Gamer Podcasts

Andrea's great. Doesn't look like they have any episodes yet though.

Big fan of Alexa Ray and Andrea--looking forward to giving them a listen when they get an episode or two up.

I thought so. Brittney Brombacher was co-host of We're Not Dead, the We're Alive podcast.
This looks cool. Have my hands full with enough podcasts, but glad it's out there.

I really don't like the new guys voice on The Bombcast. I think I may start using it as filler podcast instead of a must listen. It hasn't been the same since Drew left anyway.

Beastcast >> Bombcast

Tyops wrote:

Beastcast >> Bombcast

Agreed!

Tyops wrote:

Waypoint Radio >>> Beastcast >> Bombcast

FIFY

UpToIsomorphism wrote:
Tyops wrote:

Waypoint Radio >>> Beastcast >> Bombcast

FIFY

Only when Austin is on, but if we're going to start including other casts in this rating that'll get messy.

Was about to ask what the Beastcast is all about. Then I realized I hadn't heard from Vinny in a very long time...

Went and subbed right away

Any recommendations for a PlayStation-specific podcast? I used to listen to P.S. I Love You XOXO but Colin left abruptly and it sounds like Greg doesn't want to continue it without him.

I'm mainly looking for something that details PS news and new games. Ideally it would also feature interviews with industry folks - not just a couple of kids recording in their basement. I know about the PlayStation Blogcast, but I don't think I will get unbaised opinions from them.

I can also recommend Dev Game Club, it's pretty much the only podcast I listen to these days.

For anyone who is interested, my wife and I uploaded episode 42 after a brief hiatus/sick-leave.

We haven't decided if we want to do a bi-weekly schedule, or just play it by ear. Stay tuned!

Hey folks! So I've essentially culled most of my podcast list and am looking to fill it back up again. At the moment the two gaming podcasts I keep on the regular are Remaster on Relay.fm and Retronauts. I honestly like podcasts that discuss a singular game in-depth like Retronauts does, but I also enjoy the optimism of Remaster as well. Whenever they come together they are usually just happy about playing games.

Something I got sick of with a lot of podcasts was assuming I wanted to hear cheaper shots taken at the Republican party or GamerGaters than the Daily Show makes or the dreaded Elitist Gamer like TotalBiscuit's goofball crew and their uptight "consumer first" values and slamming on SJW's. I want podcasts that love games, love talking about games, and leave the bickering and fighting to the many crusaders on Twitter that believe you can somehow make an intelligent point in 140 characters or less.

I'm going to give Dev Game Club a whirligig, but wanted to see if there were any other recommendations folks had.

ccesarano wrote:

I honestly like podcasts that discuss a singular game in-depth...

I might have recommended before, but have you tried Cane and Rinse?

Discuss one game, or on the odd occasion franchises, every 2 hour weekly episode. No new releases, but anything ranging from 25 year old classics to games that were released a couple of years ago. Here's a list of the last dozen games features to give you an idea...

Witcher 3
Grim Fandango
Bayonetta 2
Soma
The Room Trilogy
Blade Runner
Mortal Kombat
Double Dragon Neon
Destiny
Witcher 2
Super Mario Kart
Super Hexagon

As each episode is all about a game that's an older release I like to dip in and out of the 6 year back catalogue, not listening to them in any particular order, but choose those interested in at any particular time or even better an episode is chosen on the rare occassions when I've finished a game featured or at least played a good chunk and had my fill.

Sounds like a perfect recommendation. Thanks!

I've mentioned it to you, CCes, but the Forbes Overworld has Satchell Drakes. I don't think he's taken those kind of shots. Honestly I think they're fairly rare in the Waypoint and Polygon folks too—I think there may be some editorial direction along the lines of "be enthusiastic about good things more than just being negative about bad things."

Avoid DLC then. Not for everybody I guess.

Edit: I actually find it more awkward when a podcast that purports to be apolitical stumbles into the subject matter via a game news story or content and then starts trying to skirt around it.

ccesarano wrote:

Sounds like a perfect recommendation. Thanks!

No worries, if you give it a go let me know whether you think.

wordsmythe wrote:

I've mentioned it to you, CCes, but the Forbes Overworld has Satchell Drakes.

Ah yeah, I should give that a whirl.

Mr GT Chris wrote:

Avoid DLC then. Not for everybody I guess.

Yeah that was one of many reasons I dropped that show. One of which being that I think both hosts think way too highly of their senses of humor.

Edit: I actually find it more awkward when a podcast that purports to be apolitical stumbles into the subject matter via a game news story or content and then starts trying to skirt around it.

I had a big, long rant here that was a bit too P&C (or is it D&D now?), so I'll just say that as a moderate, I don't trust anyone to be mature enough to actually approach these topics with nuance and maturity, but instead with a soap box and a prideful sense of egotistical self-righteousness. Be you GamerGater, SJW, MRA, Feminist, what have you, I expect most people to open their mouths and just piss me off no matter their stance on a topic.

I know for a lot of people here there are very clear moral lines regarding some topics, and more often than not I'd agree, but the attitude and the extent to which folks will take their own moral superiority is what pisses me off even when I do agree. Which is why I'd prefer people just talk games. If I wanted politics I'd look for actual experts, not people that get paid to write about, discuss, or make about games for a living.

Yup. I don't think we're on entirely opposite sides here. What gets to me is when the apolitical podcaster falls into one of these discussions and feels the need to play both sides regardless of how inherently immoral one side is. Too worried about offending their listeners I suppose?

DLC got a lot of respect from me when they said they were no longer going to pay heed to the complaints and 1 star reviews they received every time they went political.

Jeff doesn’t want to get political on DLC but often feels like they have to lately. I love Jeff, but Christian is hit and miss with his funny.

I’m taking a break from Waypoint for a bit now too. Both the podcast and the site.

Christian is a lot better now than his Weekend Confirmed days. During his occasional appearances there he thought he was there just to be funny and it showed. When he talks from the heart about games he's good.

ccesarano wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:

I've mentioned it to you, CCes, but the Forbes Overworld has Satchell Drakes.

Ah yeah, I should give that a whirl.

Mr GT Chris wrote:

Avoid DLC then. Not for everybody I guess.

Yeah that was one of many reasons I dropped that show. One of which being that I think both hosts think way too highly of their senses of humor.

Edit: I actually find it more awkward when a podcast that purports to be apolitical stumbles into the subject matter via a game news story or content and then starts trying to skirt around it.

I had a big, long rant here that was a bit too P&C (or is it D&D now?), so I'll just say that as a moderate, I don't trust anyone to be mature enough to actually approach these topics with nuance and maturity, but instead with a soap box and a prideful sense of egotistical self-righteousness. Be you GamerGater, SJW, MRA, Feminist, what have you, I expect most people to open their mouths and just piss me off no matter their stance on a topic.

I know for a lot of people here there are very clear moral lines regarding some topics, and more often than not I'd agree, but the attitude and the extent to which folks will take their own moral superiority is what pisses me off even when I do agree. Which is why I'd prefer people just talk games. If I wanted politics I'd look for actual experts, not people that get paid to write about, discuss, or make about games for a living.

For some one who is VERY opinionated on media items don't you think it is a bit unfair for you to ask others producing media to NOT do the same?

How to Murder Time is still one of my absolute favourites.

Bubblefuzz wrote:
ccesarano wrote:

I honestly like podcasts that discuss a singular game in-depth...

I might have recommended before, but have you tried Cane and Rinse?

Interesting. I'm downloading the Grim Fandango episode now to give it a test drive. Thanks!
I'll report back.

You could always try the Asynchronous Multiplayer podcast. My wife is always good for some Nintendo love. If you like conversational podcasts that are less than an hour and have lots of bad jokes, hit us up.

karmajay wrote:

For some one who is VERY opinionated on media items don't you think it is a bit unfair for you to ask others producing media to NOT do the same?

I'm trying to figure out if you're talking about my rant here just now or the fact that I myself produce content with my opinion as the central focus and as a result am trying to restrict the voice of others. In either event, see my next response:

Mr GT Chris wrote:

Yup. I don't think we're on entirely opposite sides here. What gets to me is when the apolitical podcaster falls into one of these discussions and feels the need to play both sides regardless of how inherently immoral one side is. Too worried about offending their listeners I suppose?

I understand that feeling. Trying to play both sides rather than sharing honest feelings is insincere, and I think is part of why a lot of people have a negative attitude towards the moderate stance. The common perception – and I've said similar things in the past though it is inaccurate – is that most moderates claim both sides are "just as bad as one another" even though one side is often demonstrably worse. But that's where things like nuance come into play, and once you introduce nuance you're suddenly a sociology podcast rather than a gaming podcast.

Those that listened to my RambleCast podcast know ParallaxAbstraction and I got awful close to the GamerGate side of things, and I quite honestly regret that. I noticed I was being swung into an extreme direction, and as I saw others online and even personal friends get pushed into extremes, I realized I had said a lot of things I came to regret. So now with Eh! Steve! my buddy and I will occasionally slip up with a minor joke, and often it is towards the MRA type of crowd, but it's very uncommon, and in some instances – such as the recording we had on Sucker Punch with a very Liberal friend of mine – I literally backed away from some topics claiming that it is beyond the scope of our discussion and our panel was not right (all white het cis-gendered males) to give the topic its due. I may have thoughts on the subject, but I'm also not an authority and didn't like the idea of a bunch of dudes discussing the deeper layers of "is this film sexist or is it not". Sometimes this happens between Steve and I when we discuss games and while it may seem cowardly, I pull it back because even if I do have strong opinions on the matter, those are also my opinions right now and I said enough regretful things with RambleCast.

I understand a lot of people out there would get frustrated and view it as cowardly, and they'd be correct. On top of that, it's not like I have a sizeable audience anyway. Why should I be worried about what I say? It's not like anyone's listening. But at the end of the day, the only thing I'm really qualified to comment on is games, and given that I'm not even a professional in that regard, one can call that into question.

So tl;dr: yeah, when people try and play both sides rather than simply avoid the topic it's irritating and insincere and isn't apolitical at all.

DLC got a lot of respect from me when they said they were no longer going to pay heed to the complaints and 1 star reviews they received every time they went political.

And I want to make sure folks understand that I don't necessarily fault folks like DLC for doing that. I imagine the majority of their listeners share their perspective and those that dislike or disagree are in the minority. Again, I'm someone who is in between so even if I think the comment is spot on it might still make me uncomfortable. That's my problem, and I'm sorry that my attitude became a massive rant last night. I don't want to censor other people or dictate what they can or cannot make, even if I do call their qualifications into question. Another acknowledgment added at the last minute: I do listen to the Quarter to Three movie podcast, and those guys will occasionally make snide remarks about Trump and such themselves, but for some reason it doesn't bug me when they do it. I don't know why, maybe it's because they've discussed other matters in a nuanced enough fashion that I can trust the attitude such a joke is coming from more. I dunno. But I guess I should fess up to that bit of hypocrisy.

In any event, I got some stuff to give a listen. I enjoyed the Game Design Club episode on Silent Hill 2 (well, the first one) and so will continue with that. Will give some of the others a try.

And Greg, thanks for reminding me that I not only need to listen to some of yours again, but some of The Magic Hour as well. In truth I've fallen behind on all the podcasts I've listened to around here.

Lastly: I blame anything regretful I've said on the cold medicine I'm currently on.

Whelp, that was a pretty heavy comment to end things on.

Firstly, thanks for those that posted Dev Game Club in here, as I've been enjoying that quite a bit. Also thanks to the recommendation of Cane and Rinse. Fun story (not really): I was sitting there trying to figure out just where I'd heard hostess Leah from when I realized she was from Some Other Castle. Talk about a shift in tone, lemme tell ya! I also checked out Forbes' Overworld, so thanks Wordsmythe as that is a good one. I've yet to listen to How To Murder Time and plan on giving Asynchronous another go now that I've added everything into a bookmark folder.

To toot my own pathetic bike horn, my buddy Steve and I have been irregularly putting out our own podcast the past year. We try for every other week at this point but a lot of stuff interfered with that goal. I also tried to keep it from being a strict gamer podcast but as much as we like movies and TV as well we pretty much discuss games most of the time. So figured I'd put myself out there for abuse and share our latest episode entitled "Single Player Healthcare".

Which I suppose brings me full circle into being a hypocrite or something. I dunno.

Well since you’re not getting paid to talk video games, talk about whatever you want!

Will listen this week, as the workweek planning time podcast playlist rolls through the episodes.

Bubblefuzz wrote:

I might have recommended before, but have you tried Cane and Rinse?

Discuss one game, or on the odd occasion franchises, every 2 hour weekly episode. No new releases, but anything ranging from 25 year old classics to games that were released a couple of years ago. Here's a list of the last dozen games features to give you an idea...

Witcher 3
Grim Fandango
Bayonetta 2
Soma
The Room Trilogy
Blade Runner
Mortal Kombat
Double Dragon Neon
Destiny
Witcher 2
Super Mario Kart
Super Hexagon

As each episode is all about a game that's an older release I like to dip in and out of the 6 year back catalogue, not listening to them in any particular order, but choose those interested in at any particular time or even better an episode is chosen on the rare occassions when I've finished a game featured or at least played a good chunk and had my fill.

I downloaded the Until Dawn episode after you recommended the podcast, and I loved it. I will definitely go back to listen to episodes about games I've finished or will be finishing. Thanks for bringing it up to our attention!