GameTrailers

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, while most of GT's remaining staff went on to found the independent gaming publication Easy Allies.

GameTrailers
Gametrailers New Logo Wikipedia
The website's final logo used from 2012 to 2016
Available inEnglish
FoundedMarch 25, 2002
DissolvedFebruary 19, 2016
HeadquartersSanta Monica, California, United States
OwnerIGN
Founder(s)Geoffrey R. Grotz, Brandon Jones
IndustryVideo game journalism
Websitewww.gametrailers.com (redirects to YouTube channel)
Alexa rankDecrease 16,174 (January 2016)[1]
RegistrationOptional
Current statusSucceeded by Easy Allies; brand continued as a YouTube channel hosting archived videos and new video game trailers

Business history

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.[2] On March 18, 2006 Shane Satterfield was hired as GameTrailers' first editor-in-chief and supervising producer.

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, Shane Satterfield as Vice President of Content,[3] and Brad Winters as the new general manager of GameTrailers.com.[4]

In June 2014, GameTrailers was purchased by Defy Media.[5] Soon after it was reported that senior members of GameTrailers were fired, which is about two-thirds of full-time staff.[6] On February 8, 2016, GameTrailers was shut down.[7]

On June 1, 2015, Shane Satterfield launched a hand-curated social network for gaming enthusiasts under the name SIFTD. 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.[7] May 17, 2016, it was announced that IGN Entertainment had acquired GameTrailers' brand and back catalog. The company will continue to maintain GameTrailers' YouTube channel, uploading archived original content, and posting new trailers via the channel.[7]

Original content

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 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.[8]

List of shows hosted by GameTrailers

Invisible Walls

Invisible Walls
Presentation
Hosted byShane Satterfield
Marcus Beer
Ryan Stevens (episodes 239–284)
GenreVideo gaming
LanguageEnglish
UpdatesWeekly (Fridays)
LengthApproximately 30–90 minutes
Production
CameraRich Brown
Video formatMP4
Audio formatMP3
No. of episodes284 (excluding special episodes and other videos)
Publication
Original releaseMarch 14, 2008 – January 17, 2014
ProviderGameTrailers
WebsiteInvisible Walls on GameTrailers

Invisible Walls was a video blog-podcast created and hosted by editor-in-chief Shane Satterfield and run by the staff of GameTrailers with 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 eventually hosted by editorial director Ryan Stevens after Shane Satterfield left GameTrailers after Episode 238.[9] They were often joined by a rotating panel of GT editors including Justin Speer, Daniel Bloodworth, Michael 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.[10] The podcast was a semi-round table discussion show in which the GameTrailers staff members discussed various goings-on 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.[11] 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,[12] 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.[13] It was initially replaced by a short-lived show called Thanks for Playing!, which lasted until April 25, 2014,[14] with a true final episode published on June 27, 2014.[15] A later revival podcast called GT Time, which features some of the Invisible Walls regulars including Damiani and Bloodworth, debuted on March 14, 2014[16] (which was coincidentally the six-year anniversary of the debut episode of Invisible Walls) and lasted until February 2016.

Other shows

  • GT Countdown – A top ten list of video games and video game-related subjects. Ended in October 2015.
  • 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. Ended in 2015.
  • 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. Ended in 2016.
  • 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 video game 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. Ended on February 2016.
  • 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.[17]
  • 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. On February 8, 2016 Firewatch was the last game reviewed on Gametrailers.
    • 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.
  • 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. In 2013, Rolfe decided to continue the show independently on YouTube and Cinemassacre.com.
  • 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. Ended in July 2014 after GameTrailers was acquired by Defy Media, in 2015 Michael Patcher creates a new show called Patcher Factor on YouTube Channel.
  • 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. 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. Ended in 2014.
  • 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. Ended on February 6, 2016 before Gametrailers was shut down.
  • 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. Ended in 2015.[18]
  • Huber Hype – Acclaimed hype enthusiast Michael Huber hits terminal velocity each week in the pursuit of ultimate hype. In 2016, after GameTrailers was shut down, the show is succeeded by Huber Syndrome on Easy Allies.
  • Ladies in the Lobby – This six-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 & Dragons campaign prepared by Dungeon Master Ben Moore.
  • First Fifteen – Kyle Bosman and someone else play through the first fifteen minutes of a random video game.

^* Was also available as a podcast.

See also

References

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  2. ^ "MTV Networks Acquires GameTrailers.com". Prnewswire.com. Retrieved December 12, 2008.
  3. ^ "MTVN Entertainment Group Promotes Shane Satterfield to VP Content Spike Digital Entertainment «  Spike Press". www.Spike.com. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "MTVN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP PROMOTES BRAD WINTERS TO GENERAL MANAGER OF GAMETRAILERS.COM". GameTrailers. Retrieved December 12, 2008.
  5. ^ Farokhmanesh, Megan (June 9, 2014). "GameTrailers, Addicting Games and Shockwave acquired by Defy Media". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  6. ^ Plante, Chris (June 13, 2014). "Layoffs hit GameTrailers day after E3". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c Sarkar, Samit (2016-05-17). "IGN acquires GameTrailers, will maintain archive of all content (update)". Polygon. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  8. ^ "GTTV Premiere – Tune In". Gametrailers.com. Retrieved December 12, 2008.
  9. ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 239". GameTrailers. January 25, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  10. ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 1". GameTrailers. March 14, 2008. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  11. ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 100". GameTrailers. March 27, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
  12. ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 200". GameTrailers. March 3, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  13. ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 284: Preparing to Die". GameTrailers. January 17, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  14. ^ "Thanks for Playing – Video Game Discussions". GameTrailers. January 17, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  15. ^ "Thanks for Playing! – Bloodbourne Again". June 27, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  16. ^ "GT Time: We're Podcasting Again!". GameTrailers. April 14, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  17. ^ "Rob Slusser on Twitter". Twitter.
  18. ^ "GT News – YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2016-06-06.

External links

Brandon Jones

Brandon Jones is the name of:

Brandon Jones (actor) (born 1988), American actor

Lex Lang (born 1965), American voice actor

Brandon Jones (athlete) (born 1987), Belizean-American track and field athlete

Brandon Jones (baseball) (born 1983), MLB outfielder

Brandon Jones (cornerback) (born 1989)

Brandon Jones (politician), Representative of Mississippi's 111th District

Brandon Jones (racing driver) (born 1997), NASCAR driver

Brandon Jones (singer) (born 1989), Canadian Idol finalist

Brandon Jones (wide receiver) (born 1982), NFL wide receiver

Brandon Jones, co-founder of GameTrailers

Brandon Astor Jones (1943–2016), American convicted murderer

Easy Allies

Easy Allies is an online video game website that includes news coverage, reviews, personality driven gaming videos, short-form comedic series and an internet forum, created by a group of former GameTrailers staff. The website was found to be the 'Most Trusted Publication of 2016' by video game review aggregator OpenCritic.

Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy is a Japanese science fantasy media franchise created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, and developed and owned by Square Enix (formerly Square). The franchise centers on a series of fantasy and science fantasy role-playing video games (RPGs/JRPGs). The first game in the series was released in 1987, with 14 other main-numbered entries being released since then. The franchise has since branched into other video game genres such as tactical role-playing, action role-playing, massively multiplayer online role-playing, racing, third-person shooter, fighting, and rhythm, as well as branching into other media, including CGI films, anime, manga, and novels.

Final Fantasy installments are generally stand-alone stories, each with different settings, plots and main characters, however, as a corpus they feature some identical elements that help to define the franchise. These recurring elements include plot themes, character names, and game mechanics. Each plot centers on a particular group of heroes who are battling a great evil, but also explores the characters' internal struggles and relationships. Character names are frequently derived from the history, languages, pop culture, and mythologies of cultures worldwide. The mechanics of each game involve similar battle systems and maps.

The Final Fantasy video game series has been both critically and commercially successful, selling more than 142 million games worldwide, making it one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time. The series is well known for its innovation, visuals, and music, such as the inclusion of full-motion videos (FMVs), photorealistic character models, and music by Nobuo Uematsu. It has been a driving force in the video game industry, and the series has affected Square Enix's business practices and its relationships with other video game developers. It has popularized many features now common in role-playing games, also popularizing the genre as a whole in markets outside Japan.

G4tv.com (TV series)

G4tv.com, also known as G4tv: The Show or simply G4tv, was a weekly video game talk show that aired on G4 and was produced by Laura Foy. The questions and polls used on the show were from the G4tv.com discussion forums live chatroom and were on any topic concerning games or the technology of gaming. At least one person who has worked in the video game industry was usually interviewed in each episode.

The show was hosted by Tina Wood, Laura Foy, and Geoff Keighley (who replaced original host and co-producer Scot Rubin in 2004 and started hosting the Spike TV show Game Head (now known as GameTrailers TV in mid-2005). On December 12, 2005, Tina Wood announced on her blog and on air that G4tv.com had been canceled. The final episode, titled "Goodbye", was taped on Friday, December 16, 2005, and aired on Monday, December 19, 2005.

GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley

GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley (or GT.TV) is a television show about video games hosted by video game journalist Geoff Keighley. Originally titled Game Head, on January 25, 2008, the show relaunched under its current name with a slightly different format and further incorporation of GameTrailers hosts, Amanda MacKay and Daniel Kayser. The series airs Friday nights at different times (depending on the previous programming) at 12am, 12:30am, 1am, and 1:30am Eastern Time on Spike in the U.S. and Canada.

In September 2016, Geoff Keighley partnered with YouTube to launch a new show dubbed "Live with YouTube Gaming", which carries a lot of similarities with GameTrailers TV.

Game One

Game One is a French television channel owned by Viacom International Media Networks Europe.The channel shows several programs based on video gaming. It also airs Japanese anime on a regular basis, such as Fairy Tail, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai and Eyeshield 21.

Geoff Keighley

Geoff Keighley (born June 24, 1979) is a Canadian video game journalist and television presenter. He was most known for hosting the video game show GameTrailers TV, and for co-hosting the now-defunct G4tv.com. Keighley is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kotaku, among other publications. Keighley was the executive producer of the Spike Video Game Awards, and has served as the executive producer and host of The Game Awards since its inaugural show in 2014. He has also hosted the E3 Coliseum event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

List of Angry Video Game Nerd episodes

Angry Video Game Nerd (abbreviated as AVGN) is an American web television series of comedy-themed retrogaming reviews, created by and starring James Rolfe. The show revolves around reviews that involve acerbic rants about low quality video games. From the beginning of season 2, new episodes were aired first on GameTrailers.com, but are since now aired at Cinemassacre.com, with episodes later being re-aired on Rolfe's own YouTube channel. Episodes are usually scheduled for release on the first or second Wednesday of each month; originally, Rolfe's early work schedule allowed for two episodes per month, but other work commitments changed this to its present arrangement.Three AVGN episodes, although still available for viewing, never officially made it to/remained on YouTube. One of these, Atari Porn, was removed after the site flagged it for inappropriate content per its community guidelines, while the other two were the two part review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3. Two other episodes were later removed for using movie clips from copyrighted films – Rocky and Super Mario Bros. 3 – but were later reuploaded to YouTube after being amended and changed to comply with the website's policies.

List of Game of the Year awards

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List of accolades received by Grand Theft Auto V

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Mario Kart 7

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Mario Kart 7 was the second 3DS game to sell over five million units, following Super Mario 3D Land. A Nintendo eShop version was released in 2012. By December 2018, it had sold over 18 million copies worldwide, making it the 3DS's best-selling game.

Monty Oum

Monyreak "Monty" Oum (; June 22, 1981 – February 1, 2015) was an American web-based animator and writer. A self-taught animator, he scripted and produced several crossover fighting video series, drawing the attention of internet production company Rooster Teeth, who hired him. There, he provided custom animations for Red vs. Blue, and created the original animated series RWBY. Oum married Sheena Duquette on May 10, 2014.Oum attracted attention within the gaming community after releasing the hit video Haloid in 2007 on GameTrailers, which a Destructoid article called "the most interesting Halo-related fan movie in existence". The video has received more than 4 million views and is the most watched user-created content on GameTrailers. In October of the same year, he released the first video in his Dead Fantasy fan series which, like Haloid, featured fantastical combat sequences between characters from two different established games series (this time Tecmo's Dead or Alive/Ninja Gaiden vs. Square Enix's Final Fantasy/Kingdom Hearts). He released five episodes of Dead Fantasy, a preview of an additional episode and two music videos featuring the heroines of the series. After Oum announced that he had started working for Rooster Teeth, the series was put on hold.

Oum suffered a severe allergic reaction during a medical procedure and fell into a coma on January 22, 2015. He died on February 1, 2015.

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