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Waypoint Radio

What's good, Internet? Join Waypoint's Austin Walker, Rob Zacny, Patrick Klepek, Gita Jackson, and Ricardo Contreras two times a week, as they break down the biggest stories in video games, talk about their favorite media, and unfairly compare everything to Dark Souls.

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Episode 309: I Could Eat A Peanut

Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peanut?I shall wear the thousand credit shields, and walk upon B long.I have heard the Chrysalids singing, each to each.I do not think that they will sing to me.I have seen them riding cityward on the busCombing the white hair of the muton blown backWhen Jett blows the smoke white and Omen's black.We have lingered in the garage over by BBy venom-girls wreathed with poison red and greenTill teammate voices wake us, and we drown.Discussed: XCOM Chimera Squad 3:34, Valorant 1:29:08, Question Bucket 1:41:11, Animal Crossing New Horizons 1:49:01See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2hr 25mins

24 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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Episode 86: Nick Robinson

Polygon video producer Nick Robinson was suspended last Friday, “pending a thorough Vox Media inquiry” regarding allegations of serial sexual harassment. You might not be surprised we Have Some Thoughts. Patrick, Austin, Danielle, and Rob used this moment to discuss the confusing world of power dynamics in the social media age, what it’s like to have a favorite creator accused of something grotesque, and why we should avoid demanding “receipts” from people who come forward with stories of harassment. Elsewhere, we celebrate our recent chicken dinner in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Danielle gushes over Atomic Blonde, and Rob tells us why Battle Brothers is giving him pause.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 14mins

7 Aug 2017

Rank #2

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Episode 187: Super Mario's Posse

On Waypoint Radio 187, Austin, Danielle, Rob, and Patrick discuss the epic troll Nintendo pulled on Animal Crossing fans in its recent Nintendo Direct. Really, we talk through all of the announcements from the presenttaion, including Luigi's ghostly form, Switch ports, and that big Animal Crossing on Switch reveal. Then we talk about games we've been playing, including the masque of Red Death, The Messenger, Frozen Synapse, and more. And, of course, there's a dip in the question bucket and some fun announcements!Discussed: Nintendo Direct on 9/13, Animal Crossing, Luigi's Mansion 3, New Super Mario Bros 3 Deluxe, The Masque of Red Death, The Messenger, Frozen Synapse 2 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2hr 1min

17 Sep 2018

Rank #3

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Waypoints 01: Spiritual Awakenings and Moral Renewals

Welcome to a brand new Waypoint podcast! In Waypoints, the staff and friends will bring something to share: be it a TV show, art exhibit, movie, or other thing from the universe to discuss, dissect, and enjoy. On episode 1, Rob has things to say about fascist propaganda, Natalie has entered Twin Peaks for the first time, Austin has things to say about The Dragon Prince, and Patrick has the Nic Cage new horror classic Mandy.Where you can find this stuff: The Art of Influence Exhibit: Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Twin Peaks: Netflix or Hulu. The Dragon Prince: Netflix. Mandy: iTunes, most VOD services.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 46mins

19 Sep 2018

Rank #4

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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.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 46mins

29 Jan 2019

Rank #5

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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, CelesteSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2hr 5mins

7 Dec 2018

Rank #6

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Episode 192: Hella Good Dialogue

Spoiler Warning for Life is Strange Season One.It is not easy to write good, believable teen characters in any work of fiction, and that certainly goes for games. On Waypoint Radio 192, Danielle, Natalie, and Patrick talk about games that do teen writing and teen characters well—inspired by this week’s release of Life is Strange 2 (episode 1), and the series that each of us has an affinity for. We talk about LIS and its approach to dialogue, teen media that works, the shows and books we loved as real actual teens, and the dearth of AAA games that attempt realistic teen dialogue (with one notable exception!). Then we take to the question bucket and imagine immersive sims based on our lives, and Patrick gets an excellent dad corner moment.Discussed: Life is Strange 2, Life is Strange, Gone Home, Night in the Woods, the X-Files, Daria, Twilight, Harry Potter, Gossip Girl, The Hunger Games, Donut County, The Last of Us: Left BehindSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 1min

5 Oct 2018

Rank #7

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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.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

3hr 7mins

23 Nov 2017

Rank #8

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Episode 191: Assassin Big

C/W: discussion of bestiality and homophobia at 1:36:50 - 1:38:15This week on Waypoint Radio: Austin, Danielle, Rob, and Patrick sit down to discuss the sheep studying mechanics (among others) in Red Dead Redemption 2, how the first episode of Life is Strange 2 finds a new narrative flavor, just how annoying Socrates really is in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, and top it all off with a shout out to the Queerness and Games Conference.Discussed: Red Dead Redemption 2, Life is Strange 2, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Queerness and Games ConferenceSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 42mins

1 Oct 2018

Rank #9

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Holiday Pod #1: Games That Narrowly Missed Our GOTY Lists

There's no reason a game of the year list can't be filled with 15 or 20 games, but by constraining the list to only 10 games, you're forced into making interesting decisions about what you truly valued in the past year. Of course, that means leaving some games behind, especially in 2017! For today's podcast, Austin, Danielle, Rob, and myself picked one game that didn't make the list, and made the case for why it's great.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 1min

25 Dec 2017

Rank #10

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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 ManSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

3hr 8mins

27 Jun 2019

Rank #11

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Our Favorite Games of 2018: Hollow Knight

Yes, Hollow Knight was released in 2017. No, Waypoint doesn’t care. It wasn’t until Hollow Knight arrived on Switch earlier this year that Patrick, Austin, and Natalie fell head over insect heels (do insects have heels?) for a game that captured our attention and imagination. Is it any surprise, given the way games like Dark Souls were invoked when talking about Hollow Knight? But the Dark Souls comparison, while apt and important, sells a terrific and ambitious game short, and that’s where this conversation comes in, a chance to spend a long time remembering our terrifying adventures in the deepnest, a deep love for the respectful stag, and so much more.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

56mins

20 Dec 2018

Rank #12

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Episode 118: Game of the Year 2008

​Austin is playing the extremely long and anime Xenoblade Chronicles X. Danielle is finishing up Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Patrick is working his way through the back half of The Evil Within 2. Rob? Rob's playing Dead Space. If you're wondering why Rob's game of the year list sounds like it came distinctly from 2008, you have your answer. Elsewhere, we turn to the mailbag to discuss conflicts between established games writers and YouTube culture, what genres we've had to leave behind as we got older, and more.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 35mins

5 Dec 2017

Rank #13

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Waypoint 101 - Red Dead Redemption Part 1

Content Warning for discussion of sexual violence and racist language, and spoilers for the first half of Red Dead RedemptionWith Red Dead Redemption 2 right around the corner, the Waypoint crew: Natalie, Patrick, Rob, Austin, and Danielle (with Cado on production!) saddled up to revisit the first open-world game in the series, 2010's Red Dead Redemption. Here in our first episode of a two-part podcast, we played up until protagonist John Marston's journey to Mexico, and friends, what a journey it is.We dive deep into one of Rockstar's least subtle intros, into the finicky mechanics, the one-note characters, the beautiful skyboxes and moments that work—as well as the elements that just plain don't.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 22mins

11 Oct 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 265: The Nuances of EDM

Fall is finally here. The leaves are changing. There's a chill in the air. And the games harvest is plentiful. So plentiful, that Austin went back and played ... a racing game from 1990? He's got a contract out, can you help him understand the physics in F-Zero? Cado and Patrick then comisserate over the best god damn golf game of all time, Kirby's Dreamcourse. After the break, Patrick and Austin talk about the nuanced differences between EDM and pop music. Also Sayonara Wild Hearts. Austin talks about some game that has a goose in it, and Patrick takes us through his journey with Apple Arcade.Discussed: F-Zero, Super Mario Maker 2, Kirby's Dreamcourse, Link's Awakening, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Untitled Goose Game, Apple Arcade, Destiny 2, Google Play PassSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2hr 16mins

23 Sep 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 198: We Finally Played Red Dead Redemption 2

This week on Waypoint Radio: Austin and Rob are still living Subterfuge, Danielle is getting in to the Halloween spirit with some spooky indie horror games, and just about everyone is finally playing Red Dead Redemption 2. The team then dips into the question bucket to discuss the impulse to monetize or professionalize our hobbies, Danielle and Patrick make a quick and dirty list of their top 5 platformers, and we return to the Dishcourse to ask "What makes a good sandwich, contents or bread?"Discussed: Subterfuge, Stay, Paratopic, Red Dead Redemption 2, Mega Man 2, Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country 2, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Banjo Kazooie, Mark of the Ninja, Super Meat Boy, BraidSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 29mins

29 Oct 2018

Rank #16

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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. You can listen to the new podcast through the embedded player below: Alternatively, you can also subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, and See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 2mins

3 Oct 2016

Rank #17

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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?See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 24mins

10 Dec 2018

Rank #18

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Episode 128: MoHun Is Only For Big Boys

With Monster Hunter: World on the horizon, it seemed like the perfect time to discuss the reasons why some games—or game series—have proven tough for us to wrap our heads around. Sometimes, it’s design. Other times, it’s the community around the game. Austin, Danielle, and Patrick hopped on microphones to use Monster Hunter as a starting point for this larger question, which dragged in everything from Dark Souls to Darkest Dungeon. (The embargo is up on World next week. Stay tuned for more!).See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

42mins

19 Jan 2018

Rank #19

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Episode 263: What if We Could Monetize the Rotten Vale

It's fall, and even if the weather doesn't know it, the games industry sure does. Austin takes a quick dip out from his vacation to join us on this episode and talk about mechs, as he's spent some of his vacation playing Daemon X Machina. Rob and Patrick have also been playing Greedfall, a game about colonizing an island. Cado has been playing Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, a game about colonizing an island. Then after the break we dive into the latest Pewdiepie scandal, the new Death Stranding trailer, and that wild Nintendo Fit Ring thing. Also Control still slaps.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2hr 32mins

13 Sep 2019

Rank #20