Although I vastly prefer to consume info in written form, it appears that more and more blogs are giving way to podcasts. OK, fine, I grudgingly subscribed to a few podcasts. A few turned into more than a few. At least I’m never bored in the car.
It’s my goal to (eventually) tell you all about every podcast I like, and I’m starting with Strange Tales From Outer Space. These guys have a lot going for them, except they are on a PvP server so, alas, I can’t go apply to their guild or even stalk from afar on the server… in a totally normal and not-creepy way.
The strange tales crew is a bunch of normal players who have the same time constraints as most of the rest of us – although between them, they have enough expertise to handle explaining any patch notes that come up. Hardcore players aren’t bad, but I find that I just can’t relate to their problems of getting their BIS gear when I haven’t set foot in a veteran dungeon yet.
The strange tales boys are also hilarious. They’re in the same guild and the razzing each other comes pretty naturally. And – this is really important to me – their humor doesn’t make me uncomfortable. In my eyes, they know where the line is and respect it. The “oh god, that sounded so wrong when I said it that way” moments are hilarious, because I know they won’t devolve into something totally offensive.
They swear the perfect amount (I like swearing). Look, shut up, this is important. A podcast that devolves into f-bombs every other word is lame and ineffective at getting the message across. At the same time, restraining oneself from using natural language can sound really forced. So yay for swearing the same way I do!
They are happy. Seriously. No QQQ the game is dying, or wahhh I’m bored. Sure, they do criticize aspects of the game, but it doesn’t take the tone of hate that many do.
They mentioned skimpy female armor in a disparaging way. Major brownie points there. This is why they are getting profiled first. Also DOMINION 4 LYFE!
You should listen! My feeling on podcasts/blogs is “what have you done for me lately.” It doesn’t matter that a podcast is relatively new, it only matters that it’s enthusiastic now, post-launch, in the so-called 3 month “slump” and shows no sign of flagging.