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Senior reporter Charlie Hall and guides editor Dave Tach host in-depth conversations each week about the latest games, movies, comics, and gear reviewed and recommended by the Polygon team. Produced by Polygon and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Customer Reviews

Great Premise, Minor Issues

I really enjoy this podcast. Giving the game reviewers an opportunity to elaborate on their review of a game is a great idea for a podcast and this one in particular is quite well done. Production value and sound quality are top notch and the guests offer some nice insight into the game reviewing process.

My only two gripes I have are in regards to the hosts. Justin is great (as always) but tends to lean in to cutesy jokes about the games that often derail the conversation. However, this isn't a big deal and doesn't really detract from the overall experience. What does detract, though, is the weird 'kindergarten school teacher' voice that Charlie Hall uses when interviewing. It's so confoundingly irritating that I've been skipping episodes about games I'm interested in because I don't want to hear his slited. sing-songy. way. of. speaking to. guests. Cool it, Charlie. Jsut have a converstation with the guest and don't try and be "The Interviewer."

Skip episodes without Justin

Justin McElroy is a funny, smart interviewer who always asks incisive and insightful questions which encourage the interviewee and promote fascinating discussion. Justin elevates the quality of the conversation. On his work alone, this podcast earns five stars.

Of course, every other episode nowadays is hosted by Charlie Hall, instead. Presumably because Justin is a very busy man. If this podcast were only hosted by Charlie, I wouldn't even take the time to give it a poor review; it's such a non-experience to listen to an episode hosted by Charlie. He doesn't ask questions that aren't answered by reading Polygon's original game review, and he doesn't stimulate insteresting conversation.

Listen to every episode hosted by Justin McElroy. It's worth it to subscribe for that, and delete the Charlie Hall episodes without actually bothering.

A Convinient Video Game Chat

What I enjoy about Quality Control is the short timespan, usually 15-20 minutes. Justin is a great personality I enjoy listening to a lot. I understand this podcast is about discussing the guest's review but I am usually not satisfied with the discussions/concerns that were brought up in the comments of said review. Maybe it's a factor of being a shorter podcast?

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