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#1 Posted by Mendelson9 (405 posts) -

Since we are beginning the next generation with Wii U and the current generation is showing its age, I got the urge to visit some old Gamespot videos when new consoles started coming out. I remember watching the all day quick look of Wii when it first came out but never knew if the same was done with the 360 back in the day.

I ended up watching episodes of On the Spot around the launch of the Xbox and the PS3/Wii. It's super fun to go back and see what we were exited to play all the way back in 2006. THAT'S SUCH A LONG TIME AGO.

I uploaded a "Quick Look" of Gears of War that the Giant Bomb guys did back in the Gamespot days. It's interesting to see how the quick look format began before Giant Bomb was a thing. It really is the perfect way to show off a game. Also they talk about how Brad always dies in games. I guess that's a long standing tradition.

This clip is from the November 2, 2006 episode of On The Spot. I would recommend going back and watching a few of these videos around the launch of new consoles. Exciting times.

#2 Posted by NyxFe (248 posts) -

"You play as this guy Marcus Fenix... He's thick and likes to shoot stuff" 
 Some things never change.  

#3 Posted by wumbo3000 (996 posts) -

OH MAN BRAD IS SO YOUNG AHHHHHH

#4 Posted by aquamarin (555 posts) -

Wow it feels like yesterday that this came out, this looks like it's from 20 years ago.

#5 Posted by csl316 (9230 posts) -

Hell yes. I demand more of these hacked together old "Quick Looks."

#6 Posted by Bucketdeth (8037 posts) -

Weird to think that this was still in the same generation as we are in now.

#7 Edited by freedo (95 posts) -

Holy shit.

This was the first On the Spot I watched, therefor, the first time I was introduced to the ""quality"" (have to double quote that) games coverage these guys produce. Never looked back. My favorite part of this episode (if I remember right) is when they play Alien Hominid and Jeff says, "Oh no, it's the Fuzz. Cheese it." Not sure why, but I thought that was just the funniest shit.

#8 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

This is crazy. Thanks dude.

#9 Posted by Landon (4164 posts) -

Ryans voice sounds really young.

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#10 Posted by Wacomole (836 posts) -

It was strange to hear them say the words "Gears of War" without a number immediately following it.

#11 Posted by BisonHero (6789 posts) -

@Landon said:

Ryans voice sounds really young.

If you think that's weird, then you probably shouldn't watch this.

I feel like Ryan finally grew into his voice right around the end of his time at Gamespot/founding of Giant Bomb.

#12 Posted by demonknightinuyasha (473 posts) -

that was awesome! kinda bums me out that I wasn't paying more attention to gamespot back then.

#13 Posted by DougQuaid (1275 posts) -

@NyxFe said:

"You play as this guy Marcus Fenix... He's thick and likes to shoot stuff" Some things never change.

War never changes.

#14 Posted by csl316 (9230 posts) -
@BisonHero: What's great is how modern Ryan's nervous dude parody voice sounds just like classic Ryan.
#15 Posted by Nightriff (5238 posts) -

@BisonHero: Crazy how Jeff looks the same but Ryan looks COMPLETELY different. Sounds the same but a bit higher pitch, he's too pitchy brah

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#16 Posted by Nightriff (5238 posts) -

Gears was released, the same day I went to Gamespot with $600 and bought a 360 and the game and bunch of other shit, god damn has it aged.

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#17 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

lol at 12:00 Brad never changes.

#18 Posted by BisonHero (6789 posts) -

@Nightriff said:

Gears was released, the same day I went to Gamespot with $600 and bought a 360 and the game and bunch of other shit, god damn has it aged.

That sure was real nice of Jeff and the guys to sell your their 360 and copy of Gears.

#19 Posted by Kierkegaard (605 posts) -

@BisonHero said:

@Landon said:

Ryans voice sounds really young.

If you think that's weird, then you probably shouldn't watch this.

I feel like Ryan finally grew into his voice right around the end of his time at Gamespot/founding of Giant Bomb.

Wow. That's awesome. And exactly how they review and talk about games now. Cool.

#20 Posted by Shortbreadtom (846 posts) -

The weirdest thing is the type of questions they get in the chat... cutting off limbs? Customising weapons? You forget that this was before literally everyone knew what Gears was about

#21 Posted by myketuna (1731 posts) -

Brad and Jeff sold me on this game. I saw this live and bought this for my birthday (which was a couple of days later).

#22 Posted by Mendelson9 (405 posts) -

After posting this, I have the urge to watch more old episodes of On the Spot. I did find another good video of Elite Beat Agents with Ryan and Alex. I just don't know what to call these videos. Retro Quick Looks?

#23 Posted by myketuna (1731 posts) -

@Mendelson9 said:

After posting this, I have the urge to watch more old episodes of On the Spot. I did find another good video of Elite Beat Agents with Ryan and Alex. I just don't know what to call these videos. Retro Quick Looks?

Well, Quick Look Throwback(s) is taken by the crew themselves. Quick Look EX is also taken. How about (to keep with the Street Fighter-sounding titles) Quick Look Alpha(s)?

#24 Posted by Mendelson9 (405 posts) -

@myketuna said:

@Mendelson9 said:

After posting this, I have the urge to watch more old episodes of On the Spot. I did find another good video of Elite Beat Agents with Ryan and Alex. I just don't know what to call these videos. Retro Quick Looks?

Well, Quick Look Throwback(s) is taken by the crew themselves. Quick Look EX is also taken. How about (to keep with the Street Fighter-sounding titles) Quick Look Alpha(s)?

I like this. Downloading as much pre-2008 On the Spot as I can now.

#25 Posted by BlatantNinja23 (930 posts) -

"young" brad looks like a guy I knew who was really into the band Tool

#26 Posted by Sinusoidal (1738 posts) -

My gawd! What are those things coming out of their controllers?!

#27 Posted by captainanderson (258 posts) -

Everyone's reaction to Jeff's first chainsaw kill is priceless.

#28 Posted by Jace (1093 posts) -

Man, Brad put on some pounds. He had a visible jawline in 2006, lol.

#29 Posted by CaptainTightPants (2834 posts) -

Rich Gallup needs to be in every Quick Look ever.

#30 Edited by Strife777 (1610 posts) -

@Bucketdeth said:

Weird to think that this was still in the same generation as we are in now.

I know, right? Right when Jeff started showing you can go into cover, I though how crazy it is that Gears of War is basically the first game with a cover system like that (I know Killswitch did it first). That's not that long ago.

Edit: Even better! Regenerating health was a new thing too.

#31 Posted by aceofspudz (938 posts) -

@Jace: Everyone put on some pounds!

#32 Posted by Gnubberen (780 posts) -

Oh god, Ryan Mcdonald breaking the lens, was a pretty darn good ending.

#33 Posted by Lazyaza (2204 posts) -

That was great, I love how they talk about things like regenning health, cover, big burly guys and 4 weapon load outs with those all being such new and different for shooters at the time and now its like god fuck enough of that shit already. haha

#34 Posted by Benny (1955 posts) -

There's a great one of these featuring Greg and lost planet that absolutely everyone should see because I think it's part of the UNOOOO A UNOOO episode (UNO versus UNO) featuring the first mention of the green zero but no explanation given.

#35 Posted by JoeyRavn (5004 posts) -

@Lazyaza said:

That was great, I love how they talk about things like regenning health, cover, big burly guys and 4 weapon load outs with those all being such new and different for shooters at the time and now its like god fuck enough of that shit already. haha

Yeah. It's funny how things that we take for granted today were not so common 6 years ago. Like that guy asking if co-op can be played over Xbox Live.

And Mountain Dew references. Timely.

#36 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

@Strife777 said:

@Bucketdeth said:

Weird to think that this was still in the same generation as we are in now.

Regenerating health was a new thing too.

Well not really. Halo basically is recovering health, and then there's Call of Duty 2 as well which was narrowly pre-Xbox 360.

#37 Posted by Scottish_Sin (226 posts) -

Thanks for this. I mean, we all know how long in the tooth this generation of consoles has been but I guess it doesn't really dawn on you until you watch old videos like that. It's also kinda crazy to see how excited everybody was for it back then compared to what we've come to expect now. Which is not a knock in the slightest, but just really interesting.

#38 Posted by murisan (1119 posts) -

Man, six years later, and we've not come very far (games wise).

#39 Posted by RadixNegative2 (524 posts) -

Yeah their Wii coverage was excellent (especially the Wii marathon). I remember being in high school and staying up late to watch all that stuff. Good times.

So I'm super excited for this Sunday when they'll be doing kinda the same with the Wii U. Should be great.

#40 Edited by Superfriend (1578 posts) -

@freedo said:

My favorite part of this episode (if I remember right) is when they play Alien Hominid and Jeff says, "Oh no, it's the Fuzz. Cheese it." Not sure why, but I thought that was just the funniest shit.

I remember this line. To this very day I still remember this. Must have laughed my ass off back then.

#41 Posted by coakroach (2492 posts) -

@BisonHero said:

@Landon said:

Ryans voice sounds really young.

If you think that's weird, then you probably shouldn't watch this.

I feel like Ryan finally grew into his voice right around the end of his time at Gamespot/founding of Giant Bomb.

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#42 Edited by I_smell (3924 posts) -

WHY CAN'T EVERYONE BE YOUNG AGAIN!!!!!!!!
 
I think some parts of On The Spot are better than GiantBomb. Also yeah, the idea that this is the same generation... what the hell world are we living in?
 
EDIT- Woah I thought Gamespot got rid of all it's old On The Spots.
NOVEMBER 06 ON-THE-SPOT WII LAUNCH EVENT SPECIAL!!!!!
Compare and contrast to the Wii U Launch? WHERE IS TRIFORCE JOHNSON RIGHT NOW???

#43 Posted by RadixNegative2 (524 posts) -

@I_smell said:

WHY CAN'T EVERYONE BE YOUNG AGAIN!!!!!!!!

I think some parts of On The Spot are better than GiantBomb. Also yeah, the idea that this is the same generation... what the hell world are we living in?

EDIT- Woah I thought Gamespot got rid of all it's old On The Spots.
NOVEMBER 06 ON-THE-SPOT WII LAUNCH EVENT SPECIAL!!!!! Compare and contrast to the Wii U Launch? WHERE IS TRIFORCE JOHNSON RIGHT NOW???

Apparently he's been in line for the Wii U since before the hurricane

#45 Edited by Hitchenson (4682 posts) -

"...From Truro, England." Heh, that's like 10 minutes from me.

#46 Posted by I_smell (3924 posts) -
@RadixNegative2: HAhahahaha it's funny that they called him "Triforce Johnson" exactly like I did.
#47 Edited by DoctorWelch (2774 posts) -

Brad and Ryan have this weird hesitancy in their voice or something that makes them sound way different than how they sound now. It makes me wonder what I'll sound like in...ten years.

#48 Posted by Redsox44 (485 posts) -

Man I remember the wii marathon, oh Rich Gallup. Good times.

#49 Posted by pandorasbox (303 posts) -

How old is Ryan now? And how old was he in that video? I feel like his personality and voice aged 30 years in the span of 4.

#50 Posted by muralbat (152 posts) -

This is so good, before everyone got so demanding on games and it was all "OH SHIT THIS IS AMAZING" which everything still is y'all