Welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I, @zombiepie, am once again your host as we look back at the most notable community-created works and site-related news from the previous week.
However, before get into that, let's talk about the big piece of news many of you are still talking about. Last Friday marked the final day Matt Rorie was an employee on Giant Bomb. As stated during Episode 780 of the Bombcast, he is leaving to work for an "unprecedented opportunity" that he was offered by a long-time friend. Rorie is leaving the site on good terms and has no ill-will directed at Fandom. This was his choice and you'll find out what the future holds for him in two weeks as he spends the next week visiting his mother.
If there is some solace from this disappointing news, Rorie has maintained that he will continue to participate on the site through the forums and Discord, but in a reduced capacity when he can. However, there's no denying his loss is still very much that, a loss that likely cannot be fully replaced. In between his efforts to handle site tickets and customer service, he also took time to interact with the community. I, like many of you, probably had more interactions with Rorie than any other staff members on Giant Bomb and can confirm that the man you saw on camera was the man he was in-person; an absolute delight.
So, if you have not done so already, please consider dropping a comment in the thread thanking Rorie for all he has done on and for this site. Also, Rorie took Luchadeer for his years, but the old Giant Bomb couch still lives on.
For those wondering where to send their issues with merchandise or their premium subscription in the future, the email still remains email@example.com. If you are on Discord, you can DM DToast (Dylan) and he will follow up with you as soon as possible. Speaking of which, please be nice to Dylan. Dylan is a genuinely good person. Dylan accepted Rorie's responsibilities after taking on a job, safety management, that the site has needed for years. For reference, a manager of safety takes on the protocol in the event of comments pertaining to but not limited to death threats, suicidal ideation, and sexually explicit content. Dylan is also going to be handling CV and GameSpot community stuff, so check out his introduction to the Giant Bomb community and wish good luck to him.
Other notable news includes former staff member, and still close friend, Abby starting a Patreon you can join and support.
Finally, Grubb guested on VGC's podcast to talk about Zelda’s price tag and what’s going on with Suicide Squad.
30) Do You Like Cool Art? (@iam8bit and @frailgesture) pic.twitter.com/Z9TBYlFsvG— kate bush's husband (@airbagged) May 5, 2021
@frailgesture Hey, all the best in whatever's next for you, Matt!! Sounds exciting, and congratulations on an amazing run at Giant Bomb.— Greg Kasavin (@kasavin) March 15, 2023
Gonna miss @frailgesture a lot on @giantbomb. He’s been a huge help to me and the moderators for years. Y’all don’t even know.— Brad Lynch (@MarinoV1) March 14, 2023
I’ll never forget the time at PAX Prime 2015. We were on our way from dinner to the GB panel, and he bolted across the street to meet this puppy. pic.twitter.com/N4IpnNaqFe
Sad to see @frailgesture leave GB but thankful for all he has done for the site and the community. Every interaction with him has always been lovely and I'm so excited to see what he does next.— lex luddy (@BasicalliLexi) March 14, 2023
Gonna miss the ol' Rorie Borealis @frailgesture— Mento (@GBMento) March 14, 2023
Dude was instrumental in keeping the GB mod team informed and motivated. Just one of like six thousand jobs he had.
Lost Judgment apparently lets you take care of a puppy, so I'll be sure to pet it in his honor.
.@frailgesture is incredible. Tip of the spear on community management and support for gb in a way that felt borderline impossible. He was also my point of contact on all my work with GB and was always super helpful and responsive. Nothing but best wishes. Job well done sir o7 <>— Steve Kim (@Fobwashed) March 15, 2023
@frailgesture congrats on the incredible run Rorie!!— Patrick Klepek (@patrickklepek) March 15, 2023
Super sad to see you leave @frailgesture! You were always a pleasant surprise when you popped up on any GB content, but super happy and excited for your future endeavors!— tommy (@symbollic) March 15, 2023
@frailgesture Hey Rorie, just wanted to let you know I appreciate all you did for us users at Giant Bomb for so many years. Truly the unsung hero for so long. Congrats on the new opportunity.