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Gamebomb is an American Let's Play webseries originally created and hosted by Chris Bartoldus, Jake Mackay and Matt Whelan on YouTube.[1] The three play various video games from various consoles while doing live comedic commentary. The first episode of Gamebomb aired on January 9, 2014. On June 5, 2016, the channel announced the addition of Tony Preldakaj and Joe Gemino to the series, both of whom had been guests on the show in past episodes.[2] On January 1, 2017, it was announced that Preldakaj would be leaving the series, but would return in the future as a guest.[3] On June 5, 2017, in another update video, it was announced that Mackay would no longer be a member of Gamebomb, in order for him to be able to focus on other priorities.[4]

Content

Each day, Gamebomb publishes ten-minute episodes of the hosts playing a video game while giving commentary. They often speak of their experiences with the game as well as stories about the game, and their opinions of the game. More often than not, the hosts will go on a tangent and tell stories that are not relevant to the gameplay.

The current hosts of Gamebomb are Chris Bartoldus (born December 20, 1996 (1996-12-20) [age 23]), Joe Gemino (born January 29, 1996 (1996-01-29) [age 24]), and Matt Whelan (born August 2, 1996 (1996-08-02) [age 24]). The three are also good friends outside of the webseries.

The hosts of Gamebomb sometimes feature their friends as guests, usually playing multiplayer games with them. After Preldakaj left the series, there have been three guests: Preldakaj,[5] Jimmy McElwain,[6] and Jack Braun[7] (appeared only in a live stream).

History

In mid-2013, the Gamebomb channel began as an idea inspired by another Let's Play series, Game Grumps, which Bartoldus and Whelan were both fans of. Whelan has stated that he knew how to capture game footage but did not know how to edit video, and Bartoldus knew how to edit video but did not know how to capture game footage. So in 2013 when they met through a mutual friend, Mackay, the three decided to start a Let's Play series in conjunction with their skit channel, Facebomb Productions.

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Gamebombs original icon

When the series began, the episodes were recorded in a living room with sub-par capture software and hardware. The episodes were edited by Bartoldus, who continues to edit the episodes currently. The channel was created on September 20, 2013, not long after Bartoldus, Mackay and Whelan had decided to form "Facebomb Productions" (known simply as "FACEBOMB" at the time). The channel was announced via a video titled "Super Awesome Gamebomb Announcement!", which was uploaded to Facebomb and depicts Mackay and Whelan pretending to come up with the idea of starting a Let's Play channel, followed by a voice-over by Bartoldus.

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The original banner for Gamebomb

On January 9, 2014, the channel uploaded their first serials: Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii, Banjo Kazooie on the Nintendo 64, Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64, and Jak 3 on the Playstation 2. The channel had no episode schedule, and would upload at random.

On January 28, 2014, the channel uploaded it's first series with a guest: Mario Party 2, featuring Joe Gemino, who would eventually become a permanent member on June 6, 2016.

In May 2014, the channel received a makeover, complete with a new icon, banner, and intro. This makeover also introduced new serials: Crash Bandicoot: Warped on the Playstation, Kingdom Hearts II on the Playstation 2, Pokémon Stadium 2 on the Nintendo 64 (again featuring Gemino as a guest), and their first modern console serial: Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U.

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Gamebombs icon used from May 2014 through May 2016

Gamebomb went on hiatus from September 2014 to January 2015 due to Bartoldus, Mackay, and Whelan working on the pilot of their webseries, Jersey Coast, as well as Whelan attending his first year of college. During this period, only a few episodes were uploaded to the channel. Gamebomb episodes continued to be uploaded sporadically during the spring and summer of 2015.

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Gamebombs channel banner from May 2014 through December 2016

In October of 2015, Gamebomb uploaded serials of Whelan and his friends from college: Slightly, Andrew, Justin and "Other" Chris. These serials included Cloudberry Kingdom, Shovel Knight, Undertale, and Elmo's Number Journey. These episodes were edited by Bartoldus, but did not feature him or Mackay providing commentary in any of the episodes. During this period, Gamebomb also released "Best of Gamebomb: 2014", a compilation of all of the episodes that were recorded in 2015.

In December 2015, Gamebomb uploaded three episodes of New Super Mario Bros. U for the Wii U, featuring Gemino as well as a new guest, Tony Preldakaj. Following these episodes, Gamebomb went on a second hiatus due to all three of its members attending college.

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The Gamebomb icon from June 2016 through December 2016

On June 6, 2016, after over six months with no new content, a video was uploaded to the channel titled "GAMEBOMB UPDATES!!! NEW PEOPLE!!!". This video depicted Bartoldus, Mackay, and Whelan announcing the addition of Gemino and Preldakaj as members of Gamebomb, as well as the prospect of becoming more consistent on both Gamebomb and Facebomb Productions. The description of the video states their new upload schedule: every day at 2pm eastern-standard time, and Tuesdays and Fridays at 2pm and 5pm eastern-standard time. This is the first time that Gamebomb has announced an upload schedule. This announcement accompanied the redesign of the channels logo, the addition of Gemino and Preldakaj's faces in the intro and icon, and eight new series. This also introduced a new type of video: the "Best of Gamebomb" compilations.

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Gamebomb channel banner as of January 2017

On January 1, 2017, Gamebomb uploaded a video titled "A Gamebomb Update! And a farewell...", where Bartoldus, Mackay, Gemino, and Whelan expressed thanks to their viewers and announced a more consistent future in regards to uploding episodes. They also announced another redesign of the channel, removing all video game characters from the intro and logo, remaking the intro, and updating their headshots. They also announced that Preldakaj would be leaving the series to attend school in Florida, but has since returned as a recurring guest.

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The present Gamebomb icon as of January 2017

On February 9, 2016, Gamebomb uploaded a video called "300 SUBSCRIBERS! & TWO VIDEOS A DAY!", in which Bartoldus thanked their subscribers for watching and announced that Gamebomb would be uploading two videos a day, with three videos on Tuesdays and Fridays.

On June 6, 2017, exactly a year after the channel had relaunched, Gamebomb upleaded another announcement titled "GAMEBOMB UPDATE: JUNE 2017". In this video, they yet again thanked their fans for the support, and announced they would be starting a Twitch channel. They stated they would start streaming on YouTube and Twitch, albeit with no set schedule. They accredited their recent subscriber boost to a video posted on a channel called GameGrumps Compilations, titled "Best of Gamebomb 2016 -Let's Play Spotlight". This announcement also came with the news that Mackay would be leaving the channel, due to other responsibilities outside of Gamebomb. This ended two long running series: Super Mario 64, and Jak 3. Jak 3 still holds the record for most episodes in a series: 46.[8] This is the first announcement to be uploaded along with a blooper reel.

In September of 2017 Gamebomb started uploading episodes of "GAMEBOMB LIVE", where they livestream a game to their YouTube and Twitch simultaneously.

Style

Each episode begins with the Gamebomb intro, which shows the channel's members and the channel's logo accompanied by a song composed and produced by Bartoldus. After the last beat of the song, the Gambomb logo is shown and the gameplay footage fades in. The players usually tell stories or jokes which can vary from lighthearted humor to dark humor, and some jokes are even censored if the hosts deem it necessary. While recording, the players often ask Bartoldus to add extra edits during the post-production process of the episodes. Towards the end of the episode, a "Subscribe" button appears, along with links to the next and previous episodes within that series. A suggested video also appears, under the title "Watch This Too", as well as links to their social media accounts and Patreon account.

The episodes are usually no more than 12 minutes long unless deemed necessary by the players or dubbed a "single". However, there are only six singles to date. Each series varies players, meaning any given episode can feature any combination of members. Gamebomb has never uploaded an episode featuring only a single member.

The members of Gamebomb have stated that their comedic and stylistic influences include: Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson, Jon "JonTron" Jafari, Will Stamper, Chris "OneyNG" O'Neill, Cory "Spazkidin3D" Beck, Zach "psychicpebbles" Hadel, and Ethan "h3h3productions" Klein. Gamebomb's format is also influenced by the Game Grumps,[9] OneyPlays, and Continue?.

Other Projects

Facebomb Productions

Facebomb Productions is the skit channel associated with Gamebomb and includes Bartoldus, Mackay, and Whelan who edit, write, and direct skits, shorts, and other film content. They are perhaps most well known for the pilot of their would-be webseries, Jersey Coast. The channel has been inactive for over nine months.

Grezz

Grezz is Bartoldus' music alias as well as his YouTube channel where he uploads electronic music that he produces. The channel has been inactive for a few months, but in 2017, Bartoldus released a mashup on a new channel under his own name.[10]

Freebomb

Freebomb is the vlog channel associated with both Gamebomb and Facebomb Productions. It contains many behind the scenes videos as well as videos containing the members of Gamebomb and their friends. It has been inactive for over nine months.

Video List

Episodes

Phase 1

Phase 1 lasted from Gamebomb's first upload, on January 9, 2014, to May 7, 2014. It had a total of 49 videos, and started 6 series'. Many of the episodes have intermittent red flashing lights, due to a frame rate error while editing.

# Game Title First Episode Aired Number of Episodes Series Status Presented By
1 Super Smash Bros. Brawl January 9, 2014 9 Discontinued** Bartoldus, Mackay, Whelan
2 Banjo Kazooie January 9, 2014 9 Discontinued Bartoldus, Whelan
3 Super Mario 64 January 9, 2014 28 Discontinued Mackay, Whelan
4 Jak 3 January 10, 2014 46 Discontinued Bartoldus, Mackay
5 Mario Party 2 January 28, 2014 13 Completed July 5, 2016 Bartoldus, Mackay, Whelan

Guest: Joe Gemino

6 Star Wars: Episode 1 - Jedi Power Battles March 24, 2014 7 Discontinued Bartoldus, Whelan

Phase 2

Phase 2 was characterized by an updated intro, banner, thumbnails, face pictures, as well as new serials. It lasted from May 8, 2015 to June 5, 2016. This phase spanned multiple hiatuses and breaks due to filming for Facebomb Productions, and the members attending different schools. Phase 2 had a total of 44 videos, and started 9 series': 43 episodes and 1 single. Most of the episodes incorporated friends of Whelan as guests due to Whelan attending college far away from both Bartoldus and Mackay. The New Super Mario Bros. U episodes marked Preldakaj's first appearance on the channel.

# Game Title First Episode Aired Number of Episodes Series Status Presented By
7 Crash Bandicoot: Warped May 8, 2014 11 Completed April 11, 2017 Mackay, Whelan
8 Kingdom Hearts II May 13, 2014 4 Discontinued Bartoldus, Mackay
9 Super Mario 3D World August 14, 2014 12 Discontinued Bartoldus, Mackay, Whelan
10 Jak X August 14, 2014 3 Discontinued Bartoldus, Mackay**

**Whelan appears in episode 3

11 Cloudberry Kingdom* October 5, 2015 4 Discontinued Whelan

Guests: Andrew, Slightly, Justin

12 Undertale* October 19, 2015 2 Discontinued Whelan

Guest: Other Chris

13 Shovel Knight* October 20, 2015 4 Discontinued Whelan

Guest: Other Chris

14 Elmo's Number Journey* November 11, 2015 2 Discontinued Whelan

Guest: Other Chris

15 New Super Mario Bros. U December 4, 2015 3 Discontinued Bartoldus, Whelan

Guests: Gemino, Tony Preldakaj

*Episodes did not feature Bartoldus or Mackay and were recorded only by Whelan
Single Title Date Aired Length Presented By
Pokémon Stadium 2 May 12, 2014 22:18 Bartoldus, Whelan

Guest: Gemino

Phase 3

Phase 3 was characterized by the new daily upload schedule, updated icon and intro, and the addition of Tony Preldakaj and Joe Gemino as members of Gamebomb. This was revealed via an announcement video posted on Gamebomb on June 5, 2016. Bartoldus has stated that the idea to add Preldakaj and Gemino to the roster of members came from his and Mackay's idea to bring back the series from it's six-month hiatus since December of 2015. Due to a new daily upload schedule, Gamebomb tripled the amount of videos on the channel since the end of phase 2. Phase 3 started 26 series' and had a total of 234 videos: 231 episodes and 3 singles.

# Game Title First Episode Aired Episodes Series Status Presented By
16 Super Meat Boy June 6, 2016 17 Completed March 2, 2017 Mackay, Whelan
17 Drake of the 99 Dragons June 6, 2016 9 Discontinued Bartoldus, Whelan
18 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD June 6, 2016 15 Discontinued Bartoldus, Preldakaj
19 Spider-Man: Web of Shadows June 6, 2016 5 Discontinued Gemino, Mackay
20 Pikmin 3 June 6, 2016 3 Discontinued Bartoldus, Gemino
21 Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom June 6, 2016 5 Discontinued Mackay, Preldakaj
22 Tony Hawk's American Wasteland June 6, 2016 22 Ongoing Gemino, Whelan
23 Toy Story 3 June 6, 2016 14 Completed December 20, 2016 Preldakaj, Whelan
24 Treasure Planet June 15, 2016 5 Discontinued Bartoldus, Mackay
25 Castle Crashers June 24, 2016 2 Discontinued Bartoldus, Gemino, Mackay, Whelan
26 The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King June 29, 2016 3 Discontinued Bartoldus, Gemino
27 Nintendoland July 8, 2016 16 Ongoing Game can include any combination of players
28 Mario Party 6 July 15, 2016 3 Discontinued Bartoldus, Gemino, Preldakaj, Whelan
29 Pac-Man World 2 July 15, 2016 6 Dinscontinued Gemino, Mackay
30 Dead Space July 17, 2016 18 Ongoing Bartoldus, Gemino
31 Pokémon Snap July 19, 2016 3 Discontinued Bartoldus, Preldakaj, Whelan
32 Portal 2 July 20, 2016 6 Discontinued Preldakaj, Whelan
33 Super Mario Galaxy August 18, 2016 18 Ongoing Before 2/17/17:Bartoldus, Preldakaj

As of 2/17/17:

Bartoldus, Whelan

Guest: Tony Preldakaj

34 Until Dawn August 19, 2016 4 Discontinued Bartoldus, Gemino, Mackay, Preldakaj, Whelan
35 Ratchet & Clank August 29, 2016 5 Discontinued Mackay, Preldakaj
36 Typing of the Dead August 31, 2016 5 Discontinued Bartoldus, Whelan
37 Tricky Towers September 6, 2016 6 Discontinued Bartoldus, Preldakaj, Whelan
38 Sonic the Hedgehog September 25, 2016 25 Discontinued Bartoldus, Gemino
39 Super Mario 64 - Last Impact October 7, 2016 8 Discontinued Mackay, Whelan
40 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U November 17, 2016 10 Discontinued Bartoldus, Gemino, Preldakaj
41 The Stanley Parable November 25, 2016 6 Discontinued Bartoldus, Whelan
42 Paper Mario Color Splash December 8, 2016 3 Discontinued Gemino, Whelan
Single Title Date Aired Length Presented By
Hot Shots Golf 3 June 5, 2016 47:18 Bartoldus, Mackay
Gears of War 4 October 12, 2016 55:41 Gemino, Whelan
Outlast 2 December 7, 2016 20:06 Bartoldus, Gemino, Preldakaj

Phase 4

The beginning of Phase 4 was characterized by the redesign of the logo and intro, updated pictures, and the departure of Preldakaj as a host on Gamebomb. This was explained on an announcement video posted on Gamebomb on January 1, 2017. It is the current phase of Gamebomb. Due to a new daily upload schedule, Gamebomb has exponentially increased the amount of videos they have posted. Phase 4 currently has a total of 416 videos and has started 29 series.

# Game Title First Episode Aired Episodes Series Status Presented By
43 Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime January 1, 2017 3 Discontinued Mackay, Whelan
44 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time January 2, 2017 38 Ongoing Bartoldus, Whelan
45 Binding of Issac - Afterbirth † January 3, 2017 1 Discontinued Gemino, Whelan
46 Super Mario Sunshine January 8, 2017 19 Discontinued Gemino, Mackay
47 Pokemon Stadium 2 January 27, 2017 4 Discontinued Bartoldus, Gemino, Whelan
48 Donkey Kong Country February 19, 2017 12 Completed on May 3, 2017 Bartoldus, Whelan
49 Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit February 20, 2017 4 Discontinued Bartoldus, Gemino
50 Sonic Heroes February 22, 2017 15 Discontinued Gemino,

Mackay

51 Family Feud February 24, 2017 7 Discontinued Bartoldus,

Gamino

52 Mario Party February 25, 2017 6 Completed on April 19, 2017 Bartoldus, Gemino, Mackay
53 Backbreaker February 26, 2017 3 Discontinued Gamino, Whelan
54 Gears of War March 3, 2017 7 Discontinued Bartoldus, Gemino
55 Battleblock Theater March 19, 2017 8 Discontinued Bartoldus, Mackay
56 Bioshock March 28, 2017 30 Ongoing Gemino, Whelan
57 Yooka Laylee April 10, 2017 6 Discontinued Bartoldus, Whelan
58 Limbo April 12, 2017 9 Completed on August 1, 2017 Bartoldus, Gemino
59 Cubway April 13, 2017 17 Ongoing Bartoldus, Gemino
60 Spyro The Dragon April 13, 2017 12 Ongoing Bartoldus, Whelan
61 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask April 14, 2017 11 Ongoing Bartoldus, Gemino, Whelan
62 Outlast April 20, 2017 6 Ongoing Bartoldus, Whelan

Guest:

Jimmy McElwain

63 30 Great Games May 7, 2017 4 Discontinued Bartoldus, Gemino
64 Castlevania May 11, 2017 3 Discontinued Bartoldus, Whelan
65 Pilotwings 64 May 12, 2017 3 Discontinued Bartoldus, Whelan
66 Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire May 13, 2017 7 Discontinued Bartoldus, Whelan
67 Far Cry 3 May 27, 2017 29 Ongoing Bartoldus, Gemino
68 Little Nemo: The Dream Master July 4, 2017 3 Discontinued Bartoldus, Gemino, Whelan
69 Super Amazing Wagon Adventure July 21, 2017 5 Discontinued Gemino, Whelan
70 Donkey Kong Country 2 August 3, 2017 6 Ongoing Bartoldus, Whelan
71 Castle Crashers August 11, 2017 11 Ongoing Bartoldus, Gemino, Whelan
72 Sonic Generations September 19, 2017 10 Ongoing Gemino, Whelan
73 Lost In Shadow November 11, 2017 9 Ongoing Bartoldus, Gemino
74 Need for Speed: Most Wanted January 25, 2018 10 Ongoing Bartoldus, Gemino
75 Assassin's Creed II February 1, 2018 4 Ongoing Bartoldus, Gemino
Single Title Date Aired Length Presented By
Alien Hominid / Contra March 13, 2017 19:20 Gemino, Whelan
Tonka Space Station January 23, 2018 58:15 Bartoldus, Gemino
**More than six months has passed since the release of the last episode

GAMEBOMB LIVE

GAMEBOMB LIVE is a series of livestreams streamed to YouTube and uploaded to Gamebomb's channel.

Stream Title Date Aired Length Game(s) Presented By
Catching up on Far Cry 3 September 15, 2017 1:51:52 •Far Cry 3 Bartoldus, Gemino

Guest: Tony Preldakaj

Games with Jack Braun September 21, 2017 1:43:05 •Game of Horror

•TrialsHD

Bartoldus, Gemino

Guests: Tony Preldakaj,

Jack Braun

Black ops Zombies! September 28, 2017 1:53:02 •Call of Duty Black Ops- Zombies

•Typing of the Dead

Bartoldus, Gemino, Whelan

Guest: Peldakaj

Super Nintendo Classic Games with Tony! October 12, 2017 2:25:56 •Mega Man X

•Super Ghouls 'N' Ghosts

•Kirby Super Star

•Contra III

•Mario Kart

•Kirby's Dream Course

•Mario Kart 8

Bartoldus, Gemino,

Guest: Peldakaj

Uncharted 3! October 19, 2017 1:56:33 •Uncharted 3

•Wii Sports

Bartoldus, Gemino
Simpsons Hit and Run! October 26, 2017 2:35:31 •Tetris Worlds

•Simpsons Hit and Run

•Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Bartoldus, Gemino
Super Mario Odyssey! (with Tony) November 2, 2017 1:20:31 •Super Mario Odyssey Bartoldus, Gemino,

Guest: Peldakaj

Ocarina of Time February 9, 2018 1:00:44 •Ocarina of Time Bartoldus, Whelan

[Video statistics updated 2/22/18]

Non-Episodes

Announcements

Video Title Upload Date Description
GAMEBOMB UPDATES!!! NEW PEOPLE!!! June 6, 2016 Bartoldus, Mackay, and Whelan sit and talk about channel updates, the prospect of being more consistent.
A Gamebomb Update! And a sad farewell... January 1, 2017 An announcement explaining the departure of Preldakaj, the redesign of the channel, and a general "thank you" to their subscribers.
300 SUBSCRIBERS! & TWO VIDEOS A DAY! February 9, 2016 An announcement thanking viewers for 300 subscribers, and explaining a new upload schedule. Gamebomb announces in this video that they will be uploading two videos daily and three videos on Tuesdays and Fridays.
GAMEBOMB UPDATE: JUNE 2017 June 6, 2017 An announcement announcing the launch of Gamebomb's Twitch channel, their GameGrumps Compilations shoutout, and the departure of Mackay as a member of Gamebomb.

"Best Of" Compilations

Video Title Upload Date
2014 October 1, 2015
Summer 2016 - PART 1 September 26, 2016
Summer 2016 - PART 2 September 26, 2016
September 2016 November 16, 2016
October 2016 December 31, 2016
November & December 2016 February 28, 2017
January 2017 March 22, 2017
February 2017 April 6, 2017
March 2017 September 7, 2017

Other

Video Title Upload Date Description
June 2017 Update Bloopers Jun 11, 2017 Blooper reel for the June 2017 update video.
Breakaway: A Pop Punk Musical TEASER Jun 21, 2017 Teaser for a 48 hour film project that Bartoldus and Whelan worked on
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