The Best Gaming Podcasts For 2020 [Updated!]

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Podcasts are great. Whether you're drifting off to sleep, driving in to work or trying to stay awake on the bus, podcasts are the perfect entertainment on the go. Luckily, for the avid gamer, there's a range of fantastic gaming podcasts around - here are a few of our favourites.

Kinda Funny Games Daily

There's nothing "kinda" about Kinda Funny Games Daily — in fact, it's one of the most entertaining gaming news podcasts around. Hosted by Greg Miller, along with a rotating cast of his famous friends, this podcast is released pretty much every weekday, and is equal parts irreverent, ridiculous and informative. If you're looking for a regular gaming news download, you can check out Kinda Funny Games Daily on nearly every podcasting platform, including Spotify, YouTube, Apple Podcasts and more.

Kinda Funny Gamescast

Companion to the Kinda Funny Games Daily podcast, this weekly show is a wrap-up of the gaming news of the week hosted by both Greg Miller and Tim Gettys, as well as a range of guests from the Kinda Funny crew. Gamescast is great not just for news, but for deep-dives and important conversations, with topics such as depression gaming given important airtime. You can find Kinda Funny Gamescast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and more.

Filthy Casuals

Aussie gamers Tommy Dassalo, Ben Vernel and Adam Knox have a whopping good time in this weekly podcast, where the lads get together to discuss what they're playing, as well as what's going on in the wonderfully wild world of games. It's fun and very funny, making it perfect for those looking for some lighthearted laughs. It's available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and more.

8-4 Play

8-4 Play is a fantastic little podcast from the team at 8-4, a company known for localising Japanese games, notably with titles like Monster Hunter, Nier and more. The team there have a clear passion for Japan, video games, and Japanese video games — and that's exactly what the podcast is about. It presents a fascinating viewpoint, and one that's led by pure excitement. You can find 8-4 Play on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more.

Game Scoop!

Our pals over at IGN have a fantastic weekly podcast called Game Scoop!, where they discuss all the last gaming news from the week, right in one place. Game Scoop! is great because it cuts down all the news into episodes that are usually around an hour long — so if you're strapped for time and still want to keep up with the news, it's easy to keep up with. Hosts Daemon Hatfield and Justin Davis are always entertaining, and their banter is sure to keep you in the loop. You can find Game Scoop! on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and more.

Giant Bombcast

Giant Bomb's Giant Bombcast is a gaming news, reviews and interviews podcast that often descends into pure chaos. Take a glance at the latest episode names and you'll see what we mean — "Sonic's Wife", "Bathtub Full of Food", "Favourite Crime" and "Two Two Tacos" are just some of the latest episodes. It's totally hilarious, and kept consistently entertaining by its rapidfire wit and fantastic cast. You can find Giant Bombcast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts and more.

Spawn On Me

Spawn On Me is a podcast that focuses on gamers of colour, as well as diverse games developers in the industry, and it's a great option for those looking for a new perspective. Host Kahlief Adams is an excellent interviewer, and every episode is interesting and insightful, with its focus on minority groups that aren't often given the spotlight in gaming. Spawn On Me is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and more.

Retronauts

Retronauts is great for those with a keen interest in retro games. In each episode, the lively cast aims to explore one facet of video games history, from games like Donkey Kong to Loom and everything in between. For those with even a passing interest in the history of video games, it's fascinating stuff. It's available on PlayerFM, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.

What's Good Games

Andrea Rene, Brittney Brombacher and Kristine Steimer have decades of experience in the games industry, and their enthusiasm for it is totally infectious in this podcast, where they discuss the latest hands-ons, upcoming games and everything else under the sun. It's hilarious, witty and a good, fun time. What's Good Games is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and more.

How Did This Get Played?

In this podcast, you can join hosts Heather Anne Campbell and Nick Wiger as they explore the absolute worst and weirdest games that actually did get made. Sure, your definition of 'worst/weird' might differ from theirs, but there's no doubt this one is still a cracking good time all around. The latest episodes focus on Death Stranding (definitely a 'weird' game), WarioWare Inc. and the infamous Custer's Revenge. You can find How Did This Get Played? on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and more.

Sacred Symbols

Thanks to Kotaku readers rhizic91, Cry_Zero and Justin C for this great podcast suggestion! Sacred Symbols is a weekly PlayStation podcast that features rundowns of everything PS5, PS4, PS Vita (we still love you, little buddy) and PSVR. Hosted by industry vet Colin Moriarty and Chris "Ray Gun" Maldonado, Sacred Symbols balances comedy with the news, keeping you up-to-date with everything PlayStation each week. Each episode usually tops out around the 2 hour mark, but it's consistently entertaining the whole way through, and comes highly recommended for any PlayStation fan. It's available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and more.

Gamertag Radio

Kotaku reader Hollywood Jones had this excellent suggestion, and we're happy to share it! Gamertag Radio has been around since 2005, providing reviews, news, interviews and discussions via its twice-weekly show. It's just about to hit episode 1000, which is extremely impressive, and speaks to its quality and value. It doesn't always stick to gaming — there are episodes that focus on the wider entertainment sphere — but it's always insightful, and with a focus on diverse voices and opinions, it's highly worthwhile. Gamertag Radio is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and more.

Kotaku Splitscreen

It would be remiss of me not to mention Kotaku's own fortnightly Splitscreen podcast, where you can join our wonderful U.S. team on a journey through space, time and video games as they discuss the latest releases, upcoming excitements and occasional dives into the world of pop culture. We on the Australian team think it's rather good, but don't take our word for it — you can check it out on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts and more.


Of course, this is just the tip of the gaming podcast iceberg, and there's plenty more out there we might not even be aware of. Are you listening to any fantastic ones we haven't talked about? Let us all know about it, and why you love it, below!


Comments

    The Retro Hour - Gaming podcast is excellent. Brilliant guests, great hosts and interesting content. It’s a must listen each week.

    Kinda funny represent. Love being a best friend

      Is Colin completely out of the picture now? I abandoned KF because of him around the time pre-Trump he went on super right wing Republican rants. I saw he created his own ‘thing’, but I was never sure if he’d been properly cut loose, or he was like the original Wiggles and still hangs around to get his face in the scene every now and then.

        No he was completely cut out. He has his own thing now with his hardcore fans. KF is infinitely better without him. You should give them another listen.

          Excellent. This fills my heart with joy. :) Have added the sub back on Spotify :D

          Each to their own. I prefer Colin’s podcasts without Greg!

            Its a shame cause i really enjoy Colins voice. he just puts off this weird vibe where i can just picture him being a person i would avoid in real life. i call it the wanker vibe but im not saying he is one. i enjoyed what i listened to of sacred symbols however. its just me who cant get over it lol

            Thanks

              I know what you mean. Colin is definitely brash at the very least and I disagree with a lot of his politics, but I just appreciate that he is very sincere, even when he’s wrong!

        Colin actually stopped supporting the Republican Party when they pushed Trump up. He has his own thing now, Kinda Funny still mentions him though.
        I just hope Colin and Greg will collaborate again. They’re still the best combo.
        Kinda Funny became too broad after Colin left, too much like Rooster Teeth. Both KF and CLS are worse without each other imo.

        Colin stopped supporting the Republican party when they pushed Trump to the top, thought he support them previously, even at IGN.
        KF still mentions him though.
        I'd love to see Colin and Greg collaborate again, they were the best thing about Kinda Funny. I think Kinda Funny and Colin's Last Stand are worse without each other.

    The Game Informer Podcast is a classic, everyone should be having a look at that!

      Agreed, but I also recommend checking out MinnMax. It's a few ex-Game Informer editors - Ben Hansen (who used to host the Game Informer podcast), Kyle Hilliard, Suriel Vasquez and Jeff M.

    If you're into Warframe, www.cephalonsquared.com is a great niche podcast for it.

    I personally prefer the Giant Beastcast, it's some of the old Giant Bomb crew based in New York instead of San Francisco. Very similar pod overall, but the casters are a little bit funnier and upbeat. I find the regular Giant Bomb a bit negative in their reviews.

    Is the Gamers With Jobs podcast (GWJ Conference Call) still running?

    The CU Podcast (Completely Unnecessary Podcast) is also good.

    Big fan of the boys from Filthy Casuals.
    Need to get around some of these other pods

    I have an Idle Thumbs-shaped hole in my podcast feed - that mix of insightful game criticism (there's a reason why the hosts went on to upend adventure games two or three times) and trying to make each other laugh just worked for me, and I've never found anything that managed to fill that void.

    Glad to see How Did This Get Played? make the list. It's the only game focused podcast I've listened to since The Indoor Kids Podcast ended years ago.

    You forgot the best Playstation podcast on the planet. Sacred Symbols!

    Gamertag Radio should be on this list, they've been around since 2005 and have been a spotlight of diversity in gaming

    Sacred symbols No1 playstation podcast

    Sacred symbols is by far the best, how could you not include it?

    I like What Culture - Gaming --> they're from the YouTubes but also have a podcast.

    I enjoy the FunHaus podcast's (both Dude Soup & Filmhaus)

    You have somehow missed The Besties. They know the best games.

    I'd like also recommend

    DEV GAME CLUB

    A podcast where two veteran game developers, play and talk about big games from history and try to contextualise the impact they had on game design after their release.

    "Brett Douville and Tim Longo, long-time game developers who worked together at LucasArts on the Star Wars games Starfighter, Jedi Starfighter, and Republic Commando. Since then, they have worked on games such as Skyrim, Fallout 3, Fallout 4, Tomb Raider (2013) and the Tomb Raider series, Halo 5, and Tacoma."

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