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What's good, Internet? Join Waypoint's Austin Walker and Patrick Klepek twice a week, as they break down the biggest stories in video games and unfairly compare everything to Dark Souls.
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Dec 30, 2016

It's time to say goodbye to 2016, and to do that,  Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau, Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker, Senior Editor Mike Diver, and myself grabbed our microphones to talk about the past year in games. Turns out there were a lot of good ones released in 2016!

This isn't a traditional game of the year podcast. Waypoint, as a site, isn't coming up with an overall top 10 list. Instead, each writer has their own list of games, better reflecting the different stuff we all played this year. On the podcast, we run through some of the awards we came up with, and use that as a vehicle to talk about most of the games that made a personal impact.

Dec 26, 2016

When you're reading this, I'll hopefully be slumped over on the couch, a holiday drink in hand, doing something productive, like trying to beat Area X in Rez. That's because we're technically off this week, but since we love you, we recorded two podcasts before departing for break.

Today's podcast features Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau, Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker, and myself doing what needs to be done: cleaning up The Question Bucket. It's sloppy in there, you know? We don't usually get a chance to answer more than a question or two during a regular podcast, but that's over.

Dec 23, 2016

The year is almost over, folks. And while the crew at Waypoint is scrambling to finish up all of their work, especially for our upcoming game of the year features, we managed to podcast.

Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau returned for this episode, who once again joins me and Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker. Beyond giving an update on my ongoing frozen outlet crisis, Austin talks about his hours with Dragon Quest Builders, I explain what a USPS shipment page has to do with the reveal of Frog Fractions 2, we discuss Blizzard’s reveal that Tracer is canonically gay in Overwatch, and we get surprisingly serious during The Question Bucket.

Dec 19, 2016

It’s our last week in the office—or in my case, a room in my house with a desk—which means it’s time to start figuring out what our favorite games of the year are. That involves using every spare minute to spend time with games we loved and games we might have missed out on.


Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau isn’t with us for this episode, so it’s back to basics with Waypoint Radio: me and Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker. We try and figure out what happened in Final Fantasy XV, whether Austin needs to finish The Last Guardian, what it would even mean to bring back Duke Nukem in 2016, and get down ‘n dirty with The Question Bucket.

Dec 16, 2016

As chilly temperatures descend on much of the United States, it's a good time to sit inside and just listen to a podcast. Thankfully, we've got what you need. We've got that podcast for you.

Though Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau has left us for a brief vacation, social editor Danika Harrad joins me and Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker to, yes, talk about Avatar: The Mobile Game, our first impressions of Super Mario Run, the release of Nintendo Switch patents, and dip into The Question Bucket.

Dec 12, 2016

Is it possible that we're finally getting a week without the release of a major game? Though some on staff might argue the release of Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel has been the reason to slog through the rest of 2016, most of us can probably take a breather here.

To kick off the week, Editor-In-Chief Austin Walker, myself, and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau huddled around the warmth of microphones to discuss my closing hours with Final Fantasy XV, gaming franchises that we've always wanted to play but have somehow missed, and a series of excellent queries from the depths of from our true friend, The Question Bucket.

Dec 9, 2016

Look, take a breath. It's Friday. I know, it took a long time for Friday to arrive, and it'd be nice if Friday just gave you a heads up that it was going to be late, but look: Friday's here, and Friday means it's time for another episode of Waypoint Radio, too. See? Everything's great, everything's fine.

As always, Editor-In-Chief Austin Walker, myself, and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau got together to discuss the week's news (Danielle got to interview Shigeru Miyamoto!), what we've been playing (Final Fantasy XV! Super Mario Run!), and take a dip into The Question Bucket.

 

Dec 5, 2016

Warning: This episode's audio is a little messed up. We'll be good to go next episode! Thanks for your patience.

Even though our video game backlogs are already intense, 2016 does not give a damn; as of this week, the latest game from Ico and Shadow of the Colossus designer Fumito Ueda, The Last Guardian, has arrived. I’m sure you’ve all beaten Final Fantasy XV by now, right?! (I'm only 10 hours in...oops.)

To discuss Ueda’s latest (and more), Editor-In-Chief Austin Walker, myself, and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau managed to stream our first live podcast on Twitch. (The archive is here​.) That’s right! Keep an eye on Twitter (@waypoint​) on Monday and Friday morning, if you want to watch us chat it up live.

In addition to The Last Guardian, we talked about the weirdness of Cindy’s clothing (or lack thereof) in Final Fantasy XV, our reactions to the announcements of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and The Last of Us: Part II. And for once, we ran out of time for The Question Bucket.

Dec 2, 2016

Love 'em or hate 'em, there's a reason so many of us watch Geoff Keighley's awards show every year. In addition to the trailers for some of the biggest games, you can never be quite sure what you're in for. Sometimes it's a trainwreck, and other times it's genuinely moving!

This year's watchers included Editor-In-Chief Austin Walker, myself, and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau. After reacting to Nolan North's decision to get passive aggressive about the voice actors strike and Hideo Kojima's latest Death Stranding trailer, we talk about our time with Final Fantasy XV, Dishonored 2, and make a quick trip to The Question Bucket.

Nov 28, 2016

Chances are your 2016 backlog is getting a little intense, but it's about to get even longer, with Square Enix preparing to release their long-anticipated Final Fantasy sequel, Watch Dogs 2 hitting PC, and The Last Guardian hitting next week. Feel free to slow down, video games.

We're in this together, though, and that includes Editor-In-Chief Austin Walker, myself, and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau. On this episode, we discuss experiences with JRPGs, Austin's first hours with Final Fantasy XV, and see what The Question Bucket has in store.

Nov 25, 2016

Surviving Thanksgiving is no easy feat. If you’re reading this, you did it! (Hopefully that awkward conversation with the uncle who voted for Trump went okay. Good job.) Give yourself a pat on the back, and know that a reward is on the way: another edition of Waypoint Radio.

Editor-In-Chief Austin Walker, myself, and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau recorded this in advance, so we decided to slap on some gloves and reach into The Question Bucket. If you sent a questions months ago, don’t fret; we start digging into our backlog on today’s episode.

Nov 22, 2016

Though our regular Monday episode of Waypoint Radio went live last night, we recorded a special bonus podcast, as well, where we break down today’s big investigation into Sleeping Dogs 2. If you missed our story on the now-abandoned plans for a sequel to one of gaming’s cult classics, read up on it before listening to a discussion between myself, Editor-In-Chief Austin Walker, and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau.

Nov 22, 2016

As we prepare for having a few days off later this week, you'll have to forgive us for delivering the podcast later than usual! Thankfully, though, it means you'll have access to an hour of the group dipping into The Question Bucket on Friday, as everyone nurses their food hangovers.

But on today's episode, Editor-In-Chief Austin Walker, myself, and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau discussed our experiences as Emily Kaldwin in Dishonored 2, why two Nintendo fan games have disappeared from the nominations for this year's The Game Awards, and use The Question Bucket to talk about how the three of us ended up being full-time games writers.

Nov 18, 2016

The world still turns, the sun still rises, and we’re still podcasting. In fact, games are so busy right now that we’re having to push discussions back because there’s just so much going on.

If you’re looking for us to dig into Dishonored 2, that’ll have to wait until Monday (sorry!), but on this week’s podcast, editor-in-chief Austin Walker, myself, and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau​ discuss how we became active participants in the Frog Fractions 2 ARG (we think, anyway), using Pokémon​ Sun and Moon to relax, and, of course, something brand-new from The Question Bucket.

Nov 14, 2016

With gaming’s fall season in full swing, the Waypoint crew has more than enough to play (and talk about). And though Waypoint’s tastes usually skew towards smaller, more personal games, we’re pleasantly surprised by how interesting some of gaming’s biggest releases are.

In addition to myself, Waypoint Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker and managing editor Danielle Riendeau huddled around the warm of a microphone to discuss Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Watch Dogs 2, a tiny bit of Dishonored 2, and the politically-aware platformer Even the Ocean.

Nov 11, 2016

Though the election of Donald Trump doesn’t have an immediate effect on what we’re doing here at Waypoint, it got us thinking about our mission statement. Editor-in-chief Austin Walker, myself, and managing editor Danielle Riendeau hopped in the podcast bunker to discuss this and more. 

​In addition to Trump, we talk about Dishonored 2, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and Nintendo's recently released NES Classic.

Oh, right! We also have a podcast name: Waypoint Radio. It took us a while to settle on a name, but after several weeks of podcasting, we’re finally there. You don’t have to worry about the podcast feed changing with the new name—it’ll download in the same place it always has.

Nov 9, 2016

Hey everyone.


Editor-in-chief Austin Walker, here. Just wanted to share with you an editorial I wrote in the wake of last night's US general election. This isn't a full episode, but I'd appreciate a listen, regardless. Looking forward to talking to y'all as part of our normal schedule on Friday.

Nov 7, 2016

​Take a deep breath, everyone. One way or another, this election is almost over, which is why myself, Waypoint EIC Austin Walker, and Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau​ spent the opening minutes of this week’s Monday podcast breathlessly talking about this…

 

https://twitter.com/MrLukeJohnston/status/795609403789635584

 

...before we avoided talking about any of the “real” announcements at this weekend’s BlizzCon—a Diablo remake coming to Diablo 3, the formal announcement of hacker character Sombra for Overwatch—and mulled what Blizzard’s decision to embrace regional eSports teams, ala the NFL or NBA, for Overwatch means. (You can read more details over here.)

Nov 4, 2016

The podcast has been silent for the past week, thanks to the launch of Waypoint, but we're back! We're resuming our twice weekly episodes starting today, and that means I'm joined by both EIC Austin Walker and managing editor Danielle Riendeau to kickstart your weekend.

On today's episode, Austin and Patrick embrace Titanfall 2's campaign with a warm hug and lament how many people probably won't play it, while Danielle eulogizes the Wii U. (It had been reported the Wii U was ending production soon, but that might not be the case yet.) We also dive into Bethesda's recent decision to limit early access to games for the press, and, of course, put our hands into The Question Bucket.

Oct 24, 2016

In less than a week, Waypoint will be kicking off a ridiculous 72-hour livestream to celebrate the launch of our new website. Before we get there, though, it’s time for a podcast, this time with the added bonus of managing editor (and talented writer) Danielle Riendeau.


On today’s podcast, Danielle explains why she’s fallen hard for Mafia III, Austin dives deep into board gaming’s past, and I celebrated being able to beat a boss in Dark Souls 3. Go me! We also ventured into The Question Bucket to mull gaming’s relationship with the writing process.

Oct 21, 2016

VICE Gaming became Waypoint in a week of huge gaming news, with Rockstar dropping the first trailer for their long-anticipated Red Dead Redemption sequel, Nintendo providing details on their next piece of hardware, and voice actors officially going on strike. What a week!

 

To break it all down, we invited other members of the Waypoint crew into the podcast bunker, including publisher Joel Fowler and social editor Danika Harrod. Besides the news, we  explain why it’s so hard to build a website. Fonts? Logos? Bad ideas for names? Bazinga?

Oct 17, 2016

It’s not often that video game news breaks over the weekend, but with Rockstar teasing a new Red Dead Redemption game and reports some of the most high-profile voice actors in games may be going on strike in the future, there’s plenty to discuss in VICE Gaming’s New Podcast.

 

Over the course of an hour, Austin and I go over the missed storytelling opportunities in Gears of War 4, wonder what tempted Austin into playing The Elder Scrolls Online for several hours this weekend, and answer a listener question about the constant delays for big-budget games.

Oct 14, 2016

With the VICE Gaming team hurriedly working behind-the-scenes on a bunch of secret stuff, stuff you’ll learn about soon, we still found time to record another Friday podcast. And in a surprise twist, someone found a table Austin Walker to record on this week. When you’ve got a nice table to put your laptop and microphone on, you know it’s gonna be a good podcast.


This week, Austin and Patrick consider what Gears of War 4 might suggest about the future of Xbox hardware, use Mafia III to consider how open worlds can help (and hurt) storytelling, wonder why Oculus has put Palmer Luckey into hiding, and turn to The Question Bucket to discuss whether gaming fans (and media) spend too much time on topics like representation.

Oct 10, 2016

It's Monday, which means that VICE Gaming's Patrick Klepek and Austin Walker are back in the bunker and ready to talk about video games. While Austin dives headfirst into the (unfortunately shaky) virtual worlds of PlayStation VR, Patrick finds himself trapped in the violent void of Thumper, where driving rhythm and cosmic horror collide. Their only means of escape is a reader question: How should developers tackle race and identity in games? 

Games discussed: Batman Arkham VR, Job Simulator, Wayward Sky, Thumper, Mafia III, Watch Dogs

 

Oct 7, 2016

From Deus Ex to Dishonored, Harvey Smith has worked on some deeply influential video games. As he jets across the world to promote Dishonored 2’s release on November 11, Smith stopped by VICE Gaming’s New Podcast to chat with us.


With October in full swing, we kick things off by discussing how horror has influenced his approach to game design, before drilling down into the process of making a sequel. Smith hasn’t worked on back-to-back sequels since Deus Ex: Invisible War, a game that wasn’t exactly well-received back in 2003. Fortunately, Dishonored 2’s looking really promising.

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