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!

Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 Online concluded after raising $2.7 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. As a host/donation reader, I was fully immersed in the GDQ spirit throughout the week and gained some insight into the choices made by the event organizers. I discuss why incentives are sometimes set high (and then pushed), which donation comments I chose to read, why some donation comments never got to me, and then I go through both of my shifts to discuss how tone changed and what I was attempting to invoke when I was on the microphone. On Wednesday night, during the push for the Zelda: Wand of Gamelon All Cutscene bonus game, I started with Devil May Cry 3 by Waifu. This had hilarious commentary with fast action, high paced gameplay. Zingers flew freely. Immediately after that, the tone shifted to a more relaxing tone with the impressive Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 100% by Calco. Both the runner and commentator Niakky have English as a Second Language and were nervous about having to perform in English. Then, on Friday, it was all about Yakuza 6: The Song of Life by Froob. The main donation incentive here was a Yakuza cutscene called "Rugby Baby." I had not seen the cutscene ahead of time, which influenced how we (Froob and myself) chose to present it to the audience. Also: I do explain where "SpikeVegeta And Crew" came from, and how it was trying to cover myself and not create a bigger flub.

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We visit some comments regarding previous episodes, including some more reminiscing on the Commodore 64 and how we might have formerly on the wrong side of the law but now on the right one. Adobe has finally killed off the Flash platform, taking the memes of the early 2000's offline forever, unless you use an emulator. We ask the chat (and you) what games are you anticipating in 2021? Then we talk to OLR about the death of Adobe Flash and how it affects our day jobs.

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Reminder: I'm hosting on Wednesday and Friday nights at Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 Online! Check the schedule for the exact times. Arcade1up released a firmware update for the OutRun cabinet that added Rad Rally to the list of games - but it doesn't go as smoothly as expected. (Check out the video version of this segment on the VOG Network YouTube channel!) Bobby gives his favorite Games of the Year, some you expect and some you might not expect. Then we talk to OLR about Nintendo possibly still using Amiibos and the upcoming AGDQ.

Podcast by - 12/31/2020 1:52 PM Comments (1)

Reminder: I'm going to be hosting at Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 Online on Wednesday and Friday evening the first week of January! Come participate in a wonderful event for charity. Cyberpunk 2077 has been pulled from the PlayStation Network Store and are offering full refunds after CD Projekt Red told customers to seek a refund from Sony if they didn't like the performance on last-gen hardware. Even though it's now an Xbox/PC Exclusive, Microsoft is also offering full refunds, but did not pull the game from their digital storefront. If you're wondering how this passed certification - it's because console certification isn't QA, it just makes sure that the game doesn't destroy the console. I have played the first eight hours on an Xbox Series X, and there's some glimpses of greatness in there. Then we take a call about how GameSpot gave Half-Life: Alyx their Game Of The Year award and how it seems like a milestone for VR gaming.

Podcast by - 12/24/2020 12:36 AM Comments (0)

We dedicate this episode to the memory of Eric Engstrom, one of the renegades at Microsoft who brought us DirectX in the 90's, which led to the creation of the Xbox platform. I'm hosting at Awesome Games Done Quick 2021! Catch me on Wednesday night hosting Devil May Cry 3 and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and again on Friday night hosting Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. The Game Awards took place, and it went well for being a virtual event. Cyberpunk 2077 launched with a major epilepsy trigger based on real medical devices used for diagnosis purposes, but was patched by the time we went on the air. I finally received The C64 - the full size version of the C64 Mini, and the addition of a fully working keyboard that is true to the native Commodore 64 layout makes it my favorite "retro" console to date. Then we take calls about the epilepsy trigger in Cyberpunk 2077 (along with correcting some surprising disinformation) and more talk about The C64.

Podcast by - 12/19/2020 4:07 PM Comments (1)

Dear Sony - if I have a PS5, why do I want to download the PS4 version of a game on top of its PS5 version? Nintendo updated the firmware for the Switch to version 11.0, and it opts you into sharing your data with Google Analytics. Learn how to opt out, which you need to do in TWO SEPARATE PLACES. I rented Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory from Gamefly (it's like Xbox Game Pass for physical media) and, sadly, it's no Theatrhythm. I put together the Arcade1up OutRun cabinet this week - a sit-down driving cabinet that actually does its job well. The full video of this segment is available on YouTube. Then we talk to OLR about Dragon Quest XI's Definitive Edition now on Xbox Game Pass and why its 2D mode is disappointing.

Podcast by - 12/9/2020 7:24 PM Comments (1)

G4 had a reunion special with the "original cast" - without any of the actual original cast from G4's launch in 2002. I got my Xbox Series X, so I talk about how the Smart Delivery system makes the Internet necessary to operate the console, even if you buy the games physically. I also got Yakuza: Like A Dragon, and I am enjoying my foray into Yakuza x Dragon Quest. Then we talk to OLR about No Man's Sky's HDR bug still not being fixed on the PS5, as well as early G4 memories.

Podcast by - 12/3/2020 11:30 PM Comments (0)

We now have a merch store! Profits on the store help VOG Network grow. I give more impressions of the PS5, specifically about games that you already own that have PS5 versions (and how to get them) while also talking about a glowing bug in No Man's Sky with respect to the HDR implementation. The Video Game History Foundation has emulated the unreleased Sega VR headset without actually having the hardware - and now you can play Nuclear Rush with any OpenVR compatible VR headset! Nintendo shut down the Big House's Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament due to utilizing unauthorized modifications and hacks of possibly pirated software. Then we take calls about the takedown of Twitch streams of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity because it released elsewhere in the world before the USA, and how my Xbox Series X was getting here the next day.

Podcast by - 11/26/2020 12:38 PM Comments (1)

Before talking about the new consoles, we talk about how the story has ended between Tommy Tallarico and Roblox over the Oof sound. The Xbox Series X is the biggest Microsoft console launch ever, according to the company. Yet, some people still don't have the one they preordered. The PlayStation 5 WAS acquired, and we give some impressions on the console, its size, the controller, some settings you'll want to check out, the state of atmospheric audio, as well as Astro's Playroom, Bugsnax, and Spider-Man Remastered and Miles Morales. Then we talk to Rob about the PS5 and his time with the Xbox Series X.

Podcast by - 11/21/2020 4:02 PM Comments (0)

I got Hasbro's Animanatronic The Child (Baby Yoda) toy and it's cute and great for your cosplays, even if it doesn't exactly cooperate on command as much as they claim it does. The internal storage capacity of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S leave much to be desired, and the lack of options in terms of expanding them leave even LESS to be desired. Arcade1up announced a sit down driving cabinet featuring the OutRun franchise - sadly the live audience decided to talk all about Spy Hunter instead. Then we take a call about the NEOGEO MVSX arcade cabinet as well as wondering if this is the right time to release new consoles.

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