This is really disheartening. I have loved listening to the HotSpot. With the changes across the board I have lost several Cnet podcasts I listened to each week as well. It seems the goal is to catch a new audience with a more video based format, but it is unfortunate to lose the audio fans in the process. It is forcing me to find to content from other outlets, which while being good for me, really doesn't seem to work out in the best intrests of CBSi. Rock the Bombcast.
It's sad that Magrino is gone. I liked him, especially with what he did with this podcast. I was starting to wonder if he was ill, so I guess "laid-off" is better.
Good show...will miss the HotSpot. I am specially sorry about Tom, he was a fun host. Trials is very cool from the very first one, this must be even better!! Prototype 1 was AWSOME, at least for me!! If Prototype 2 kept the fun from smashing whatever comes your way in as many ways as I can imagine....I will absolutely get it!! Sorry...I'd rather keep my physical copies. We will get to a optimized digital distribution....but we are absolutely not there yet.. So far all anti used measures are very much ANTI CONSUMER as well. Long way to go... Right there with you guys...someone please make devs stop with the year releases!! When will they understand that even if we love some franchises we do get tired from them when over exposed to it. Again, sad to see the show go...hopefully you guys will come up with a new and better show. Cheers!
It is realy sad to say goodbye to The Hotspot. I loved the show, the chemistry between the host and the panel, the rants, the humor. I will realy miss it. It feels like losing a good friend. Thank you Hotspot crew for all the podcasts for the last 6/7 years. Respect..
thanks guys, listened to every episode for the last 4 years and am disappointed it has ended this way. looking forward to the new shows to get me through the week.
***[For Brendan Sinclair]*** My only complaints...and I mean this in a kind way...were that you and Tom couldn't decide on [or stick with] a basic format for the show, nor could you guys figure out how to make it run smoothly...'We're gonna have callers...we're not gonna have callers...maybe when I figure it out, we'll see, maybe next week, I don't know...' Too much time was wasted talking about the technical issues he was wrestling with during almost every episode. What impression did you think Daniel Erickson [and the folks over at BioWare] came away with when he visited the show? I think he noticed how silly Kurtis looked on the air [his color contrast was wayyy off] as well as how unprepared Magrino was when he didn't even know he was reading one of his own articles. He wasn't laughing with Magrino. Why someone like Lars couldn't help Tom get up to speed with the new equipment prior to recording is a mystery...those control issues never got sorted out: not even a month into the show. How much preparation went into the show prior to launch was there really? You can't put that all on Tom...where was his producer? The caller segment of the [Skyrim spoiler episode] for example, was poorly orchestrated. Those audio glitches should've been worked out well ahead of time as well as the topics of discussion which descended into a half hour of nit-picking. That being said, the show was always a lot of fun and Tom was a great host.
Sorry to see the show go away - I'm a subscriber mainly because I thought I got great value for my money through the HotSpot. Thanks to everyone at gs for delivering quality entertainment and game reviews through the years.
Sad to see the Hotspot go. I found the podcast back at the end of last year, and since then have listened to all the old podcasts 2008-Present. I would have gone back and listened to the earlier ones, but I find what I really enjoy about the show is hearing from Brendan, Mc Shea, Kevin, Chris, Shaun, and all the other great panelists in the more modern era of the Hotspot. Which is why I'm really excited to hear about the return of My Esteemed Colleagues and new projects from Brendan/Mc Shea and Kevin. I'm sure whatever you guys start will be my new favorite thing about Gamespot.