Community Podcast talk: shows, apps, recommendations


Dec 6, 2018
I can't be the only one who spends an inordinate amount of time listening to these while playing games, commuting, cleaning, and other stuff. So let's talk podcasts! I've been trying to diversify my feed a little and was hoping to both share and read others' recommendations. Here are mine, grouped as best as possible.

8-4 Play, Giant Bombcast, Beastcast, Giant Bombcast Aftermath, Idle Thumbs (RIP), The Crate & Crowbar

Spooky casts
Mysterious Universe, Astonishing Legends, Welcome to Nightvale

Last Podcast on the Left, The Dollop

All Systems Goku (Dan & Jeff from Giant Bomb talk DBZ), The Director's Cut (interviews with filmmakers), Hardcore History (needs no introduction, I assume)

While we're at it, what are your preferred apps/services to listen to podcasts? I'm currently on Pocket Casts (desktop and iOS). Works pretty well, though I haven't been to hot on the latest update. Still getting used to the archive feature and trying to tag all my shows properly. Was thinking of switching back to Overcast, but the annual fee irks me a little. Gave Castro a shot, but I think I'm starting to reach that phase where I'd rather not have to learn an all new interface...


Nov 14, 2018
I'm virtually a mono-interest podcast listener since whilst I'd like to listen to a broader range of music and science podcasts, there's already too many out there with too big a backlog for me to comprehend (I always start from episode one...which means some of the podcasts I listen to are ancient! I'm only at Episode 8 of Idle Thumbs so that puts me back around 2008. Nevertheless good content is good content, and it's nice to reflect back on history.) Chuck in the occasional audiobook and radio....I thought my gaming backlog was bad! I almost get no time to listen to music these days.....

Also, I'm weird - I don't use a smartphone and all my listening is done exclusively on a Sony NWZA-15 Walkman, with wired over ear headphones. Which means I download every episode via each sites archive..thanks to decent preservation and hosting. My dog feels like I'm ignoring her when we go out walking. :confused:

My list is nothing unusual, is basically retro and Souls themed, but here it is -

Watch Out for Fireballs - love this one, and I want Gary and Kole as real life buddies.

Bonfireside Chat - Soulsbourne dissection area by area game by game. Same presenters as reality the Duckfeed network is well worth a look.

Retronauts - Self explanatory levels of greatness.

Don't Give Up Skeleton - People talk about their Soulsbourne experiences.

Twin Humanites - More Souls talk!

Idle Thumbs - from where I am in the archive I'm retro but it's a nice broad gameplay discussion from people behind the curtain.

Digital Logik - PC gaming podcast. Does what it says on the tin.

Cane and Rinse - They take a game and talk about it in depth...I'm a bit more selective on the episodes I listen to here because I don't want things spoiled and some games hold no interest for me.

Back In My Play - set up by gaf'er Kevin Larrabee, I really enjoy this more personal enthusiastic look at older games. Plus it helped me discover Mike Mika who seems like a super guy.

New Game Plus - of all of these it's probably my guilty pleasure and the most "group of guys talk about old game". But again, I'm at that point where it'd be nice to consider these guys as friends I haven't met yet.

And bonus podcast for listening to at my desktop - Podquisition. It's Jim Sterling talking about stuff with Gavin Dunne and Laura Kate Dale. I thought I'd hate this because of the irreverence, and I imagine it's marmite (British colloquialism for love/hate), but I actually look forward to each new episode!

Heavily retro but I don't have much experience of new games (budget and backlog) so I guess that's where I am at the moment. Don't much is new for the avid podcaster but they keep me busy.


A Kamen Rider just passing through
Jan 1, 2019
i don't indulge in a lot of podcasts, I only listen to two (Used to be 3 but one ended as it was intended to only be a miniseries). I listen to POD Save America (A left wing political podcast) and the CUPodcast (Pat the NES Punk). The one that ended was "the WIlderness" which was a soul searching series after the Democrats loss in 2016.

I kinda wish I could find podcasts on things like tokusatsu or gunpla. Something I can veg out to when i'm driving.
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One Foul Dude
Sep 20, 2018
I used to have a shitton of podcasts on my Pocketcasts that I was never going to listen to so I've cut it down to the essentials:

Talking Simpsons: Two former games journalists (Henry Gilbert and Bob Mackey) analyze every episode of the Simpsons, they're up to Season 9 now and have guest hosts on every podcast including the Chapo Trap House guys, Super Eye Patch Wolf, OK KO creator Ian, Dan Ryckert, Rifftarz writer Conor Lastowka, Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar, etc. They usually spend 2 hours an episode due to going in-depth on every joke and reference.

What a Cartoon!: Henry Gilbert and Bob Mackey with guests discuss individual episodes of various cartoons including episodes of Batman TAS''Heart of Ice', Rocko's Modern Life's 'Wacky Delly', Cowboy Bebop's 'Mushroom Samba', Star Wars: The Clone Wars' 'Bounty', Wallace & Gromit's 'The Wrong Trousers', etc.

Laser Time: Pop culture focused podcast from video game industry vets that discusses a new topic such as horror movies, christmas movies, theme park rides, celebrity raps, etc.

Cartoons 101 Podcast: Animation expert and content creator Matthew Jay discusses topics such as Satoshi Kon's works (Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfather, Paranoia Agent), Evangelion episodes and interviews with OK KO creator Ian, Space Ghost writer Evan Dorkin, Mission Hill creator Bill Oakley, Craig of the Creek writer Jeff Trammell, etc.

[the deep end]: Matthew Jay and storyboard artist Steve Yurko discuss every season of Adult Swim shows including Home Movies, The Brak Show, Harvey Birdman, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, etc.

Retronauts: Two former games journalists (Jeremy Parish and Bob Mackey again) discuss video game history and bring on industry people, journalists, pop culture experts, etc. to discuss Nintendo franchises, retro consoles, arcade genres such as schmups and beat-em-ups, old game companies, etc.

VGMpire: Former Games Journalist and game music aficionado Brett Elston plays music tracks of a game or franchise in each episode and discusses them with colleagues and fellow game music enthusiasts. Former episodes included Turok, Kirby, Shin Shin Megami Tensei, Monster Hunter, Deus Ex, Undertale, Spyro, etc.

Vidjagame Apocalypse: Ubisoft employee Mikel Reparaz and game creator Matthew Allen create top 10 lists including best video game dogs, best soundtracks, best playable kings, best Star Wars games, etc. And they discuss video game news with guest co-hosts and colleagues in the second segment.

Humans Who Makes Games with Adam Conover: Self-explanatory.

Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend: Self-explanatory.
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Dec 6, 2018
Added some of these to my rotation. Thanks!

Wanted to share one of my recent additions that I've enjoyed a lot: Watch Out for Fireballs!

They do deep dives into videogames, typically 1,5 - 3 hour hour episodes during which the hosts discuss any and all aspects of a particular game worth highlighting and sometimes they even do multi part episodes. The games they cover range from classics to contemporary releases. It's really well produced, the hosts are always insightful, and I've enjoyed listening to episodes of this both on games that I've completed as well as games I haven't yet. Kind of like an auditory "let's play" in the latter case, which is nice since I have a lot more time to listen to stuff than I have to watch. As of this writing, their most recent episode is on the cult-classic Spec Ops: The Line and as you can imagine there's a lot to unpack. I read up on a lot about the game back around when I played it, but they managed to infuse plenty of fresh ideas and observations I'd never made or read about. Highly recommend it.

Their episode on Mario 2 (USA) is what got me into them, and it really highlights why they're so good at what they do. It's not just the usual "did you know Mario 2 was based on Doki Doki Panic" half-hearted attempt at saying something surprising about a game you thought you knew; they really do a deep level-by-level analysis of everything striking about the game, from basic movement mechanics to the soundtrack and visuals.
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