (had been laid off myself and basically watched old GT content all day) made the collapse hella painful.

    Though my time with GT was relatively short, I love that they've been able to stay together and I'm a proud patron of Easy Allies.

  • I don't remember when I first started following GameTrailers. It was definitely during the Viacom era. I used them as a resource, but didn't LOVE them until they moved to Defy. There were so few people left it was easy to find a reason to love each one. I was distraught when Defy closed the company... I was extremely bummed because these guys would all find jobs elsewhere and not all work together again... Except... They decided to stay together! And I was elated! So from Day One I've been a supporter of Easy Allies. I love these guys and I love even more we're able to keep them together. <3

  • I remember vividly, I was in my first year of the university, the year was 2007, on some class and my friends introduced me to both and during one of these classes that each person had a computer.

    Before that I thought blogs sucked and I was oblivious to trailers.

    I was immediately hooked on both. GT was my place to go for trailers, I watched everything. But over time my interest waned a lot, and I stopped going to the website all together... But when Final Bosman released its first episode I went back and started watching GT again, and the more the allies started appearing the more in to it I got... Now a week can't go by without me watching (and re-watching) every show. I used to listed to GT Time and now EZA Podcast 2x a week hahahah.

  • Since 2007! I did not become active on the forums till 2012 but i was a daily user since high school