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Checkpoint Chat is an invitation to an all new gaming conversation. Hosted by seasoned writers Alessandro Barbosa (Gamespot, Critical Hit) and Matthew Figueira (Critical Hit), indulge yourself in discussion about games being played right now, weekly news and conversations with you, a listener.
 
Wrestle Buddies exists on the corner of professional wrestling and friendship, as GameSpot's wrestling nerds Mat Elfring and Chris E. Hayner dig into the best, worst, and weirdest aspects of sports entertainment. From classic storylines to bizarre matches, we're going to talk about it all with each other and some Wrestle Buddies we meet along the way, including fellow superfans and pro wrestlers.
 
I am a writer and broadcaster specialising in video games and technology, and the resident video game expert on BBC 5 live and Sky News. My work has appeared in Wired, The Independent and The Telegraph, and I regularly comment for outlets such as CNN, Yahoo! and The Metro. I also have experience hosting gaming events at BAFTA, MCM Expo and the London IMAX. Prior to this, I also launched the websites CNET and GameSpot in the UK, editing GameSpot for four years. Under my leadership, it became ...
 
From the people behind Gamertron and The Not Red E Podcast comes the exhumation of A Winner Is You - a video game club podcast from the UK presented by Alex Aldridge (Goombastomp.com) and David Smillie (GamingRespawn.com). We specialise in rankings and top 10s as well as our main feature of deep diving into the biggest and best games, both old and new, one episode at a time!
 
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It's After Dark's first live episode! This week Jean-Luc got early hands-on with A Plague Tale: Requiem, everyone is loving Neon White, and we decide what single game would cause the most damage if it was erased from existence. Visit store.gamespot.com to pre-order a Keigh3 2022 limited edition t-shirt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megap…
 
With Money in the Bank coming up, Mat is doing predictions for all the matches on the card as of June 28. Additionally, he's discussing attending Forbidden Door at United Center in Chicago, his first live wrestling event since Wrestlemania earlier this year. Follow Wrestle Buddies: http://www.twitter.com/wrestlebuddies Follow Chris: http://www.twit…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat, we get properly freaked out by spider hands in Elden Ring, throw foot soldiers at the screen in TMNT: Shredder's Revenge, make close comebacks in Mario Strikers: Battle League, and get our anime sword skills back on in Monster Hunter: Rise. ---- SHOW NOTES ----- 00:00:00 - WTF it's raining in winter? 00:09:30 - Surpris…
 
Vince McMahon has stepped down because of allegations he paid hush money to an employee after sleeping with her. Chris and Mat discuss the alleged affair and what Vince stepping down actually means. Follow Wrestle Buddies: http://www.twitter.com/wrestlebuddies Follow Chris: http://www.twitter.com/chrishayner Follow Mat: http://www.twitter.com/immat…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat we travel back in time with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, have a vibe check-in with Fortnite and Elden Ring, and score some hatricks in Mario Strikers: Battle League. ---- SHOW NOTES ----- 00:00:00 - Cold cats and spoon-feeding plants 00:10:53 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is ret…
 
Chris and Mat are back, and this week, Chris takes us into his Hollywood Backlot Minute Dot Com to talk about going to an AEW Dark taping. Then, the guys discuss all the titles on AEW and WWE programming. If everyone is a champion, is anyone a champion? Follow Wrestle Buddies: http://www.twitter.com/wrestlebuddies Follow Chris: http://www.twitter.c…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat, we've put a lot more hours into Diablo Immortal and it's still good? The Summer Game Fest has also kicked off and Keighley's opening night had some big games to get excited about. Also, screw Eskom. ---- SHOW NOTES ----- 00:00:00​ - An important announcement 00:00:50​ - Life hacks, Elden Ring, and Batman 00:11:01 - Dia…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat we're clicking demons and collecting loot in Diablo Immortal, Fortnite is real different without building, and hooboy was that a stacked PlayStation State of Play. ---- SHOW NOTES ----- 00:00:00​ - Back support and chair affairs 00:07:57 - Diablo Immortal sure is a mobile game (and addictive at that) 00:27:44 - Fortnite…
 
With Chris away for work, Mat is all alone predicting WWE's Hell in a Cell PPV. Luckily, our sophisticated AI program PredictionBot 3000 v2.0 is back and helping Mat out. Follow Wrestle Buddies: http://www.twitter.com/wrestlebuddies Follow Chris: http://www.twitter.com/chrishayner Follow Mat: http://www.twitter.com/immatelfring Learn more about you…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat, we've got firm concluding thoughts on rhythm action game Soundfall, space Soulslike Dolmen, and a whole bunch of talk about Sony's 2022 plans and Game Pass. ---- SHOW NOTES ----- 00:00:00​ - Cake transactions and food of the future 00:12:46 - Soundfall is... too long 00:21:23​ - Dolmen, meanwhile, is entirely okay 00:3…
 
Hirun Cryer first got his break in the games media writing guides over at USGamer. And guides content, dear listeners, is perhaps one of the most overlooked part of this entire job. Frequently responsible for the lion's share of a publication's traffic, despite rarely appearing on the homepage itself, video game guides are hugely important to the o…
 
Ahead of AEW's Double or Nothing, Chris and Mat do some quick predictions of the matches--without PredictionBot's help. And then, Mat receives an interesting email from a listener claiming to be a better Wrestle Buddy than they guys are, so Chris and Mat play the Newlywed Game in order to prove they know each other. But that doesn't matter, the per…
 
We're back and so are all the games! This week on Checkpoint Chat, we touch on Elden Ring, Lumines, Dolmen, Moonlighter, and Soundfall (which is a lot by our count). ---- SHOW NOTES ----- 00:00:00 - Hoodies and ice-cream 00:10:30 - Matty loved Moonlighter... 00:12:02 - ... and he's hooked on Lumines! 00:19:34 - Matty also rolled credits on Elden Ri…
 
Jean-Luc bought a Quest 2, Jordan's playing the latest Apex Legends update, Tam and Lucy nearly forgot they saw Dr. Strange, and the crew comes up with the ultimate video game driving playlist, which you can enjoy for yourself below! https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpg6WLs8kxGNCPYt-3XlFUa5L1j7zRYDi&feature=share Learn more about your ad ch…
 
Back in 2014, the Bella Twins broke up and Brie and Nikki were in a rivalry with each other. Chris and Mat get into why this happened, some of the in-ring segments that aired, and one of Mat's favorite vignettes: Growing Up Bella. Additionally, it's the return of Wrestlepiece Theater! Follow Wrestle Buddies: http://www.twitter.com/wrestlebuddies Fo…
 
After two years of podcasting remotely, the GameSpot crew is back together to record in our new studio! Jordan gets into virtual volleyball, Jean-Luc feels pretty whatever about Moon Knight, Lucy is getting her peg on, and Tam pulls the crew together to come up with a definitive list of best toilet games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg…
 
It's time for WWE's latest PPV, and Chris and Mat are here to predict the winners and losers of each match. Of course, PredictionBot3000 returns, and it has some pretty out there predictions for the show--including people quitting wrestling to start a landscaping company. Additionally, Mat has some new info about the 40 For 40 club and explains the…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat, we dive into space mines with Deep Rock Galactic, get physical with Nintendo Switch Sports, dissect what best fits in Kirby's mouth with The Forgotten Land, and juggle two jobs with Moonlighter. ---- SHOW NOTES ----- 00:00:00​ - Excellent timing and stopping the car 00:08:40 - Another Elden Ring check in (of course) 00…
 
This is the story of a podcast named GameSpot After Dark. Every week the GSAD crew sat down over discord to discuss the latest video games and anime they've been watching, like Beat Saber or Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Maybe they get off topic and talk about Jordan's move to a new apartment. But this week was a bit different. This week they t…
 
Danny O'Dwyer creates video game documentaries for Noclip, a crowdfunded YouTube channel first launched in 2016. Known for their high production value and behind-the-scenes access to some of the most successful game developers in the world, Noclip has had a huge influence on PMG's work over the years. Prior to starting his own company, Danny is per…
 
Adam Cole returns for pretty much the entire episode, and much like his last appearance, we're talking video games--and a little bit about his Halo gear from AEW Revolution. Cole's most recent addiction is to Elden Ring, and he talks about why he loves it so much. Of course, we also talk about the Halo TV show and Cole's favorite game growing up. N…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat, we break everything in sight during a tour through Teardown, conspire to overthrow governments in Road 96, and touch on the lingering effects of both Metroid Dread and Rogue Legacy. ---- SHOW NOTES ----- 00:00:00 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY SANDY and expensive cars 00:14:21​ - Kirby and the Forgotten Land is real good... 00:20:54…
 
While the guys didn't get to record this one live, they're back together again to talk about their favorite wrestling movie, Ready to Rumble. The 2000 film was not well-received by critics, but Mat saw it in theaters--as he was a WCW fan during this time for some reason. Mat and Chris watched it together while they were in Dallas and are now prepar…
 
Well, Wrestlemania is in the books, but before we say goodbye to wrestling comic-con for the year, Mat and Chris spoke with a number of WWE superstars during the big weekend, and now you get to listen in as we chat with Becky Lynch, AJ Styles, Naomi, Rhea Ripley, Bron Breakker, "Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart, and more! No Smackadillas were consume…
 
From a Dallas hotel, Chris and Mat are back and talking about Night 2 of Wrestlemania 38, and their experiences of seeing it live at AT&T Stadium. The Wrestle Buddies talk about every match, what they loved, what they hated, and how loud the audience was for Austin delivering another night of stunners. Follow Wrestle Buddies: http://www.twitter.com…
 
We're back and so are the games! This week on Checkpoint Chat we check out Ghostwire: Tokyo, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and the latest Xbox Game Pass hit, Tunic! ---- SHOW NOTES ----- 00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:12 - Diving and the origins of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 00:11:01 - A mention of Horizon Forbidden West and Elden Ring 00:11:47 - Our ful…
 
From a Dallas hotel, Chris and Mat are discussing Night 1 of Wrestlemania 38, and their experiences of seeing it live at AT&T Stadium. Unlike their last Mania outing, they got home before 3AM. The Wrestle Buddies talk about every match, what they loved, what they hated, and how loud the audience was for Cody Rhodes coming back to WWE. Follow Wrestl…
 
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