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Drunkenski

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Dude I loved the Wii Punch Out. You fight fucking Donkey Kong in it. The character animations are so good! When you knock the fuck out of Glass Joe, croissants and baguettes go flying everywhere. How can you dislike that? Lol

Im no Punch Out hater. I love them all, but I do agree on the pattern recognition (Super was definitely the hardest for me out of the console three, arcade beat my ass) being much easier as an adult than a kid and the fact that it’s really what that series is, reductionist view or not.

And also saying replaying those kind old fav games of that era are like a warm familiar handshake from an old friend? You play it for 20 minutes to get that tasty, dopamine nostalgia hit and then you can walk away with a smile. NAILED IT.
Haha alright, fair points! The art style and animation for Wii Punch Out left a bad taste with me back when it came out. Maybe I'd have more respect for it 11 years (!) later. Played the hell out of NES PO but yeah you're right, I bet it'd be easier now that I earned my Gamer merit badge.

I still go back to SNES Punch Out pretty often, and you totally nailed it, 20-30 minutes then you slide back into your couch and ride the wave. Landing a super punch is so damn satisfying. I do the same with F-Zero also. Tried that recently released high-res Mode 7 emulator. It's kinda cool seeing a mess of giant blurry pixels now as a mess of giant crisp pixels.
 

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Who the fuck is "St. Vincent" and who let Abby of the leash?
I assume she means the dopey music group/artist, who unsurprisingly is a woman since Abby only appreciates female celebrities or musicians and lets the world know. Her feminism/sexism is strong.

When asked during a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone whether she identified as gay or straight, Clark
[St. Vincent] responded:
"I don't think about those words. I believe in gender fluidity and sexual fluidity. I don't really identify as anything. I think you can fall in love with anybody. I don't have anything to hide but I'd rather the emphasis be on music."[103]
Later that year, in an interview with the UK's Sunday Times, Clark elaborated:
"I'm not one for gender or sexual absolutism in the main; I fully support and engage in the spectrum."
So edgy and avant-garde. No wonder she likes her. Abby chewed through her muzzle long ago, the leash is no more.
 

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Remember when Abby introduced everyone to Bjork? What an amazing new musician Bjork is guys!

There’s nothing worse than some extreme late to the party’er with a musician or group whose heyday is long gone.

When its a fucking 20 something zoomer/millennial doing their best impersonation of cool, somehow that makes it even more embarrassing.
 

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Remember when Abby introduced everyone to Bjork? What an amazing new musician Bjork is guys!

There’s nothing worse than some extreme late to the party’er with a musician or group whose heyday is long gone.

When its a fucking 20 something zoomer/millennial doing their best impersonation of cool, somehow that makes it even more embarrassing.
In the 80's we called dumb bitches like her "posers"
 

KuntChocula

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In the 80's? fuck we can call her that now, she thinks she's funny, but really isn't
I'm just saying back then there was an influx of preppy chicks suddenly discovering The Cure or the Sugarcubes (coincidentally also Bjork) and acting stupid because they bought a t shirt from Spencer Gifts. WHEN THE REST OF US WERE RIDING OUR SKATEBOARDS, LISTENING TO THE DEAD KENNEDYS, THE DEAD MILKMEN, BLACK FLAG ETC!!!! still irks me to this day.

and yes, Raggedy Abby is a fucking poser
 

Drunkenski

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If you saw that thumbnail and didn't keep on truckin' then I got no sympathy for you.
I dunno what you're talking about the thumbnails are great and I love this series. Abby is so joyous and I love the idea of her bringing on her friends. The thumbnails are just a shtick, I love GB, Abby is the best.

These comments on GB really sums it up:

ToxicAntidote

Is it weird that the first time they tried YouTube style thumbnails last year, a lot of people came out of the woodwork to complain, but now no one seems to notice/care? It's almost as if a chunk of the GB community has no idea of what they're complaining about, and just wanted attention for attention sake.
GrayFox666

Really appreciate these kind of fun streams. Abby at the helm is always a pleasure, and I had played Frog Detective but did not know who Grace Bruxner was. Seeing developers in a much more relaxed setting is something I really enjoy and Abby did great work here with a hilarious stream idea, with some actual quality behind it.

Are you just looking for attention? I guess you don't like hilarious streams with actual quality behind them.


I'm just saying back then there was an influx of preppy chicks suddenly discovering The Cure or the Sugarcubes (coincidentally also Bjork) and acting stupid because they bought a t shirt from Spencer Gifts. WHEN THE REST OF US WERE RIDING OUR SKATEBOARDS, LISTENING TO THE DEAD KENNEDYS, THE DEAD MILKMEN, BLACK FLAG ETC!!!! still irks me to this day.

and yes, Raggedy Abby is a fucking poser
Now that's taste in music. Rumor around town you were thinking about goin' down to the shore. Play some video games, buy some Def Leppard shirts. Let's take your Bitchin' Camaro.
 

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I'm just saying back then there was an influx of preppy chicks suddenly discovering The Cure or the Sugarcubes (coincidentally also Bjork) and acting stupid because they bought a t shirt from Spencer Gifts. WHEN THE REST OF US WERE RIDING OUR SKATEBOARDS, LISTENING TO THE DEAD KENNEDYS, THE DEAD MILKMEN, BLACK FLAG ETC!!!! still irks me to this day.

and yes, Raggedy Abby is a fucking poser

Excited for the Tony Hawk Remasters to I see
 

Drunkenski

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Was interested in the Mario Maker stream today. Then found out Ben was at the controls. His capture gear/software is (still) fucked too. Mario at a chunky 30fps looks great. Everything he touches turns to shit, god damn. Shit hands Midas.
 
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I just love watching UPFs while playing a game and then I hear Ben scream all of a sudden. You can tell they all want to slap the ugly off of him when that happens.
 
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Drunkenski Drunkenski is the master of satire for the week here.

I seriously had to read that entry a couple times before I realized he was lampooning the sycophants that exist outside of our humble, realistic community.
 
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TheMadMan007

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Every new Hotspot makes me wish it was just those 4 guys. They should leave GB and start their own thing.
They wouldn’t even have to leave, instead they could split them into Giant Bomb Classic and Giant Bomb Nu. Nu being spelled like that because of Nu Metal which mostly sucks so you know off the bat to avoid it. Dump abby and Ben and Jan and Jason in there and let them fend for themselves. Keep Classic away from them at all costs and see the viewer numbers thrive with Classic. It’s really a win win formula.
 
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DangerStepp

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Gotta chime in and say I agree with the Hot Spot being great.

The reviews discussion has been some of the most interesting, in-depth and transparent content I've seen come out of Giant Bomb in years.
 
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Can't wait to see what Abby was editing! Gotta get off minecraft at 6. 1 hours guys, fifteen minutes left, guys I'm logging off for real now.

On the other hand, minecraft is a better stream than Jack box or music games.
 

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Can't wait to see what Abby was editing! Gotta get off minecraft at 6. 1 hours guys, fifteen minutes left, guys I'm logging off for real now.

On the other hand, minecraft is a better stream than Jack box or music games.
I don’t know what you are talking about in regards to abby, but if it involves her in any way, I’d rather not.

I’d say the Rock Band streams are fun, but they are more background videos than anything since it’s just mainly music, and I do appreciate the effort Alex puts into his set lists with themes. That’s more forethought than 99% of the videos Giant Bomb puts into their streams.

Jackbox is totally fine if it’s once in a great GREAT while, like once a new one comes out. But they pull it out so often that it’s instantly boring. Same with Gang Beasts, Ultimate chicken horse, and others where they just start it up any time they “can’t think of something else to bring”. Because we all know how hard it is it pick a video game to play for half an hour.
 

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With all the cheer for the new "HD remake" of the HotSpot podcast, thought I would go dig around for the originals. Found them all, and what appears to be a decently complete list of those with at least one soon to be GB crew, as well as about 20 episodes I found and added. Basically every week up till mid '08. Remember this was a Gamespot podcast, hosted largely by Rich Gallup early on. After Vinny stopped hosting, Jeff was fired and Gamespot/CNET was consumed by CBS around the middle of June '08 the show took a pretty big dive imo. I don't think any GB guys were on after the last episode listed.

Finding the podcasts was easy, getting the list of GB eps and into a readable format was a ridiculous task of OCR, editing in Excel and creating a bbcode table... Anyway credit due to those who posted bits and pieces from years ago. Dates now reflect MM/DD/YYYY. Column text used to retain simple copy/paste functionality over inserting an image or linking to an offsite file.

All HotSpot podcasts hosted on Archive.org. Available for streaming, or download from the bottom of the page. I used the torrent and averaged 14 MB/s.


List of episodes with GB (Gamespot) crew below. Jeff, Vinny, Ryan, Brad, Alex, Ryan Mcdonald etc as a rotation, think Rorie makes an appearance at one point. Vinny started hosting full time around 08.07.07.
The 12.04.07 ep is about Jeff getting fired. Lots of good Ryan peppered throughout and a fun romp through the real early years. Maybe you'll enjoy one, or twelve.


Bonus - a lackluster and incomplete HotSpot wiki, though still containing some interesting tidbits and some of the contributors/panelists:


Gamespot The HotSpot episodes with GB crew

The Hotspot 07 09 05 The HotSpot 07 20 05The HotSpot 07 27 05 The Hotspot 08 04 05
The HotSpot 08 10 05 The HotSpot 08 17 05 The HotSpot 08 24 05 The HotSpot 08 31 05
The Hotspot 09 14 05 The HotSpot 09 21 05 The HotSpot 09 28 05 The HotSpot 10 05 05
The HotSpot 10 12 05 The HotSpot 10 19 05 The HotSpot 10 26 05 The HotSpot 11 09 05
The HotSpot 11 16 05 The HotSpot 11 23 05 The HotSpot 11 30 05 The HotSpot 12 07 05
The HotSpot 12 15 05 The HotSpot 01 04 06 The HotSpot 01 11 06 The HotSpot 01 18 06
The HotSpot 01 25 06 The HotSpot 02 01 06 The HotSpot 02 08 06 The HotSpot 02 15 06
The HotSpot 02 22 06 The HotSpot 03 01 06 The HotSpot 03 07 06 The HotSpot 03 14 06
The HotSpot 03 21 06 The HotSpot 03 28 06 The HotSpot 04 04 06 The HotSpot 04 11 06
The HotSpot 04 18 06 The HotSpot 04 25 06 The HotSpot 05 02 06 The HotSpot 05 16 06
The HotSpot 05 23 06 The HotSpot 05 30 06 The HotSpot 06 06 06 The HotSpot 06 13 06
The HotSpot 06 20 06 The HotSpot 06 27 06 The HotSpot 07 05 06 The HotSpot 07 11 06
The HotSpot 07 18 06 The HotSpot 08 01 06 The HotSpot 08 15 06 The HotSpot 08 22 06
The HotSpot 08 29 06 The HotSpot 09 05 06 The Hotspot 09 12 06 The HotSpot 09 19 06
The HotSpot 10 03 06 The HotSpot 10 10 06 The HotSpot 10 17 06 The HotSpot 10 24 06
The HotSpot 10 31 06 The HotSpot 11 07 06 The HotSpot 11 14 06 The HotSpot 11 21 06
The HotSpot 11 28 06 The Hotspot 12 05 06 The HotSpot 01 02 07 The HotSpot 01 09 07
The HotSpot 01 16 07 The HotSpot 01 23 07 The HotSpot 01 30 07 The HotSpot 02 06 07
The HotSpot 02 13 07 The HotSpot 02 20 07 The HotSpot 02 27 07 The HotSpot 03 06 07
The HotSpot 03 13 07 The HotSpot 03 20 07 The HotSpot 03 27 07 The HotSpot 04 03 07
The HotSpot 04 10 07 The HotSpot 04 17 07 The HotSpot 04 24 07 The HotSpot 05 01 07
The HotSpot 05 08 07 The HotSpot 05 15 07 The HotSpot 05 22 07 The HotSpot 05 29 07
The HotSpot 06 05 07 The HotSpot 06 12 07 The HotSpot 06 19 07 The HotSpot 06 26 07
The HotSpot 07 03 07 The HotSpot 07 17 07 The HotSpot 07 24 07 The HotSpot 07 31 07
The HotSpot 08 07 07 The HotSpot 08 14 07 The HotSpot 08 21 07 The HotSpot 08 28 07
The HotSpot 09 04 07 The Hotspot 09 11 07 The HotSpot 09 18 07 The HotSpot 09 25 07
The HotSpot 10 02 07 The HotSpot 10 09 07 The HotSpot 10 16 07 The HotSpot 10 23 07
The HotSpot 10 30 07 The HotSpot 11 06 07 The HotSpot 11 13 07 The HotSpot 11 20 07
The HotSpot 11 27 07 The HotSpot 12 04 07 The HotSpot 12 11 07 The HotSpot 12 17 07
The HotSpot 01 08 08 The HotSpot 01 15 08 The HotSpot 01 22 08 The HotSpot 01 29 08
The HotSpot 02 12 08 The HotSpot 02 19 08 The HotSpot 02 26 08 The HotSpot 03 04 08
The HotSpot 03 11 08 The HotSpot 03 18 08 The HotSpot 03 25 08 The HotSpot 04 01 08
The HotSpot 04 08 08 The HotSpot 04 15 08 The HotSpot 04 22 08 The HotSpot 04 29 08
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Remember when Abby introduced everyone to Bjork? What an amazing new musician Bjork is guys!

There’s nothing worse than some extreme late to the party’er with a musician or group whose heyday is long gone.

When its a fucking 20 something zoomer/millennial doing their best impersonation of cool, somehow that makes it even more embarrassing.
I once asked a Bjork out for a drink. She politely declined saying she was a bit hungover.

Probably about 98/99. I was about 20 at the timel
 
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Echoing others but The Hotspot is the best thing they've put out in years; actual interesting discussion with knowledgable people that have chemistry together. Alex even seemed more chipper than usual!
 
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Echoing others but The Hotspot is the best thing they've put out in years; actual interesting discussion with knowledgable people that have chemistry together. Alex even seemed more chipper than usual!
It's not a shock to me that the only interesting thing they've done in years is locked behind their pay wall.
 

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Echoing others but The Hotspot is the best thing they've put out in years; actual interesting discussion with knowledgable people that have chemistry together. Alex even seemed more chipper than usual!
I was going through some old Bombcasts from 08 and 09 over the weekend. It's crazy to hear how much their actual voices/tones have changed. Alex is so much more enthusiastic and speaks at a higher pitch. Makes him far easier to listen to.

Brad was as I remembered him from back then. Low pitched but very thoughtful. This was before he developed that strange tendency he has to raise his voice to the highest pitch possible as he winds up a sentence and leaves it sounding like he is asking a question, when in actual fact he isn't.
 

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I was going through some old Bombcasts from 08 and 09 over the weekend. It's crazy to hear how much their actual voices/tones have changed. Alex is so much more enthusiastic and speaks at a higher pitch. Makes him far easier to listen to.

Brad was as I remembered him from back then. Low pitched but very thoughtful. This was before he developed that strange tendency he has to raise his voice to the highest pitch possible as he winds up a sentence and leaves it sounding like he is asking a question, when in actual fact he isn't.
Yeah, people's voices change as they get older. It's a fact of life. I remember listening to Rage Against the Machine and hearing the difference between the older and newer albums as one of the prime examples of how different a person can sound just a few years later.

The Brad thing is one of my biggest annoyances. It's so irritating. Rorie was the only one who used to do it, and it made me hate him. Then Brad, Jason and Ben do it now, and it's nearly every time they are on a podcast, usually multiple times per podcast too. I don't know if they think it's funny or not, but they act like it's the most hilarious thing ever, but in reality it just is grating and ear piercing and unfunny.
 

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Abby only likes the Assassin's Creed games with female protagonists, what a shocker
Dude... I didn't need a reminder of Abby's awfulness. She's the fucking cancer that is destroying Giant Bomb. I mean, what does a previously successful company like GB need when they aren't even hurting for subs? Vinny's answer: a "queer" abomination who has never played a real video game and can't even trim "her" fucking eyebrows and puts on lipstick like a fucking clown. FUCK YOU, VINNY! Seriously... FUCK VINNY!

EDIT: Vincent Caravella is maybe the largest part of the responsibility of the downfall of Giant Bomb.
 
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I’m still around because I appreciate reading these threads and opinions. But I’ve finally got to the point that I’m totally clean and sober off Giant Bomb stuff, like a drug addict that kicked their habit. I don’t care to watch any of their videos anymore because there’s so much I know I don’t like about them anymore. I’m not werked up about it like I was for a long time because I loved their stuff religiously up to 2017/18. That’s not saying anything else about anyone else; just sharing the peace I’ve achieved with it.
It’s too often that I see shit like the transgender inter species deer person from Twitch that’s gotten attention. I feel like there’s so much about gaming culture, media and social media being tied to kind of extreme progressive politics with a fervor. I’m OK with walking away from all of that stuff and not fighting against my perceived insanity of it and annoyance. My entertainment dollar and time spent goes to Wrestling Observer and other podcasts. I do listen to the GB podcasts still as the only video game stuff I listen to but I can just laugh at how terrible most of their staff is. I even started writing again for the first time regularly in years, about pro wrestling stuff. It’s nice to not be tied to the negativity of a lot of what GB and their ilk represent for me.
 

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Were you on the idle thumbs forum too? Talk of another podcast that went to shit with wokeness.
Off and on yeah. My biggest issue with Idle Thumbs was that they all stopped playing games so they never had much to talk about
 
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Never really got into Idle Thumbs. The conversations where in-depth and intelligent but could come off as a tad snobbish. The hosts always thought they were much funnier than they were.

GFW Radio is still my gold standard for thoughtful conversations about games and their mechanics with the only chink in the armor being Shawn's sophomoric humor which was easy to put aside when you considered how well versed he was in game mechanics.
 
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Drunkenski

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No, the GB is way worse because they can't have an interesting conversation about the few games they do play, they don't even try, and instead they drag out the podcast with useless shit and horrible emails.
You mean you don't enjoy listening to Ben who picks the emails, god knows why, then gurgle and s-stutter his way through them? I can't be too harsh though, I too wasn't great at reading aloud in the first grade.
 
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The thing that annoys me most about Ben is when he says "shcream, shtream, shcreen, etc". because of how constant it is. It's like he's a toddler in an awkward 6'7" form.
 
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I think I remember you from the forums Eot, I posted there under a different name. Idle thumbs is still one of my all time favourite podcasts, hilariously I even became woke along with the hosts up until about 2018.

Were you on the idle thumbs forum too? Talk of another podcast that went to shit with wokeness.
IMO Politics was definitely a contributing factor to its decline but mostly it seemed like they started to loathe normal video game stuff. They were always pretentious, which I never minded, but at some point their insecurities as adult video gamers combined with progressive critical theory to form this weird kind of self loathing. Chris remarking how disgusted he was at every shooter/normal thing, at one point Jake going on a rant about how being a white man means your opinion is basically worthless. Even as some who agreed with them at the time I remember it getting pretty grating.



In spite of that I still listen back to first 100 episodes or so along with GFW religiously.



On the other hand I never understood the appeal of Giant Bomb, aside from Ryan Davis who I enjoyed it’s always seemed kinda low energy and boring. That said Iv not listened to a huge amount so I’m probably ignorant.