I've been having a hard time getting through both lately, mostly due to time constraints. But I've been putting priority on the Beastcast.
It's pretty much the first time in like 3-4 years that I don't listen to the every Bombcast the whole way through without fail.
I know they've always had life outside of GB but GBcast feels like work these days. I use to refresh my podcast app like crazy and listen to it right when it popped up but now I have like 3 in the chamber before I feel like listening to one. The Beastcast is still fun I think but find myself doing the same thing with it. I get really invested in these people and I think people coming and going has really taken a toll on me. Ben and Abby seem like good people and it's no way their fault but I just don't think I can again. I lurk the forums but I've stopped watching videos, FF12 QL being the exception. I've spent so much time on the site and I still love the guys but it seems like a really different place, almost like they've shifted their target audience.
For a while their I was just sorta listening to the bombcast but not paying full attention as I did other stuff. Since Ben came on I've been actually paying attention =P. Also I've listened to every beastcast from episode 0. The cast (past and present) never fail in going off in fun directions...and I love it! I love when they just ramble about stuff.
If I had to rank them I'd pick the Beastcast over the Bombcast. I generally listen to them over the course of a few days while commuting to and from work and I've found that if I haven't finished the Bombcast by the time the Beastcast goes up, I'll end up downloading and finishing the Beastcast before returning to the Bombcast, though there's been a few times I didn't bother returning to it.
Both, but the Beast would be my pick if I only had one.
Beast right now is comparable to the golden era in terms of laughs per episode for me. Bomb is still ok, but some kind of energy is really needed.
I think they have formed two different identities very deliberately though, and the hire of Abby/Ben sort of mirrors that. Abby is an improv comedian which shines through in each of her segments, while Ben is a knowledgeable mini Jeff without the criminal background, and can keep up with Jeff and Brad regarding obscure industry info which is commendable. Bomb have an encyclopedic knowledge of the industry, and occasionally whip out the goofs. Beast use the gaming chat to launch into goofs, then at the end of every segment they spend a few seconds trying to find the start of the thread.
Both have a place, but as I find myself less interested in the industry and more interested in just playing games to wind down and have fun, the Beast is my priority.
Both. Like others here, I've been listening since before it Giant Bomb was a proper website. I do enjoy the Beastcast more these days, and that's been the case for a while now. But I still enjoy hearing what Jeff Gerstmann has to say.
Sometimes I have a hard time keeping up with them and I'll be 2+ weeks behind, but lately I've been on top of things. I'm going to be moving soon, and assuming I get a full time job I'm sure I'll be able to listen to it with more regularity. I've cut a lot of podcasts out of my life in the last 5 years: Gamers With Jobs, The Geekbox, Rebel FM, the Tested podcasts, etc. I used to drive a lot more and they were perfect for that. Once that ended, it was easy to cut out the less entertaining ones.
Now, only Giant Bomb and Retronauts remain as regular downloads.
Only the Beastcast now; in the last few months I had to leave the Bombcast behind as I started getting into podcasts in general and not just Giant Bomb's, so that time went to other programs. I check in and would still like to hear Jeff's thoughts on weekly happenings, but it's often a longer show and that crew still hasn't quite found their groove again in the midst of personnel changes.
Both. Behind a little bit too. I like both, but prefer Bombcast more because of Jeff and the more detailed discussion on games. As much as I differ in personal taste in games, his knowledge of the industry and opinion is always captivating.
As for GBEast, Dan joining has improved the podcast greatly IMO.
Both, in rotation with most of the McElroy podcast empire and Hardcore History (whenever that gets updated). These days I largely prefer the Beastcast but the Bombcast still delivers my "Jeff's Hot Takes" fix and has been the keystone of my podcast listening schedule since high school. It would be insane to stop now.
Listen to both, but I listen to the beastcast asap the morning it's out and the bombcast sometimes waits a few days to make room for other podcasts. I'm more positive on the current bombcast run than others, but it's pretty hard to deny that the beastcast is crushing it consistently right now.
Both, though I try to watch the Bombcast (can't do it live most of the time) in video form.
That means I carve out space to kinda do that before bed so it means I might have to watch it a chunk at a time over a few nights, but I tend to finish them the week they come out. Beastcast falls behind a bit because I used to listen to them when I work out but haven't had much time to do so, but I'm on the latest episode now.
I've fallen off the wagon. I've been playing games lately that aren't podcast games (stuff like Overwatch and PUBG where you need to listen, or single player games where I want to listen to the music/dialogue). Plus I dunno I've got like 10-20 hours of free time each week, I can't listen to these on my commute and I'd just rather spend my time playing games than listening to ppl talk about them. 2017 is too stacked with games yo.
I really should try to get back on, wanna hear how the dynamic is with the new people.
The Beastcast is soft and doesn't talk about murder nearly enough. I've never been religious about the Beastcast but I gave it up yet again so I didn't have to shoehorn in both hurriedly within a weeks time in order to religiously start the Bombcast on Wednesday at the latest. I need the irreverent slacker attitude of the Bombcast in my life. Always.
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