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•January 9, 2014 - December 22, 2015
June 6, 2016 - present

Presented By

Chris Bartoldus (Jan 2014-present)
Matt Whelan (Jan 2014-present)
Joe Gemino (Jun 2016-present)

Jake Mackay (Jan 2014-Jun 2017)
Tony Preldakaj (Jun 2016-Dec 2016)




Subscriber Count


Video Count


Video Views


Upload Schedule

•Every Day @11am, 2pm EST
•Tuesday & Friday @11am, 2pm & 5pm EST


Christopher Bartoldus (2014-present)

Theme Music Composer

Christopher Bartoldus

Recurring Guests

Tony Preldakaj
Jimmy McElwain

Gamebomb is a Let's Play webseries originally created and hosted by Chris Bartoldus, Jake Mackay and Matt Whelan on YouTube. The three play various video games from various consoles while doing live comedic commentary. The first episode of Gamebomb aired on January 9, 2014.[1] 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 returning in the future as a guest. 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.

Content Edit

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 hosts of Gamebomb sometimes feature their friends as guests, usually playing multiplayer games with them.

History Edit

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.

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.

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Gamebomb's original icon

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The original banner for Gamebomb

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.

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.

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Gamebomb's icon used from May 2014 through May 2016

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Gamebomb's channel banner from May 2014 through December 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.

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.

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.

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The present Gamebomb icon 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 returned as a recurring guest.

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 of the longest running series: Super Mario 64, and Jak 3. Jak 3 still holds the record for most episodes in a series. 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.

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Gamebomb channel banner as of January 2017

Style Edit

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 three singles to date. Each series varies players, meaning any given episode can feature any combination of two to four members of the channel. 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 Hanson, Jon Jafari, Will Stamper, Chris O'Neill, Cory Beck, Zach Hadel, and Ethan Klein. Gamebomb's format is also influenced by the Game Grumps, OneyPlays, and Continue?.

Other ProjectsEdit

Facebomb ProductionsEdit

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.


Grezz is Bartoldus' music alias as well as his YouTube channel where he uploads electronic music that he produces.


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.

Video List Edit


Phase 1Edit

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 Thumbnail
1 Super Smash Bros. Brawl January 9, 2014 9 Discontinued** Bartoldus, Mackay, Whelan
Brawl Gamebomb
2 Banjo Kazooie January 9, 2014 9 Discontinued Bartoldus, Whelan
1Banjo Kazooie
3 Super Mario 64 January 9, 2014 28 Discontinued Mackay, Whelan
Super Mario 64 pt 1
Super Mario 64
4 Jak 3 January 10, 2014 46 Discontinued Bartoldus, Mackay
Jak 3 Gamebomb
Jak 3
5 Mario Party 2 January 28, 2014 13 Completed July 5, 2016 Bartoldus, Mackay, Whelan

Guest: Joe Gemino

Mario party 2 part 1
Mario Party 2
6 Star Wars: Episode 1 - Jedi Power Battles March 24, 2014 7 Discontinued Bartoldus, Whelan
Jedi power battles part 1
Jedi Power

Phase 2Edit

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. It was the longest phase of Gamebomb, but also 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 Thumbnail
7 Crash Bandicoot: Warped May 8, 2014 11 Completed April 11, 2017 Mackay, Whelan
Crash warped 1
8 Kingdom Hearts II May 13, 2014 4 Discontinued Bartoldus, Mackay
Kingdom hearts 1
9 Super Mario 3D World August 14, 2014 12 Discontinued Bartoldus, Mackay, Whelan
Super mario 3d world 1
10 Jak X August 14, 2014 3 Discontinued Bartoldus, Mackay**

**Whelan appears in episode 3

Jak x 1
11 Cloudberry Kingdom* October 5, 2015 4 Discontinued Whelan

Guests: Andrew, Slightly, Justin

Cloudberry 1
12 Undertale* October 19, 2015 2 Discontinued Whelan

Guest: Other Chris

Undertale 1
13 Shovel Knight* October 20, 2015 4 Discontinued Whelan

Guest: Other Chris

Shovel knight 1
14 Elmo's Number Journey* November 11, 2015 2 Discontinued Whelan

Guest: Other Chris

Elmos number journey 1
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 Thumbnail
Pokémon Stadium 2 May 12, 2014 22:18 Bartoldus, Whelan

Guest: Gemino

Pokémon Stadium

Phase 3Edit

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 Thumbnail
16 Super Meat Boy June 6, 2016 17 Completed March 2, 2017 Mackay, Whelan
Super meat boy 1
17 Drake of the 99 Dragons June 6, 2016 9 Discontinued Bartoldus, Whelan
Drake of the 99 dragons 1
18 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD June 6, 2016 15 Discontinued Bartoldus, Preldakaj
Gamebomb Wind Waker
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 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 Ongoing 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 Thumbnail
Hot Shots Golf 3 June 5, 2016 47:18 Bartoldus, Mackay
Hot Shots Golf 3
Gears of War 4 October 12, 2016 55:41 Gemino, Whelan
Gears 4
Outlast 2 December 7, 2016 20:06 Bartoldus, Gemino, Preldakaj
Outlast 2

Phase 4Edit

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 348 videos and has started 25 series'.

# Game Title First Episode Aired Episodes Series Status Presented By Thumbnail
43 Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime January 1, 2017 3 Discontinued Mackay, Whelan
44 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time January 2, 2017 33 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,


51 Family Feud February 24, 2017 7 Discontinued Bartoldus,


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 Ongoing Bartoldus, Gemino
55 Battleblock Theater March 19, 2017 8 Discontinued Bartoldus, Mackay
56 Bioshock March 28, 2017 22 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


Jimmy McElwain

63 Pilotwings 64 May 12, 2017 3 Ongoing Bartoldus,


64 Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire May 13, 2017 7 Ongoing Bartoldus, Whelan
65 Far Cry 3 May 27, 2017 16 Ongoing Bartoldus, Gemino
66 Donkey Kong Country 2 August 3, 2017 4 Ongoing Bartoldus, Whelan
67 Castle Crashers August 11, 2017 6 Ongoing Bartoldus, Gemino, Whelan
Single Title Date Aired Length Presented By Thumbnail
Alien Hominid / Contra March 13, 2017 19:20 Gemino, Whelan
Alien Hominid-Contra
**More than six months has passed since the release of the last episode


GAMEBOMB LIVE is a series of livestreams streamed to Youtube and Twitch simultaneously, and uploaded to Gamebomb's Youtube channel.

Single Title Date Aired Game(s) Presented By Thumbnail
Catching up on Far Cry 3 September 15, 2017 Far Cry 3 Bartoldus, Gemino

Guest: Tony Preldakaj

[Video statistics updated 9/11/17]



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" CompilationsEdit

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



See Also Edit

References Edit

  1. Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Part 1: Yelling on YouTube: