Monday, February 7, 2011
#2: The HotSpot (2006)
Host Rich Gallup and crew followed up a stellar debut year with more great material. In 2006 the seminal gaming podcast returned with new features and faster and better humor and tact. Continuing the trend of talking only about the news in the video game world made The HotSpot more unique than ever, and stronger than before.
Timestamps (Part One)
0:01:30 - Show start
0:07:00 - Issues: Duke Nukem Forever, the Gizmondo, and the word "gamer"
0:43:30 - Issues: GameStop, Command and Conquer 3, and Halo 3
1:11:00 - Issues: Kurt Schilling, Baseball, Starforce DRM, and movies
1:57:30 - Issues: Female gamer clans, video game petitions, and video game violence
2:44:30 - Issues: Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo; the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii launch
Timestamps (Part Two)
0:00:30 - Clips and other short topics
2:16:00 - Listener emails
2:54:30 - Listener phone calls
4:04:00 - Show end
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.
Alex Navarro joined GameSpot in the early 2000s. He became quickly recognized by fans for his humorous, personable reviews of games (most notably for his reviews of bad games) as well as for his public advice column, Burning Questions. Navarro left GameSpot in 2008 to join Harmonix, and now works for Whiskey Media on Screened.com.
Shoemaker began his tenure at GameSpot as an intern in 2000. He later began a feature editor, and then an associate editor. Shoemaker was a regular on GameSpot's weekly shoes, On the Spot and The HotSpot. His deep voice and dulcet tones never go unnoticed.