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!

We first read some viewer comments from previous episodes about Microsoft Flight Simulator and Apple's game streaming policy for iOS. We launched a new initiative at VOG - VOG Roundtables - where we bring on a panel of content creators to discuss a single news event in gaming. Twitch tested mid-roll ads to be played randomly during live streams, muting the audio and shutting people out of exciting moments. The test concluded after three days, and we have some suggestions on middle ground that could be done. The PlayStation 5 Reveal event was this week, and preorders went live immediately, and left many people not getting one. The next morning, Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 3080 video card went on sale, and sold out before you could buy it, thanks to bots buying all the stock and putting them up on eBay for thousands of dollars. Nvidia says they will make more available soon. Xbox Series X and S preorders will go live on Tuesday morning. The bots are ready to snag all of those as well. Then we talk to OLR about preorders and about the Nintendo 3DS family of handhelds finally ending their production run.

Podcast by - 9/21/2020 5:29 PM Comments (4)

Atari Historian Curt Vendel passed away unexpectedly last week - he was the first phone interview I ever did on my podcast way back on Episodes 12 and 13 in 2005 to talk about the Atari Flashback 2, which did not emulate an Atari 2600 but was an actual Atari 2600 on one chip. There is a GoFundMe for his family. Dragon Con Went Virtual and it was great! There are a lot of panels on the Digital Media Track YouTube channel that feature myself and Rob Roberts. I was on the British Invaders podcast about the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Infocom game. I was on the Almost Daily Discourse podcast talking about random topics. Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 will be virtual like SGDQ was, and volunteer applications open on September 24th. MAGFest cancelled its January convention without Force Majeure, and held a telethon on Twitch to raise $100k to pay all the penalties. Microsoft announced the Xbox Series X and S early due to a leak, and also announced that EA Play was coming to Game Pass. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is coming back, and this time it will be on PC so preservation will be easier once the license expires again. Apple is now allowing game streaming services to operate on iOS - as long as each individual game has its own app on the App Store. NVIDIA announced its intentions to buy CPU maker ARM. Then we talk to OLR about conventions and what we're doing with Twitch Channel Points at VOG.

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Dragon Con Goes Virtual this coming weekend, and I am on three panels for the Digital Media Track! Check them out on the DCDigitalMedia Twitch channel. There was an addition to the stack of NES consoles on my desk - a Hallmark Keepsake Ornament of the original NES. There are also other Nintendo themed ornaments for 2020! The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment in Oakland, California has had to close down and move their collection into storage. They hope to return in two years. Apple has made good on their promise and turned off Epic Games' developer accounts on Friday, but a judge ruled they had to keep the account related to Unreal Engine active. I talk a little bit about Flight Simulator 2020 and what it was like to fly into an extremely calm hurricane. Then we talk to OLR about The MADE and the upcoming Dragon Con.

Podcast by - 9/3/2020 1:35 PM Comments (5)

I was a host at Summer Games Done Quick 2020! I hosted the amazing Devil May Cry 4 run by Mekarazium. I give some insights from behind the curtain on how the virtual event was done and my hopes to do it again in 2021. I will be a part of Dragon Con Goes Virtual over Labor Day weekend, being on three panels with the Digital Media Track as well as possibly in a segment on DragonConTV. Facebook has stated that a Facebook account will be required for Oculus headsets starting in October, unless you already have an Oculus account, in which it will work until 2023. Millionaires and Billionaires (some say Trillionaires) are still fighting, as Epic and Apple are still having their spat over revenues. Apple entered some emails into the lawsuit as evidence that shows what negotiations did (or didn't) take place. Then we talk to OLR about SGDQ and Microsoft getting involved with the Epic/Apple lawsuit.

Podcast by - 8/29/2020 12:03 PM Comments (0)

Summer Games Done Quick 2020 Online had just started when this episode was recorded, and I hosted the Devil May Cry 4 run! More information on the next episode! There was a 66GB patch for the Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone due to the file structure of the game on Xbox consoles. Other platforms only had about 1GB. Epic started its legal feud with Apple by adding their own payment options to Fortnite, which caused Apple to remove it from the app store. Epic decided to also take on Google at the same time because the Google Play store also takes a 30% cut of all purchases. Then we talk to OLR about Fortnite and SGDQ.

Podcast by - 8/23/2020 11:28 AM Comments (1)

I am ACTUALLY hosting a shift at Summer Games Done Quick 2020 Online! Catch me Wednesday night, 10PM ET/7PM PT hosting the Devil May Cry 4 speedrun. If you wish to donate, please DO NOT MENTION this podcast or VOG Network as it will not even make it to me, but you can donate towards the host's choice of incentive which I will choose that night based on what incentive needs help. The Intellivision Amico has been delayed to April of 2021 due to obvious reasons. Apple proclaimed that they are protecting their customers by not allowing Microsoft's Project xCloud and Google Stadia on iOS devices because they wish to individually review each and every title on the services. The LEGO NES Kit has arrived, and I built the $230 behemoth and talk about the building process as well as how it works. Then we talk to OLR about LEGO building and Apple's stance on cloud gaming services.

Podcast by - 8/15/2020 10:20 AM Comments (1)

We start with a viewer recommendation for Rogue Company out on the Nintendo Switch. Microsoft Flight Simulator will have VR close to launch - but only for the HP Reverb G2 headset. The LEGO Super Mario sets have now come out, and we take a look at how this set differs from other LEGO sets, as well as how the interactivity takes place between the base set and various expansions. Then we talk to OLR about how LEGO Dimensions might have inspired LEGO Super Mario.

Podcast by - 8/7/2020 2:29 PM Comments (0)

The Xbox Games Showcase was this week, and there were actual gameplay reveals! But, does it signal that Xbox is bowing out of the "console wars" and going in a different direction? (Note: during the Xbox Showcase conversation, there was discussion about Tetris Effect Connected and it's lack of VR. I didn't realize at the time of recording that it was also going to be an update for the existing versions of Tetris Effect, so I can still play it in PSVR even though it's going to be on Xbox Game Pass.) At San Diego Comic-Com this weekend, the G4 Television Network announced that they will be returning in 2021 - we have some theories as to where. Then we talk to OLR about G4 and Game Pass.

Podcast by - 8/2/2020 11:15 AM Comments (1)

We first celebrate the fact that we've been on the air for almost 15 years, but really there's not much celebration. Comments from a previous episode are shared about if games should cater to everyone and if you need to play every AAA title. LEGO is releasing a $230 kit that has a NES and TV with a rotating World 1-1, and I want it. Metacritic is asking you to wait 36 hours after release before submitting a user review for a game. Microsoft has discontinued the manufacturing of the Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. Microsoft has also discontinued the digital sale of 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions. Then we talk to OLR about all these discontinuing and the possibility of online play being free on the Xbox ecosystem.

Podcast by - 7/24/2020 10:19 AM Comments (3)

I contributed a video to the Virtual Southern-Fried Gaming Expo about how we used to play pinball at home before people could bring actual pinball tables home. Dragon Con has finally been cancelled 60 days out of the convention. There will be a virtual event in its place. Sony has made a strategic financial investment in Epic Games, further cementing their relationship with the Unreal Engine technology for both games and movies. A chat on our Discord about The Last Of Us Part II spurned a discussion on if games need to cater to everyone, and why the terms "play" and "game" might be holding back the medium. Then we take calls about video game pinball turning real, and the possibility of travelling in a year or two.

Podcast by - 7/17/2020 12:17 PM Comments (1)