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What's good, Internet? Join Waypoint's Rob Zacny, Patrick Klepek, Renata Price, Natalie Watson, and Ricardo Contreras two 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.

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699 episodes

Episode 499: A Bungie-Shaped Funnel Cake

Cado's back! They've brought stories of mountains, horseback rides, and funnel cakes. But first, we discuss the lawsuits Bungie is bringing against users who have harassed its employees. After the break, Ren has been checking out an overhaul mod for 2018's Battletech called Battletech Advanced 3062, which adds infantry, vehicles, and more 'Mechs to the already great tactics game, and Patrick is checking in with the Live a Live Remaster, the first official western release of the cult classic game that holds up to its cult status. Message @Patrick Klepek * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2h 16m
Aug 05
Episode 498 - Cado Was Wrong About MultiVersus, Apparently

Special guest Trone L. Dowd https://twitter.com/theloniusly from the Vice News team joins the Waypoint crew today to talk about balancing news writing with games writing, wrestling, and the games he’s been playing! As of this recording Cado is still out, which means the crew is gonna take a chance to totally blow up their opinion of a game ( without letting them defend themselves! But that’s ok, because they have control of the podcast description and can say that maybe they had come off a little bit strong in their original assessment but hey, at least Ren admits that Cado’s read of the floaty nature of the game is sound! (Thanks Ren!). Back in the non-Cado land, Trone talks about s monetization in relation to the industry’s ability to self regulate https://www.vice.com/en/article/5d3pex/diablo-immortal-shows-self-regulation-is-a-failure-in-the-games-industry, Ren checks in with , and Patrick is back to his grind. https://www.vice.com/en/article/5d3pex/diablo-immortal-shows-self-regulation-is-a-failure-in-the-games-industry https://www.vice.com/en/article/88qgd4/video-game-voice-chat-is-so-toxic-two-black-gamers-are-taking-on-the-issue-themselves * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2h 12m
Aug 02
Episode 497 - Ethically Sourced Grand Theft Auto

We have the first details on 'Grand Theft Auto VI,' and consider what it means for a (supposedly) kinder, gentler Rockstar Games to make a GTA game. This gets us thinking about the unfolding madness in VR Chat, how it relates to Rockstar's own metaverse in Grand Theft Auto Online, and that wild Oculus Quest price hike. Elsewhere, Ren's getting headbutted by bears in Caves of Qud, and Rob has discovered a level of racing sim that may even be too much for him. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 47m
Jul 29
Episode 496 - Dads, Dudes, and Power Washing

With Cado exploring the Colorado wilderness, everyone else gathers around to hear stories of Patrick...stalking his neighborhood for a chance to look into other people's garages? Huh. Elsewhere, we discuss Stray breaking its containment field and being discovered by a huge audience that's going to think all video games are about cats, Ren channels Danielle Riendeau and digs into the latest Into the Breach update, and Rob is, somehow, talking about the Civil War again. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2h 6m
Jul 27
Episode 495 - Minecraft, Like Waypoint, Hates NFTs

Patrick returns! He's brought a tidy little knapsack of news, from new unionization efforts at Activision-Blizzard, Unity’s CEO putting his foot in his mouth (again), and Minecraft coming out anti-NFT. We circle back to Stray and talk more about its particular form of platforming, Ren is forced to pay Mario a 50-cent fee to use her 3DS again, and the question bucket forces us to ask a very weird question: is the conclusion of the O.J. Simpson trial a spoiler? * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2h 26m
Jul 22
Episode 494 - Pap Pap Pap With Your Little Cat Paws

Meow! Meow meow mrrrow. Meow mmeow *hiisss*. Mrow mrow mew meow meow meow. Rob meow meow meow meow. Meow, meow meow meow The Question Bucket. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 57m
Jul 19
Episode 493 - A Big Shlorp from the Question Bucket

The release schedule is slow so we're taking a big old shlorp from the question bucket! Acast destroyed my description and now we're streaming so that's all for now, enjoy the podcast! Discussed: Gwent Rogue Mage 1:05, Inscryption Kaycee's Mod 14:23, Company of Heroes 3 26:38, The Question Bucket 57:26, Outro and Announcements 1:56:57 * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 59m
Jul 15
Bonus: Mannhunting Episode 1 + a James Caan Retrospective Intro

CONTENT WARNING - RACIAL SLURS AND THREAT OF RAPE IN A MOVIE CLIP AT 2:51:39 In memory of James Caan, Rob asked Nextlander's Alex Navarro to record a new segment discussing the late actor's career, from his defining role in to his many turns as a tough-guy character actor. Then, listen along to the first ever episode of our Waypoint+ show Mannhunting, where special guests Dia Lacina and Alex Navarro join Rob as they work through the filmography of director Michael Mann, starting with the 1981 film You can subscribe to Waypoint + for more Mannhunting at waypointplus.com https://www.waypointplus.com/ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

3h 34m
Jul 12
Episode 492 - The Death of E3 Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

This week we're serving up a heaping scoop of everyone's favorite summer snack, podcast-cream! Ren and Cado have been deep in the food-court automation mines in the final game from Zachtronics, which is an excellent tribute to a specific age of computing and trying to pass on the nostalgia you feel for that time to a person who might've never experienced it. But first, we discuss the resurrection of E3 and what a Reed Pop owned show might look like. Then Patrick takes us on his unexpected journey into the world of online claw machines. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 24m
Jul 08
Episode 491 - Really Proud for that Meat Dog

This week we're discussing Patrick's article talking to Call of Duty Developers after a mass shooting https://www.vice.com/en/article/akez7b/call-of-duty-devs-tell-us-what-its-like-to-make-a-game-in-the-wake-of-a-mass-shooting, managing a Motorsport franchise (it's hard!) and the new tricks they taught an old Meat Dog in Then we receive some good news and unveil a new Rob power in the Question Bucket. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2h 12m
Jul 01
Episode 490 - A Hyperfocus Nightmare

We open this week's episode by discussing the overturning of Roe v Wade, and where we're finding places to take action and find respite in the face of the ever mounting attack on basic human rights. Afterwards we dive into some of the games we've been playing recently, from Cado's speedrunning uhhh.... optimization in , to Ren's brush with a hot new genre called "a deckbuilding roguelike" in . Stick around after for a quick dip into the question bucket! * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 57m
Jun 28
Episode 489 - A Feast of Games

Not-E3 continues this week with the Steam Next Fest! Patrick and Cado checked out a bunch of different demos on stream, so they go over what they played and what their impressions are. Then, special Dragon's Dogma Correspondent Austin Walker joins to talk about the announcement of and go over a bit of the ten-year road to this new game. After the break, Ren checks in with a Morrowind and King's Field-inspired open world RPG with a striking visual style, and Rob's checking in with the alternate-history to explore the question "What if Louis XIV had an army of automatons to protect him during the French Revolution? * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 43m
Jun 17
Episode 488 - Keigh-3 is Upon Us (feat. Nextlander!)

Gamer's Christmas is upon us, in a new but not wholly unfamiliar form. Rob, Ren, Patrick, and Cado all gather round the traditional gamer's yule monitor to discuss the announcements of this year's not-quite-E3-but-basically-E3 season. But first, Patrick has a tale to tell, a story of wheeling, dealing, and high stakes email ignoring as he finds himself in the middle of a veritable Deals whirlwind that might have knocked a Sonos speaker off of a truck. After the break we have a special section from our stream with Nextlander's Alex Navarro and Brad Shoemaker, who joined us to talk over the Xbox/Bethesda showcase! * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 57m
Jun 14
Waypoints 52 - Severance

CW: DISCUSSION OF SUICIDE AT APPROXIMATELY 1:31:42 It's been a banner year not just for narrative games, but for games with themes surrounding labor, surviving under late capitalism, and the self, from , to , to . It should come as no surprise that today we're talking about the Apple TV+ show , which slots neatly and expertly into these same themes. Come for Patrick’s Sonos-buying update, stay for our Spoiler-Lite impressions, and then get ready to deep dive in our Spoiler-Full discussion of this excellently constructed dark comedy about separating your work life from the rest of your life—literally. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2h 21m
Jun 10
Episode 487 - Citizen Sleeper Spoilercast

This week, Patrick has a very Dad weekend, Ren tries out sucking blood in , and we have an extended discussion around free to play monetization around Then after the break, Patrick, Ren, and Cado go full spoiler mode to talk about a table top RPG inspired narrative game that got it's hooks in all of us with it's unique and fascinating systemic depiction of surviving with a disabled body under capitalism, and the ways community can be built in places you might not expect them to flourish. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2h 5m
Jun 07
Episode 486 - Voltaire Could Get It

We've got a particularly Waypoint episode for y'all today, from scamming the rich out of their money for the greater good in , to talking about recent grad student unionizations, to talking about learning on the job in . Of course, it wouldn't be a podcast these days without a bit of an update from Rob on his home appliances, luckily y'all have sent in plenty emails to help him on this journey. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 37m
Jun 03
Episode 485 - How Cold Should Milk Be?

Rob's been having some bad luck with home appliances recently, and as unfortunate as that is at least it makes for some good Content(tm). Before we get to that though, Rob, Patrick, Ren, and Cado discuss the current wave of unionization efforts across the US, including the ones beginning to crop up in the video game industry. Then, Patrick and Ren have been checking out the thematically resonant , a game about dismantling ships for scrap under contract for a corporation, and has some great writing and pointed criticism of labor practices and physical labor under late stage capitalism. After the break, well, we deal with a break, the potential breakdown of yet another large home appliance in Rob's house. Then, Rob tries to distract us from this tragedy with tales of his campaign in which is... almost certainly on the start of a death spiral. Then we enter the Cado Corner, where they talk about the Warner Bros. attempt at a platform shooter that doesn't feel particularly well tuned for the high speed play it's movement would suggest. On the bright side, Cado's been having a great time in the new Destiny 2 sea... wait no, not that, we're actually gonna talk about the new free-to-play roller derby meets basketball game that actually feels really fun to control. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2h 12m
May 27
Waypoints 51 - HALO, The TV Show

This week we're bringing you our thoughts on , the Paramount + TV show based on the immensely popular Halo video game franchise. Join as Patrick, Rob, Ren, and Cado discuss the ways this show landed in very different ways for each of them, why it probably shouldn't have been about Master Chief, and how more interesting characters are pushed to the side because of that choice. Then we answer listener questions like "does Cortana still have a dump truck in this" and "what would you do on a date with Master Chief." * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 30m
May 24
Episode 484 - Interview with Leyla and Soren Johnson

Rob has invited Leyla and Soren Johnson, CEO and Design Director at Mohawk Games respectively https://mohawkgames.com/team/, onto Waypoint Radio this week to chat about their time in game dev- from Soren's time at Firaxis as lead designer on and Leyla's time in the State Department to transitioning into running their own studio and creating games alongside a dedicated fanbase in early access. They also chat about their 4X game and it's new expansion and trying their best to design from different historical perspectives that people might not expect. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 32m
May 20
Episode 483 - Waypoint Radio Live

Join Rob, Ren, and Patrick as they answer listener questions submitted to Patrick's new "question bucket google form." Have you ever wondered if Patrick's ever had hypothermia? If Rob would rather spend a life at sea or a life underground? How about if Ren likes power tools or hand tools better? Get all this and more, and follow us on twitch.tv/waypoint to get notified when we go live next! * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2h 6m
May 17
Episode 482 - But the Inquisitor Is Hot

It's Friday the 13th so we're kicking things of spooky style. The Waypoint Radio crew discuss the new details, Bethesda's double delay situation, and Rob's new induction stove (which comes with its own set of built in curses). After the break, Patrick drops a cursed plan for... coverage of the next movie? In slightly (but only slightly) less cursed news, Rob and Ren have been checking out Warhammer 40K - Chaos Gate: Daemonhunters, a new Tactics game with heavy Gear Tactics vibes that makes a great first impression. (Also, the “Inquisitor is hot” per one Renata Price.) Patrick and Ren both dipped into a submarine based horror game that does some interesting things with space and perception. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2h 9m
May 13
Episode 481 - Playdate Interview and Gunzilla's Neill Blomkamp Interview

We've got a special double interview pod today! First up: Patrick chats with Panic's Cabel Sasser and Arisa Sudangnoi about the development of the Playdate, the boutique handheld with a crank. They go over how the project started, what working on one thing for nearly a decade is like, and personal crank stories. Then, Rob and Patrick sit down with filmmaker Neill Blomkamp to talk about his involvement with Gunzilla Games and their new Battle Royale game They touch on the transition from film to game production, Neill's background in games, and how they plan to imbue their multiplayer game with narrative. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 13m
May 10
Episode 480 - Patrick Klepek, the Profound Everyman

Much how Rob Zacny Predicted, it's becoming clearer that it will be a Banner Year for Narrative Games, and profound everyman Patrick Klepek is here dipping his toes into the game Renata https://www.vice.com/en/article/jgmzzy/citizen-sleeper-review and Cado https://shows.acast.com/vicegamingsnewpodcast/episodes/episode-462-neck-deep-in-foul-taint definitely didn't bring to the table because they were both too busy doing other things: . Rob's also taken a break from commiting insurance fraud to play that hot new game that everyone's talking about, Then we dive back into the question bucket, where some questionable suggestions are made to Rob with regards to the purchase of a new oven https://youtu.be/FfM-N27EBnE. Discussed: Citizen Sleeper 3:40, Steam Deck 41:17, Guardians of the Galaxy 48:02, The Embracer Group Acquisitions 1:06:03, Outro and Announcements 1:19:53, The Question Bucket 1:24:33 * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 57m
May 06
Episode 479 - The Thing (1982)

Rob, Patrick, Ren, Cado and special guest Gita Jackson gather around their pod mics on this cold dark night to discuss the classic film that inspired 2002's video game, Patrick's choice for our next Waypoint 101! We talk body horror, cinematic tension, box office flops, intimacy and the lack thereof between men, and the best dog actor of all time. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 54m
May 03
Episode 478 - Kirsten Dunst Must Pay

There comes a time when even the most laid-back people will find something that irks them to no end, and Patrick has found that thing this week. Are your monitors level? Are they the right distance apart? Are they perfectly aligned? Probably not, but hopefully it won't be too distracting. Thankfully the news that Sega is pulling old Sonic games in order to re-release them distracted Patrick long enough for us to launch into a conversation about emulation and "stealing." After the break, Ren reports in from the Beta currently underway, and finds the changes from 1 deeply underwhelming. Rob's checking out and enjoying the sowing part more than the reaping. Cado's finding zen in the art of card stacking with a card based rogue-like village builder with chill beats to make small piles of cards to. Then the crew dives into the question bucket to help Ren out with that whole Halo gun situation. Discussed: Patrick's Monitor Woes 1:12, Emulation and Piracy 28:54, Overwatch 2 53:27. Dune: Spiceworlds 1:37:28, Stacklands 1:43:57, Question Bucket 1:52:27, Outro and Announcements. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2h 20m
Apr 29
Episode 477- Interview with Greg Foertsch

Rob chats with Greg Foertsch https://twitter.com/gregfoertsch, ex-Firaxis art director and founder of Bit Reactor https://www.bitreactor.com, about his time on , , and other seminal strategy games after getting an internship at Microprose right out of art school. Greg reminisces on his time at Firaxis, learning to turn a computer on, and how making games has changed drastically since was developed. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 17m
Apr 25
Episode 476 - Strapped Up With That Glintstone

We've got a chock full episode for y'all this week, from Rob wondering about one of his recent purchases (Steam Deck) to Rob updating us on an old one (Speaker Update!) We're all still plucking away at but Rob in particular has a new perspective on his build choice. After the break, we talk about the recent allegations of a union related firing at Nintendo of America, and how even if unionization isn't happening yet, the way contractors are treated may mean it's around the corner. Rob's jumping on to the recent point and click adventure game wave with of which the opening hours left Rob a bit unimpressed with it's puzzles (but to a puzzlemaster, aren't all puzzles simple?) Then Patrick tells us about his time with the Playdate, the new handheld crank-based console from Panic, the company that made that one FTP client back in the day. You know the one, with the little truck? Yeah that one. Stick around after the outro for some musings on US timezones, and how we should all just have our own Time Box (tm). Discussed: Steam Deck 1:49, Elden Ring 5:27, Steam Deck Again 20:25, Rob Speaker Update 24:19, Nintendo Union Busting? 45:00, Chinatown Detective Agency 1:08:05, Playdate 1:25:08, Outro and Announcements 1:44:03 * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 58m
Apr 22
Episode 475 - Interview with NORCO Developer Yuts

Ren has invited Yuts, writer and lead developer on onto the pod today to talk about the origins of as a side-scroller, different literary styles, what we mean when we say "the american south" today, hope, and other equally fascinating and bummer topics. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47m
Apr 19
Lore Reasons: Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary trailer

Lore Reasons is back for a very special mini-sode! The Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary event dropped some new announcements so we had to get Austin, Natalie, Patrick, and Cado back on mic to live react to the announcements! The crew then does a bit of lore sleuthing to see how much they remember about Kingdom Hearts, what the deal with those hoodies is, and which person with an X in their name is which. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41m
Apr 15
Episode 474 - BweeEEEEeeop SLAP

Rob Zacny, some would say, is a man of taste. And as any man of taste would be, he's incredibly discerning, especially when it comes to his Audio Equipment. Join Ren and Patrick as their whisked away on a tale of audio shops, conspiracies (!?), and audio speaker maintenance. After the break, Ren checked out a new character based team FPS that has surprisingly good Mech-feel. Then she says some objectively wrong things about that really made this producer question her judgment. Patrick has to address one point of clownification, er, clarification before our spoilercast drops later this week on Waypoint Plus, and then the crew takes a dive into the question bucket, where we learn that yes, in fact, Renata can be wrong (see: previous DOTA 2 statements). * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 43m
Apr 12