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 attended the Southern Fried Gaming Expo in Atlanta, and played a whole lot of pinball - including a privately-created one-of-a-kind Spaceballs table! I also spoke on several panels. Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch Lite, and there's a very specific audience it's intended for. Does this mean that developers will stop supporting features not in the Lite version? Then we talk to OLR about where to start in collecting Pinball tables.

Podcast by - 7/18/2019 3:27 PM Comments (0)

I will be at the Southern Fried Gaming Expo this weekend and appearing on three panels on Saturday! I created some Super Mario Maker 2 levels for you to check out: Flappin Mario (R0T-V21-R5G) and Relaxing Long Jumps (1WD-J94-GLG) The Epic Games Store will be covering refunds for crowdfunded projects that used to promise Steam rewards. I got my Valve Index VR headset with the new Knuckles Controllers, and I explain why it's now my go to headset for VR. Then we talk to OLR about Super Mario Maker 2 and Weird Al.

Podcast by - 7/9/2019 12:51 AM Comments (2)

There is no live show on June 30th, so stay safe until July 7th! VOG is sponsoring the Southern Fried Gaming Expo on July 12-14th in Atlanta. Come play some pinball and arcade! Tesla cars got a racing game that uses the touchsccreen - Beach Buggy Racing 2 - but it could possibly damage your tires and brakes if you play it with the actual steering wheel and brake pedal. Kids game development platform Roblox has been accused of stealing it's meme-filled "Oof" dying sound from a Tommy Tallarico game from 2000. Then we take calls about audio licensing, Virtual Desktop on Oculus Quest, and a special podcast birthday.

Podcast by - 6/28/2019 9:52 AM Comments (1)

There was a lot of news that came out of E3, but I really screwed up trying to get Ultimate and now have three years worth of Xbox Live Gold codes I can't use. Beat Saber got a DLC pack full of Imagine Dragons songs. Konami announced the TurboGrafx-16! Final Fantasy VIII is finally being remastered! Banjo-Kazooie is in Smash! Animal Crossing was delayed to 2020, and Nintendo's new President Doug Bowser says it was to preserve work-life balance for the development team. Shenmue 3 was announced to be an Epic Games Store exclusive for one year, and they aren't refunding Kickstarter backers who wanted a Steam version. The Star Control lawsuit between Stardock and the original creators is now over, and all parties seem happy. Gamestop is shutting down ThinkGeek and will roll their products into the Gamestop stores. Amazon quietly laid off many people in it's Amazon Game Studios division, having them seek other opportunities within Amazon or take a severance package. Then we take calls about Beat Saber licensing, Elite: Dangerous in VR, and if E3 is dead or not.

Podcast by - 6/23/2019 10:41 PM Comments (2)

It's the weekend before E3, but there's already a lot of announcements to talk about. Google gave more details about Stadia, including when it's going to be out and how much it could cost. Also, how much bandwidth it will take up. Microsoft's E3 press conference also happened, so we talk about Game Pass Ultimate, Xbox Scarlett, and a surprising acquisition. Then we talk to OLR about what we've already seen from E3.

Podcast by - 6/16/2019 1:06 AM Comments (0)

E3 is coming next week, and we'll be on the air during the Bethesda conference, but not reacting to it live. Super Smash Bros Ultimate released a VR mode with Nintendo Labo this week, and it's not as vomit inducing as Zelda! Kickstarter backers of Antstream Arcade got into an Early Access Closed Beta this week, and I had some time with the service. Cuphead is coming to Tesla cars - but not mine. Microsoft announced a new approach to PC gaming, including selling on Steam, bringing Game Pass to PC, and not forcing UWP on their store. Then we take calls about Wander on the Oculus Go and Anstream Arcade.

Podcast by - 6/7/2019 11:17 PM Comments (4)

I went to MomoCon in Atlanta for a couple of hours, and it's a great show that's not just anime. The Oculus Quest came out this week, and it sounds like it really is a liberating wire-free VR experience that is worth the money. I, however, got an Oculus Rift S, and after having some issues getting it installed (headset sensors weren't tracking) I really like the fixes they made. There is now proposed legislation to ban loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions, but it might be too broad, or just make our games cost more at the point of sale.

Podcast by - 6/2/2019 3:45 PM Comments (2)

I'm going to my first Gen Con, but have just learned about the "Events" system, which shows why it's not like any other convention or trade show I've ever attended. Because of another revolution around the sun, I received some gifts to talk about. First up is the 8bitdo SN30 Pro controller - a bluetooth controller designed like a SNES controller that works with Windows, Android (along with a Raspberry Pi) and Nintendo Switch. I also received Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition for Xbox One, which has a nasty bug when Dolby Atmos (spatial audio) is enabled...I demonstrate it on the show - the video of this segment is on YouTube. The Epic Games Store had a Mega Sale across their entire platform - which caused some publishers to temporarily pull their games from sale to not participate. Unity made a tweet and blog post courting the gambling industry, which has made some in the gaming industry upset. Then we take calls about video game soundtracks and trips to LA that don't involve E3.

Podcast by - 5/26/2019 12:19 AM Comments (0)

The show begins with me not getting the connection between "Happy Earthbound Day" and "Happy Mother's Day" and there was no way for me to edit it out to save me the embarrassment. (Get it? Earthbound is from the Mother series? I didn't until right after going off the air...) I saw Pokemon Detective Pikachu and give no spoilers, but tell you what I thought about the movie in general. Variety Gaming, a site that does actual journalism about the video game industry with investigations and everything, is closing down after E3. Speaking of E3, there's turmoil at the Entertainment Software Association and the future of E3 is in doubt. Then we take calls about the FF7 Remake and the Phoenix Wright trilogy being accessible.

Podcast by - 5/19/2019 12:53 PM Comments (0)

We start off with some viewer comments about the Xbox One S All Digital Edition as well as the beef between Epic Games and Valve. I was a guest on the VR365 YouTube Show and talked all about VR - but also defended non-VR games! Both Oculus and Valve opened up their new VR headsets to preorders, with the Oculus Rift S, Oculus Quest, and the Valve Index all promptly selling out of their first batch. Epic Games is buying Rocket League developer Psyonix, and hints that they will be pulling the game from Steam later this year. Microsoft has released new Community Standards for Xbox Live which explicitly define trash talking - with examples. Then we take calls about new Nintendo Switch indie titles Black Paradox and Shakedown: Hawaii, as well as chat with OLR about VR and trash talking.

Podcast by - 5/9/2019 11:27 PM Comments (0)