The biggest problem with most videogame podcasts is a lack of passion. It's rare that people on gaming podcasts will get excited to the point of absurdity, or furious to the point of hyperventalation. It's rare that they will staunchly disagree with each other. It's rare that they are laugh-out-loud funny. The Exploding Barrel is a podcast of this rare variety.
Intelligent, insightful, and filled with humorous sibling rivalry, The Exploding Barrel podcast is worth a listen every week. The show covers typical news and game discussion, but its weekly gaming quizes, topical and roleplaying segments, occasional Squadron of Shame guests, and signature blood vessel-rupturing rants from co-host Michael Minotti give the show more personality than most "professional" podcasts could ever hope to have.
Listening to this podcast provides a great range of opinion. One minute you'll be getting stoked along with the Minotti brothers as their raw excitement bleeds through your headset, and the next you'll want to scream at your iPod over how incredibly wrong they are. There is no better measure of success for a podcast of any kind. Fantastic.