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Posted by kid_gloves (418 posts) -

I am not much of a blog poster, but after searching far and wide for a way to listen to old Hotspot episodes with the GB crew I found a large number of them still hosted on the gamespot CDN server after seeing this post in the forums http://www.giantbomb.com/forums/general-discussion-30/im-going-to-listen-to-every-bombcast-1444811/?page=1#js-message-6757011

So with that in hand I tried to figure out all the podcast names by scouring other sources and came up with an list of still working downloads for what I believe is most if not all the episodes. Since the Gamespot archive page for the Hotspot is a redirect loop after the site update, and that I could find no other place documenting how to obtain these episodes without resorting to file sharing I thought it would be a good idea to share what I have found. Sorry they are not in any real order.

If I have missed episodes or a link doesn't work let me know!

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http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/GameSpot_presents_The_HotSpot_081005.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/TheHotSpot_032707.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_010207.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_010406.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_010907.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_011106.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_011607.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_011806.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_012307.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_012506.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_013007.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_020106.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_020607.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_020806.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_021307.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_021506.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_022007.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_022206.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_022707.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_030106.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_030607.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_030706.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_031307.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_031406.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_032007.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_032106.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_032806.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_040307.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_040406.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_041007.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_041106.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_041707.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_041806.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_042407.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_042506.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_050107.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_050206.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_050807.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_051507.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_051606.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_052207.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_052306.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_052907.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_053006.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_060507.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_060606.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_061207.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_061306.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_061907.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_062006.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_062607.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_062706.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_070307.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_070506.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_071106.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_071707.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_071806.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_072407.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_073107.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_080106.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_080707.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_081407.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_081506.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_081705.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_082107.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_082206.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_082405.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_082807.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_082906.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_083105.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_090407.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_090506.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_090705.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_091107.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_091206.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_091405.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_091807.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_091906.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_092105.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_092507.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_092805.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_100207.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_100306.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_100505.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_100907.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_101006.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_101205.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_101607.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_101706.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_101905.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_102307.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_102406.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_102605.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_103007.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_103106.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_110607.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_110706.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_110905.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_111307.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_111406.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_111605.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_112007.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_112106.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_112305.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_112707.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_112806.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_113005.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_120407.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_120506.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_120705.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_121405.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d4/free/podcast/hotspot_072005.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/The_HotSpot_08.03.05.mp3

http://download.gamespotcdn.com/d3/free/podcast/gamespot_thehotspot_072705.mp3

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#1 Posted by Vahleticar (286 posts) -

Awesome, I will definitely have a listen thanks for the effort

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#2 Posted by AndrewB (7814 posts) -

The HotCast!

Topical discussion of the Hot Coffee controversy! I'm just glad I own what is now a collectors edition San Andreas PC copy which includes all the dirties but is also pre-AO rating.

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#3 Posted by TooWalrus (13391 posts) -

I clicked a random link and got a Jeff/Brad/Rich/Greg podcast, the very first one after they got a Wii. Those were some great shows, man.

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#4 Edited by Corevi (6795 posts) -

@andrewb: Which episode is that? Kinda interested on hearing Jeff's thoughts on that.

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#5 Posted by AndrewB (7814 posts) -
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#6 Posted by roboculus92 (562 posts) -

Thanks!

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#7 Posted by Splodge (2419 posts) -

If you want some of these broken down into highlights, www.thisyearcollection.org has some fantastic best of collections of the hotspot.

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#8 Posted by Daiphyer (1481 posts) -

This is so awesome, thank you!

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#9 Posted by Darro (751 posts) -

Words can not express how much I am grateful for this since even though the This Year collection of the Hotspot is great, I always wanted to find somewhere where I can listen to old episodes and came across this thread. I remember some of the episodes like the 21st August 07 one has the kid who kept calling in with the short stories and the rap and Alex and Tor Thorsen losing it just as the call ended.

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#10 Posted by Slurpelve (688 posts) -

I totally forgot how awesome the hotspot was back in the day.

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#11 Posted by BigBoss1911 (2835 posts) -

Probably my favorite Hotspot moment was when jeff's freaking out about Heat the game on one of the e3 06 podcasts.

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#12 Posted by wumbo3000 (1246 posts) -

Still my favorite gaming podcast of all time. Rich, Jeff, and Bob were innovators.

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#13 Posted by ShaunK (1620 posts) -

There are some fantastic ones from 05 and I think really early 06 when Bob Calayco, Rich, and Jeff were the core 3 and they subbed in a different editor as a 4th every week. You should check out the ThisYear blogspot for The Hotspot best of series. The guy who makes the best ofs misses a lot of core components and the his voice and musical editing are pretty terrible but it's a good way to get yourself into The Hotspot.

I remember how weird it was on the first Arrow Pointing Down Podcast where I heard Ryan or Jeff swear at Alex, they used to not be able to swear at Gamespot.

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#14 Posted by Theavy (93 posts) -

I still feel incredibly sad when I hear ryans voice, could only get 15 mins in before I didnt want to listen anymore :( just wish he was still here..

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#15 Posted by Entreri10 (581 posts) -

This is pretty cool, Thanks man.

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#16 Posted by crithon (3979 posts) -

I miss Rich, like I thought Vinny was a poor man Rich before he came onto Giantbomb.

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#18 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (7012 posts) -

Thanks a lot duder!

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#19 Posted by Darro (751 posts) -

Anyone have the 8th August 2006 Hotspot since that is one of the episodes I enjoy listening to but is not on the list above. It is the last one that featured Carrie Gouskos and the first to feature Vinny.

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#21 Edited by Darro (751 posts) -

@hagane: Was going to thank you but realised they are just the same one (4th December 2007). Oh and I tried just copying the links as shown but nothing is there. The 8th August 2006 is not there since I tried it myself and hence why I asked if anyone had it. Strange that most of 2006 and 2005 are there yet there are a few not like the one I mentioned.

Edit: The first one above doesn't work but I believe all the other ones do, which I will probably check out since I never listened to the Hotspot really again after Jeff got fired and only went back to Alex and Ryan's last ones a while back.

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#22 Edited by mrfizzy (1663 posts) -

Oh god that music plus Jeff's "Live from San Francisco" intro. All the memories!!!

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#23 Edited by fetchfox (1679 posts) -

I've downloaded, added the podcast picture, and organized each of these after year, month, date. It took some time...

So, would there be any interest in a torrent or other download alternative? As far as I can see there is nothing illegal here, so both alternatives should be fine.

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#24 Posted by atrain (8 posts) -

@fetchfox said:

I've downloaded, added the podcast picture, and organized each of these after year, month, date. It took some time...

So, would there be any interest in a torrent or other download alternative? As far as I can see there is nothing illegal here, so both alternatives should be fine.

I would love you forever if you did this.

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#25 Posted by BtrDeadThanRed (330 posts) -

Go for it. I'm so annoyed at myself for getting into podcasts way too late, completely missed the Hotspot.

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#26 Posted by Coolarman (1318 posts) -

Which of these episodes has the whole "gay sexual content" bit in it. For those who don't know the crew talked about Jack Thompson getting all uppity because the game Bully had the ability for dudes to kiss other dudes. The episode where they talked about it was hilarious.

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#27 Posted by AMyggen (7632 posts) -

@fetchfox said:

I've downloaded, added the podcast picture, and organized each of these after year, month, date. It took some time...

So, would there be any interest in a torrent or other download alternative? As far as I can see there is nothing illegal here, so both alternatives should be fine.

Oh, that would be sweet!

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#28 Edited by fetchfox (1679 posts) -
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#29 Edited by Forcen (2294 posts) -

@amyggen: @fetchfox: @warpig87: @delti90: While you wait: Not very orgainized but still: https://app.box.com/s/n8lu12p7hg4dc02sxzbc

Also note the torrent and the magnetlink. The site has limited bandwidth.

EDIT: Use the one below instead, here is a magnet link:

magnet:?xt=urn:btih:3E7FF5130AA42BE59D8B965E2E1D0C8BB91375A3&dn=The%20Hotspot&tr=udp%3a//tracker.publicbt.com%3a80

Copy and paste into a torrent client. Or download torrent here.

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#30 Posted by fetchfox (1679 posts) -
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#32 Edited by Forcen (2294 posts) -

@fetchfox: Great, no more of that damn bad date format! Updated my post with a magnet link.

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#33 Edited by fetchfox (1679 posts) -

Awesome @forcen, and no problem @delti90. Maybe make that magnet link clickable though?

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#34 Edited by hidden81 (115 posts) -

check out gggggggaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMME

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeespot.com

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#35 Posted by Splodge (2419 posts) -

Nice!

At www.thisyearcollection.org they have four very well put together "Best of" podcasts for The Hotspot. Also a lot of Giantbomb best of podcasts, and a lot of others worth listening to!

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#36 Posted by fetchfox (1679 posts) -

I won't be able to upload for the moment, but it'll up over night here (21.01 PM right now).

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#37 Edited by fetchfox (1679 posts) -
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#38 Posted by Fuwano (181 posts) -

@fetchfox: LImit your upload speed to about 75% of max or it will slow everything down.

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#39 Posted by atrain (8 posts) -

@fetchfox said:

It seems my internet doesn't like it when I upload, so do anyone have a suggestion for upload and download options?

I've got a link for 2005. The rest will come tomorrow I think, sorry for the wait! Hotspot 2005

I can message you some ftp info where you can upload it. Then I can put that in my torrent directory so it seeds to everyone else.

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#41 Posted by Darro (751 posts) -

@coolarman: October 24th 2006 episode, which is one of my favourites from that year because of that and other things on it.

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#42 Posted by godlyone (157 posts) -

Super late to the party but thanks for posting the links to the Hotspot! I remember trying to find old episodes to listen to but couldn't find them on iTunes or on GameSpot.

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#43 Posted by JRock3x8 (305 posts) -

@splodge: this just opened an entirely new door for me. thank you.

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#44 Posted by regularassmilk (1693 posts) -

Don't want to be the guy who resurrects some ancient thread, but I think this stuff is really important, and while there is this shitty wiki, those links are all dead now. Can we band together to sort and catalogue this stuff? Obviously GameSpot is in the best position to do that, but in the meantime, I think it's up to us. This is important stuff.

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#45 Posted by Genfuyung (317 posts) -

Yeah I'd really like to hear these

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#46 Posted by regularassmilk (1693 posts) -

@fetchfox: Did you ever get around to 2007? Or make any progress past the 2006 folder?

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#47 Posted by FLStyle (6256 posts) -

Excellent work!

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#48 Posted by twitterlegend (62 posts) -

Let's get these back together

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#49 Posted by wallofbricks (245 posts) -

I just picked one at random, Jeff talks about The Substitute.

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#50 Posted by Bingeandgrab (8 posts) -

I recently discovered that I copied the pages of the Hotspot podcast before they disappeared.

https://www.scribd.com/doc/271745913/The-Hotspot

The website links don't work, but the downloads still are available. Wish I had done this with the On the Spot page!.