While the restrictions of lockdown are slowly starting to ease, there is still no full release in sight. Some people are starting to run out of Netflix shows and new films to keep them going. One of my favourite things to do, outside of playing games, is listening to podcasts.
The great thing about podcasts is they can continue to be created even during quarantine so there is no shortage of them right now. Below is a list of some of the gaming podcasts that I listen to and recommend to keep you entertained in these trying times. You can find each of these on the podcast platforms of your choice.
IGN Game Scoop!
If you are looking for a weekly gaming podcast that offers a little bit of everything then you can’t go wrong with IGN Game Scoop! Host Damon Hadfield is joined by a team of IGN regulars as they discuss the hottest news of the week, focused topics, and answer listener questions. It’s a slickly edited show that usually runs around the 1-hour mark. The team has some great video game knowledge about them, particularly with Retro games, which clearly shows when they play 21 questions at the end of each episode. Essential.
Is there a more well-known, longer-running podcast out there? When Jeff Gerstmann was let go by Gamespot in 2007 over the Kane & Lynch review debacle, he went on to create the hugely successful Giant Bomb. For over 12 years the Giantbombcast has been filling fans’ ears every week. Jeff and the team let hilarity ensue as the show regularly goes off the rails while they dissect every detail of the latest happenings in the world of video games. Episodes can be up to 3 hours long so this is one to recommend if you are looking for a weekly show with plenty of meat on the bone.
PS I Love You XOXO
If you are hyped after that PS5 reveal and you are looking for one podcast to cover all your Playstation needs then look no further. When four members of IGN left the company in 2015 to go and form their own vision – Kinda Funny, they took two of Playstation’s key critics with them. Greg Miller and Colin Moriarty co-hosted Beyond! – which, at the time, was the most popular Playstation podcast in the world. PS I Love You XOXO is Beyond! in all but name. After a hiatus following Colin departing the company, PS I Love You XOXO has risen from the ashes and rebooting with new member Blessing Adeoye Jnr joining Greg. They get deep in the weeds of talking the news, latest releases, and rumours of all things Playstation.
Kinda Funny Games Daily
If you have plenty of free time during lockdown and need a daily fix for everything happening in the world of video games, Kinda Funny Games Daily has you covered. Greg Miller flexes his hosting muscles as he is joined by a daily revolving guest, discussing the top gaming news every day Monday through to Friday. Each episode is around 1 hour and is the perfect podcast to end or start the day with.
Arguably the podcast I look forward to the most each month. IGN Unfiltered is a monthly podcast hosted by Ryan Mcaffrey – long-running host of Podcast Unlocked which is IGN’s Xbox podcast (another great recommendation). If, like me, you can’t get enough in-depth interviews with gaming personalities then welcome to your new favourite show. Ryan sits down with some of the biggest names in the games industry and picks their brain about what makes them tick. He gives them the chance to tell some really amazing stories from how they got into the industry to tales of hellish development cycles. With 50 episodes, there’s plenty of gold to dig through. Personal highlights include Ed Fries (co-creator of Xbox) and Phil Harrison (Sony, Xbox, Google).
What’s Good Games
All female host’s Andrea Rene, Brittney Brombacher, and Kristine Steimer have over 30 years of industry experience between them. What’s Good Games has been running for 3 years now and recently became part of YouTube giant Rooster Teeth, and you can see why. Their infectious energy and fun have accrued a passionate fanbase as they discuss hands-on impressions, the latest news and check in with listeners comments.
If Retro gaming is your thing, Retro Asylum is a fantastic podcast that focuses on all things Retro. Regular hosts Mads Kristensen, Chris Worthington, and Dean look back on video games history through a British lens. While Atari, Nintendo and Sega still get their share of the spotlight, platforms like the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC also get the love they deserve with more of a focus on British developed games. Any podcast that wins “The World’s Best Podcast Award” in 2016 is worth checking out.
Kinda Funny Gamescast
Okay, yes, it’s another Kinda Funny podcast. What can I say? Most of my days are spent watching Kinda Funny content. Kinda Funny Gamescast is a great companion to Kinda Funny games Daily. Host Tim Gettys is joined by Greg Miller, Blessing Adeyoye Jnr and Imran Khan, as they take a deep dive into a chosen topic of the week. Examples include ‘The greatest year in gaming’, ‘Most controversial gaming opinions’ and the ‘Most iconic games on X platform’
This Game Changed My Life
If you are looking for a small bite-size listen for your day, BBC’s This Game changed my life is a great weekly podcast which is around 25-30 minutes long. Host’s Aiofe Wilson and Julia Hardy interview personalities and listen to their stories surrounding video games including – you guessed it – the games that changed their lives. Recent episodes include Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker.
Of course, these are just some of my suggestions. I would love to hear some of yours. Let me know in the comments below if you have some good recommendations. I’m always open to trying to squeeze some new pods in the queue!