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The Besties

By Polygon

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It's Game of the Year meets King of the Hill as four of Earth's best friends discuss the week's new releases and decide if any will topple whatever game currently holds the honor. Will Killstroke 4: The Bloodening dethrone your favorite? How long can Professor Wigglebottom's Puzzle Bordello keep hold of the top spot? The choice is in the capable hands Polygon's Chris Plante, Justin McElroy, Russ Frushtick and Griffin McElroy. The Besties: Because shouldn't the best of games be chosen by the best of friends?

Customer Reviews

Why Wait Until January 2013?

This is a great concept for a podcast. I was really hoping the Vox Games crew would come up with something to differentiate it from the glut of video game podcasts out there.

The idea is: each host brings to the table their favorite game from that week to be considered for Game of the Year. New entrants go up against each other and the previous week's winner until a new king is born, so we'll always know what the best game of 2012 is at any given moment. Or will we? (No disrespect to Ziggurat.)

Most importantly, the hosts already have an easy rapport. They're quite funny and unafraid to take shots at one another. Knowing the rest of the Vox Games folk, I assume this trend will continue with future assemblages.

The small selection of games means that general video game talk will be limited, but that's fine. The Besties is the waffle to the Giant Bombcast's chicken.


Everything Griffin McElroy does is genius, and this is no exception.

I give up.

I have listened to this podcast since the first episode continually hoping it would get better. It hasn't. The hosts spend literally 80% of the show trying to tell bad jokes. They are smug and overly amused with themselves and have little respect for their audience. The fact that they constantly make jokes about how bad the show is just demonstrates that they are too unmotivated to actually try to improve it. It is self indulgent garbage. Of all the "professional" gaming podcasts, this is the worst.

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