The first video I remember ever watching on GameTrailers was a Super Smash Bros Melee tutorial by some kid in the community channel. It was his explanation of how to L-cancel or something like that but I just remember being amazed I could watch it and so many other videos in one place.
I think I was about 15, in high school, obsessed with boobs, Resident Evil and boobs in Resident Evil. Little did I know that site I visited for Smash Bros videos had something even greater on it, brand new trailers. The day I realized I could watch trailers somewhere other than GameSpot, I fell in love. Even with the advent of YouTube in 2006 and off screen camera footage, I would wait for GameTrailers to get it. Because I knew their quality would be high (ha, 480p back then?) and there would be countless fans waiting with me.
As I grew, I started to use GT as my source of entertainment as well as news. Screw Attack and the Mega 64 guys would do countdowns and candid street gags while AVGN would yell his ass off. But, years later, days after they’ve shuttered, I’m mostly impressed by how they were able to grow and maintain themselves for so long. But now I can only wonder how the founders feel. How would it affect you to lose something that you’ve been raising and nurturing for 13 years? Would it be similar to losing a child? Or maybe less significant like a Gigapet? That’s when I stumbled onto this final speech.
And I sat and watched in silence as Brandon Jones began to cry a little as he explained how it feels. How you can work so hard for something and create a legacy that people relate to. Something that changes peoples’ lives. All to have it gone in an instant. I know most people got attached to Kyle and his pessimism, Hubert and his optimism, Bloodworth and his general knowledge but I always connected with Brandon.
Straight out of college, he decided to go all in with his friend and created something that people dedicated their lives to. That people made subreddits and fan groups for. That inspired people to become developers, games journalists, musicians, and even voice over artists. All from an idea that everyone was trying to do at the time but only he could make work.
I can honestly say that he inspired a black kid with nothing going right in his life to really begin to understand games better. To start looking at: What makes them tick? What makes them fun? What about the lore? And partly, it drove that same kid to make a website dedicated to the passion of video games.
Brandon Jones. GameTrailers. Joystiq. Shigeru Miyamoto. Nintendo.
Those are the true inspirations for this site. What those five names encompass is excellence in the video game industry and the drive to do something far away from the norm. I hope in five years time, one of them will understand that this whole site and what I’m pushing towards is a love letter to them. A thank you for helping establish gaming as not just a hobby for kids but a medium for art and exploration of one’s true self.
I could go on and on about their influence on me as a person or how they’ve positively affected the gaming industry but, this editorial is primarily a wish. A wish that everyone from GT have found a home where they can continue to create and inspire others in their own special way.
~Written on 2/9/16. the day after GT closed its doors for good.
Andron (or Ace as he likes to call himself) is the so called "Head Honcho" of Bombchu.com. He has a deep passion for video games primarily RPGs, Fighting or Adventure. When not gaming, he's furiously typing on his keyboard or coming up with new schemes.