The more the better. I often listen to the podcast while playing parts of video games without any story, which could be sports games, grinding in an RPG, shooters, anything where I feel like a nice stretch of gaming without much thinking and I just zone out and focus on the podcast.
I can understand your position. But I don't think the solution is necessarily just putting an arbitrary limit (beyond the one already on it, when Ryan has to skip emails).
If I was going to suggest anything it would be timestamps. Because as much as I enjoy them being a video game podcast who doesn't start talking about video games until 45 minutes in, maybe that's not for everyone. Also frustrating to hear emails or news get completely abandoned because there was a 30 minute discussion about home ownership in California. To talk about the week's new release for 8 minutes but talk about restaurants or reddit drama for 20.
But I don't advocate shortening it or lecturing them to stick to games, just give your users a guide that allows them to get to the stuff they want. In game terms, give the game 20-30 hours of enjoyable play time, but make the core story campaign in the 8-10 hour length, and make the rest optional.
Please limit it to 1.5 hours per episode. I've got a job and family now, I can't spend 3 hours a week listening to just one podcast.
Are you intending to sound like a selfish idiot or is that just coming naturally?
Seriously, the podcast doesn't live to serve just you. Go away.
I listen to the Bombcast along with a bunch of others - a combine 17-18 hours of podcasts every week. For me, I listen in the car on my way to and from work, and I throw on a pair of headphones most evenings after my daughter is in bed and I am cleaning up. It doesn't feel overwhelming for me.
Things I do while listening to the Bombcast:
- grocery shopping
- cooking dinner
- folding laundry
- walking around town running errands
- and a bunch of other things
I have plenty of time during the week to listen to all of my podcasts. If you don't, cut back on the number of podcasts or skip through sections of the bombcast. Don't expect them to cut back on content when you're perfectly capable of doing it yourself.
DON'T LIKE BOMBCAST, DON'T EAT.
The Bombcast isn't the only podcast about videogames. If all you want is videogames, go somewhere else. But if you want videogames mixed with Fast and Furious talk, this is it. Listen to it in bits and pieces along the week if your schedule gets in the way. Don't take it away from people who do want 3 hours.