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 open with a tribute to one of the main creators of EverQuest, Brad McQuaid, who passed away at the age of 51. I got my Google Stadia Founders Edition, and the technology works and uses a lot of data, but the service isn't there yet. Like the old AT&T You Will ads predicted, game streaming WILL be how we play games in the future, but the company to bring it to us will NOT be Google. Valve announced Half-Life: Alyx, a new AAA VR game coming out in March of 2020. A lot of people are asking why Alyx doesn't have arms and why that breaks immersion, but I present the case that not having arms is better than having arms that aren't tracked (and are therefore not the same as the actual position of your arms.) Then we take a call about how both VR and game streaming can't be the future.

Podcast by - 11/27/2019 4:50 PM Comments (1)

I went to Dreamhack Atlanta on Saturday and basked in the glow of the bright stages of esports, even though it's not really a part of gaming I'm into...I still had a great time, though. On Sunday, I went to a retro exhibit at the Computer Museum of America in Roswell, GA, and got to try VR64 - a WORKING Virtual Reality headset for the Commodore 64! Google Stadia is launching this week without some advertised features...and without some founders not getting their hardware on time. Meanwhile, Microsoft announced that the Project xCloud Preview is working with 50 games. Then we take calls about Google Stadia and Rob Roberts' trip to New York City.

Podcast by - 11/20/2019 11:31 PM Comments (0)

I'm going to be at Dreamhack Atlanta on Saturday - come say hi if you see me wandering around! A bunch of new games came out that people are playing or watching, including Terry Bogard in Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Norman Reedus with a Creepy Fetus in Death Stranding. Epic Games has permanently banned a popular YouTube Content Creator from Fortnite for using an aimbot on his channel. Other streamers say that the ban is too harsh for a content creator, but is just fine for regular people. Is the 17-year old YouTuber's career ruined? In other YouTube news, many fans of another popular content creator got completely banned from Google for playing along with an emoji game in a livestream chat. Banned from GOOGLE, not just YouTube.

Podcast by - 11/14/2019 10:41 PM Comments (1)

We continue our conversation from the podcast comments about Google Stadia and discuss some things that happened (or didn't happen) at BlizzCon. The NCAA has announced that they will look into allowing student athletes to profit off of their Name, Image, and Likeness, which opens the door for the EA Sports NCAA Football series to make a grand return after being shut down in 2014. EA will be selling games on Steam for the first time since 2011, with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order being the first game to be on both Steam and Origin. Then we take calls about the entire NCAA suite of games from the previous generation.

Podcast by - 11/8/2019 9:42 PM Comments (0)

We start off with a viewer comment on Google Stadia and how the controller won't be connecting wirelessly to anything but a Google Chromecast at launch. I got my Video Games Live Kickstarter awards, including a red vinyl with the Pokemon theme. (So hipster!) I picked up my first Arcade1up cabinet - Star Wars - and after four hours of putting it together, I finally got to be terrible at Star Wars! (Video of this segment is available on the VOG Network YouTube channel.) The Outer Worlds has come out, and it's available on Xbox Game Pass, so I decided to try it out. Then we take calls about Sigma Theory, Oculus Venues, and Rob's work trip to a learning conference that had a lot of VR and AR talk.

Podcast by - 10/30/2019 12:16 PM Comments (1)

A viewer asked us about if the Sony really said that the PS5 would be backwards compatible - the real answer is "maybe". They also asked about predictions over Blizzcon thanks to recent world events. It has come out that the official controller for Google Stadia is only wireless with a Google Chromecast, and that raises questions on if it really does connect over wifi to the datacenter rather than going through your existing device. Microsoft has AI that looks at the text messaging feature to distinguish rude behavior, but wants to expand that to real time voice chat filtering. I played the Dreams Early Access on PS4, which is Media Molecule's next design tool after LittleBigPlanet. It has one glaring flaw.

Podcast by - 10/26/2019 3:46 PM Comments (2)

I went to SIEGE, Atlanta's Game Developer Conference, and got to play some locally made games that may or may not come out anytime soon. Sony has formally announced the PlayStation 5, and talked more about its haptic controller and solid state drives. Google claims that the Stadia will use "Negative Latency" to remove lag on games streamed on their service. Then we take calls about Twitch ads and PlayStation backwards compatibility.

Podcast by - 10/18/2019 9:21 PM Comments (1)

This coming weekend, I will be at SIEGE at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta, for the Southeastern US's version of the Game Developer Conference. Lawyers in Canada are attempting to file a class action lawsuit against Fortnite for being so addictive, parents can't control their kids' screen time. A patch is out for Super Mario Maker 2 that finally gives you the ability to play online with friends, but it also has LAN Play? Intellivision released their 10 Commandments of Game Design for Amico games, which has some people cheering and some people booing. Then we take calls about Star Wars Galaxies and the Intellivision Amico.

Podcast by - 10/9/2019 10:16 PM Comments (0)

Mario Kart Tour is now out on mobile - and it is definitely a lootbox and microtransaction game, complete with very low odds. The Untitled Goose Game is great - I played it on Twitch and had a honkin good time. A new Kickstarter has launched that has real promise in the Augmented Reality space - Tilt Five - and it's aimed at board games. At Oculus Connect 6, we didn't hear much about the Rift line, except to say that the Oculus Quest will soon be able to play all Rift games. Is this the end of Oculus's investment in the Rift line? Then we take calls about the Sony State of Play and why Sony would cover Call of Duty so much.

Podcast by - 10/4/2019 6:34 PM Comments (1)

If you recently got a Nintendo Switch Lite to augment your existing Nintendo Switch, there's something you'll need to do to allow your Lite to play your digital games while not connected to the internet. The SEGA Genesis Mini is out - and it's a really well made trip down memory lane! A leaked presentation has shown that the ESA intends to change E3 2020 from an industry trade show to an influencer-infused festival. Then we take calls about The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and it's framerate issues.

Podcast by - 9/25/2019 11:05 PM Comments (1)