Top 5 gaming Podcasts of 2013

Most of you know I’m an avid gamer.  I listen to podcasts “on the regular” and since I haven’t updated my blog in entirely too long, I thought I’d do a quick top 5 of my favorite gaming related podcasts.  I listen to them while I drive, but they make great listening while you’re walking the dog or trying to get your exercise on.  High energy and/or engaging podcasts help pass the time better than music for me, because every 3 minutes a new song comes on and I realize i’ve only been in hell for three minutes.

 

Scroll down to get to number 1, because that’s the one that matters, right?

5.  Drunken Gamers Radio

As the title implies, Drunken Gamers Radio is an all-out, rant-filled, drink-fueled gaming love and hate-fest. The language is harsh, the opinions are hard and often not fully thought out.  But that’s what makes it fun for me.

But in spite of the antics, Drunken Gamers Radio is exceptionally well produced. Mic quality is usually high – none of the static and hiss all too common among podcasting – and the commenters sound great, even when they’re ranting aimlessly.

The gaming podcast doesn’t seem to have any set schedule, or any specific topics. This is not the gaming podcast you should listen to if you want to get any level-headed information about new games.  In fact, it almost didn’t make the list, except that it’s just freaking entertaining.

4.  Giant Bombcast

Content on Giant Bomb is split between its small staff providing written articles and videos in a video game journalism editorial capacity and its community expanding upon it by creating and interacting with the website’s socially progressive tools and functions, namely a

video game wiki-database, open to editing by all registered users in which they create content, and a Quest system in which they then earn points in a social gaming element. The Giant Bomb staff reports on video game news and reviews new releases. Their weekly podcast, the Giant Bombcast, is posted on Tuesdays and covers recent news and releases in the video game industry, as well as happenings around the office. Giant Bomb produces a number of regular video series, most notably Quick Looks, 20-60 minute unedited previews,

A good part of the reason I’ve included this podcast is the other content you get on their website, but the podcast is a quality product, and when coupled with other content, this is just a great site.

 

3.  Weekend Confirmed

This podcast has meaty discussion of games (both AAA and indie) on a variety of platforms. It doesn’t shy away from talking about broader topics like sexism

and the sorry state of Internet hate. I like when it’s not just all dudes–Nicole and Arial appear regularly enough. Nicole’s story time segments are priceless. Garnett, Jeff and Andrew are all thoughtful contributors. Garnett sometimes comes off as slightly prick-ish, but I think that serves a valuable purpose in forcing the other two to defend their positions. Still, Garnett never ever gives, which is why this podcast didn’t make #1.

 

 

2. Geekbox

The Geekbox is home to a growing family of podcasts covering all manner of modern geek pop culture — from video games to comic books to movies to television to all-out unclassifiable insanity. We’re giving you a fantastic opportunity to infect your ears with the following top-notch nerd-casts on a weekly basis, orchestrated by an eclectic cast of professional geeks!   I like the personalities here, and the ability to cross from topic to topic.  It keeps my ADD brain happy.

 

1.  The GaGCast

Grown As Gamers have the perfect balance of smart ass, sarcasm, genuine information delivered in a hilarious fashion.  The interplay between the four guys is fantastic, it is obvious that they are genuinely friends, not just four guys put together because they have an open position.  They cover all facets of gaming from card games to Video games, with a healthy sprinkling of board games and Role Playing Games thrown in.  If you’re a gamer and you’re not listening to the Grown as Gamers, you’re missing out!

 

So that’s my list of my top 5 favorite gaming podcasts.  If you’re not listening to them, you’re missing out!  Check out Grown as Gamers at http://www.grownasgamers.com!

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