Weird topic starter, I know, but let me explain why I'm asking such a question.
Whereas it seems most people sit in front of their computers and listen to podcasts these days (yes, yes, I know some of you listen while jogging or travelling), I personally have around forty to fifty hours per week at my factory job to listen to various things on my MP3 player.
I didn't get into the gaming podcast scene until early in 2010, much to my regret, but it seems that I found my way onto the proverbial jet just as it was beginning to nose dive.
Don't get me wrong, the Bombcast still seems to be going strong, although nowadays, as I listen each week, I half expect an announcement of someone leaving. Now, don't flip out. I only feel that way mainly because that is what is happening on every other podcast I listen to.
Talkradar is slowly losing all of it's cast members and will probably soon be ending it's run. Joystiq just recently changed it's format into a more "60 minutes" style that seems to have only served to kill it's personality. Talkradar UK is also taking a break so they can ostensibly change their format. Rebel FM is having trouble putting up a weekly podcast and it's members are seemingly losing interest. Although I don't listen to Gamespy, they evidently just recently either quit doing their podcast or made serious changes. 1-UP always seems to be imploding, so we don't need to discuss that.
The Whiskey Media podcasts are seemingly the only ones that still show a vested interest in their subjects and still have the backing of their bosses.
So I guess my question is: Do you all think the gaming podcast scene is coming to an end? Do you think it has something to do with the tough economy these days? And if it's okay with the mods that I've listed all those other podcasts, I'd like to hear some suggestions from the community of other podcasts that are going strong and don't seem to be dying a slow death.
Any intelligent comments would be welcome!