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 had a viewer comment on which segment of the population would be most upset about Google Stadia, and it isn't those with bandwidth caps. This does segway into a history lesson about the fastest internet in America that was driven by socialism (and subsequently limited before it could reach out further.) Borderlands 3 has been announced to be an Epic Games Store exclusive, and people just aren't buying it. A debate around accessibility has been launched around Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, but I don't think it should be just an "easy mode" even though I only play easy games. Then we take calls about easy mode in games and upcoming video game movies.

Podcast by - 4/11/2019 8:10 AM Comments (2)

April Fools Day was the day after we recorded this, so the prerequisite reminder of "don't believe anything" rings true. Valve teased a new VR HMD called the Valve Index. Sony did their Nintendo Direct called State of Play, and talked a lot about PlayStation VR titles that are coming very soon. At PAX East, Gearbox Software brought 4K 60FPS video but unfortunately the PAX equipment couldn't play it without stuttering... Apple announced Apple Arcade, a new gaming subscription service for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. Then we take calls about the original Warcraft on GOG, and the new indie game The World Next Door, now available on PC and Switch.

Podcast by - 4/6/2019 10:48 PM Comments (0)

Esports history has been made - Overwatch League aired LIVE on network broadcast television in the US for the first time. But, there was one thing that happened that might turn off mainstream audiences. Sony is discontinuing the practice of selling digital game codes in retail stores, forcing people to buy directly on PSN Store. Oculus has announced the Rift S, an upgraded version of the Rift PC headset that features inside out tracking. Google has announced Stadia, a game streaming platform that is going to be the future of gaming, whether we want it to be or not. Then we take calls on esports, VR, and game streaming.

Podcast by - 3/29/2019 4:59 PM Comments (0)

Valve has announced Steam Link Anywhere, which allows you to play your PC games from anywhere in the world - assuming you have good enough internet both at home as well as away. Microsoft had an Inside Xbox which was a lot like a Nintendo Direct - including someone who used to be with the G4 television network Back In The Day. Microsoft announced that they will be bringing Xbox Live services to mobile games, such as achievements, leaderboards, and friends lists. Microsoft also demoed Project xCloud, their foray into streaming games over the internet rather than requiring a download. Nobody called in, so chat had me talk about the 1990 Nintendo World Championships cartridge that was in the Twitch background, as well as a beta for Halo: Reach that wasn't actually for the game (it had been out for a year) but for a new disc storage system on the Xbox 360.

Podcast by - 3/22/2019 5:17 PM Comments (0)

I tried out Audica, the new VR Rhythm Game from Harmonix, and enjoyed it. I played it on my personal Twitch channel so check it out! Nintendo has entered Virtual Reality, sort of - they have announced a Nintendo Labo VR Kit that brings Google Cardboard tech to the Switch. Reports surface that the Day One Patch for The Division 2 on PS4 requires a 90GB download. Then we take calls about VR and your favorite time in gaming.

Podcast by - 3/16/2019 2:49 PM Comments (0)

Rumors and speculation say that Microsoft might be bringing the Xbox architecture to Windows 10, which means some exciting things ahead for PC gamers. There's trouble brewing at GOG - staff was laid off, and they have discontinued their Fair Pricing Program. Then we talk about what a game store could do to attract a different audience than the juggernauts, and why the move to digital distribution is scary for those with bandwidth caps.

Podcast by - 3/10/2019 3:23 AM Comments (1)

Listeners wrote in about the Daemon X Machina demo on the Switch, as well as informing me that my definition of Six Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) from last week's episode was wrong! I was able to get the Quartz Regalia from Final Fantasy XV in Forza Horizon 4 this week, by doing something that I didn't think was possible. Reggie Fils-Aime is retiring from Nintendo, with Doug Bowser replacing him as the new President. I recall my one interaction with Reggie back in 2007. Microsoft announced the HoloLens 2, which improves on the original in every way - but it's not for gaming, and won't even be available for purchase to consumers. During the open segment, we primarily talk about Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst servers still being run by enthusiasts and how I found myself on one of them this week.

Podcast by - 3/2/2019 3:37 PM Comments (0)

There was a surprise Nintendo Direct, and they launched the Battle Royale game that will defeat all the others - Tetris 99. Free to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers! I played it on Twitch! It turns out that Expert Plus players of Beat Saber are inhuman - so much so, that Valve had to update SteamVR to allow for faster movements than they thought humanly possible. Activision Blizzard had a confusing week - announcing record profits while laying off 8% of their workforce at the exact same time. We examine some of the reasons that might have happened. Then we take calls about Tetris 99, TetriNET, Pac Man Vs, and board games like Pandemic and Codenames.

Podcast by - 2/23/2019 2:09 AM Comments (1)

Kingdom Hearts III is finally out! I give some early impressions and tell you if you really need to know the story to enjoy it. I also received a BRAND NEW SNES game! Fork Parker's Crunchout from Devolver Digital and Mega Cat Studios. I played it on Twitch! Metro Exodus has been deemed exclusive to the Epic Games Store, even after it has been available for preorder on Steam for months. A developer did not take kindly to the fan reaction. Then we take calls about the Oculus Go, Oculus Quest, and board games.

Podcast by - 2/15/2019 7:48 PM Comments (0)

We talked about a comment from Discord about immersion and VR, and how it desensitizes people from violence. Anthem had some server issues during their demo - and I explain why they happened even though every multiplayer game release has issues. Mobile game Westworld Mobile is being shut down because Bethesda alleged that they stole code from Fallout Shelter. Nintendo has announced that Metroid Prime 4 is being delayed by them starting over with a new developer. Because nobody called on Discord, we vamped about Kingdom Hearts 3 and then talked to OLR about Kingdom Hearts 3.

Podcast by - 1/31/2019 4:12 PM Comments (2)