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CheapyD on Joystiq and Destructoid Podcasts


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#31 nym123

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 08:28 PM

good stuff

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Posted 08 April 2007 - 06:39 AM

I guess I didn't comment after listening.

Well the Joystiq Podcast was decent, but I'd only listen to it if Cheapy/Wombat were guest starring.

As far as the Destructoid Podcast... what a terrible, terrible show. The best part was the intro, which to my surprise, had Wombat! I guess I was asking for the 'bat a bit too soon.

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 12:03 AM

These make me appreciate the CAGcast that much more... snoozefests.


Right on. I've been around the world of video game podcasts and have finally arrived at two: the CAGcast and the Gamers With Jobs Conference Call. Everything else is *bullshit*. That includes Major Nelson, Joystiq, 1-Up Yours, NPR's Press Start, and all the other professional and amateur podcasts. I finally gave up on GoNintendo's podcast this weekend. It's been useless lately and only gets dumber and dumber as the episodes roll by. There's not much enjoyment in hearing people having trouble reading and then laughing about it.

Anyway, this may or may not be the right place for it, but I think it should be becoming increasingly clear to people that the CAGcast is something truly special. And a huge part of what makes it special is Wombat. That guy is pure *gold*. He's got a great radio sensibility with a spot-on sense of humor and comedic timing, he's passionate about gaming, actually really knows his stuff when he's talking about the business and marketing of gaming, and most importantly, he's down to earth.

It's that unique blend of talent that takes that CAGcast over the top. I guarantee you that if it was just Cheapy and some random guy, the CAGcast would blow just as badly as the other shows. The day Wombat leaves the CAGcast is the day I click "unsubscribe" in iTunes.
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#34 ratzombie

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 12:09 AM

The only other podcast I listen to beside the CAGcast is The HotSpot at GameSpot. Everything else I've listened to has been pretty awful.

#35 soccerstud652

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 05:09 AM

The Joystick one was pretty good.
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Posted 09 April 2007 - 02:22 PM

Good work Cheapy, I enjoyed your bits in these podcasts.

Destuctoid was pretty worthless as others have complained.

I thought the joystiq one was ok overall. It did remind me why I like the CAGcast so much though. First of all, Cheapy and Wombat don't constatntly bring up tired internet cliches like "attack its weak point for massive damage" etc. I also like the fact that you guys look at both positive and negative aspects of news, and not just sounding like the comic book guy saying everything sucks. At several points during the joystiq podcast, Cheapy interjected to provide some reasoned perspective, preventing the whole thing from turning into fanboy ranting.

I guess to sum it all up, the other joystiq guys were good, certainly well-informed, but they seem to take things way too seriously.

BTW, I too, missed the wombat. I would trade all the crab jokes in for a few good wii puns (not the penis kind, the good wombat kind).

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 07:50 PM

yeah, the destructoid one was terrible, haven't had a chance to listen to the joystiq one. and MGS4, FF XIII, R&C, Uncharted, Warhawk, Lair, NGS, Heavenly Sword, Killzone and Eight Days are all years away!

Just for anyone interested in seeing the Fire Melon clip. Thats who is running that show. :)

#38 Punk_Raven

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 11:09 PM

I couldn't get through the distructoid podcast. The hosts and the guest ( Chobot) sounded like idiots. Maybe I'm just lashing out on chobot becuase I'm sick of the fact that any girl who is pretty and likes games can get popular easily in the gaming world. Either way, I couldn't take much of podtoid.. Not even Cheapy and Wombat could fix that wreck.

But I don't like many podcasts, though. Like yukine, i only listen to Hotspot and CAGcast.

#39 DarkNessBear

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 03:34 AM

Everytime I listen to this podcast.

I fall asleep.
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Posted 11 April 2007 - 10:40 PM

Maybe I'm just lashing out on chobot becuase I'm sick of the fact that any girl who is pretty and likes games can get popular easily in the gaming world.

In my best Clintonian voice "Ah feeeel your paaainnn." (Actually, Clinton would want to feel anything but your pain here.) However, her mere existence on IGN is a sign that gaming continues to further assimilate itself with The Mainstream (and vice versa). The "Chobots" will, for better and/or worse, only become more commonplace with time. One need look no further than ESPN to see how as 'round-the-clock sports news became more ubiquitous over the last two decades, the girls just kept getting progressively hotter (and arguably less informed), even if their less 'photogenic' predecessors are still 'grandfathered'--err, 'grandmothered'--in. Pathetic, drooling sports junkies and pathetic, drooling gaming junkies...we're all supposed to be suckers for the T&A over substance and integrity.

For what it's worth, I'd say that pertaining to girls in gaming media, we're at the "Suzy Kolber on 'launch window' ESPN2" point. (Remember when she and Keith Olbermann initially did their Sportscenter in biker jackets, anyone?) When Gamespot gets their first 'hottie'*, then you know it'll be right there with other forms of entertainment media.

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#41 lspear76

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 05:58 AM

Everytime I listen to this podcast.

I fall asleep.


I can't stand most videogame podcasts. The 1up and EGM shows are so juvenile that I can't stand to listen to them. The Retronauts one is decent, though. My favorite videogame podcast is Gamespot. It's fun, professional, organized... IGN and 1up don't come close. Those two make the CAGCast seem like Masterpiece Theater.

#42 MarvinTacoma

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Posted 20 April 2007 - 11:44 PM

The Hotspot is a snoozefest compared to 1up Yours. I agree that IGN's podcasts are a huge waste of time, though. But some of you really need to lighten up a bit, not everything involved with gaming has to be serious business.

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 12:22 AM

I can't stand most videogame podcasts. The 1up and EGM shows are so juvenile that I can't stand to listen to them. The Retronauts one is decent, though. My favorite videogame podcast is Gamespot. It's fun, professional, organized... IGN and 1up don't come close. Those two make the CAGCast seem like Masterpiece Theater.


Retronauts is decent because it is not series, but not juvinile. The guys know what they are talking about and give decent thought to real issues. The show is a real show, with segments like download content reviews (similar to the Cagcast om the DL w/ Shipwreck and Rocksolidaudio...) and also a main topic of discussion about some past video game craze or topic. The best I have heard so far is on video game emulation - they really tackle the subject from all angles. It isn't as entertaining as the CAGcast and the music inbetween skits is a bit too much, but overall I'd give it sa try for some nostalgia.
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Posted 21 April 2007 - 06:15 AM

The Hotspot is a snoozefest compared to 1up Yours. I agree that IGN's podcasts are a huge waste of time, though. But some of you really need to lighten up a bit, not everything involved with gaming has to be serious business.


It doesn't have to be "serious business" but if I'm going to waste 60 + minutes listening to it. I want at least an intelligent discussion, thought, or opinion presented in my 'cast.

Not all video game podcasts need to be the stereotyped "Dude, like... I totally got wasted that night. And like YEAH it was awesome" that is often portrayed.

#45 MarvinTacoma

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 09:36 AM

It doesn't have to be "serious business" but if I'm going to waste 60 + minutes listening to it. I want at least an intelligent discussion, thought, or opinion presented in my 'cast.

Not all video game podcasts need to be the stereotyped "Dude, like... I totally got wasted that night. And like YEAH it was awesome" that is often portrayed.

I understand that and I certainly wasn't defending the Destructoid podcast. I actually agree with everyone in this thread, they went a little too much in that direction. But podcasts like 1up Yours and the CAGcast have a nice blend of news and non-news gaming discussion in it, while a podcast like the Hotspot feels too much like it's only a presentation of news. I prefer having a casual feel like the 1up podcasts and the CAGcast, even if there's a little yelling or "bad language" once in a while, as long as it doesn't get too out of hand.

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 10:56 AM

I understand that and I certainly wasn't defending the Destructoid podcast. I actually agree with everyone in this thread, they went a little too much in that direction. But podcasts like 1up Yours and the CAGcast have a nice blend of news and non-news gaming discussion in it, while a podcast like the Hotspot feels too much like it's only a presentation of news. I prefer having a casual feel like the 1up podcasts and the CAGcast, even if there's a little yelling or "bad language" once in a while, as long as it doesn't get too out of hand.


From your post I thought you were defending the Destructoid podcast.

And I agree, it's why the CAGcast is so great... it's presented in this casual way, but Wombat and Cheapy bring a lot of insight, and originality to the table as well. I think most of the time they don't even realize it.

I can't say that I've listened to the 1up podcast.

#47 lspear76

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 03:48 PM

I understand that and I certainly wasn't defending the Destructoid podcast. I actually agree with everyone in this thread, they went a little too much in that direction. But podcasts like 1up Yours and the CAGcast have a nice blend of news and non-news gaming discussion in it, while a podcast like the Hotspot feels too much like it's only a presentation of news. I prefer having a casual feel like the 1up podcasts and the CAGcast, even if there's a little yelling or "bad language" once in a while, as long as it doesn't get too out of hand.


What's wrong with real video game news? The Gamespot people are knowledgeable and fun to listen to at the same time. I love my news straight up, whether it be video game, political, etc.

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 10:34 AM

I never got to listen to the joystiq podcast, but I am a frequenter on destructoid and I can tell you, most of their podtoids aren't as bad as 20 was. the guys at dtoid had just come off of a couple of weeks of problems with the site and even contemplating shutting it down, but then decided to keep it. that was the first podtoid put up in like 4 weeks, and personally, I think they should have waited a little longer to work on it a little more.

But if you just sit and listen to some of their other podtoids, they're not that bad and some are actually pretty funny.
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#49 MarvinTacoma

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 08:38 PM

What's wrong with real video game news? The Gamespot people are knowledgeable and fun to listen to at the same time. I love my news straight up, whether it be video game, political, etc.

It's not that news is a bad addition to a podcast, but that's pretty much all the Hotspot has, outside of five minutes of listener questions. They don't even have a "watcha' been playin'?" segment added in, that's the least they could do with a gaming podcast. I'm not saying the Hotspot is a bad podcast, they can be funny at times and I still listen every week, but it just can't compete with the shows that have a little more variety to them.