I've been following Jeff and Greg (Kasavin) since 1999 or 2000, I think. When shit went down at Gamespot, I started following all those blogs that went up (or were revived) because of Jeff's termination. So basically I just followed Jeff to wherever he was heading.
I remember I was searching to watch something funny and interesting about video games. After watching a bunch of "hilarious" videos, I was starting to lose hope. Then out of nowhere on google I found GB. One of their newest QL's were for B-Boy. Ever since I saw that video, I was a fan.
I used to listen to the Joystiq podcast when it was McElroy, Grant, and Kietzmann. They mentioned the Bombcast a few times so I gave it a listen and was hooked.
pretty much this. I remember Chris Grant telling stories of doing carpentry or home improvement (aka, Chris Grant's closest approximation to gaming) and that he enjoyed catching up on old bombcasts while toiling. He also spoke fondly of the tech of GB. So when Joystiq's podcast imploded (and engadget also imploded due to AOL being crazy), I jumped between gaming podcasts (mainly rebel fm and the cagcast). I finally caved and sat through a bombcast, only to see the error of my ways for avoiding them. After listening to the entire bombcast archive, I finally decided to check these "quick looks" (Wombat from the CAGcast mentions them frequently) and haven't left.
I think I was listening to the Mega64 podcast as usual in early 2009, when I heard Rocco mention Jeff and the gang having a new site called Giant Bomb. Having stopped going to Gamespot after "Gerstmann Gate" the year before I was curious what the guys were up to. Started listening to the podcasts and watching the quicklooks and was hooked. I signed up when the Persona 4 Endurance run was just starting up.
Listened to a...uh....call of duty podcast and a guy on it mention the bombcast, frequently, and after black ops came out i completely lost interest because it's shite so i couldn't care less about that particular podcast and i decided to check out the bombcast after that. THEN, after like 2 months of listening to the bombcast i needed more and they kept mentioning this jah-I-ant bohm dot com thing and now I'm here. On another note, if I did not have to make an account to get the premium content, i probably wouldn't have done it at the time.
When my friends started talking about Giant Bomb around me for a week, I then asked them "who the fuck is this Ryan? Who the fuck is Jeff!? What are you on about!?" They said "oh Giantbomb." I asked for an explanation. So I checked it out and been here since, all my friends are hooked to the site are subs.
Thing is they knew about Giant Bomb for two months before they told me. Also ofcourse knew of "Gerstmangate" which at the time I went "that fucking asshole? He admits to not even completing the game?! what kinda of useless reviewer would do such a thing!" Then I played Kayne and lynch..I have still not completed it since I just simply cant due to the same reasons as Jeff when he reviewed its a shit game and Jeff was right and I was the asshole.
In '07 I started watching old game reviews on youtube and the better reviews were older gamespot reviews. I went to gamespot's official website and couldn't find the guy I liked in any of their videos (Jeff). So I kept watching the reviews on youtube. I found the Kane and Lynch review and I found out that Jeff got fired after making the review. Then I searched for "Jeff Gerstmann fired" videos and some black dude had done a vlog where he told people to go to Giantbomb dot com, a site about video games. It was apparently Jeff's new website(I can't find the video, it's probably still on Youtube). I made this account when the PS3 trophies were syncable but I've been visiting this site a bit longer..
Followed over from GameSpot, though I only got really into that site right around the time Rich left, even though I'd used the site for reviews before I ever listened to the hotspot or anything like that. Just after Jeff got ousted from GS I saw his post about his blog, started reading that since I was into the points reports and that stuff before, and then this thing called the Arrow Pointing Down podcast got posted. So I haven't been following these guys for as long as some people on here, who go way way back, but I've been around for a while.
I'd been listening to podcasts for a few years already and when the whole 1up implosion thing happened with ziff davis I think was when I went looking for other podcasts in 2008 and stumbled upon gb's. Upon recognizing jeff and ryan's voices I was like "OH so that's where gerstmann went after the whole gamespot thing". And being a long time fan of gamespots glory days I figured well gb seems cool so I'ma stick around.