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||ExplicitChattycast 94: There Are No Small Parts||We've talked about heroes. We've talked about villains. This week, we talk about everyone else! Without a big release to pick apart, and in an ...||5/20/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 93: DOOM ED||Doom is due out this week, marking the first attempt at a franchise revival since Doom Resurrection. The franchise helped popularize the FPS genre, but ...||5/12/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 91: The Expanded Universe||Hearthstone launched its third major expansion this week, injecting hundreds of new cards into the long-lasting game. True to its CCG roots, it has remained ...||4/28/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 90: The Slippiest Toad||Star Fox Zero is out this week, marking the latest chapter in one of Nintendo's lesser but still undeniably identifiable franchises. It started out as ...||4/21/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 89: Thanks, Hollyweird||Quantum Break launches this week, marking an unprecedented step toward merging passive entertainment media with video games. To that end, Remedy used several recognizable real-life ...||4/7/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 88: Lawnmower Guys||After much speculation, punditry, and even a little doom-saying, virtual reality is upon us. The Oculus Rift launched this week, with the HTC Vive following ...||3/31/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 87: No Half-Measures||We know the current generation of consoles are based around PC architecture, but both of the powerhouse console manufacturers seem to be blurring the line ...||3/28/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 86: Hell is Other People||The Division launches this week, the latest game to blur the line between single- and multiplayer. Between PC gaming and always-connected consoles, it's becoming common ...||3/11/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 85: But She’s Got a New Hat!||Our industry is innovation-hungry. Players want to be wowed by new concepts and designs that challenge the medium, reinvent genres, and become entirely new blueprints ...||3/3/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 84: Falling Into Place||Far Cry Primal launches this week, giving players a chance to tame wild beasts, construct rudimentary weapons, and spend a little quality time in the ...||2/25/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 83: Down Right Fierce||Street Fighter 5 is out this week, marking the next iteration of the series that was instrumental in creating the fighting game landscape. Whatever you ...||2/18/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 82: Press X to XOXO||It's almost February 14, and that means greeting-card-inspired love is in the air. This is the time of year that we see romance emphasized on ...||2/12/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 81: Old Guard, New Blood||Every developer hopes to make a game that lasts through the years. The rare game that does catch on long-term has to contend with its ...||2/4/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 80: Villain, Us||On Chattycast 64 we talked about how games can craft a compelling hero, and promised that eventually we'd flip the coin and chat about the ...||1/28/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 79: Let’s Role-Play||If the end of the year belongs to big-budget spectacle, the beginning of it tends to be the place for smaller projects. As a result, ...||1/21/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 78: State of the Virtual Union||The industry went into 2016 declaring it the year of virtual reality. But is that still the case? The widely surprised reaction to the Oculus ...||1/14/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 77: My New Year’s Resolution is 1080p||A new year is upon us, and that means it's time to make those ill-fated New Year's Resolutions. But what about resolutions for the game ...||1/7/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast Game of the Year 2015 Special||We're preparing to say goodbye to the year that was 2015, but not before one more Chattycast! In this special extra-long edition, the staff gathers ...||12/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 76: You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid||The holidays are a magical time of year love and joy and being kind to your fellow man, and also you get presents. Let's talk ...||12/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 75: Indie Jones||We are awash with video games. Steam alone adds an average 55 new games per week, many of them smaller indie titles. No one could ...||12/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
Listen to this like you’d listen to good friends talk about games n’ stuff.
While it’s true that Shacknews is a gaming news website, its real value is its community: a collection of amazing people and personalities from around the planet and from all walks of life, sharing a common passion for video games. This passion can be seen through a number of lenses—culture, politics, entertainment—in a place on the site simply called The Chatty, where the community converges. The Shacknews podcast takes a weekly snapshot of that place, covering topics suggested by the community itself, and serves it up with commentary that is entertaining, relatable, and insightful. Because the suggestions are absolutely random, the fact they may have anything to do with games at all can often be completely coincidental. Shacknews Senior Editor Steve Watts leads the shenanigans, and is usually joined by Ozzie Mejia, Steven Wong, along with a rotating cast of guest panelists from the site and its daily livestreams; the variety definitely keeps perspectives and opinions fresh from week to week. On its tenth week at the time of this review, the crew and their colorful personalities have become a warmly welcomed addition to my slate of podcast subscriptions.
Great Format, Uneven Hosts.
I love the format, it brings something new to gaming podcasts. I'm into how they save the "what have you been playing?" until last, its a strong end to the show. However Stephen spends his time trying to be the funny one, never contributing actual information, and Josh is all around unexperienced and states the obvious far too often. He feels like a fan that got a seat on the show because they couldnt find someone better. Otherwise, its a worthy listen if they can manage to smooth out the hosts and keep things moving and up to date.
The Chattycast is the answer
The question is "what is the best gaming podcast in the known universe?" Host Steve Watts is joined by guests from the Shacknews staff (Ozzie Mejia, Daniel Perez, Steven Wong, etc) and their extended network of friends, family and colleagues to discuss the gaming news of the week, what games panelists are playing, and ultimately have some serious [LOL]s along the way. The show is now being recorded live on Wednesday afternoons in front of a live YouTube audience and goes up onto various podcast services on Thursday. Truly an amazing podcast that any gamer will benefit from subscribing to. If you were a fan of Weekend Confirmed, this is Shacknews' spiritual successor to the show. The Chattycast encourages community feedback to expand the conversation beyond a few game journalists jibber jabbering. The end result is a tremendously entertaining collaboration between the staff and community of Shacknews.