Waypoint Radio

Waypoint Radio Podcast

What's good, Internet? Join Waypoint's Austin Walker, Danielle Riendeau, Rob Zacny, Patrick Klepek, and Natalie Watson three 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.

Waypoints 40: Mindhunter, Arrival, and Antonio Brown
Content Warning for discussion of Sexual Assault from approximately 1:52:00 - 2:07:00On this week's Waypoints, Austin watched all of Netflix's Mindhunter while he was on vacation and couldn't wait to talk about it with the rest of the crew. It's a look at the FBI during the late 70's, before the term "serial killer" existed, and how some of that methodology was invented. Rob brings us Arrival, Denis Villeneuve's 2016 movie about aliens landing on earth and language, communication, and trauma. Danielle visit...

Episode 264 - Would You Care for a Delicious Krummets?
Sometimes, despite all your best efforts, you fail. This week, Rob has the misfortune of sharing with us the sad tale of the Krummetses. A humble bread/pastry (breastry? Pastread?) born of misunderstandings and faulty equipment. Luckily, Patrick has had a little more luck with The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, one of the weirder 2D Zelda games, finally dropping on Switch this week. Austin and Cado have been playing (surprise surprise) two new roguelike deckbuilders, Meteorfall: Krumit's Tale and Sign o...

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, an...


Episode 262: Rated E for Alcohol Reference
Mild Kingdom Heart III spoilers from two minutes in through to 7 minutes in.We've got some BREAKING NEWS on this pod, there's a NEW KINGDOM HEARTS III DLC TRAILER OUT! Listen in as Danielle, Patrick, and Cado react live to the new trailer while Rob pours himself some 15 year old scotch. He then regales us with tales of his new enormous speakers as he gently swirls the drink in his hand, ice lightly clinking against the cold glass. Danielle brings us tales from the woods of Blair Witch, and how great the dog...

Episode 261: Taco Bell, The Deadly Premonition of Fast Food
So, Rob somehow got the keys to Nintendo. The Nintendo Direct this week is evidence of that, and we do a pretty extensive overview of all the wild new things this Rob Zacny led Nintendo is getting up to. Patrick and Danielle give us a history of Deadly Premonition and how good/bad it is. Motherboard's own Emanuel Maiberg joins us to give us his thoughts on the Star Wars Jedi Knight competitive scene, as well as thoughts on Gears 5. Cado spends probably too much time defending Taco Bell. Discussed: Nintendo ...

Waypoints 39: Beyonce's Husband
It's Madden season! Which means it's time for Patrick, Rob, and Austin to confront pro football and all its ugly contradictions and compromises. First, they're as shocked as anyone by the "in his prime" retirement of star quarterback Andrew Luck. But should they be? What does Luck's decision reveal about changing attitudes among football players toward the game they play? There's a class element to it as well, but that's even more salient with the crass partnership between Jay-Z and the NFL. The gang discus...


Episode 260: Sexual Harassment in the Games Industry
Content Warning for discussions of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault - segment ends 27 minutes in.In the past week, we've seen a slew of survivors of sexual assault and harassment in the games industry take to social media to speak about their traumas. As this wave of accusations began, Motherboard's Lauren Kaori Gurley spoke with three of the survivors. She's joined by Danielle, Rob, Patrick, and Cado as they discuss sexual harassment in the workplace and the power dynamics that surround it.After the br...

Episode 259: Happy Dedusday
Three major embargoes dropped today, so we're gonna dive straight in! Rob brings us his thoughts on Control, and how it's wild lore is integrated in a satisfying way, much more satisfying than Destiny, a game he hasn't played since 2017, that has totally stayed the same since then and not at all delivered on any of it's lore. [/s] Then Austin talks about the parts of Astral Chain that he can talk about, which apparently don't include some of his favorite missions because embargoes can be weird! Patrick chec...

Episode 258: Tree Branch + Rock = Full Stick
Content warning for discussion of assisted suicide from approximately 1:20:00 - 1:24:00The fall is almost upon us, and you know what that means! That's right, it's American Football season, and that means we're gonna try and guess the names of the recently revealed XFL teams based only on their team logos! Then we check in on Patrick as he tries to unravel the mysteries of evolution in Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. What is the difference between a branch and a stick? Patrick doesn't know, and neither do...


Erica, Spoilers, and Brands: Interview with Austin Wintory
We have a special bonus episode of Waypoint Radio, Austin and Patrick are joined by award winning composer Austin Wintory to talk about his next project, the FMV game Erica. They also discuss horror movie music tropes, the difference between scoring movies and scoring games, and some of Austin Wintory's favorite brands. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 257: Don't Google Gorefist
There's a well known joke where you describe something in reference to Dark Souls. Hell, we've done plenty of that on this very podcast. But rarely are those games actually Souls-likes, and even rarer are the ones we enjoy. So imagine our surprise when the "Dark Souls but with Guns" game Remnant: From the Ashes landed with both Austin and Cado, so much so that our descriptions of the game basically sold Patrick on playing it! The Waypoint Radio crew discusses Remnant, Fire Emblem (is it hard enough?), Age o...

Episode 256: Waypoint Does What Twittdon't
Summer is ending. The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler, and the games, oh boy, the games are coming. August isn't even over and we're already seeing the waves of fall releases starting to crop up, so we've got an episode jam packed with new games. From positive notes on Zachtronics' Eliza to mixed feelings on the Sega Genesis Mini, the deluge has begun! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 255: The Conversation Gets Lively
There are many components to a perfect tea time. The choice of tea itself is of upmost importance, of course, but its presentation and preparation is just as critical. Then, there is the discussion. What's a perfect tea time if not a lively conversation over a shared refreshment? The Waypoint Radio crew share their favorite discussion topics this episode, the way to get those support ranks up. So how about giant robots? What does it mean to live well? What is a sauce? What's good with game design? Yes, we'v...

Episode 254: Bodega Burrata
With Cado out on vacation and Austin back from one, it's only right for Waypoint Radio to spend this week traveling to new worlds. Danielle takes us to the world of Anodyne 2, the follow up to one of her favorite games of all time. Austin launches to space in Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, the Privateer-esque follow up to the 2015 space sim. And Rob and Patrick have moved permanently into the dorms at Garreg Mach Monastery in the world of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Plus, the crew weighs in on the recent games journal...

Episode 253: MCDONALDS IS PDRESIDENT
ty Given the length of most games, it can sometimes be hard to parse their politics or meaning even from a few hours of play. Endgame twists can paint the entire narrative of a game in a different light, strengthening core themes at best, and undermining them at worst. So it's natural to wonder where a narrative might go even if it's opening hours seem to hammer home a specific point of view. We discuss how this feels in The Outer Worlds,​​ making new friends in ​​Fire Emblem: Three Houses, ​and just what i...


Waypoints 38: Neon Genesis Evangelion 25-26 and End of Evangelion
Content Warning: Suicide, Suicidal Ideation, Sexual Violence, Descriptions of Gore, all applied towards minors.We've finally done it. The Waypoint Radio crew has watched all of Neon Genesis Evangelion's original run and the End of Evangelion Movie. Through its highs and lows, from contemplative pacing to stylish action, from it's interesting lore to its mishandling of its themes, we've seen it all. It's a long one folks, so strap in, and best of luck. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acas...

Episode 252: Bigger Text Than Before
This week on Waypoint Radio we're getting political. Patrick, Cado, and Austin are all playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and we get into who picked the right house. Who's to say whether a monarchy or a ruling class is better? Rob's got some ideas that seem to be backed by historical knowledge, but Cado thinks it's Sophie's choice, honestly. We also discuss the messy tutorialization: why does it explain a combat mechanic during downtime? What's with all of these unexplained mechanics? Why do they turn off t...

Episode 251: Super Secret Anime Club (NO NARCS ALLOWED)
It's anime day here at Waypoint Radio, as Austin is here to lead Patrick and Cado through his time with Fire Emblem: Three Houses. We then dive into the Joy Con Drift situation and Switch Model Number discourse. Patrick is playing super quick Mario Maker levels and checking out (the totally anime) Wolfenstein Youngblood, and we try our best to find Evangelion Mac n Cheese. Does it exist? (if it does please send to @a_cado_appears on twitter!) Discussed: Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Joy Con drift, Super Mario ...


Waypoints 37: Neon Genesis Evangelion Episodes 22-24
​Content Warning for this episode: discussion of suicide throughout.Evangelion is a messy series. For all the craft and care put into the characters and arcs in the first half of the show, which was uneven in it's treatment of women even then, the back end has higher peaks and even lower valleys. And while lore dumps and twists are being deployed it's Evangelion's female characters that end up with the brunt of the low points. For as shocking as the reveal is that Rei was a series of clones all along, tied ...

Episode 250: Rise and Shine Gamers, Lets Make That Bread
It's a hot one as Rob, Danielle, and Cado are doing their best to cope. Rob's apartment is starting to ferment, Danielle's breaking legs, and Cado has been hiding at the movies but they've also made time for games. Danielle and Rob have both spent more time with Night Call and how you build a good mystery, while Cado is increasingly frustrated by the worldbuilding of Nowhere Prophet. Rob, meanwhile, tried to learn Coimbra, a complicated Euro-style boardgame, while slowly overheating.Discussed: Night Call, N...

Episode 249: The Yoshi Problem
With Austin still away on vacation, Patrick, Rob, and Cado decided to dive in to the question bucket and fish out the weirdest questions we've been sent. Little did we know that we'd be faced with questions that shake the very foundations of our beliefs. We question the nature of order and chaos, the ethics of jumping off of a Yoshi to save yourself, and wonder out loud what ever happened to Need for Speed? And finally, we enter into that eternal debate, one that's been asked and answered for as long as pod...


Waypoints 36: Neon Genesis Evangelion Episodes 20-21
Content Warning: Discussion of suicide from around 1:48:00 through 1:52:00 and 1:59:00 through 2:04:00Neon Genesis Evangelion is often touted as a "thinking person's anime." Despite it's unevenness, it does tend to stay away from a monster of the week narrative and will often devote entire episodes to the mental states of it's main characters. What sometimes gets conflated with this fact is that all of this deep introspection lands or has narrative weight every single time it happens. At its best the show w...

Episode 248: What If They Were ALL Donnel?
There's a certain feeling that seems specific to modern Fire Emblem games, a sense of pride when you go into battle with your carefully leveled squad. You've come to know these characters intimately, watched their relationships with each other mature, and come to think of them as family. However, amongst the expansive cast of characters in Fire Emblem: Awakening, one particular character sticks out for having a great arc, and that's Donnel. A farm boy wearing a pot on his head, he starts out so weak most pe...

Episode 247: The First Annual Video Game Draft
Do you remember when we said “wouldn’t it be cool if game franchises got traded every year?” Well, two community members (@RevRyeBread and @regresssion) decided to write a short fantasy draft game that we’re gonna play! Tune in as Austin, Patrick, Rob, and Cado choose their platforms and vie to fill out their rosters with the best gaming franchises. There’s drama, tension, and lots of dubious math! Stick around after the game as Austin and Cado do a nearly frame by frame breakdown of the new Gundam Battle: ...


Waypoints 35: Neon Genesis Evangelion 14-19
We've returned this week revitalized by a new batch of episodes that, it turns out, we actually liked! The Waypoint Radio crew discusses the existential and physical horror of episodes 14-19 and ask, what is an Eva? Is it just a big Human? Is Gendo the original Wife guy? Why does their teacher just keep talking about the Second Impact? What are the Dead Sea Scrolls, and who is the Human Instrumentality Council? We discuss all this and more on this episode of Waypoints! For information regarding your data p...

Episode 246: The Great Chili-Dog Debate
It was a long weekend and that means we were all staring at our phones: Which is alright, because it turns out those have games on them now. Cado briefs us on the Capcom card game Teppen, the, uh, DOTA Autochess DOTA Underlords, and Austin is terrified of what an upcoming Gundam-builidng gacha game will do to his credit score. Back on consoles and PC, Patrick is disappointed by Sea of Solitude, while Rob offers high praise for F1 2019 and dire warning about Total War: Three Kingdoms: Do not pursue Lu Bu.Dis...

Waypoints 34: Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episodes 8-13
Content Warning: discussion of the sexualization of children, sexual violence, and child pornography.There is a long running trope of fan service in anime, where by characters (almost always women) are sexualized by the "camera" for the enjoyment of the (largely male) audience. Often it's deployed in irrespective of whatever plot point is happening at that moment, purely to titillate. ​Evangelion ​is no exception, however, it complicates it's own usage by attempting to explore the burgeoning sexuality of it...


Episode 245: A Mario-Sized Shoe
The crew is at the top of their game in this episode about, um, NBA free agency, James Dolan's band, how FFXIV broke Austin, and the latest season of Riverdale. But also there are video games! We talk about them too! We talk about Mario Maker 2, and have some question about that boot that Mario uses (but Patrick doesn't). Rob talks about F1 2019 and its interesting but too-sparse narrative, before getting sidetracked by describing the plot of Draft Day. Cado's great too. Anyway, that's life under capitalism...

Episode 244: Dashiell Hammett You A Real One, or A Question of Jedi Jurisdiction
We've got a long one today (partially to make up for Monday's short episode? Who could say!?) Danielle starts us off with her impressions of The Sinking City, Frogwares' new detective game set in a Lovecraftian flooded town. She and Austin discuss the game's racial politics and how they shift the lens through which Lovecraft wrote his original works, while Rob draws a through line from this game to the works of Dashiell Hammet. Then Patrick stares at a wall and groans about the existence of Mario Maker 2, a...

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: Unfamili...


Episode 243: Summer Blues
Ah summer. A time for beaches, BBQs, and new game announcements... but not a whole ton of new games. Austin spent a weekend deep in TTRPG land, so it's up to Rob and Cado to talk about the games that have come out this week. We're fully into the summer lull, but Cado decided to take a vacation to the frigid new region in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne's beta. Rob's back from vacation, and he brought a few billion friends with him as he dives into the new single player campaign for They Are Billions. They al...

Episode 242: Jet Lag Radio Future
We had so many E3 questions we decided to split our recording on Tuesday into two podcasts so we could do a real deep dive into what you wanted to know about this year's show. We dig into how inspiration can take many forms in game development, games that have purposefully tackled political issues in the past, our personal histories with E3, and what the future of the expo might hold. Patrick checks back in with more info on Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, and shares a few anecdotes from his interview with ...

Rebuild of Waypoints 10: Neon Genesis Evangelion
With the Netflix release of Neon Genesis Evangelion around the corner, we're rereleasing our conversation on the landmark series' first two episodes from Waypoints 10. The team examines the first two episodes, with Rob, Patrick, and Danielle giving their first ever impressions of the series, struck by it's narrative structure and striking visuals. Then Austin leads them through a discussion of the show's predecessors, it's troubled production, and complicated readings. We will be back next week with a new e...


Episode 241: Jet Lag Radio
With E3 2019 behind us, the crew at Waypoint Radio turn their attention to what really matters: The games we played going to and coming from E3 2019. We dig into Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Ft. The Legend of Zelda, SteamWorld Quest, Slay the Spire, BattleTech: Urban Warfare and more! Plus, we begin to answer your questions about E3... but you'll have to tune in later in the week for the REAL deep dive into ol' Question Bucket.Games Discussed: PiXXL Cube, Dicey Dungeons, Slay the Spire, Steam...

E3 2019 Day 3: Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Control, and more!
Twas the night after E3And all through the houseNot a producer was stirringNo clicks of a mouse.The mics had been packedIn the pelican with care,But podding must happenEven if Cado's not thereRob saw some VampiresThat filled him with dreadWhile Natalie had images Of Gooigi in her headAustin saw Linkin his little green capAnd Patrick was a Sharkthat mostly attackedAnd now E3 is overIt’s been quite a sight!Merry Gamer Christmas to all,And to all a good night.Discussed: Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, Luig...

E3 2019: Day 2 Final Fantasy VII, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Dying Light 2, and more
We're nearly at the finish line. Day two of E3 2019 is in the books, and so is our podcast. Join Austin, Patrick, Cado, and Rob as they discuss how Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (aka Star Souls??) is actually rad, why we still don't know what to make of Marvel's Avengers even after watching someone play it, and more! Those more things include hands-on with Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and impressions of Dying Light 2, Age of Empires II, Outer Worlds, and Psychonauts 2. For information regarding your data privacy...


E3 2019 Day 1: Nintendo Direct, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, and Cyberpunk 2077
We have finally left the negative zone—E3 has officially started. Join Patrick, Cado, Austin, Rob, and The Joyous Gamer herself, Natalie, for a VERY LONG discussion about our first stay at the show. We start with Nintendo’s E3 announcements, including the surprise reveal of a sequel to Breath of the Wild, and what it means for Zelda’s role in the series. From there, a bunch of heavy hitters: Cyberpunk 2077, DOOM Eternal, Empire of Sin, Vampire Bloodlines 2, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, ...

E3 2019 Day 0: Ubisoft & Square Enix
With just about all of the major conferences behind us, E3 2019 is now in full swing. Join the Waypoint Radio crew as they describe their hands on experiences with Ubisofts' Watch Dogs Legion and Roller Champions, plus their thoughts on Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Marvel's Avengers, and everything else from the Square-Enix's big event. What else was there at Square Enix's big event? Who could say. I'm writing this description at 2:14 AM, and you'll have to join us on this audio journey to find out. For informa...

E3 2019 Day -1: Microsoft & Bethesda
Microsoft and Bethesda brought a ton to show during their press conferences last night. But no story felt more important (in the broad view) than Microsoft's continued support of Xbox Game Pass, the company's subscription based service. With the announcement of the company's new service featuring a catalog of games especially curated for the PC, Game Pass has become a hard-to-deny value. In our second E3 2019 episode of Waypoint Radio, we dig deep into the service, plus chat about Cyberpunk 2077, ​​Outer Wo...


E3 2019 Day -2: Merry Gamer Christmas Eve
It's Gamer Christmas Eve as Austin, Patrick, Cado, and Rob talk about the big E3 news that's already broken before E3 has even begun. The gang discuss the Google Stadia announcement and how it could transform game development and economics. They also dig into Destiny 2's upcoming expansion, Shadowkeep, and whether this is the kind of story and atmosphere that Destiny is capable of evoking. Other big changes are coming to Destiny as well, so the crew discusses the game's upcoming transition to free-to-play a...

Waypoints 32: Let Them Eat
Rob may be back from vacation but he's definitely not all there on this loopy Waypoints. Patrick has gone back to Gareth Edwards' 2014 Godzilla and found an underappreciated gem whose perceived flaws may have resulted in an inferior sequel. Danielle can buy the giant monsters, but not the depiction of affordable family housing in San Francisco. Rob has the giggles, but maybe that's just because Bon Appetit's Youtube series are so funny. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 240: E3 Predictions 2019
Dread it, run from it, E3 still arrives. Despite quickly deleting any email referencing the “electronic entertainment expo” in our inboxes, apparently that won’t stop gaming’s biggest event from happening, so we might as well yell into a microphone about it. Austin, Cado, and Patrick use the press conference schedule for next week to talk about expectations, rumors, and surprises set for next week. And yes, we spend a lot of time wondering about the new From Software game. We also touch on a few games we’ve...


Episode 239: Double Break Pod
As time marches inexorably on, the seasons change, and so we must change with them. In the spirit of growth that the summer brings, we are joined by Joel Fowler, Waypoint's former publisher, on his final day at VICE, to say good bye and talk about how awesome Bitterblack Isle from Dragon's Dogma is. Austin's been exploring space and time in Outer Wilds, while Danielle and Patrick have both been exploring space and death in Void Bastards. Cado updates us on the world of Pokémon (turns out it's full of shirts...

Episode 238: Please, Go To The Dentist
Austin is out this week due to a Dental Procedure, which leaves Patrick, Rob, Cado, and Danielle to come to terms with their own oral hygiene. Does anyone go to the dentist enough? How long is too long between visits? Excuse me did Rob just say the word "decade?" The crew then shift to the lighter topic of horror games; Danielle has been playing the sea based Layers of Fear 2 and Patrick brings us the space station thriller Observation. Rob learns the horrors of "accidentally" declaring yourself emperor in ...

Waypoints 31: And Now Our Watch Has Ended
​This episode contains spoilers for all of Game of Thrones!So. Game of Thrones is finally over. Through ups and downs, good seasons and bad, it seemed like the entire world was watching. And when something has that much attention, even the smallest change gets noticed. This week on Waypoints, Austin brings us an article on how the final seasons of Game of Thrones shifted storytelling styles, and we discuss how those changes manifested in a season that has a lot of people scratching their heads if they're no...


Episode 237: Metrology Prime
Austin returns from the world of “Los Angeles” to...not talk about any of the video games he played—well, except one! He’s joined by Rob, Cado, and Patrick to wonder why more people aren’t playing the new and excellent season of Life Is Strange, what to make of Microsoft and Sony partnering on cloud gaming, an update on Rob’s conquests in Total War: Three Kingdoms, and Patrick with some first impressions of the latest game from the developers of Stories Untold, a game where players, more or less, become the...

Episode 236: So, Let Me Tell You About Homestuck
Motherboard’s Emanuel “I Should Honestly Get Paid For My Viral Tweets” Maiberg joins Patrick, Cado, and Rob us for a wide-ranging episode of Waypoint Radio, in which we discuss our uncanny ability to never hear about Homestuck despite being extremely online, the best way to tell a debt collector to screw off, what Patrick has to fear from Super Mario Maker 2, and the games that we’ve been playing, including Rage 2, Project Hospital, A Plague Tale: Innocence, and Total War: Three Kingdoms. For information r...

Waypoints 30: Teens and Memes
This week, Rob, Danielle, and Patrick welcome Motherboard's Jason Koebler discuss the strange and somewhat hard-to-credit tale of a young teenage boy who was lured into the alt-right via online communities, and how his mother helped him escape. It touches on the nature of online radicalization, the way young white kids can recast themselves as a persecuted class, and how that process can be stopped. Then, Danielle explains the wonder that is the Jason X plot, and Rob has read an essay on how the most common...


Episode 235: TR3-VR Appreciation Zone
Spoiler Warning for Detective Pikachu from around 39 minutes to 43 minutes in.With Austin away, it’s time to whip this long podcast into shape by, uh, spending two hours with Rob, Patrick, and Cado discussing the disappointing Rage 2 and the questionable ethics of spoiling Final Fantasy VII in 2019? Naturally. In the strategy corner, Rob explains his best attempts to destroy an empire in Imperator: Rome, while Cado updates us on why Destiny Is Good Again, and Patrick explains the “charm” of A Plague Tale: I...

Episode 234: Happy Trails, Natalie
It’s not true until you record a podcast about it, but yes: Natalie is leaving Waypoint. To send her off, we decided to, uh, talk about the latest Ghost Recon game for an hour?? After “doing our jobs” in which we “talk about video games,” the question bucket is opened for Austin, Natalie, Rob, Danielle, Cado, and Patrick, in which they answer everything from “What character, real or fictional, should become a keyblade master?” to “What boat are you?” Goodbye, Natalie. You’ll be missed. For information rega...

A Few Announcements From the Team
The Waypoint Radio crew have a few announcements! Read more about the website changes here: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3k3b9k/waypoint-is-joining-the-new-vicecom For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Bonus: Sekiro Spoilercast
It’s been a little more than a month since the release of the latest FromSoft game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Given how often we reference Souls games already, are you REALLY surprised we dedicated a few hours to a full-on spoilercast with Austin, Patrick, Cado, and Joel? At this point, nearly everyone (good luck Patrick!) has finished the game, which gives us a chance to reflect on the journey, and where Sekiro fits in FromSoftware’s catalog. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/p...

Waypoints 29: You'll Dream of Teeth and Nothing Else
Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame throughout, and for Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 at 1 hour and 52 minutes in.When Austin and Rob weren’t looking, Patrick, Natalie, and Cado pulled off their own time time heist, smuggling themselves into the podcast room to spend nearly three hours talking about the epic conclusion to Marvel’s Infinity Saga, Avengers: Endgame. And because we couldn’t help ourselves, we also had to discuss the latest Game of Thrones episode, “The Long Night.” Oh, and beware: the night is...

Episode 233: Riot Games and Organized Labor
Today's podcast starts off course and then, somehow, takes an even more unexpected turn. Natalie brings us a live update fresh from her 6:30 AM showing of Avengers: Endgame and last week's Tribeca Film Festival Death Stranding panel. Rob whisks us way to the ancient world with Imperator: Rome. Then Austin and Patrick pause the podcast so that they can report a breaking story: the news that employees at Riot Games are threatening to walk out in protest of recently reported policies at the League of Legends d...


Episode 232: Gays Dawn
Everything is interconnected, really.Frasier. St. Elsewhere. Friends. The Apocalyptic zombie-infested wasteland ofDays Gone. Wait, really? Maybe. We spend a solid hour of Waypoint Radio talking about Sony Bend’s first big game, on which many large hopes and dreams were hung, but the finished product just doesn’t deliver. Elsewhere (but not St. Elsewhere), we touch on the missed marks of Katana Zero, the delightful puzzling of Boxboy + Boxgirl, and some campy workplace hell in Yuppie Psycho. Then we go in on...

Waypoints 28: Breaking Kayfabe and Broken Policies
Content Warning for discussion of drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, homicide, and deathSometimes a new TV show launches and everyone likes it and wants to talk about it. Sometimes, it's even launched by your own company! This week we've been riveted by VICELAND's Dark Side of the Ring, a documentary series that revisits some of the more sobering, troubling stories in the history of pro wrestling. Sometimes they're stories about what happens in the ring, sometimes they're about what happens well out...

Save Point 2019: Interview with Trans Lifeline's Executive Director, Elena Rose Vera
Next week, we're launching Save Point 2019: a marathon gaming stream to benefit the Trans Lifeline. We interviewed Trans Lifeline's Executive Director, Elena Rose Vera, as she detail's the organization's mission and struggles. All donations to Save Point 2019 will be going directly to Trans Lifeline. Find out more: https://bit.ly/2Xz3xHM For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 231: Into Free ~Dangan~
Even though Austin and Natalie have been playing a bunch of Dragon’s Dogma, Patrick and Cado somehow restrain them from spending an entire episode talking about a game from 2012 and also discuss the early details Sony revealed about the PlayStation 5, the rise of GamerGate politicians, the addition of Persona 5’s Joker to Smash, names.com, and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoints 27: Double Shirt Score
The gang finally discusses Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and its themes around race, class, values, and the weight of heroism. Does the movie lean on humor to the point of detracting from important character arcs? Does it miss an opportunity with Uncle Aaron's character? Is Jake Johnson's Peter B. Parker akin to the treatment the character received in Insomniac's Spider-Man for PS4? Next, Austin's been getting irate about this story of what happened when the IRS launched a special initiative to pursue p...

Bonus: Dark Side of the Ring
Waypoint's Austin Walker sits down with Evan Husney, producer and co-creator of Dark Side of the Ring, VICELAND's new docu-series that digs into the human stories behind six tragedies of wrestling history. Evan previously worked with Waypoint on documentaries like our behind-the-scenes look at Superhypercube and our Waypoint Presents episode on Magic: The Gathering. Today, he talks to Austin about the inspiration and process behind the new show, and the remarkable response it's received so far. For informa...


Episode 230: Special Guest: Open Mike Eagle
On today’s episode of Waypoint Radio, we are joined by rapper Open Mike Eagle, fresh off his tour with fellow-musician and nerd Sammus. Austin, Natalie, and Cado catch up with Mike about his latest ventures in television, including his new show, “The New Negros​,” which premieres this Friday, April 19th, 11PM ET, on Comedy Central. We talk everything from wrestling, being online, and Dark Souls, to things like burnout and Overwatch. Mike even gives us his hot take on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild....

Episode 229: He Was A Sk8r Bird, She Said C U L8r Bird
Lots of games have things in common with one another, but it’s not typically because they all share a mixture of themes related to colonialism and racism. And yet, that’s what happened with the XCOM-meets-Indiana Jones tactics game Pathway, the Lovecraft (but without ignoring the racism) adventure game The Sunken City, and the game about raising a cute bird that’s actually about destroying your oppressors, Falcon Age. Somehow, in all of this, we also manage to record live reactions to the new Star Wars trai...

Waypoints 26: It's All About The Game (And How You Play It)
It's another episode of Waypoints where we find ourselves considering the strange expectations and position of a star athlete at different points in their career. First, we talk about the tell-all article at The Bleacher Report on the falling out between prodigiously talented Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his former coach, Mike McCarthy. Then, we have to ask ourselves, "Is Magic Johnson living the dream?" Finally, Austin discusses Kofi Kingston's WWE title belt, and its many meanings. For...


Lore Reasons: Season One Finale
This podcast contains spoilers for Kingdom Hearts IIIAt the start of this weird project, we asked a simple question: Why do you love Kingdom Hearts? Hundreds of you wrote in with answers that ranged from the humorous (it’s fun to watch Mickey run around with a key sword) to the serious (it was part of understanding their own identity). As we close out this season of Lore Reasons, we wanted to revisit those letters, answer a bunch of questions you sent in, and contemplate the future of Lore Reasons. No, we h...

Episode 228: Discourse X Easy Mode
We've returned from our trip to Boston only to find an olympic swimming pool filled with discourse waiting for us. So, what else could we do but dive right in? Rob, Austin, and Patrick try to untangle their own feelings on difficulty and accessiblity in games, pushing at the boundaries of those terms until they find something that feels more representative and less reductive than the shorthand we've all been using in this conversation. They also bring more stories from the PAX East show floor, including mor...

Waypoints 25: The Triple Double
What do a women's college basketball star, the prison abolition movement, and ​The Occupation​ all have in common? Uhhhhh... it's Thursday, and they're all topics on Waypoints! First, Danielle was both fascinated and repelled by this profile of Oregon basketball star Sabrina Ionescu, whose sheer willpower, toughness, and intelligence have made her an all-time great in college basketball. But in focusing on Ionescu's drive and compulsion to greatness, do we also end up celebrating bad stereotypes about the n...


Live from PAX East 2019: Waypoint Radio and Lore Reasons: Mark of Mastery
Join Austin, Natalie, Patrick, Rob, Cado, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and one of several time traveling incarnations of some guy named Xehanort for an in-person edition of Waypoint Radio! In addition to talking about the games they played at PAX East, everyone who participated in our Kingdom Hearts season of Lore Reasons will be subjected to a live Mark of Mastery exam, forced to reckon with the way-too-many hours they’ve spent trying to understand the mythology driving Square Enix’s mashup series. There...

Revenge of the Big Dogs
It’s a disjointed week at Waypoint, with most of the crew headed to Boston for PAX East, but Austin, Natalie, Patrick, Rob, and Cado still found time to sit around some microphones and yap about the games we’ve been playing. Mostly, we’re still slowly but surely stabbing and shinobi’ing our way through Sekiro, but Rob checked in with Battlefield’s take on battle royale, and several of us have been exploring the post-apocalypse of Generation Zero. We also toss some serious skepticism at Google's ambitious st...

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, vi...


Waypoints 24: We Develop Our Points (DEVELOP OUR POINTS!)
It's time for Austin, Natalie, Patrick, and Rob to return to the secret origins of Waypoints: a chance to talk about animated TV shows. This week finds the gang catching up on ​The Dragon Prince ​at great length, and wrestling with some of their misgiving's about the morality the show is beginning to articulate, and the plot arcs that are unfolding at a breakneck pace. But first, they return to Rooster Teeth's ​GenLOCK​, to discuss the end of its first season, and what the show has revealed itself to be abo...

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...

A Nice Toast with Jam
It’s Monday and we have so very many games to talk about. After a brief recap of our weekends, which included hours of unboxing videos, racing wheel setups, F1, grappling, and EMT service, we get into it. We’re playing the definitely-political Division 2, the charming but maybe-politically-confused The Occupation, the wildly creative Hynospace Outlaw, and the brilliant puzzler Baba is You. Strap in for a long one today!Discussed: The Division 2, The Occupation, Hypnospace Outlaw, Baba is You For informatio...


Lore Reasons: Kingdom Hearts Philosophy Edition
Seven weeks ago, we at Waypoint set out on a journey to untangle the lore of Kingdom Hearts. Partially, this was for our listeners who trust our expertise in all matters of the heart, but in honesty, it was mostly for ourselves. We, perhaps like you, had been plagued by questions about the Disney-Square collaboration. These were not novel questions, we know, and to series diehards they were simple: Why do so many people have the letter X in their names. Who was Xehanort, and what did it men to be norted? Wh...

Waypoints: That Whole Tyre Scenario
Wait, what is ​FORMULA 1 RACING doing on a Waypoint podcast? Well thanks to a slow night for Danielle's EMS work, she fell head-over-heels in love with Netflix's new ​Drive to Survive​ ​series. Listen to Danielle and Natalie get caught up in the drama of tire changes and team budgets in the most lavish motorsport in the world, while Rob tries not to hog the microphone or get everyone to sign up for F1 TV​. Meanwhile, the gang has been trying to figure out their exact level of dread for a Biden presidential ...

Episode 225: You Ever Feel Like an Orb?
Join Austin, Natalie, Patrick and Danielle for a whirlwind tour of the games we’re playing, in mechs (Left Alive, Titanfall 2), in space (Objects in Space), and in… demon funtimes (Devil May Cry 5). We’re all anxiously awaiting Sekiro in different ways, really.Discussed: Left Alive, Devil May Cry 5, Objects in Space, Titanfall 2 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Waypoints: The Three Genres: Home, Comedy, Anime
Last week we were reminded of Troop-Cop, who was so troubled by protestors calling police fascists that he had no choice but to club the shit out of them, all in the service of a tacky clothing brand. It dovetailed well with an interesting graphic essay from Nate Powell on paramilitary aesthetics and their increasing popularity among reactionaries in the United States. Then, Danielle's been digging into the latest issue of Heterotopias, where she encountered an essay from María Bonete Escoto on the "slow vi...

Natalie Spent Two Hours Playing 'Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice'
Waypoint doesn’t usually cover games ahead of release. Usually. But y’all know we have a real soft spot for the Souls games, and Natalie couldn’t resist spending a few hours of FromSoftware’s latest, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, at a recent press event. Austin and Patrick hopped on to grill Natalie about why she spent so much time trying to kill a dang fish, what makes Sekiro so distinctly different from previous Soulslikes in in ways beyond just combat and storytelling, and more. For information regarding y...

Episode 224: Smells Like Sea Spirit
Austin returns to the podcast after a few weeks of thinking about mechs, and finding rest and relaxation by staying up until the wee hours of the morning while—well, thinking about mechs. He’s joined by Patrick, Cado, Rob, and Natalie to revisit Kingdom Hearts III as everyone nears the ending (no spoilers!), while also touching on Daemon X Machina, Betrayal Legacy, Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee, the medical world’s recent decision to inflate Patrick’s stomach, and the THQ Nordic/8Chan fiasco from last week.​ Oh, a...


Episode 223: Pokemon Lets Glasgow
We have some serious Friday energy on Waypoint Radio today, with another check-in on Metro Exodus, a rousing update on how good that gamefeel is in Trials HD, and Cado's experiences with a stylish new action game in Ape Out. Then we get serious about Pokémon, specifically the Pokémon Sword and Shield announcement. We discuss the starters in great detail, perhaps startling detail, and then take a quick dip in the question bucket to kick off the weekend.Discussed: Metro Exodus, Trials Rising, Ape Out, Pokémon...

Waypoints 21: Beep
It's metrics versus the voice of the people today on Waypoints. Patrick just wanted to know which movies are worth seeing, but he's shocked by how much Rotten Tomatoes has become a front​ for the most asinine battles in the culture war. Meanwhile, Rob has been listening to Mike Duncan's Revolutions podcast, particularly his series on the French Revolution​. It's a good telling of an incredibly complicated story, but does the framework of a story about revolutions, with protagonists and tragic heroes, have a...

Episode 222: Natalie Knows What Boats Are
We’re sailing into new territories on Waypoint Radio 222, with Captain Natalie at the helm, and Rob, Patrick, and Danielle along for a wild ride of mixed metaphors and new game scuttlebutt. Admiral Rob has a non-digital game to regale us about in Empire of the Sun. Commander Patrick has plenty of Anthem thoughts and notions on the Trials franchise, while First Mate Danielle has stories about Trials Rising and a very effective horror game in Devotion. Finally, Captain Natalie has a truly harrowing and exciti...


Episode 221: Clear Everything, We Need to Talk 'Anthem'
Austin's been on vacation this week, which by Austin's standards means he's been playing Anthem and needs to talk about it. Well, so have Patrick and Cado, so we decided it made the most sense to just sit down and work out our thoughts on BioWare's Iron Man + Destiny game.Discussed: Anthem For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoints 20: Not As Advertised
It's a hell of a way to run a government on Waypoints this week. Join Rob, Patrick, and Natalie as they discuss a number of eye-opening investigative reports that have left them stunned lately. First, Patrick has been mesmerized by the saga of how local and state government in Wisconsin gave electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn one of the most lopsided deals in US history. It's a story told at the highest level by an article in Bloomberg Businessweek​ and at the ground level by a dramatic episode of Repl...

Lore Reasons: Waypoint "Explains" Kingdom Hearts (Part 4 of ?)
Kingdom Hearts III may be out, but look, we’re still working our way through a game from 2012, okay? Welcome back to Lore Reasons, our multipart deep dive into the story and larger mythology driving Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts series. We are not experts, but through the power of friendship (and ice cream), we can try. On today’s episode, we finally catch up to the modern timeline, as we make sense of Dream Drop Distance. We’ll be back in a few weeks with more episodes, including talking about Kingdom Heart...


Episode 220: A Tale of Two Companies
During a week in which Activision unceremoniously laid off 800 people while simultaneously bragging about record revenue, we find ourselves confused and angry, yet quietly optimistic about the possibility of change. We also explain how economics works. Why pay for a college textbook? You’ve got us! Elsewhere, Patrick, Natalie, Cado, and Rob talk excitedly about the big announcements at Nintendo Direct—Mario Maker 2! Link’s Awakening! Tetris 99! Rune Factory 4!—and wildly speculate about Hollow Knight’s just...

Waypoints 19: WTF is Glitter and What Is It IN????
Join host Natalie (aka Ronatalie Zacson), along with Danielle and Patrick for an especially animated episode of Waypoints, wherein we discuss glitter (the substance), Russian Doll (the TV series), and the AAF (the football league). First, we tackle Caity Weaver’s phenomenal investigation for the New York Times into glitter, discussing the shockingly secret industry. Then we talk about the dark, hilarious, off-kilter vibes of Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler’s Russian Doll, about a woman who keeps dying and re...

Episode 219: Always Drop in Skulltown
We’ve got a two parter on our hands this week—a two parter with a whole lot of time travel. First, Austin, Cado, Natalie, and Patrick sit down to talk Apex Legends, the latest from Titanfall creators Respawn Entertainment. Almost the whole team has been dropping into the Outlands, and it seems like we can't get enough. Then, after the break, Rob taps in for Patrick to talk Sunless Skies, the sequel to Failbetter Games's Sunless Sea. This game's got space trains, zombies, and demons, and it all takes place i...


Lore Reasons: Waypoint "Explains" Kingdom Hearts (Part 3 of ?)
Welcome back to Lore Reasons: Kingdom Hearts, our dizzying exploration of Disney and Square-Enix's massive RPG crossover. When we first began to explore Sora's journey through the many worlds of Kingdom Hearts, our memories were fresh from watching cutscene compilations and explainer videos and our bodies were powered by the strength of overpriced beer. But now, weeks later, we have no memories, no beer, and, uh, nobodies. Fuck.Join us as we respond to some very helpful corrections and then move through thr...

Waypoints 18: The Talented Mr. Mallory
On this week's Waypoints, Danielle, Patrick, Austin, and Rob have been completely taken in by the story of a charismatic grifter. Ian Parker's "A Suspense Novelist's Trail of Deceptions​" unravels the long, and weird story of thriller writer Dan Mallory's history of audacious and bizarre deceit in the London and New York publishing industries, and the even stranger way that his peers and colleagues have handled that history. Later, the gang discuss Ron Howard's ​Solo ​and the "Star Wars stories" that we rea...

Episode 218: Crime and Punishment and Propaganda
So, listen, we recorded this while ​Respawn Entertainment--creators of Titanfall and ​Titanfall 2​--were teasing there soon to be released ​battle royale ​Apex Legends​. So blame ​that​ on the loose control that Austin keeps on today's episode of Waypoint Radio, which ranges in topic from yesterday's "Big Game" to M. Night Shyamalan​'s ​The Happening​. I know what you're thinking. Yes, we ​do​ have another podcast explicitly for that topic. Oh, well. Sometimes it goes like that.We ​do​ eventually get to vid...


Lore Reasons: Waypoint "Explains" Kingdom Hearts (Part 2 of ?)
This wasn’t supposed to become a series. This wasn’t supposed to take more than a few hours. And yet, here we are. Lore Reasons, Waypoint’s multi-part investigation into Kingdom Hearts, continues ever forward, with Patrick, Natalie, Austin, and Cado steering their gummi ship towards the nearest sea salt ice cream shop in search of answers. We can’t guarantee you will learn anything about Kingdom Hearts, but we can guarantee we talk about it. A lot. On this episode, we cover Kingdom Hearts and Chain of Memor...

Waypoints 17: Fyre Walk With Me
We hope you'll join Patrick, Danielle, Natalie, Austin, and Rob on their astonishing journey through the tragicomic new Fyre Festival documentary from Netflix. Every time they think they've covered everything, Natalie remembers some fresh horror. Meanwhile, Patrick is intrigued by the notion that Bad NFL Officiating Is Good, Actually. Finally, Austin has mixed feelings about GenLOCK, the new military mech series from Rooster Teeth, produced by and starring Michael B. Jordan along with an unbelievably strong...

Episode 217: Please Check Your Credit Card Statements
After spending nearly two hours listening to Waypoint try to dissect the lore of Kingdom Hearts, you might be wondering “OK, but is the new one any fun to play?” Patrick and Natalie have spent some hours with Kingdom Hearts III, and are joined by Austin, Danielle, and Cado to dissect the latest Square/Disney crossover.But Kingdom Hearts 3 ​isn't the only thing the Waypoint staff's been playing recently. While Danielle thoughtfully explores the zombie-infested police station of ​Resident Evil 2​, Austin has ...


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 openin...

Episode 216: Resident Evil 2.5 RE: Never Forget Ya Herb
Last week, Waypoint Radio's special guest Adam Conover​ made a request: Make the Friday podcast longer. Well, we're not saying this is our new ​policy​, but for Adam and everyone else desperate for more listening material, we hope this giant-sized, nearly three hour long episode provides adequate accompaniment on your journey through the weekend. Where are we going? So many places. Travel with us to a pair of post-apocalyptic futures; to a police station where zombie men in hats kick down doors; to the fina...

Waypoints 16: 'Roma' and Origins of the Opioid Epidemic
We go from artistic highs to moral lows on this episode of Waypoints! Rob, Danielle, and Natalie have been watching Alfonso Cuarón​'s ​Roma​, his sweeping-yet-intimate historical drama produced for Netflix. The gang is savoring the fim's beauty, technique, and sensitivity as well as some terrific performances from cast. At the other extreme, Rob has been reading about new information that's come to light about how Oxycontin was marketed, and what Purdue Pharma executives knew about its role in the escalatin...


Episode 215: Adam Ruins Waypoint Radio
We have a very special guest on Waypoint Radio 215: Adam Conover from Adam Ruins Everything came through to chat about games, comedy, and Nintendo nostalgia! Join Adam—and usual co-hosts Danielle, Austin, and Natalie for a more freeform Friday podcast that tackles such questions as finding work-life balance among many tiring projects, asking "why, Nintendo?" and dipping into "true" Monopoly rules.Discussed: Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Metroid, Monopoly, Adam Ruins Everything, Humans Who Make Games For infor...

Waypoints 15: Tidying Up and Rural Stagnation
We need to get organized on this episode Waypoints, which means it's time to get advice from ​Tidying Up with Marie Kondo ​and learn all about both the KonMari method, and issues people have taken with the organization expert and her new reality show. Does she really hate books and mementos, or is that just a misunderstanding of what Kondo is trying to get people to do? Then, Rob has been reading an eye-opening article about the forces that have been preying upon and devastating rural communities for the la...

Waypoint 101: Mark of the Ninja
In our latest Waypoint 101, Austin, Rob, Patrick and myself dissect the design ethos and over-the-top Ninjitsu stylings of Klei Entertainment's 2012 stealth platformer Mark of the Ninja. We talk about it's strengths—particularly it's very parsable design and complex puzzle-room approach to stealth, it's weaknesses, and it's story and style, and then dip into the question bucket to consider whether this Mark has aged particularly well, or is showing up a little long in the tooth or slow on the draw. For inf...


Episode 214: The Control Room
With Lobby 1 in the rearview mirror, team Waypoint heads to a brand new space to podcast: the control room! That's right, friends, we now podcast with a dizzying variety of screens and buttons around us to dazzle the mind and stimulate the imagination. This week, Patrick is playing New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Natalie and Danielle are into a very cute adventure-platformer with... deep state conspiracy theories... Pikuniku, and a bunch of us have fun AGDQ stories. Natalie also has a bunch of Kingdom Heart...

Episode 213: Pointless Stuff I Want The Horses to Do
What does open world mean, anyway? Austin, Rob, and Patrick use Patty's recent story about Red Dead Redemption 2's world and systems feeling largely meaningless as a launching pad to work out their larger feelings on open world games, from what we ask and demand of them to where they should go in the future. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoints 14: What Does Salt Do To Food?
Austin and Rob haven't slept, because Rob decided to clean his apartment at midnight Austin stayed up watching the entirety of Amazon's new series from Sam Esmail: Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts. What does this postmodern corporate horror story have to say about life and work, and how does it differ from Esmail's celebrated USA show, Mr. Robot? Does it suffer from using the "War on Terror" as a backdrop without interrogating it? Meanwhile, the gang has also been watching Nailed It on Netflix, which feat...


Episode 212: It's Time For Some Doink Theory
​This past Sunday was the Waypoint Winter Classic, aka the meeting of Austin's Philadelphia "Big Dick Dick" Eagles and Patrick/Rob's Chicago "Did Jon Gruden Really Give up Khalil Mack?" Bears. The Eagles won, and the Bears lost...by a field goal. At the last second. And the ball hit the upright, then the crossbar. Doink. Double doink. Sigh. The group spends the first part of the podcast on a long football tangent, before turning to video games or whatever. For information regarding your data privacy, visit...

Waypoints 13: A Look Back at 2018
It’s 2019, but we’re still looking back at 2018. We launched a super cool new podcast last year, Waypoints, that gave us an opportunity to discuss the slices of culture—politics, writing, theater, anime—that we were already obsessing about in private conversation. Some of our discussions were only about a single episode of a show or podcast, so it only seemed right to circle back and revisit some of the works that stuck with us, and how our feelings shifted. For this episode, that means digging even deeper ...

Bonus: Funny Moments and Gacha Games
EDIT 12PM EDT: So, I found a few more clips that I've inserted, including one of Natalie playing a long section of Undertale after the Core, so if you want to avoid spoilers (or just getting really emotional) for Undertale stop listening after the gacha games segment!Hey y'all, Cado here! I've collected some of the funniest moments from our recording sessions for our 2018 end of year content. I usually start a backup recording way in advanced as we're getting warmed up and ready to go, and a lot of the time...


Our Favorite Games of 2018: A Look at 2019
Time marches forward, as do video games. It used to be the case that video games went quiet after the holiday shopping period, but no more. Games like Resident Evil 2, Anthem, and Kingdom Hearts III are coming in the opening weeks and months of the new year, so it seemed like a good time for Austin, Patrick, and Rob to scroll through a likely inaccurate list of games coming in 2019 and speculate on what we’ll be playing in the future. Finally, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown can get its time in the sun. For in...

Our Favorites Games of 2018: Rob and Patrick's Chicago Bears Pro Bowl Snubs
Rob and Patrick deserve a medal for hopping on a podcast by themselves and talking about video games instead of the NFL North champion Chicago Bears the entire time. Somehow, though, they assembled a list of 10 video games they played this year, and walked through what impressed them the most. There’s anime. There’s war. There’s smug vampires. There’s mountain climbing. Heck, we even talk about a bunch of games that didn’t make our lists. Oh, and we did talk about the Bears.Discussed: Celeste, Battletech, G...

Our Favorite Games of 2018: Into the Breach
In 2018, one game stood clear above the rest—at least for me. That is Subset Games tactical mech puzzler Into the Breach, a brilliant game of strategy, perfect information, and bleak narrative coherence. I wasn't the only one impressed by Subset's work: joining me to talk about how beautifully designed ITB is are Austin, Cado, and Natalie, all of whom had the game on their top ten list this year. We discuss the game's context in 2018, its subtleties of design, and our biggest triumphs (and heartbreaks) with...


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 ...

Our Favorite Games of 2018: Sea of Thieves
Don't you just the feeling of the sand beneath your feet and that lovely music made by the jingle of gold doubloons in your pockets? The roll of a great ship under your boots, and the sound of your crew's heels a-clicking as they dance a reel on the topdeck? But the call of the ​Sea of Thieves is unrelenting and like those skeleton crews of pirates long dead, your fate is a peripatetic existence to rival that of clever Odysseus. You'll long to point your toes for home, but you'd best stay ​en pointe ​becaus...

Our Favorite Games of 2018: Danielle and Cado Are On Their Bullshit
Spoilers abound, including spoilers for Undertale and Deltarune! You've been warned!In today's 2018 wrap-up extravaganza, I had the pleasure of chatting with Cado about our personal top ten lists. We had plenty of solid overlap: Into the Breach, Life is Strange 2 (Episode 1), and Donut County all made appearances on both of our picks, as well as two games we each need to play (Dandara and The Return of Obra Dinn).Plus, we had fun being extremely on our respective bullshit, with my obsession for immersive si...


Episode 211: The Games Keep Coming and They Don't Stop Coming
The end of the year is nearly here—but it ain’t here yet. Even though we’ve basically figured out our game of the year lists and recorded dozens of hours of podcasts looking back on 2018, we managed to sneak in ooooooooone last podcast with Austin, Natalie, Patrick, Rob, and Danielle to talk about a bunch of games (Battlefield V! Gris! Below!) and take a few of your questions.Discussed: Battlefield V, Gris, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Below For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/priva...

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 conversatio...

Our Favorite Games of 2018: BattleTech
Austin, Cado, and Rob nerd out over their shared love of BattleTech. With a discussion grounded in their own individual relationships and background to the franchise, the three MechWarriors revisit past glories, great moments, and consider the game's evolution over the course of the year. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Our Favorite Games of 2018: Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
Few could have predicted a game about angsty teenagers would not only be good, but arguably an all-time classic. But lots of people, including lots at Waypoint, fell in love with Max Caulfield and Chloe Price during the first season of Life Is Strange. (In our canon, they kissed.) Life is Strange’s second season shifts the focus from Max and Chloe, reframing its themes of isolation and identity around an immigrant family in Seattle caught up in some serious shit. Only the first episode has been released, al...

Our Favorite Games of 2018: Monster Hunter World
Nobody at Waypoint was a Monster Hunter fan before Capcom dropped Monster Hunter: World at the start of this year, but for a feverish few weeks in January, everyone was hunting Anjanaths like our lives depended on it. January was a long time ago, but it didn’t take long for Austin, Natalie, and Patrick to remember how the long-running series finally clicked for them. We remember what worked—the nightmarish sense of scale, how weapons became critical to player identity, the deep satisfaction from connecting ...

Episode 210: Please Don't Clone This Podcast
​The concept of game cloning is about as old as games themselves, but there's new, tricky territory to cover here in 2018. Inspired by a few tweets and a GI.biz article profiling Voodoo—the mobile publisher behind Hole.io, a game that sure takes "inspiration" from indie darling Donut County—we discussed the situation this week on Waypoint Radio. Join Patrick, Natalie, Rob, and Danielle as they look at the complications that separate genre and mechanical inspiration, the ethics of farming game ideas with a b...


Waypoints 12: He a Herb
The Waypoint gang has to work through their complicated feelings about the Slate Political Gabfest and, in particular, the worldview they bring to their work as expressed by their recent episodes on the passing of George H.W. Bush and the assault allegations against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Is there a point where centrist punditry literally becomes one with parodies about it? Is the technical language of expertise more about gatekeeping and limiting political imagination than about describ...

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 ret...

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 U...


Waypoints 11: Don Zacny
On a slightly out-of-control episode of Waypoints, Rob has been watching ​Ordeal by Innocence​ ​and enjoying a fresh take on a classic mystery genre: Which posh asshole is murdering other rich dirtbags on an English country estate? Meanwhile, Patrick is working through his feelings about a new parenting trend: Parents who eat lunch at school​ with their kids. And finally, Austin has everyone listen to the latest season of More Perfect​, a Radiolab podcast about the US Constitution. Dismay gives way to anger...

Episode 207: Keighleys Eve
As the days pass on and the weather gets colder (then warmer, then colder again), we're finally leaving beyond the rush of big AAA fall games. Sure, we still found time to chat about new releases like ​Just Cause 4​, ​BattleTech: Flashpoint​, and ​(more) ​Darksiders 3​, but under this bright December sun, our focus has shifted: Today, we talk about video game industry news and rumors.Will we see Dragon Age at the Game Awards? What does Sony's absence from E3 mean for their third party partners? How would yo...

Bonus: Interview with Ark from NYXL
Join Danielle as she interviews Ark from New York Excelsior, our local Overwatch League team! NYXL is in town this weekend to meet fans and play a few exhibition games, and ArK stopped by Lobby 1 to chat about his experiences visiting NYC, his past in Nursing, and how that ties in to being a Mercy main. You can find ArK @Arkyjun on twitter, and the rest of the New York Excelsior team @NYXL. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 206: A Pirate Pin-Up
Content warning: discussion of bodies (especially women's bodies) and ideal beauty, and references to stalking and sexual assault in 80s movies.When you look at Soulcalibur's Ivy Valentine, plenty of things may come to mind. She's a tall, dominating (in many senses) fighting game character with an exaggerated pin-up figure and a whip, and she's the subject of Kotaku editor Maddy Myers evolving feelings in a recent piece entitled The Inexplicable Sexiness Of Ivy Valentine. In this episode of Waypoint Radio, ...

Waypoints 10: Burgers, Mechs, and Fighting in the Age of Loneliness
This week, Austin introduces the gang to ​Evangelion​ with the first two episodes, and places the series' in the broader context of mecha anime the preceded it. Why is ​Evangelion ​so much more explicitly horrifying than most Gundam shows, despite sharing their anti-war politics? And how about that penguin, huh? Danielle has also been watching SB Nation's video series on the history of MMA, "​Fighting in the Age of Loneliness" from Jon Bois and Chapo Trap House's Felix Biederman. An often riveting history o...

Be Good and Rewatch It- The First Purge
The First Purge is about the first purge, but it’s not actually the first Purge movie. It’s the fourth Purge movie, but set during the first purge in the Purge universe. Still following? No matter, Be Good and Rewatch It is here to help. Writer/director James DeMonaco, who helmed the past three movies, only worked on the script for The First Purge, with Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands) stepping in—a refreshing shift the franchise has badly needed. As we close out our discussion of the Purge series, Austin, P...


Episode 205: "Ra" as in "Rad"
CW: Discussion of Self Harm, Homophobia, and Transphobia during discussion of "The Missing" at 57-58 minutes in, to around 1:18:00 (time varies with ads, When you hear Patrick start talking about staying home instead of going out bowling you can skip 22 minutes and you will skip this entire section)It was a long weekend in the US, so the Waypoint Crew has come back with plenty of games to chew on. Patrick has the less-than-thrilling Darksiders III, FromSoft's new VR game Déraciné​, and Swery's queer-themed ...

Waypoints 09: The Sleeping King Doesn't Honor Small Requests
This week's Waypoints has us returning to horror from a new angle. First, we consider the domestic horror of ​Channel Zero: The Dream Door ​and what it has to say about the baggage we all carry, and how the past's survival tactics can become deadly as they follow us through life. Then we take a look at ​The Ballad of Black Tom ​by Victor LaValle, which reimagines a famously bigoted Lovecraft story through the eyes of a young black man. How do the horrors that tormented Lovecraft—the vast indifference of cre...

Bonus- Motherboard Presents: Cyber
In this bonus episode Austin Walker interviews Ben Makuch, host of Motherboard's new podcast "Cyber", about cyber security, why we always seem caught off guard by each new cyber threat, and what responsibilities large companies like Facebook have in keeping people safe on the internet, followed by the first full episode of "Cyber." For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


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...

Episode 203: Natalie and The Fields of Despair
​This week's Waypoint Radio is about the anxieties surrounding commercial art and the way they can often overshadow art's cultural value, and how the latter often has more to do with personal meaning and artistic goals than performance in "the marketplace". Our first point of entry to this topic comes via an article by Liz Ryerson, over at the New and Improved Deorbital, called "There Are Not 'Too Many Games': What The Indiepocalypse Panic Ignores​​". Then we look at a gorgeous personal essay over at Unwinn...

Waypoints 08: Music and Legacies
For this week, we have an unusually music-centered episode as the gang welcomes Noisey's Colin Joyce to talk about Lil Peep's posthumous Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2. What does it imply about the what Peep's creative direction might have been, and do the circumstances, assumptions, and compromises around its production complicate its place in Peep's body of work? And then Rob has been listening to Let England Shake as the world observes the centennial of the end of World War I. What does PJ Harvey's G...


Be Good and Rewatch It- The Purge: Election Year
Most horror franchises don’t survive the transition to a sequel, let alone a third movie. We were pleasantly surprised by the action-y, Punisher-esque turn of The Purge: Anarchy, but there were enough red flags to have us deeply concerned about where The Purge would go with its third entry, Election Year, a movie centered around protecting a bizarre Hillary Clinton stand-in, who promises to save the country, from her political opponents. Austin, Patrick, Danielle, Natalie, and Rob dive gathered around to di...

Episode 202: Pikachu Noir
The holidays are upon us, which means new video games are dropping fast and furious. That makes it the perfect time to spend a long time talking about...Vampyr? Rob spent the weekend with one of Patrick's favorites from earlier this year, much to his delight. In an episode that was supposed to be "short," Rob and Patrick join Austin to spend nearly two hours also discussing Tetris Effect, how every human being is actually connected, The Gardens Between, the many ways to creatively kill in Hitman 2, ​and wha...

Episode 201: All I Make Is Buckets
​With the 200th episode of Waypoint Radio behind us, we turn back to our roots: The Question Bucket. Join Austin, Rob, Natalie, and Patrick as they answer your questions about all of the most important topics: Being disappointed by your favorite series. How to grit your teeth and send your creative work into the uncaring void of the internet. Peanut Butter.We promised you that Sim City article from Ian Bogost, but we couldn't find it.Discussed: Peanut Butter, Europa Universalis IV, Victoria II, Sim City, Re...


Waypoints 07- Yah Yah Yah Yah
This week, Rob has convinced Austin to watch one of his favorite screwball comedies, ​My Man Godfrey​. This may been a poor choice! (Or the best choice - Cado)​But the main focus in this episode is politics! You want election takes? We got 'em! But first, we need to explore some of the context and history of this political moment by taking a look at McKay Coppins' profile of Newt Gingrich and the brand of politics and the anxieties he represents.Discussed: The Man Who Broke Politics (article at The Atlantic...

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 a...

Episode 199: The True Horror of Lovecraft
Content warning for discussion of racism in horror games and movies, and a mention of rape in horror movies at 1:10:00-1:11:00.H.P. Lovecraft, the author so well-known for his works of horror, his writings on monsters and madness and cosmic horror, was a radically, horrifically racist person, even for his time. So, how do we deal with that, when his influence is all over the horror genre, indirectly through popular tropes and immediately, in games inspired directly from his work, like this week’s Call of Ct...


Waypoint 101 - Red Dead Redemption Part 2
​In the second (and final) part of our Red Dead Redemption playthrough for Waypoint 101, we—ugh—survive the extremely long Mexico section of the game, and revisit the still-memorable finale and epilogue. Red Dead Redemption is a game that's aged weirdly in the eight years since its release, as Austin, Patrick, Natalie, and Rob discover over the nearly two hours spent picking apart the game's conclusion. Some things work, a lot of things don't, and much has changed since 2010. We also sneak in some talk abou...

Waypoints 06: Happy Halloween, Ya Monsters
We have a monster-sized episode this week, as we've all been extremely on our bullshit. Rob was stunned by Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman, a powerful family tragedy set in Northern Ireland in the 1980s. Patrick's troubled by the swiftly evolving dystopia typified by this Planet Money episode on China's experiment in giving citizens "social credit scores". Danielle has been thinking about sexuality and kink as explored in Clive Barker's Hellbound: Hellraiser 2. And Natalie has been watching Laid-Back Camp an...

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: Sub...


Episode 197: Rob and Austin Play Subterfuge While We Record a Podcast
During our charity stream last week, Austin and Rob were sucked into participating a game of Subterfuge, a "simple" mobile strategy game built on alliances, betrayal, and taking over your life. It’s even invaded our podcast. Despite this, Patrick, Austin, Rob, Danielle, and Natalie ​found a way to discuss Fallout 76’s beta, Black Ops 4, Return of the Obra Dinn, Call of Cthulhu, Soul Calibur 6, and Unexplored. We’ll have thoughts on Red Dead Redemption 2 next week, as we only got access to the game a day bef...

Maybe Titled Rewatch Podcast - The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
Patrick, Austin, Danielle, Natalie, and Rob gather to discuss the second film in The Purge series, The Purge: Anarchy, as part of a deep dive into the entire series. Warning: Spoilers abound. Warning: Rob is upset about how people employ tactics. Warning: This movie needed more Michael K. Williams. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 196: OK, About That OTHER Rockstar Article
On this episode of Waypoint Radio: Austin, Natalie, Patrick, and Rob sit down to discuss the new article by Jason Schreier on Rockstar's crunch culture. They dive deep on what the new info out of Rockstar says about working conditions there, worker's rights in the gaming industry as a whole, and how they hope this new conversation can help bolster real change across the industry. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Waypoints 05 - Please Loop, Haunt, and Subscribe
It's Wednesday and that means Waypoints, where the site's staff and friends will bring something to share with each other and with you: a TV show, art exhibit, movie, album, or other thing from the universe of pop culture. to discuss, dissect, and enjoy.This week, Patrick brings us an article that delves into Instagram's harassment problem, Rob revisits 'Looper' to find something less hard sci-fi, more crime movie, and Danielle is getting into the fall spirit by watching 'Haunting of Hill House,' a beautifu...

Episode 195 : OK, About That Rockstar Article
Content Warning: short discussion on statue genitalia from 45:30 - 46:40It's Waypoint Radio 195! Or something very much like it! Danielle, Patrick, and Rob are excited about video games! Rob's been playing Oxenfree, Danielle is still playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and Patrick has discovered the future of gaming with Astro Bot, and it's virtual reality (or "VR" for short). But before they get into that, the gang just has to read this one Vulture article about the making of Red Dead Redemption 2 and offer ...

Episode 194: Lucy Lawless Appreciation Moment
On Waypoint Radio 194, Danielle, Rob, and Patrick talk about games where a major character was enough to pull them through some questionable gameplay. We start in on Assassin's Creed Odyssey giving Danielle some serious Xena: Warrior Princess vibes, talk through some good horror games that maybe ran a little long (like Soma and Alien: Isolation), and discuss Rob's time with the Gabriel Knight series. We have a horror corner, a Lucy Lawless Appreciation Moment AND a bonus dad corner this week, and a brief (a...


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 div...

Waypoints 04 - The Wastelands
Content Warnings: Pregnancy-related body horror, harm to children.It's Wednesday and that means Waypoints, where the site's staff and friends will bring something to share with each other and with you: a TV show, art exhibit, movie, album, or other thing from the universe of pop culture. to discuss, dissect, and enjoy.It's been a week! Perhaps in preparation for such a week, Rob's been going back to Alan Furst's Night Soldiers series and vicariously taking part in the clandestine warfare of spies in 1930s E...

Episode 193: New York Odyssey
This week on Waypoint Radio: Austin, Danielle, Rob, and Natalie discuss Rob's recent reverie in Forza Horizon 4, Natalie had her dessert first in Super Mario Party, Danielle is catching up with Kassandra in Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and Austin has a surprising amount to say about Xbox Game Pass.Discussed: Forza Horizon 4, Super Mario Party, Paper Mario series, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Life is Strange 2, Kentucky Route 0, Oxenfree, Xbox Game Pass For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com...


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...

Untitled Waypoint Rewatch Podcast - The Purge (2013)
Waypoint is in the midst of launching several new podcasts, including this Currently Untitled Waypoint Rewatch Podcast That You Should Definitely Help Us Name, where we pick a movie or TV series to watch, dissect, and closely read. Given we’re launching this podcast series in October, it only made sense to start with a genre near and dear to host Patrick Klepek's heart: horror!To that end, we’re rewatching the entirety of The Purge series, a four-part series about a world where for one night per year, all c...

Waypoints 03 - Unreal Reality
This week, we've been trying to figure out what we make of Maniac, Netflix's reality-bending satire from True Detective Season 1 director Cary Joji Fukunaga, starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill (plus a generous supply of superb New York character actors. We see you, Arkady Ivanovich). Danielle has been to Kink Haüs, a show combining dance, music, and performance art to explore different themes around queer identity. Rob has been immersed in the Matt Fraction / David Aja Hawkeye series from 2012-13, and the w...


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, ...

Episode 190: Sword Dad
On Waypoint Radio 190, Danielle, Rob, and Patrick look at the image of the game developer. Spurred on by a recent Eurogamer piece examining early 80s EA advertising for "software artists," and the infamous 2008 New Yorker profile of Cliff Bleszinski, and the image of creatives in our field through the years.Discussed: Seeing farther: the advert that changed the games industry (https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-09-16-seeing-farther-the-advert-that-changed-the-games-industry) The Grammar of Fun (https:/...

Waypoints 02: The Factory of Sadness
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 2, Austin is listening to Serial Season 3, Rob watched Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru, Danielle got into the fall spirit early with a trip to Halloween Horror Nights, and Patrick has a lot to say about sports fandom.Where you can find this stuff: Serial Season 3: anywhere you listen to podcasts. Ik...


Episode 189: Telltale Games and a Radical Rethinking of the Games Industry
Content Warning: During our discussion of labor practices at games studios, the previews for Red Dead Redemption 2 come up and reference is made to a line about horse genitalia from the Kotaku preview piece. Skip minutes 52-54 if you'd like to avoid that, and stop the podcast as Austin begins doing the outro (1:11:22).On today's Waypoint Radio, Austin, Natalie, Patrick, and Rob discuss the recent sudden closure of Telltale Games, how crunch culture causes a cycle of burnout that is physically unsustainable,...

Episode 188: The Internet Ruins Everything, Including Our Sweet Boy, Toad
Content Warning: We begin with the Trump/Toad DiscourseToday, Danielle, Natalie, Patrick, and Rob sit down to talk about the ways in which fandoms interpret works. Why is it that we can find the "horny" in just about any piece of media? When is it inconsequential fun, and when--as in the case of Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie--is the question of a character's sexuality something worth taking a little more seriously. Plus, we take a quick dip in the bucket to discuss a piece of lore from Quantum Break.Discus...

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 ...


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 announce...

Episode 186: Deep Lore
Danielle, Cado, Natalie and Rob sit down to talk lore in games, when it's done well, when it's done poorly, and just why it's so hard to get right. We start with Destiny, a franchise that has radically changed just how it handles lore, and go deep into design that encourages intriguing, rather than eye-rolling detail about a game's world and characters. Discussed: Destiny, Destiny 2, Bloodborne, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Hollow Knight, Mass Effect, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, System Shock 2, Everybody...

Guest Pod: Queerly Beloved Episode 01 - The Past Lovers
Hey everyone, Austin here! As you may have heard, our sister site Broadly has launched a new podcast called Queerly Beloved all about LGBTQ communities, chosen families, and love--romantic and otherwise. To help them kick it off on the right foot, we wanted to share the first episode with you directly. Give it a listen, and if you like it, make sure to subscribe (and hey, leave a review telling them we sent you!)Catch y'all tomorrow with a regular Friday ep of Waypoint Radio!---Queerly Beloved ​is a new pod...


Bonus Pod: Queerly Beloved
We have a little something special for Waypoint listeners today: an interview with Sarah Burke, co-host of our sister site Broadly's new podcast, Queerly Beloved. Queerly Beloved is a multifaceted portrait of LGBTQ chosen family—the people who help us figure out who we are and inspire us to live as our most authentic selves. Waypoint's own Danielle chats with Sarah about the new show, on creating media for queer folks by queer folks, and avoiding pitfalls in queer media. You can listen to the podcast here: ...

Episode 185: That Sequence Rough
On episode 185 of Waypoint Radio, the full team—Austin, Natalie, Cado, Patrick, Rob, and Danielle—talk about the many games they've been playing and discussing. There's some football. There's Call of Duty Black Ops 4. There's a whole lot of Shadow of the Tomb Raider. There's even some serious Valkeryia Chronicles IV chatter. And then, there are some fabulous Waypoints. Discussed: The Bears/Packers NFL game on 9/9/18, Marvel's Spider-Man, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Valkeryia Chronicles IV, Call of Duty Black...

Waypoint Article Read and Discussion: Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Rob and Waypoint Freelancer Dia Lacina get together to discuss Dia's review of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, titled 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' Tries, but Fails, to Tackle Its Own Colonialism. Dia reads her review, which goes in on the ways in which the game seems to want to contend with the negative elements of the colonialist power fantasy at the heart of the franchise, but lacks substance in so many elements. Then she and Rob buckle down for an in-depth, spoiler-inclusive discussion of the game and it's mix...


Episode 184: The Puddle in the Bucket
Content warning for some ableist language.Danielle, Natalie, Rob, and Patrick settle in for an in-depth discussion of "puddlegate"—the kerfuffle that occurred when some gamers thought the new Spider-Man game on PS4 had downgraded visuals compared to its E3 showing. We talk about tech fetishism, elitism, and entitlement, alongside social media frenzies and the media's role in it all. Then, we hit the question bucket and sign off for the weekend.Discussed: Marvel's Spider-Man, PC gaming, Detroit:Become Human,...

Waypoint Article Read and Discussion: Spider-Man
Austin and Patrick get together to read and discuss Patrick's review of Spider-Man, out this week. Patrick reads his piece, where he praises the game's excellent swinging mechanics, surprisingly nuanced story, and overall world, while throwing some shade at its boring side-quest design. Discussed: Spider-Man, Batman: Arkham Asylum For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 183: Live from PAX West 2018
Patrick, Austin, and Danielle hold court live from their panel at PAX West 2018, with a fierce discussion of Gundam, a not-great-seeming game called the Quiet Man, better games like Spelunky 2 and Get in the Car, Loser, thoughts on Streets of Rage 4 with Jeff Gerstmann, and a LIVE question bucket session.Discussed: Get in the Car, Loser! The Quiet Man, Spelunky 2, Gris, Windjammers 2, Streets of Rage 4, Gundam For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Waypoint 101: Shadowrun: Dragonfall
Content warning for abuse, starting at 1:07:18 in the episode.Welcome to the shadows, in Waypoint's deep dive on Shadowrun: Dragonfall. Austin, Rob, and Joel dig into the game's aesthetics, politics, characters and scenarios of this cyberpunk RPG. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 182: Jacksonville
Content warning for discussion of gun violence.On Episode 182, Patrick, Austin, and Danielle discuss the shooting this weekend in Jacksonville, Fla, where a gunman opened fire at a Madden tournament. We talk about gun violence in America and the increasingly infuriating political landscape surrounding it, then break for a discussion of games and Waypoints for the week.Discussed: the shooting in Jacksonville on 8/26, Call of Duty, Mobile Suit Gundam: 0080 War in the Pocket, Almost Human, Goldeneye 007, Guaca...

Episode 181: Tactical Parking Lot
In episode 181 of Waypoint Radio, we get very excited about good game tutorials. Danielle, Rob, and Patrick discuss what makes a good tutorial and in-game learning experience, with special attention paid to games they're into right now: Bad North, Dead Cells, and F1 2018. Then they look at some historic examples and take a dip in the question bucket. Note: episode contains a content warning for discussion of Nazi imagery in games.The King's Bird, Bad North, Dead Cells, F1 2018, Valkeryia Chronicles, Phantom...


Bonus Pod: Sekiro Hands-On Impressions, The Dark Pictures Anthology, Gamescom News, and More!
Happy Thursday... and happy BONUS podcast day, too! Yesterday on Twitch, we revived the old "VICE Gaming's New Podcast" format to to talk about Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Fromsoft's upcoming ninja-action game), which Austin got about an hour of hands-on time with a couple of weeks ago. But that wasn't our only conversation: We also dig into the announcement of the Dark Pictures Anthology, a new series of short horror games by the creators of Until Dawn, the new Daemon X Machina trailer, and other Gamescom n...

Episode 180: The Wimpiest Gamer
Content warning for discussion of transphobic language from approximately 38:38 to 41:33.On episode 180 of Waypoint Radio, Danielle talks about her real-life fighting game, Austin falls down a tactics hole, Rob and Austin are both living out cold-war woes in Phantom Doctrine, and Patrick has become a true Dead Cells Connoisseur. Then, we dip into the question bucket and close out on waypoints from the worlds of film, TV, comics, and other podcasts.Discussed: grappling, Telltale's The Walking Dead season 4, ...

Waypoint Article Read and Discussion: Thorin
Patrick reads his recent article, One of Counter-Strike’s Leading Analysts Wants You to Know Alex Jones Rules, before joining Rob to discuss what drew him to reporting on this particular esports analyst, the ongoing professionalization of esports broadcasting, and the harsh reaction to the piece from certain segments of the esports community. Towards the end, they talk about how publishing this piece resulted in a bunch of old photos from Patrick’s college days surfacing, photos with offensive captions that...


Episode 179: Obsession Session
In Episode 179 of Waypoint Radio, Rob, Patrick, and Danielle discuss the games that we may have gotten a little *too* obsessed with. Rob regales everyone with his sim-racing and Max Payne Antics, Danielle has over 600 hours in Into the Breach, and Patrick has had his share of super-hard platformers to stream to the world. Then we dip in the question bucket and bid the weekend hello.Discussed: GT Legends, GTR 2, RACE 07, Into the Breach, Spelunky, Max Payne 2, Unity of Command, Killer7, Lost, Destiny, Star W...

Episode 178: I'm Talking About His Presence
Content warning for discussion of misogyny in film towards the end of the episode.On Waypoint Radio today, Patrick, Natalie, Rob and Danielle do a little show and tell on the games they've been digging into lately, including We Happy Few, The Final Station, Rome 2's latest expansion and Breath of the Wild. There's also a SECRET SURPRISE anime game from Natalie, and a whole bunch of excellent Waypoints,We Happy Few, Sir, You Are Being Hunted, The Final Station, Rome 2: Rise of the republic, Breath of the Wil...

Episode 177: Difficult Questions
Content warning for discussion of abuse. In this transmission from Waypoint Radio, Natalie, Rob, Patrick, and Danielle discuss depictions of abuse in video games: starting with the recent Captain Spirit. They discuss the problems with "redemption arcs" in popular fiction and two major examples in The Witcher series, as well as pop culture characters and real-life figures who contended with abuse in their lives.Discussed: The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, The Witcher 3, The Witcher series, The Return...


Episode 176: New York Rob
We're visited by New York Rob, aka Rob Zacny, to tell his tales of the city. Joining him are Natalie, Austin, and Danielle, all of whom have excellent games and Waypoints to share from the weekend, including Hollow Knight, WarioWare Gold, Dead Cells, and Evo 2018.Discussed: Hollow Knight, WarioWare Gold, Dead Cells, Evo 2018, The New Museum, My Fair Lady. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 175: Hideo Kojima's Indoctrination Theory
On today's episode of Waypoint Radio, Rob, Patrick, Austin and Danielle gather to discuss games that attempt the herculean task of ending a series on a satisfying note. There are many threes today: The Banner Sage 3, Mass Effect 3, Dark Souls 3, and more, and, of course, a discussion that encompasses fan labor.Discussed: Banner Saga 3, Mass Effect 3, Dark Souls 3, BioShock, The Witcher 3, Animorphs, The Walking Dead (Telltale), Metal Gear Solid V, Sherlock Holmes, Half Life, The Leftovers, Herotodus, Fast L...

Episode 174: Waypoint League
It's a New York crew episode today, as Austin, Natalie, Cado and Danielle huddle up in Lobby 1 to share our weekend adventures. Natalie and Cado went to the Overwatch League Finals, while Danielle and Austin hung out in space—on the many planets of No Man's Sky and it's big Next update. Then we talk Waypoints and make our way to the end of Monday afternoon!Discussed: Overwatch League, No Man's Sky NEXT, Mission Impossible: Fallout, GLOW season 2, Destiny 2 For information regarding your data privacy, visit...


Episode 173: Burnout Ain't Paradise
It's a whole new panel of Waypointers today, as Natalie Watson, Cado, Rob, and Danielle discuss games where difficulty made them make the ultimate decision: do we git gud, or git outta here? Then we dive in to a very meaty question from the bucket concerning work/life balance, school, career, and burnout. Discussed: Bloodborne, Hollow Knight, Xcom 2, Xcom: War of the chosen, Salt and Sanctuary, Stardew Valley, Into the Breach, Warhammer: Total War 2, Battletech, Destiny, labor in the games industry, mental ...

Episode 172: Head in the Clouds
We're deep into our games of choice this week, as the summer swims along. Austin is deep into the clouds of No Man's Sky, Danielle is having a lot of fun with sound effects and new characters in Sonic Mania Plus. Rob is attending to his many wargaming duties. And Patrick, who had a tweet go viral in a rough way this weekend, sought solace in in Hollow Knight.Discussed: No Man's Sky Next, Sonic Mania Plus, Twitter trolls, Hollow Knight, Fields of Despair, Paths of Glory, Twilight Struggle, King of Dragon Pas...

Episode 171: No Man's Guy
In today's Waypoint Radio, we talk about our extensive interview with Sean Murray of Hellop Games (the creators of No Man's Sky), about the game, PR and hype, its politics, and the controversy that the team dealt with at launch.Discussed: No Man's Sky, Space Jam on the Sega Saturn, Dream Daddy, Joe Bernstein's piece 'Alt-Right Troll To Father Killer: The Unraveling Of Lane Davis' For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 170: Captain Toad's Wild Ride
On today's Waypoint Radio, the crew of Austin, Danielle, Patrick and Rob is all here to discuss our Switch adventures with Octopath Traveler, Hollow Knight and Captain Toad, and the impressive RTS stylings of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak. Then we take a dip in the question bucket and head home on Waypoints.Discussed: Octopath Traveler, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, Hollow Knight, Sonic Mania, The Endless, Game Developers of Color Expo games: The Last Stop, Solace State, Becke...

Episode 169: Goose-ifer
On today's Waypoint Radio, Austin, Patrick and Rob chat about recent news in the world and the world of games, including the Mueller investigation, goings on at ArenaNet, and the Reddit kerfuffle at KotakuInAction. We also talk about the Ancestors: Legacy developers and one amazing typo in the code of Aliens: Colonial Marines.Discussed: KotakuInAction, ArenaNet, Galak-Z: Variant S, Ancestors Legacy, Aliens: Colonial Marines For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 168: ArenaNet
On Today's Waypoint Radio, we start out talking about games like Six Ages and Prey: Mooncrash, along with the true cinematic gem Skybound. But soon enough, we work our way towards the topic of last week's incident at ArenaNet, where two developers were fired for their comments on Twitter, and what that means (and could mean) in the current fraught state of the industry.Discussed: Skybound, Hollow Knight, Prey: Mooncrash, Six Ages, Labor in the game industry, ArenaNet, PK Dick's Electric Dreams, Rian Johnson...


Bonus Pod: Super Hot Mic Mornings
With much of the Waypoint crew out today, we have an extra special bonus episode of Waypoint Radio for you! We've compiled some of the best bits of Hot Mic Mornings: our new morning talk show where we discuss everything from snackfoods to Animorphs to... laptop stories, and wrapped it up for a holiday podcast episode. We'll be back Monday for your regularly scheduled Waypoint Radio!Discussed: sauces, Disney Afternoon cartoons, Animorphs novels, Joel Fowler's musical education, Lays snack foods, laptops, Don...

Episode 167: No Collusion, No Kahlúa
Rob and Danielle are off for the holiday weekend, and they've left Austin and Patrick behind to suffer in this bug-hot heatwave. Yet these insects who suffer in this muggy clime find cool solace in the melancholic ruins of Hollow Knight's abandoned bug kingdom, and in a quiet moment they turn to the dusty scrolls cataloging victors of contests long past in order to scrabble together some soothing conversation of more temperate times. Won't you join, and listen? Or does the heat not yet reach your bones? Heh...

Waypoint 101: Mad Max
On this late-but-great edition of Waypoint 101, Austin and Rob are joined by regular Waypoint freelancers Cameron Kunzelman and Dante Douglas for a deep dive on Mad Max, Avalanche's 2015 open world game based on the post-apocalyptic, car-crazed world. They dig into the game's world, characters (including... character names) and politics, with a healthy dose of Waypoint forum discussion. Please note that there is a content warning for a brief discussion of violence and misogynistic content in the game.Discus...


Episode 166: Sick of Civility
It's June, and the world is falling apart, but the games are good (mostly), and we all have new and ongoing games to chat about. Austin is playing Mario Tennis: Aces and Danielle held back completely from using a "Love" joke on the podcast. He also played the unfortunate New Gundam Breaker. Rob checks in with Manhattan Project and Ancestor’s Legacy. Patrick is deep into Vampyr lore and enjoying some Hollow Knight on Switch. Danielle has kind words for OnRush, Prey, and the very latest from DontNod, Captain ...

Episode 165: Giving It 100%
Today on Waypoint Radio, we talk about completionism—playing games so much, you do EVERYTHING there is to do. Or find every single item or story bit. Or just generally... complete the whole thing. Stick around as well for a quick promo for Science Solved It—Motherboard's podcast about wild science stories.Discussed: Into the Breach, Vampyr, Mass Effect, The Witcher series, Prey, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Tekken, Bloodborne, Dark Souls, Nier For information regarding your data privacy, visit aca...

Episode 164: E3 and the Cosmic Horror Mooncrash
Team Waypoint survived E3! Well, mostly. Austin is sick, but that doesn't stop us from casting a pod about several games we saw at E3—and a few we've been playing since. We check in on Spiderman, an entirely seperate Cthulu detective game from the one discussed during the show, Mario Tennis: Aces, and Prey: Mooncrash! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


E3 2018 Day 3: StarLink, Pokemon Let's Go, and More Rage 2
Finally, E3 is over... But before we left the show floor for the final time, we got together to discuss our last day in LA (and video games).Discussed: The Plague Tale: Innocence, Pokemon Let's Go, StarLink, Rage 2, Reggie, Greedfall For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

E3 2018 Day 2: The Last of Us 2, Metro Exodus, Dying Light 2
We got together to discuss our exciting day two (or... five) of E3, including highlights from The Last of Us Part II, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Call of Duty, Dying Light 2, and way, way more!Discussed: Dying Light 2, Galak-Z Variant S, Zone of the Enders Mars, Resident Evil 2, Rage 2, Metro Exodus, Total War: Three Kingdoms, Cyberpunk 2077, Captain Spirit (Life is strange), Shadow of the Tomb Raider, The Last of Us Part II, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Donut County, Wattam, Outer Wilds, Yakuza Kiwami 2 For ...

E3 2018 Day 1: Anthem, Cyberpunk 2077, and LA Rob
On the first official day of E3 we saw many, many games. Among them, Anthem, Cyberpunk 2077, Ooblets, Ori and the Will the Wisp, Battlefield V, and many, many more. We were also blessed by the appearance of one LA Rob, a man so badass we had to mention him in the podcast title.Discussed: Kids, Ooblets, Knights and Bikes, Super Meat Boy Forever, Ori and the Will o The Wisp, Anthem, The Sinking City, Battlefield V, Destiny 2, Control, Ghosts of Tsushima, Cyberpunk 2077 For information regarding your data pri...


E3 Day 1: Nintendo and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Austin and Patrick recall their VICE Gaming's new podcast days and talk Nintendo Direct and their look at the new Fromsoft Samurai Soulslike, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.Discussed: Daemon Ex Machina, Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Fire Emblem: The Three Houses, Fortnight, Chance the Rapper, A bunch of indies, Overcooked 2, Killer Queen Black, Hollow Knight, Octopath Traveler, The World Ends with You, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit a...

E3 2018 Day 0: Ubisoft, Square Enix, and Sony's Press Events
Patrick, Rob, Austin and Danielle gather after a rousing day of press events and appointments to talk about Square Enix, Ubisoft, and Sony's big press events. We go in on labor issues and Beyond Good and Evil 2, romance in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, THAT KISS in The Last of Us 2, the excitement over the Resident Evil 2 reveal, and hopes and fears about Death Stranding. Plus much, much more.Discussed: Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Kingdom Hearts 3, The Division 2, The Crew 2, Beyond Good and Evil 2, Sable, Sinki...

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...


E3 2018 Day -2: EA PLay (Anthem, Battlefield V, Sea of Solitude)
On our first day of E3—or day negative two—we discuss EA's press event. We talk Anthem, Battlefield V, Sea of Solitude, and much more, as well as general E3 plans and wackiness. We'll be podcasting each day from E3, so stay tuned!Discussed: Anthem, Battlefield V, Star Wars Battlefront 2, Unraveled Two, Sea of Solitude, Command and Conquer  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 163: E3 Stands For...
In our pre-E3 extravaganza, Austin, Rob, Ptarick and Danielle discuss hopes and fears for E3, one of the biggest, loudest expos for games each year. They discuss nightmare scenarios, dream games, and the hilarity that ensues when this many people crowd a convention center with too many games!Discussed: Metal Wolf Chaos, Prey, Bloodborne, Front Mission 5, our E3 hopes and fears For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoint Article Read and Discussion: Agony Review
Please note, this podcast carries a content warning for discussion of sexual violence and brutal misogyny. Patrick reads his review titled 'Agony,' a Game About Dehumanizing Women, Isn't Just Bad, It's Toxic, and he and Rob discuss the game. They detail the many ways in which the game isn't just poorly designed—a sort of first-person trip through hell—it also has real problems with women. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 162: Red Dead Faction
Austin, Danielle, Patrick and Rob discuss such monuments of game culture as Space Asshole, the structure of We Happy Few, the new expansion for Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock, and the Vampiric era of London.Discussed: We Happy Few, Fallout 4, Vampyr, Battlestar Galactica Deadlock: Broken Alliance, Remember Me, BioShock Flotilla Framed Collection, Yuku’s Island Express, Red Faction Guerilla, Game Night, O70 Shake, I,Tonya. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 161: Labor Pains
Danielle, Austin, Rob, and Patrick tackle the heavily fraught issue of the game industry's talent exodus, where terrible labor practices have frustrated many talented developers and caused them to look elsewhere for their careers. They talk contract vs. full-time positions, pay, harassment issues, and the myths that keep young workers coming to the industry, despite a lack of protections.Discussed: Simon Parkin's piece on Gamasutra titled The Great Video Game Exodus, the resources page on game workers unite...

Episode 160: State of The Decayed Union
Patrick returns from a week of “vacation” where he made appearances on video game podcasts to ask for advice on how to get rid of the squirrels in his attic. Elsewhere, Austin and Rob could not disagree more on State of Decay 2, Austin gives us his impressions on Days Gone and other games from his recent trip to LA, and Patrick praises Capcom’s approach to re-visiting old, difficult games in the latest Mega Man collection.Discussed: PUBG, Fortnight, Vacation Simulator, Firewall Zero Hour, Days Gone, State o...


Episode 159: I, Android
In a sci-fi extravaganza, Austin, Rob, and Danielle discuss a host of questions around androids, AI, robots, and other forms of intelligence. We talk games, movies, and novels that tackle these with grace (and those that do it less so) and dip into some good, heavy question bucket offerings.Discussed: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Neuromancer, Person of Interest, Moon, Destiny 2, Player of Games (novel), Mass Effect, Asimov's Foundation series, Ascentury (playable at ascentury.net), Soma (with spoilers!)M...

Episode 158: Rabbit Holes
In a meaty 2-hour-long Waypoint Radio, Rob, Austin and Danielle get down to business talking about E3 Judges Week, slightly broken games that we love (like State of Decay 2 and STALKER), and the ARG Danielle fell all the way down last week. Discussed: Dreams, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Kingdom Hearts 3, STALKER, Battletech, State of Decay 2, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, Asemblance: Oversight, Michal Clayton, Jessica Jones Season Two, Sky Rogue For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.c...

Episode 157: Sonic's Little Legs
On today's Waypoint Radio, Danielle and Rob talk about games that really capture the essence of activities they love. We've got grappling, swimming, and... flying up for grabs. Then they take some question bucket time and waypoints to close out the show. Note: we had some audio issues on Danielle's end this week, please bear with us! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 156: Coffee Rage 2
On today's Waypoint Radio, Danielle, Rob, and Patrick continue some of the impassioned beverage discussion from last week, concerning coffee and water (this time, it's really about coffee), Rage 2's existence, and the disappointment of Total War: Britannia. We take a nice dip into the question bucket after that and close on some Waypoints! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 155: Top Ten (Or Twenty)
Austin, Rob, and Danielle get together to discuss their personal top ten lists: their favorite games of all time, and look for trends and outliers. In the process, you'll understand that these are, without a shadow of a doubt, the most Austin, Rob, and Danielle lists you'll ever hear about. Thanks to Skyridge on the Waypoint forums for the thread that inspired the topic! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 154: Coffee, Tea, Ennui
Today, Austin, Rob, Patrick and Danielle discuss a very serious matter, brought on by a reader's related query: coffee or water. Oh, they talk about other things too, including Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Battletech, the TV show Barry, and much more. But the core question remains. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 153: Donkey Humpf
With all the hyper-focussed pods we've been casting lately, we decided to go ahead and have a good, old-fashioned, Monday-style Waypoint Radio episode (on a Friday) and talk about what we've been playing. Austin, Patrick and Danielle chat about Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Monster Prom, Into the Breach, Swords of Ditto, Far Cry 5 and much more! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Bonus Pod: God of War Spoilercast
Austin and Patrick dive deep into the furthest reaches of God of War, for a whopping spoilercast. There are questions asked and answered, observations about Norse mythology, and... not very many dad jokes. As this is a full spoilercast, beware: there are *many* spoilers ahead! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoint 101: Fortnite
After a full fortnight of Fortnite, the Waypoint crew (Patrick, Danika, Austin, Rob and Danielle) discuss their adventures on the battlefield. The Battle Royale genre may just be getting started, and so are we. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Waypoint Article Read and Discussion: Battletech Review
After read of the piece, Austin and Rob discuss Rob's review of Battletech: a grueling, fast-paced tactics game based on the classic franchise. Just remember one thing: this game is all about attrition. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoint Article Read: Frostpunk Review & Discussion
Join Waypoint Senior Editor Rob Zacny and Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker as they discuss Rob's review of Frostpunk, a post-apocalyptic city builder from 11-Bit Studios, makers of This War of Mine. Rob reads his piece, which interrogates the mechanics and politics of the icy, complex game, and how it reminds him, in surprising ways, of his own history. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Bonus Pod: A Conversation with BattleTech Composer Jon Everist
You may have noticed that we've been digging BattleTech around here. Between Rob Zacny's review earlier today and last Friday's livestream, giant robots have very clearly been very much on our minds. You'll be able to hear more of my thoughts on the game on Friday's episode of Waypoint Radio, which features Rob Zacny and I doing a huge deep dive into the game. Suffice to say, I love it.Which is why I jumped at the chance to chat with the game's composer, Jon Everist, and to exclusively feature the above beh...


Episode 152: Avoid the Dud
After a massive 4/20 stream involving Spy Party, Battletech, and building various Nintendo Labo projects, Austin, Patrick and Danielle have plenty to talk about. But there's much more than that on this cast, which includes thoughts on Swords of Ditto, David Cage's latest controversy, and... 60s board games. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 151: Hit by the Hype Train
With Austin at a work event, Danielle, Patrick and Rob discuss their own uneasy relationships with hype—say, around a game as big as the new God of War—and how they navigate the joys and sorrows of buzz around big games. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

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...


Episode 149: No Man's Ad Buy
Danielle, Patrick, Rob, and Austin gather to discuss the topic of game marketers occasionally telling a more interesting story than the game that's being sold. They touch on Far Cry 5, Dead Island, No Man's Sky, Bioshock Infinite and more, with a dash of stories about raves in empty Toys R' Us stores for flavor. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoint Article Read: God of War Review & Discussion
Waypoint’s Patrick Klepek gives us his review of Sony’s latest entry in the long, bloody God of War series. Watch as he unpacks how a story about Kratos, a violent man who doesn’t deserve redemption, tries to reconcile his past. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Bonus Pod: Gordon Hayward at PAX East 2018
During PAX East 2018, Waypoint's own Joel and Rob sat down with Celtics forward Gordon Hayward: himself a competitive League of Legends player—to talk about esports, basketball, and using games as a healthy, competitive outlet while injured. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 148: Live From PAX East 2018
Austin, Rob, Danika, and Patrick led a rousing discussion from the Waypoint Radio Live panel this PAX East, with talk of all the games from the show floor - including Phantom Doctrine and Due Process. They also ate some mysterious food, including the mythical McGoosta! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 147: 1970s Crimeboy Love
​Heads up: We get into spoiler territory for A Way Out from around 20:35 until 36:00. ​Everyone on the panel has finished A Way Out so it's time for some final thoughts on the game overall before we dive into a spoiler-rich discussion of the last act and different endings. The gang also digs into the Fortnite phenomenon, as Patrick unpacks the degree to which the game has taken over teenage and young adult culture. Speaking of feeling out of touch with the culture, why do streamers keep using that slur? Jud...


Episode 146: Making Your Own Fun Is Fun
Danielle, Austin, Rob and Patrick have been playing a whole bunch of games lately that are more fun to, well, make our own fun in. Like Sea of Thieves, and A Way Out—but also, in streaming Far Cry 5, Bloodborne, and Into the Breach. We talk improv, role play, and all the ways we like to make our own fun in games, and then, read a slew of listener stories about the way they play. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoint Article Read: Far Cry 5 Review
Austin reads his review of Far Cry 5 and discusses the game with host Rob Zacny. New changes to the structure are welcomed, but Far Cry 5, Austin says, has no confidence and no heart. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 145: The Poop Goes to Hope County
Austin, Patrick, Rob and Danielle gather around the proverbial campfire to discuss Far Cry 5, a game that does very little with its political ambitions (and fire mechanics), A Way Out, a prison break game that is a little broken, and more tales from Sea of Thieves. Then, we all get into endorsements (which we still need a more original term for.) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 144: Waypoint's Guns and Games Week
Danielle, Austin, Rob and Patrick took some time today to discuss their week of writing stories about the relationship between guns and games. We interviewed game developers who never shoot in games, an academic who studies the relationship between games and violence (and lack of strong correlation), and wrote and edited critical pieces on games as cultural objects, customizable trophies, and much, much more. We also discuss Canadian pizza, because, of course we do. For information regarding your data priv...

Episode 143: Celebrity Pirate Adventures
Finally, Austin and Danika have a chance to process Drake’s recent takeover of Twitch, while Danielle and Patrick scratch their heads. We talk through our early hours with the surprisingly delightful Sea of Thieves, and introduce a new segment at the end: recommendations from the group. You’ve been, uh, warned. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Bonus Pod: We Know Games Don't Cause Real-Life Violence, But Why?
As people who play games, we often take the notion that games don’t correlate to real-life violence for granted. But what’s the science behind that statement? How did we get there? To learn more, I spoke with Villanova University professor of psychology Patrick Markey, co-author of the 2017 book Mortal Kombat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong.Like most of the country, all of us at Waypoint spent the last month processing the horror of yet another school shooting, while simultaneously admiring the...


Episode 142: Geoffrey Giraffe Sleeps With the Fishes
Austin, Patrick, Rob and Danielle discuss the sad news that is the end of Toys R Us, the store that has always held a special place in our gaming childhoods. We also discuss recent news about Luigi's bulge. It's a very special Friday episode of Waypoint Radio! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoint 101: Metro 2033
Sci-fi, Tarkovsky, gender politics, World War II, STALKER, centrism, subs vs. dubs... this Metro 2033-focused episode of Waypoint 101 has it all! Join Austin, Danielle, and Rob for a in-depth and wide-ranging discussion of 4A Games' 2010 adaptation of Sergei Glukhovsky's 2005 post-apocalyptic novel. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 141: Live, Die, Breach, Repeat
Austin, Rob, Danielle, and Patrick are all about playing mecha tactics game Into the Breach lately, though some have caught the bug worse than others. Austin talks Far Cry 5, Patrick also played Florence, and Rob is all about the low-fi beauty of Command Ops 2. Then, we take a nice, refreshing dive into the question bucket. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 140: Top 10 Toilets in Video Games
Waypoint published a piece this week about a professor who’s cataloged more than 2,000 soda machines in video games, which got Danielle, Rob, and Patrick thinking about the different ways games choose to represent the most innocuous parts of real-life. It’s always handy to have an excuse to get very nostalgic about flushing toilets in Duke Nukem 3D. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 139: Call Me By Arkane
Austin, Danika, Patrick and Danielle recount their stories of weekend triumphs, fending off creatures in Hunt: Showdown, wrecking Anjanaths and dragons in Monster Hunter, playing BioShock again and eagerly awaiting Prey DLC. There's also some solid reality show talk and a shred of good advice (we hope!) for new writers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 138: I Love It, But I Hate it, But I love it.
Patrick, Austin and Danielle ponder games that have crossed the thin red line from beloved to hated, and how to define where that line actually gets drawn, after all. It's a slightly quicker, but still meaty pod for a stormy Friday! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Waypoint 101: Black Panther
Austin, Rob, Patrick and Danielle dig into the politics, performances, and problems of Marvel's latest film, Black Panther. During our spoiler-filled discussion, we cover everything from the disrobing of Michael B. Jordan to the frustrating (centrist?) answers the movie offers in response to some of its big questions. Wakanda forever? Wakanda forever. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

'Into the Breach' Turns Mech Combat Into a Tactical Dance
The follow up to 'FTL' isn't the game you might have expected. But it's still a must play. Listen to Austin Walker read his review of the latest from Subset Games, and be sure to stick around for the conversation he and host Rob Zacny have afterwards! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 137: Her Fit Was Fire
It's an especially monday Monday, but that didn't stop Patrick, Austin, and Danielle from discussing their latest adventures. Patrick's playing Moss, a very cute VR game about the adventures of a mouse named Quill. Austin is all about Into the Breach, a mecha strategy game from the FTL developers. And Danielle is all about Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, but with a few disclaimers (like the fact that Austin did contract work on it). Then they dip into a serious, forward-looking question bucket. For infor...


Episode 136: Will The Real Neocon Please Stand Up?
Most games let you be a “good” person because that’s just how things usually go, but what if more games pushed players outside moral and ethical comfort zones? This week, Rob wrote about how games can uncomfortably reflect who we are as people, which Rob, Patrick, Austin, and Danielle used to more broadly discuss why games don’t ask more from players. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 135: We Haven't Covered 'Kingdom Come: Deliverance.' Let's Talk About Why
Kingdom Come: Deliverance, an open world medieval RPG set during the Holy Roman Empire, launched earlier this week, and it's already an enormous hit. Waypoint hasn't covered the game yet, partially because we've struggled over how to over a game whose creative director has both publicly and forcefully supported GamerGate and made highly questionable statements about the game's "historical" accuracy regarding representing people of color. Maybe we shouldn't cover it all? On the podcast, Austin, Patrick, and ...

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...


Bonus Pod: Austin's NYU Game Center Guest Lecture
Things have been rough lately. The last couple of years have made it incredibly clear that aspects of American culture that many convinced themselves were latent or diminished were only lurking quietly in the background. We've also seen new forces mobilized, driven by fear and nihilism, to dehumanize others—especially those in the margins.So, uh, where do video games fit into this?Well, that's the question I was asked by the NYU Game Center, who invited me to give a guest lecture titled "Making and Playing ...

Episode 133: I Love it, I Love it
Austin, Danika, Patrick and Danielle discuss a whole slew of interconnected stream celebrity issues, first, looking at Twitch and Mixer's new rules. We also look into the curious cases of Dr DisRespect and Logan Paul. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 132: Fiver Bro and Yakuza Dads
​In today's episode of Waypoint Radio, Danika, Austin, Patrick and Danielle discuss Superbowl antics, Monster Hunter, and the excellent pixellated platformers we're playing—including Celeste and Dandara, a Metroid-y Soulslike—before shifting over to Yakuza chat. There will be dads, and especially dads in white pants. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 131: The Subtle Plotting of Turok Evolution
A lot of video game villains are cartoonish and over-the-top, but as Danika Harrod argued in a piece on Waypoint this week, sometimes games go too far in trying to make the point that evil people are evil. Danielle, Rob, and myself huddled around some microphones to use Danika’s piece as a launching pad for a broader discussion about how games use villains, prompting us to discuss everything from BioShock Infinite to Resident Evil: Code Veronica. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com...

Waypoint 101: Zombi
In our latest Waypoint 101 excursion, Patrick, Rob, and Austin tackle the grim London of Zombi. Originally ZombiU, an early Wii U game later adapted to other platforms, the game impressed the panel with its tension, early digital video aesthetic, and fresh, high-stakes take on surviving one of video games' most tired settings: the zombie apocalypse. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 130: Morality 'n Monster (Hunters)
Monster Hunter: World is a very good game, but as Austin pointed out in his review last week, it’s a game that “offers intricate environments, lively creatures, kinetic combat... and a dash of colonialist fantasy." Austin, Patrick, and Rob talk about what to do with complicated (and often contradictory) feelings regarding a video game you’re enjoying, while checking in on Rob’s attempts to survive the zombie hordes in the strategy game We Are Billions. For information regarding your data privacy, visit aca...


Battling the Beasts of 'Monster Hunter: World' Feels Dynamic and Desperate
This new world offers intricate environments, lively creatures, kinetic combat... and a dash of colonialist fantasy. Waypoint's Austin Walker shares his thoughts. You can read (and watch!) the full review at https://tinyurl.com/waypointmonhun For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 129: Detroit: Become Sun King
​On Waypoint's day off last week, a series of investigations into Detroit: Become Human developer Quantic Dream broke out of France, outlining allegations of a deeply toxic studio culture. (There are good write-ups on both Kotaku​ and Eurogamer​.) Austin, Danielle, Rob, and Patrick consider this means for one of 2018's more high-profile games, and what we're supposed to with this information when eventually playing Detroit: Become Human. Elsewhere, we discuss our time with The Red Strings Club, Celeste, and...

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!). For informati...


Episode 127: The Long Game
We had a special treat this week at Waypoint HQ, with the whole team in town for meetings, streams, and this very podcast. So Patrick, Austin, Rob and Danielle talked about “forever” games, thanks to two pieces Patrick wrote this week, on a Mario Maker Creator who has spent close to 2000 hours playing his almost-impossible creation, and on a Die Hard Desert Golf fan who found the elusive ending to his favorite game. We chat about our very own “forever” games, from the endless appeal of immersive sims to the...

Episode 126: The Anime Hour
Waypoint loves video games, which is why Austin, Rob, Danielle, and Patrick spend the first 20 minutes of this podcast talking about The Thing and the 80s anime Legend of the Galactic Heroes. Of course. Later, we discuss the defense-oriented brawler Way of the Passive Fist, re-visiting Breath of the Wild and Horizon: Zero Dawn through DLC, the good boys of Yakuza 0, and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 125: Knee-Deep in the Mythos
With a few different Waypoint editors taking some time off this week, Danielle and Patrick are joined by one of our more regular writers, Cameron Kunzelman, to break down my piece arguing Assassin’s Creed should ditch its sci-fi trappings. Somehow, we end up talking about the Hellraiser movie that takes place in space, a bizarre D&D campaign called Spelljammers, and why we get hung up on the notion of “it’s good for a video game.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 124: Happy New Year! (feat: QB [question bucket])
2018 is here! At least, it should be. This podcast description was written in 2017, so if something happens between now and then, apologies. Maybe it was the alien alloys? In any case, before everyone returns to the office and begins formulating another year of hot takes, Austin, Rob, and Patrick returned to The Question Bucket. Yes, we still have questions from more than a year ago. No, we didn't get to all of them. Sorry. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Holiday Pod #5: The Video Games We're Most Looking Forward to in 2018
There are so many games we've yet to finish from 2017, but in a few days, 2018 will be here. Though we've spent much of this week taking stock of the year that was, now's a chance to think about what we'll be playing and talking about in the months ahead. Austin, Danielle, Rob, and Patrick looked through the calendar and came up with four games we'll be hot taking in 2018. (Yes, we're aware one of the games we discussed, Psychonauts 2, has already been delayed out of 2018. Oops.) For information regarding ...

Holiday Pod: #4 Gaming's Most Controversial Trend in 2017: Loot Boxes
Everyone knows video games have to make money somehow, but the question over how games make money became one of the central arguments in 2017, as various big name publishers brought one of the most popular ways to monetize mobile and free-to-play games—loot boxes—into the mainstream. Now, governments around the world are looking into whether loot boxes should stick around. Austin, Rob, and Patrick got together to break down the past, present, and future of loot boxes. For information regarding your data pr...


Holiday Pod #3: Games That Only Appeared on Our GOTY List, Not Anyone Else's
Because there were so many games to love in 2017, there was a pretty good chance our individual top 10 lists were going to include games no one else featured. In an effort to give every possible game its due, Austin, Danielle, Rob, and Patrick decided to huddle around some microphones and propose and champion a game that came exclusively from one of our own lists. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Holiday Pod #2: Gaming and Politics Went Hand-in-Hand in 2017
One of the big reasons Waypoint exists was to create a space where it was not only accepted to talk about games and politics, but encouraged. That we stumbled into a year where politics dominated every conversation, sometimes to the point of exhaustion, only underscored our point. To take a closer look at the intersection of gaming and politics in 2017, Austin, Rob, Danielle, and Patrick gathered around their microphones. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 123: Someone Explain To Me The Alien Alloys Before I F'ing Explode
In-between preparing for next week's holiday break and organizing our game of the year lists, the Waypoint staff has been unable to shake this weird story from The New York Times that, seriously and soberly, suggests aliens are, uh, real?? With the rest of the Fake News mainstream media ignoring this extremely important story, it was time for Austin, Danielle, Rob, and Patrick to weigh in. Also, machine elves. MACHINE ELVES. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 122: Gravity Rush 2 Really Did Come Out This Year
There are only a few more days before the Waypoint staff has to finalize their game of the year lists, which means everyone is hurrying through various games, trying to figure out if there's a game they missed (or forgot about). This prompts myself, Austin, Rob, and Danielle to talk about everything from the subtle genius of Resident Evil 7, characters being jerks in Night in the Woods, the bad opening hours of Gravity Rush 2, and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 121: Star Wars: The Last Hot Take
Few movie franchises inspire as many hot takes as Star Wars, and with the latest film dropping, you can already feel the Internet shaking. There are zero The Last Jedi spoilers in this podcast, but the movie's release prompted Patrick, Danielle, and Austin to consider why people so compelled to deliver their opinions ASAP, how hot takes relate to spoiler culture, and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 120: More Like Ready Player None!@!!!!!
A new trailer for Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One dropped this weekend, which prompts Austin, myself, and Rob into a longer discussion about Ready Player One as a work, the kinds of films Spielberg is making these days, and more. We also dig into the new desert map in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and why Rob is playing so much Dead Rising 3. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 119: Bunghole Drip
Earlier this week, the popular crowdfunding service Patreon announced some controversial changes to the way it handles processing payments, and basically nobody's happy about it? To wrap our heads around the rocky future of media and react to 2017's Keighleys, CNET editor editor at large (and frequent guest of Giant Bomb's Beastcast podcast) Jeff Bakalar joined Patrick, Rob, and Austin. We also spend way too much time speculating about a 30 second teaser for FromSoftware's new game. For information regardi...

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...


Episode 117: AKA The Trap Trebek
In this episode of Waypoint Radio Live, we're joined by none other than Scott Rogowsky from trivia app sensation, HQ.Austin and Danika talk to Scott about his beginnings in stand-up comedy, the transient bliss of HQ, grappling with new found fame, what exactly counts as cheating (no googling!), and the development of the HQ community. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Watching History Fade Away in 'Call of Duty: WWII'
Waypoint Senior Editor Rob Zacny reads his latest, which tackles Call of Duty: World War II, a game that sends the series back to its roots, and casts a modern warfare gaze on a past that suddenly seems mythic. Find the full article at: https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/pa37bn/watching-history-fade-away-in-call-of-duty-wwii For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 116: ZombiUGottaPlayThisGame
Though the holidays can be stressful, time off from work means there's way more time for games! So, there's that. Danika, Austin, Rob, and Patrick reconvened after Thanksgiving to discuss what everyone played over the brief break, ranging from Battle Chef Brigade to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp to ZombiU (yes, ZombiU!) to Yakuza 0. Because Patrick didn't play any games, however, he was forced to express my ongoing anxiety about having purchased a robot cleaner. Rob didn't make Patrick feel any better. For ...


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/...

Episode 115: A Mailbag Turducken
Video games have been especially busy lately, which means we’ve only had time for one or two questions at the end of most podcasts. With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up for many, including everyone at Waypoint, we figured it was a good time to get our hands dirty in The Question Bucket. This helps explain why Danielle, Rob, and myself went on an extremely long tangent about garage culture, and how people lose their minds after moving to the suburbs. We talk about video games sometimes, too. For informat...

Episode 114: Make Star Wars Weird Again
A new Star Wars video game launched this week, but Battlefront II isn’t on our minds right now. Instead, Rob, Danielle, and Patrick used the launch of Electronic Arts’ loot box simulator to look back at their individual histories with Star Wars video games. If you want to hear about Danielle’s special “flight pants” while playing Shadows of the Empire, or how Dark Forces forced Patrick to understand how computers work, this is the podcast for you. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.co...


The New 'Need for Speed' Sees a Future Where Loot Boxes Are in Control
Austin has recorded a bonus podcast for those of you who don't have time to swing by the site to read his latest article, "The New 'Need for Speed' Sees a Future Where Loot Boxes Are in Control." You can find that story (and many others) at waypoint.vice.com, and read it here: https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/9kqvzp/the-new-need-for-speed-sees-a-future-where-loot-boxes-are-in-controlWe'll be back as usual this Friday with more Waypoint Radio! Enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit...

Episode 113: Comrades, He Does Not Know Anime
Because it’s 2017, it’s impossible to go a day without something big, which is why Patrick, Austin, Danika, and Rob spend a big chunk of the podcast discussing why some people end up harassing developers when they’re upset about a game. Later, Danika discusses her time with Horizon: Zero Dawn’s big DLC, The Frozen Wilds, Rob relays the confusion of entering the world of 4K with the Xbox One X, and Austin accidentally becomes a speedrunner. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privac...

Episode 112 Adam Ruins Dark Souls
We welcome special guest Adam Conover from Adam Ruins Everything for a chat about Dark souls, fairness in games, and how much fun it is to ruin common misconceptions. We also talk seriously about comedy, Louis C.K., and sexual harassment. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 111: Make a Wish (For A Podcast)
With half the team missing or wounded, Austin and Rob have to conduct an after-hours stealth podcast. Austin's been playing some Need for Speed: Payback and the Longshot narrative campaign from Madden 18, while Rob is really surprised by how much War of the Chosen turned him around on X-COM 2. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoint Radio Episode 110: Mighty Souls
11-time UFC Flyweight champion (and prolific game streamer) Demetrious Johnson joins Danielle and Austin today for a chat about Battlegrounds, fighting games, and MMA. “Mighty Mouse” came prepared, with plenty to say about streaming platforms, esports casting, and the business of putting on a good show. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoint 101: Blade Runner 2049 Spoilercast
In an epic spoilercast that lasts almost—but not quite—as long as the film itself, Austin, Rob, and Danielle dig deep into the world of Blade Runner 2049. There are no holds barred here, as they go into the cinematography, politics, race and gender issues and deeply individual reads of the movie, along with a little dose of everyone’s history with the series.So strap into your spinner (or, uh, audio device) and prepare for a long, spoiler-y journey into Los Angeles, 2049. For information regarding your dat...


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 aca...

Episode 108: Intro (feat. Video Games)
Between Super Mario Odyssey, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Assassin’s Creed: Origins, it’s one of the biggest weeks for video games in a long time. What connects all three of them is that once you start a new game, they have to introduce themselves. Patrick, Danielle, and Austin use the powerfully dark introduction from Wolfenstein II, the botched introduction from Assassin’s Creed: Origins, and the trope-y introduction from Super Mario Odyssey as a launching pad for a larger discussion about each g...

Review: Super Mario Odyssey is a Fever Dream of Creativity and Pure Joy
272 moons later, I've "beaten" Super Mario Odyssey, but it feels like I've only scratched the surface of Mario's latest, a breathlessly creative adventure equal parts surprising and bewildering—in a good way. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 107: What Happened To NeoGaf
Over the weekend, allegations of sexual misconduct by the owner of the popular gaming forum NeoGAF surfaced. Patrick spent the weekend looking into the story,which turned into a lengthy examination about the last 48 hours at NeoGAF, including comments from NeoGAF's owner, the woman who raised the original allegations, and the moderators who helped run the site. Austin, Danielle, and Patrick have complicated feelings about NeoGAF, so a podcast seemed the best way to work them out. For information regarding ...

Episode 106: Urban White
Earlier this week EA shut down Visceral Studios, leaving many to wonder about the future of linear, AAA single player games. It’s a complex topic, which is why we’re grateful that we got to sit down and talk about it with Manveer Heir, a 12 year veteran of the industry who worked on games including Mass Effect 3, Andromeda, and Wolfenstein (2009). We also dig into issues of representation, toxic work cultures, harassment, and talk about how to make the games industry a better place. We’re optimistic, we swe...

Episode 105: The Father, The Son, and the Holy Ghoke
Following a weekend where an ex-Naughty Dog employee alleged they were sexual harassed, Austin, Danika, Rob, and myself took stock of the various (and often inappropriate) ways different actors responded to the situation. Elsewhere, we discussed a bizarre but extremely good trivia app called HQ, and after telling a great joke, I shared some initial impressions of South Park: The Fractured But Whole, a game that's likely to be disappointing, even to South Park fans. For information regarding your data priva...


Episode 104: Is the Immersive Sim Dead?
We’re trying something different with the Friday episodes of Waypoint Radio. One, Danielle is the host! Two, the discussion is framed around a single topic. That doesn’t mean we won’t talk about games we’ve been playing (or big news), but generally, this is the new format. In the future, we’ll be announcing topics in advance, so you can weigh in with questions. On today’s episode, the future of the immersive sim genre (aka Deus Ex, Dishonored, Prey) is explored by Danielle, Rob, Austin, and Patrick. For in...

Episode 103: Children Are Not Whales
Though the beta for Star Wars: Battlefront II just started, it's only added fuel to the fire for a conversation that's dominated the last few weeks of games: loot boxes. Rob, Danielle, and myself weigh in on whether some players are being overdramatic, or if the industry is overreaching in a way that'll quickly backfire. In The Question Bucket, we mull over how boring it can be to play a "bad" character in a video game, the ongoing debate over whether you can like a game when its creators are shitty, and mo...

Wolfenstein: The New Order (Part 1)
It's taken too long, but the second installment in Waypoint 101, where we revisit old games and have a community discussion about them, is here. Austin, Rob, Danielle, and Patrick have played through the first six chapters of Wolfenstein: The New Order, in anticipation of the game's sequel, The New Colossus, arriving later this month. (And also because the real world is, weirdly, full of Nazis again?) There are abundant spoilers, obviously, as we discuss how The New Order was perceived when it arrived in 20...


Episode 102: R.I.P. A.I.M.
If you're the kind of person who gets a nostalgia hit listening to the sign-on sound from old AIM clients—yes, the one where the door opens—you're going to enjoy our long conversation about the recent announcement AIM will shut down later this year. Austin, Rob, and Patrick discuss the awkward teenage crushes that played out over the messaging service, before using BuzzFeed's recent piece about the origins of the alt-right website Breitbart as a means of re-examining GamerGate, three years after it all star...

Episode 101: All Hail the Algorithm
If games are the furthest thing from your mind right now, no one could blame you. It's why Austin, Danielle, Rob, and Patrick couldn't start Waypoint Radio without reflecting on the (still unfolding) events in Las Vegas, where a mass shooter killed at least 58 people and wounded 500 others on Sunday night. There aren't words for a moment like this, but we try to find them. Elsewhere, we discuss Golf Story, Forza Motorsport 7, Danielle's love of a visual novel about gay baseball players, and answer a Questio...

Episode 100: What if Suddenly the Ground Was Gone?
Does it really count as the 100th episode when we publish two episodes a week? Is that cheating? Whatever, we’re going with it. Danielle, Danika, Austin, Rob, and Patrick all jumped on microphones today to discuss the nuances of the unreleased film Skybound, a movie where (wait for it) the ground disappears, for an uncomfortably long time. After that, we reminisce about Vice Gaming’s New Podcast, before opening up The Question Bucket. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 99: www.centrism.nfl
With Danielle still on vacation, Rob, Austin, and Patrick huddled together for a quiet, easy episode of the podcast, where Austin would tell us about the surprisingly smart sci-fi Hitman-like game, Echo, and Rob would update on his terrible drinking habits. Instead, both happened, and a question about how to effectively protest took us down a long and winding road about the politics of golf courses, Trump's tweets about the NFL, the exploitation of black athletes, and more. It's a doozy. For information re...

Episode 98: PlayerUnknown's Rob Zacny
We discuss the odd threat against Epic Games about PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds vs Fortnite, the crappy humor of South Park, and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 97: A Town Hall With My Liver
​With Austin back from vacation, he joins Patrick and Rob to discuss his experience accidentally playing a fog game of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds with a complete stranger, resulting in Austin chasing down another player, ala Jason Voorhees. Elsewhere, Rob recounts this weekend's botched attempt to play a board game, thanks to a woeful misreading of a bottle's label, and what motivated Patrick to murder an entire bar in Dishonored 2: Death of the Outsider. For information regarding your data privacy, vi...


Episode 96: The Legend of Asher Mir
With Austin and Danielle both on vacation, the ol’ Waypoint Radio microphones are only pointed at Patrick and Rob today. Fortunately, there’s plenty to talk about, as we work through our feelings on the campaign in Destiny 2, and whether Bungie should seriously consider ditching a “campaign” for Destiny 3, or whatever they call the next one. Elsewhere, we gush over the new Dishonored 2 add-on, Death of the Outsider, and answer a reader question about the best kinds of games to play when you don’t have much ...

Episode 95: So, PewDiePie Said the N-Word
It's a full crew on Waypoint Radio today, with Austin, Patrick, Danielle, and Rob huddling around a microphone to discuss our thoughts on the weekend's big, crappy event: while streaming PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, the most popular YouTube personality, PewDiePie, used the N-word. Heads up: Several times during the whole podcast, Austin says the word in full. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 94: The Ol' Bahama Mama
It seems like Destiny 2 is the game Bungie had originally promised with Destiny in 2014, but hey, better late than never, right? The state of Destiny is slightly more complicated than that, of course, and to break down our initial reactions, Austin, Rob, and Patrick are joined by Giant Bomb’s Abby Russell. There’s also some discussion of a place called “Buffalo Wild Wings.” (Some people recommend you get the honey BBQ wings there.) (Also, there are some mild Destiny 2 story spoilers, but they are vague.) F...


Episode 93: A Baka Situation
Welcome to episode 93, recorded live from Seattle during PAX West 2017! Danika, Austin, Danielle, and Patrick recount their donuts and grievances, chat about cool games from the PAX show floor, and attend to not one, but TWO question buckets straight from the audience. Forgive us, father, for we are about to sin. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 92 - Swift Strats
Austin and Patrick hold down the fort with discussion of two strategy games: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and Xcom 2's new content. Then, there's a beautiful dive into the question bucket with an unpacking of our previous takes on Taylor Swift's new single. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 91: The Orange Casket
You know it's a good episode when, right out of the gate, we're talking about pop singles, the political platforms of the pop singers behind them, and questions about why Carly Rae Jepsen isn't more popular. Elsewhere, Austin and Patrick have been playing Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (it's good), and Rob and Danielle join us for a long discussion about how Valve's handled the non-existence of Half-Life 3, in the wake of a Half-Life 2: Episode Three synopsis emerging from a former Valve writer. For infor...


Episode 90: Skeletons Don't Need Hearts. (Or Do They?)
​As the fall gaming season approaches, and games like Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and Destiny 2 loom, we take a deep breath and talk about...No Man's Sky. Look, there's a new update out, and Austin needs to get some things off his chest. Elsewhere, Patrick's finished Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Has Some Thoughts on Puzzles (Danielle is halfway done), and Rob recounts a losing battle in Warhammer. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 89: Friday Night Cyberpunk
Austin is out on a Summer Friday, so Patrick, Rob, and Danielle get down to business to talk about good August games. They touch on Madden's very Friday Night Lights-esque story mode, new content (including ghost trolls!) for Total War: Warhammer, and the pleasures of Uncharted: Lost Legacy as well as the very dark cyberpunk of Observer. Then, they take a dive into the question bucket and get ready for the weekend. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Big Announcements: New Waypoint 101 and... A TV SHOW?
Not a full episode today, just a couple of quick announcements: 1. Waypoint 101 is coming back and (unsurprisingly?) we're going to be diving headfirst into Wolfenstein: The New Order over the next month or so! 2. Waypoint is going to be on your television. Seriously. Tonight at 9PM ET—and every Wednesday night for the next eight weeks—tune into Disney XD to watch Waypoint Presents, a documentary series that takes you into some of the most interesting stories in the world of gaming. Spread the word about...


Episode 88: Agents of (Sonic) Mania
Austin, Patrick, and Danielle gather to discuss their weekends: starting with the new patch for No Man's Sky and the tragic events in Charlottesville this weekend. Then, they pivot to some lighter fare: the first few hours of Volition's open world in Agents of Mayhem and Danielle's newfound case of Sonic Mania. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 87: Goodbye Natalie
Austin and Patrick are off getting jersed and on assignment, so Danielle, Rob, and intern Natalie held court—on Natalie's final day as our intern. We chat about PUBG, TitanFall 2, and Tacoma, before dipping into the bucket for a serious dip. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

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. Elsewh...


Episode 85: Magical Legos
We talk Titanfall, Prey, Battlegrounds and Magic Legos on Waypoint Radio For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 84: Not Every Daddy Is A Dream
In a throwback to VICE Gaming's New Podcast, aka the old version of Waypoint Radio, it's just Patrick and Austin on the podcast today. After running through the major games coming out this month, starting with Tacoma later this week, Patrick confesses to having my heart broken in Dream Daddy, which leads to a discussion about how we should judge content cut from a game. In The Question Bucket forces us to examine why people, like Austin, are wrong about Super Mario Sunshine. For information regarding your ...

Episode 83: Sword of Trumpocles
Apologies in advance to all residents of Los Angeles who are fans of the city they live in, but the opening moments of this podcast are not kind. As it turns out, Austin has some thoughts on cities, yours included. Elsewhere, Austin discusses his opening hours with the latest from Epic Games, Fortnite, Rob catches us up on his time with Darkest Dungeon, Patrick reminisces about getting everyone killed in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Danielle tells us what #ResistJam is all about. For information rega...


Episode 82: Pump-Action Patrick
Today's podcast begins on a somber note, as we say goodbye to Waypoint's UK editor, Mike Diver. Mike was, unfortunately, let go as part of a recent VICE internal reorganization, but Waypoint wouldn't exist without all the hard work he's put in over the years. We wish Mike nothing but the best. ​Elsewhere, Patrick shares his confusion and joy over the the new dad-focused visual novel, Dream Daddy, while Rob, Danielle, and Austin discuss their hours with the newest game from Supergiant, Pyre. For information...

Episode 81: Mustard vs. Ketchup vs. Mayo
As Rob Zacny's Subterfuge campaign finally comes to an end, we discover what depths a group of humans will go to stab one another in the back. Elsewhere, Rob, Austin, and Patrick discuss our hours with the fun (but limited) Destiny 2 beta, and what it doesn't tell us about the finished game. Things get heated towards the end, when a debate over mustard, ketchup, and mayo breaks out, with Danielle "Susan Collins" Riendeau casting a decisive vote. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/...

Episode 80: The Spirit of Marvel
With Austin busy being a "boss" who has "responsibilities," it's left to Danielle, Patrick, and Rob to discuss the latest developments in the game that's slowly killing Rob's life, Subterfuge, before we talk about some of the events at EVO 2017 this weekend, including the way Capcom's botched rolling out its surefire hit, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Elsewhere, Patrick continues to wonder why so many people are obsessed with Kingdom Hearts, and discuss some early hours with Splatoon 2. For information rega...


Episode 79: GOOP Presents: Boost Juice
It's like the saying goes: if there's a long running wrestling franchise with deep customization options that leads to people making deformed Kirbys, Austin will be there. Patrick, Danielle, and and Rob are there to help him through this, as we discuss Edmund McMillen's new platformer, The End is Nigh, and Rob's latest scheming in Subterfuge. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 78: The War on Game Criticism (Part 15)
Over the weekend, popular YouTube creator VideoGameDunkey, known for his funny and biting videos about games, published a 9-minute critique about games criticism. Dunkey pointed his criticism at huge websites like IGN and Kotaku, lamenting review scores, the race to be first, a disconnect between a website's voice and an individual reviewer's opinion, and more. This prompted a lengthy discussion between Austin, Patrick, Rob, and Danielle, before we touched upon Rob's revenge fantasies in Subterfuge and Dani...

Episode 77: Tootin' With Putin
Though gaming might not be moving at the same pace ​as earlier in the year, there's plenty to talk about. After Austin and Patrick provide an update on our (lack of) chicken dinner in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, he discusses his time with the updated Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, while Patrick laments his inability to jump properly in the Crash Bandicoot remaster. Plus, Rob reveals the fascinating subtlety of pitching in MLB The Show 17, and Danielle updates us on Breath of the Wild's DLC. For info...


Waypoint 101: Binary Domain [Part 02]
Welcome to the second episode of Waypoint 101, our semi-regular podcast where we, as a group, play through an older game, something we've always wanted to get around to or something worth another visit. Our first series has tackled Sega's Binary Domain, an underrated sci-fi shooter with a story that takes some surprisingly dark turns. We talked about the game's first three chapter last month, and we've returned to discuss the game's conclusion. ​Join Patrick, Austin, and Rob as we discuss our favorite topic...

Episode 76: Breath of the Battlegrounds
Austin, Patrick and Danielle convene to talk about new Breath of the Wild DLC, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and high-level play in the games we just can't quit. Then, they take a dip in the question bucket and get ready for the weekend. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 75: Dude, Where's Rob's Car?
After a few days off, Patrick has returned to Waypoint Radio with Rob and Austin. (Danielle is taking some well-earned rest.) Naturally, the conversation turns to "accidental" fraud, the secret motivations to play golf, and, eventually, video games. We muse over Forza Motorsport 7's 100GB download, games reinventing themselves after release, and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 74 - Purloin Your Pokemon
Rob, Austin, and Danielle sat down to take on indie horror games, the many incarnations of Sherlock Holmes, and... imaginary Pokemon. Then, we take a question bucket inquiry from long ago—all the way back in December 2016. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 73 - Devils Don’t Need No Advocates
Austin and Patrick are out recovering from E3, so Rob and myself were joined by our excellent summer intern, Natalie Watson to dissect the most memorable aspects of E3 2017. We touched on the difficult politics of The Last Night and Far Cry 5, the excitement and energy of Ubisoft and Bethesda’s press events, and the most off-the-rails parts of the Coliseum, and we took a nice dip into the question bucket. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoint @E3 2017 - The Last Day
We made it to the final night of E3, and we all survived! Join Patrick, Danika, Rob, and Austin for a discussion of Nintendo, our interview with Reggie Fils-Aime and the company’s treatment of fan work, Monster Hunter, Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, and much, much more.   We did it, folks! We made it through Waypoint’s very first E3, and we couldn’t have done it without you. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Waypoint @E3 2017 - Day Two, Which Is Also Day Five
For day two (or five?) of E3—ok, let’s just call it Wednesday night—Austin, Danika, Rob, and Patrick sat down to talk about all the games they saw, played, or got pitched on during a wild and woolly day on the show floor. They take on the wild scale of Beyond Good and Evil 2, the difficulties of The Last Night, the sheer iciness of Frostpunk, and much, much more.   Also, there is a mysterious Red Door. It’s scary. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoint @ E3 2017 - Fullbright's Steve Gaynor Goes to the Moon
Danika welcomes Steve Gaynor of Fullbright—the studio behind Gone Home and the upcoming Tacoma—onto the show to talk E3 excitement, fans, and setting games in space. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoint @ E3 2017 - Sony In the Dark
Austin and Patrick discuss their adventures in Sony's E3 booth, with talk of Knack, Detroit: Become Human, Spider-Man, and much more.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Waypoint @ E3 2017 - Devolver Digital Martial Artists
Patrick and Austin report from the show floor/parking lot, with tales of Devolver Digital's finest wares at the show. They talk Absolver, Minute and more as they attempt to keep all glasses on faces for the duration of the show. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoint Radio at E3: Day One on the Show Floor
Austin, Danika, Rob and Patrick have survived the first "official" day of E3, and they have a 2-hour episode to show for it! They talked about the E3 show floor (and how it's overflowing with people this year), Call of Duty: WWII, Talos Principle VR, Absolver, and few other things! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoint @ E3 2017 - Nintendo - Patrick Loves Rabbids
Mario Odyssey is real, it's coming in August, and Danika and Austin have played it. Patrick interrogates them for important hat-based information, and declares his eternal love for Rabbids. Rob wonders what he's gotten himself into now—and imagines a world where Mario commits to doing terrible violence.   For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Waypoint @ E3 2017 - Microsoft Showcase & Sony Press Conference - The Knackening
As proof that E3 2017 is in full swing, Austin, Rob, and Patrick have gotten hands on time with Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves—and they’re here to let you know what games will make you say “Yo.” Also: impressions from the Sony press briefing, theories about Keyser Soze and the templars, and an angry rant about an unfortunate encounter with bright lights. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoint @ E3 2017 - Bethesda - Drinking Milkshakes, Punching Nazis
Patrick, Rob, and Austin are burning the midnight oil so that they can dish out their thoughts on Bethesda's E3 2017 press conference. They chat about Doom VFR, Fallout 4 (VR), Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, The Evil Within and more!​   For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Waypoint @ E3 2017 - EA and Microsoft - Make 'Em Say YO
Danika, Patrick, Rob, and Austin have gathered in beautiful Los Angeles, California to drop hot takes and turn cold shoulders to the best and worst of E3. Today, they tackle the EA and Microsoft press conferences. Come for the excitement about exosuits & actually good zombie games, stay for the bad shoutcasting and milkshake ducks. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 72: On The Eve of E3
It's just about E3 time! And that means that the usual Waypoint crew of Austin, Patrick, Rob and Danielle are filled with hope, excitement, and just a touch of terror for the upcoming mega-show. We talk about what we're hoping to see from the big publishers, what we will probably see, and what would get us to do a standing ovation in the middle of the show floor, then we go to a special, E3-shaped Question Bucket to answer your burning queries. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/p...

Episode 71: Wrath of the Goatse
Gotta admit, this episode might have gotten away from us a little bit. You've been warned, as Patrick, Austin, Rob, and Danielle have a long discussion about Goatsegate (don't ask), the surprisingly neat shooter Tormenter X Punisher, our thoughts on the state of independent developers' relationship with E3, and a trip into The Question Bucket to discuss best writing practices. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 70: Jim Belushi's BattleTech
The moment Rob started talking about his experience with BattleTech, a new strategy game from the folks behind the recent excellent Shadowrun games, it was all over. Get ready for robot talk. Over in The Question Bucket, a listener asks about our various experiences with being a critic, and how we draw the line on when criticism gets too personal. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Waypoint 101: Binary Domain [Part 01]
Waypoint 101 is our new, semi-regular podcast where Waypoint editors play through an old game, maybe one we've always wanted to get around to, and discuss it. Unlike Waypoint Radio, this is meant to be a deep dive, with everyone participating having spent time with the game. To kick things off, we're playing through Binary Domain, a Gears of War-style sci-fi shooter from Sega in 2012. The first podcast covers the game's first three chapters. The second will cover the remaining three. (E3 planning is throwin...

Episode 69: Another Drop in the Bucket
​For Episode 69 of Waypoint Radio, Senior Editor Rob Zacny and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau invited special guest Tim Barnes (our intrepid producer!) to come from behind the mics and sit center stage with us. Patrick is off at a wedding and Austin was ill, so, we decided to do a special, all bucket episode, pouring into your deepest inquiries. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 68: Project PEGI
Patrick is off in Montreal, but nothing can stop the sick-but-persevering Editor in Chief Austin Walker from talking about Far Cry 5, coinciding with the game's big reveal today. He's joined by Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau and her Rime-talk, and Senior Editor Rob Zacny, who had wild stories of Endless Space 2 and the Horatio, a species of people with an excellent backstory. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 67: Project D.A.N.I.E.L.L.E.
You're going to be shocked that Austin and Patrick found a way to talk about Spelunky again, but it's for a good cause: we're in love with the Castlevania-inspired roguelike Dead Cells. Elsewhere, Danielle explains how she spent 48 hours finishing Prey, and Rob introduces us to the complicated galactic politics of Endless Space 2. Our brief dip into The Question Bucket has us musing about how playing games in a similar genre can help us understand what makes them tick. For information regarding your data p...

Episode 66: The Search for Peter Dinklage Continues
Austin hasn't been in the office all week because, well, E3 is almost here. While spending a week in LA checking out various games, he hooked up with Rob to attend the big Destiny 2 event. After playing the game, the two of them huddled around some microphones, talked about their impressions, and answered reader questions about the game. The full crew will be back in rotation next week. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 65: Never Double Down on Anime
With Austin in Los Angeles for some pre-E3 events and Rob on vacation, we went looking for a familiar face to join us on the podcast today. Fortunately, we found friend of the pod Pat Baer, a New York-based comedian, wrestling aficionado, watcher of anime, and player of video games. (He's finished Person 4 five times. Five times!) Besides talking about anime for a surprising length of time, we checked in on Prey and Flinthook. In The Question Bucket, we're asked about how game publishers handle when (and if...


Episode 64: A Lil' Murder Never Hurt Nobody
The game that everyone is playing is now the game that Waypoint is playing, as Patrick and Austin have decided to figure out what the heck is up with the shooting game with the super weird name, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. As it turns out, it's really damn good. Elsewhere, Danielle updates us her adventures in lesbian space, aka she's still super into Prey. Oh, and Patrick spent a few hours with the new Souls-like The Surge, which drags the genre into sci-fi. It's hard. For information regarding your da...

Episode 63: Please Contact Weyland-Yutani HR
It's not very often that everyone at Waypoint is playing the same game simultaneously, but Prey has been scratching a lot of different itches for Austin, Danielle, Rob, and Patrick. Besides an update on our adventures in space horror, Rob provides an update on his raiding in Expeditions: Vikings, including whether or not it's a good fit for casual strategy fans. Over in The Question Bucket, we're asked whether we've ever accepted a job knowing we weren't fully prepared for it. For information regarding you...

Episode 62: The 0451 Doctrine
It’s a good time to be a fan of games like Deus Ex. Between Mankind Divided, Dishonored 2, and this week’s Prey, we’re awash in immersive sims. Danielle, Austin, and Patrick have all put a few hours into the latest from Arkane Studios, while Rob probes us about the experience. Though most of our time was taken up by Prey, we still dip into The Question Bucket. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 61: Don't Kinkshame Grandma
Though this latest episode of Waypoint Radio features a surprisingly long tangent about golf courses, we promise you that Austin, Rob, Danielle, and Patrick eventually get to video games. With Nintendo giving everyone a new reason to play their Switch—provided you, unlike Danielle, have already finished Breath of the Wild—we sent Austin to the local “cafe” (aka Dunkin’ Donuts) to research Mario Kart players in the wild. We also answer your questions, though not as many as we wanted to…because we talked abou...

Bonus Pod: Nier Automata Spoilercast
In the sea of excellent video games that 2017 has brought us, Nier: Automata still managed to stand out. Designer Yoko Taro’s latest slice of emotional weirdness struck several us at Waypoint, and by the time the credits were rolling for the fifth time, the only thing on our mind was finding a place to spoil the shit out of the game. Thankfully, our former colleague at Giant Bomb, Alex Navarro, was also looking for a place to spoil the shit out of Nier: Automata. It should go without saying that if you have...

Episode 60: Teens & Taxes
It's a packed episode of Waypoint Radio this week, as Austin, Patrick, Rob, and Danielle embrace the warming weather to spend the hour talking about storytelling in games. Both Austin and Patrick wrote stories this week in response to an essay by academic Ian Bogost in The Atlantic titled "Video Games Are Better Without Stories," and used our time with the latest walking simulator, What Remains of Edith Finch, to speak more broadly. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Episode 59: Happy Jimmy McNulty Day!
Since the world of video games is (finally!) slowing down a little, Austin, Danika, and Rob talk about what they've been playing with their newly discovered free time... and, of course, they dip into the question bucket for a couple of doozies. There is Minecraft talk (including inspirational Minecraft rap), a discussion of Unexplored, and a look at various Waypointers' life paths, with a side helping of life advice. Remember, you too can submit questions to the crew by sending an email with the subject QUE...

Episode 58: Yo! Noid Was Ahead of Its Time
No one’s looking forward to the weekend more than the staff of Waypoint, who’ve slogged through colds and the flu all week long. But before a few days off arrive, it’s time for another episode of Waypoint Radio, wherein Rob, Danielle, and Patrick discuss Patrick's article about Telltale’s ongoing technical problems, the tiny details in video games that make us happy, and Danielle’s love for Capcom’s Disney Afternoon Collection, a wonderful tribute to the company’s NES games. For information regarding your ...

Episode 57: #DeathSquad
For the vast majority of people who cannot stand that it's Monday, we have something for you: a new episode of Waypoint Radio. Austin, Danielle, Rob, and Patrick huddled around some microphones to discuss the tension between explicit and systematic storytelling in games (as evidenced by games like Stellaris and Breath of the Wild), Patrick's inability to cope with Persona 5's social stresses, and more. During our tour of The Question Bucket, we grapple with the prospect of friends in your regular gaming gro...


Episode 56: Lord of the Algorithm
Rob Zacny is no longer with is—don't worry, he only flew back home to California—but we couldn't resist bringing in another guest. Polygon's Phil Kollar is visiting New York, and despite worries that he'd get thrown in Internet jail for getting too close to us, he joined Austin, Danielle, and Patrick to discuss the state of Hearthstone, what the heck is going on with that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds game, and find out what's inside The Question Bucket. (And because we couldn't resist, there's some light d...

Episode 55: The New York Witcher
It's a big week for Waypoint Radio: Rob Zacny's in town! It's an extra special (and extra big) podcast today, as Rob huddled in the New York studio with Danielle and Austin, while Patrick joined from a not-quite-safe-from-nuclear-fallout home in Illinois. (It'll make sense, promise.) We touch on Austin finishing up Nier: Automata, reveal we'll be doing a spoilercast soon with a special guest, and discuss group impressions of an early version of the sci-fi Souls-like, The Surge. Our dip into The Question Buc...

Episode 54: Are You a Bird Truther?
There aren’t as many “big” games coming out this month, but there’s still plenty to talk about, especially since April brings the release of Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee, their long-anticipated riff on Banjo-Kazooie. Patrick has been playing the game, as has Danielle, and the results are...not great. We use Yooka-Laylee as a reason to dive deeper into the merits of modernizing nostalgia, while Austin tries to provide some clarification on his bird opinions. Of course, we also dive into The Question Bucket, wher...


Episode 53: Space Justice Warriors
Austin Walker decided to return to Stellaris this weekend, hoping to lead his bird society to the heights of galactic civilization, but when a space anomaly shows up, things go bad, leading to Danielle Riendeau and Patrick Klepek to nod, sigh, and wonder how things might have been different. Elsewhere, I talk about my fear of sea spiders in the underwater horror game Narcosis, and we return to The Question Bucket to ruminate on why some games have a backlash after they're released. For information regardin...

Episode 52: Knee-Deep in the Grimoire
The people of Waypoint have Strong Feelings about Destiny, so we convened Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker, Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau, Senior Editor Rob Zacny, and Senior Reporter Patrick Klepek to work through them. If you're a fan of hearing people talk about lore, do we have the podcast for you! We spend most of the time talking about Destiny 2, but worry not, The Question Bucket will return next week. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

Episode 51: The Gang Gets Racist
You’ve already finished The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, right? And completed the main quest for Mass Effect: Andromeda? You know that Persona 5 is next week, right? With Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker coughing up a lung, Senior Reporter Patrick Klepek, and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau picked up the slack on the podcast today. After spending 40 hours finishing up Nier, Patrick is unwilling to let the podcast move on before he makes the case for why it’s one of the best games this year, Danielle ...


Episode 50: Your Favorite Game Is Bad, Actually
After a series of technical hiccups, we finally managed to record a podcast today—albeit one that's shorter than usual—for our celebratory 50th episode. Prompted by a letter from a listener who couldn't get into The Witcher 3...wait, there are people who can't get into The Witcher 3? Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker, Senior Reporter Patrick Klepek, and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau, all avid fans of The Witcher 3, instead came up with games we couldn't get into, despite the rest of the world telling insist...

Episode 49: MIA Culpa
After a weekend where people proved, once again, that they can't be trusted with the Internet, a podcast was the only way for us to make sense of what happened. Though Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker ran down his initial thoughts on Mass Effect: Andromeda on Friday, he was restricted from talking beyond the first few hours. That's no longer true! While giving us an update on his note-quite-enthusiast adventures in space, Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau and Senior Reporter Patrick Klepek spent a long time ge...

Episode 48: Oh Boy, Oh Gosh, We Gonna Need a Sequel for This
There are few franchises that made as much impact last generation as Mass Effect, which may help explain why there's so much anxiety over Mass Effect: Andromeda. Both Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau have been playing (or watching someone play) Andromeda, while Senior Reporter Patrick Klepek has been watching, with some horror, as the Internet tear the game to shreds. Beyond impressions of Andromeda, we discussed our long history with the series, why there's so much pressu...


Episode 47: Calm Before the (Snow) Storm
There’s never been a more perfect time to have too many games, given that part of the country may very well be buried under several feet of snow tomorrow. It’s our fullest cast yet, with Social Editor Danika Harrod, Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker, Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau together to talk about their time at PAX East, while Senior Reporter Patrick Klepek and Senior Editor Rob Zacny hop on to chat Breath of the Wild, Nier Automata, tabletop war games, and pluck from The Question Bucket. For informat...

Episode 46: Meet the Zacnys
As thousands descend on Boston for PAX East, including a number of folks from Waypoint, don’t think that means we’d leave you hanging without a new podcast. Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau, Editor-in-Chief Austin Wallker, and Waypoint’s latest band member, Senior Editor Rob Zacny, managed to huddle around the mics. On today’s episode, they enrolled in Rob Zacny 101 to learn more about him, discussed what other games might learn from Breath of the Wild, and got a little dirty with The Question Bucket. For...

Episode 45: Link N' Build
Last week was particularly exciting in video game land, with the Game Developer's Conference and the launch of Nintendo's brand new Switch console. Social Editor Danika Harrod joins Editor in Chief Austin Walker, Senior Reporter Patrick Klepek, and myself for a discussion of Tacoma and other indie delights Danika saw on the show floor. There were snakes! The discussion turns towards Breath of the Wild, which every non-Danika person on staff is currently playing, loving, and sweating over control-mapping. Th...


Episode 44: Austin Shrugged
As thousands of Nintendo fans nervously smash F5 on their Amazon order windows, hoping their machines show up, Waypoint Radio squeezed in a podcast. At this point, both Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau have managed to put some time into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, while Senior Reporter Patrick Klepek is left to wonder when there will be a knock at the door. (There was, thankfully.) Besides Zelda, we share general Switch impressions, and use The Question Bucket...

Bonus Pod: ‘Breath of the Wild’ is the Zelda Adventure I've Always Wanted
Today's the day that critics get to weigh in on the Nintendo Switch's biggest launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Because we know that a lot of our listeners primarily get their Waypoint #content via this podcast, we decided to offer an audio version of Austin Walker's take on the game!  If you'd like to read along or share this with a friend, you can head to waypoint.vice.com and find the full story there. As always, interaction with you is a big part of this new podcast, so make sure to...

Episode 43: Don't Link and Drive
We're just days away from Nintendo launching their new console, but the rest of video games haven't gotten out of the way; instead, we're still drowning. Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker is back, as is Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau and Senior Reporter Patrick Klepek. We kick things off with Get Out, the breakout horror debut from Jordan Peele—yes, of Key and Peele. There aren't any spoilers; it's a discussion about tone. Elsewhere, we all spent a few hours with Night in the Woods, a trip to America's rust ...


Episode 42: Thirst of the Wild
A week from now, Nintendo will not only launch a new console, but a brand-new Zelda game, one that’s promised big changes for a franchise that’s been looking for new directions. Though Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker is technically still on vacation, he’s returned to taunt Senior Reporter Patrick Klepek with a copy of Breath of the Wild, and impressions of his hours with the game—at least, as much as Nintendo’s strict embargo will let him. We also dive deeper into our impressions of Horizon: Zero Dawn, anothe...

Episode 41: Dark Joels
Even though we're taking the day off, that can't stop the podcast, especially since we're finally allowed to talk about our time with Horizon: Zero Dawn. Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker is still on vacation, but Senior Reporter Patrick Klepek is holding down the fort with Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau and Group Publisher Joel Fowler. (Group Publisher means he helps manage the site and deal with boring stuff like money.) Besides discussing Horizon: Zero Dawn, we celebrate Joel finally beating Dark Souls 3,...

Episode 40: A Big Round Wet McMuffin
Since many of the games we're playing right now can't be talked about until embargoes lift, we had to look for different topics of conversation. With Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker on vacation (if you're reading this, Austin, that's not what people do on vacation), Social Editor Danika "Definitely Knows How to Write a Poem" Harrod joined Senior Reporter Patrick Klepek and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau to discuss recent events with YouTube personality PewDiePie, why I'm interviewing folks who made sexual ...