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The Video Game Warzone podcast (unlistenable)

I'll start this by saying that this in no way is meant to serve as a shot to the guys at The Bitbag nor do I want to come off as some over-opinionated guy with an axe to grind. That said, I'll get right into it.

I downloaded episode 29 of "The Video Game Warzone" podcast recently. Why? Well I was curious as to the quality of the show. I do, afterall, watch the Hiphopgamer show every Sunday (shout outs to HHG) and the guys over at the Bitbag have really been breaking some news lately. So hey, with 1up gone and with the run time of each show well over what you can get elsewhere, I decided to give them a try.

This particular podcast was listed as episode #29 but I swear it could have been the very first podcast these guys have ever done. Seriously, the first ten minutes consisted of "What's that noise?" "Who's typing?" and various other rhetoric that had nothing to do with the show. I kept listening hoping that once the show actually started things would go more smootlhly. I was wrong. I listened to about an hour of the show. Out of this hour, it seemed like every five to ten minutes of the show consisted of "What's that noise" or something to that effect. And I'm not just talking about a quick reference to some unexplained noise and the show resuming. I'm talking about the show stopping, an inquiry made into what the noise was, utter silence, and then the show would resume. 

As I said, I watch HipHopGamer every Suday. Say what you will about him but the guy is passionate about games. His passion actually gets me more hyped for upcoming games than the mundane reviews that are the norm in the industry. Torrence is not as passionate as HHG (few could be), but he's articulate and seems well informed about games as a whole. In short, the two of them make a good match.

Unfortunately, it's not just the two of them. I hate to be mean and I really don't want this to come off as such, but one of the hosts sounds like a character from an 80's cartoon called "Fat Albert." I couldn't take him seriously. When I wasn't trying to figure out what he said I was laughing at the way he said it. This is also the host that likes ramble on about nothing. It got so bad at one point that HipHop stated I'm about to start shooting if you don't get to a point, or something along those lines. Not everyone is meant to be a host on a podcast. Some don't have the voice, the charisma, or the knowledge of the subject to do it. This guy, and I'm sorry for not having his name, is one such person.

That leads me to my next point: please, for the love of God, either don't do the show with a live "audience" or, if that's not possible, limit the audience to just one segment. Seriously, the show constantly came to a crawl because of random people interrupting prompting Torrence to investigate who the culprit was, background typing sounds, people talking over one another, etc.

In conclusion, I don't want to seem like I'm some anti-Bitbag fanboy that sought to flame the guys that put on a free show. I realize the Bitbag guys are probably not making IGN money and yet they're out there breaking their backs to deliver the news that gamers want. And I appreciate that. But at this point in time the Video Game Warzone is unlistenable. I took my time writing this because I know the guys that put on the show frequent N4G. Hopefully this is taken as constructive criticism. I'll check back in the future to see if the show's made any progress.

Keep up the good work otherwise.

1luv and God bless.

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Skyyo3368d ago

I listen to them as well. I am with you HHG is hyper but sometimes he is narrow on what he thinks and says. As a whole the group isnt bad just unruly and thats WHY ITS THE WARZONE!!! = )

Jinxstar3368d ago

Have you tried the Invisible Walls podcast on Game Trailers... I know a lot of people hate that site but it is enjoyable, short and to the point with a lot of variety... Worth a look I would say... Not a long winded podcast like many i see and adds vid clips to it as well =D. Great stuff. A few minor fanboy things in there but still fun

pixelsword3368d ago (Edited 3368d ago )

and their video/aural segments.

I think the noise isn't detracting until it's addressed; then I actually notice it. Furthermore, I think if typing is an actual distraction that warrants correction, A rule should be to ban typing during the recording of the show or to have a director to handle things that require a keyboard. Or maybe get mikes that don't pick-up that noise.

Rise Of The Bad Guy3368d ago

They definitely need better audio equipment,other than that I think as a Videogame podcast they're heading in the right direction.

DarK-SilV3368d ago

Ok I agree with the noise thing, but I find it funny, to be honest I think their podcast is one of the best, I used to listen to N4G podcast but not anymore, in the warzone podcast they speak about things that usually would never hear about it in the big gaming sites, it’s like sitting with your friend talking about games without worrying about anything else
Anyway a very good constructive criticism hope they listen to you

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