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GameTrailers
Gametrailers New Logo Wikipedia.png
Type Division of Defy Media
Headquarters 2600 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Founder(s) Geoffrey R. Grotz, Brandon Jones
Industry Video game journalism
Owner Defy Media
Website Gametrailers.com
Alexa rank 1,960 [1]
Registration Free or available membership
Available in English
Current status Active

GameTrailers (also known as GT) is a media website that specializes in video game related content. It provides free access to original programming (such as reviews and previews), game trailers and recorded game play. Along with standard definition (640x360), many of the video clips are offered in a higher resolution (960x540).

Users can upload videos, create blogs, and participate in forums. On the past version of GameTrailers users could join and create factions, which had their own private forums. Factions were cut when the website was revamped, along with the GTD currency system, as well as forum levels.

Content history[edit]

GameTrailers' first version of its magazine style show was GT Weekly and premiered in August 2005, hosted by Amanda MacKay and Daniel Kayser. After 44 episodes, in March 2007, the show was rebranded as GameOne and given a live chat where viewers could talk about the show.

In February 2007, ScrewAttack started providing content including Top Tens, Video Game Vault entries and episodes of The Angry Video Game Nerd for GameTrailers. Shortly after, Spike's Game Head also started to cooperate with GameTrailers.

On January 25, 2008, GameOne was replaced by GameTrailers TV, the rebranded version of Spike TV's Game Head, still hosted by Geoff Keighley, but produced by GameTrailers and co-hosted by Amanda MacKay and Daniel Kayser. The show appears at 12:30 AM on Spike every Thursday night.[2]

On June 27, 2012, GameTrailers launched their new website design, which included a revamped homepage, upgraded message boards, and new animated graphics for reviews.

List of shows hosted by GameTrailers[edit]

Invisible Walls[edit]

Invisible Walls
Presentation
Hosting Ryan Stevens
Marcus Beer
Shane Satterfield (Most episodes until Episode 238)
Genre Video gaming
Language English
Updates Weekly (Fridays)
Length Approximately 30-90 minutes
Production
Camera Rich Brown
Video format MP4
Audio format MP3
No. of episodes 284 (excluding special episodes and other videos)
Publication
Debut March 14, 2008
End date January 17, 2014
Provider GameTrailers
Website Invisible Walls on GameTrailers

Invisible Walls was a video blog/podcast run by the staff of GameTrailers with director of editorial Ryan Stevens as the main host and freelance journalist Marcus Beer, who originally came to the show on a biweekly basis as the ever-angry character "Grumpy McGrump", as co-host. The podcast was originally hosted by former editor-in-chief Shane Satterfield until he left GameTrailers after Episode 238.[3] They were often joined by a rotating panel of GT editors including Justin Speer, Daniel Bloodworth, Mike Damiani, Patrick Morales, Chris Nguyen, and (formerly) Miguel Lopez. The show's debut episode was recorded on March 13, 2008 and published the following day.[4]

The show underwent a couple of major overhauls throughout its run; for its one-hundredth episode, the show introduced new visual graphics (including new avatars for the cast designed by iam8bit, a new intro also done with iam8bit, and a new logo) and stopped censoring profanities.[5] On the show's two-hundredth episode, which was streamed and recorded live for the milestone occasion, the show began recording with the hosts on-camera and the hosts' avatars were no longer used,[6] although the hosts were seen recording on-camera for Episode 150 and had to record themselves without being seen one last time on Episode 201, due to not having cameras on hand at the 2012 Game Developers Conference and for the new Invisible Walls studio to be prepared.

The podcast ended after publishing Episode 284 on January 17, 2014.[7] It was replaced by a short-lived show called Thanks for Playing!, which lasted until April 25, 2014.[8]

Other shows[edit]

  • GT Countdown - A top ten list of video games and video game-related subjects.
  • GT Wish-List - A compilation of all things the GameTrailers team wishes will be in an upcoming game. Usually the game has divulged very little information about itself at the point of the release of the wish-list, thus there is a lot of speculation as to what the game could be.
  • Bonus Round* - An interview show hosted by Geoff Keighley.
  • The Final Bosman - A weekly show hosted by Kyle Bosman airing Wednesdays, where he talks about current gaming topics from his perspective with humorous quips.
  • Baddest Games - A weekly show hosted by Rob Slusser, where he talks in an intentionally awkward manner about video games that got bad reviews by the press and therefore were good in his opinion. According to his twitter account, Slusser will no longer be with GameTrailers in the wake of Defy Media acquiring the company.[9]
  • GT TV - An informative show on the gaming industry and upcoming games hosted by Geoff Keighley.
  • GT Previews* - Previews of upcoming games.
  • Level* - A show where the GameTrailers team talks about their favorite levels from their favorite games.
  • GT Reviews* - Reviews of various video games that are scored on a 1.0 through 10.0 scale. As of their Dead Space 3 review in 2013, GameTrailers has stopped providing separate sub-scores and segments for different elements of a game (which used to include story [if necessary], design, gameplay, and presentation) in favor of more cinematic videos, and the people who reviewed the game and edited the video are now mentioned in the intro.
    • GT Review Pods - Shorter video reviews for independent, downloadable and/or lesser-known video games or game content (such as expansions). After the 2012 revamp, the name was discontinued, but the shorter reviews are still made on a regular basis. Until 2013, these shorter reviews did not have different segments for the different elements of a game, but they still had the now-discontinued sub-scores.
  • Retrospectives - A history of the stories of video game franchises usually in multiple parts.
  • GT Pop-Block - A closer look on game trailers showing the findings of GameTrailers staff in that specific trailer.
  • Anthology - A collection of the essential entries in the virtual library of video game greatness.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd - Video game review rants starring and created by James Rolfe from Cinemassacre Productions, about a frustrated video game reviewer who plays games from the 80s and 90s.
  • Pach-Attack!* - A show hosted by financial analyst Michael Pachter where he answers questions submitted by GameTrailers users regarding the video game industry from a financial perspective.
  • Pop-Fiction - Short 5-10 minute episodes that center around myths and urban legends in video games.
  • Timeline - An in-depth look into the chronology, history, and story progression of popular gaming franchises. Currently, only The Legend of Zelda and Kingdom Hearts have received this treatment.
  • Top 100 Trailers of All Time - A top 100 countdown list of the best video game trailers ever made as determined by the GameTrailers staff, which ran throughout September 1 to October 8, 2011. The first four episodes focused on a score of various game trailers and the top 20 trailers each received their own individual episode, all with commentary on each selection. Honorable mentions were also displayed during the episodes and the final episode focused on the ten video game trailers voted the best by GameTrailers viewers.
  • Annoyed Gamer - A now defunct show hosted by Marcus Beer, where he discusses polemic topics that can harm gamers as well as the industry.
  • Mandatory Update - A comedic show on a weekly basis that's presenting the weekly news in humorous fashion hosted by Elyse Willems and Ian Hinck. Before his firing, Rob Slusser served as a comic relief for the show in between bits.
  • Trailer Academy - A show hosted by founder Brandon Jones analyzing video game trailers and discussing what's making a good video game trailer.

^* Also available as a podcast.

Business history[edit]

Gametrailers.com was founded by Geoff Grotz and Brandon Jones in 2002. Jon Slusser and his company Hornet Animation invested in the startup, and Jon took over as CEO. The company was then acquired by MTV Networks in November 2005 for an undisclosed sum.[10]

In 2007, MTV Networks restructured its entertainment division, merging Ifilm.com and SpikeTV.com into Spike.com, and grouping this new property, GameTrailers and Xfire, into Spike Digital Entertainment, with Jon Slusser as the new SVP in charge, Geoff Grotz as Vice President of Product Development, and Brad Winters as the new general manager of GameTrailers.com.[11]

In June 2014, Gametrailers was purchased by Defy Media.[12] Soon after it was reported that senior members of Gametrailers were fired, which is about two-thirds of full-time staff.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/gametrailers.com
  2. ^ "GTTV Premiere - Tune In". Gametrailers.com. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  3. ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 239". GameTrailers. January 25, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 1". GameTrailers. March 14, 2008. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 100". GameTrailers. 2010-03-27. Retrieved 2010-03-29. 
  6. ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 200". GameTrailers. 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  7. ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 284: Preparing to Die". GameTrailers. 2014-01-17. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  8. ^ "Thanks for Playing - Video Game Discussions". GameTrailers. 2014-01-17. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/rkslusser/status/477560177437048833
  10. ^ "MTV Networks Acquires GameTrailers.com". Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  11. ^ "MTVN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP PROMOTES BRAD WINTERS TO GENERAL MANAGER OF GAMETRAILERS.COM". GameTrailers. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  12. ^ Farokhmanesh, Megan (June 9, 2014). "GameTrailers, Addicting Games and Shockwave acquired by Defy Media". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Plante, Chris (June 13, 2014). "Layoffs hit GameTrailers day after E3". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 

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