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||ExplicitChattycast 55: Breaking the Game||Video games have historically been built around specific rule sets and goals, and as game designers aim to tell stories they're becoming all the more ...||7/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 54: No, Money Down!||After what we'll call a smashing success in the new format, the Chattycast is back with its next Big Topic. This week we tackle pre-order ...||7/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 53: Remembering Iwata||The Chattycast is back with a brand new format, new segments, and even a giveaway! Unfortunately, the relaunch coincided with the news of Nintendo CEO ...||7/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 52: The Season Finale||This week, the Chattycast has produced a full year's worth of shows, and that means it's time for a change-up. We're marking this as the ...||7/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 51: Races Aren’t Riddles||E3 is over, long live E3. The crew is back together this week and somewhat better rested, ready to talk about their experiences. Plus we ...||6/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast: E3 2015 Special #1||E3 is in full swing, and Show Important has started its nightly broadcasts. We're releasing the broadcasts as podcasts for the more audio-inclined, so you ...||6/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 50: All Aboard the E3 Hype Train||With mere days to go before E3 starts in earnest, the crew takes a moment from packing its bags to chat about what they expect ...||6/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 49: Surgically Removed Butts||The Chattycast returns for another week of gaming discussion and general shenanigans. Host Steve Watts returns after a week away with our Shacknews panel to ...||6/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 47: A Smoking Crater||This week host Steve Watts invites Steven Wong and Daniel Perez to talk about open worlds that feel more real, how DLC sways buying decisions, and ...||5/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 46: Four’s a Crowd||We're neck-deep in E3 planning, but the Chattycast must go on! This week host Steve Watts went from too few to too many, as invitations didn't ...||5/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 45: Behold My True Form!||Despite calling last week's "The Live Edition," the Chattycast plans to make this a regular thing. This week host Steve Watts welcomes on Ozzie Mejia and ...||5/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattcast 44: The Live Edition||This week, the Chattycast tries a bold new experiment: live broadcasting. Host Steve Watts talked with Ozzie Mejia and Andrew Zukowsky live on a stream, ...||5/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 43: Return of the Chattymaster||After an extended absence due to exploding computers and travel, Ozzie Mejia makes his return to the Chattycast this week. He joins host Steve Watts ...||4/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast 42: Live from New Jersey||The podcast is coming in a little late this week, thanks to a weekend full of Shack Summit revelry. The wait is worth it, though, ...||4/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast Episode 41: Mortal Kombat Spoilers||This week, the gang distracts themselves from the upcoming Game of Thrones season by talking about burger restaurants, game tropes, Mortal Kombat X fatalities, Steam ...||4/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast Episode 40: The Snackycast||This week, the gang pulls themselves away from the cream-filled eggs long enough to talk about snack foods, beloved but obscure games, franchises destined for ...||4/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast Episode 39: The Daddycast||This week, the line-up gets a shake-up! Steve Watts is joined by Daniel Perez, Andrew Zukowsky, and Bryan Carr for their latest round of shenanigans. The ...||3/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast Episode 38: Blood and Feathers Everywhere||This week, regular host Steve Watts returns from his stint as a new dad to keep Josh Hawkins, Daniel Perez, and Steven Wong in-line. The four talk about ...||3/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast Episode 37: Ducks in a row||It's the final episode of the Chattycast with substitute host Ozzie Mejia. So he's going out with a quack, along with the panel of Steven ...||3/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitChattycast Episode 36: Nuclear Guitar Option||While regular host Steve Watts is still discovering the joys of fatherhood, substitute host Ozzie Mejia has flown back from this year's Game Developers Conference ...||3/6/2015||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.