The Optional Podcast
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The Optional is a fresh new take on the world of video game criticism. We represent everyone who loves and respects the artform alongside all other aspects of culture who don’t fit the typical cliche of a “gamer”. This is video game commentary for the rest of us.
||ExplicitEpisode 128 - Atomic Purple||We’re back this week to talk We Happy Few, Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker, Flipping Death and a bit of Third Strike. We also talk the week’s news and tons more!||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 127 - Mandem Skies||This week we talk all about No Man’s Sky’s massive new NEXT update, the week’s news, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. So tune in, start mining that copper, and join the conversation!||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 126 - Silence Dogood||This week the guys are joined by very special guest Heather Alexandra to talk No Man’s Sky, Thumper, Spider-Man, Concrete Genie, Tetris Effect, Octopath Traveler, the week’s news, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. So tune...||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 125 - Always Bet On Black||This week the guys talk Fortnite Season 5, more No Man’s Sky, 2018 GDoC Expo, checks for BlocBoy JB, D&D, and how to deal with “analysis paralysis.” Tune in to join the conversation.||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 124 - Free to Play||This week we talk more No Man’s Sky, Banner Saga 2, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Forza Horizon 3. In the news, it’s Shenmue hype, Warframe on Switch, Fortnite oddities and tons more. Tune in and join the conversation!||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 123 - Now You’re Playing With Powder||During the nasty heatwave, we talk the new Battlefield V closed alpha, Lumines Remastered, Mario + Rabbids Donkey Kong DLC and TONS more. Tune in and join the conversation. Donate to help keep families together: ...||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 122 - Double Crossplay||This week, the guys recover from E3, talk some new games (and old) and ask Sony to let us go free.||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 121 - E3 2018 Hangover||Well, it came and went just like that. And we spent close to 2 hours jamming as much loopy late night content into a single episode and we go to some weird places. Catch our thoughts on all of the latest news and announcements from E3 2018, your...||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 120.5 - E3 2018 HYPE||Just when you thought you couldn't get more excited. We hit you with our very first bonus episode! We chat all things E3 2018 and hit you with some of our predictions. So tune in and join the discussion in the Discord too! Music by Salzar...||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 120 - Lifehacks and Lawsuits||This week, the guys are joined by returning guest Cody Davis to chat Mario Tennis Aces, PixelJunk Monsters 2, Just Shapes & Beats, and more. In the news it’s packed full of pre-E3 reveals, new Fallout news, Fortnite being sued, Atari’s return,...||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 119 - Meta Challenge||This week the guys talk the usual suspects along with some new games like H1Z1, Moonlighter, Wizard of Legend, and Framed. In the news it’s Battlefield V hype, E3 hype, and one of our Switch predictions is coming true… sorta. As always another...||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 118 - Get Rich Quick||This week the guys talk more Fortnite, Overwatch, Destiny 2, and Overcooked! Tons of pre-E3 Black Ops IIII hype, amazing Xbox One controllers, New No Mans Sky multiplayer, another incredible round of questions and our recommendations for the week. So...||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 117 - Late Vegetation||This week the guys are just a tad bit late but here nevertheless. Hear us talk more Fortnite, Destiny 2, Overwatch, Yakuza 6, I Am Setsuna, and TONS more. Tune in and join the conversation!||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 116 - Back in Business||WE’RE BACK. Paul returns from his trip abroad to Japan and South Korea and the guys are joined by friend of the show and rapper extraordinaire, Doc, to discuss travelling, games, and a bonus spoilercast for Infinity War at the end of the show! So...||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 115 - Seoul For Real||Before Paul leaves town for Tokyo and Seoul, the guys chat about Radical Heights, God of War, Fortnite, Donkey Kong high scores, actual SEGA announcements, questions and TONS more. So tune in and join the conversation!||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 114 - Streamer Variety||This week we talk more Far Cry 5, Fortnite, Bayonetta 2 and The Division. In the news it’s all about Spider-Man’s release date and Far Cry 5 impressive sales numbers. Rounding out the show is another round of questions and our recommendations for...||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 113 - Resurrections||This week, we talk more Far Cry 5, Battle Royale and Monster Hunter World! In the news we have even more No Mans Sky, SEGA up to something, mysterious comets in Fortnite, and what a shocker: racist emote jokes on Twitch. As always rounding out the...||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 112 - Where the Players Dwell||This week, Cam and Paul sport some extra puffy bubble jackets and goggles to bring you the latest in gaming goodness. This week we talk Cam’s trip to Thailand, Sea of Thieves, A Way Out, Far Cry 5, Lumines returns, Fortnite mobile and TONS more. So...||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 111 - Yippe Ki-Yay||This week we talk Vermintide 2, Darwin Project, Splatfest, Chuchel and Bloodbourne as well as some of our regular games. We also chat weird violent video game compilations at the White House, Nintendo Direct news, The Division 2 and Black Ops IIII. As..||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 110 - No Hoodies||This week we baked a metaphorical cake for the Switch’s birthday. Alongside a lot of people we actually know who actually have birthdays. Then we talk new games like Into the Breach, Mulaka, Deadbolt and some of our other regulars. As always, news,...||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 109 - Real Ones||This week, we’ve got TONS to talk about. Hear us chat Florence, Assassin’s Creed Origins Discovery Tour, Metal Gear Survive, Moss for PSVR, Bayonetta and Final Station on Switch, and the new DLC for Battlefield 1. Another bite-sized round of...||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 108 - Wakanda Foreverz||With Black Panther finally out, we have a regular bitesized show followed by a special in-depth spoiler chat on the movie. Find out what we thought about the film, cast and most importantly ask: how is Lupita so damn fine? So take your special edible...||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 107 - Drop a Pin||This week we talk some of the usual suspects with some new titles (for us) like Rime, Dragon Quest Builders, Octogeddon and A Case of Distrust. In the news it’s s****y online “celebrities”, new trailers, s****y developers, NEW RIDGE RACER (?)...||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 106 - Third Time’s a Charm||This week we’re talking more Monster Hunter World, Celeste, Blossom Tales and Paul got some hands-on time with Nintendo Labo!! In the news it’s more delays and we get a 2018 window for Nintendo Online. So tune in and join the conversation!||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 105 - Don’t Google It||This week is chock-full of gaming goodness. We talk Shadow of the Colossus, Sea of Thieves closed beta, and of course Monster Hunter World!!! We also talk about the latest God of War trailer, forgetting people’s names, our rap names and as usual our..||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 104 - Full Meme Ahead||This week the guys catch up on some Overwatch League while checking out some new games like Blossom Tales, Axiom Verge, Night in the Woods and the betas for Metal Gear Survive and Darwin Project. In the news it’s all about Nintendo’s Labo and...||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 103 - Best of the Best of the Best||This week the guys already start off checking those New Year resolution boxes by finishing up some games like Yakuza Kiwami and Steamworld Dig 2 as well as some Dragon Quest Builders on Switch. In the news it’s some VR improvements out of CES,...||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 102 - Higher Resolutions||We’re back bringing in the new year with that gaming goodnessss. Hear us chat what’s on our playlist from the past two weeks, our gaming resolutions for the new year, idiot YouTubers abroad, Switch shattering sales records, Battle Royale games and..||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 101 - The Last Jedi Spoilercast||Boom, just when you thought we were done, we bring you a special holiday bonus episode. As we celebrate the holidays and usher in the new year, we are joined by the man, the myth, the former cohost and legendary GASBAG: Roman France! Join us as we...||12/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 100 - The 2nd Annual Optional Awards||With the end of 2017 rapidly approaching, we take some time to look back at the incredible year of gaming that we’ve all experienced. Oh and we turn 100! We break down the awards into 8 major categories and widdle the nominees down until we find our..||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
For someone whose been away from the gaming world outside of Splatoon, FF7 Remake, Battlefield, and Mario Kart 8, it's great to know I have something I can listen to that'll make me laugh and inform me of what's out now. This is my new 1Up Show (throwback to those who know what that is).
I highly recommend this podcast to those who want to hear 3 funny guys with honest, understandable, and real reviews. They cover a lot of what's out now and are not afraid of how big of a star someone is. If you release garbage they will call you out on it if it comes up in conversation haha.
Great podcast that covers a broad array of topics.