I'm Canadian and have never seen an ad before a video.
I'm happy to hear they're making the next step towards serious ad sales. Bottom line: they need to generate revenue to stay alive. Up until it's been all about building a community and a fanbase which is great, but they need to take the next step. I feel pretty confident that the guys recognize the difference between obnoxious and intrusive crap, and tasteful ads that are relevant to the user base.
@FreakAche: Can't argue with that. It's set up for failure from the start due to the format. This is why I feel partly bad for the reaction she got. I think the guys understand that but figure, once a year to celebrate the finale, why not go nuts? Which is cool for them but not so great listening for us.
In the future, I'm sure she'll be back. This will become a Giant Bomb tradition - an out of control celebratory E3 finale podcast featuring Leigh Alexander. It's created a stir and got attention each time right?
I find I've really had enough of listening to and reading E3 wrap-up style coverage. I know that there were a ton of games, new hardware and announcements but I feel as though I've been beaten over the head with it all. Perhaps it's because I'm a bit of a podcast junkie, but I've heard enough. One more discussion of the relative merits of Sony and Nintendo's 3D integration or motion controls and I think I'll clean the surface of my eyeballs with sandpaper.
I realize that there is an easy solution to this problem - stop listening/reading. I just got to that point when I fired up G4's Feedback show, saw the headline " The-Post-E3-Extravaganza-Show" and said - no, thank you.
Anybody else looking forward to the regular release schedule starting up again?
@NickyDubz: I get what you're saying to a certain degree. You give the example of when you get a little tipsy with friends and get a bit out of control and that's totally cool. Everybody enjoys partying with friends, but these parties don't get recorded with the intention of providing listening entertainment for others. It just doesn't make for good podcast material.
Regarding professionalism - there's a difference between going off on tangents and talking about funny stuff and being incoherent and obnoxious.