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One of the best ways to keep up on the happenings of the video game world is through podcasts. Not only do they allow you to find out the news from gaming, but they also provide hours of entertainment.
The problem with video game podcasts is that there are so many of them out there. Most of us only have so many hours in a week to listen to podcasts, which means we need to pick and choose the ones that are right for us.
We’ll help you choose from the best of the best by highlighting some of the greatest video game podcasts on the internet.
I’ve been a fan of Giant Bomb since before the site existed. I’ve followed Jeff Gerstmann, Brad Shoemaker, Vinny Caravella, and Ryan Davis since their days at GameSpot, and while we lost Davis quite a few years ago (RIP), the rest of the team has been cranking out quality content for years, with its flagship Giant Bombcast at the forefront. If you only listen to one gaming podcast a week, this is the one to go with.
The Rooster Teeth Podcast is pretty standard in terms of format—it’s a roundtable. However, its the personalities of the crew that makes it worth listening to. They certainly branch outside of the world of video games at times with their discussions, but the topics are always entertaining and informative. There’s a reason Rooster Teeth is one of the most dominant brands in terms of gaming content, and it’s because they deliver quality content consistently.
3. Game Scoop!
Game Scoop! has been a staple of IGN’s content for as long as I can remember. While the crew on the show has seen a number of changes over the years (though host Daemon Hatfield has remained a constant), the news-focused format has remained more or less unchanged. If you’re too bust living life to keep up on the daily happenings in the gaming world, Game Scoop! breaks it all down in an easily-digestible weekly show that’ll keep you entertained and enformed.
David Abrams (aka Cheapy D) and Stewart Nacht (aka Wombat) have been creating this podcast for CheapAssGamer since 2005, and it’s still going strong. The show has since added a third member to the team, Robert Goode (aka Shipwreck). While not as goofy as the other hosts, he brings the knowledge level of the podcast to another level. If you’re looking for a laid back podcast, this is the one to listen to.
Here we are again with another Giant Bomb podcast, though this time it’s the newer show the Giant Beastcast. This show is hosted by Giant Bomb original Vinny Caravella, along with newer members of the crew Dan Ryckert, and Abby Russell. They’re joined by CNET’s Jeff Bakalar every week as well. The show follows a similar format to the main Giant Bombcast, with the team talking about news, the games they’ve been playing, and taking reader questions. But it comes out at the end of the week and features vastly different perspectives.
This is the only podcast on the list that spends time talking about tabletop gaming, though its primary focus remains video games. Christian Spicer and Jeff Cannata host the show, and each week they bring on a person from the video game world. It could be a developer, a host from another podcast, or another game journalist. Either way, it’s nice to get a fresh perspective each week, rather than hearing from the same hosts all the time.
While most video game podcasts opt for a weekly show, Vice’s Waypoint Radio puts out new episodes three times a week, making this the best show to listen to for up-to-the-minute takes on the gaming world. It features some very recognizable names from the gaming world in Austin Walker, Danielle Riendeau, Rob Zacny, Patrick Klepek, and Natalie Watson.