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!

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)

I was at the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 7.0 this weekend, and got to see a lot of old computers! Nintendo has added VR to Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but don't expect much. Epic Games has called out Valve, and stated that they will stop paying for exclusives once Steam ups the revenue that game developers make. Cox Internet has launched the "Elite Gamer Service" which promises lower lag for PC gamers. Then we talk to OLR about the Super Mario Bros Commodore 64 port that actually works.

Podcast by - 5/3/2019 5:16 PM Comments (0)

The Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 7.0 is this weekend in Roswell, GA, and you can also tour the soon-to-be-open Computer Museum of America while you're there! Source code for many of the classic Infocom text adventure games have found their way to Github, but you won't find any of the feelies there. I finished building the wind pedal for the Nintendo Labo VR Kit, actually has a practical purpose. Microsoft has announced the Xbox One S All Digital Edition, which eliminates the disc drive from the Xbox One S and lowers the price $50. Sony has given Wired Magazine an early look into PlayStation 5 tech specs, focusing on speeding up load times and ray tracing. Then we take calls about the state of PlayStation VR and buying new consoles.

Podcast by - 4/24/2019 4:31 PM Comments (1)

We got some comments about PC Game Store exclusivity as well as more about the accessibility and easy mode debate in games, bringing in some help from speedrunner Halfcoordinated's Twitter feed. The Nintendo Labo VR Kit is out - and really hard to find! Thankfully, we got the last one in the city, and built almost all of it over the weekend. Then we take calls about Falcon Age and the Labo VR Kit.

Podcast by - 4/19/2019 4:30 PM Comments (0)

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)