The deliberation podcasts are the thing that first impressed be about Giant Bomb when I started listening over a decade ago. They've become and annual tradition that I look forward to every year. It's such a great counter into to the wider internet's take on any publication's "top 10" lists for whatever. There's no objective number one, it's just what a specific group of people dig.
I like rooting for my favorites and hearing impassioned arguments for games I haven't yet played. Getting spoiled is a bummer, but I listen anyway and hope I forget most of it by the time I get around to playing.
They lists are great, I'm always impressed with the guests that participate. I don't necessarily get around to reading all of them.
I like the city and the country. Sometimes I dream of a place in the mountains. Maybe in North Vancouver, in the woods but not too far from the city. Building a sustainable home, preferably high up in a tree would be cool. Not that I know how, but I enjoy watching tiny home and building videos on TV.
I'd like to explore and discover new things, visit new places. In my own neighborhood or around the world. Avoid driving by biking when the weather's warm enough, as I do now. I don't love my current job, something more creative and collaborative with a small team would be cool.
I'm a little mixed about Gamepass. I'm excited that I could play new releases for a cheap subscription fee, but I'd also prefer to own my own games. Fortunately both are available. For Gamepass having no annual "best deal" price is a plus because I can pay or one month and play a few games then hope out with no obligation to keep subscribed.
I'm not a big online multiplayer person, so I understand if you are the bummed about no annual Gold price. I've fallen out of love with Gold and Plus, Gamepass is the much better alternative.
I can't disagree with any of the criticisms both of you bring up, I share them. I particularly agree they'll need to mix things up for the next game I can't see them reusing the Shrine concept, I miss proper dungeons. That said, BotW is still my favorite game of this generation. Zelda has always been about the over world and how rewarding it is to explore ever corner of it. Climbing may be sluggish, but the fact that you can climb anything is one of the biggest revelations in games. Plus, it feels damn great coming down!
There are a lot of improvements needed in the acting department, and BotW doesn't have the most memorable characters of the series. It's okay that Zelda is not Mass Effect, but I would like them to do better. I still think it is a powerful idea that Link doesn't speak. He's a blank canvas for the player to project themselves onto. It's up to the player to find the courage to save Hyrule, you can spend all day smashing pots and hurting chickens or stop playing and never make it to Ganon. Link is the prototypical Adventure Game hero, I'd love to see them stick to their guns. I'm not sure I would trust anyone to cast a good voice actor anyway, Nintendo especially.
Whatever you feel about the story telling in individual games, there is a powerful idea at the core of Zelda. Every game is essentially the retelling of the same story for a different generation. Like real world myths and the tradition of aural storytelling. OoT introduced the idea that the Triforce was the three powers that keep each other in check.
Due to a similar discussion on this week's Beast Cast I feel like now is a good time to bring this discussion to light again. @alex raised similar concerns on Isabelle's activities.
In response to that podcast I feel it needs to be said, BLATHERS IS A SAINT!! He's working night and day by himself to maintain that place. Not to mention maintain an aquarium, art museum and care for precious fossils. There's simply no room for Flick's insect wing. Blathers faces his fears every day to give the living insects quality care. To force that upon him is simply monstrously cruel.
If I wasn't completely absorbed in Animal Crossing at the moment there's a good chance I'd be playing Bloodborne right now. Jan's recent play through has really inspired me, although he's appeared to have given up because of the Blood Starved Beast, just like I did.
Other games that are at the top of my impossibly long list of games I want to get to, but already own:
Mario Galaxy 2, Resident Evil 1 and 2 remakes, Thimbleweed Park, Antichamber, and the Zelda Oracle games.
I'll second Comedy Bang Bang, My Brother My Brother and Me, and Conan O'Brien needs a friend. If you like those there are more podcasts by the same people or on their networks.
The host of CBB has another show with Parks and Recreation's Adam Scott where they discuss the music of U2 and REM, but mostly just goof around. In addition to MBMBAM's hosts many other shows, they are a part of a network with similar shows of funny people chatting like Jordan Jessie Go and Stop Podcasting Yourself.
Doug Loves Movies is similar, he does live shows with comedians where they goof around and play movie games. Not sure how that's doing right now with the virus, but there's an extensive back catalog.