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!

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)

I have a personal announcement regarding Summer Games Done Quick 2020 Online! I did a video for the Virtual Southern-Fried Gaming Expo this weekend, playing a bunch of old pinball video games poorly. It premieres on Saturday at 6PM ET on their YouTube and Facebook pages. The price of new AAA games might be finally going up to $70 after being $60 for 15 years. EVO Online has been cancelled due to allegations of sexual misconduct by one of its founders. Then we talk to OLR about the Arcade1up Burgertime cabinet that they just received.

Podcast by - 7/11/2020 9:33 AM Comments (2)

Dragon Con gave an update to allow memberships to roll over for 2021 - I'm guessing that they will cancel sometime around July 3rd due to that being within two months of the show. Oculus is discontinuing the Oculus Go to push the Oculus Quest. Nintendo has decided that the investors were wrong and are pulling back from the mobile gaming market. Microsoft abruptly announced that they are discontinuing their Mixer streaming service and transitioning to Facebook Gaming. Then we take calls about the majority of Microsoft retail stores closing as well as why we at VOG chose Twitch over Mixer.

Podcast by - 7/3/2020 12:47 PM Comments (2)

PAX West and PAX Australia have been cancelled, and are being merged into a week long PAX Online. Billy Mitchell has been somewhat redeemed - the Guinness Book of Records has restored his Pac-Man and Donkey Kong accomplishments after their own investigation. The FDA has approved the first video game to be used as clinical treatment for patients with ADHD. There was an interview shot at SIEGE 2016 that was never uploaded to our YouTube channel, so we aired it tonight. It is with Ron Jones The Artist of The Indie Cluster, an Atlanta-based cluster of indie game developers that promote each other as well as the game development industry to lower income schools, and the esports world to parents. Then we talk to OLR about why we're not playing The Last Of Us Part II (and why it has nothing to do with any Twitter controversy.)

Podcast by - 6/24/2020 8:38 PM Comments (0)

We start off talking about the concept of "stagger breathing" and how it applies to keeping yourself available to make change without burning yourself out. Persona 4 Golden is now out on Steam, finally killing the PlayStation Vita. The Last Of Us Part II is quite possibly the "most accessible game ever" with over 60 accessibility options so everyone can experience the game, no matter their physical capabilities. This week during Not-E3, we had a huge PlayStation 5 reveal featuring first and third party games, as well as an artist rendering of the console. I read Imagine That! An autobiography about the black engineer who worked on the APF MP-1000 and The Imagination Machine in the late 1970's, Ed Smith. I profile his life, his time in the industry, and share some of his insights about the industry and his role in it as a minority. During the call with OLR, we talk about how the music industry is now levying DMCA takedowns on Twitch clips, and why they have the legal right to do so.

Podcast by - 6/18/2020 11:42 PM Comments (0)

We took last week off because our voices were not the ones that needed listening to. That being said, I do reflect on my own views on the systemic biases that are prevalent in society today, and how I am attempting to fix how I was raised. On that note, I discuss a pair of black video game pioneers that weren't in history books until recently. (Not kidding - I actually look for them in my gaming history books from 2001 and they're not mentioned at all.) Jerry Lawson was the inventor of the game cartridge for the Fairchild Channel F. He came up with the solution to allow for ROM chips to be swapped out without electrocuting the user. His design paved the way for Atari, Nintendo, and Sega to take gaming to new heights. Ed Smith was the lead engineer and salesman for the MP1000 console and its accompanying Imagination Machine. While the console didn't do well in the marketplace, it was a technical achievement and personal triumph. His autobiography was published in January and I've got a copy coming. Like it or not, Georgia is further along in opening than many places. So, I visited Portal Pinball Arcade in Kennesaw, GA, to see what playing pinball was like during a pandemic. Then we talk to OLR about what's going on in the world, what we missed last week, and Clubhouse Games.

Podcast by - 6/9/2020 12:03 AM Comments (2)

This is the start of the summer convention series that won't be, with many conventions going online, like MomoCon. The Southern-Fried Gaming Expo shirts are available until May 29th, and they look amazing. I figured out my jittery graphics problem with The Elder Scrolls: Blades, and it wasn't what I thought it was. The TurboGrafx-16 Mini is now here, and I talk about my thoughts after two hours with it. The Georgia developed game where you play as a shark terrorizing fish and people is out! I've got some early impressions of Maneater. Then we talk to OLR about watch parties and seeking more podcasts for the Voice of Geeks Network.

Podcast by - 5/28/2020 7:19 PM Comments (1)

The Southern-Fried Gaming Expo has been canceled for 2020 voluntarily, which means there is no Force Majeure to protect them financially. Consider buying some merch to help them afford 2021. The Elder Scrolls: Blades is out on Nintendo Switch and I'm having some funkiness with the graphics. The TurboGrafx-16 Mini is finally coming to North America two months after it was advertised as "now available." The Unreal Engine is now royalty free to developers for the first $1 million in gross revenue. This led to discussions about the Unreal Engine 5 tech demo shown this week, who the audience was supposed to be (and who saw it instead), then to The Elder Scrolls: Blades and Twitch Watch Parties.

Podcast by - 5/23/2020 1:13 PM Comments (0)