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
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
IGN Entertainment , which continues to run its YouTube
* 1 Business history
* 2 Original content
* 3 List of shows hosted by
* 3.1 Invisible Walls
* 3.2 Other shows
* 4 References
* 5 External links
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. . On March 18, 2006
Shane Satterfield was hired as GameTrailers' first editor-in chief and
supervising producer .
MTV Networks restructured its entertainment division,
merging Ifilm.com and SpikeTV.com into Spike.com, and grouping this
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, and Brad Winters as the new general manager of
In June 2014,
GameTrailers was purchased by
Defy Media . Soon after
it was reported that senior members of
GameTrailers were fired, which
is about two-thirds of full-time staff. On February 8, 2016,
GameTrailers was shut down.
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. 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.
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
LIST OF SHOWS HOSTED BY GAMETRAILERS
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Ryan Stevens (episodes 239-284)
Approximately 30-90 minutes
NO. OF EPISODES
284 (excluding special episodes and other videos)
March 14, 2008 – January 17, 2014
Invisible 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.
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. 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. 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,
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.
It was initially replaced by a short-lived show called Thanks for
Playing!, which lasted until April 25, 2014, with a true final
episode published on June 27, 2014. A later revival podcast called GT
Time, which features some of the Invisible Walls regulars including
Damiani and Bloodworth, debuted on March 14, 2014 (which is
coincidentally the six-year anniversary of the debut episode of
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* 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
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
* 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 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. 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.
* 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 ,
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, also
Bloodborne is the first and only
game reviewed to scores 10/10.
* 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
* 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
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
James Rolfe from Cinemassacre Productions, about a
frustrated video game reviewer who plays games from the 80s and 90s.
In 2013 the show decide to continue independently on
* ^ "
MTV Networks Acquires GameTrailers.com". Prnewswire.com.
Retrieved December 12, 2008.
* ^ "MTVN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP PROMOTES BRAD WINTERS TO GENERAL
MANAGER OF GAMETRAILERS.COM". GameTrailers. Retrieved December 12,
* ^ Farokhmanesh, Megan (June 9, 2014). "GameTrailers, Addicting
Games and Shockwave acquired by Defy Media". Polygon. Vox Media.
Retrieved June 14, 2014.
* ^ Plante, Chris (June 13, 2014). "Layoffs hit
after E3". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
* ^ A B C Sarkar, Samit (2016-05-17). "
IGN acquires GameTrailers,
will maintain archive of all content (update)". Polygon. Retrieved
* ^ "GTTV Premiere - Tune In". Gametrailers.com. Retrieved December
* ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 239". GameTrailers. January 25, 2013.
Retrieved January 26, 2013.
* ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 1". GameTrailers. March 14, 2008.
Retrieved October 29, 2012.
* ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 100". GameTrailers. March 27, 2010.
Retrieved March 29, 2010.
* ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 200". GameTrailers. March 3, 2012.
Retrieved July 7, 2012.
* ^ "Invisible Walls, Episode 284: Preparing to Die". GameTrailers.
January 17, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
* ^ "Thanks for Playing - Video Game Discussions". GameTrailers.
January 17, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
* ^ "Thanks for Playing! - Bloodbourne Again". June 27, 2014.
Retrieved September 2, 2014.
* ^ "GT Time: We\'re Podcasting Again!". GameTrailers. April 14,
2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
* ^ "Rob Slusser on Twitter". Twitter.
* ^ "GT News - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2016-06-06.