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Podcasts and streaming have become an incredibly passive way to get up to speed with the latest information, keep yourself entertained, and just have some nice background noise whilst you’re occupied. Podcasts have opened up a whole new world for fans of creators to get their hands on their content - as well as find all-new content for extremely niche subjects.
Gaming is one niche that has greatly benefited from the number of informative podcasts related to it. It’s not exactly ‘niche’ as gaming is prominent in mainstream society, but fans of more fringe games have been able to find exciting podcasts about their favorite genre. You can find podcasts for all aspects of gaming - from shows that specifically cover in-game secrets and what is awarded to players who find them, to shows dedicated purely to one character of a game. But which gaming podcasts are the best?
Below are 10 of the best-rated podcasts about gaming. From podcasts that cover a general view of the industry to ones that offer a narrower focus, let’s start the list off with one of the biggest out there…
Arguably the biggest gaming podcast on the planet, Giant Bombcast has amassed a huge following. This is in part due to the huge depth of different topics they cover there - from gaming news and reviews to interesting interviews with figures from the industry.
One of the greatest strengths Giant Bombcast has is the rapport between the hosts. They often have conversations that veer off into really funny rants and threads that just work perfectly. All in all, you’ve got a nice mix of entertainment value with raw information that makes Giant Bombcast an almost must-listen for gamers.
Learn more at www.giantbomb.com/podcasts
Coming from a member of the team behind the hit Super Best Friends Play Youtube channel, Castle Superbeast got its strange name thanks to an inside joke from the original channel. The podcast has garnered a lot of support and is officially sponsored by Rooster Teeth.
If you’re after a lighter take on gaming and want a few good chuckles - with some of them making you laugh out loud - then this may be the podcast for you. The team follows a loose script with some direction but often goes off into some hilarious tangents that may just leave you in tears from laughter. The comedy is the highlight here, so it may not be a good choice if you’re after straight information.
Learn more at https://superbestfriendcast.libsyn.com
With a name like Axe of the Blood God, it may come as no surprise that this is a podcast that focuses mainly on RPG games. Hosted by two big names in the gaming journalism world - Nadia Oxford and Kat Bailey - Axe of The Blood God has become the go-to source for all things RPG.
One of the highlights of the show is the fact they cover a vast range of eras. This includes more classic RPG games as well as the newest releases. You’ll also find JRPGs covered for the more niche gamer.
Learn more at https://bloodgodpod.com
Featuring rotating hosts, Kinda Funny Gamescast often has some heavyweights behind the mic. These include Tim Gettys, Andy Cortex, Blessing Adeoye and Greg Miller, a former IGN presenter.
You’ll find a weekly round-up of gaming news that covers almost all things gaming. The presenting team lives up to the title of the podcast and the charisma behind the mics really shines through. There’s also a shorter daily format - Kinda Funny Games Daily - which is a more bitesize version of the main podcast.
Learn more at https://roosterteeth.com/series/kinda-funny-gamescast
Many of the podcasts on this list are more geared towards feature commentary and game reviews. GamesIndustry.Biz takes a totally different angle and discusses the more behind-the-scenes stuff. The topics go in depth about the economical developments behind the industry, as well as the labor & workforce side of things.
Thanks to the drier range of topics, you’ll find this podcast more geared towards industry insiders who want to get the lowdown from other insiders. The hosts are very good at making things accessible to anyone and help relate all of the information towards people who aren’t as in the know. It’s a really informative podcast even if you’re only interested in playing the games!
Learn more at https://www.gamesindustry.biz/topics/podcast
Another fresh take on a gaming-related podcast, How Did This Get Played is hosted by two comedians who explore some of the strangest and worst games to ever be released. Nick Wiger and Heather Anne Campbell lend their comedic chops to help make the podcast funny, witty and entertaining.
There's the odd celebrity who appears on the podcast with the two hosts, but most of the time it’s just Nick and Heather chopping it up over some incredibly obscure games - and games you’ll definitely remember. The creators of the show - Earwolf - also have a great podcast that follows the same premise for films and TV shows.
Learn more at https://www.earwolf.com/show/get-played
One of the more niche podcasts for gaming fans is 8-4 Play. The show itself is actually created by a studio that came up with a great podcast idea: They specialize in localizing Japanese games for the Western audience and so break down the changes between the two cultures of gaming in the podcast. If you’re a beginner to the vast subset of Japanese games such as bullet hells or JPRG’s, it's well worth a listen to get a grip on how the games differ from your everyday Western title.
The podcast also features segments about gaming in general but the strength of the show really lies in how passionate all 4 of the hosts are about Japanese gaming. You’ll find 8-4 Plat full of charm, intrigue and little tidbits of information to tell your other gaming friends.
Learn more at https://8-4.jp/blog
IGN is arguably one of the biggest gaming news outlets on the planet. They have a range of podcasts for gamers to enjoy and Game Scoop! Is often seen as the main one.
We’ll admit, it’s not the most original show - it’s purely industry news and information about new games. But it’s always upbeat and each weekly episode sits at a nice 45-60 minutes, just long enough to keep your attention.
Learn more at https://youtu.be/1sZQzPSPLGs
What do you get when you team up the former IGN presenter Alanah Pearce, Game Director Mike Bithell, Game composer Austin Wintery and the voice of the legendary voice actor Troy Baker? A rather amazing podcast called Play, Watch, Listen.
Thanks to the massive scope of the hosts, each episode of this podcast has some really cool insights. Each member brings something to the table and they relate each article of news from their perspective, which makes it really engaging. The podcast also occasionally delves into TV shows and films, but the main focus is gaming.
Learn more at https://playwatchlisten.libsyn.com
Last on the list we have The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast. This is a podcast that’s a bit more expansive, covering not just video games, but card games and tabletop gaming to boot. There’s quite the eclectic mix, with each episode delving into a range of topics but mainly focused on one.
Hosted by five friends, the rapport between them flows so naturally that you’ll feel like you’re in the room with them! The passion these guys have is astounding and it makes for really enjoyable listening. If you're into Warhammer, RPGs and Magic the Gathering, definitely give this a listen.
Learn more at https://thesecretcabal.com
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