You know that funny scene in The Lego Movie where Unikitty is left to stall and says business over and over? This podcast is like that except replace business with Destiny. With the addition of Maddy you think they would talk less Destiny, but I guess they would be incomplete if they didn't.
Whenever I have little time to listen to podcasts, I always choose this one. Great, diverse opinions with lots of insight and even pretty good production value
Because Jason seems to mostly hate Kirk (or, at the very least canât help but bully the guy every chance he gets) this show was tough to get through pre-Maddy. Now, with Maddy as part of the host trio itâs much better. Itâs no longer just two dudes waiting for their turn to speak. Recommended!
Jason and Kirk have always been brilliant and insightful as heck, but the addition of Maddy has made an already wonderful podcast even better. Iâm always interested in heading everyoneâs thoughts, especially because all three hosts are so insightful about everything that happens in the games industry. With the genuine friendship, chemistry and subsequent humor that comes from the group, itâs a treat to listen to this every week.
Not my favorite video game podcast but will listen if i'm all caught up on my other shows. I don't know that i'll ever understand why the intro music sounds like the opening to SNL with massive saxaphones - every time it plays i keep waiting for someone to say "live from New York!" doesn't fit the show at all. The hosts are fine - they tend to get super negative on games they don't like - even more so than talking about games they like (which one of the hosts only talks about playing Destiny on his PC which is super unrelatable to me and most people). Super snarky - but then again, this was a Gawker company so i guess that's their bread and butter - kind of comes with the territory.
Even though Tom Brady's stupid handsome face and the Patriots made it to the SuperBowl, I am once again giving a 5-star rating to this awesome podcast. Do I agree with every point or opinion? No. But that's ok. That's the nature of debate, opinion, discussion, etc. The Splitscreen crew brings a level-headed & thoughtful view to all sides of the world of video games. I also might be one of the few who is actually * excited* for more Destiny 2 talk. I'm having an identity crisis because I was a D1 Titan main and now love Hunters way more in D2. Keep it up, Splitscreen people!
talking about bloodborne
Loving what Kirk is up to now and the edition of Maddy. Their coverage of Switch indies is may favorite content lately.
Great podcast that I have been listening to for over a year now. I was fortunate to find the time to play many of the games up for GOTY this year (did less Destiny grinding this year), and God of War was my pick. However I respect Maddy's take (episode 160) on why she didn't play the game. Keep keeping it real.
The hosts all bring interesting perspectives to gaming. If you don't want a left leaning perspective then avoid this one. Anyone else, it's great!
"Hey Maddy, did you play [insert game here]?""No, [insert banal platitude]"|repeat for length of episode|
So much great conversations going on and Jason and Kirk and now Maddy take a little bit of getting use to at first but there are some topics that donât need to be brought up. Maddy has probably been my favorite addition to the podcast mainly because she has such a positive attitude and great outlook. A lot of the time it feels like Jason and Kirk if they donât like a game they tend to beat a dead horse continually talk about badly about said game. The reasons why they donât like majority of the games from my perspective always seems to be the wrong reasons as well. Rather than just talking about the game itself, they touch on topics or references that obviously state their political views without going in depth on what they are. Great writers and love Kotaku articles but idk. I feel different about this. Will continue to listen and hope that it becomes more positive. Maddy youâre the reason Iâm staying...for now.
One of my favorite podcasts for all things popculture and gaming related. The main podcast is focused on games and the gaming industry, but they throw in some popular movies and other related topics here and there, never feels like too much though. Glad they added a new co-host! I think she will be a great addition to the podcast! =) please keep them from taking about Destiny all the time ;o
Kirk and Jason host a fun hour of games focused content. Adding Maddy to the mix is great. From talking about what they are playing, to the game industry news to more in-depth game topics, the format works and I look forward to my morning commute every Thursday.
I donât mind giving your political views as a side note but when itâs overriding the conversation about the game itself, itâs pretty off putting. Also, Jason hates everything.
Jason and Kirk are great and do a great job with gaming info, news, and opinions. Love this show every week. Also, please and Madi as a regular weekly host, she is great!
Too much biased politics and not enough multiplayer games
Kotaku's Splitscreen is one of those podcasts that's enjoyable and frustrating in equal measure. Enjoyable: Jason Schreier, the intelligent talk about the video game industry, the Roomba Report. Frustrating: Kirk Hamilton, the off-topic segments that make you realize the hosts have terrible taste in everything from music to TV shows, and especially the ENDLESS Destiny talk. Nobody cares about Destiny as much as these guys, and if you do, you're probably too busy playing Destiny to bother with this podcast. I'm begging you from my soul, Kotaku Splitscreen, please stop talking about Destiny.
My main issue with this pod is that Kirk and Jason feel like a mirror of each other in their voice and personality. The lack of contrast between the two of them makes the podcast a bit monotonous to listen to. But, this week they got Maddie OâReilly on the show and the banter works so much better. I appreciate Jasonâs writing as a journalist, but when he and Kirk get together to chat, we end up with 45 minutes about the minutia in a minor Destiny 2 patch. Please mix up the cast a bit more.
Jason Schreier is a press sneak flop and I love it.
This has quickly become one of my favorite podcasts. I love listening to the two hosts; they compliment each other well & they are so knowledgeable about games & all sorts of other pop culture. I love this podcast & canât wait for even more episodes!
When it's about games it's good, but often this keeps swinging into liberal political commentary and it feels like listening to two hipsters talk in a cafe in San Francisco....
So cool to see Jason having fun in Dungeons and Dragons! Letâs turn this into a D&D podcast!!!
EDIT 8/2/18:It's okay once you skip the first 20 minutes of Kirk recomending music and books. It's turned more into a political podcast instead of two friends talking about video games.Jason and Kirk have extremly amazing chemistry and are a dominant couple of podcast hosts. The show never feels stale and the insight on issues the two have are always fun to listen to. The show has fun guests every now and then and it always makes Thursday a day to be excited for.
Would be 5 but please stop with the music recommendations tho? Itâs interesting when Kirk talks about game music, particularly as itâs usually undervalued as part of the overall game experience, but it really kills me when he plays completely random recommendations of Starbucks indie Muzak.
Good god I tend to defend Kotaku, but you even clickbait your podcast episode titles.Kirk is good at nuance, Jason has none.
Just look at arena net.
I see someone else mentioned what I see more and more. Gaming and tech podcasts and moral grandstanding. Not as bad as some of the people on IGN (unless you agree with the negative comments about Trump/Right). But I really just want to get away from some of this stuff. Jason and the other guy agreed unions should be formed. Iâll just say pros and cons for that.
Love the format but tend to get off track a lot. Would be better if you focused solely on gaming and left show discussions for bonus eps. Also too much Destiny talk!
I listen to a ton of pods, but this is my favorite. Great hosts, smart commentary, thoughtful discussions of games as art and occasionally as an industry. Also, if youâre turned off by reviews calling one of the hosts âmeanâ or âcondescendingâ- I couldnât disagree more with that characterization. Some people just want all video game journalism to sound like a publishers PR release.
I subscribed to this podcast for 6 months and really enjoyed it in the beginning. Kirk and Jason were fun and I liked how they covered video game news. I especially loved the episode where Kirk explained in step-by-step detail how to build a gaming pc (that might sound like sarcasm, but I truly enjoyed it!). Over the past couple of months though, I got really worn down by Jason getting on a soap box about some moral issue that was only tangentially related to video games. I started keeping track of how many times he would start preaching about developer unionizing and realized the cons have started outweighing the pros on this podcast for me personally. I started skipping more than I was listening to and am now unsubscribing. I might come back later, but for now I just need to take a break from all of unnecessary moralism.
Just listened to the Smash Bros episode. I was turned off by how condescending the host is. His interview style sounded like an interrogation and his negative assumptions bugged me like saying people are paid to be excited about a game. You are going after a company Iâm sure but maybe you donât realize you are dragging those gamers through the mud as well. I wonât continue listening.
This podcast brought me back to Kotaku after years of turning my nose to it post acquisition. Great show, guys! Keep up the fun. I look forward to it every week.
I wish I had discovered this podcast sooner. A weekly treat that offers more than just video game news. Itâs refreshing and passionate. Great flow in topics and neither of these fellas are push overs.
I unsubscribed awhile back. Jason sure does complain a lot and sounds pretty condescending. They get offended by tons of stuff too.
I listened in at one point and couldnât stomach one of the hosts. Some of his questions are condescending and extremely negative. I tried a second time only to come across the exact same scenario. Stick to talking about gaming itself (youâre great at it) and lay off some of the gaming political rants. You lose credibility when you talk about things you clearly donât understand.
Very nice podcast and I think the text size was perfect in God of War 4 lol. (Hoping GoW 5 comes out asap!)
Have you ever wished for podcast where two white men compete to be the most woke, under the guise of talking about video games? If so, this is the show for you! Listen as Jason, a cartoonishly smarmy New Yorker, and Kirk, a former junior high music teacher, bicker about the politics video games and practice theological levels of moral preening.
I started listening a few months ago on a whim and Iâm really enjoying the podcast. Kirk and Jason have great conversations and insight about the games they are playing and the news each week.
I'm pretty sure the only people who still listen to this podcast vote Democrat and play primarily on PC. I have no idea why anyone else would. Now that Jason is a PC Gamer, that makes both hosts PC Gamers. So much for diversity. Now they can be biased towards the PS4 instead of just being completely biased towards anything Xbox. Jason is the worst. Very negative, opinionated, and quick to dismiss a game he hasn't even played (like Cuphead, because it is on Xbox). Kirk dismissing CodWW2 after playing only 5 minutes. These are not "game journalists" no matter how much they say they are. And they aren't part of the gaming industry like they pretend to be. They are just gamers who write for a blog. Their hour long virtue signalling on the South Park game was the last straw for me. I tune in now and then, and it's still unbearable. The only time it's good is when they talk about games without trying to make it about some social/political issue (which is rare). They are both liberals, so of course they need to constantly remind you they don't like Trump. Just what I want in a video game podcast, virtue signalling and politics. Kotaku as a whole is becoming less about video games and more about social issues, which is why they are becoming irrelevant in the gaming world. Kirk is not as bad as Jason, but I hope they replace Jason with someone who is more open to games and platforms other than PC and Switch, and who doesn't feel a burning need to express a political opinion that no one asked for. They need more hosts who enjoy a variety of games/platforms (might be hard at Kotaku) But for now, If you're someone who truly enjoys gaming as a whole and is sick of platform superiority and identity politics, avoid this podcast at all costs.
Love these guys.
Found you from a friend and instantly fell in love with this podcast! The destiny segment game me goosebumps! Super well done!! Bravo
These guys create a enjoyable and informative banter, and he recent âSecret Hunters of Destinyâ episode really took this show into 5-Star territory.Keep up the great work!
Excellent podcast, my go to podcast for the week. Very thoughtful conversations. I donât always agree with their reviews (they rarely agree with each other) but Kirk and Jason donât follow the herd and have solid thoughts behind their opinions. There has been a little more politics in the podcast lately, again thoughtfully discussed.
Whenever I see this downloaded in the morning on my phone I find myself a little happier hearing the back and forth of two very insightful stand out games journalists offering their opinions and analysis on whatever news may occur that week. No matter the content their discourse is one for the ages and very hard to beat!
This was a really good podcast until they made it about personal politics and virtue signalling. The same goes for the Kotaku web site.
Splitscreen is a weekly cant miss for me. The two hosts, Jason and Kirk, have such great chemistry together and the show has great pacing because of it. Theyâre hilarious and interesting and donât take themselves too seriously. Thereâs some top tier guests but also some lesser known who illuminate an interesting topic or game. The show also has really great audio quality and editing. Thereâs lots of gaming podcasts out there but Kirk and Jason make Splitscreen stand out
Of my video games podcasts this is the one I never miss. Although I donât always agree with their opinions, their insight and dynamics keep me engaged even when they arenât talking about video games. I hope they continue for a long time.
I've been listening for a year and change and I haven't missed an episode yet! On the whole this show is very enjoyable. The two hosts Jason and Kirk are actually friends and it shows in their banter and overall chemistry. Jason also just wrote a book about the making of some recent games, so his perspective is informed by that research, and his comments often give me a new perspective on a game. The format of the show has steadily been improving. It now usually goes something like intro-> news -> feature (interview or something like that) -> what are we playing now -> wrap up. It has a good flow to it and before you know it the hour flew by. One minor gripe is they occasionally interrupt each other, which gets a little irksome, but it only really happens when they're talking to each other and not guests. Overall highly recommended show.
Context: this podcast is one of my three main videogame podcasts, along with Polygon Show and Waypoint Radio. Kirk is an absolute gem on this podcast and seems to be pretty open to any kind of videogame, and if he doesn't like something, he usually gives a well-thought-out answer. Jason is knowledgeable and interesting, and is definitely a wealth of information given he's the author of a recent industry book ... but he's also really dismissive of certain videogames or even genres of videogames.Obviously, I'm under no illusions that everyone needs to love every videogame, and in fact part of the reason Kotaku Splitscreen works is because of Kirk and Jason's divergent views in videogames (just as an example, Jason likes JRPGs a LOT, and Kirk doesn't really play them). But Jason can be surprisingly curt, to be generous, of certain videogames, putting them down wthout ever having played them. That kind of "analysis" is especially apparent in recent episodes like the ones where Kirk and Jason discuss every game from 2017. Of course it's not expected that they play every game, but some games they'll just dismiss as "lame" outright even if they haven't played them, rather than doing what critics should be doing, which is just saying they haven't played them and moving on.All in all, I still listen to Splitscreen, because there are some really great episodes with great interviews. But sometimes, it can be a real disappointment.