I guess for me it was a two step process, firstly I started having to take a train to college so I started listening to a bunch of podcasts. On the Rebel FM podcast Arthur Gies recommended the Bombcast, so I started listening to the Bombcast but I didn't visit the site. Then a few months after I was on some site looking for Lets Play recommendations, I noticed the P4 endurance run and knowing the guys were pretty funny from the Bombcast, so I started watching it and I never looked back.
I used to listen to a few gaming podcasts including Idle Thumbs, Rebel FM and even the 1up podcast with Garnet Lee etc to keep me sane back when I did mind-numbing, soul-destroying data entry work (days long gone by, thank ****!).
I think think it was E3 or PAX one year that the Bomb Squad were guests on the complete ****storm of a that was the alcohol fueled 1up podcast. They were really funny, gave old Garnet some real schtick and seemed like they knew what they were talking about.
Always on the lookout for podcasts to fill my days, I downloaded that week's Bombcast. The guys spent half an hour talking about some weird soda than a listener had sent in, going off on several tangents before even mentioning videogames but that's all it took to net them a new regular listener.
When I was a regular in the IGN forums in 2009 (maybe? that probably lines up right), a lot of people would post links to Quick Looks. I would check one out here and there, and after a few months I realized that this website was awesome. That was around the time I got a Zune HD (yeah, I know) and was looking for podcasts. I've been in love ever since.
Prior to that, my only familiarity with any member of this website was the Penny-Arcade comic detailing Jeff's firing from Gamespot. The only time I ever paid attention to gamespot was when Greg Kasavin did a video review.
I'm a day one guy. I stopped browsing Gamespot after they did their Hotspot podcast episode talking about Jeff's departure. Randomly in March 08 I decided to check Ryan or Jeff's Gamespot blog and they linked to the original blog website when it had a total of 3 or 4 podcasts on it.
Twas way back when in early 2010 when Perfect Dark was my first XBLA purchase I made shortly after buying my ecksbawks. I was already fucking obsessed with the N64 version of the game, and eventually I watched the quick look of the game. I remember thinking the guys were pretty funny to listen to, so I listened to the podcast. That was around March, I think. My earliest memory of religiously following the site is listening to the four-hour-long podcast that happened on the day Halo: Reach came out. That was a fucking great day. By December I was seeing stars for Giant Bomb.
I'm getting really emotional thinking about this. God damn it, I love all you people. The internet is fucking rad.
I found gamespot like 4 months before Jeff and the other guys left.
Ditto. I followed the Kane & Lynch stuff with Jeff pretty closely and kind of kept listening to the Hotspot, but then I went to sarcastic gamer (a horrible website in hindsight) got sick of them, and went and listened to a December Bombcast where they talked about a cereal bar and the Spike VGA's. I stopped following them shortly after that and didn't start again until mid-late 2009.
Twas a weird time, and I had a lot more time for podcasts back then.