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A fresh new take on video game criticism by people of color with a New York twist. Hosted by Paul Tamayo alongside the one and only Cam Brewster, The Optional covers the latest in gaming with a mix of hip-hop, comedy, and real conversations surrounding the culture. This isn't your typical games podcast. This is video game commentary for the rest of us.
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That's all, folks. We've come to the end of this particular journey for now and we brought in our original co-host Roman France, who now works at Activision to talk about his journey so far in the games industry, our current playlists, a couple of listener questions, one last Feelin' It for the road and a final farewell to all of you lovely listeners. Thanks for supporting us for so long. It's been real.
216 - Sign of the Times

216 - Sign of the Times

2020-07-2002:01:471

We’re back! This week we’re talking Ooblets, Hyper Scape, Hitman 2, more State of Decay 2, Ubisoft Forward recap, that fake Doctor’s ban, Walter Mercado, Lianne La Havas, and TONS more. Tune in already! Continue the convo with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2UvzcId Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content: bit.ly/3ewWLeN Help the keep the lights on: https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
This week we’re talking to one of our favorite writers Jeffrey Rousseau to discuss Nioh 2, State of Decay 2, The Last of Us Part II, Unsolved Mysteries, FGC resets, Amazon’s Crucible, next-gen game prices, listener questions, and TONS more. TUNE IN. Continue the convo with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2UvzcId Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content: bit.ly/3ewWLeN Help the keep the lights on: https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
This week the guys are joined by our fellow young New York legend Alan Torres, freelance video producer for the likes of IGN, Kotaku and his own channel Spectr Gaming, to talk more Last of Us Part II, Bloodborne, Half Life: Alyx, allegations in the games space, Mixer coming to an end, Twitch’s own batch of issues that include everyone’s least favorite pseudo medical professional, our favorite bodega picks, quarantine habits, what games we want as MOBA’s and TONS more. Tune in already! Continue the convo with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2UvzcId Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content: bit.ly/3ewWLeN Help the keep the lights on: https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
213 - Technical Spectacle

213 - Technical Spectacle

2020-06-2201:44:07

This week we’re back to talk The Last of Us Part II first impressions, Bloodborne, Desperados III, EA Play Live 2020 recap, Cyberpunk delays, horrible tweets, how to handle copaganda, Atomic Blonde, and new ways we’re exploring implementing fitness into our lives. Tune in already, ya jerks. Continue the convo with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2UvzcId Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content: bit.ly/3ewWLeN Help the keep the lights on: https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
This week we’re joined by our big bro Kahlief Adams from the Spawn On Me Podcast to talk about The Last of Us Part II, Disintegration, Bloodborne, Mafia III, PlayStation 5 hype, Miles Morales hype, HBO taking down Gone With the Wind, our favorite LGBTQ game characters, Animal Crossing conspiracies, Da 5 Bloods, LA 92, Chappelle’s 8:46, Man Like Mobeen, The Black Power Mixtape and SO much more. Tune in for this legendary episode. Continue the convo with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2UvzcId Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content: bit.ly/3ewWLeN Help the keep the lights on: https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
211 - We’re All We Got

211 - We’re All We Got

2020-06-0801:20:14

The guys are back this week to talk about returning to favorites like Bloodbourne and Yakuza Zero, Game Gear Micros, Black game composers, empty corporate statements, Nookazon drama, dreaming of vacation, Dorohedero and TONS more. Take a break from the world and join us, you jerks. Continue the convo with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2UvzcId Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content: bit.ly/3ewWLeN Help the keep the lights on: https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
This week we’re joined by Annapurna Interactive’s Jeff Legaspi to talk about Jedi Fallen Order, FIFA, management sims, Metro: Exodus, Wholesome Direct, Skyrim Grandma, The Last of Us Part II gameplay and tons more. We also talk about the events unfolding around the country and the world this week. Tune in. Continue the convo with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2UvzcId Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content: bit.ly/3ewWLeN Help the keep the lights on: https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
This week we’re joined by the one and only Dia Lacina to talk Umarangi Generation, Crucible, If Found, Mafia III, Fortnite trailer premieres, cultures as in-game skins, photo mode appreciation, 8-bit bops, Bosch, and Bad Bunny. TUNE IN. Continue the convo with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2UvzcId Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content: bit.ly/3ewWLeN Help the keep the lights on: https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3 Follow Paul on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/polimayo --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
We’re joined by Uppercut’s very own Caitlin Galiz-Rowe and Monti Velez to talk Predator: Hunting Grounds, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Sakura Wars, Apex Legends Season 5, Tony Hawk remaster, Unreal Engine 5, Ghosts of Tsushima, Blizzard f’n up AGAIN, Petals for Armor, Emojidrome, Betty on HBO, and TONS more. Tune in already! Continue the convo with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2UvzcId Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content: bit.ly/3ewWLeN Help the keep the lights on: https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
This week we’re joined by freelance media critic and stream coordinator extraordinaire Nico Deyo to talk Valorant, Overwatch, Deliver Us The Moon, Animal Crossing hustling, last week’s Inside Xbox, Digital TGS, OWL, problematic herbs being rewarded AGAIN, The Sopranos, Internet Shaquille, Disney Gallery and TONS more. Tune in already, ya jerks. Continue the convo with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2UvzcId Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content: bit.ly/3ewWLeN Help the keep the lights on: https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
This week we’re joined by the illustrious Natalie Flores, weekend writer at Fanbyte and writer for Paste, to talk Valorant, Streets of Rage 4, Ring Fit Adventure, Last of Us 2 leaks, corny Twitch bozos, social distancing life hacks, Final Fantasy XIII love, Killing Eve, The Last Dance, and so much more. Seriously, strap in because this is filled to brim. Tune in already! Continue the convo with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2UvzcId Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content: bit.ly/3ewWLeN --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
This week we’re joined by Optional family Chase Carter, Freelance Journalist, Podcaster, and Discord Moderator extraordinaire to talk Horizon’s Gate, This, Too, Shall Pass, Animal Crossing shattering sales records, GameStop reopening stores, questionable representation in games, Little Fires Everywhere, Sherman’s Showcase, Outer Banks and TONS more. Tune in already, you jerks. Continue the convo with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2UvzcId Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content: bit.ly/3ewWLeN Help us the keep the lights on: https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
This week we’ve got our good friend Bo Lee, reporting from Dallas, back on the show to talk more Final Fantasy VII Remake, Animal Crossing, Streets of Rage hype, PlayStation companion robots for gamers, Tifa appreciation, DEVS, new Kid Cudi, and tons more. Continue the convo with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2UvzcId Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content: bit.ly/3ewWLeN Help the keep the lights on: https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
This week we’ve got our friend Tom Caswell (@GreatBriTom) on the show to talk about Final Fantasy VII Remake, Call of Duty: Warzone, Animal Crossing, Resident Evil 3, PS5 controllers, Xbox Series X news, Cyberpunk delayed, listener questions and our recommendations to help you get through another week of quarantine. So boot it up and redeem some Nook Miles. Tom’s Mixer Channel: https://mixer.com/greatbritom Support us on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/the-optional-podcast Talk with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc Please Review us on iTunes: https://apple.co/2UvzcId --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
This week we’re talking more Animal Crossing, Resident Evil 3, RE: Resistance, Doom Eternal, the week’s news, listener questions and calls, and TONS more. So tune in already, you JERKS. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
201 - Shut Up and Dance

201 - Shut Up and Dance

2020-03-3001:39:10

This week we’re talking about Animal Crossing, Resident Evil 3 Remake, VR Chat, new Neir, esports during covid-19, Portrait of a Lady On Fire, Dave on Hulu, listener questions and TONS more. Tune in already. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
This week we’re MORE talking Animal Crossing, Doom Eternal, Resident Evil 3 demo, Warzone, Houseparty, PlayStation 5 + Xbox One Series X specs, questions and TONS more. TUNE IN, YOU JERKS FOR EPISODE 200! Animal Crossing Pattern Design Tool  Playing Doom Is Actually Self Care (Kotaku) --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
199 - Settler Simulator

199 - Settler Simulator

2020-03-1601:35:37

This week we’re talking ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS, Call of Duty Modern Warfare: Warzone, E3 canceled, Stadia woes, Lego Mario, Minecraft libraries, listener questions, and tons more. Tune in, you jerks. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
198 - Hexagon Don

198 - Hexagon Don

2020-03-0901:11:35

This week we’re revisiting Into the Breach, Breath of the Wild and talking new games like Yes, Your Grace. We’re also talking Twitch streamers shooting their shots, more GeForce Now drama, Last of Us live-action series, Nintendo PlayStations, Bad Bunny, Mythic Quest and TONS more. Tune in, you jerks. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
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