I'm going to have a lot of spare time in the coming weeks and I was wondering if you guys have any recommendations on some good podcasts?
I follow 3 gaming podcasts each from a different perspective.
The giantbombcast of course from the press perspective.
Idle thumbs is a great podcast, in depth discussion about games and some of their more esoteric aspects as well as a good dose of idiocy sprinkled throughout. From the perspective of developers/writers etc of videogames
and the Lincolncast/Scotchcast from the Giant Bomb Community is really good to get fellow gamers opinions and outlooks on news/games often the most helpful to put game consumption and purchasing in the context of regulay, non-games related jobs and lifestyle.
and if you have time and want to break up your games with other podcasts I absolutely recommend the Comedy Bang Bang Podcast, a hilarious sketch comedy/improv podcast, in interview format, big comedy names as guests. Much like the show if you've ever seen it but with more of an emphasis on improv, usually devolving into insanity.
Not gaming related, but Brad references it on occasion, Hardcore History. I started listening to it this week. History, especially ancient history, is one of my weaker spots. I'm trying to fix that, and this podcast has been great so far. He's extremely personable, you don't feel like you're being talked down to, and the topics are absolutely fascinating. Although it does get a bit gruesome at times. I mean, it's hard to listen to the details of genocide for eight hours in a row. Also, man, things were kind of rapey.
I second the Besties, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Vidjagame Apocalypse.
For non-gaming humor I would also recommend Laser Time (pop-culture themed humor/trivia), and "My Brother, My Brother, and Me".
For just interesting and funny individuals I recommend The Joe Rogan Experience, The Mega64 Podcast (the video podcast is preferable), Penn's Sunday School (Penn Jillette from Penn and Teller), and check out the Tested podcasts for half-serious and fun tech talk.
I feel like the fans of Talkradar/Laser Time are still kind of the black sheep of the podcast fandoms. Which is sad, because those guys are genuinely great.
8-4 Play is a good listen as they usually cover games and topics stateside podcasts will gloss over. Idle Thumbs is and has always been great. Three Moves Ahead focuses on strategy games and while that's not my favorite genre the level of detail they go into is really interesting. And Tone Control seems to be giving the Dumptruck a run for its money in regards to majorly in-depth developer interviews.
I actually found Gamers with Jobs podcast to be pretty good. I regularly cull my podcast list due to time constraint (look I listen to the bombcast and idle thumbs on repeat at least 2 to three times each week I'm a crazy person ok) and the GWJ crew always manage to stay in my list. I find their level of congeniality and their conversation style to mesh pleasantly into my ear holes.
What does informal mean?
I like the CAGcast best next to the Bombcast. Weekend Confirmed, Gamers with Jobs, and 8-4 Play are solid options but I don't listen week in and week out. Retronauts has good episodes but also lately has been super boring and uninspired (keep putting that money to good use, guys!). All the other gaming podcasts I have listened to have been pretty bad
Retronauts has good episodes but also lately has been super boring and uninspired (keep putting that money to good use, guys!).
Oh thank god I'm not the only person who thought that.
It's embarrassing they took money from people and there's been a few episodes where they flat out say "Sorry, not much more to cover here" basically at the end and pack it in. And it's glaringly obvious they didn't prepare or just don't feel compelled to really make the shows great. Really ridiculous.
In addition to Giant Bomb's podcasts I currently listen to:
- Final Score - Cartoonist Scott Johnson has cultivated a great community around his Frog Pants podcast network and collaborates with its members to make a pretty unique and inclusive show. I'd also recommend checking out the Final Score Minecraft server.
- Podcast Beyond - The heart of IGN, the vibrant, energetic Greg Miller and his the low key, opinionated, room mate Colin Moriarty talk Playstation.
- Nintendo Voice Chat - IGN's Nintendo show not only talks about current news, but has in depth discussions about Nintendo's long history and is full of great music.
I've listened to these podcasts in the past and I'd still recommend them:
- Indoor Kids - Comedian Kumail Nanjiani, and his wife, Emily V. Gordon talk with other comedians about games. They aren't from the games media, so this show focuses on their personal relationship with games.
- PC Gamer - Many other shows overlook some of the finer details of PC Gaming.
- Podcast Unlocked - Not as flashy as IGN's Playstation podcast, but still worth while for Xbox focused discussion.
If you're a fan of MMOs in general check out Massively's podcast or The Instance and WoW Insider for World of Warcraft specific shows.