1UP.com - Active Time Babble
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ATB is 1UP's podcast companion to our RPG blog The Grind. Every fortnight, Jeremy Parish, Kat Bailey, and various guests discuss all manner of role-playing games: console, PC, classic, MMO, pen-and-paper, and more!
||Active Time Battle: The Final||Kat, Bob, Jeremy, and Christian Nutt embark on Active Time Babble's final quest. Join them as they talk about Etrian Odyssey IV, the unexpected 3DS RPG renaissance, and the future of the genre.||3/15/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Active Time Battle XLI: Farewell to 2012||Kat, Marty, and Bob sit down to talk about Mass Effect 3, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Xenoblade Chronicles, Diablo III, and many of the other notable RPGs of 2012. Which ones were the best, and which ones fell short? Find out!||12/19/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Active Time Babble XL: Looking Back on An Underrated RPG Console||Was the Wii secretly a great console for RPGs? Kat, Bob, and Marty look back on the Wii's RPG library and look ahead to the future of the Wii U.||11/30/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Active Time Babble XXXIX: Gotta Catch More RPGs||Gamasutra's Christian Nutt joins Kat to talk Pokemon, and Kotaku's Richard Eisenbeis checks in with the latest Japanese releases.||10/26/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Active Time Babble XXXVIII: Journey to the West||Kat is joined by GameSpy's Mike Nelson and Dan Stapleton, as well as Polygon's Phil Kollar, to talk Torchlight II, Diablo III, Guild Wars 2, and Mists of Pandaria in this all-PC RPG episode of Active Time Babble.||9/28/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble XXXVII: An Early Look at Dragon Quest X||Kotaku correspondent Richard Eisenbeis joins Kat to discuss Dragon Quest X and Last Story, and Bob and Marty talk Darksiders II and the classic Super Mario RPG.||8/24/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble XXXVI: A Fair and Balanced Discussion of Kingdom Hearts||Kat, Bob, and Jose are joined by IGN's Eric Sapp to have an honest debate about the most prickly of topics--Kingdom Hearts. The crew also revisits The Wold Ends With You and Phantasy Star Online!||7/27/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble XXXV: Let's Talk About Kanji||Kat, Jeremy, and Bob get together to discuss Persona 4's Kanji Tatsumi, and the portrayal of LGBT issues in RPGs in general. Indie RPG dev Robert Boyd also drops by to chat about his newest project--Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3||6/16/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble XXXIV: Dogmatic Demons||Contributor Kat Bailey reunites with 1UP's Jeremy Parish and Bob Mackey to discuss Dragon's Dogma, which may be one of the most satisfying RPGs of the year. And, of course, Eric Sapp, Mike Nelson, and Dan Stapleton drop by to discuss all things Diablo. AT||5/25/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble XXXIII: Deux Ex, Dragon Age II & MMORPGs||GamePro's Jason Wilson joins Kat and Scooter to wrap-up GDC with a look at upcoming MMORPGs for 2011 before offering a final verdict on Dragon Age II.||3/11/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - ATB XXXII: BioWare's Mike Laidlaw, Valkyria Chronicles 3 and Dragon Quest VI||With her comrades busy getting ready for GDC, Kat bravely strikes out on her own once again to finally decide whether or not she hates Dragon Quest VI (Spoiler: She doesn't).||2/24/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble XXXI: Tactics Ogre & Dragon Age II||What's the proper way to say "Dragon Age?" Both Jeremy and Scooter show how it's done as they join Kat to chat about both BioWare's upcoming sequel and the Tactics Ogre PSP port.||2/10/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble XXX: Radiant Historia & DC Universe Online||In the most "xtreme" episode of Active Time Babble to date, Kat, Travis and Mike Nelson offer the final verdict on DC Universe Online, and it isn't pretty.||1/27/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble XXIX: Kindom Hearts & The 2011 Preview||Scooter and Justin join Kat for a 2011 RPG Preview in the first Active Time Babble of the New Year.||1/13/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble: XXVIII||It's the final show of the year, and sugar-addled adventurers Kat, Scooter, Travis and Jeremy sit down to talk about the best RPGs of the year.||12/27/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble XXVII: Elder Scrolls V & World of WarCraft: Cataclysm||The latest World of WarCraft expansion has arrived; and Kat, Mike, Travis and Justin form a raiding party to plumb its depths.||12/16/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 11/18/2010||We're a good two weeks past halloween, but Kat, Alice and Justin are indulging the spirit of the trick-or-treat anyway with a discussion of Double Fine's excellent download RPG Costume Quest.||11/18/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 11/08/2010||Kat, Mike and Travis dive headfirst into Fallout New Vegas spoilers this week.||11/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 10/21/2010||A while ago, we talked about the state of Japanese RPGs following the release of Final Fantasy XIII.||10/21/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 10/07/2010||Kat, Jeremy and Justin get together to do a quick wrap-up of Tokyo Game Show.||10/7/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 09/09/2010||Runic's Max Schaefer is the special guest this week as we examine the RPGs of GamesCom and PAX.||9/9/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 08/26/2010||Tactical RPGs? Strategy RPGs? Whichever is the proper term, Kat, Jeremy, Ray and special guest Christian Nutt sit down to discuss!||8/26/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 08/12/2010||It's August, which is when the first of the big holiday releases traditionally begin to arrive.||8/12/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 07/29/2010||Having dissected Dragon Quest IX over the course of multiple episodes, Kat, Jeremy, Justin and Jade offer their final thoughts on the franchise's latest entry.||7/29/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 07/15/2010||It's a great month for Japanese releases, beginning with the recently released Persona 3 Portable.||7/15/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 07/01/2010||With E3 now finished, it's time to take a closer look at the RPG genre as a whole.||7/1/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 06/17/2010||It's E3, and we've got some special guests to help us geek out about RPGs||6/17/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 06/03/2010||It's all Obsidian this week as Scott Sharkey joins Scooter and Kat to discuss whether the ambitious espionage RPG Alpha Protocol manages to reach 00 Agent status...||6/3/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 05/21/2010||Christian Nutt joins Kat and Jeremy as they delve into the world of action RPGs.||5/21/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 05/07/2010||It's the all-Atlus cast as Kat, Jeremy, Ray, and Justin talk about Etrian Odyssey III, Strange Journey, and 3D Dot Game Heroes.||5/7/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 04/08/2010||Kat Bailey, Jade Kraus, Alan Johnson and Ray Barnholt show some love for Final Fantasy IX before settling in to discuss Yakuza 3 and Infinite Space.||4/8/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 03/25/2010||1UP contributor Bob Mackey calls in to sputter about the ineffable weirdness of Resonance of Fate.||3/25/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 03/18/2010||Kat Bailey, Jeremy Parish, Thierry Nguyen, and Justin Haywald take a scattershot approach to the latest RPG news.||3/18/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 02/25/2010||Jeremy Parish, Kat Bailey, Christian Nutt, and Chris Kohler debate the merits of the next Final Fantasy game in the most spoiler-free way possible -- but not before nearly coming to blows over the merits of Xenoblade.||2/25/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 02/11/2010||Kat Bailey and Scott Sharkey talk about their tour of duty aboard the starship U.S.S. Freak Machine in Star Trek Online, and guest Stiv Tramer plays the role of historian in a lengthy exploration/defense of the roguelike genre.||2/11/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 01/28/2010||Jeremy, Kat, Thierry, and Mike Nelson touch briefly on the weirdness of Sands of Destruction before embarking on an hour-long examination of Mass Effect 2.||1/28/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 01/14/2010||Jeremy Parish, Kat Bailey, Alice Liang, and Gamasutra's Christian Nutt start the year right with a look at our favorite RPGs of 2009.||1/14/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 12/31/2009||With everyone else out for the holidays, Jeremy Parish talks to Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel about the finale of the long-running Avernum series.||12/31/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 12/17/2009||Jeremy Parish, Kat Bailey, Travis Williams, and Christian Nutt ask themselves, "What is an RPG?"||12/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 12/10/2009||Our long-delayed fourth chapter arrives at last, with a flashback sequence in which we interrogate members of the World of Warcraft dev team before discussing Dragon Age in alarming detail.||12/10/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 11/12/2009||After a rocky start due to a last-minute guest cancellation, our heroes pluck victory from the jaws of awkwardness.||11/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 10/29/2009||Active-Time Babble II: Nostalgia and Demon's Souls In this sequel to the critically-acclaimed first episode of 1UP's RPG podcast.||10/29/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||1UP.com - Active Time Babble - 10/15/2009||Jeremy Parish, Kat Bailey, Jade Kraus, and Andrew Fitch kick off the first real episode of 1UP's as-yet-unnamed RPG podcast with a talk about Tokyo Game Show. Ghost Trick! Crystal Bearers! Dragon Quest IX! Resonance of Fate! And some other stuff..||10/15/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
MATURE AUDIENCE ONLY
I say mature audience only because frankly, I believe this is the only solid rpg podcast (I've looked....hard) that doesn't have horrible jokes followed by 15 seconds of nerd snickering or fat dudes with the same voice and attitude as the comic book guy from the simpsons.
No, my friends...
This podcast is an excellent listen for those who want to hear some passionate vetrans talk about a genre of gaming that has evolved and fluctuated through trends and still remains as immersive as it was on a tabletop with pens and graph paper.
All off topic discussion relates to RPGs and there are no rants about things that don't really matter. All opinions, while being opinions, are pretty reasonable and give the listener more of something to look for in their experience rather than a biased fanboy assault.
This podcast is for anyone that has ever been head over heels for the immersive experience of a tabletop, 8-bit, or console MMO rpg complete with wireless keyboard, headset and 3D glasses..... Or whatever fancy RPGs people are into these days.
"pardon me sir, but would you like your battle camera fixed or active?"
...and Thank You. Last January when EGM 'sploded, I was terrified that we'd lose the personalization that made 1up my favorite media outlet for video games. I'm suprised and impressed that despite the lineups changing so dramatically, we still get great new podcasts like this from intelligent, thoughtful people at 1up. Great Job!
It's incredibly difficult to find a gaming podcasts where the hosts are charming and witty enough to keep your interest, but the party at ATB has consistently managed to do so in such a way to make me come back and listen to it even as the subject genre passes me further by with each console generation. It's a rare podcast where the cleverness matches that of the title, but I am glad to see that Active Time Babble delivers.
- Category: Video Games
- Language: English
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