After listening to this podcast weekly for probably more than 5 years, it’s with great sadness that I’m unfortunately going to likely have to find another podcast.
The reason I loved this podcast was that there was intelligent discussion of the latest and greatest (mostly) PC games. I gelled with Shawn Andrich in particular, with his interest in deep, story based games and RPGs. His commentary was always very insightful and the show ran very organized, small bits of humor, but very on task.
Since Amanda has taken over as host, the cast seems to change entirely every week, the organization is all over the place, and the content meanders wildly. In particular, when she talks about playing a new game, it’s incredibly vague and ramble, “I played a game, it’s kind of like an action type of game, the controls are really great and it feels great, and you should play it, it just feels so good. One time I played a game like it that I really enjoyed”. I often leave having no idea what the game is about aside from her personal opinion, and she indulged quite a bit more with side jokes with guests etc. I understand she’s all about the GWJ community, but it makes me feel like an outsider, despite having been a listener for years.
I’m sure people who entrenched in the community will say it’s good, the show is now more accessible to a broader audience, or I’m from Gamergate for not enjoying the show, or likely it’s “not for me”, but that’s a shame. Oh well, I guess it’s time for me to find another on-topic, thoughtful PC gaming focused podcast for mature adults (easier said than done).