At the risk of being snarky, I’ll list a few podcasts I am NOT listening to. First: Blue Peg Pink Peg. I tried, I really tried. I want to support non-middle-aged-white-male voices in gaming as much as I can, honestly. But there are a couple of voices–male voices–on this show that I actually cringe upon hearing. They sound as if they are trying to emulate local radio morning commute “Morning Zoo” DJs. I had to turn multiple episodes off after 5 minutes because of the grueling forced ‘zaniness.’
Second: Heavy Cardboard. I’m sorry, the show is just… undercooked. There’s so many shoutouts to recent conventions and so on, so much extraneous business, and finally, when they get down to talking about games, the vocabulary used is just too limited and unimaginative. I feel like I don’t need to hear someone saying “Yeah, this game was awesome.” I need them to at least take a well-informed and articulate stab at explaining why the game was awesome.
I’m on the fence right now about The Board Game Design Lab. I find the host a little grating and repetitive but he has some interesting guests, so I’ll keep trying it out.
Ludology hasn’t had many episodes lately that have appealed to me, but that’s more me than them, I think.
Finally, I feel like the SU&SD podcast has declined a bit in both quality and quantity. It’s hard for me to say anything even remotely mean about these fine bois, but I think Matt and Quinns may be a bit over-extended, even with the new staff and interns (by the way, Ava is doing a HELL of a job) and the podcast seems to be the most obvious place where the strain is showing. I hope they can farm more work out and maybe find the “new Paul (or Paulina)” or maybe bring the old Paul back, and bring the podcast up to its old level of crackling fun and liveliness.