I don’t think we have done this in a while (or ever) so lets talk about our favorite podcasts, snline series and LP’s. I’m mostly doing this to see what you guys like, because I’m probably missing out on some good stuff that is out there.
These days I have scarcely any time to devote to long podcasts, especially educational stuff. Most of the stuff I follow are review shows with interesting commentary, or just pointless entertainment.
The only LP I follow right now is Spoiler Warning, mostly because I have been reading Shamus’ and Rutskarn’s blogs for a long time now. It is great to hear them rage at bad game design, bicker and joke around while playing a chaotic stupid character in every game. They have a really good ratio of hilarity to interesting commentary, and I highly suggest checking them out. So far they have done both Mass Effect games, Bioshock, Fallout 3 and are currently complaining their way through Fallout New Vegas.
I love most of the Escapist Magazine video lineup. I always watch Zero Punctuation but then again who doesn’t. Yahtzee is a bit infamous on the internets, and if you haven’t heard of his rage fueled reviews in which he habitually rips apart every single game you love, then you probably have been living under a rock for a while. So yeah, check him out.
I honestly believe that the Extra Credits team delivers the most insightful, intelligent and well researched commentary on the stat of the video game industry you can probably find on the internet these days. And they do it in a compact 5-10 minute humorous video segments. They are not as irreverent and hilarious as Yahtzee but they do make very interesting points. They tackle a variety of subjects such as current events, issues that plague the video game industry, and especially game design. This is a group of people who truly believe that video games are a genuine form of artistic expression – that’s sort of the common basis for all their analysis. I highly recommend checking them out.
I absolutely love the skits done by the Loading Ready Run. It’s basically sketch comedy made by video game geeks who are also hopelessly addicted to Magic the Gathering. How can you not like that? The same team is also responsible for other two Escapist shows: Unskippable (Mystery Science Theater style commentary for video game cut scenes) and Feed Dump (3 people in a room making fun of wacky world news while wearing silly hats) which are also hilarious.
I usually get my reliable movie reviews from Movie Bob who not only has an excellent grasp of the medium, but is also a comic book and video game geek. His taste in cinema seems to align with mine very well. He also usually has some interesting stuff to say in his random rant series The Big Picture. Bob also has a blog where he expands upon his reviews, and posts interesting news. Oh, and he makes a video game review series as well.
I’m also rather fond of the That Guy With Glasses nostalgia reviews, including the stuff by the Nostalgia Critic, and his distaff counterpart Nostalgia Chick. Most people are familiar with the Critic, but if you have never watched anything by Nostalgia Chick, definitely check her out. It is kinda refreshing to see a joke movie review series done from the point of view of an outspoken feminist who frequently tackles serious gender issues while at the same time cracking dick jokes or rapping about rape (yes, that happened). She has a Masters degree from USC, and her documentary won actual awards at film festivals so unlike amateur internet reviewers like me, she actually seems to know what she is talking about when she trashes bad movies.
So those are the things I tend to follow somewhat closely. What about you? What are your favorite online shows, podcasts and/or LP’s. Let me know in the comments. Keep in mind that the spam plugin is configured to auto-spam anything with more than four links in it. So if you have a long list, just make sure you can give me some googleable keywords that I could use to find each item.