GameSpot GamePlay

Welcome to GamePlay, GameSpot's audio panel show in which editors and guests discuss the latest news and demonstrate their gaming knowledge and intuition.

GameSpot GamePlay Episode 1: Martha Stewart Shivving

So here we are at last: a new GameSpot podcast! Can you believe it? Taking a cue from our favorite British panel shows on TV and radio, we bring you GameSpot GamePlay. Each week, we recap recent news and test our panelists' wits and knowledge, probing their minds (just their minds--not anything untoward here) to find out just what makes them tick.

This week's highlights? Electronic Arts and Tom Mc Shea both declare the NPD's irrelevance, we discuss the merits of a Crime and Punishment game, and Shaun tells us what really happened to Martha Stewart in prison.

A quick note regarding iTunes and RSS feeds: It takes time for Apple to approve a new podcast. In the meanwhile, you can use this RSS feed to receive new episodes of GamePlay. We'll let you know when our iTunes feed is ready and working!

Written By

GameSpot senior editor Kevin VanOrd has a cat named Ollie who refuses to play Rock Band because he always gets stuck pla

Discussion

95 comments
scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

You guys need to put the Game Play podcast under the culture tab up there.  The Hot Spot has been gone for a while now.  I like this website, but trying to find the newer video casts or a podcasts is nigh impossible.  Looking at the url this podcast is supposed to be under "features"...what the hell guys?

remotelock
remotelock

@Kevin VanOrd The show is slowly growing on me and the intro tune is pretty nice. Keep bringing in interesting guests. I do have one huge gripe concerning the technical side of the show, though. If you don't have any control over this, please pass it on to the person who does. Thanks. So here goes. Every other episode is encoded differently. This wouldn't be that big of a deal, if some of the episodes weren't encoded at 22kHz sampling rate. For a podcast, this is a bad idea. Reason: lack of vocal clarity. No one does this for a podcast, it's too low grade. Write this down: 64-80kbps @ 44kHz, MONO (using Stereo is redundant since all the channels are mixed to be in the middle). End of story.

 

One more thing. How does one find the page of the show without searching "gamespot gameplay"? It's supposed to be under Features. How do I get to Features from the front page of the site? To make matters worse, "Gameplay" is listed under the Video tab, which has little to do with the show (it's actual game play footage ;) ). It should be listed under CULTURE, where the Hotspot already so neatly sits, despite it being defunct. Oh the irony. All this applies to Quoted for the Truth. The Web team needs to get their sh*t together, seriously.

 

Keep up the good work and whatnot.

 

Love,

remo

xSlider257
xSlider257

REALLY liking the Metacritic: Over & Under segment.  Great first entry overall.

cboyuno
cboyuno

Haha this was great.

darkspineslayer
darkspineslayer

Glad we have a podcast back, and its good Kevin is doing his own thing with it too...But a lesser focus on trivia and a return of some hotspot segments like Reviews, News, Homework, ect. would not go amiss

 

fefisgbf13
fefisgbf13

I liked this, but I really miss Hotspot it was one of my favorite shows on internet

robfield
robfield

I don't understand why any company would want to pay for NPD numbers. Once I learned that NPD did not track Walmart it was clear that those numbers had little merit.

 

It's just like Neilsen's tracking of TV viewers in the age of internet and Netflix. The numbers are too inaccurate.

 

Also, I am not liking the trivia. It slows down the podcast so much when I have to listen to people stumble over answers to trivia questions instead of just talking about gaming news (and whatever special segments the podcast adds). Don't forget that every other question will have someone make a joke answer for the sake of adding forced humor. That will get annoying very fast.

innocent69
innocent69

I tuned in hoping for industry news, and new game release/review discussion (Hotsopt).

 

I do not care about USELESS triva.

keith_0904
keith_0904

Good show, guys. The title isn't working though...way too generic!

mehrdad19872010
mehrdad19872010

Great show, special thanks to Kevin for being an awesome host. I always liked it when he hosted the Hotspot, few they were. Could you bring back the review's part and where the editor was challenged about the good/bad points they made about their review?

That being said, I still enjoyed the show very much and looking forward to more.

Ronaldo27
Ronaldo27

Thanks Kevin, I really enjoyed the show. It encompass the news and quiz segments of the old Hotspot. Also, I don't miss the review chapter as, in the old show, it never evolved in a discussion of the game but rather a recap of the review article, which I always thought to be redundant.

 

If I could give you a suggestion, interviews and editorials would be great on a podcast. The later would work nicely if it actually pushed some discussion. Perhaps a segment in where we could listen to a debate leaded by two persons with different opinions and so on.

 

Gamespot is a great site but I can find news and reviews anywhere in the web. You have a team of talented editors. Let me listen their opinions. That would be make my commuting much more interesting.

 

Good luck with the show!

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

This is so much like ESPN's "Around the Horn." I like the format though but it's even funnier on video. It was a fun podcast overall. I like what this brings as well as what "The Hotspot" brought.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Bring The HostSpot back,,,

 

and stop doing idiot show like Start/Select,,,

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

Please Kevin, put a tab for this show up (under "culture" probably), I nearly missed this article on the front page.

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

Why not get some Giant Bomb faces on board with this! They are right next door and are really knowledgeable (as well as having written some of the reviews 10 years ago this week, hahaha), would be funny if they recognised their writing.

404FredNotFound
404FredNotFound

I will be happy when they bring the HotSpot back, shame on you GameSpot killing my favorite show on the Internet...

Sollok
Sollok

Thanks for getting a podcast back Kevin. I still miss the HotSpot and this might bring me back as a paying subscriber.

Citizen_King
Citizen_King

This is like the spiritual successor to My Esteemed Colleagues.  And I am comletely OK with that.

fabones
fabones

I could be in the minority, but a videogame trivia podcast isn't very interesting to me.  I really prefer the old Hotspot format (discussing news and opinions about current events).  How about having the trivia portion be just a small part of the podcast?  It seems like most videogame media outlets are trying to go away from the news/opinion format, so in actuality that format actually seems different. 

zilcher
zilcher

VanOrd? Really? Is that the best they can do?

oberkorn
oberkorn

Love this, bring it on, could listen all day =)

The_Jackle
The_Jackle

Do the GS UK crew know your biting their style? Also I think the BBC's lawyers may want a few words...

jazilla
jazilla

Really like this format. Keep up the good work.

nightcall14
nightcall14

Thanks for the new podcast gamespot. Now I have something to listen to when I am doing my college papers.

korser
korser

Great show! 

 

You are now in my Google reader podcast. No need for iTune!

Mcid70
Mcid70

Very impressive podcast.  Thanks!

james2509
james2509

Loving the new series GamePlay, finally something i can listen to while i relax.

rushad_patel
rushad_patel

Surprise !!!... this was really good:) 

anzelm
anzelm

A version of what the english podcast crew is doing within the uk podcast. Really good though. Keep up the good work :)

Simon86PL
Simon86PL

It's awesome to see a new podcast from you guys but to be honest I don't like the new 'quiz' format - it just doesn't do anything for me. I'd prefer you guys just talk casually about games like you used to on the HotSpot - first some news and your take on them, then the topics of the week, etc.

rushad_patel
rushad_patel

errrr where is the damn volume button ??

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

A game from a novel? Starship Troopers. Not that terrible movie, but the actual book. 

ForRealDoh
ForRealDoh

Informative and fun to listen to , great job guys 10/10

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

 @scatterbrain007 

Um, yeah, this.  Seriously guys, I have to resort to Google to find your new podcasts, because there just isn't a good way to navigate to them.  Why go through the work of putting them up and then make them so hard to find?

VGJunky
VGJunky

 @Ronaldo27 I think that the review recap was always valuable because it had them articulate thoughts about the game that often might be outside of the bounds of the written review. On top of that, typically the hosts would question them (or they would choose to elaborate themselves) on very specific and interesting points regarding the games in question.

 

It's always nice to hear what they have to say about it in a candid setting

jwhdavison
jwhdavison staff

 @404FredNotFound if there were more people that felt similarly, we would certainly consider it. One of the reasons we decided to start something new was that the audience for the Hotspot just wasn't very big any more.

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

 @Citizen_King Luckily, My Esteemed Colleagues will be coming back from hiatus!

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

 @zilcher I didn't realize I was considered the rock bottom of the choice pool :/

shahirbear
shahirbear

 @jazilla Yeah there's something enticing about audio only game coverage. :)

Ronaldo27
Ronaldo27

 @VGJunky You are right up to a certain point. There was some discussion but, in most cases, was lead by someone who played the game and some curious fellows. I would rather have a debate mode, in which it would lead into a discussion that would transcend the review.

xSlider257
xSlider257

 @jwhdavison I'll chime in and say I was a huge fan and audience member of the HotSpot.  Would love to see it's return.  That being said this show is a fun approach to a podcast as well.

Ronaldo27
Ronaldo27

 @Kevin-V Actually, I have you in great regard. At least, I can relate with any gamer that enjoys rpgs, lacks hair, and plays violin. It was a good show. I placed my opinion somewhere above this commentary.

zilcher
zilcher

 @Kevin-V

 Hardly rock-bottom, you have some redeeming qualities, but some fresh insights like Max would be welcome. You have to admit, just the name Maxwell Mcgee is pretty eye catching, and it rolls of the tongue well.