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GameTrailers
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Founded March 25, 2002; 14 years ago (2002-03-25)
Dissolved February 19, 2016; 5 months ago (2016-02-19)
Headquarters Santa Monica, California, United States
Founder(s) Geoffrey R. Grotz, Brandon Jones
Industry Video game journalism
Owner Defy Media
Website www.gametrailers.com
Registration Optional
Available in English
Current status Succeeded by Easy Allies

GameTrailers (GT) was an American video gaming website created by Geoffrey R. Grotz and Brandon Jones in 2002. The website specialized in multimedia content, including trailers and gameplay footage of upcoming and recently released video games, as well as an array of original video content focusing on video games, including reviews, countdown shows, and other web series.

GameTrailers was acquired by Viacom in November 2005; under its ownership, GameTrailers also produced a television series, GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley, for sister property Spike TV. In 2014, the site was acquired by Defy Media. In February 2016, the site was shut down; rights to GameTrailers' brand and content were sold to IGN Entertainment, which continues to run its YouTube channel.

Business history[edit]

GameTrailers 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.[1]

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.[2]

In June 2014, GameTrailers was purchased by Defy Media.[3] Soon after it was reported that senior members of GameTrailers were fired, which is about two-thirds of full-time staff.[4] On February 8, 2016, GameTrailers was shut down.[5]

On March 21, 2016, a majority of the remaining staff at GameTrailers launched a series of new Patreon-supported channels under the new name Easy Allies.[5] On May 17, 2016, it was announced that IGN Entertainment had acquired GameTrailers' brand and back catalog. The company would continue to maintain GameTrailers' YouTube channel, uploading archived original content, and posting new trailers via the channel.[5]

Original content[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 appeared at 12:30 AM on Spike every Thursday night.[6]

List of shows hosted by GameTrailers[edit]

Invisible Walls[edit]

Invisible Walls
Presentation
Hosted by 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.[7] 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.[8] The podcast was a semi-round table discussion show in which the GameTrailers staff members discussed various ongoings in the video game industry, including new video game releases and controversies.

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.[9] 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,[10] 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.[11] It was initially replaced by a short-lived show called Thanks for Playing!, which lasted until April 25, 2014,[12] with a true final episode published on June 27, 2014.[13] A later revival podcast called GT Time, which features some of the Invisible Walls regulars including Damiani and Bloodworth, debuted on March 14, 2014[14] (which is coincidentally the six-year anniversary of the debut episode of Invisible Walls).

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* - A panel show hosted by Geoff Keighley, typically featuring three guests who are some combination of game developers, industry journalists and/or industry financial experts. The show focuses not just on critical analysis of particular games but also on the process of game development (including technical and design innovation) as well as publishing, sales, marketing, and business practices in the gaming industry.
  • 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.
  • Trailer Score (previously known as Let's All Go To The Trailers) - A weekly show, in which Brandon Jones, Kyle Bosman and Daniel Bloodworth discuss and rate the newest videogame trailers.
  • GT Time - A weekly podcast show hosted by Kyle Bosman, in which a panel discuss the latest video game related news stories and make bets about what will happen during the next week.
  • 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.[15]
  • 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. Occasionally the show is replaced by an hour long podcast known as Mandatory Update Nights.
  • Trailer Academy - A show hosted by founder Brandon Jones analyzing video game trailers and discussing what's making a good video game trailer.
  • GT News - A daily news show hosted by Andrea Rene featuring the latest headlines from across the video game industry.[16]
  • Huber Hype- Acclaimed hype enthusiast Michael Huber hits terminal velocity each week in the pursuit of ultimate hype.
  • Ladies in the Lobby- This 6 part series provides a female perspective into gaming though a series of interviews with Elyse Willems, Andrea Rene, Stephanie Bayer, Mari Takahashi, Jessica Villarreal, and Nikole Zivalich.
  • Tabletop Adventures- Lailia Meliamne(Ian Hinck), Pervance Tosscobble (Elyse Willems), Andry Highhill(Kyle Bosman), and Hogger (Michael Huber) adventure through a devious and hilarious Dungeons and Dragons campaign prepared by Dungeon Master Ben Moore.

^* Also available as a podcast.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MTV Networks Acquires GameTrailers.com". Prnewswire.com. Retrieved December 12, 2008. 
  2. ^ "MTVN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP PROMOTES BRAD WINTERS TO GENERAL MANAGER OF GAMETRAILERS.COM". GameTrailers. Retrieved December 12, 2008. 
  3. ^ Farokhmanesh, Megan (June 9, 2014). "GameTrailers, Addicting Games and Shockwave acquired by Defy Media". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ Plante, Chris (June 13, 2014). "Layoffs hit GameTrailers day after E3". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "IGN acquires GameTrailers, will maintain archive of all content (update)". Polygon. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "GTTV Premiere - Tune In". Gametrailers.com. Retrieved December 12, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 239". GameTrailers. January 25, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 1". GameTrailers. March 14, 2008. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 100". GameTrailers. March 27, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 200". GameTrailers. March 3, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 284: Preparing to Die". GameTrailers. January 17, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Thanks for Playing - Video Game Discussions". GameTrailers. January 17, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Thanks for Playing! - Bloodbourne Again". June 27, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ "GT Time: We're Podcasting Again!". GameTrailers. April 14, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Rob Slusser on Twitter". Twitter. 
  16. ^ "GT News - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 

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