The Bobby Blackwolf Show


The Bobby Blackwolf Show is a weekly internet radio show and podcast discussing the latest news in gaming as well as sometimes reminiscing about gaming's history. It records LIVE on Sundays at 8PM Eastern/5PM Pacific on the VOG (Voice of Geeks) Network Twitch Channel while taking live calls via Discord and including chat room interaction. The show began in October of 2004 as an internet radio only show, taking a hiatus in December of that year. It relaunched on July 24, 2005 and has been broadcasting new content every weekend ever since. On December 18, 2018, it moved from radio to video on Twitch.

While the show focuses on recent news and events in the gaming industry, frequently it delves into the independent or barely mentioned gaming scene, as well as discussing gaming's history with classic games.

The show has covered six E3's, two GDC's and Independent Games Festivals, four Penny Arcade Expos and multiple Dragon Cons, as well as other gaming events in the southeast, like SIEGE and the Southern Fried Gaming Expo.

Some guests of the show during its long run have been: Video Games Live, Homestar Runner, Atari Flashback 2, Beggar Prince, MechCorps, The Silver Lining, PlayStation Home, Gearbox Software, Devolver Digital, Telltale Games, and the IGDA. Bobby has also interviewed voice actors AJ LoCascio (Back To The Future), Jessie Seely (Double Dragon Neon), Ellen McClain (GLaDOS), John Patrick Lowrie (Team Fortress 2 Sniper), and Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect FemShep), as well as musicians Tommy Tallarico (Everything), Ken Allen (Sierra On-Line), Jake "Virt" Kaufman (Shovel Knight and DuckTales Remastered), and GRAMMY award winner Christopher Tin.

The show does not work without YOUR live interaction, and each chatter is thanked personally at the conclusion of each episode. Come join us on Sundays at 8PM Eastern/5PM Pacific at the VOG (Voice of Geeks) Network Twitch Channel!

I tried out Audica, the new VR Rhythm Game from Harmonix, and enjoyed it. I played it on my personal Twitch channel so check it out! Nintendo has entered Virtual Reality, sort of - they have announced a Nintendo Labo VR Kit that brings Google Cardboard tech to the Switch. Reports surface that the Day One Patch for The Division 2 on PS4 requires a 90GB download. Then we take calls about VR and your favorite time in gaming.

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Rumors and speculation say that Microsoft might be bringing the Xbox architecture to Windows 10, which means some exciting things ahead for PC gamers. There's trouble brewing at GOG - staff was laid off, and they have discontinued their Fair Pricing Program. Then we talk about what a game store could do to attract a different audience than the juggernauts, and why the move to digital distribution is scary for those with bandwidth caps.

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Listeners wrote in about the Daemon X Machina demo on the Switch, as well as informing me that my definition of Six Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) from last week's episode was wrong! I was able to get the Quartz Regalia from Final Fantasy XV in Forza Horizon 4 this week, by doing something that I didn't think was possible. Reggie Fils-Aime is retiring from Nintendo, with Doug Bowser replacing him as the new President. I recall my one interaction with Reggie back in 2007. Microsoft announced the HoloLens 2, which improves on the original in every way - but it's not for gaming, and won't even be available for purchase to consumers. During the open segment, we primarily talk about Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst servers still being run by enthusiasts and how I found myself on one of them this week.

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There was a surprise Nintendo Direct, and they launched the Battle Royale game that will defeat all the others - Tetris 99. Free to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers! I played it on Twitch! It turns out that Expert Plus players of Beat Saber are inhuman - so much so, that Valve had to update SteamVR to allow for faster movements than they thought humanly possible. Activision Blizzard had a confusing week - announcing record profits while laying off 8% of their workforce at the exact same time. We examine some of the reasons that might have happened. Then we take calls about Tetris 99, TetriNET, Pac Man Vs, and board games like Pandemic and Codenames.

Podcast by - 2/23/2019 2:09 AM Comments (1)

Kingdom Hearts III is finally out! I give some early impressions and tell you if you really need to know the story to enjoy it. I also received a BRAND NEW SNES game! Fork Parker's Crunchout from Devolver Digital and Mega Cat Studios. I played it on Twitch! Metro Exodus has been deemed exclusive to the Epic Games Store, even after it has been available for preorder on Steam for months. A developer did not take kindly to the fan reaction. Then we take calls about the Oculus Go, Oculus Quest, and board games.

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We talked about a comment from Discord about immersion and VR, and how it desensitizes people from violence. Anthem had some server issues during their demo - and I explain why they happened even though every multiplayer game release has issues. Mobile game Westworld Mobile is being shut down because Bethesda alleged that they stole code from Fallout Shelter. Nintendo has announced that Metroid Prime 4 is being delayed by them starting over with a new developer. Because nobody called on Discord, we vamped about Kingdom Hearts 3 and then talked to OLR about Kingdom Hearts 3.

Podcast by - 1/31/2019 4:12 PM Comments (2)

We feature an interview from SIEGE 2018 with Robert Wahler of Wahler Digital about SiNKR 2, a minimalist puzzle game coming very soon to Steam, Android, and iOS. Catch the video version of the interview on the VOG Network YouTube channel. Star Control: Origins is back on Steam - while the initial DMCA complaint has been dismissed, there's still a lot of court dates in the future to determine the direction of the franchise and who owns it. We talked a little bit about Mortal Kombat 11 and how it's gonna be great for some people. The Unity Game Engine has changed their Terms of Service again, and allows people to use older Terms and reactivates Improbable's licenses to work on the SpatialOS cloud system - stating they are not an official partner and will not be officially supported by Unity. Rocket League has gotten full cross-platform cross-play with Steam, Switch, Xbox One, AND PS4. Then we take calls on DISCORD about playing Beat Saber for the first time and hardware predictions for 2019.

Podcast by - 1/23/2019 8:24 PM Comments (2)

We got a comment on a previous episode about the MAGFest lanyards, and we should have sent some VOG lanyards... Awesome Games Done Quick raised $2.4mil for Prevent Cancer Foundation! We got a comment on Discord that we didn't cover more of the history behind Star Control and Stardock's legal woes, so we went back in time. In another legal battle in gaming, the Unity game engine changed their Terms of Service and banned Improbable's SpatialOS and seemingly also caused several games already released to be in violation. (But not really.) Then we talked to OLR about AGDQ.

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MAGFest was this past weekend, and while I didn't go this year, I've gone in the past and really enjoyed it. Keep listening for a special music performance from the Jam Session featuring Yours Truly. The original creators of Star Control have used the DMCA to stop the current owners of the Star Control franchise from selling their game on certain digital storefronts. They may not have a case. Skype calls failed again for whatever reason, but we were able to talk to OLR about their hopes and dreams for 2019.

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We open up with a story about a Christmas gift gone "wrong" and how it could be more of an issue in the future. Netflix has released a new Black Mirror episode that plays more like a Telltale game than a movie. Virtual Console never had anything on SEGA AGES: Phantasy Star in how to present older games to a new audience. The Video Game History Foundation got their hands on a prototype of the NES version of SimCity and have made it available to everyone. Then we take (some technical difficulty) calls about MAGFest, Amazon, and Katamari Damacy Reroll.

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