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A fresh new take on video game criticism by people of color with a New York twist. Hosted by Kotaku's 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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
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191 - Knock It Off

191 - Knock It Off

2020-01-1300:53:07

This week we’re talking Disco Elysium, GTA V, Wattam, The Witcher 3, Return of the Obra Dinn, Alienware knockoffs, PlayStation 5 logos, and TONS more. TUNE IN ALREADY! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
190 - Wild Buns

190 - Wild Buns

2019-12-3001:40:13

We’re starting of 2020 with a quick update on EVERYTHING we’ve caught up on during the two week hiatus. Things like The Witcher Netflix series, Rise of Skywalker, Knives Out, Katana Zero and… Farming Simulator? It’s also time for The Optional Listener Awards! We combed through all of your submissions and picked the winners for some very unique categories. Hear a couple of listener questions from the vault and our non-gaming recommendations for the week. TUNE IN! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
Are we old now? Yup. Let's take a look back at the decade in video games and find out our picks for games that shaped the decade for us. Also, we reveal our favorite console of the decade too! JOIN US. HAPPY NEW YEAR. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
It's Gaming's biggest night. Paul and Cam break down the year's games. Suit up and sit down. It's time to eat some hot chips and slam some Baha Blast, baby. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
187 - Lore Have Mercy

187 - Lore Have Mercy

2019-12-0901:01:32

This week we’re talking more Destiny 2, Super Mario Maker 2, Touryst, Remnant: From the Ashes, and TONS more. TUNE IN, YA JERKS. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
186 - Pure Moods

186 - Pure Moods

2019-12-0201:30:02

This week, we’re talking more Stadia, Pokemon, Grid and Gran Turismo Sport, No Man’s Sky Updates, and TONS more. Tune in, ya jerks. Send us voice messages: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/message --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
185 - Conflicts of Interest

185 - Conflicts of Interest

2019-11-2501:02:47

This week we’re talking Death Stranding, more Stadia impressions, Grid, Pokemon, Half Life, and TONS more. Tune in, ya jerks. Please consider donating to Jose Zambrano's memorial fundraiser if you can: https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-jose-zambrano?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
This week, the guys are joined by Kotaku’s Staff Editor Natalie Degraffinried to talk Pokemon, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, Google Stadia, X0 ‘19, Sonic, Anthem 2.0, and TONS more. Tune in already, ya jerks. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
183 - J.O.M.O.

183 - J.O.M.O.

2019-11-1101:01:43

This week, we’re talking more Death Stranding, Need for Speed: Heat, Modern Warfare, Destiny 2, The Stretchers, RDR2 on PC, fries, starter games and TONS more. Tune in already, ya jerks. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
This week we're talking Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, The Outer Worlds, Death Stranding, Fallout 76 subscriptions, Blizzcon news and TONS more. So tune in already, ya jerks. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
181 - Ring Fitteds

181 - Ring Fitteds

2019-10-2102:02:06

WE’RE BACK. SO many games to talk about. Ring Fit Adventure, Call of Duty Mobile, Gears 5, Apex Legends, Overwatch on Switch and so much more. Plus the past few weeks news, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week. TUNE IN. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
We’re back with a jam-packed show talking Modern Warfare Crossplay Beta, Untitled Goose Game, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Overland, Red Dead Online and tons more. We’re also talking the week’s news, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week. TUNE IN ALREADY. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
179 - Unmistakingly Duty

179 - Unmistakingly Duty

2019-09-1601:22:10

We’re back and talking Modern Warfare beta, Borderlands 3, Sega Genesis Mini, Red Dead Redemption 2 Online, Lone Echo, VR Chat, P.T., Ring Fit Adventure, and how the hell is J Lo 50 years old? TUNE IN. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
178 - Niche af

178 - Niche af

2019-09-0901:11:51

This week we’re talking more Control, Final Fantasy VIII, Tetris 99, more VR, Nintendo Directs, heated problematic gamers, Carole & Tuesday, Naked Director, SiR, and TONS more. Tune in! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
177 - Ancestral Plane

177 - Ancestral Plane

2019-09-0301:11:55

We’re back and this week we’re talking Control, Final Fantasy VIII, Ancestors, Forager, Creature in the Well, and Paul’s stupid impulse VR purchase. We’re also talking the week’s news about Yakuza 7, Telltale Games, gaming’s #metoo movement, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week with a superhero show and a rich greedy family. TUNE IN! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
176 - Solo Dolo

176 - Solo Dolo

2019-08-1900:46:37

 This week we’re talking No Man’s Sky Beyond, Apex Legends Solos Mode, the week’s news and tons more. TUNE IN!  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 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
This week we're joined by our good friend Bo! Tune in to hear us talk video game vision quests, new Black Ops 4 modes, Ooblets backlash, Walmart, favorite speed runs and why Pokemon and Kingdom Hearts are trash (to Bo). Tune in! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
174 - Two-Hour Tech Demo

174 - Two-Hour Tech Demo

2019-08-0501:29:54

This week we’re talking Gundam Battle Gunpla Warfare, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Fire Emblem, Black Desert Online, ESA screwups, EVO, corny Twitch streamers, and tons more. Tune in!  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
This week we’re joined by the one and only Jason Vega to talk about all things gaming and his upcoming Latinx Games Festival in LA this September. Tune in! Follow Jason and the LXGF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Vegapedia https://twitter.com/LatinxGamesFest/ Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latinx-games-festival-tickets-46125158591  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
172 - Drift Kings

172 - Drift Kings

2019-07-2201:45:26

 This week we’re talking more Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Apex Legends, Splatoon 2’s last Splatfest, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the week’s news, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. So tune in already!  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
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