I visited the site at first to laugh at Ryan's face in the photoshop thread, then I noticed the awesome community and...never left.*inappropriate hugs*
I found it last year after hearing Arthur Gies talk about the bombcast frequently on Rebel FM. Started listening to the Bombcasts from episode 1 and then finally went to the site. Now I'm a paid subscriber. Still kind of weirds me out how entrenched I am in the gaming culture, yet had never heard of the site before last year
I knew of Jeff's backstory but I was never big into Gamespot, so the first i saw was his interview on X-Play when it all went down and again when he was pimping Giant Bomb. at the time I was huge into the IGN podcasts, but found them to be very short, and very inconsistent, like Game Scoop was the only one that went up on time. I searched iTunes, saw GB was ranked his gave it a listen,, I think it was the one where they were telling their story of getting MW2 early and never looked back.
I used to go to Gamespot all the time for years as a reader/lurker, stopped going when Jeff got canned since I figure their opinion was no longer trustworthy. I didn't really know who he was , but I knew the basic gist of why he was no longer there and that was enough for me.
And then personal life came up and I basically didn't game or read much gaming stuff for 3-4 years. And when finally got some free time again and had really dented my backlog to where I actually needed some new games, I went looking for a game site
looked at gamespot thought it had gone to crap and thought well maybe I ought to give Giantbomb a try ( heard that Jeff had created it)
First thing I saw was the Dark Souls QuickLook and realized instantly I found my gaming site home. The Forum community has been a nice bonus.
I joined Gamespot around '06, and didn't really hear about the incident because I wasn't paying attention(I wasn't as a big consumer of the internet back then) and one day some time in '09 as I was downloading The Hotspot to listen to on a trip, I saw that Itunes recommended other podcasts, which I had seen before, but didn't pay any heed to it, but I was going on vacation, so I gave The Bombcast a chance. I can't specifically remember which one it was, but I unsubscribed from Major Nelson, Drunk Tank, and The Hotspot because they weren't as funny or entertaining anymore.
Then I eventually joined the site after lurking for a while.
Sadly I was pretty late to the party. This was the first video on Giant Bomb I ever saw. I was randomly looking for Borderlands info on the internet, and found this: