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 TurboGrafx-16 Mini is "now available" in the US, however you can't actually order one, and those who already did won't see theirs shipped until 2021...Unless you order from Japan. Dragon Con and PAX both announced that their events on Labor Day weekend are proceeding as planned. I explain why that's their only option right now due to how event insurance and venue contracts are structured with respect to pandemics, as well as when and how they can safely cancel. 160,000 Nintendo Network ID's have been leaked, causing Nintendo to shut off the old login service and force everyone to a Nintendo Account, which now has two-factor authentication. Then we take calls about Final Fantasy VII Remake along with a spoiler-free tip on a part of the game that crashes and how it is very linear and corridor-heavy like Final Fantasy XIII.

Podcast by - 4/30/2020 10:18 PM Comments (1)

I was on the VR365 show talking about the beginning of consumer VR in 2016 on this four year anniversary of that event. Corona Relief Done Quick, an online-only speedrunning marathon, was this weekend raising money for Direct Relief. Viewer comments from previous episodes include VR talk as well as esports on TV talk. I've played both Persona 5 Royal and Final Fantasy VII Remake, two reimaginings of great JRPG's. Microsoft and Nvidia have put super duper graphics in Minecraft With RTX, now in beta for Nvidia RTX cards. The Nintendo Switch shortage is due to resellers using bots to buy all the stock so they can flip it on eBay. Then we take calls about PC racing wheels and if Animal Crossing: New Horizons is dumb and for babies.

Podcast by - 4/25/2020 1:07 AM Comments (1)

This week we have Andrew Greenberg, co-creator of the upcoming Tabletop RPG Fading Suns: Pax Alexius, to talk all about the art of creating Tabletop RPG's, how they differ from creating video games, and how we can still play our tabletop games in the current era of social distancing. I talk a little bit about my time with Final Fantasy VII Remake, and that I find the easy mode just right for what I wanted to experience for my money. In the call with OLR, we also talked about how the remake has affected us and also talked about how we're coping with the current times.

Podcast by - 4/16/2020 10:37 PM Comments (0)

Tommy Tallarico, President of Intellivision Entertainment and creator of Video Games Live, joins us LIVE on Twitch to talk about the upcoming Intellivision Amico console! This episode is posted in its entirety on the Voice of Geeks Network YouTube channel, as there are more nods to what's showing on the video than is typical for the audio podcast.

Podcast by - 4/6/2020 5:32 PM Comments (1)

We have some followup conversations regarding Animal Crossing: New Horizons and doing curbside pickup at Best Buy. The sports world is turning to esports, with the eNascar iRacing Pro Invitational pulling in 900,000 viewers in the US. Summer Games Done Quick has been postponed from June to August. Half-Life: Alyx is now out for VR devices, and it's the AAA-quality VR game you've been looking for - even if I won't play it much. Epic Games has announced that they're getting into the game publishing business with really good terms for developers. Then we talk to Rob from OLR about Animal Crossing.

Podcast by - 4/2/2020 6:08 PM Comments (0)

The Georgia Livestreaming Network has launched as a promotional network for Georgia based streamers and podcasters, of which this show is one of them. Because of everything going on, esports aired on cable TV and nobody complained - congrats to iRacing and the eNASCAR sprint cup on FS1! Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now out on Switch, and I am a cheating cheater who cheats. Gamestop fought the law, and the law won in the end, as Gamestop was forced to close its doors as it is not an "essential business." A new trailer for the Intellivision Amico was released with three minutes of gameplay. This would have been the week of Game Developers Conference, so more details on the Xbox Series X were released. Also, Sony did a deep dive on the PlayStation 5 architecture that was great for developers but not so much for consumers. Then we talk to OLR about Animal Crossing with some advice on what happens in the future.

Podcast by - 3/27/2020 9:06 PM Comments (1)

Apologies for this episode being delayed getting on the podcast feed - it's been a rough week. The world is going through a lot right now - and unfortunately this podcast isn't a complete escape. We do discuss it and how it relates to gaming. We'll be discussing it again. Unfortunately it's impossible to just "ignore" it and give an hour of complete respite. I was a panelist on the inaugural panel of the Georgia Livestreaming Network - a Georgia based group of streamers promoting each other and games made in Georgia. I completed my Summer Games Done Quick hosting audition! I talk about the process without giving specifics. It's a really interesting process that is as nervewracking as it is fun. LEGO has announced a Super Mario playset that is actually an interactive game, and not just building castles. Horizon: Zero Dawn is coming to the PC four years after its console launch, and PlayStation fanboys believe this is the death of the brand. Then we talk to OLR about Star Trek: The Cruise.

Podcast by - 3/22/2020 2:49 PM Comments (1)

In a show that was blissfully recorded in a time before all mass gatherings were cancelled for several months, we talk a lot about the impact of COVID-19 on gaming and sporting events, not realizing that just about everything would be canceled mid-week. Keep that in mind when listening! At the time of recording, E3 was still moving ahead with their June show. (Spoiler alert: this changed several days later!) However, they were working without one of their main partners for the rebrand of the show. The indie game The Long Dark was pulled from NVIDIA GeForce NOW, and the developer gave some insight as to why, which calls into question the role virtual machines play in gaming. Then we talk about the Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo, and what our favorite PS2 game and first DVD played on the PS2 were. Wash your hands.

Podcast by - 3/14/2020 2:01 AM Comments (2)

I will be at the Georgia Game Developers Association meeting on Tuesday, March 10th, to talk about how game developers can better use livestreaming and podcasts to build their brand, and I talk a little bit about the type of message I want to send regarding when to engage with people like me. After spending most of the last episode admonishing companies for abandoning conferences due to COVID-19 fears, the Game Developer Conference went ahead and just postponed their show, leaving a lot of people in a lurch with non-refundable plane tickets and hotel expenses. At PAX East, which still went on just fine, Harmonix announced the video game version of Dropmix - Fuser. The creator of the Konami code passed away this week. We thank him for enriching our lives with extra lives. Since nobody was calling in, I ask people why I was sent a peanut butter can admonishing my (correct) pronunciation of "GIF" and I explain why it's pronounced the same way as the peanut butter brand and why we don't pronounce any other acronym based on the words it represents.

Podcast by - 3/7/2020 12:06 AM Comments (0)

NOTE: This episode was taped before more information was released about the nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, and there will probably be a little bit of crow eating on the next episode. We start off by reading viewer comments about Sony waiting for Microsoft to announce the Xbox Series X price before announcing the PS5 price. Bethesda is the latest company to pull all of their titles from the recently launched NVIDIA GeForce NOW. Sony has pulled out of PAX East due to fears of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), which prompted the Mayor to ask them to reconsider. Square Enix pulled out of their PAX East panels, not sending their Japanese development team for Final Fantasy XIV, but was still manning a booth. Sony and Facebook Gaming/Oculus pulled out of GDC, leaving some of the people showcasing in their booth out in the cold. (Spoiler alert - they weren't the last to do so.) Then we talk about Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE: Encore, and tips for going on a cruise ship.

Podcast by - 2/29/2020 12:40 AM Comments (2)