Thursday, January 6, 2011
#1: The HotSpot (2005)
The debut year of a seminal gaming podcast hosted by Rich Gallup and featuring talents Bob Colayco and Jeff Gerstmann. Rather than a diffuse discussion about the games everybody was playing, with Gallup at the helm The HotSpot spoke exclusively about the news. The personalities of the cast filled in the blanks and made this unique show special.
0:02:15 - Introduction
0:06:00 - Perfect Dark: Initial Vector
0:12:30 - Splinter Cell: Double Agent
0:19:00 - Nintendo
0:26:00 - The Halo movie
0:32:30 - Xbox 360
1:12:00 - Jack Thompson and video game violence
1:32:00 - Freeform discussion and random clips
Gallup joined the GameSpot staff in 2003, initially starring as an intern for the video show GameSpot Live. He was later hired on as a video producer, managing the website's video projects and video reviews. Gallup hosted On the Spot, what was then GameSpot's weekly video review show. In 2005 Gallup was put in charge of GameSpot's podcast project, The HotSpot. He left GameSpot in 2007.
Bob Colayco wrote for GameSpot as an associate editor. He was lauded for his knowledge of sports, particularly basketball and football. Colayco left GameSpot in 2006 to pursue a career with Blizzard Entertainment.
Gerstmann's career at GameSpot began in 1996 when he was hired as an intern. He stayed with the site during its expansion while simultaneously working his musical talents. Gerstmann made several appearances in the mainstream media, including an infamous showing on Good Morning America. He is beloved for his sharp and charming sense of humor. In 2008 he founded Whiskey Media's Giant Bomb, and currently appears on the Giant Bombcast podcast.
Carrie Gouskos joined the GameSpot team in early 2005 as a features editor after a short career as a game tester for Acclaim Entertainment. She was a frequent guest on The HotSpot, providing balance against the male-dominated cast. She left GameSpot in 2006 to work development with BioWare Mythic.