Monday, January 23, 2012


So when I realized hauling around 1.32 kilograms of an Android tablet with keyboard is cumbersome when you want to listen to podcasts on the go, I bought a smartphone.

I looked for a phone that works with CyanogenMod. The first one, I accidentally bricked when preparing it for CyanogenMod.

The next one, I made sure it works easily with CyanogenMod. I decided with an HTC Wildfire.

And it did work. So the next thing I did was to get a good podcast downloader.

I use ACast in my Asus Transformer, and I wasn't really that happy with it, so I looked for others. All of them (free ones) turned out to be inadequate. In the end, I still settled for ACast. Looking back, ACast isn't so bad.

So next was to get really good podcasts for game development. Here's a list of the ones I found:

I will, if time permits, update this article to give my feedback on every podcast listed there. The list is updated with my opinions on each podcast.

Game Development Podcasts

Irrational Podcasts
Ken Levine's personal podcast as he talks about videogame development along with anyone he decides to interview. Updates are not frequent but very well made, and offers valuable insight into AAA game development.

The Bethesda Podcast
Podcast of the makers of Elder Scrolls, and the id guys (Doom, Quake, RAGE). Some of the interviews sound more like advertisements to make you buy their game, but other episodes are good.

GAMBIT: Looking Glass Studios Podcast
A 10-part series of interviews of the past employees of the now defunct Looking Glass Studios (1990-2000). Very nice podcast explaining some things about how Thief and System Shock were made. You'll realize how even AAA companies (back then) have brash and spontaneous workflows like the rest of us.

Flammable Penguins
Personal podcast of Claire Blackshaw, programmer/designer at Climax where she interviews other game developers. Not updated since 2010. Nevertheless there are some good discussions here.

Infinite Ammo
Podcast that focuses on interviews of indie developers. Updates are infrequent; I almost thought the podcast was dead.

Another Castle
Freelance game designer Charles J. Pratt interviews other game developers in the New York game development scene. Sadly, not updated since 2012. Who knows, maybe we'll get a season three?

The DigiPen PodClass
Podcast about game development from people in DigiPen. Not that good of a podcast IMO. Also not updated since 2010.

Experimental Game Dev Podcast Show
Interview podcast that's more on indie devs, specifically mobile games. I don't really get much out of this podcast but maybe you'll have better luck.

Game Developer's Radio
A podcast more on design ideas/mechanics of games. This goes more on theoretical/internalizing discussions chiefly about anecdotal experiences of the podcast's hosts. You'll probably find yourself alternating between agreeing and disagreeing with the things they say. On hiatus as of November of 2012.

Gaming By Design
Similar to Game Developer's Radio, this podcast is more on anecdotal experiences of the hosts, discussing their opinions about various game design topics. Only went for one season by 2011, and has no updates since.

The one thing I hate is when the podcast goes "I think players tend to like X instead of Y. Like me for example, I like X a lot. So developers should do X more." This is a narrow-minded, circle-jerk discussion that gets nowhere.

Gaming Podcasts
Gaming, not game *development* podcasts

Orange Lounge Radio
Where a straight guy, a gay guy, and a woman talk about games. Imagine Sheldon talking about videogames for about 30 minutes.

Electric Sista Hood
Two African American gamer girls/girl gamers squee like fangirls and talk about anime and videogames. Spoiler: They don't exactly look hot. Don't Google what they look like. Instead, imagine the Jolie twins when listening to the podcast.

Video Game Outsiders
Let John's devil may care attitude and Michelle's reproachful demeanor take you to places far and beyond, as long as its loosely related to videogames. Oh and Matt is now a co-host.

Oh yes. Listen to the makers of the numerous prank videos based on videogames talk about stuff.

Podtoid: Destructoid's Video Game Podcast
The almighty Podtoid podcast. Hear Jim Sterling as he longs for Jonathan Holmes' cock. 'Sup Holmes!

Other podcasts I found that I have a hunch might be useful to me as a game developer.

History Podcasts
Podcasts like these mainly give me story ideas.

Stuff You Missed In History Class
Deblina and Sarah recount various stories from history. Each episode centers on the life of a famous person, like Cynthia Ann (the American girl abducted by Indians and raised as their own), Gertrude Bell (Lawrence of Arabia's mentor), and so on.

History Extra Podcast
BBC History Magazine's editor Rob Attar doing interviews on various historians with their area of expertise. Mostly on European history. Things like the cadaver trade, evolution of maps over time, the jujitsu suffragettes, et al.

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
Dan's powerful emotive voice narrates pieces of history in certain point of views that you wouldn't have thought of.

Binge Thinking History Podcast:

Military History Podcast:

All Things Medieval:

Medieval Podcast:

A Short History of Japan:

Celtic Myth Podshow:

RTÉ - Conspiracy Podcast:


The Moth Podcast
Powerful, moving stories from ordinary people set upon unordinary circumstances. This podcast always brightens my day.

Stuff Mom Never Told You
A female perspective on issues like gender and health. You girls will love this.

Stuff To Blow Your Mind:
The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe:
Night's Knights: A novel about vampires.
Knights of the Night Actual Play Podcast: A tabletop RPG play session turned into a podcast.

In addition, here are video podcasts that I subscribe to on my Android tablet:

Gaming Video Podcasts

Good Game: Hex and Bajo gives you game reviews and interviews, with Goose occasionally giving you a bonus game review or perhaps an enlightening presentation of some sort. Each episode is about 30 minutes long.

X-Play's Video Podcast: Various small parts of the T.V. show X-Play, spliced and served here for your podcasting pleasure. Web Shows: Same thing but on various shows like Attack of the Show, The MMO Report, etc.

The DTOID Show: Quick five minute news on the games industry.

1 comment:

  1. Hi folks,

    The updated feed for the Celtic Myth Podshow is now:

    Thank you very much :) xx


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