Helps beat Dark Souls bosses when played in place of background music.
Dexter calls esports players ‘Athletes’
Dexter calls esports video game players ‘Athletes’ how ignorant can someone be
Extremely uninformed hosts.
The hosts of this podcast will happily discuss a subject they know nothing about, making strange assumptions and moral judgements based on nothing but their own internal logic, that has no basis in reality. If they don’t know about a game, they just make stuff up about it to get mad about. If you care about the topics they discuss, prepare to get very mad as you listen to them make stuff up off the top of their heads.
5 star Robcast
If you want thoughtful discussion of games with a socially conscious vibe, welcome. You’ve arrived.
Got me back into games crit
Love to hear a multiethnic cast across the spectrum of the political left analyzing games and other media academically while also critiquing the politics and labor relations in games. Plus they’re really funny and they also like Star Wars and sports. I was glad when, right after I started listening, the fantastic Gita Jackson was added to the main crew. Austin, Gita, Rob, Patrick, and Cado all offer rich consideration of games, as do their occasional guests. This show inspires me to keep paying attention to the gaming industry even when my systems are out of date.
5 star podcast, 5 star runtime
Five Star Shirt! Double word score, Double shirt score! Yes!
Hilarious and accessible to NonGamers
I smash buttons in SmashBros because I have no idea what I’m doing, but still I can enjoy listening to this podcast. The personalities are inviting and Cado’s laugh is both contageous and unsettling. Love it!!
5 STAR PODCAST, 5 STAR RUN TIME
Most thoughtful and insightful video game podcast out there!
Rarely insightful beyond boring meta discussions
Disappointingly bloated discussions with forced attempts at coming across as edgy and insightful. Too often the hosts miss the point games are trying to make and gloss over what makes them good/bad, instead focusing on boring “hot takes.”
The best podcast around
The absolute best encapsulation of how video games can communicate story’s through systems.
Liberals can’t stand America Positive video games.
I thought vice might have made a decent, bipartisan podcast abt one of the last things Americans can talk abt without wanting to rip each others throats out, video games. No such luck, every episode has to take a jab at right wing or conservative values. If you doubt me, listen to the Black Ops: Cold War episode. They literally bring in special guests to nitpick a COD game’s politics and remind listeners that “America was never great”. It must be sad to be stuck in a country you hate so much. Ever considered moving to Canada? It’s full of leftists that are allowed to exist because they’re protected by the American military might that Vice hates so much....
My favorite games podcast
Came here because of Lore Reasons, and ended up staying because I love the gang. Thanks for laughs, insight and five star runtimes.
Politics and current events are unnecessary and detract from an otherwise good podcast
The political climate throughout 2020 has been uneasy to say the least. While I share the same political views and beliefs of the cast, it can be downright exhausting to be hammered with off hand comments about the state of the nation, politics, or current events. I came here for an escape to video games, which this podcast sometimes covers well, but the constant barrage of virtue signaling and unrelated stances may make me stop listening one day.
All Time Favorite
I’ve listened to Austin since he first joined the Beastcast and became a consistent Waypoint Radio listener in 2018 after I stopped keeping up with Giant Bomb and don’t see myself stopping, even though I’ve mostly fallen out of playing video games. Waypoint’s coverage of games (and of politics, social issues/people on the margins, and other media like tv/film in the past) has had a substantial impact on how I approach media. Their focus on considering the social and political context of media or current events really hits the mark most of the time. Waypoint brings a critical voice that was sorely lacking in most large games outlets when the site launched. It’s a shame how much Vice has failed to support Waypoint and completely understandable that Austin stepped down as EiC. No other podcast I’ve heard of has brought to the table what Waypoints, Be Good and Rewatch It, Lore Reasons, and shorter academic question casts they used to do did in terms of the different critical voices and perspectives. Truly miss the 5 star runtimes era of late 2018-most of 2019 Waypoint. Natalie and Danielle’s voices being absent are a huge loss. Gita has been a great addition though! It’s unfortunate how much Waypoint has had to pivot towards narrowing their scope of coverage to almost entirely games, but I’m not going anywhere anytime soon.
For the Match 3 fans out there
Gita and Patrick's Match 3 was my favorite podcast for a long time and it was the reason I got back into gaming after a decade long break. It is so great to have them back on the same podcast with other great hosts like Austin, Cado, and Rob. Waypoint Radio is the only weekly podcast that makes me keep refreshing my feed to see when the next one is out. Thanks for the great pod, looking forward to the next episode as always.
Bring back Lore Reasons!!!
This isn’t to the waypoint folks (love y’all) but to the people at vice, the people are demanding a lore reasons on destiny! Until then I’ll continue to enjoy every episode, but grow slightly more disquiet about my desire for more lore
Love this podcast!
Really great in depth game analysis with some good goofs thrown in. Their coverage of politics is also stellar and really informative!
These are some of my favorite people ❤️
Bunger bunger bunger
best podcast on the internet
i’m in love with this podcast it’s one of the highlights of my week. it constantly challenges me to think deeper about the media i take in. vice should give this team infinite money to do whatever they want!
Fun, A+, and refreshing podcast
Love the Waypoint crew... don’t listen to all the haters leaving one stars b/c podcast is too political. Other podcasts barely engage the audience these days, and this one is good for thought. Also we should let Rob monologue more!
It’s still good, but
I’ve listened since day 1, followed all the guys and gals since most of them have been in the industry. Lots of love for all of them...but but jeez, man they get so obnoxious sometimes. I’m on board with 99% of the politics talk, but occasionally the takes feel weird or like, unnecessarily venomous relative to the seriousness of the subject matter. Austin and Rob are super smart but they occasionally come off as incredibly sanctimonious. Also so much of their language sounds like twitter which is so obnoxious, if I hear another “it’s good actually” out of Austin I’m going to blow my brains out. Gita is a great addition.
But all the warnings you guys give for so so many things and *seriously* not one for spider story time. Thanks I’m going to go hide in my room now lol
I don’t need more reasons
Thanks to Lore Reasons
Jaime in Belfast
The Waypoint Crew are great!
That is all.
what makes waypoint so special to me, is that they take the time to critically examine every single game they introduce. there’s often a claim that you can somehow “keep politics out of games” and waypoint not only recognizes that that’s impossible , but also articulates exactly why that’s dangerous as well. their coverage is some of, if not the best in the business because they care deeply about people, and about making games, and society as a whole, better than you found it.
A Six-Star Podcast
(Even Mina wants you to end the pod, Rob.) But seriously, wonderful, insightful, roaringly funny podcast, thanks everyone.
This TLoU spoiler cast is critical malpractice
The disingenuity and bad faith in this tLoU discussion is pretty incredible and disappointing. It’s one thing to hear this crap from “The Gamers” but to hear some purported “mainstream” critics engaging in this garbage is sooo disappointing.
John B., Esq.
Deep, Thoughtful Discussions
I don’t normally review podcasts, but needed to share my love of this one. The hosts always engage in deep, thoughtful analysis of gaming media. True critique of the media as an art form, which is not something I really see others engage in. Truly a show for the thinking gamer. The main reason I came to post is due to the description of the episode for part 2 of the Last of Us spoiler cast. “Rob May have let this podcast get away from him...”, as if that isn’t the norm. “BBC Pride and Prejudice” anyone? Seriously though, I love the long, deep discussions this show engages in. I always look forward to these types of episodes.
Noon with an E
Easiest 5 Stars
I am a bad podcast listener because I almost never review even my favorite podcasts. But after the 6-hour TLOU 2 spoilercast I had to review because I couldn’t be lazy in the face of that type of dedication. Love this podcast. Austin, Cado, Gita, Rob, Patrick, and guests do an amazing job and provide a thoughtful and entertaining podcast twice a week. I salute you all!
Nuanced, detailed, spoiled
Joined by new voices Waypoint Radio discusses this game; for six hours over two or more casts. This is why I am here.
FIVE STAR RUNTIME
A top shelf podcast for fans of games looking for discussions that acknowledge their cultural intersections.
If you enjoy podcasts where the hosts have no idea what they’re talking about, then by all means, listen away. Particularly egregious is their Last of Us Part II spoilercast, in which they go over the game in detail and get very little right about what they actually played, and then say they didn’t enjoy the game based on those misconceptions. Avoid this podcast.
Thought I heard it all, and then Patrick referred to the communist regime of North Korea as ‘fascist.’ Almost like calling them communist would disprove their entire ideology...
FIVE STAR PODCAST
FIVE STAR RUNTIME
A Real Five Star Podcast
I’ve been subscribed to over a dozen podcasts over the last couple years but the only one I’ve managed to consistently stick with (besides friends at the table) is waypoint radio. I’m always interested by what the cast has to say, especially because they are so willing to talk about what’s happening in the world instead of purely focusing on games. I could say a hundred more things but its a good pod I ain’t gotta say more than that
i would keep listening to waypoint if they started talking only about rocks
the waypoint guarantee is either an extremely educated or extremely hilarious take on games, politics and media.
Qualified, funny people talk about games. They Occasionally mixing in some more critical thinking. Sounds great! Problem is, they never know when to JUST MOVE ON AND STOP BEATING THE DEAD HORSE. I get it, social issues are still a problem (especially these days). There is no reason to spend HOURS on it literally every show so they can smell their own farts. Christ, I agree with them, but I need a break from the incessant “deep reads of texts.” Talk about video games.
Funny and in depth discussions
The lore reasons and Eva discussion is 10/10!
BRING BACK BE GOOD AND REWATCH IT
Good when they stick to gaming
I give a low rating to any podcast that mixes politics with their content. If I wanted to hear about that I would actively seek it out. Anyways, when they do speak on gaming it is good and I just skip the political talk and the ads.
runtime: 5 stars
very good podcast! it’s refreshing to hear video game related discussion from fellow comrades. y’all also have convinced me to try a lot more games I wouldn’t have known about. also y’all are incredibly funny and please keep doing election segments they help a lot tbh ps. just wanted to say cado’s laughs are very good
anime karl marx
Long time listener
I've been listening to this podcast since Waypoint launched. I was still in high school! I've noticed over the years that I'll usually get bored with a long-running podcast and fall off after awhile, but Waypoint is still something I look forward to every single week. Great hosts, wonderful team, awesome discussions and always fun. Thanks for always being thoughtful, inclusive, and taking the time to put so much of your effort and energy into this video game podcast. Love your writing too, wish it was more accessible on the Vice app :^/. (Thanks for getting me through high school, and now almost all the way through college!)
Five Star Pod with a Five Star Runtime
This is culture, entertainment, and politics all wrapped up very neatly into a hilarious, sincere package. It may be focused on video games, but I enjoy Waypoint’s take on other topics as much as any other podcast I’ve heard. Gita is an amazing addition to the team, so happy she’s here. ✨
Despite the heavy focus on electoralism it’s still a five star podcast with a five star runtime
Juck the Federated Alliance
Lack of intelligence
The last episode was my last! Listening to the idiots laugh and make fun Tulsi Gabbard was disgusting. They are supposed to be so“woke,” but celebrating the DNC smear campaign on a woman of color and a veteran is gross. I used to really like this show, but now can’t even listen to it because it is so awful.
5 Star Podcast, 5 Star Runtime!
5 Star Podcast, 5 Star Runtime! But seriously, the games criticism is sharp, fun, and multi-faceted. They're a good team with a lot of skills and experience, and they bring a wide variety of knowledge to the typically more narrow field of games coverage. Love it.
Logan the Allusionist