More than a year into the pandemic and the new normal of remote work, I am increasingly of the opinion that the Giant Bomb podcast content is becoming a bit redundant. Some of the unique voices on each of the flagship shows are gone, and as a result the shows themselves feel more similar than they did before. Add in the HotSpot, and we have another show where some of the same topics are discussed again, albeit with a slightly different combination of hosts. I'm never going to tell them to produce less content, but I do wonder whether recording three separate podcasts each week is the best use of their time.
In a world where everyone is working remotely, does it still even make sense to have both of Bombcast and a Beastcast? Realistically speaking, will the Giant Bomb/Beast employees ever return to offices? I feel like the three podcasts could easily be consolidated down into two, with a bit more of a distinct focus for each one. For example, Giant Bomb is more modern gaming focused, while HotSpot could focus on retro or other hobby discussions. I'm not saying that is the right format, but to me it makes sense to have more of a unique identity for each show.
I support the site and will keep listening regardless, but as time goes on the division between Giant Bomb and Giant Beast is feeling more and more arbitrary and unnecessary.