Wednesday, March 9, 2011
#5: The HotSpot (2007)
2007 saw the end of what is, for all intents and purposes, 'volume one' of The HotSpot. Though the show continues today, much of its famous cast, including Rich Gallup, Jeff Gerstmann, Ryan Davis, and Alex Navarro, left throughout 2007. Despite the departures throughout, the show remained consistently canny and consistently funny, and is nothing short of top quality today.
Timestamps (Part One)
0:07:30 - Korn and Haze
0:30:30 - Movies
1:38:00 - Video game violence, including Manhunt 2
2:46:00 - Various video games
3:38:00 - Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony
Timestamps (Part Two)
0:00:30 - Random clips
0:21:00 - Emails
0:36:00 - Phone calls
2:52:00 - Goodbyes
3:37:00 - Show close
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.
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.
Vinny Caravella began his career in journalism by specializing in video, initially working as a freelance producer in New York City. In 2006 he joined GameSpot as a video editor and producer. After Rich Gallup left the site Caravella took over the job of hosting The HotSpot. He departed GameSpot following the exit of Gerstmann.
Davis joined the GameSpot team in 2000, beginning immediately as a review editor. During his time at the site he co-hosted On the Spot with Rich Gallup. After Gallup's departure he became a staple on The HotSpot, but his spell lasted only a few months. He left the site a few weeks after Gerstmann's dismissal to begin Giant Bomb with his friend.
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.
A news editor at GameSpot, Brendan Sinclair was a frequent voice on The HotSpot as the show broke form and had one permanent news chair. Hailing from Canada, his calm, reasoned demeanor propelled him into the hosting position once Vinny Caravella departed GameSpot.
Thorsen switched in-and-out of the news chair on The HotSpot with Sinclair. He immediately made a name for himself with his active, chirpy style, and his workhorse-like ethic when on the microphone.
Row A (left to right): Aaron Thomas, Brian Ekberg, Greg Kasavin, Greg Mueller
Row B: Jason Ocampo, Justin Calvert, Ricardo Torres
Row C: Ryan MacDonald, Tim Surette