Since the podcast craze exploded over the past few years, a
number of video game related shows have been created for our listening
pleasure (and punishment). This week we examine four that range from side-splitting humor to
Hosts CheapyD and Wombat have a natural chemistry that creates a very compelling
and listenable weekly podcast. The duo intermix game discussions with hilarious,
insightful narratives of their day-to-day lives in a dialog that wouldn’t be out
of place in a Judd Apatow film. Unique to the Cagcast is a section devoted to ‘Shopping
News’; a discussion of retail discounts for the upcoming week.
Listen For: With host CheapyD living in Tokyo, he often has
access to the latest Japanese games , peripherals, and toys long before that
are accessible to most Western writers.
Podcast: Retroforce Go!
Destructiod’s Retroforce Go! Is a podcast of extremes- saccharin co-host Chad
seems eternally happy, rating games on a one to five-dolphin (or rainbow)
review scale. In stark contrast, Topher speaks in a monotone, seems
manic-depressive, and can’t create a sentence without an f-bomb. At least he
knows his stuff; host Dyson shows a minimal amount of retro savvy, while
periodically laughing moronically.
Listen For: The one thing Retroforce has going for them is
topic selection; unfortunately, you’ll have to listen to a lot of idle chatter
to reminisce about Contra.
Podcast: 1Up Yours
1Up Yours is a weekly roundtable discussion hosted by EGM previews editor
Garnett Lee and co-hosted by a rotating selection of Ziff-Davis personal. While
occasionally venturing into the esoteric, (and sounding like a boring college
lecture) the podcast is usually fueled by the hosts access and enthusiasm about
the latest games.
Listen For: James Mielke, who while discussing the torpedo trigonometry
involved in a WWII sub simulation said, “I will wreck your shit with math.”
While most of the other co-hosts seem to strive for professionalism, Mielke’s
exuberance and sense of fun is a welcome attribute.
Host Jeremy Parish is the quintessential retro gaming podcast host- he knows
his stuff and clearly loves to discuss it. The show is peppered with a rotating
array of guests that often includes Game|Life’s Chris Kohler, another expert at
old school gaming. Retronauts one downfall- often they have guests who have
never played the games/consoles they are discussing.
Listen For: Jeremy Parish, whose encyclopedic wisdom of
gaming is unrivaled, even if he’s not exactly prolific- episodes trickle out of
the 1Up Network.