This Year #18: The best of Idle Thumbs (6 hrs)

 
Idle Thumbs! There's talk that it was a pretty good podcast. We at This Year produce best-of shows for the greatest podcasts out there, and it was time to cover this fine  gaming podcast.
 
Here's a link to our RSS feed, our original blog post, and a direct link to the MP3 file (6 hours/144MB).
 

Idle Thumbs casts its pod into your face with hilarious talk about video gaming. Of Idle Thumbs, IGN.com purportedly noted “it’s so good it’ll rupture your ear drums and blow you into the ionosphere.” Riffing on both the legitimate and ridiculous sides of the video game industry, Chris Remo, Nick Breckon, and Jake Rodkin provided commentary that, if not wonderfully bizarre, was always intelligent. Remo, Breckon, and Rodkin muse about console exclusivity, malevolent miners on Mars, and the Citizen Kane of video games. What is Gordon Freeman really like? What would a Shadow of the Colossus movie be like? Video games come alive, computers make horrific noises, fanboys whine and wizards of various qualities enter our realm. And there is no greater joy in our world than rolling a grenade down a hill in Far Cry 2.


 Here are the timestamps:
 

Timestamps
Games
0:18:30 – Call of Juarez
0:34:00 – MMO experiences
0:54:00 – LittleBigPlanet
1:06:00 – Flower
1:27:30 – Crysis Warhead
1:34:00 – Total War series
1:46:30 – Red Faction Guerilla

News
2:10:30 – Shadow of the Colossus movie
2:30:30 – Tekken 6 goes multiplatform
3:16:00 – Dragon Age: Origins
3:30:00 – Killzone 2 is a perfect video game
3:58:00 – Mass Effect 2 trailer

Emails
4:32:30 – The character of Gordon Freeman
4:41:30 – Game developers don’t play video games
4:50:30 – Cutscenes in Metal Gear Solid
4:59:30 – A dream about J Allard
5:10:00 – Console fanboys
5:17:30 – The end of Idle Thumbs
5:31:00 – Outtakes


We'll have Giant Bombcast - best of 2011 in just a month or so, and then immediately afterward we'll have the best of the Giant Bombcast for 2008. Then we'll finish the work we started with GFW Radio. In terms of non-gaming podcasts, it's full steam ahead with our Adam Carolla recaps, and the first show of 2012 will be a best-of for Loveline, for the year of 2001.
 
Also, a final note -- thanks to you guys for your support. We are a non-profit podcast, and we do need help paying our kind of hefty hosting bills. If you can throw even a dollar our way, we'd really appreciate the help. Here's more information about donating here. Thanks for your support since the start of this year! It'll be our one year anniversary on January 6th.
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Posted by ZanzibarBreeze
 
Idle Thumbs! There's talk that it was a pretty good podcast. We at This Year produce best-of shows for the greatest podcasts out there, and it was time to cover this fine  gaming podcast.
 
Here's a link to our RSS feed, our original blog post, and a direct link to the MP3 file (6 hours/144MB).
 

Idle Thumbs casts its pod into your face with hilarious talk about video gaming. Of Idle Thumbs, IGN.com purportedly noted “it’s so good it’ll rupture your ear drums and blow you into the ionosphere.” Riffing on both the legitimate and ridiculous sides of the video game industry, Chris Remo, Nick Breckon, and Jake Rodkin provided commentary that, if not wonderfully bizarre, was always intelligent. Remo, Breckon, and Rodkin muse about console exclusivity, malevolent miners on Mars, and the Citizen Kane of video games. What is Gordon Freeman really like? What would a Shadow of the Colossus movie be like? Video games come alive, computers make horrific noises, fanboys whine and wizards of various qualities enter our realm. And there is no greater joy in our world than rolling a grenade down a hill in Far Cry 2.


 Here are the timestamps:
 

Timestamps
Games
0:18:30 – Call of Juarez
0:34:00 – MMO experiences
0:54:00 – LittleBigPlanet
1:06:00 – Flower
1:27:30 – Crysis Warhead
1:34:00 – Total War series
1:46:30 – Red Faction Guerilla

News
2:10:30 – Shadow of the Colossus movie
2:30:30 – Tekken 6 goes multiplatform
3:16:00 – Dragon Age: Origins
3:30:00 – Killzone 2 is a perfect video game
3:58:00 – Mass Effect 2 trailer

Emails
4:32:30 – The character of Gordon Freeman
4:41:30 – Game developers don’t play video games
4:50:30 – Cutscenes in Metal Gear Solid
4:59:30 – A dream about J Allard
5:10:00 – Console fanboys
5:17:30 – The end of Idle Thumbs
5:31:00 – Outtakes


We'll have Giant Bombcast - best of 2011 in just a month or so, and then immediately afterward we'll have the best of the Giant Bombcast for 2008. Then we'll finish the work we started with GFW Radio. In terms of non-gaming podcasts, it's full steam ahead with our Adam Carolla recaps, and the first show of 2012 will be a best-of for Loveline, for the year of 2001.
 
Also, a final note -- thanks to you guys for your support. We are a non-profit podcast, and we do need help paying our kind of hefty hosting bills. If you can throw even a dollar our way, we'd really appreciate the help. Here's more information about donating here. Thanks for your support since the start of this year! It'll be our one year anniversary on January 6th.
Posted by ArbitraryWater

I really love what you guys have been doing, since your stuff has allowed me to re-experience the Hotspot without all the pesky "Talking about numbers" filler as well as newly experience stuff like 1UP Yours' and GFW Live, once again I assume without the filler. Keep up the good work!

Edited by ZanzibarBreeze

Also, if somebody could post this up on NeoGAF it would be really helpful. Our gaming shows usually go up there, but I can't create new threads yet with my account, so I rely on you guys for that. :)
 
EDIT: Done. Thanks for the person that helped us out!

Posted by magus213

As always, these best ofs are fucking sweet. Great job!

Posted by RagingLion

I've always heard great things about Idle Thumbs with the impression that if I ever decided to add another gaming podcast to my life then maybe it should have been this one, but I never got around to it. So thank you - this is the perfect opportunity for me to check them out.