Podcasts Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Podcasts RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network The Assassin's Creed Universe is Expanding With Assassins Creed: Stories https://www.gameskinny.com/mw6ki/the-assassins-creed-universe-is-expanding-with-assassins-creed-stories https://www.gameskinny.com/mw6ki/the-assassins-creed-universe-is-expanding-with-assassins-creed-stories Wed, 21 Apr 2021 20:00:25 -0400 David Carcasole

The world of Assassin's Creed will continue to expand in more ways than just games. Ubisoft has announced upcoming Assassins Creed: Stories, which will be different expansions into the Assassins Creed universe through novels, graphic novels, manhuas, webtoons, and a series of podcasts. 

Starting with the novels, there are three slated for release this year: Assassin's Creed: Fragments, Assassin's Creed: The Jade Seal, and Assassin's Creed: The Ming Storm. Each of these novels is the beginning of its own series of books, with both the Fragments and Ming Storm books set to kick off trilogies and The Jade Seal kicking off a series with nine more books to follow. 

In terms of graphic novels and other illustrated works, there will be two manhuas' titled, Assassin's Creed Dynasty and Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Blood Brothers. These are set just prior to the events that take place in Assassin's Creed Valhalla and follows the story of two Viking brothers. 

There will also be three other graphic novels, Assassins Creed Valhalla, Assassins Creed Valhalla: Song of Glory, and Assassins Creed Valhalla: Blade of Shao Jun. The webtoon releases are set to be new expansions into the story of Edward Kenway, and the podcast will be called Assassins Creed: Turbulence in the Ming Dynasty

For more specific details on each of these new releases, check out the official page for Assassin's Creed: Stories. There's a lot for fans of the series on the horizon. 

The Best Gaming Podcasts You're Not Already Listening To https://www.gameskinny.com/78cfa/the-best-gaming-podcasts-youre-not-already-listening-to https://www.gameskinny.com/78cfa/the-best-gaming-podcasts-youre-not-already-listening-to Mon, 14 May 2018 10:18:00 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs


The Square Roots Podcast

Link: Libsyn

The hosts describe the Square Roots Podcast as something like a book club, but for classic RPGs instead of, y'know, books. Every week, the four hosts play a chunk of a classic RPG and then discuss what they played in depth. Fans of Let's Players and gaming YouTubers should take note -- this will be a new favorite for you if you're anything like us. Getting to experience these classics through a new lens is endlessly entertaining, even without all of the goofs the hosts throw in.


Did we miss any? Let us know what your favorite gaming podcasts are in the comments!


Super Hopped Up

Link: Stitcher

Everybody knows that nothing goes better with gaming than a nice, frosty brew, so the hosts of Super Hopped Up decided to make that the focus of their podcast. Every episode, they offer a hilarious, tipsy take on which Avenger is hottest, whether Kratos is the hottest dad, and other gaming news that isn't necessarily related to how hot fictional characters are. Plus, you get some bonus beer reviews for your trouble!


The What's Good Games Podcast

Link: SoundCloud

What's Good Games isn't just a podcast, it's a three-headed gaming media Voltron that boasts a collective 30 years of industry experience. Hosts Andrea Rene, Kristine Steimer, and Brittney Brombacher have put together something special here.


Every week, they release a podcast that could feature an alternately goofy and insightful look at the latest gaming news, an interview with a gaming studio, a review, or even a conversation about preferred top ramen preparations. 


The Pretty Good Gaming Podcast

Link: YouTube

With upwards of 300,000 subscribers, the podcast offering from Pretty Good Gaming is more than living up to its name. Each week, the hosts not only offer their opinions on breaking gaming news, but also interact with their Patreon subscribers by answering their game-related questions as well. In fact, unlike some of the other podcasts on this list, talking about new gaming news really isn't the focus here. 


Instead of breaking news or interviewing developers or rehashing things you'd rather read right here at GameSkinny, the question-and-answer format offered by this podcast gives it a much more casual vibe than other news-focused shows, though that doesn't mean they're lazy. The production values and editing here are top-notch, and the hosts, though they don't have as many connections as some of the other hosts on this list, are always insightful when answering questions about the future of video gaming.


Super Gamecast 64

Link: Stitcher

First off, let me blow your mind with this: The Super Gamecast 64 guys have  been creating gaming content for ten years.


Ten. Freakin'. Years.


So if you're, say, immortal and have infinite time to kill, their content might be good to binge after you finish up that seventh playthrough of Oblivion. For the rest of us, Super Gamecast 64 offers a refreshing, offbeat, and decidedly goofy podcast that recaps the most recent gaming news. It's also over 100 episodes deep, so there's that.


Many podcasts advertise irreverent, off-the-wall humor, but few actually deliver on that promise in a way that's also inclusive, unproblematic, and legitimately funny. These guys do. Plus, as of the time of this posting, the most recent episode is called "God of Soft Vore." So there's that.


Nintendo Power Podcast

Link: SoundCloud

Much like the magazine that birthed it, you likely won't find any real bleeding-edge breaking news on Nintendo's official Nintendo Power Podcast. That said, it is an absolute must-listen for fans of the House that Mario Built. 


Hosted and created by many of the minds behind the Nintendo Power magazine, the podcast features incredibly in-depth interviews with designers, developers, artists, and personalities both inside and outside of the Nintendo offices. They've even brought back some fun segments from the magazine, including a segment in which Nintendo execs are routinely humiliated for not remembering the title of an obscure Super Nintendo game. So what are you waiting for? Get the power!


Kinda Funny Gamescast

Link: SoundCloud

Greg Miller has been a major player in video games journalism for a hell of a long time, and it shows in the podcast he hosts alongside Tim Gettys. This weekly podcast has been around for a while, so be prepared to get hooked, and then binge the entire back catalog. Miller and Gettys are naturally charismatic and dynamic hosts, and every week they're joined by a guest from the gaming industry (most recently, Cory Barlog of God of War fame). Fans of Miller's work on Up At Noon with IGN will find a lot to love here. It's not really a spiritual successor, but it's kind of close!


Plus, y'know, it really is kinda funny.


One of the things we struggle with most as video game lovers is how best to pack our day full of gaming and gaming-related media. Sure, you can play games for every waking hour you're not at work, and slack off at work while watching Let's Players and video game trailers, but what about those times you're not in front of a screen? Well, your pals at GameSkinny have you covered. Through the magic of podcasting, the internet has made it possible for you to fill every single moment of your life with gaming content. In order to get you started, we've collected seven of our favorite video game podcasts that you should be listening to (if you're not already).

7 Best Podcasts for CCG Players https://www.gameskinny.com/1ye8v/7-best-podcasts-for-ccg-players https://www.gameskinny.com/1ye8v/7-best-podcasts-for-ccg-players Sat, 15 Jul 2017 03:44:33 -0400 ActionJ4ck

The world of collectible card games--both online and off--runs deep, and it can be hard to stay abreast of everything going on in Magic: the Gathering, Hearthstone, Yu-Gi-Oh, etc. Luckily, there are scores of podcasts out there to help you get your CCG fix delivered straight to your earbuds. But with so many to choose from, it can be hard to find out which ones are worth your time. So we here at GameSkinny have compiled a list (in no particular order) of the best gaming podcasts to listen to for CCG players.

Amidst these podcasts with a variety of hosts covering a variety of games for both competitive and expert players, you are sure to find something you'll enjoy! 

1. The Angry Chicken

Games covered: Hearthstone

This Hearthstone-focused podcast is hosted by the very likable trio of Garrett Weinzierl, William "Dills" Gregory, and Jocelyn Moffett, who possess an excellent combination of expertise on gameplay, Warcraft lore, and the competitive scene.

Their topics typically involve the latest Hearthstone news and the current state of the metagame. The hosts' extensive knowledge of the game really shows in the depth of their conversations, and it's a definite recommendation for serious Hearthstone fans. The Angry Chicken updates every Tuesday.

Learn more about The Angry Chicken right here.

2. Legend of the Innkeeper

Games covered: Hearthstone

While The Angry Chicken focuses on in-depth conversations, Legend of the Innkeeper is about helping newer and casual players learn more about Hearthstone and improve their game. It is also a great alternative for Hearthstone players who find The Angry Chicken's topics to be a bit over their head. 

Hosts Vastidious and Espo's passion also shine through on their (roughly) weekly stream on Twitch, which can be seen below.

Check out Legend of the Innkeeper here.

3. Magic: the Gathering Drive to Work Podcast

Games covered: (mostly) Magic: the Gathering

My personal favorite on this list, the Magic: the Gathering Drive to Work Podcast follows MtG Head Designer Mark Rosewater discussing various topics related to Magic: the Gathering and beyond as he drives to work in the morning.

The subjects of his 40 or so minute monologues can be as broad as the various planes of the multiverse or as focused as the impacts of tweaking the frame of a Magic card. Rosewater is very open about the challenges and intricacies of game design, so it's an especially intriguing podcast for those interested in game development or who want to see more of what goes into the making of Magic: the Gathering. Wizards of the Coast -- the company that owns MtG -- uploads two podcasts every Friday, both centered on a different topic.

Learn more about the Magic: the Gathering Drive to Work Podcast here. 

4. MTG Pro Tutor

Games covered: Magic: the Gathering

For a more community-focused MtG podcast, check out MTG Pro Tutor. Every Tuesday and Friday, host Shaun Penrod interviews a different professional Magic player on topics ranging from their start in the game to their preferred strategies.

Penrod and his guests are obviously incredibly knowledgeable about the game and frequently drop tips and advice for both casual and competitive Magic players.

Check out MTG Pro Tutor right here. 

5. TCG Buzz

Games covered: Any TCG, but with a focus on tabletop

Despite being a relatively new show, TCG Buzz is an excellent podcast choice for CCG enthusiasts thanks to the wider range of games covered by hosts Dalton and Jacob, who give off a genuine just-buddies-that-love-talking-card-games kind of vibe.

The pair tends to favor discussing tabletop card games such as Future Card Buddyfight and Yu-Gi-Oh rather than online games, which will probably feel like a breath of fresh card smell to those still faithful to physical cards. Though the podcast updates a tad infrequently--usually 2-4 weeks between episodes--their Youtube channel frequently updates with card matches and other content. 

You can find more TCG Buzz here.

6. 2 Turns Ahead

Games covered: HEX: Shards of Fate

Hosts Michael "Zubrin" Allen and Nikolas "Pentachills" Podrasky -- as well as a third, rotating guest -- discuss anything and everything related to HEX: Shards of Fate.

As admins for popular Hex site FiveShards, the group certainly knows the game well, and their close relationship with developer HEX Entertainment sometimes earns them exclusive scoops about upcoming card reveals and expansions, making it the ideal podcast for any HEX fan.

2 Turns Ahead updates weekly on varying days.

Check out 2 Turns Ahead right here. 

7. Commander's Horn

Games covered: GWENT

Hosts Dane "McBeard" and Josh "Greyboxer" provide insightful discussions into the latest patches, deck lists, and metagame strategies for the increasingly popular Witcher card game. Commander's Horn will also include the occasional guest, ranging from members of the GWENT development team to prominent streamers and community members. In addition to their weekly podcast, both McBeard and Greyboxer are also frequent Twitch streamers themselves. 

Listen to Commander's Horn here. 

Honorable Mention: The Secret Cabal

Games covered: All tabletop games

The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast also have their own YouTube channel of the same name. Here they post reviews to tabletop games as well as great jokes by Steve.Though The Secret Cabal technically covers all tabletop games--not just CCGs--the hosting group's exceptional chemistry and good humor earn this podcast an honorable mention, especially for players whose tabletop interests are not just limited to card games.

Find out more about The Secret Cabal here.

Hopefully, you've now found a new podcast (or eight) to help you satisfy your CCG thirst while you're away from the playmat/keyboard. Feel free to let us know what you think of these podcasts in the comments section below, or suggest any great ones that you think we missed. And don't forget to stay tuned to GameSkinny for everything related to Hearthstone, GWENT, MtG, etc. 

Nintendo fires Chris Pranger over localization remarks on podcast https://www.gameskinny.com/v0ps3/nintendo-fires-chris-pranger-over-localization-remarks-on-podcast https://www.gameskinny.com/v0ps3/nintendo-fires-chris-pranger-over-localization-remarks-on-podcast Fri, 14 Aug 2015 07:41:06 -0400 Courtney Gamache

Chris Pranger, now-former Nintendo employee, made a bad decision while appearing on a Nintendo podcast: speaking honestly about the localization strategies of Nintendo products throughout the world.

Questionable Discussion

While Chris Pranger was associated with the Nintendo Treehouse localization group, he appeared on the Part-Time Gamers podcast previously this month. It was on that podcast where he spoke out of line when discussing how Nintendo decides where games will be released and how to localize them properly.

Pranger didn't maliciously say things against his employer at the time, Nintendo, but when reading into how he said certain phrases pertaining to the company many took it the wrong way. 

Taking full responsibility for his actions, Pranger tweeted out on August 13th that he didn't expect the situation to excel to the termination of his employment, but that it was entirely his fault. 

After such a debacle, many have been seeking comments from Nintendo of America, Pranger's former employer, on his termination. In response, only generic comments were given from a spokesperson, completely disregarding the embarrassment:

"No comment on this topic other than to wish Chris the best in his future endeavors."

Formerly Discussing Localization

During the podcast earlier this month that led to Pranger's termination, he discussed the triumphs and difficulties that localization teams go through when translating and foreseeing the market. The job is not easy. But, being too blunt and straight-forward on localization during a podcast resulted in a catastrophic action. Using Xenoblade Chronicles as an example, Pranger discussed how only certain player groups enjoyed the game and that the revenue to produce Xenoblade Chronicles has to come from somewhere.

"You look at something like even Xenoblade Chronicles. People love that game, you know, within a certain group,"

"That game is not the type of game that just pulls in enough to justify the costs on that. We got it in the States by luck, that [Nintendo of America] decided 'Oh, we'll take the bullet. We'll localize that.' Like, 'OK!' because someone is going to have to eat the costs somewhere, because that game is guaranteed to not sell enough to justify how big that game is. You know, hundreds of hours, all voiced. That's a lot of money that goes into that."

Using Captain Rainbow as another example he discusses in the podcast, he puts it out that although a specific group wants a game to go through, they don't produce enough revenue themselves for the game.

"And it'll be like, 'Yeah, we do want money, which is why we know it's a colossal waste to localize that in this current market because look at you people,"

'You don't make up a big enough group.'"

While Chris Pragner was brutally honest within the podcast, Nintendo didn't think it was his right as their employee to discuss so bluntly how localization works, at such a large venue. 

Repercussions ahead

This giant scandal of sorts that Nintendo of America has gone through with Chris Pranger blew up on the internet during the past week and the repercussions have hit Pranger on his social media. From Twitter to Facebook he's been receiving all sorts of emotional support; both consoling and insulting. 

"I spent the last week in a miserable place once the podcast began getting coverage,"

"I was instantly scared when a coworker poked me and said, 'Hey, you're on GoNintendo.' Suddenly article after article began appearing in game sites of all languages. Comments sections painted me as an idiot and the like. My Twitter started giving me hourly reminders from people meaning well and otherwise. It seemed unthinkable that I'd be let go for a single moment of poor judgment and my own misunderstandings, but here we are."

What is your opinion on Nintendo's rash action to fire one of their localization team members? The termination reason can be considered both reasonable and unreasonable depending on Nintendo's company policy. 

Did Nintendo go overboard? Employee fired for appearing on podcast https://www.gameskinny.com/lzcdg/did-nintendo-go-overboard-employee-fired-for-appearing-on-podcast https://www.gameskinny.com/lzcdg/did-nintendo-go-overboard-employee-fired-for-appearing-on-podcast Fri, 14 Aug 2015 05:54:03 -0400 Dustin Frisch

Chris Pranger, who worked in Nintendo's Treehouse localization group, appeared on the Part-Time Gamers podcast earlier this month where his comments garnered some attention on websites such as Nintendo Life and NeoGAF's forum.

Pranger wrote on his Twitter page this morning that he had been fired from Nintendo, which does closely guard their secrets and controls messaging, after the podcast appearance. On Facebook, Pranger wrote he "was terminated this week due to a podcast appearance I made last Monday. It was a stupid judgment call on my part and ultimately it cost me far more than I could have imagined."

Nintendo was reached out for comment by Polygon in which a Nintendo rep had to say "no comment on this topic other than we wish Chris Pranger luck in his future endeavours."

Pranger had mainly made comments that, depending on how you see it, were not at all too demeaning or belittling Nintendo. He did express his frustration about the company not bringing some games over to the western audience.

Did Nintendo go overboard, or were they just doing their job?




Ability Score Mini-Cast Wisdom 1: SWAT the Review Scores!! https://www.gameskinny.com/erre4/ability-score-mini-cast-wisdom-1-swat-the-review-scores https://www.gameskinny.com/erre4/ability-score-mini-cast-wisdom-1-swat-the-review-scores Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:51:24 -0500 Pierre Fouquet

It's podcast time once again! 

In this cast we talk about two fairly different topics. We start off with SWATing. Pierre gets rather heated, and Autumn gets shocked. Both are confused as to why people do this.

We then move on to talking about reviews, specifically scoreless reviews. And talk about what we like about scored and scoreless reviews.

Listen to the podcast by following this link.

This is our first Wisdom cast

We talk about our experience with video games. This could be a rather broad discussion.

In these mini-casts, you will find opinions on things that have happened and discussions about games that have helped or hindered  us in some way. These are all about experiences we had within a game or the industry.

Welcome to the Ability Scorecast

We are the Ability Scorecast. We love talking about games, and we love writing about them too. Let’s face it, we just simply love ‘em, you love ‘em too, and we all want to hear about them! Tune in for some of the most interesting discussions in gaming (maybe… kind of… we aim for it at least).

What is the Ability Scorecast?

So what sets us apart from other podcasts? Well, we have a Character Card. Can any other podcast say that? I didn’t think so.

Our character card is rather special, and it effectively keeps track of how many Casts we have recorded.

Our total level is directly represented by our regular, weekly to biweekly podcasts (will confirm the details with Pierre later on).

Our stats increase as we complete “Mini-casts” based off of a specific Character Attribute.

For example, Strength mini-casts are usually discussions about the games industry and how strong their products/services are being presented. That would give us a +1 boost to our Strength parameter.

More information available on our website's About Us page.

PewDiePie Signs Podcast Deal with MLG https://www.gameskinny.com/djj0b/pewdiepie-signs-podcast-deal-with-mlg https://www.gameskinny.com/djj0b/pewdiepie-signs-podcast-deal-with-mlg Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:35:24 -0400 Chris_Lemus

YouTube’s most popular Let’s Play video personality will now feature his content on an eSports organization’s website.

Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg’s podcast, “BroKen,” will be airing on the Major League Gaming’s premium video platform with an opportunity to live chat with the YouTube personality.

“We’re excited to introduce PewDiePie to the MLG.tv network as we continue to deliver exclusive content from the best producers in the world,” MLG VP of Programming Ryan “Fwiz” Wyatt said. “Our vision for MLG.tv is to make it the home for premium content and producers like PewDiePie and his show ‘BroKen.’ This type of programming deal with PewDiePie, one of the biggest stars in digital media, is a great example of the premier talent we have joining the growing MLG.tv line-up."

The podcast will be cohosted with PewDiePie's friend, Kenneth "CinnamonToastKen" Morrison.

In a tweet posted shortly following the announcement, PewDiePie went on social media to explain the partnership.

“To correct some recent headlines: We are hosting the BroKen podcast (sic) live on MLG for a few weeks, that’s it.” PewDiePie said. “My soul is still mine, honest.”

The Let’s Play personality is described by Sven Grundberg and Jens Hansegard of the Wall Street Journal as a person with “random opinions interspersed with odd behavior.” This display by PewDiePie has helped him surpassed Rihanna’s VEVO channel as the most ever viewed on YouTube.

“BroKen” will be offered as instantly accessible content after every scheduled broadcast date.

The E3 Prediction Podcast https://www.gameskinny.com/qq9v8/the-e3-prediction-podcast https://www.gameskinny.com/qq9v8/the-e3-prediction-podcast Fri, 06 Jun 2014 08:37:16 -0400 Rocky Linderman

Tune in to Video Game Wundercast and join Hosts Rocky, Wyatt and Destry on a magical journey of lulz! This week's episode: We each try to convince one another our E3 predictions will come true. Here's how the format works, we each have five predictions for each of the three big companies, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. We take turns saying one of our predictions and then the other two hosts can either give it a "Yea" or "Nay". Some how negotiations break down into an argument over who would win in a fight between Darth Vader and the Hulk...

Oh well we're a conversational podcast and sometimes we get off topic a little. We post a new episode every week talking about what we're currently playing, video game news from around the world and where we'd like to see the games industry go in the future. If you like what you hear you can subscribe to the show on iTunes here.

9 Great Podcasts to Listen to While Gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/pobgw/9-great-podcasts-to-listen-to-while-gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/pobgw/9-great-podcasts-to-listen-to-while-gaming Thu, 29 May 2014 10:34:23 -0400 GameSkinny Staff

Game music only goes so far.

At some point, whether you're playing Wildstar, Guild Wars, World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Hearthstone, or any game with a ton of game time and/or leveling... you're gunna need something to listen to besides just the game music. Now, Netflix and Pandora are great, but let's not forget about the massive world of excellent podcasts that exist out there too!

Here are nine of our favorite podcasts - what are yours? Tell us in the comments below.

Welcome to Night Vale

Possibly the funniest and creepiest podcast to ever exist. Follow the public radio news and headlines from the fictional desert town, Night Vale. Everything from strange PSA meetings, to mysterious hooded figures in the dog park, to the mayoral campaign trail of The Invisible Old Woman Who Lives In Your House. All hail the Glow Cloud and beware the librarians.

Suggested Episode: Start at the beginning and just soak it all in chronologically. For a good feel, check out the Night Vale Twitter account.

Links: iTunes | Website | Twitter 

H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast

H. P. Lovecraft is more than just Cthulhu, way more. Chad Fifer and Chris Lackey take you through every single HPL story and collaboration and beyond, fully exploring everything this famous author has to offer. With solid editing and voice-acted readings, this is an awesome time sink and a great way to experience Lovecraft.

Suggested Episode: Start at the beginning, the show follows HPL's work chronologically and things will make more sense. If you want a little taste, check out the early episodes about "The Temple" and "The Music of Erich Zann."

Links: iTunes | Website | Twitter


Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Mallrats, etc) and his friend Andy McElfresh make you smart. Kinda. This show is hilarious and is equal parts educational information and crude dick jokes. Both hosts are flawlessly entertaining and if you like Kevin Smith, you shouldn't miss it. Smith has a ton of other great podcasts all over his website.

Suggested Episode: Any will do, but I'd recommend jumping into the most recent episode and then, if you like it, start from the beginning.

Links: iTunes | Website | Twitter

Cox n' Crendor in the Morning

Internet gaming personalities Jesse Cox and Crendor branch out from gaming content for a news-based half hour of comedy. Designed to parody typical morning-show shock-jockey radio shows, Cox n' Crendor are self aware and poke-fun of their own format. The show is just re-starting with Patreon funding and hopefully will be putting out plenty of more episodes soon.

Suggested Episode: Most recent episode. There are plenty of gems and funny bits in every episode, but because it is news-based the most recent will be the most relevant.

Links: iTunes | Website | Twitter

The Moth

Imagine sitting at a bar with the most interesting people in the world telling the most interesting stories in the world. Then someone records it. That is basically what The Moth is - a story slam recorded. Every story is awesome and The Moth has attracted well known storytellers and writers to join slams (check out Neil Gaiman's story if you can). There is something for everyone in each episode.

Suggested Episode: Literally every episode is golden, so jump in wherever. I started on Episode 1409 and was hooked immediately after the first story. The website is better for episodes than iTunes.

Links: iTunes | Website | Twitter

StarTalk with Neil Degrasse Tyson

If you like science and space and space science... you're gunna love this. Headlined by Neil Degrasse Tyson, hosts discuss news, science topics, and answer questions about physics and space among other things. It's pretty much exactly what you think it is and that's a good thing.

Suggested Episode: Most recent episode. You can jump in wherever, but the attention to news makes current episodes more interesting.

Links: iTunes | Website | Twitter

Alton Browncast

FoodNetwork famous-person Alton Brown has his own food podcast. It's pretty great. Alton Brown talks about food, interviews celebrities about food, talks about food news, tells food stories, tells you how to make food, and answers food questions.

Suggested Episode: Jump in either at the most recent or at any episode that looks interesting. There are plenty of guest hosts and interviewees that make each episode different.

Links: iTunes | Website | Twitter

Manic Mondays

A weekly comedy show by nerdcore song-writer Devo Spice, designed to make your Mondays suck a bit less... or whatever day you end up listening in. Songs are brought in from comic musicians the world over and are often inspired by news and current pop-culture references. If you grew up listening to Dr. Demento or Weird Al, this is the show for you.

Suggested Episode: Most recent episode because of the relevant news. Really though, it's a comedy show and older episodes will always give you something to laugh about.

Links: iTunes | Website | Twitter

KEXP Seattle: Song of the Day

Song of the Day is less of a podcast and more of giant RSS feed playlist. Everyday is a new song. That's it. No intro, no outro, no hosts, no commercials - just the one song per episode. This is a great way to discover new bands and listen to music that you likely have never heard of before. 

Suggested Episode: Whichever the hell you want. Use the RSS feed as a giant playlist and play whatever songs sound interesting.

Links: iTunes | Website | Twitter

Guild Success Factors https://www.gameskinny.com/6d5pb/guild-success-factors https://www.gameskinny.com/6d5pb/guild-success-factors Fri, 24 Jan 2014 03:26:49 -0500 Mark Taylor

When folks make the committment to create or found a guild it is often for many reasons.  From my experience, it is mostly to play GAME X with friends from an old or dying guild.  Sometimes it is just a small social construct to get friends and gaming acquaintances linked up to have instant groups, or the control of the social climate.  There is no one reason, and there isn't one that is better than another; however, one thing that many guild founders want is to see the guild flourish and gain positive recognition from the gaming community.

Guild UMBRA has been extremely lucky to have success due almost entirely to the great folks that have joined over the years.  

Many élite gamers have come, and many have gone over the years due to interests in Game X or Y.  Umbra has gained so much credibility due to completely unexpected acts of AWESOMENESS in games from members, which can't be measured.  One such act is the rebirth of the Guild UMBRA Cast.

Members of the guild took it upon themselves to create a show, make an international Video Cast and publish it without request, tasking, or influence.  

Members Elloa, Workhorse, and The-Wang took it upon themselves to rebuild the fledgling VideoCast and make it  something amazing.  Compare their amazing work to the sophomoric work of their guild leader:

So what's the point?  Given the time, the direction, and the right atmosphere, great guilds will attract the right people and provide the motivation and support to enable these people to place their marks of influence upon the guild.  A great guild is owned by all of the members.  There is something to be learned in that, and I hope to use this base platform and subject matter to enlighten readers on more positive aspects of guilds and how they can enrich a gamer's experience over the next few months.

Popular GameTrailers Podcast "Invisible Walls" Ends With Ep.284 https://www.gameskinny.com/odkuz/popular-gametrailers-podcast-invisible-walls-ends-with-ep284 https://www.gameskinny.com/odkuz/popular-gametrailers-podcast-invisible-walls-ends-with-ep284 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:07:25 -0500 Bradley Sanders

On Friday, January 17th, the long running podcast “Invisible Walls” on Gametrailers.com finished its five year run. Finishing on episode 284, Invisible Walls has been bringing video game news, discussions and an inside look into the personalities of the GT staff since 2008. It may be sad to see the show go but Gametrailers announced that a new show during the final podcast titled “Thanks for Playing” which will feature many of the same staff along with having a similar feel to Invisible Walls.

Personally having watched and listened to the show since its first episode the timing feels right to say goodbye to Invisible Walls. I would like to thank people such as Shane Satterfield, Marcus Beer, Ryan Stevens, Mike Damiani, Justin Speer, Daniel Bloodworth, Patrick Morales, and Brandon Jones for helping shape mine and others' opinions on the growing industry that is video games. It only seems fair to send the podcast off by saying one last time “Invisible Walls is Up and Out.”

Why Are Gamers Driven To Collect? GS Roundtable #15 https://www.gameskinny.com/c2gel/why-are-gamers-driven-to-collect-gs-roundtable-15 https://www.gameskinny.com/c2gel/why-are-gamers-driven-to-collect-gs-roundtable-15 Sun, 22 Sep 2013 23:44:39 -0400 GSRoundTable

With Pokémon X & Y only a few weeks away from launch, we here at the GameSkinny Roundtable started to think:

Why do we want all the things?

In this week's episode Ernesto, Gary, Lui, Stephanie and Ryan discuss what it is that makes us gamers so obsessed with collecting.

What do we mean by "collecting"?

Almost every single game these days involves some sort of collection/collecting, whether its your need to collect each individual Pokémon or all the downloadable outfits for your favorite character, a quest/mission to gather items, or your desire to boost your gamerscore/trophies.

There are even things you can collect that are directly tied to games themselves but are actually outside the game, such as Steam Trading Cards or trading card games. It would be quite a challenge to find a game in today's market where there is no form of collecting at all.

But why do we collect all of this stuff?

Well, the first, most obvious reason is that we have to in order to progress further in the game (i.e. quests or missions). But it also appeals to the completionist/perfectionist inside each of us and with each new game that comes out we are further encouraged to do so.

There are even new games such as Skylanders and Disney Infinity which directly affect the gameplay based on which figurines you physically possess. In Disney Infinity, in order to play as a certain character and have access to a certain area/part of the story you need to have the actual corresponding figurine (i.e. Jack Sparrow to play in the Pirates of the Carribean part of the game).

Do we really need to do so much collecting?

Well if it's what you like to do, then by all means go ahead!

In terms of game design, quests where you have to go to one area to collect a certain rare item from a certain monster just seem like a bit of laziness on the developers' part. Those types of quests are designed to make the game experience last longer and act as a sort of buffer in between the main game content.

These types of "fetch quests" are a standard feature of all MMORPGs and can also be found in other games outside of the genre in one way or another. Will cutting these types of quests out of all future games improve the quality of games overall? Maybe, or maybe it'd just make a shorter game. 

It also begs the question: if you don't finish a game to 100% completion, does it dampen the gameplay experience overall? Do you really need to get the perfect ending or are you okay with just finishing with the "good" ending and never playing again?

What are your thoughts? Can your Pokémon collection make Lui jealous? Do you have all the Steam Summer Sale Trading Cards? Let us know in the comments below!

As always, thanks for watching and be sure to tune in next week!

This week's article is brought to you by Ryan and the letter C.

The GameSkinny Roundtable Episode 14: Video Games & Movies https://www.gameskinny.com/zjiqw/the-gameskinny-roundtable-episode-14-video-games-movies https://www.gameskinny.com/zjiqw/the-gameskinny-roundtable-episode-14-video-games-movies Sat, 14 Sep 2013 13:57:07 -0400 GSRoundTable

For many, video games and movies are two pastimes that often fight to occupy our free time. Unfortunately, since Hollywood figured out it could cash in on succesful game franchises, gamers everywhere have experienced the utter garbage (with the exception of a few rough gems) that are video game movies or video games based on movies. This week,ErnestoLuiRyan, and Stephanie delve into the murky depths of mediocrity to discuss why these horrible movies and games keep being made, and what makes them so bad in the first place.

"Fruit: goooood. Cake: greaaaaat.  Fruitcake: nasty crap."

On paper, it seems like it would be a no brainer success combining these two industries. Unfortunately, after all the push-and-pull of deadlines, shoddy focus groups, and a plethora of revolving-door writers, what we are left with are movies that do neither their source material or their budget, justice.

These movies flop so hard, they are repeatedly nominated, and even win, Razzie Awards. It probably doesn't help that the infamous Uwe Boll takes credit for these flops, landing himself in "Worst Director" nominations 3 times for his video game movies alone.

"Look upon my face, and realize despair."

Bad directing aside, what makes these movies doomed from the start, and on the flip side, what makes video games based on movies just as awful? To do that we have to split up these camps.

Bad Video Games Based on Movies

While we (hopefully) won't see a Twilight game released anytime soon, companies see potential to make quick easy money and use these games as mere merchandise to coincide with theatrical releases. To them, it is nothing more than a cheap secondary form of advertisement that happens to offer a tangible return.

Unfortunately, for the unlucky developers this shovelware is pawned upon, they are given an incredibly limited budget and a non-negotiable launch date that MUST be met. All this, plus a non-existent passion for the project, leads to some underwhelming games such as any Iron Man or Spider Man released in the past 10 years. Even worse is when movies which do not need a video game adaptation (or whose content does not translate well into the format) are pushed out like The Golden Compass.

It's a cutthroat industry, and for small developers, they take whatever they can get. But they are expected to make diamonds out of coals with their bare hands, and the results are as throughly underwhelming.

Bad Movies Based on Games

Hollywood, on the other hand, is just as demanding. But with multi-million dollar budgets and armies of crews at their disposal, do they really have an excuse for flops such as Prince of Persia (scoring a whopping 35% on Rotten Tomatoes)?

What seems to be a common trend among all failed video game movies are one of two things. They either A) pervert the source material, making it unrecognizable from its namesake, or B) completely abandon and discard all source material.

Movies such as the Resident Evil series will have main characters from the games randomly show up in the movies, even though it is impossible or breaks cannon. Other films like Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li completely throw all video games inspirations out the window. For example, Chun-Li is now a white concert pianist instead of an asian Interpol agent, and the super powered M. Bison is now an Irish real estate agent.

Grim and cringe-worthy stuff. But now we are starting to see some trends develop that give us hope for future video game movies and vice versa.

So What Does That Mean For Us Now?

Partnerships have been blossoming all over these two industries. Stephen Spielberg is producing and helping direct a live action Halo TV series, and AAA titles such as Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed are being turned into feature-length films. That is not even mentioning the tons of other big name game titles that are currently in the works for 2015 and beyond.

We also have the creative minds that brought us enthralling stories such as Bioshock and Spec Ops: The Line, returning to their original jobs by writing screenplays for these video game movies, so you know they will put thought and passion into these works, unlike what we have seen in the past.

Both industries have begun to realize the error of their ways, or at least how much money they are losing from poor creative choices. They are beginning to take their collaboration with each other a bit more seriously, and that can mean only good things for us in the future.

Though to be honest, we will all miss the so-bad-it's-good gems like Super Mario Bros.

(This weeks write-up brought to you by Lui)

GameSkinny News Roundup - Episode #2 Electric Boogaloo https://www.gameskinny.com/v46g5/gameskinny-news-roundup-episode-2-electric-boogaloo https://www.gameskinny.com/v46g5/gameskinny-news-roundup-episode-2-electric-boogaloo Mon, 09 Sep 2013 02:51:14 -0400 GSRoundTable

Hi inter-peeps! It's that time again for the GameSkinny News Roundup! This week we discuss the biggest news to come out of PAX Prime as well as other big news that came out in the past week.

Unfortunately some of our regular members of the subcast were not able to join us. However, we were lucky to have some awesome folks from the GS Roundtable to help us out!

This time we have StephanieLuiErnesto and Ryan joining us.

What We Talked About:

We decided to change our recording schedule and now we record on Friday nights, but we still hope to have the episode out by that Saturday. This week's episode was recorded on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 9:30 PM EST.

As always, thank you for watching and if you have anything you would like us to change or add, please let us know in the comments below!

This week's recap was brought to you by Ryan.

GameSkinny Rountable Podcast Episode 13: HD Remakes https://www.gameskinny.com/fix9v/gameskinny-rountable-podcast-episode-13-hd-remakes https://www.gameskinny.com/fix9v/gameskinny-rountable-podcast-episode-13-hd-remakes Sun, 08 Sep 2013 05:04:00 -0400 GSRoundTable

With the announcement of the new The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle, the Roundtable turns its cannons onto an emerging trend within the gaming industry.

This week GaryErnestoLui Reilly, and Stephanie discuss the pros and cons of the recent influx of HD Remakes/HD Re-releases of games that seem to be saturating the market.

On one hand, it is awesome to see fan favorite games popping up again. Whether the old system has become obsolete, developers have added new content, or gamers just want some good old-fashioned nostalgia, these games have made a solid and vocal niche in the market very happy.

This group of gamers are speaking with their wallets as well. Multiple Kickstarters have been launched and completely funded with the promise of seeing old favorites on the screen again. Many games have appeared on online market places which allow gamers to find and download these retro games with ease, and without needing a brand new emulator.

For example, Nintendo has been on the forefront re-releases, transferring many older games to newer systems, or their Wii U emulator which re-releases older games at very fair prices, ranging anywhere from 30 cents to ~$4-5 for other classic titles.

Unfortunately, all this good news comes at a price. A full title price, to be precise. Some games that are relatively new, are being re-released at the price of new release titles. Many with little to no discernible new content apart from updated graphics.

Gamers have been quick to call out these developers as either milking a franchise, or merely using it as an easy paycheck from devoted fan bases. Games that haven't even broken 5 or 10 year anniversaries are seeing HD releases or bundles at outrageous prices.

Many feel that their passion and loyalty are being taken advantage through cheap re-releases of popular games. Others argue that these HD remakes offer something new, or bring old games back into popularity.

It is still a divisive topic, that has many gamers arguing with more than just their wallets. Chime in below in the comments. Do you think HD remakes are good or have they become a pain?

Thanks for watching! Next week we will talk about the cinematic masterpieces that are video game movies!

(This week's write up brought to you by the lovely man in the thumbnail, Lui.)

GameSkinny News Roundup - Episode #1 https://www.gameskinny.com/kg3hr/gameskinny-news-roundup-episode-1 https://www.gameskinny.com/kg3hr/gameskinny-news-roundup-episode-1 Sun, 01 Sep 2013 00:57:22 -0400 GSRoundTable

After several tries and getting things situated we are now able to present to you the first episode of the GameSkinny News Roundup!

You might have noticed last week we introduced the GameSkinny Console-Cast with some new faces. We decided to change some things and go in a different direction with our new subcast in hopes of giving you a short, informative discussion on each week's hottest news.

This week we have IanHaroonLui and Ryan joining us.

What We Talked About:

We are keeping the same schedule for the subcast of which we record on Thursday nights, with the edited episodes posted on the following Saturday. This week's episode was recorded on August 29, 2013 at 10 PM EST.

We hope you'll enjoy our new, streamlined format and we are always open up for suggestions. If you have anything you would like us to change or add, please let us know in the comments below!

(This week's recap was brought to you by Ryan.)

Violence in Video Games: GameSkinny Round Table Podcast Ep.12 https://www.gameskinny.com/w6ane/violence-in-video-games-gameskinny-round-table-podcast-ep12 https://www.gameskinny.com/w6ane/violence-in-video-games-gameskinny-round-table-podcast-ep12 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:28:20 -0400 GSRoundTable

Welcome to another week of our Round Table Podcast! If you've been following us, you'll have noticed the gradual (and sometimes not so gradual) transitions our podcast has made in its continuing efforts to get into the right groove.

As you can tell by the significantly shorter topic list this week, we've actually made a few pretty big changes yet again! Now, the Round Table is aiming for 30 minutes versus the previous 1 hour or more. And this half hour will run solely on the power of single-topic discussion!

That's right, ONE topic per week will be drawn from current news. All news bulletins will be covered seperately by some new (or simply 'newer') faces in the subcast. 

This week we had GaryErnestoLui, Brian, and Jay, with Stephanie as our host.

What did we talk about?

This week on the Round Table, the thing we couldn't stop talking about was the effects of violence in video games - on us, on kids, on the actions of the government... Brought to you thanks to small children who can't seem to help but shoot their grandmothers in the back of the head after some Grand Theft Auto IV.  

Others issues brought up this week include:

  • Exactly who should be held accountable for making sure violent video games don't get into the wrong hands? 
  • The ESRB and its skewed system for M- and AO-rated games.
  • Vice Presicent Joe Biden's proposed 'sin tax' on violent video games.
  • What are our favorite violent video games? You know we have them. Here's why. 

Hope you have as much fun listening as we had making this!

What are we?

We are the official GameSkinny podcast about gaming, made for and by gamers (like you). Gaming is a worldwide passion, and our goal is to bring you news, reviews, and great conversations. We want to connect with our audience on the topics you care about, as well as our own. Because after all, #obscuritysucks.

Episodes air on YouTube through GameSkinny every Friday.

(Written recap brought to you this week by Stephanie.)

GameSkinny Console-Cast Episode #1: Gamescon 2013 https://www.gameskinny.com/rtbb3/gameskinny-console-cast-episode-1-gamescon-2013 https://www.gameskinny.com/rtbb3/gameskinny-console-cast-episode-1-gamescon-2013 Sat, 24 Aug 2013 21:50:48 -0400 GSRoundTable

After a few technical hiccups (as per usual) and a very late start, we finally recorded, edited, and uploaded our first episode of the GameSkinny Console-Cast!

This week, meet  and welcome the newest members of the podcast team: Ian, Haroon, Ryan, and Leah. Be gentle, they are still in training. We also have Stephanie as host, GameSkinny Roundtable veteran Lui , and even Gary joining us as surprise guest!

What we talked about

This week we focused on PlayStation 4 news announced at GamesCom this week.

Who are we?

"We are the overflow bin."

The story of our formation is simple: GameSkinny has a lot of interns, and these interns love podcasting and talking about games. The only problem is there’s only so much the GameSkinny Roundtable can talk about during our hour-long recordings sessions. So the solution we came up with was to create a spin-off podcast with a focus on console gaming! We’re just a group of gamers who love our consoles and who have a lot to say about them and their games. We know that there are others out there that feel the same way because, after all, #obscuritysucks.

We record on Thursday nights, with the edited episodes posted on the following Saturday. Episode 1 was recorded on August 22, 2013 at 10 pm EST.

(This write-up was brought to you by Leah and Lui)

GameSkinny Round Table Podcast Episode 8 https://www.gameskinny.com/8w7fj/gameskinny-round-table-podcast-episode-8 https://www.gameskinny.com/8w7fj/gameskinny-round-table-podcast-episode-8 Sat, 10 Aug 2013 19:11:07 -0400 GSRoundTable

Welcome to the belated Week 8 episode of the GameSkinny Round Table Podcast! Fortunately (or unfortunately, if you do not like our faces) this was our last week as an audio-only podcast. Right now you can even check out our amazing and current, Week 9 video podcast on the front page.

Last week we had Nunu, GaryRobLui, and Stephanie as our host, with Ernesto joining our ranks as the newest member. We also had the pleasure of having Brian and Jay as guests for the week.

During the episode we went over recent news pieces including:

  • Star Wars Battlefront being released to tie in with Episode IIV
  • Martian Manhunter DLC released for Injustice
  • Rumors of divided PS4 RAM.
  • Rumors of a new reveal for the Xbox One
  • Biosock Infite DLC

We ended our discussion with a debate over what Phil Fish's recent departure from gaming, means to not only the industry and its developers, but also to the gaming community as a whole.

As promised in the podcast, Lui's article, How Phil Fish's Meltdown Reflects the Gaming Industry, details the factors leading up to his Twitter freak out, and offers a different perspective on the issue, that some of the other hosts did not fully agree with.

The Phil Fish talk is our first "debate" topic that we will continue to include within every episode in the future. The debate got pretty heated at points, and both sides brought up convincing arguments. It certainly is an issue that is important the entire industry.

But, it was great week, and we had a lot of fun. It was great to hear people so passionate about video games and protecting their integrity

What are we?

We are the official GameSkinny podcast about gaming, by gamers like you. We truly make this a 'round table' affair by connecting through people located all over the globe with hosts that come from Canada, the United States, Australia, and more. Gaming is a worldwide passion, and our goal is to bring you news, reviews, and great conversations. We want to connect with our audience on the topics you care about, as well as our own. Because after all, #obscuritysucks.

We stream live on Twitch.tv every Wednesday at 9 PM EST, and the edited episodes plus recaps are posted up on GameSkinny the following Friday.

Feel free to follow us on both! 

(Written recap brought to you this week by Lui.)

GameSkinny Round Table Podcast - Episode #9 https://www.gameskinny.com/3qsco/gameskinny-round-table-podcast-episode-9 https://www.gameskinny.com/3qsco/gameskinny-round-table-podcast-episode-9 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 23:22:34 -0400 GSRoundTable

"I will eat this hat."

Welcome to another week of our Round Table Podcast! Well what d'you know, we've actually made it to nine whole episodes out into the ether of the internet machine. This week, we switched it up a little and made a pretty big change.

As you can see from Stephanie's super serious professional face on our YouTube podcast edit up above, we have made the jump to a full video podcast! And this isn't going to be just a one-time thing - every week, you will be able to watch our crazy nerd faces as we bring you the the current news of the week and discuss the burning questions in our (8-bit) hearts. 

This week we had Nunu, GaryErnestoRobLui, and Brian, with Stephanie as our host.

What did we talk about?

This week on the Round Table, it was quite a mix of both console and PC gaming news! Some of the stuff that was covered this week:

It got pretty involved so we also ran a little longer than usual. Hope you have as much fun listening as we had making this!

What are we?

We are the official GameSkinny podcast about gaming, by gamers like you. We truly make this a 'round table' affair by connecting through people located all over the globe with hosts that come from Canada, the United States, Australia, and more. Gaming is a worldwide passion, and our goal is to bring you news, reviews, and great conversations. We want to connect with our audience on the topics you care about, as well as our own. Because after all, #obscuritysucks.

We stream live on Twitch.tv every Wednesday at 9 PM EST, and the edited episodes plus recaps are posted up on GameSkinny the following Friday.

Feel free to follow us on both! 

(Written recap brought to you this week by Rob and Stephanie.)