Rank #1: Episode 86: Nick Robinson
Aug 07 2017
Rank #2: Episode 209: December Isn't Safe
December is a big month for a lot of reasons. It’s only a few weeks until we get a few days off, and reset for the new year. The Chicago Bears are playing meaningful football for the first time in nearly a decade. And we’re also feverishly trying to play as many video games as possible, so we can figure out what our game of the year lists are. The problem? A bunch of last-minute games we didn't expect to like so much are forcing Austin, Rob, Natalie, Patrick, and Cado to throw up their hands and totally rethink their list. Who will be sacrificed in pursuit of a pure top 10 list?For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 10 2018
Rank #3: Wolfenstein: The New Order (Part 2)
First up, an apology. Though we’ve tried to find a way to make Waypoint 101 run on a schedule, the bandwidth of Waypoint’s staff makes that really tough. That said, we’re happy to present this three-hour (!!!) podcast in which myself, Danielle, Austin, and Rob talk through the second half of Wolfenstein: The New Order and make sense of the sequel, The New Colossus. We tried to keep things short, but managed to talk for nearly four hours, anyway.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 23 2017
Rank #4: Episode 03: The MySpace of Streaming
Another Monday, another podcast. Austin Walker hunkered into the bunker for an hour of conversation about the perils of tweeting at brands, my decision to cancel a PlayStation VR pre-order, and if Twitch is the MySpace or Facebook of streaming. We also reached out into the The Question Bucket, which had us thinking about why people give you weird looks for using handhelds in public, and if VR could cause another "violent game" scare with the public.
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Oct 03 2016
Rank #5: Episode 208: The Game Awards
On Monday we made our predictions: At this year's Game Awards, we'd finally see the new Avengers game, we'd get a 15-30 second trailer for a new Dragon Age game with Solas voice over, and we'd probably be more bored than entertained by the proceedings. Were we right? Well... Not exactly, yup, and, shockingly, not at all, in that order.
Austin, Natalie, Rob, and Patrick talk through the highlights of the show (the Sonicfox, Dead Cells, and Celeste wins; a new Obsidian RPG; Persona 5's Joker joining Smash Ultimate) and the occasional missteps (skipping through some key awards, the failure of the "big 3" to announce anything collaborative despite being on stage together). Plus, Austin offers up some early Ashen impressions, the crew debates the likely outcome of 2Milly's lawsuit against Epic Games, and, uh, Natalie has some thoughts about the Dread Wolf
Discussed: Fortnite, Epic Games Store, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Far Cry New Dawn, Hades, The Outer Worlds, Ashen, Dragon Age, That Egg Fuck Solas, The Pathless, Psychonauts 2, Smash Bros. Ultimate, SonicFox, CelesteFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 07 2018
Rank #6: Bonus: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekrio: Shadows Die Twice is out tomorrow but Austin, Natalie, and Patrick couldn't wait another second to talk about it! They talk about how the game's mechanics differ from previous FromSoft titles, how the game's focus on "posture" breaking combat changes the feeling of play, how the changes may impact its reception, and, uh, some really big chickens.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 21 2019
Rank #7: Episode 06: Have You Seen Palmer Luckey? Call This Number!
With the VICE Gaming team hurriedly working behind-the-scenes on a bunch of secret stuff, stuff you’ll learn about soon, we still found time to record another Friday podcast. And in a surprise twist, someone found a table Austin Walker to record on this week. When you’ve got a nice table to put your laptop and microphone on, you know it’s gonna be a good podcast.
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This week, Austin and Patrick consider what Gears of War 4 might suggest about the future of Xbox hardware, use Mafia III to consider how open worlds can help (and hurt) storytelling, wonder why Oculus has put Palmer Luckey into hiding, and turn to The Question Bucket to discuss whether gaming fans (and media) spend too much time on topics like representation.
Oct 14 2016
Rank #8: E3 2018 Day -1: Microsoft and Bethesda's Press Events
We put on a monster pod tonight, with our impressions from the Xbox, Bethesda, and Devolver press events. We talk about Halo Infinite, Doom Eternal, Gears 5, Fallout 76, Prey (of course), and much, much more!
Discussed: Halo Infinite, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Fallout 76, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, Crackdown 3, Metro: Exodus, Kingdom Hearts 3, Forza Horizon 4, The Division 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Session, Devil May Cry 5, Cuphead, Jump Force, Dying Light 2, Just Cause 4, Gears of War 5, Cyberpunk 2077, Rage 2, Doom Eternal, Prey, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, StarfieldFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 11 2018
Rank #9: Episode 204: If Only You Could Talk to the Ghouls
What, if anything, does a sequel owe its predecessors? While didn't realize it at the time, that's the question we chewed on during this nearly two-hour long episode of Waypoint Radio. Some games, like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, try to satisfy long time fan and newcomer alike. Others, like Fallout 76, eject much of what made the series what it was in favor of new experimentation. Which one of these tactics is right? Or is the truth... somewhere in the middle?For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 19 2018
Rank #10: Episode 200: Let Me Tell You About My Mother
Episode 200 of Waypoint Radio is here! And we worked hard to ensure that it is the quintessential episode. No special guests or new segments or live bands, no, this puppy is stuffed to the brim with the games we've been playing. Austin and Rob have both Red Dead Redemption 2 updates and a sort of Subterfuge post-mortem. Danielle has further thoughts on Call of Cthulhu and a very fun, very 90s-tastic racing game in Grip: Combat Racing. Natalie has her hands full with Dark Souls and Red Dead. And Austin has an extra-special robot game to share with all you replicants out there.
Discussed: Subterfuge, Red Dead Redemption 2, Grip: Combat Racing, Dark Souls, Call of Cthulhu, Inhuman Conditions: A Game of Cops and RobotsFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 05 2018
Rank #11: Episode 04: Guestcast feat. Dishonored 2’s Harvey Smith
From Deus Ex to Dishonored, Harvey Smith has worked on some deeply influential video games. As he jets across the world to promote Dishonored 2’s release on November 11, Smith stopped by VICE Gaming’s New Podcast to chat with us.
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With October in full swing, we kick things off by discussing how horror has influenced his approach to game design, before drilling down into the process of making a sequel. Smith hasn’t worked on back-to-back sequels since Deus Ex: Invisible War, a game that wasn’t exactly well-received back in 2003. Fortunately, Dishonored 2’s looking really promising.
Oct 07 2016
Rank #12: Episode 276: We Answer Your Questions About Death Stranding
The Embargo Zone has been cleared (partially). We can finally talk about Death Stranding, the first game from Kojima Productions, Hideo Kojima's new studio. And to do it, we have Motherboard's own Emanuel Maiberg and Matthew Gault joining us. Austin and Cado have questions, and Rob, Patrick, Emanuel, and Matt have... some answers? There's BTs, BBs, Likes on Ladders, and a plethora of stories of Rob fucking up. We dive deep into the mechanics of the game before getting into early game spoilers at the 36 minute mark. After the break (around 1:20:05) we answer your questions on Death Stranding!For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 01 2019
Rank #13: Lore Reasons: Waypoint Explains Kingdom Hearts (Part 1 of ?)
A few weeks back, Patrick joked we should take the lore of Kingdom Hearts seriously, and record a podcast about it. Natalie also took Patrick’s dare seriously, and Austin couldn’t resist coming along for the ride. The result is Lore Reasons, a podcast series meant to be a one-off experiment that’s suddenly become own monster of its own. In the first episode, we attempt to talk through the entire Kingdom Hearts timeline, but over the course of nearly two hours, only make it past Birth By Sleep and the opening of Kingdom Hearts. Buckle up, folks.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 29 2019
Rank #14: Episode 150: The God of War Minit
Austin, Patrick and Danielle got together to discuss the hulking behemoth of the moment: God of War. They stay away from spoilers, but get at the games themes, combat and sheer size. Then they chat up the Zelda-with-a-twist antics of Minit and get some quality question bucket time.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 16 2018
Rank #15: Episode 134: It's Mediocre, I Like It A Lot
It's a rousing pod today as Austin, Rob, Patrick and Danielle talk about Monster Hunter, "theatrical" minigolf, Dynasty Warriors 9, Civilization 6, All our Asias, and the PS1 aesthetic, and enjoy a refreshing dip in the question bucket.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Feb 12 2018
Rank #16: Our Favorite Games of 2018: Austin and Natalie Don't Know How to Shut Up
God. We. So... So here's the thing. We. Hrm. Incredibly deep breath.
When we first discussed doing this new end of year format, one of the things we liked about the focus on podcast discussions was that they would be a tight, focused way to critically dig into our favorites while still keeping the discursive flexibility of conversation between friends. The plan was for each of these to be between 30 minutes and an hour long, regardless of if we were doing an episode on a single game or one on our respective top 10 lists.
Natalie and I went for nearly three hours. Look.
On the plus side: This means that we had ample time to dive into everything we wanted to talk about but didn't have the chance to yet this year. We talk Red Dead Redemption 2, the critical apparatus of the game's industry, and the terrible power of polish. We talk anime gacha games and the pull of comfort play. We talk about giant robots, queer bodies, and utopian ontologies. And, uh, we spent the final 45 minutes or so of the podcast going deep into Undertale spoiler territory.
I guess what I'm saying is: Thank you for your patience. And enjoy?
Discussed: Into the Breach, BattleTech, Monster Hunter: World, Hollow Knight, Hitman 2, Minit, Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Sea of Thieves, No Man's Sky: NEXT, Heaven Will Be Mine, Picross 2, Ashen, Frozen Synapse 2, Slay the Spire, Valkyria Chronicles 4, Tetris Effect, Dead Cells, Undertale, Bloodborne, Danmachi Memoria Freize, Lego Harry Potter: Years 1–4, Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Minecraft, Unexplored, CelesteFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 26 2018
Rank #17: Lore Reasons: Kingdom Hearts III Spoilercast
You’ve been patient, and it’s finally here. A little over two months since the conclusion of Tetsuya Nomura’s Dark Seeker trilogy, Lore Reasons tackles Kingdom Hearts III. (Naturally, it took us nearly three hours.) Austin, Patrick, and Cado join our resident loremaster, Natalie, as we pilot our Gummi Ship through a bunch of narratively useless Disney worlds en route to one hell of an ending. And that secret movie? THE SECRET MOVIE? It’s all here. Let’s ride.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 26 2019
Rank #18: 109: The Greatest Time to be a Gamer
This morning, Sony held an event in Paris to make a bunch of surprising (and not-so-surprising) announcements about video games. While we won't be able to play most of them until next year, there was plenty to talk about, especially when it came to some "interesting" trailers for The Last of Us Part II and Detroit: Become Human. Austin, Patrick, and Danielle talk through Sony's news before touching on how much fun we've having with Super Mario Odyssey.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 30 2017
Rank #19: Waypoints 33: Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episodes 1-7
Neon Genesis Evangelion is finally streaming, and with it comes our long promised rewatch of the series. On this episode we discuss the first seven episodes, from the different translations, to it's cinematic story-telling, from it's use of sexist anime tropes, to the deep exploration of its character's psyches. Danielle, Rob, and Patrick give their first time impressions while Cado and Austin shoot knowing glances back and forth. It's a long one, so strap in!
Episodes Discussed: 1: Angel Attack, 2: Unfamiliar Ceiling, 3: The Silent Phone, 4: Rain, After Running Away, 5: Rei, Beyond the Heart, 6: Showdown in Tokyo-3, 7: The Works Of ManFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 27 2019
Rank #20: Episode 95: So, PewDiePie Said the N-Word
Sep 11 2017