I feel like if the content is there and it is funny that Bombcast should go as long as the guys are having fun. I really have no preference because the July 4th weekend 90 Minute show was just as good as the 2 and 1/2 hour shows.
I like podcasts that go into as much depth as needed on the video games relevant to the period of time which the podcast is released. Long or short doesn't matter so long as they get off their chests what they need to about the games they've played that week and hold nothing back. That usually comes away meaning longer is better, but only if there isn't a freaking hour long talk about something completely off topic at the beginning of the podcast which isn't a review of an energy drink.
In general in regards to the Bombcast I find them too long, I wouldn't mind if they just cut the What have you been playing this week section. It seems redundant and I don't much care for it. I think the Podcasts themselves could be made a little more concise and to the point. I am all for off topic discussion and tangents, my problem is with the regular dead air which is really the result of no drive or focus to the discussion, which means conversations come to an end and nobody has anything to say.
I think if they aimed for a 90 minute duration the Podcast would be better for it, but I guess that's just me, I still listen every week regardless I just rarely get to the end, as opposed to a number of other podcasts I listen to.
There are exceptions, for example the Game of the year deliberations were excellent, but in general for the Bombcast, shorter would be better.
As long as the people involved have stuff to say OR are genuinely funny, I prefer longer podcasts. What I dislike are podcasts that force themselves into a 60min format and therefore rush topics or talk about potentially interesting stuff only superficially because of that deadline (sometimes, an hour is totally sufficient, though).
Longer or shorter than what? I like them to run a bit over 2 hours but under 3.
This. I know why they did it but the 1.5 hour post-E3 podcast just felt too short.
It's pretty rare that I get completely bored by whatever the guys are talking about and I listened to every single second of the 2010 GOTY coverage and this year's E3 coverage.
I listen to a lot of different podcast. My earholes are pretty skanky like that. And I record one with some friends, so I prefer a bit shorter. An hour and a half is usually my limit, but when it's something like the various Whiskey Media podcasts or special event ones (like with E3) they can go on as long as they like. I'll be a week or two behind that way, but I can tolerate that.
TL;DR: Shorter and sweet is nice. Yay variety!
I like all podcasts to be long. I listen to them when I'm doing routine work or waiting for stuff to be finished. Sometimes, during the course of work, I have literally hours and hours to kill - just waiting for things to finish. I can't leave because I need to make sure nothing goes wrong, so I'm stuck there, for hours, waiting for whatever machine I'm working with to finish up. During that time: I listen to podcasts! And the longer the pod-cast, the less time I need to spend fiddling around with my mp3 player.