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||ExplicitChattycast E3 2017 Special: Day 3 Post-Show||Shacknews is back with its final E3 post-show of the year. The crew assembles one more time to have a long talk about some of ...||6/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast E3 2017 Special: Day 2 Post-Show||With day two of E3 behind us, the Shacknews Live post-show took a fond look back at some of our favorite and most memorable games ...||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast E3 2017 Special: Day 1 Post-Show||The Shacknews crew wraps a full day of live interviews with our annual post-show tradition. We chat about the Nintendo conference, Mario Odyssey, Mario + ...||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast E3 2017 Special: Day 0||The crew is back with one more pre-E3 episode before the big event. In it, we talk about some games at the Microsoft showcase, recap the ...||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast E3 2017 Special: Day -1||E3 draws ever nearer, and the Chattycast returns with another special edition. This late-night chat goes a little off-the-rails as we get more loopy, but ...||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast E3 2017 Special: Day -2||E3 came early this year! EA kicked off the event by holding its press conference on a Saturday, and the Chattycast is here to talk ...||6/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 136: E3 Predictions 2017 Edition||E3 is just around the corner, and thanks to the ever-encroaching press conference schedule we'll be in the thick of it in only a few ...||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 135: Ghosts of E3 Past||E3 is right around the corner, which means we're getting the usual spate of leaks and pre-seeded announcements to prepare for the big event. Before ...||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 134: Injust Asking||Injustice 2 drops this week, offering a very Mortal Kombat take on some of the most well-known characters on the planet. It's a very different ...||5/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 133: Newsies||We're in the thick of May now, when publishers go dark and leaks start to trickle out about upcoming E3 announcements. The Chattycast responds in ...||5/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 132: Punching Nazis, So Hot Right Now||Everything old is new again, and this year that means Call of Duty is venturing back to Dubya Dubya Two. The big reveal stream is ...||4/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 131: Is Nintendo Learning?||Yesterday's Nintendo Direct presentation outlined the company's plans for the spring and summer, in its usual rapid-fire style. It was pretty packed, largely with smaller ...||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 130: It’s Another Mixed Bag||After taking a week off due to travel and unexpected illness, the Chattycast is back and catching up on all we missed. So this week, ...||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 129: When Franchises Fizzle||Mass Effect: Andromeda drops this week, and it's fair to say the reviews haven't been as glowing as its predecessors. Whether by age or quality ...||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 128: Say It Ain’t Snow||The weather outside is unusually frightful for mid-March. A big snowstorm hit the northeast this week, creating hazardous conditions and trapping many a Shacker inside. ...||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 127: Switch Taste Test||Console launches only come around so often, and so we at Shacknews are all still familiarizing ourselves with the Nintendo Switch. Since it's very much ...||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 126: Oops All Newsybits||This week, as we prepare for some big releases in March, we're taking a break from heady discussions to focus an entire show on recent ...||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 125: Love Shack||The Feast of St. Valentine is almost upon us once again, and malls are trying their best to convince us we're failures if we don't ...||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 124: Super Breakout||This week Fire Emblem Heroes releases on iOS, the latest salvo in Nintendo's mobile strategy and one of its leading franchises. But it wasn't always ...||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 123: What Are Ya Sellin’?||Resident Evil 7 is out this week, bringing the horror back home. As this one is being hailed as a "return to form," we thought ...||1/26/2017||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.