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 sold to
IGN Entertainment, which continues to run its
1 Business history
2 Original content
3 List of shows hosted by GameTrailers
3.1 Invisible Walls
3.2 Other shows
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
MTV Networks restructured its entertainment division, merging
Ifilm.com and SpikeTV.com into Spike.com, and grouping this new
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, 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
GameTrailers staff members discussed various goings-on in the
video game industry, including new video game releases and
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
Game Developers Conference and for the new Invisible Walls studio to
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 was coincidentally the six-year anniversary of the
debut episode of Invisible Walls) and lasted until February 2016.
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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 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
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
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.
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
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
Angry Video Game Nerd –
Video game review rants starring and created
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
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
GameTrailers was acquired by Defy Media, in 2015 Michael
Patcher creates a new show called Patcher Factor on
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
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
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
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
GT News – A daily news show hosted by Andrea Rene featuring the
latest headlines from across the video game industry. Ended in
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
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.
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