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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?

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Besties is a simple podcast in concept: It's just 4 dudes chillin out arguing over whether blasting freakazoids on top of pyramids or golfing with cards and talking caddy shack gophers is better. So not only do you get comedy, but some recommendations for games to check out when you're done listening to the podcast.

If you enjoy laughing and games, I just got 2 words for you: Get it.

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.

Those Crazy McElroy's, at it again

I first heard the dulcet tones of Mr. Justin McElroy (Griffin too) on the Joystiq Podcast years ago, followed him to MBMBAM and am now listening to them here at Vox Games. I must say this first ep was a bit rough around the edges but the potential is there. The McElroy's have always been great podcasters, and I'm sure I'll grow to enjoy their new co-hosts just as much.

I like the idea of having each person talk about their favorite game of the week instead of the traditional games podcast rehash of news, new releases, emails, rinse, repeat, but I felt like the whole crew wasn't quite sure if they were supposed to be serious picks or just jokes. As much as I enjoyed the joking about an iPhone solitaire game, it started feeling a bit more like Just Riffin' than a serious games podcast after a while. I think you guys have tons of potential and I'll be happy to come back here and raise it to 5 stars once you all find your voice a little better.

Keep up the good work.