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#1 PawnTakesKing

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 11:49 PM

So after listening to #34 on an endless loop for the last week, I need something new. Sadly, since there is no CAGcast this week, Cheapy and Wombat have forced me to go in search of other quality listening material. All I need is something to tide me over until the next CAGcast. I've tried listening to Penny Arcade and 4colorrebellion, but they bore me to tears.

Anybody have a good CAGcast alternative? Something video game related?
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#2 Moxio

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 11:59 PM

Try this:

http://cheapassgamer...ead.php?t=98036

There is no alternative.

#3 Ikohn4ever

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 11:59 PM

gamespot podcast is pretty good
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#4 Pancake Rabbit

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 12:11 AM

www.dreamstation.cc

Their video game show is easily the funniest I've ever listened to. Highly recommended.

www.chatterboxgameshow.com

Is a very informative show, although it can get a bit boring at times.

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#5 daphatty

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 12:31 AM

I downloaded the Major Nelson podcast today. It was decent enough although I about lost my mind when he started on his "the power of 360" Shpiel. I hate to be pandered...



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#6 PawnTakesKing

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 12:42 AM

Moxio has a point, I guess. There just is no alternative. I feel like I'm missing something jumping into these new podcasts. Nonetheless, I've downloaded the Dreamstation and Chatterbox podcasts and will try listening to them on the way to work tomorrow.
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#7 stinkoman

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 12:55 AM

Well the only other podcast I really listen to besides cagcast. Is the 1up podcast called 1upyours.

I enjoyed them throughly. Also there daily podcasts from E3 were great.

#8 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 01:00 AM

I like RadiOPM as they talk about more than just PS stuff.

I recommend DL.TV for tech folks to watch, as it's excellent and has lots of cool programs, items, and stuff for your computer and other tech items that I'd never have found elsewhere. They do talk about videogames whenever noteworthy stuff happens, but it's not the main focus of the show.

Other than these two and CAGcast, there's not much else I'd listen to. Maybe just the Kojima podcast, but I haven't checked it out in a while.

#9 b3b0p

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 01:51 AM

GoNintendo PodCast

#10 Wombat

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 02:21 AM

you can always listen to past CAGcast and rememeber the good times that were, October 2005. ooorrrr You could pretend that you just bought the season one set and listen to them all in a row. You can read the forum posts for each show while listening and pretend its commentary :)

#11 Kerig

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 03:03 AM

You could pretend that you just bought the season one set and listen to them all in a row.


Holy crap, that's a flim-flammin' dose of innovation for an untapped market! Imagine being able to buy "season" sets or Best Of yearly sets of the Howard Stern Show in MP3 on Media CD/DVD.

Or do they do that already?

Either way, I'll be sitting here moping for the next week. I thought 35 would be ready to D/L tonight. :oldman: What are we to do now, go see Superman? And even if we do, what do we listen to on the drive to the theater?!? :hot:

Lard is the poor man's butter, but this is just crap.

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#12 mik

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 12:37 AM

You could try "GameStore Confessions" on thefanboys.com

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#13 LonelyController

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 06:12 AM

lol at shameless self promotion.

But I'll give it a listen.

*EDIT

I listened to confessions #3; that was pretty funny!

#14 doctorfaustus

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 10:17 AM

You could try "GameStore Confessions" on thefanboys.com

;)


Wow, I heard all of the "Gamestore Confessions" and one of the regular podcasts. The two hosts come off as lethargic and uninterested in podcast number 3. It's as if they are sedated or something.

So I guess Mik and Silent G were having breakfast at a restaurant or something and decided that their conversation is something worth recording and labeling a podcast. How great their idea must have sounded when they first thought of it. In their infinite wisdom they decided that people would actually like to listen to those two nerdy guys that are seated to close one's table to effectively ignore when one is eating at a restaurant. Who doesn't like to be a fly on the wall and listen in as two guys with monotone voices surreptitiously review a few games. I know I do.

One cannot ignore the sounds of forks and knives being used, people chatting, and other usual restaurant sounds. This atmosphere is supposed to contribute to the illusion that one is listening in as two guys talk about video games. Unfortunately, this same atmosphere threatens to undermine the actual meat of the podcast. It isn't that the restaurant ambiance is too loud, but that Mik and Silent G are too bland.

Maybe it’s the way Mik (or is it Silent G? I can't tell the difference) fawns over HL2 Ep. 1 through out the whole episode or the way one of them says that Prey "...pays off achievement points like a damn slot machine" that makes this episode tasteless. Why a slot machine? Slot machines are not known for freely and repeatedly giving away money. A more proper analogy would have been that prey gives achievement points like a vending machine. Silent G (or is it Mik) decided to use the analogy because even though he decries the use of cliches he cannot help but fall prey to them (pun intended). It is easy to rely on stereotypes and cliches, they are easy and require no thought. But what can one expect from such a poorly thought out premise for a podcast.

According to the description for podcast #3 "It gets no more high concept than this, folks: two nerds escape the office, go to lunch, and talk about their various geekdoms (primarily video games) over a chorus of annoying ambient noise." Sadly, Mik and Silent G's geek-talk does not manage to rise above the din of the restaurant, piquing the interest of the listener. Rather, their conversation itself becomes indistinguishable from the "chorus of annoying ambient noise."
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#15 evanft

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 03:27 PM

The only other decent podcast that I know of is This Week in Tech.

#16 mik

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 03:34 PM

Doctorfaustus,

Thanks for giving it a listen, and thanks for taking the time to write up that feedback (sardonic tone and all ;) ). Obviously, we've only done it a few times--and I find many of your criticisms to be valid ('tis why I recommended the GameStore Confessions rather than the Lunchcast)--so we're still figuring a way to make it work.

Acknowledging that we tend to be more dynamic in print than in audio, we're adding another, more animated bloke to our lunch routine. We'll see how it goes.

If anything, it's given us added respect for folks like Cheapy and Wombat who do this--and do it well. We'll keep at it, as we have a small band of listeners who seem to be enjoying the blog and audio thus far.

Perhaps I'll ask you for another appraisal in the future--it's good to hear honest reactions.

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#17 Gregalor

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 04:14 PM

The Gaming Steve podcast won't provide much "entertainment" but it's really freaking good and interesting.

#18 shipwreck

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 04:22 PM

The Gaming Steve podcast won't provide much "entertainment" but it's really freaking good and interesting.


I used to listen to that, but two hours of one guy talking without the slightest bit of humor is just too much for me. He also talks about a lot of PC games that I have no interest in so, instead of fast-forwarding, I just stopped listening to it. Plus that fucking theme song...

I do agree that it has a lot of good information though if you can sit through it.
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#19 doctorfaustus

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 05:51 PM

I agree that your articles are more "dynamic" than your podcast. In fact, I think they're hilarious and well written. I am actually interested in reading some more in the future.
Also the gamestore confessions are pretty funny.


Doctorfaustus,

Thanks for giving it a listen, and thanks for taking the time to write up that feedback (sardonic tone and all ;) ). Obviously, we've only done it a few times--and I find many of your criticisms to be valid ('tis why I recommended the GameStore Confessions rather than the Lunchcast)--so we're still figuring a way to make it work.

Acknowledging that we tend to be more dynamic in print than in audio, we're adding another, more animated bloke to our lunch routine. We'll see how it goes.

If anything, it's given us added respect for folks like Cheapy and Wombat who do this--and do it well. We'll keep at it, as we have a small band of listeners who seem to be enjoying the blog and audio thus far.

Perhaps I'll ask you for another appraisal in the future--it's good to hear honest reactions.

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#20 Gregalor

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 03:21 AM

Plus that fucking theme song...


Dude that's the best part!

#21 SpreadTheWord

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 05:54 AM

Dude that's the best part!


The best part is when he talks about how the games industry really works. You don't get that from editors or even awesome New Yorkers.

But Shipwreck is right, two hours+one guy+no humor = quickly boring.

#22 sying

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 12:38 AM

GoNintendo PodCast


Seconded.

I also like Orange Lounge Radio, cept that supid bitch princess can get annoying at times

#23 niceguyshawne

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 02:00 PM

I listen to Chatterbox in addition to Cagcast.

#24 Guest_Apossum_*

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Posted 30 August 2006 - 05:35 AM

look no further:

http://pressstartpodcast.com/

these guys are NPR veterans who also happen to be gamers and started their own show, so it's very professional and intelligent and all that. They're only on their 5th podcast, but they got an interview with one of the lead designers on WoW. They also got a hands on test with the Wii just for the show! So you know it's the real deal...

they're just normal, down to earth, but pretty intelligent guys analyzing the game industry and culture. I like it cause it's not too dry, but it's not pretensious either. they also don't act like comedians or fanboys, so it's got a nice balance. damn, this is starting to sound like my iTunes review for them...go listen!

#25 Fire

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Posted 30 August 2006 - 06:18 AM

This Week In Tech is the only other podcast I enjoy listening to, other than CAGcast. CAGcast is probably one of the best things going for the site (other than deals.) Cheapy should really have the site branch out into reviews, etc.

#26 Sendell

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Posted 30 August 2006 - 07:28 PM

1up yours- great podcast. A group of hilarious guys do talk for an hour and a half discussing gaming and game related news. It's distinctly seperated into parts, so you can skip through if you want to go straight to news or whatever. I would definately recommend it as an alternative, the personalities on this show are terrific.

Gaming Steve- Two hours of intelligent gaming discussion. This guy knows a lot about how the gaming world works. Definately recommend it if you're looking for cold hard information. I think it's really interesting, even if he doesn't crack a lot of jokes.

This Week in Tech- Intelligent discussion on everything going on each week technology related. From lawsuits to what celebrity is hacking another's blackberry, this podcast covers everything. I would recommend this podcast to people with at least a basic knowledge of technology and its termonology, because these guys discuss issues, but don't explain them.

Gamespot presents the Hotspot- This podcast is ok. I listen to it in the middle of the week when there's a drout in newly published podcasts.

PC gamer podcast- self explanatory

Xbox live major nelson podcast- just started listening to it, mainly because of the number of plugs its been getting off of cagcast. I can't say much about it.

Of course, cagcast trumps all. However, if you want something else to listen to, these are the best podcasts I'd recommend. 8-)

#27 mik

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 02:41 AM

1 Up Yours is awesome.

#28 levi333

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 05:03 AM

What the hell happend to dreamstation.cc's podcast? If thats how its going to be from now on, im very disappointed. It was my second fav :(

#29 Sn0brawler

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 06:07 AM

I really like the Gamespot's "hotspot." It may be because I really like thier editors' personalities but they seem to have very entertaining, informative, nostalgic and most importantly humorous commentary.

#30 jrutz

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 06:24 PM

Just like everyone else, I listen to The Hotspot, CGW Radio, 1 UP Yours, EGM Live, KOXM Radio, Gaming Steve, Major Nelson.

As far as "intelligent" gaming discussions go, I listen to Gamasutra Radio (formerly Fat Pixels) and the new Gamespot podcast, "Designer Threads".

But my favorite has to be GameFaceRadio. The two hosts, Kaze and Zeta, are "just" a couple of Midwest guys having a normal conversation about old-school gaming and anime. Yet these guys are probably the most hardcore you'll ever meet. It isn't on a normal release schedule - sometimes it comes out every other week, sometimes once a month - but it's definitely worth adding to your iTunes or RSS aggregator. And just take a listen to Ep 7 - "Dork Up" has to be made the new mantra of the gaming culture.

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