Best altgames podcasts we could find (Updated December 2018)
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A Weekly podcast addressing issues of diversity, inclusion, intersectionality and feminism in gaming.
 
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Playdate Podcast
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Playdate Podcast is a discussion of independent and #altgames by the co-organizers of the Playdate pop-up arcade.
 
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Tabletop is growing and expanding, and with it there’s an increased need for diversity at the table. Let’s talk frankly about why racism at the table shouldn’t be a thing you do as a GM or player. Also, let’s get real about racism in our settings and campaigns, talk about what we can do to stamp it out as much as possible in a land where elves, ...…
 
Whoa what happened to the last month and a half.* Anyway. Outside of games, me and Bela have been: Reading: Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson, The Familiar Vol. 5: Redwood by Mark Z Danielewski, & Crash Override by Zöe Quinn (the shit that went down the day of the reading) Watching: The Craft, Battlestar Galactica, Cube Oh, and in cas ...…
 
No guests or curated games list this time around, so Bela & Ben just get together to talk about what they’ve been playing, and what they’ve been up to. We accidentally hit on a theme of talking about how games like Age of Empires III, StarCraft, and Limbo tell their stories, though. Ben also goes on a mildly conspiratorial rant about the real m ...…
 
No new episode this biweekly period! Sorry everyone. Audio is just Ben letting y’all know that (and maybe sneaking in a couple of quick non-games recommendations)
 
This episode, Ben is joined by Adam Longhurst and Veronica Dolginko to talk about Veronica’s movie site Back Row Cinema and a new play she’s co-authored and associate produced called The People vs. Donald Trump (showing at The London Theatre – New Cross from September 19-24). We cover pluviophilia, the Theatre, Ingrid Goes West, King of the Hil ...…
 
Gamejolt is a marketplace that aims to connect independent developers with gamers. The co-founders David (@TheyTookCROS) and Yaprak (@maskofthoro) join us to talk about the work it takes to make that happen, how they make sure people’s games get highlighted, and more. Outside of games, David and Yaprak have been hitting up some breweries in Den ...…
 
Rapper, podcaster, anarchist organizer, and all-around comrade Sole (@mcsole) joins us to talk about games. Ben chose three games that he thought Sole would find interesting. We cover those, then talk about what we’ve all been up to in games. Sole not being a games person, we figured that made the most sense. Bela has been playing Overwatch and ...…
 
Quick note: The audio quality on this isn’t the best. Ben’s end has some train noises and some echo-y acoustics, and Bela’s has some persistent clicks. I did my best to mitigate those problems. Hopefully it’s not too bad. This time around, Bela and Ben get together to talk about Evo. Ben picked three games that were at The MIX at Evo this year ...…
 
This is it y'all, the final episode of Fresh Out of Tokens. It's been two years, 95 episodes, numerous amazing guests but it's time to say farewell. We've had a great run over the last two years, and it's been amazing for a show that started out as a happy accident to run for so long, to have so many amazing folks grace the mic . Thank you to e ...…
 
Brendan Vance (@4xisblack) joins us to talk about some (un)licensed games, his work with Heart Projector, and experiences with dentists. The games we discuss this time include: Tales of Games Studios Presents Chef Boyardee’s Barkley, Shut Up And Jam: Gaiden, Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley Saga by @TalesOfGames Super Plumber Bros. by @ArrogantGa ...…
 
Ian Hamilton, one of the co-founders of the Game Accessibility Conference came by to talk about accessibility in games, GA Conf, things devs can do better to account for accessibility and more. We have tees, and other items in the I Need Diverse Games spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with @Chachibobinks. There’s a blog to com ...…
 
Dante Douglas (@videodante) joins us to talk about a selection of games that he curated for our show. Outside of games, we’ve been up to Xena: Warrior Princess (Season Three), the Bug Fair, and finding bike paths and writing poems. We talk about the games, then get into an in-depth interview with Dante. Subjects include the conferences he organ ...…
 
Catt Small and Chris Algoo return to talk about this years Game Developers of Color Expo, what prompted them to create the event with other folks at Brooklyn Gamery, work/life balance either with a dayjob or as a freelancer and more. We have tees, and other items in the I Need Diverse Games spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 wi ...…
 
Hi all! Unfortunately we don’t have an episode for you this time around. In the meantime, why not check out some of the interviews we did with fifteen of the folks we had at Playdate this year? You can find them all right here. Now that Playdate’s over and Ben’s in the process of moving around for a little bit, we just didn’t have time to get t ...…
 
Bio Fan Official comes back to talk about Mass Effect: Andromeda, same sex romances in the game, what's lacking & what's good re: queer content and more! There’s tees, mugs and other items in the I Need Diverse Games spreadshirt shop. There’s a blog to compliment the show! Feel free to drop a note to freshoutoftokens@gmail.com if you have quest ...…
 
We chat with Renee Blair of Bosskey about her work, accessibility in games, level design and Lawbreakers! There’s tees, mugs and other items in the I Need Diverse Games spreadshirt shop. Any profits are split 50/50 with @Chachibobinks who created the logo and banner. There’s a blog to compliment the show! Feel free to drop a note to freshoutoft ...…
 
John Vanderhoef (@johnvanderhoef) joins us to talk about his game Sundays with Absalon. Outside of games, John has been enjoying the MCU. Bela saw Guardians of the Galaxy, so we mostly talk about that. Ben also reveals a dirty secret about himself and those films, given that he’s sometimes a film critic. This personal RPG Maker exploration lead ...…
 
Ascot Smith (@ASCOT_WORLD) joins us to talk about his game Psychic. Outside of games, we talk about working in a comics shop, and just how many boxes (in just how many cities) Ascot has full of comics. This comical detective interactive fiction gets us on the topic of worldbuilding versus comedy, other media that involve telepathic animals, and ...…
 
Browntourage + Friends’ Tonia Beglari (@yaytonia) and Symrin Chawla (@sym_____ru) joins us to talk about their game Mystal. Outside of games, we talk about Symrin’s performance piece. This musical environmental exploration leads to us talking about ecofeminism, the desire to arrange the world, keeping secrets, telling the player to fuck themsel ...…
 
James Earl Cox (@just404it) joins us to talk Seemingly Pointless‘ You Must be Eighteen Or Older to Enter. Outside of games, we talk about bad movies. Watching them, taking inspiration from Tommy Wiseau, and, especially, making them. This ASCII-pointillist porn-watching simulator leads to us talking about installation art, non-traditional horror ...…
 
Mild Beast Games‘ Devin Li joins us to talk about At Sundown. Outside(?) of games, we talk about his once-a-week habit of doing escape rooms. For this top-down stealth shooter, we talk about guns in games, game jams, NintendoLand’s Luigi’s Ghost Mansion, the intensity of netcode, and more.
 
Nathalie Lawhead (@alienmelon) joins us to talk about her game Everything is Going to be OK. Outside of games, we talk about receiving potatoes. This interactive zine leads us to talk about player control, cultural definitions of power, asshole pets, cuteness as palliative, and a whole bunch more.
 
We're finally sitting down with Justin Saint, known as GaymerQueen for their amazing queer cosplays to talk about Asian representation, Mass Effect Andromeda, their role in Krem's creation and more! There’s tees, mugs and other items in the I Need Diverse Games spreadshirt shop. Any profits are split 50/50 with @Chachibobinks who created the lo ...…
 
Jae Hyun Yoo joins us to talk about his game BestLuck. We talk about where the ideas came from, how the implementation supports the ideas, Jae’s other work, and more.
 
Colin Horgan and Nicolo Telesca join us to talk about their game L U C A H Before we get into it, Colin has been running and Nicolo has been re-watching Twin Peaks. We even solve a Windom-based mystery! Okay, I’m going to straight up quote Colin here: for this “attempt to make Devil May Cry into an art game,” we talk about being raised Catholic ...…
 
We discuss Thing-in-Itself with Arseniy Klishin (@onegin13) and Laura Gray, aka Party for Introverts. Outside of games, we talk about horror and fantasy, the new American Gods series, and cultural difference in checkers. This philosophical relationship story brings up making stories personal and relatable, refusing wish-fulfillment, how the cha ...…
 
We discuss Opening the Horse with Matthew R.F. Balousek (@mrfb). Outside of games, we talk baking bread and a(n obscure?) tidbit of Magic: the Gathering lore. This collection of queer formalist tabletop games leads to discussions about iterating on design, collaboration, storygames and google+, and more.…
 
We discuss A Hole New World with Daniel Pellicer (@DanPelGar). Outside of games, we talk Steins;Gate. For this dual-worlded, Mega Man-inspired action platformer, we talk about switching projects, working all over the world, using story to justify and expand on mechanics, and more.
 
We discuss Joggernauts with Zachary Johnson (@zacharyjohson), Tommy Sunders (@SuperTommy64) and Robert Frost III (@HeyFrostiiie). Outside of games, the team has been releasing music, modding an NES, and talking (non-games) VR. In talking about this auto-runner with swearing and teamwork, we touch on appealing to people who aren’t going to buy i ...…
 
Chronic Logic‘s Brent Arata (@BrentArata) joins us to talk about Climb! Before we get into it, we talk about Brent’s 5-year plan to climb Everest, and some hikes he has done and will do along the way. In discussing this ultraviolent party climber, we discuss puzzles vs parties, the studio’s philosophies, the games origins, and how it has come t ...…
 
We discuss Little Moth Studios‘ Keep in Mind with Cherylynn Lima (@rose_moth), Connor Bridgeman (@akuparagames), and Ian Melinn. In discussing this psychological horror experience we cover a lot of ground. Making the move from painterly pixel art to more-immersive 3D, whether games need to be fun, communicating personal experiences, and being a ...…
 
We discuss Walden, a game with Tracy Fullerton. Before we get into it, we talk about the new baseball season. Tracy’s a Dodgers fan who has sympathy for the Giants this year. For this Not A Survivalist Thoreau simulation, we talk about a decade(+) long development cycle, finding inspiration for games in the woods, incorporating criticism into t ...…
 
For this episode of the Playdate Podcast, we take a look back at last year’s Playdate showcase. First we talk a little bit about how we got this thing going, and then Ben brings up Petscop, a new creepypasta with interesting design potential, and Bela talks about the flyer that Floppydisko made for Playdate 2017, which includes some shout outs ...…
 
The amazing Zoe Quinn hangs out with our EIC Tanya to talk about the new game based off Chuck Tingle's works, new book that's out soon, becoming a cyborg and more. There’s tees, mugs and other items in the I Need Diverse Games spreadshirt shop. Any profits are split 50/50 with @Chachibobinks who created the logo and banner. There’s a blog to co ...…
 
This time around we chat games from the Slow Game Jam, a jam about privileging slowness in games. It’s another short episode, and this one has a couple audio issues. The beginning is recorded at my house so it’s significantly worse audio quality also, but I felt like it was important to note in the episode. This time around, we talk: Alchemy Ga ...…
 
This shorter episode is all about the Queerness and Games Conference. We both went to QGCon at the top of this month and wanted to chat about some of the talks that really hit us and some of the games that we played. Find QGCon at http://www.qgcon.com/ or on twitter @QGCon, and find the archives of all of 2017’s talks at https://www.twitch.tv/q ...…
 
Kyle-Steven Porter drops by to discuss FlameCon, his own podcast about RuPaul's Drag Race, photography and LGBTQIA geek spaces. There’s tees, mugs and other items in the I Need Diverse Games spreadshirt shop. Any profits are split 50/50 with @Chachibobinks who created the logo and banner. Feel free to drop a note to freshoutoftokens@gmail.com i ...…
 
This time around Ben and Bela chat about ten games from the recently-completed #ResistJam. Before that though, we get a little bit into an episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer & why M. Night Shyamalan is so fucking good. We also talk about our process with this one and our feelings about #Resist in general. The games discussed in this episode ar ...…
 
We had a visit from the fine folks behind Fansplaining to talk about fandom, gaming, fic and more as Tanya turns the tables after a visit to their show There’s tees, mugs and other items in the I Need Diverse Games spreadshirt shop. Any profits are split 50/50 with @Chachibobinks who created the logo and banner. Feel free to drop a note to fres ...…
 
Interview! We talked with John Warren about the Games vs Nazis Jam, which he helped judge. We chatted about judging jams, The Man in the High Castle‘s iffy arc, donating the jam’s proceeds to RAINN and the SPLC, and more. Before that, we briefly discussed Playdate, Shigeru Mizuki’s Showa, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out (spoilers from ~5:30-9:30). T ...…
 
The next full episode of the Playdate Podcast won’t be until next week, but to tide you over we have a very special episode. In this episode, Bela meets up with two members of the team for his game Little Bug to chat about representation, moms, and more. Sep, who is making the game’s music, hosted the interview on her radio show Scream Queens, ...…
 
There’s tees, mugs and other items in the I Need Diverse Games spreadshirt shop. Any profits are split 50/50 with @Chachibobinks who created the logo and banner. There’s a blog to compliment the show! Feel free to drop a note to freshoutoftokens@gmail.com if you have questions, compliments, episode or guest feedback. The site is outoftokenscast ...…
 
The Playdate Podcast returns to the Good Bundle with a new format. This time, we talk about ten games. After we say hello again and Bela tells you a little about what he’s planning on doing at GDC, we enter our new Lightning Round! In the lightning round, we talk the first eight games, offering one piece of praise and one piece of constructive ...…
 
Souha Al-Samkari, VP of Truant Pixels joins us to talk about Akash Game, Otome life, a bit of fanning out over Bioware games and more. There’s tees, mugs and other items in the I Need Diverse Games spreadshirt shop. Any profits are split 50/50 with @Chachibobinks who created the logo and banner. There’s a blog to compliment the show! Feel free ...…
 
Playdate’s co-organizer’s Ben and Bela get together to talk independent and #altgames, beginning with those included in itch.io’s Good Bundle. The games discussed in this episode are: Takishawa is Dead Expand Social Justice Warriors Particle Mace We Are Doomed
 
Laura Simpson talks tabletop, LARP, UX design and getting ready to launch a Kickstarter We have tees, and other items in the I Need Diverse Games spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with @Chachibobinks. There’s a blog to compliment the show! Follow us at outoftokenscast.com If you have questions, compliments, episode or guest fe ...…
 
Vivek Bhurtun and Roy van der Schilden join us to talk about the upcoming Herald Game from Wispfire studios, casting voice actors and dealing with imperialism in the 19th century. Vivek voices the games protagonist and Roy is the lead writer. We have tees, and other items in the I Need Diverse Games spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits ...…
 
We have tees, and other items in the I Need Diverse Games spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with @Chachibobinks. There’s a blog to compliment the show! Follow us at outoftokenscast.com If you have questions, compliments, episode or guest feedback; feel free to drop a note there as well. You can follow us on twitter; @OutOfToke ...…
 
We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with @Chachibobinks. There’s a blog to compliment the show! Follow us at outoftokenscast.com If you have questions, compliments, episode or guest feedback; feel free to drop a note there as well. You can follow us on twitter; @OutOfTokens ...…
 
We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with @Chachibobinks. There’s a blog to compliment the show! Follow us at outoftokenscast.com If you have questions, compliments, episode or guest feedback; feel free to drop a note there as well. You can follow us on twitter; @OutOfTokens ...…
 
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