Bombcast is the official weekly podcast for the gaming site Giant Bomb. It’s quite the beast of a podcast and can be over 3 hours in length making it a real time sink, however it is well worth it, not only because of the news and reviews aspect of the podcast itself but also cos its damn funny. The emails section at the end specifically is a window in to the world of bizarre that is both the Giant Bomb staff themselves and the listener/ reader/ viewership to.
Bombcast regulars Jeff Gerstman, Brad Shoemaker and Drew Scanlon have recently been joined by new staff member Dan Rychert who helps turn the crazy up to 11 with revelations such as he had not tried a salad until he was 25 years old and my recent favourite comment “I’m smart enough to know how stupid I am” in relation to his attitudes towards food. As it may be apparent, video games are the focus of this podcast but the meandering fun nature of the show (can podcasts be referred to as shows in the same way TV and radio “shows” can?) makes it an enjoyable listen.
Just like the weekly podcast the website itself is bulging with content. In addition to the reviews and quick look videos premium members to the site can access tons of other content like Alt F1 a podcast about formula 1 motor racing, Unprofessional Fridays and Metal Gear Scanlon which is Drew Scanlon playing through Metal Gear Solid from the beginning for the first time ever with commentary. The quick look videos tend to be peoples first look at a game or them showing the game to somebody for the first time. As a result the reactions seem very natural and a lot of humour comes out of it. While these videos are informative, well produced and professional they are also daft mates dicking about and making each other laugh. Its a great balance.
If you like video games and laughing then Bombcast comes highly recommended. Enjoyable and generally weird while still being informative.