Podcast Spotlight: Kotaku Splitscreen

It’s about time I wrote about a video game podcast. The first podcast I ever listened to (at least as far as I can remember) was IGN‘s Podcast Beyond Episode 250,” published in August 2012.

In the five years since then, I dabbled in IGN‘s Game Scoop!, but mostly I was a loyal listener of Podcast Beyond until Greg Miller and Colin Moriarty left IGN to start Kinda Funny Games in 2015. I listened to the Kinda Funny Gamescast and PS I Love You XOXO until Colin left Kinda Funny earlier this year.

Without the iconic Greg-Colin duo I’d been listening to for years, I had to find another place to get my video game podcast fix.

Enter Kotaku Splitcreen, the video game news/discussion podcast from Kotaku‘s Kirk Hamilton and Jason Schreier. I knew of Jason from the many times Colin had spoken of his journalistic prowess, so seeing that he and Kirk had a podcast of their own peaked my interest.

Splitscreen is a pretty straightforward games podcast: the hosts run through the news of the week, discuss recent game releases and talk about what they’ve been playing. But what sets it apart is Jason’s in-depth knowledge of the video game industry.

Every time something interesting happens in the world of games, I make sure to tune in to hear Jason’s take. He has years of connections throughout the industry that give him a unique insight into the latest happenings.

Take, for example, his article about the infamous Mass Effect: Andromeda: “The Story Behind Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Troubled Five-Year Development.” Here, you can see the incredible access Jason is able to secure, something few other journalists have.

As far as Splitscreen itself goes, the show’s E3 2017 coverage was particularly interesting. Kirk and Jason produced episodes after each day’s press conferences, discussing the news from each. “E3 Episode 4 (UPDATED): Luke Smith On Destiny 2, John Garvin On Days Gone” is especially worth a listen for the interview with Destiny 2 game director Luke Smith.

But, honestly, like many other news shows, it’s hard to recommend any particular episodes of Splitscreen because much of its value lies in its immediate analysis of news topics. My advice is just to listen to the latest episode if anything in gaming news has caught your eye.

That being said, here’s a few of my favorites from the past:

“94: Twelve Straight Hours Of Video Games”

“93: The Great SNES Classic Preorder Disaster”

“90: Adam Ruins Video Games”

“E3 2017 Episode 6: The Best And Worst Of E3”

“E3 2017 Episode 1: Microsoft, EA, Xbox One X”

Alright, that’s all for tonight. Tune in next weekend for another podcast spotlight.

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