Saturday, July 3, 2010
A short while ago the sixth episode of ‘WARNING! A Huge Podcast is Approaching Fast!’ came out, and I just finished listening to it today. Without question, everyone who enjoys the kind of output Hardcore Gaming 101 does, should listen to this fortnightly podcast. It’s brought to you by Casey Loe, Nick des Barres, and Eric Patterson, all former PLAY magazine staffers, so has a good pedigree.
I’m really excited about this series, because so far it stands as one of only a few pivotal creations which in some way defines my enjoyment of videogames - it’s that incredible. Others included Digitiser, Super Play magazine, Diehard GameFAN magazine, discovering InsertCredit, and discovering Hardcore Gaming 101 itself.
They cover things which no one else, whether printed magazine or website, comes even close to covering. My favourite is “mutter watch”, where they translate the Twitters of Japanese developers, often with hilarious/amazing results which you would otherwise never know about. They also cover a myriad of Japan-exclusive releases which, again, is impossible to get good information on since few other English sources exist. And if you know of any, please post in the comments. The whole podcast is rich with an infectious enthusiasm I find missing from a lot of modern discussion on games - these guys love what they're discussing and aren't ashamed by it. Oh, and their pixel art was done by an artist at SNK.
I wouldn’t be surprised if big magazines like EDGE or EGM actually start listening to these and basing their news on them, because WAHP is that ahead of the curve. God, I hope so, because I subscribed to EGM, despite their first issue seriously lacking in obscure Japanese information (they have Casey Loe on board, I can only hope Nick and Eric end up contributing as well).
With what must be over 15 hours worth of backlog now, anyone who hasn’t jumped on this bandwagon should do so RIGHT NOW. And trust me, every minute of those past 15 hours is totally worth listening to (except maybe the FFXIII themed episode, since it’s dated a bit - Episode 0 is essential though).
So grab it, grab it right now, and if you have a spare moment over the weekend, revel in the vanguard of unashamedly supergeek binary worship.
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