Jeff leaving Gamespot and hearing about his cool new blog.
Then promptly and tragically forgetting about it. Until one fateful day I was trying to find out what happened to Carrie Gouskos and found the page that her name there is linked to.
I found me the bomb.
Then, honestly, it took me a few return visits to even realize what the fuck this site was. It was pretty... different looking, back in the day.
I watched a lot of their video reviews during the GameSpot days, then when the shit went down, I became interested in what Jeff would do next. Turns out he helped created the website I've probably spent more time on than any other in my entire life. I've been here since the moment the site launched.
I was a fan of these guys back in Gamespot and was aware of Gerstmanngate and what happened, but I didn't know that they made a new website until like 2010 when I heard another gaming podcast talk about them and I was like "I loved those guys and forgot what happened to them after that" and now here I am. At the time I wasn't too big into the games press, just Jeff and the gang from gamespot but didn't know what happened to them after it so I was so happy to hear they have a website again.
But yeah, pretty much followed gamespot before it was gamespot... loved Jeff and the guys on the Hotspot, etc... listened at work all the time... then was saddened when Gerstmann-gate went down... and gladdened when arrow pointing down happened and morphed into the giantbombcast... work was once again awesome once a week!
Pretty much this. I followed Jeff, and Ryan too, when they left Gamespot. I didn't even know Brad and Vinny quit until they came on to the Podcast with Alex; hell, I only remember Vinny from his hosting days of The Hotspot and that one time he was on camera a few days after breaking his thumb.
I found gamespot like 4 months before Jeff and the other guys left. Really enjoyed it and when they left I just followed them to arrow pointing down and then giantbomb. But it was first when the P4 endurance run started I started religiously following the site.